About Enlighten Yoga

Learn to connect your breath with movement and move toward balance – physically, mentally, emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. On a physical level, we strive to find balance between strength and flexibility. The word “yoga” means ~ union, to yoke, to bring together. At Enlighten Yoga, we emphasize the importance of the breath – learning to find a balance between inhales and exhales and to connect breath with movement. Using our breath and movement, we learn to control our thoughts – to slow down.

We can use our yoga practice to find harmony and balance in dynamic forces.  There is a cycle that exists all around us – the cycle of birth, growth, maintenance and destruction/ruin. A yoga practice teaches us that opportunity lies in everything, including that which seems difficult. It is through ruin/destruction that we find transformation. What is change really, if not the end of something as it transforms to become something else?

Our yoga teachers are well versed in guiding clients through a variety of classes with an emphasis on cues for proper alignment and hands on assists. Whether it is Universal Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Power/Hot Yoga, Yoga for Athletes or Yoga Basics, we believe that movement with breath can lead to transformation.

Why wait for the weekend to have fun when we offer it 7 days a week!!

Enlighten Yoga

9852 Rea Road Suite D2 (Located on 2nd floor)
Charlotte, NC 28277

Phone: 704-543-8000

Email: info@enlightenyogaCLT.com

Testimonials

Just a quick note to say thanks for your teaching these past few months, as well as your patience with my questions (and recommendation to see Nevin!).  Enlighten Yoga has become a wonderful oasis for me a few times a week.  While I felt confident that returning to yoga would help my migraines (which it has), I had no idea that it would also return me to a sense of my own self after a couple of years completely immersed in new motherhood.  So … thank you for that.

~ Myra

I have been practicing at Enlighten Yoga for almost 3 years. Being new to Yoga I was very nervous and not sure what to expect. I didn’t want to be the one the they looked at and said “what is she doing here?”. My fears were put to rest very quickly. The instructors have always been kind and encouraging. They have never made me feel like I don’t belong there. Yoga has changed not only my body but my attitude too. I always recommend Enlighten Yoga –  love their instructors!!

~ Brandi

Teacher training at Enlighten Yoga has changed my life in ways that I never dreamed possible.  I have had many teachers in my life, although Mara’s approach is one that inspires deep understanding and individual development through the eight limb path.  My perception of yoga has evolved from a knowledge of strictly asana, to yoga as a pathway that leads to personal growth and spiritual development.   I would not trade this experience for the world, and I am truly inspired by the amazing teachers and friends that I have met through this journey.

~ Desirae

I’d been “practicing yoga” for 2 years prior to visiting Enlighten Yoga.  I started at the YMCA – just to get a good stretch.  I lucked into finally attending a great instructor there – and realized how powerful yoga can be – and that it could become a great workout.  I realized I really had to pick and chose the teachers – there is an extremely wide variation of styles and teachers.

I tried a few studios – and seriously attended a different studio for about a year.  I got a real cardio workout there – but after most classes I felt like I got a great workout – but still needed to stretch.  That didn’t make sense to me…

I visited Enlighten Yoga for the first time in March of 2011.  I took a few classes after hearing good things from other yogis.  Very quickly I realized that every teacher was good (a rarity at any other studio I visited) – and the classes had  a great feel.  I started coming regularly in May 2011 – and learned that I could “get my yoga buzz” after every class.  I got a strong physical workout – while also learning more about the internal calm that comes with a great sequence taught by a great instructor.

What I like:
Consistent.  Teachers will give the same suggestions/corrections for poses.  I like the fact that the teachers are working off the same “playbook” for how a pose should be executed (whether your legs are in one line, or on railroad tracks in warrior 1; whether your back should be arched, or straight in chair pose, etc).

Even across the body:  I feel like every part of my body gets a good workout.  LOVE the arm asanas.  I practice them ALL the time.  I never walk out of there feeling like I need to stretch!

“Spiritual” part:  I started yoga for the stretch – then got into the workout – and pooh-poohed the idea of a spiritual thing.  I did feel relaxed after a good class – but wrote that off to having a good workout.  After a year at Enlighten Yoga – I learned more about “the rest of yoga” and the value of using your body to relax and open your mind.  (wow- that doesn’t sound like the hard-driving type A personality that I normally exude).  Hey – not sure how it works – but it works.  If you have a good teacher – and a regular practice – amazing things happen that end up making you happier. Enlighten Yoga did this for me.Teaching new yogis:  Awesome instruction for those new to yoga.  You learn the right technique – and still get a good workout.  Makes people want to learn more.  I still take the occasional “basic” class – and like the workout provided – and am reminded of the alignment.

Location:  Easy parking, easy to get to.  Can run errands before/after – Blakeney is an awful handy place.

Facility:  Is beautiful.  Can buy yoga stuff there – which is nice.

Special workshops:  Great opportunities to learn more about yoga.  Some fabulous instructors from the larger yoga community come here.

~ Kathy

I had been doing Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga for a few years on and off. A couple of years ago I decided to restart my Ashtanga practice. Enlighten Yoga and its talented and knowledgeable teachers helped transform me from doing yoga to becoming a practicing Ashtangi. This is a gift I get to carry with me for the rest of my life. Whatever your path, Enlighten Yoga offers a variety of classes for all levels and interests and you will meet many people to assist your practice.

To inspire its practitioners, Enlighten Yoga has redecorated its studio and feel is quite resounding! The feel is yogic and soothing with a wonderful energy!!!

~ Michael

I Love Enlighten Yoga. I feel like I am part of something big. I am part of a community. No matter what class I attend, I always feel welcomed by not only the instructors, but the students as well. I am greeted consistently and I have met a lot of great people. The practices are consistent and great.

~ Donah

Found a new home at Enlighten Yoga! The teachers and staff are amazing! Even though I can’t come as much as I used to due to taking on a full time job….I know whenever I can go I feel at home! You are all amazing people! NAMASTE!

~ Joan

I had been coming to sessions at Enlighten Yoga for weeks along with other athletes training for the NFL season. I originally thought better flexibility would be the only benefit I’d receive from yoga. In only a few weeks, my flexibility has increased, my core has gotten stronger and nagging injuries I have had from years of football and weightlifting, including my shoulder and back, are less of an issue. I recommend Enlighten Yoga because it’s a great way to stay active, get stronger, more flexible and gain a better understanding of your body.

~ Tommy Irvin, Safety – Arizona Cardinals

Enlighten Yoga has helped so much. With each session I have witnessed major improvement in my feet, hip and hamstring flexibility. These are all vital when reaching top end speed and suddenly changing directions in any sport. I am also more confident with positioning my body in certain ways in the studio as well as on the field. I feel more in touch with my body as I now understand why it moves and reacts in certain situations. Over my time spent at Enlighten Yoga certain injuries that were a problem are becoming less and less of an issue. The staff and teachers at Enlighten Yoga have taken great care of us.

They are always open to new ideas and take many different approaches to help us as athletes. They are very passionate about what they do and provide an awesome environment for yoga.

~ Torez Jones, Cornerback – Western Carolina

At first I did not believe that yoga would help me. But after practicing for even a few weeks, it has really improved my flexibility in my hips, hamstrings and shoulders. I can especially feel the difference in my hips and hip flexors when I run. Yoga also pushes and challenges me. The teachers at Enlighten Yoga introduced me to yoga in a fun and unique way.

~ Brian Maddox, Running Back – USC

Enlighten Yoga has helped me to transform into a more complete athlete. I have always struggled with my flexibility, but with the help of the Enlighten Yoga teachers, I am more confident with my body, in addition to my new form for injury prevention.

~ Daryl Kurtz, Offensive Line – Bloomsburg U

At my age. the goal was to gain strength and balance without impact. I decided to give yoga a try. Home at first, then I found Enlighten Yoga …!

A warm and inviting facility to practice. Many different classes, all day 7 days a week and most important of all a fantastic teaching staff or group of guides! Each one has a unique style. They are kind, yet don’t hesitate to challenge you to one more breath in that pose ,apply corrections or offer alternate ways for the less flexible.. :)

Practicing at Enlighten Yoga is a fantastic experience for mind and body and goes far beyond my original goal.

I look forward to every class! Thank you Enlighten Yoga!

~ Robert
“I came to Enlighten Yoga a very injured athlete.  I had severe restrictions in my adductors, hip flexors, and had recently suffered a partially torn hamstring.  My physical therapist suggested I go to Enlighten Yoga in combination with therapy.  Shari took the time to understand my injuries and explain to me how yoga could help me overcome them.  In the many months I have spent at Enlighten Yoga since, not only has my practice dramatically improved but I am now injury free and ready to return to playing lacrosse again.  It is amazing the difference that yoga has made in my athleticism.  I am much more in touch with my body and my body control is at an all time high.  Anyone that says yoga is “just for girls” has clearly never had the help of a true professional like Shari.  In the time I have known her, not only has she taught me a tremendous amount about opening up my body but we have also become great friends.  Any athlete that is not practicing yoga and getting the individual attention the Enlighten Yoga studio provides is giving away a tremendous advantage on the field.”
~ Zack Miller, University of South Carolina Men’s Lacrosse

I am grateful to Shari, Marilyn and Amani for sharing their knowledge and expertise of yoga and for their compassion and support during the Teacher Training Program at Enlighten Yoga.  I feel blessed to have been able to study under their guidance.  I really appreciate that the teacher training experience didn’t end when I was handed my certificate.  Enlighten Yoga has a Mentoring Program that extends past graduation where I can be further guided as I transition to leading others in their yoga practice.  I have grown, not just in my own personal yoga practice, but as an individual and I look forward to sharing my love of yoga with others.

~ Jolin B

If in any way you are on the fence regarding yoga teacher training at Enlighten yoga, you will not regret accomplishing your yoga certification.  Yoga means union or join together which is what teachers at Enlighten practice everyday.  A community support spear headed by dedicated and passionate guides.  Shari Goldstein has put together a team to educate and guide you through the journey of not only physical but spiritual awakening.  All the teachers/guides are continually working on hours and hours of additional learning to enhance the practice of  yoga.   During the course of studies, you will learn many things about yourself as well as teaching a yoga class.  The Enlighten community, with the support of fellow  students and sincere teachers, brings  peace and happiness with a common thread, the passion of yoga.

~ Tina W

Shari, Marilyn, and Amani are amazing teachers with a deep understanding of all aspects of yoga. They are beautiful souls who share their knowledge and give generously of their time. They teach from both a spiritual and practical perspective in an effort to prepare you for teaching or deepening your personal practice. They have all spent time answering questions and working through technique with myself and other trainees all they ask for in return is a desire to learn and the discipline to work at it. They are truly amazing and I feel blessed to have the opportunity to continue learning from them.

~ Marieanna R

 

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