OBXHY Tribe

  • April Pearson
    April Pearson Manager, RYT500

    April and her husband Mark moved to the Outer Banks in 2003 to raise their three children on the idyllic barrier island. Yoga has been an integral part of April’s life for 20 years. She completed her 200 RYT with Chesapeake Hot Yoga School of Yoga under the guidance of Briana Ward 500 RYT and Dr. Graham Schweig 500 RYT. April believes yoga is a way to connect us all through movement and breath. April is grateful to call OBXHY her home away from home, and to share her light with others. She can’t wait to see you in the heat!

  • Sarah Letchford Founder of OBXHY, E-RYT200, RYT500, LMBT NC #11747

    Sarah grew up with the dream of working in the music industry. She pursued her childhood goal and finished college with a degree in music production as well as an associates degree.

  • Matt Brent
    Matt Brent Owner, RYT200

    Matt began a regular heated yoga practice in 2021 at OBX HOT YOGA and maintains at least 3 classes a week. He completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training with Jimmy Barkan and continues to stay connected with the Barkan network. Matt’s passionate about staying active and living a healthy lifestyle. He could surf, skate board, and do hot yoga everyday if it was possible! When he’s not doing one of those activities, he’s enjoying his family, making the best coffees, and delicious food!

  • Olivia Jones Patchel Senior Staff, RYT200

    Olivia grew up in Winston Salem NC. Her constant passion for cultivating a culture of wellness led her to pursue a yoga teacher training. In June of 2017, Olivia completed her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Certification through Duck Village Yoga.

  • Janet Stone
    Janet Stone Front Desk, RYT 200

    Janet started her Hot Yoga journey in January 2019 at OBXHY, taking every course available over the next three years. In November 2021 she completed 220 hours of  Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) with Anne Howard at the Amalam School of Yoga and began teaching right away. In February 2022 she completed Teaching Foundations Level II Yoga Postures How to Modify and Amplify, and also in February 2022 she took an Arm Balance Workshop.  In July 2022 she received a certification for Reiki I and Reiki II Practitioner with Reiki Master/Teacher, Roxie Valdivieso. Janet gives reiki to people, pets, homes and spaces. In March 2023 she completed an 80-hour Hot Vinyasa Teacher Training Level II & Level III with Jimmy Barkan

     

    Janet‘s favorite aspect of Hot Yoga is the body-mind-spirit connection. You are more than just your thoughts. You move your body, quiet the mind and connect to your spirit. This connection encourages us to look within and self-reflect. You may come to understand your body more, release anything negative you are consciously or unconsciously hanging onto in your body. This encourages physical and emotional healing as you slow down and focus on the present, focusing on your breath, which greatly affects your mood. That’s where the true healing journey begins.

    Janet grew up on the Outer Banks and lives in Kitty Hawk. When she’s not teaching or practicing yoga, she enjoys spending time outdoors whether it’s on the beach or in the woods.

  • Erin Jackson Senior Staff, RYT200

    Erin completed the 260 hour interdisciplinary yoga teacher training program at The Amalam School of Yoga with teacher Anne Fallenbach Howard. When she is not teaching she is spending quality time with her family.

  • Debra Lee Letchford
    Debra Lee Letchford LMBT NC #15933
    Debra Lee believes in a healing therapeutic individualized massage. She has been practicing massage therapy for over 11 years. She gained her initial certification in Richmond, Virginia and proceeded to study in Colorado and North Carolina. Among her favorite modalities she offers are Thai massage, reflexology, deep tissue, sports, prenatal, trigger point therapy, and aromatherapy. She has a prenatal certification and ample continued studies in Thai massage, Thai healing saunas, teas and compresses. Her favorite areas of the body to work are head neck feet and hips. One of the things she loves most about massage is making sure her clients needs are met whether they would like to relax and fall asleep or have knots addressed in the session she is happy to adjust accordingly.

    Debra Lee’s background is in dance and yoga. She also received her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Denver Colorado.When Debra Lee is not massaging, you can find her in Virginia Beach spending time with her proudest accomplishments, her children. She enjoys yoga, running, surfing, cooking, gardening and sunshine.

  • Stephen Swinson
    Stephen Swinson RYT 200

    Born in the summer, Stephen has always loved the beach and hot weather. So, to pursue his dream he moved to the OBX full time. Living in the beautiful outer banks, it became evident that the balance between work and play would be crucial. Only a matter of fate brought yoga to steve. Growing up his Argentinian mother instilled the importance of physical health & fitness, therefore he loved to stay active with surfing, swimming, and the gym. Finally, thanks to sheer fulcher, he found a regular weekly practice to establish a true passion for yoga. This eventually led to getting 200RYT from Mark Gregory’s Donate Yoga out of Hawaii. In his spare time, he owns and runs a small landscaping company as well as creating art and cooking.

  • Jessie Morrissey RYT200

    Jessie does not see herself as the perfect postured yogi pictured on a sunset beach. She also describes an existential dread that looms heavy overhead when she tries to be still and just breathe.

  • Jill Keller LMBT NC #2462

    Jill Keller has been a North Carolina, Ohio and Nationally Certified Massage Therapist since April 2001. She was trained at the Dayton School of Medical Massage in Dayton OH, has a BA in Journalism and Marketing.

  • Ashley Digby RYT200

    Ashley loves the Outer Banks and has grown up coming here for most of her life. She is so grateful to live here full time now and be a part of this beautiful area. To deepen her yoga practice and be able to share it with others, is a dream come true. Ashley completed her 200 RYT from The Amalam School of Yoga with Anne Fallenbach Howard.

  • Laura Griggs
    Laura Griggs RYT200
    Laura took her first Ashtanga yoga class in September 2015 and quickly fell in love with the practice and all aspects of the eight limbs path of conscious living. She completed her 200 RYT training in May of 2016 at 8 Limbs Yoga in St Augustine, FL from authorized Ashtanga teachers under the Pattabhi Jois lineage (an authentic and traditional style of teaching and practicing). Laura believes this practice can help heal physically and emotionally while also helping students find personal empowerment and growth. Laura also has a BA in graphic design. Laura is passionate about living a holistic lifestyle, loves the outdoors, astrology, soccer, traveling and design. When not working or doing yoga, you can catch Laura practicing inversions and doing DIY projects at home.
  • Astrud Sams LMBT NC #6082, LE 2974, RYT200, HLCC, M. Sc.

    Astrud is a licensed massage therapist, licensed esthetician, registered yoga teacher, holistic life coach and counselor and holds a masters degree in metaphysical sciences.

  • Meredith Condon
    Meredith Condon LMBT NC #18150

    Meredith studied massage therapy at the Northwest Academy for the Healing Arts in Seattle, WA and is a recent transplant to North Carolina from Alaska.  Her training focused on clinical conditions with a strong emphasis on anatomy and kinesiology. In Meredith’s relatively short time as a massage therapist, she has eagerly sought out opportunities to learn more about the body with extra training in ligament work, movement-based therapy, and Thai massage for the table. As a physically active person, Meredith finds massage is an extremely effective way to increase body awareness and improve performance, no matter whether one is taking walks on the beach or trying to catch waves on a surfboard.  Meredith is excited and honored to provide others with the benefits of massage via an individualized, therapeutic massage. She uses a variety of methods such as Swedish massage, myofascial work, and focused trigger point work to help clients manage pain, deal with nagging injuries, or calm the nervous system; i.e. relax.

  • Denitzza Ramirez
    Denitzza Ramirez RYT 200

    Yoga is one Denitzza’s passions , and she is privileged to be able to share this practice with others. Denitzza began her yoga journey in 2012 practicing Bikram 26 postures. She completed her 200 YTT in 2020 and is a yoga alliance registered yoga teacher. To Denitzza yoga is a mind, body, and spirit practice and she wants to radiate that energy in every class.