Meet Our Teachers

Our yoga teachers are experienced, passionate, and knowledgeable; each with their own talents and styles. We encourage students to try a variety of classes and teachers in order to find the experiences that serve them best.

Let go of your attachment to the outcome

Let go of your attachment to the outcome

Let go of your attachment to the outcome

Owner, Shannon Dievendorf

Shannon started her yoga journey in 2013. She first came to yoga for stress reduction and emotional regulation and quickly realized there were a host of other benefits she gained from her practice. Physical to spiritual benefits and everything in between. Shannon completed her 200 Hour Yoga Training from Yoga for the Planet in 2016. Shannon believes that yoga is for every BODY. Yoga heals.

Teacher, Meredith Wray

Mert Wray first found yoga in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1994 to help heal a medical condition and fell in love with all of its benefits. Becoming certified to teach in 2010 at Asheville Yoga Center under Stephanie Keach, Joe Taft and Shala Worsley opened Mert’s world of yoga up even more. Over the past 7 years she has been dedicated to her practice and continuing education especially in the areas of the Chakras and Ayurveda. Since moving to Oak Island in 2013 her yoga world and teaching has evolved even more in this loving community. Mert focuses on teaching how to create space in the mind and body- with the intention that “movement heals”. “Yoga is for everyone – when someone comes out of my class I want them to be empowered by what they can do. We use the poses to get into our bodies moreso than using our bodies to get into the poses. “ Mert’s classes are focused, loving, and playful at times.

Teacher, Brynn Waite

Brynn found yoga 17 years ago on the Outer Banks when she and her employee decided to hire a wonderful yoga teacher to come to their office twice a week.  She was fortunate enough to enjoy practicing and learning with several amazing teachers over the years, and eventually started practicing at Outer Banks Yoga.  She went to yoga classes everywhere she traveled — from Berkeley to Paris to Costa Rica, and she attended numerous workshops, but she dreamt of someday diving into Teacher Training.  Moving to Oak Island put her in the right place at the right time to take advantage of the opportunity to study with Claire Liddle and Nancy Smith.  She is now a certified yoga instructor and her life has been enriched beyond measure.  Namaste.

Teacher, Tammy Serafin

Tammy Serafin has been practicing yoga for 16 years. She is originally from MD, where she received her RYT 200 and taught chair, beginner, intermediate, and children’s yoga classes. Tammy’s teaching style is gentle, and offers modifications and alternatives to better personalize your practice.

Teacher, Donna Dowson

Growing up as a dancer, Donna fell in love with the flow and grace of Vinyasa and Ashtanga when she first discovered yoga. The constant challenge of physical, mental and spiritual balance has kept her coming back ever since. She loves that there is a yoga practice out there for anyone who is willing to try. She started teaching yoga so she could help students discover the beauty of the breath, the ease of movement and the acceptance of self and others that yoga offers. Always emphasizing the practice of honoring the body’s current state of being through ahimsa (non-violence), students are guided by Donna to explore all the possibilities yoga has to improve the health and well-being of mind, body and spirit. Her classes are fun, energetic and aimed at helping you find balance in your practice on and off the mat.

When you come to a class with Donna, you will be met right where you are, and move through a mindfully-flowing yoga sequence that is creative, fun, and challenging without being overwhelming. You’ll learn anatomy and alignment cues to make all your yoga poses more effective and amazing, no matter what style you usually practice. Her classes often involve energetic sequences but also incorporate stillness in order to quiet the mind. Her welcoming teaching style, energy, love, & passion for yoga will keep you coming back for more! Get ready to feel empowered, fit, and energized to move your lessons off the mat and transform your body, mind and life from the inside out!

Teacher, Stacy Smith

Stacy’s fitness career began part time in 1983 with her first certification as a personal trainer. She’s managed fitness facilities, coordinated programs and owned studios in NH, MA, FL and NC. She was the Yoga coordinator and YTT faculty for some big corporate yoga companies like Lifetime Fitness, and Corepower Yoga. She co wrote several yoga teacher training programs and was a master teacher for several local studios. She is a former presenter for YogaFit teacher training and Aerobics and Fitness Association of America.

Throughout the years of practicing she has studied and taught Ashtanga, Bikram, Yin, Restorative, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Children’s Yoga, Chair Yoga, Prenatal/Postpartum, Yoga Nidra and Meditation, plus fusion style classes like Yoga/Pilates, Yoga/Barre, Yoga/Sculpt and special populations. Stacy started her own teacher training in 2017, Yoga Unlimited Teacher Training School, with a mission to spread the yoga love and make yoga accessible to everybody and every BODY.

Stacy is also a Thai Body Worker, a Reiki Master, a Holy Reiki Master and a Sound Healer. Outside of the wellness world, she loves the beach, painting, traveling and spending time with her family.

What Our Clients Say:

My favorite place to learn/practice yoga. Very kind. Accepting of all ability levels. Positive encouragement and support. Very clean.
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My first class with David Shivettes and I was blown away! I have been practicing Yoga for years, attended some of the major yoga retreat centers in the US and other parts of the world! David has a style intergrates Yoga, breath, meditation and restoration! I am signing on with David at Rebel Soul Yoga come join me next Thursday! Linda Zaccaro. Sat Namm
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