Cape Fear Yoga
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Michel is the co-owner and director of Cape Fear Yoga and Wellness Center. Her unique classes blend movement and stillness, strength and flexibility, breath and awareness to inspire students to unite body, mind, and heart in the present moment, both on and off the mat.
Although Michel began her yoga journey later in life, she quickly discovered the many benefits of yoga beyond just physical practice. She overcame her initial fear of being unable to do yoga poses and found joy in the stillness and connection between breath and movement. This newfound love for yoga gave her more self-esteem and led her to complete her 200-hour teacher training at Wilmington Yoga, and she is now working towards her 500-hour teacher training.
Michel coaches and does Crossfit and credits the breathwork she learned in yoga for helping her overcome challenges in Crossfit. She enjoys teaching yoga and coaching Crossfit and continually learns from her students and coaches, tying it all together.
At Cape Fear Yoga and Wellness Center, Michel and her team offer a variety of styles and teachers to cater to everyone's unique needs and interests. They welcome students of all levels, and as Michel reminds us, "we were all new once too!"
Carysa has a strong background in fitness and a passion for helping people achieve optimal health. Before joining Cape Fear Fitness in 2009, she had a personal interest in dance and had several years of experience as a cheer coach and tumbling instructor. She understood the value of maintaining good health and brought her knowledge and experience to her work as a spinning instructor, front desk attendant, and personal trainer at Cape Fear Fitness. With her training and experience in administration and team leadership, Carysa became the Manager of Cape Fear Fitness in 2011 and later became an owner of the business that same year.
With her extensive experience and dedication to fitness, Carysa is passionate about helping people feel better about themselves through fitness. Despite years of offering yoga at Cape Fear Fitness, they eventually decided to find a separate studio. Carysa, Michel, and Eric partnered to open Cape Fear Yoga and Wellness Center to meet this need. Carysa and her team at Cape Fear Fitness offer a range of services, including Cape Fear Kids Gymnastics and Fitness Academy, CrossFit programs, Game Changer Strength and Conditioning, and Cape Fear Yoga and Wellness Center. The diverse offerings promote optimal health and wellness in the community.
Dr. Eric is one of the founding owners that opened Cape Fear Fitness in 2008 and joined Michel and Carysa as a partner in opening Cape Fear Yoga and Fitness Center. As an orthopedic specialist and surgeon with training and experience in military medicine, Dr. Eric brings a valuable perspective on health and fitness. He is a Member of the American Osteopathic Association, an Associate Member of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a Member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and a Member of the North Carolina Osteopathic Medical Association.
From physically active jobs in my teens and twenties, to a physically sedentary desk job in my professional career, developing degenerative disc issues was no surprise. In 2010, I knew it was time to find something that would help to stabilize and strengthen my core. I signed up for yoga classes through my city parks and recreation department in Seal Beach, CA and found that not only did the movement of this yoga practice help me physically, but the mental and soul connection brought about something I was not expecting, a sense of unity between my mind, body, and soul, with my breath being the conduit between all three. I wanted more and joined Purple Yoga studio in Long Beach, CA where I experienced my first Hot yoga class. The cleansing detoxification of not only my physical body, but the emotional and mental cleansing was indescribable. This is when my true love for Hot yoga began!
In 2015 I left California and moved to Greensboro, NC, to be closer to my family in Henry County Virginia. My husband and I met in Greensboro in September 2016, married in 2017 and made High Point, NC our home. After meeting some of the neighbors and HOA board members at our neighborhood pool one day, I received a call from one of my new friends asking if I would be interested in leading a community yoga class at our club house. As if a divine path had been laid out before me, my local yoga studio, Yoga Mindset School of Yoga and Wellness had just advertised their Fall/Winter Yoga Teacher Training program. I enrolled in the program in the fall of 2018 and graduated in February 2019. I lead our community yoga class once a week for just over a year. The excitement of leading this class lead me to co-lead a Faith and Flow class through our church. Combining prayer and yoga simply makes sense to me. Both classes ended when the pandemic shut down all group gatherings. I am thrilled to be getting back into sharing my love of yoga with community and just as I felt that divine path being laid out for me in 2018, I feel it happening again with this amazing opportunity to share and meet new friends here at Cape Fear Yoga and Wellness.
Beverly Weinstein, E-RYT500, EMY200, YACEP
With over 1600 hours of study and more than 3000 hours of teaching, Beverly has an incredibly strong yogic foundation. The knowledge and expertise she imparts in the studio afford her students a total yoga experience. Her classes focus on achieving a balance between the mental, physical & spiritual components of yoga. ... emphasizing the Hatha (physical), the Pranayama (breathwork) & the Dhyana (meditation). She is a “hands-on” instructor, continually enhancing one's practice while avoiding injury. Beverly has taught all age groups in her own studio ... Ageless Yoga-OKI, for years, having a particular passion for seniors. She teaches yoga as a way of living ... Embracing the mind, body & spirit for all ages.
Bonnie started yoga in 2010 at her doctor's suggestion to learn how to breathe to repair a lung damaged by pneumonia. After many months of sitting in class doing not much more than breathing, she joined the others, moving through poses to build some strength back. Bonnie discovered the awesome power of yoga in her improved health, stamina, and community of fellow practitioners. She has been blessed to have practiced under 14 different instructors whose backgrounds were varied and allowed her to experience a variety of yoga styles.
Completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2023, Bonnie is excited to share her experience and love of the practice with everyone who joins her on the mat. A Hatha style (combining breathing with poses focused on strength, balance, and flexibility) will be the main focus of her classes, as well as an occasional Yin class (with poses held a little longer to target connective tissues) and classes that focus on the proper use and benefits of props.
Ronnie Weinstein, DC, CCRD, E-RYT200, YACEP
Trained by power Vinyasa guru Tamal Dodge, Ronnie brings the flow (Vinyasa) to his classes with basic and power levels. As a practicing chiropractor/applied kinesiologist for over 41 years, he has treated & trained tens of thousands. He understands how proper alignment in one's practice can take a yogi to the next level of practice, doing so ... without injury (Ahimsa). His professional experience and credentials have lent themselves to teacher training for Wilmington Yoga Center, Long Wave Yoga, and Village Yoga. He has over 2000 classroom hours, sharing his passion for yoga with many.
Susan loves yoga because everything we need to live a happy, healthy life is wrapped up in the 8-limbs of yoga. Yoga has helped her throughout her life to overcome anxiety, to be more disciplined, to find balance in every area of life, and stay physically fit. Yoga inspires her to practice non-judgment and accept other humans just as they are. Wanting to share all of these benefits with others, Susan started studying and teaching YogaFit style in 2007. She studied Self-Awakening Yoga and Yoga Educator Certification Training with Janel Schullo and Horace Usry at Nexus Institute Yoga and Wellness based in Costa Rica. She stays current with Yoga Alliance and AFFA, and interestingly she is a Chios Master Teacher and Chios Master of Healing Consciousness. She's certified to teach Tai Chi short form and has studied SynergyDance with founder Charmaine Lee.
Susan enjoys teaching yoga to all ages in various styles and has a way of tailoring the class for those who show up. Everyone entering her class will feel welcome and comfortable and find peace throughout their mind, heart, and soul, bringing a sense of harmony and balance to their life.
Where does my yoga journey begin? In college, when life was chaotic and insecurity entangled me, I fell in love with the mindfulness of yoga. I learned that I had permission to pause, breathe, and feel. My favorite memories are group hikes in the blue ridge mountains with sun salutations at the top and wind singing its way through the trees. Joining the Navy, I ventured to San Diego and sought after the safety yoga had provided. I delved into hot yoga and found a home with CorePower Yoga. Over the 15 years of practicing, I've learned that breath work, being still and present, continues to challenge me. Yoga has provided a space for prayer, self-reflection, connection, acceptance of my body, and appreciation of its abilities. As a pediatric nurse, outdoor adventurer, and devoted believer in Christ, I see the breath as a beautiful gift I never want to take for granted. I hope to facilitate a space where you can come exactly as you are and have permission to pause and breathe. May we exhale fully so that we can inhale deeply.