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       Rock Hill: 111 Caldwell St, Suite 101 Rock Hill | SC 29730 | 803-366-YOGA (9642)   


Power Hour

This class is taught by:

Sara Cain-da Costa

Owner, E-RYT200 CEP & Health Coach

Sara is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher through the Asheville Yoga Center. She has been teaching yoga in studios, gyms, boardrooms, classrooms, parks, ballfields, basketball courts, and more in the Charlotte metro region since 2000. She was also the first Steele Creek area and Fort Mill, SC Power Yoga instructor.  She guides the 200 hour teacher training program for Samdhaana Yoga.

Sara's personal yoga practice started in 1998 as a holistic approach to healing from a traumatic life event. She quickly realized that yoga is a great physical workout but also also a tool to use for life long healing. She has a background and certifications teaching Power, Vinyasa, Yin, Gentle, Prenatal, and kids yoga.  In addition, she's a certiified Yoga Warrior International teacher allowing her to bring the practice of yoga to our active duty and veteran soldiers suffering from PTSD.  She has created yoga programming for Fortune 500 Corporations, Girl Talk Foundation, Girls on the Run, HQ4 Baseball, Clippers Baseball, iCoachurun, Velocity Sports, summer camps, youth and adult athletes, elementary and middle schools, and more.

In addition to yoga, she is a Certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.  She also has over 18 years of former corporate leadership experience in Human Resources.  

Sara's style is positive and empowering; she encourages students to grow by finding the calm at their physical edge. She is committed to practicing and sharing the benefits of yoga, fitness, health, and wellness!

email sara@synergyyogawellness.com

Michelle Schaffran

An avid health and fitness life style has been a part of Michelle’s life since she can remember; when she wasn’t working you could find her in aerobics, running, biking, playing tennis, or weight training. She also pursued becoming an aerobics instructor and worked various positions with gyms from LA Fitness in Atlanta to Curves, Women’s Fitness, and Fitness Edge. However, she had yet to experience the mind-body-spirit connection and body awareness that yoga provides.

From the day of her first class nearly 9 years ago she became an avid yogi. And in 2009 she completed the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training from the Certified Yoga Alliance® program at Charlotte Yoga Studio in Power Alignment Yoga with Grace and Mylinda Morales. To further her knowledge and growth along her yoga path, she also completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Y2 Yoga which included a study of the Ashtanga primary series with Johnna Smith and Tanner Bazemore.

She believes that yoga can be for anyone that desires it! Her passion is to share what she has learned and experienced; meeting each student where they are in their practice from the beginner to the more advanced yogi!

Carol Leonard

Carol is a certified yoga teacher in Primary Series Ashtanga Yoga and Baptiste Yoga under Barron Baptiste. She has also trained with Rolf Gates, Sean Corn, Shiva Rea, David Swenson. Carol is a pioneer having formerly owned the first yoga studio in Rock Hill, sharing the love of this practice to many who had never experienced a yoga class before. Carol has taught to both students and teachers from pre-school to high school level and has been teaching private and semi private lessons for years. Carol is also certified as a Personal Trainer and has worked with both adults and teenage woman preparing for a competitive sport and pageants.

Carol grew up in the 60's in the Boston area with a grandmother who was one of the pioneers of her time to open a health food store and teach about healthy living, eating and the practice of yoga and breathing. Her parents attended local yoga classes in her neighborhood which, as a child, Carol often attended as well! "Yoga and living a healthy, active lifestyle was part of my upbringing. My brothers and I to this day all practice yoga and are physically active with speed walking, cycling, swimming and other outdoor sports. My parents, both still living, get up every morning and breathe, stretch and move their bodies! And though they are no longer standing on the heads, yoga has kept them young and beautiful! Carol hopes to follow in their footsteps for decades to come!

Carol's style of yoga combines fun classes where students and teacher laugh, breath and work together! Though some sequences can be challenging, Carol breaks down postures, offering modifications and encouragement to work at the level that one's body is able to. As she often says, " Please be open to the challenge of a posture, explore it, enjoy it and breathe it. You will never know what you are capable of doing unless you try. And when you breathe deeply with the posture, the feeling is miraculous!"

Outside of yoga Carol works at the Children's Attention Home helping children in grades K-2 with their studies. Giving back and keeping a community strong is a belief Carol holds dear to her heart.

"Yoga is the solid in my life. There is always a breath to take more deeply when the challenges of life present themselves. We all have incredible powers within ourselves with one common ground...the ability to breathe, to delight in movement with breath and to find the incredible joy that life has to share...positive attitude is everything."

Our Power Hour will provide you with a great, rigorous flow in a shorter amount of time. It's designed to give you a total-body yoga experience building muscle and core strength. We will also include yoga breath work and a short meditation to leave you refreshed. Taught in a warm room. All levels welcomed.