Christy Mickle (Bainbridge)
I discovered yoga eleven years ago when I was looking for something to balance the repetitive physical stress of rowing competitively in college. I took my first Hatha yoga class in 1999 while studying abroad in Ecuador. Then, during my last semester of college, I completed an anthropological research project on yoga. I attended a variety of classes from Kundalini to Bikram to Hatha yoga and interviewed countless instructors. I then went to Mongolia as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years. During that time, I continued practicing yoga on my own in my tiny yurt in the evenings. As my practice deepened, I discovered a place of peace and spirituality inside myself.
When I returned to the U.S. from Mongolia, I moved to Sacramento, CA where I discovered the Zuda Yoga Studio and its wonderful team of teachers. In January 2010, I moved to Southern Pines with my husband. I completed my 200-hour Vinyasa teacher training with Rolf Gates in Charlotte in September 2010. I also attended a teacher training with Sage Rountree at Wilmington Yoga Center for teaching Yoga for Athletes. Teaching yoga has been truly transformative for me. I have been so inspired, moved, and motivated by the individuals who come to my yoga classes. I feel truly blessed to be surrounded by such a beautiful, supportive, and compassionate community. I look forward to continuing to share yoga with those around me.