Cena Jennette : Owner & 200 RYT Instructor (continuing ed. and training)
Cena is a born and raised Hatteras Island native who was first introduced to yoga in 2002 at the Wilmington Yoga Center. Her background in gymnastics lead to an immediate love for the physical side of the practice and later the benefits of the mind and soul connection that yoga creates. Upon graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, she moved to San Diego, CA and practiced several different styles of yoga with many different teachers. Cena has received trainings and attended workshops with David Garrigues, Bryan Kest, Kim Zegil and David Williams. After 8 years of practicing yoga for herself, she embarked on teacher training and received her 200 RYT certification in multi-style yoga at Chesapeake Hot Yoga in 2010. Cena taught in Charlotte, NC and Jacksonville, FL, until recently moving back to her hometown of Hatteras Island with her husband, also a Hatteras Island local and their two young children. The decision to move home was easy; the struggle for Cena was living without a yoga studio once they moved back. Fortunately, with full support and encouragement from her family things fell into place and Hatteras Yoga was born.
Cena teaches primarily Vinyasa Flow, Power Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga. She most recently attended a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, with Kimberley Puryear at Asheville Yoga Center in North Carolina. Cena's teaching style is upbeat and encouraging, as she strives to make the practice of yoga accessible to everyone with a "no judgement" philosophy.
Jenna Baldi : 200 RYT Instructor
Jenna went to her first yoga class 8 years ago in order to "stretch and chill out." She quickly learned that yoga would mean so much more to her. She left that class, and every class since, with a renewed sense of strength and gratitude. As she furthered her practice, she loved the physical work out she got, but was intrigued by the spiritual and emotional exploration she began to experience. After trying different styles and lineages over the the years, Jenna decided she wanted to share her passion for yoga with others. She studied under Lizzy Hoffman in Charlotte and received her 200 RYT in July of 2015. Her style of yoga is challenging with a great emphasis on self-discovery and acceptance. Jenna's classes will push you physically and will encourage you to create space in your life for opportunities you may have never dreamed of. Come and explore the possibilities!
Anna Meshejian : 200 RYT Instructor
My personal yoga practice began in high school when I began taking classes within the Integral Yoga tradition. I loved my teacher and the people with whom I practiced deeply; as I grew, I found that no matter where I was in life, my yoga practice was there to help guide me back to stability.
I completed my RYT-200 certification with Karuna Yoga Teacher Training in 2012 and quickly became involved with the nonprofit Project Yoga Richmond. My experience with yoga and the love and spiritual happiness it brought me inspires me to share it with others: Through PYR, I led Yoga Nidra and Restorative yoga classes for the last 3 years. The benefits of meditation on mood and cognition are something I continue to study.
I also enjoy teaching to adolescents. In 2016, I had the opportunity to develop my experience working with teens by completing the Kripalu Yoga in the Schools 75-hour Teacher Training. Since then, I have taught students at Brook Road Academy and Fairfield Middle School in Richmond, VA.
Presently, I am preparing to earn an additional 300 hours to complete RYT-500 certification with the Integral Yoga Academy in Buckingham, VA.
Jessie Taylor: Music & Yoga Instructor
Jessie Taylor has been an active yoga enthusiast since it first sparked her interest at Bally Total Fitness in 2002. Over the past 15 years, Jessie has practiced different types of yoga ranging from Power Yoga, Bikram, Hot Yoga and greatly enjoys the physical and mental benefits of the Vinyasa and Power flows.
On a daily basis, Jessie has been a musician for practically her entire life. Her specialty is violin (25 years), singing, playing guitar and song writing. Jessie has been entertaining for weddings and special events, as well as teaching violin since as early as she can remember. In September of 2015, Jessie and her husband launched Cape Hatteras Music Academy, offering group music classes for toddlers through 6 year olds, and private instrument lessons for violin, guitar, singing, ukulele and cello for children ages 5 and up.
Alongside the musical life, Jessie balances her busy schedule with a regular yoga practice. She always had the thought in the back of her mind to potentially start teaching yoga, due to her interest and knowledge from the past 15 years of practicing. Ironically, in 2017, Hatteras Yoga extended an invite for Jessie to join their team with teaching Kids Yoga classes.
Jessie is very excited to share time with you in your practice, guiding you and/or your child, along for a fantastic practice that will not only benefit your physical well-being, but your musical mind and spirit.