200ERYT, 500RYT, Co-Founder
Co-Director of Village Yoga, Jessica Moody, began practicing yoga in 2007. Ever since discovering Yoga, she has taken her practice around the world and lived seasonally on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. In 2013 she co-founded Village Yoga, a social entrepreneurship and yoga studio on the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
In 2012 Jess completed Wilmington Yoga Center’s 200-hour Kunga Yoga Lifestyle and Teacher Training with Kristin Cooper and has dedicated herself to teaching ever since. In the Spring of 2015 Jess completed her 500-hour certification, and a professional mentorship with Kristin Cooper and the Kunga Yoga School. Since 2014 she has guest taught 200-hour training programs and is a certified Kunga Yoga teacher trainer at the professional level. Jess has also taught with non-profits and in retreat settings in Mexico, Costa Rica, and India.
She holds certificates in 5Elements Vinyasa Flow, with advanced studies in Power Vinyasa, Restorative & Senior Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Kids Yoga, and Yoga for PTSD and trauma sensitive populations. Jess would like to recognize her primary teachers Kristin Cooper, Noelle Whittington, and Larry Hobbs. She has also studied with other inspirational teachers such as Kathryn Budig, Michael Johnson, Rolf Gates, and Tiffany Cruikshank.
Within her studio and other public classes Jess strives to create a spiritually and physically progressive, yet fun, yoga practice that challenges her students to unlock their ultimate potentials and strive for their highest selves. Jess’ vision as a yoga teacher is to continue to spread yoga as a path of service, and to inspire students to live with unconditional self love. When she’s not on the mat you can find her in the ocean riding waves, or searching for beach treasures with her dog, Waylon.
200E-RYT, 500RYT, Co-Founder
Growing up on the Outer Banks, Village Yoga C0-Founder Katie Kennis first discovered yoga in 2003 through the loving guidance of her yogini mother, Maggie. From then on she was hooked. Through a dedicated daily practice and a love of travel, Katie found herself completing a 200-hour Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga certification through School Yoga Institute on the beautiful beach of Playa Gigante, Nicaragua in 2011. Eager to share the benefits cultivated through her self-practice and to dig deeper into all aspects of a yogic lifestyle, she returned to her childhood home on the Outer Banks where in 2013 she co-founded Village Yoga, a social entrepreneurship and yoga studio.
After a sudden loss of Katie’s mother, she soon found the consistent dedication to her practice to be the driving force in her healing process. With a vision to guide others on the path to self-discovery and healing within an all inclusive environment, Katie continues to draw inspiration from the fluidity of the ocean, freedom of her travel adventures, and above all the compassion of her most influential teacher, Mom.
Since the founding of Village Yoga, Katie has completed her 500-hour certification, and a professional mentorship with Kristin Cooper-Gulak and the Kunga Yoga School, during the spring of 2015. Katie is honored to have guest taught in 200-hour teacher training programs and is a certified Kunga Yoga teacher trainer at the professional level. Through her love of travel and service, she has had the opportunity to teach on retreats in Nosara, Costa Rica and and Kerala, India.
Katie has received a 5 Elements Vinyasa Flow certification from Kristin Cooper-Gulak at the Wilmington Yoga Center with additional training in Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for PTSD and trauma sensitive populations, Kids Yoga, Yoga for Seniors and more. Katie remains forever grateful to consider Maggie Kennis and Kristin Cooper-Gulak as her primary teachers. She has also studied under such influential teachers as Kathryn Budig, Tiffany Cruikshank, Tim Miller, Leslie Kaminoff, Jason Crandell, Rolf Gates, and Maty Ezraty.
Sandy was first introduced to yoga by her mother when she was a child. She began a regular practice in the 70’s while living on the west coast. It was then that her curiosity and interest grew about yogic philosophy and the teachings of the ancient yogis. After moving back east in 1985, she became a student of Swami Satchinananda and Intregal Yoga. His philosophy of “Truth is one, paths are many” remains a guiding principal in her life.
In 2010 she was first exposed to yoga nidra at a stress management conference at the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. This method of guided meditation became a regular practice and in March 2015 Sandy began her studies with Guru Amrit Desai and was certified to teach yoga nidra at Amrit Institute in Florida. Sandy uses the principles of yoga with students to help them relax in the present moment and to contribute to their wholeness and aliveness through relaxation. The beauty of yoga nidra is that it is available to almost anyone and the benefits are numerous. Sandy believes that teaching yoga nidra is an extension of her personal spiritual disciple that enriches her life and helps others.
In 2013 Olivia attended Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado, where she studied under Nataraja Kallio and Sree Devi. She received her Bachelors degree in Traditional Eastern Arts with a concentration in yoga, as well as completing 1,000 hours of yoga teacher training. Upon graduation in 2015, Olivia registered with Yoga Alliance, and used her yoga teaching as means to travel throughout Central America, where she drew on inspiration from local culture, nature, and surfing. Feeling at home within the beach lifestyle, Olivia came to the Outer Banks in October 2016 to complete the Kunga Yoga Lifestyle Program through Village Yoga and Wilmington Yoga Center, studying under her teachers, Jessica Moody and Kristen Cooper.
Olivia’s classes are inspired by music, nature, playfulness, and meditation. By using Kunga teachings of service through yoga, she seeks to guide students of all levels, through exploring their mind, body, and soul in finding self love; So that all can step off of the mat feeling balanced, nourished, and inspired to share that love with the world.
Erin is 200 hour Kunga Yoga and GroovyKids™ Yoga certified. She began practicing yoga in 2004, registering with Yoga Alliance after completing her Kunga Yoga Lifestyle and Teacher Training in the Fall of 2014 with Kristen Cooper, of Wilmington Yoga Center, along with Jess Moody and Katie Kennis of Village Yoga in Duck, NC. Erin believes that yoga has the power to be a positive change in any ones life and sees yoga as a way to make positive connections. Erin’s goal is to make life changing yoga accessible for any person at any stage of life. Erin is also a Registered Occupational Therapist licensed in North Carolina, with more than 6 years of work experience in geriatrics, pediatrics and level 1 trauma rehabilitation. In 2016 Erin completed a training in Craniosacral Therapy and is currently offering sessions through village yoga.
Michele is a 200-hour RYT that began her steady yoga practice in 2009. Initially interested in the physical benefits of yoga, she soon realized that the real kicker of yoga is the peace of mind that comes with slowing down and connecting with your breath. She received her 200 RYT training in Nicaragua through School Yoga Institute in 2011. As a licensed massage therapist, Michele has a strong interest in anatomy and physiology, and aims to teach classes that are inclusive and safe for all levels.
Recognizing that yoga can be intimidating for new practitioners, she strives to keep things light and emphasize the most basic tenants of yoga: to slow down and breathe. Expect good tunes, fun sequences, and a healthy challenge!
Sophie is a 500 RYT and certified Vinyasa, Restorative, Hatha and Kundalini teacher. She started practicing yoga in 2004 and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Wilmington Yoga Center’s Kunga Yoga School with Village Yoga in Duck, NC in 2014 and her 500 hour training at Semperviva College in Vancouver, British Columbia shortly there after. Kunga yoga is not a style of yoga but rather a way of being. It places emphasis on using yoga as a path of service to the planet, its people and all beings everywhere.
Sophie has dedicated herself to this path of serving others through her yoga teaching and volunteer work. Most recently, teaching in Hawaii where she was teaching yoga on an organic farm as well as at an adult day program for adults with learning and behavior disabilities. In 2015 Sophie co-wrote a yoga teacher training manual for the non-profit organization Project True which promotes positive body image. Sophie places a strong emphasis on self care and self love believing that we are all perfect, whole and complete exactly as we are.
Sophie believes it is her role as a teacher to create a fun, supportive, safe space within her classes, allowing her students to feel free and connect with their true authentic, glorious selves. The radiant self that is always there… and has been all along.
Charlee Ulmer is certified in Kunga Yoga, an open style of mind and body yoga with focused teachings on service. Charlee also holds certification in Kunga 5Elements Flow and Restorative Yoga. She is currently working towards her 500 Hour certification through the Kunga Yoga School. She began practicing regularly in the Spring of 2014. Charlee registered with Yoga Alliance in the Fall of 2014 after completing her 200 hour certification with Village Yoga & Wilmington Yoga Center in Duck, North Carolina. Her primary teachers include Jessica Moody, Katie Kennis, Jessica Mausteller, Kristin Cooper-Gulak, Noelle Whittington, and Katie Silcox. She has also had the honor of practicing and studying with Hilary Garivaltis, Rachel Brathen, Rolf Gates, and Emilie Perz. She strives to keep her classes lighthearted and fun, hoping to allow her students to find freedom in their ever-changing bodies and minds. Charlee also enjoys surfing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and eating delicious food!