Workshops, Special Classes & Events

Now Accepting Applications for our new
2019/2020 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training Program

Begins October 4, 2019

Enhance your teaching, deepen your understanding of how yoga works, and hone your professional skills with Republic of Yoga’s 300-hour Advanced Teacher Training. Designed for those who have completed a RYT 200-hour course (from any school), our program will guide you in cultivating your authentic voice as a yoga teacher, while providing specialized training and tools for personal transformation and growth as a yoga professional or healer in the community. This course is also ideal for the yoga enthusiast who is not a yoga teacher and wishes to continue learning.

Upon successful completion of this course you will have fulfilled the requirements for certification at the 500-hour level through Yoga Alliance.

This training will meet one weekend a month in our beautiful Cary studio beginning October 2019, and ending in December 2020 (we will not meet during the month of April).
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We’re Now Accepting Applications for our
5-star Rated
200-hour Teacher Training Program
Begins January 24th, 2020


Republic of Yoga’s vinyasa-based teacher training offers a balanced and insightful presentation of what Yoga is, how it works, and why it works. This unique, immersive learning experience is taught by studio co-owners Nicole Nichols & Julie Franklin. Special guest faculty includes Julee Snyder, Jennifer Campbell-Overbeeke, Dani Leah Strauss and other practtioners with a broad variety of experience.

Our 200-Hour Yoga Alliance registered program presents the foundations of traditional Hatha Yoga techniques and ancient philosophy in conjunction with Tibetan Buddhist principles. This insightful and modern approach immerses students in the study of yoga while enriching their practice on and off the mat. Our training consists of over 190 hours of class time and provides the tools to teach safe, creative and well-informed yoga classes. It is for those who aspire to deepen their knowledge of Hatha Yoga and to understand why the practice is valuable beyond the physical experience of asana. Our students leave the program with a deep knowledge of how yoga can lead to happy, balanced, and integrated lives.
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with Bethany Ranftl
Thursdays   5:00-6:15pm
Saturdays   11:30am-12:45pm

Prenatal yoga classes offer a sweet space to nurture your relationship with your growing baby. Curated sequences, modifications and meditations are developed for the specific needs of expectant mothers. Cultivate mindfulness and relaxation techniques that can be incorporated throughout your pregnancy, and build energy and endurance while strengthening your body for labor and delivery. Bethany Renee Ranftl is a 200-Hour RYT and PRYT and doula, who specializes in pre and postnatal yoga. Her classes are known for intuitive and supportive individualized attention.

with Teagan Greene
Tuesdays 4:15-5:15pm

Finally, a class just for teenagers, taught by someone who understands teenagers better than anyone–another teenager! Join 200-Hr RYT Teagan Green for a weekly class in a non-competitive environment, designed to address and relieve the pressures that many teenagers face today.

Course material will include posture and alignment, measuring the student’s own success, goal planning, and an environment in which students may recognize where they can grow and where they already thrive. Self-empowerment, positive self-image and body awareness are offered through stress relieving poses and quick stress relieving techniques, to foster self acceptance and compassion.

Meditation and quieting the mind will develop the student’s connection to their own world (social media isn’t everything!) and bring awareness to the effect their behavior has on others and vice versa.

Designed specifically for ages 11 to 18, the class will focus on self-empowerment and acceptance, goal making, poses that relieve tension in the body from sitting in chairs during school, time to disconnect from the internet and stress relieving techniques that can be used everywhere and anywhere. The age specificity allows tweens and teens their own space in the yoga studio.
60 minutes. $12

with Kellye Davis
Sunday, August 11

New to yoga and not sure where to begin? Look no further–we’ll start by gaining a basic understanding of what yoga is; then add a simple introduction of poses, with basic alignment and breath awareness that will prepare you to embark on a regular yoga practice. 75 minutes. FREE to new students! *PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 10 students, and for that reason it is open to first-time students only. Register

with Nicole Nichols
**Due to a family emergency this will be rescheduled**
Please check back soon for new date, we apologize for any inconvenience, thank you.

Are you wishing you could be one of those yogis who effortlessly floats up into a handstand, but secretly terrified of falling? This workshop is for you! Safely explore the primary inversions—hand stand, forearm stand, head stand, and shoulder stand. Join Nicole Nichols for a practice geared to help you overcome the fear and disorientation that often accompany inversion practice, and start enjoying the benefits of turning your world upside down on purpose–it’s fun!

Everyone will have a space to work at the wall; we’ll learn alignment principles and balance and strength-building techniques to develop a steady and joyful inversion practice. All are welcome, especially beginners, and experienced practitioners will learn advanced techniques. $40
* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).

with Ronen Divon
Friday, August 23

Qigong (or Chi Kung) means life-energy cultivation. It is a holistic system of coordinated body-postures and movements, breathing and meditation applied for the purpose of wellness and spirituality. Some refer to Qigong as Chinese Yoga.

Qigong is derived from ancient Chinese medicine, philosophy, and martial arts, and is an effective way to balance and rejuvenate the practitioner’s Qi (Chi). Qi can be translated as life-force, life-energy, or prana. Ongoing Qigong practice can aid a large range of medical conditions and generally improve one’s quality of life. The moves are relatively easy to learn and require neither super flexibility or much fitness.

In this special class guided by Ronen Divon, we will learn and practice several different Qigong techniques that participants can later practice at home.

No previous knowledge is required, all are welcome!

Regular class pricing applies; one class from your package or $17 to drop in.

with Ronen Divon
Saturday, August 24

Spirit Animals, also referred to as Power Animals, are energies available to us for shielding, assistance, and guidance. We each have specific animals more suitable for us at specific phases of our lives. Different cultures have different traditions and methods to identify and retrieve Spirit Animals.

In this workshop we will:

  • Review different perspectives regarding Spirit Animals
  • Introduce Shamanic Journeying
  • Conduct Spirit Animal Retrieval (each participant will privately do their own in a group setup)
  • Learn how to create a relationship with your Spirit Animal; how to invoke, honor, and part ways with it when the time has come to do so
  • Practice maintaining the relationship with the Spirit Animal

No previous experience is required. All are welcomed! $40

If you have a shaker, please bring it with you. If not, shakers will be provided. Please dress in white or bright colors. No strong perfumes or deodorant please. We will be lying down a for portion of the class. If you have an eye pillow, please bring it with you. Please bring a notebook. Space is limited, we recommend that you reserve in advance.

Ronen Divon is a Shaman, channeling healer and Yoga teacher. He has been involved with shamanic work for years, including a host of modalities spanning the globe. To learn more about Ronen please visit


* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).

with Julie Franklin
Sunday, August 25

New to yoga and not sure where to begin? Look no further–we’ll start by gaining a basic understanding of what yoga is; then add a simple introduction of poses, with basic alignment and breath awareness that will prepare you to embark on a regular yoga practice. 75 minutes. FREE to new students! *PLEASE NOTE: Space is limited to 10 students, and for that reason it is open to first-time students only. Register

with Miriam Anderson & Julie Franklin
Sunday, August 25

Partner Yoga is a healing art that teaches the fundamental value of joining and sharing with others. It is with this practice that we can become more authentic and empowered through our willingness to open and connect with the world around us.

Allow experienced teachers Julie Franklin and Miriam Anderson to guide you through a sequence of poses which will offer a deeply supported stretch and balance. Individuals will use body mechanics and alignment to create stable and balanced poses as a team, all while enhancing the friendship, trust, and gratitude you share with your partner. Inviting a partner into your practice and building poses together can help you move beyond self-limiting ideas about what you can or cannot do.

This workshop is fun for all, previous Yoga experience is not required! Invite a friend to explore this dynamic class for a creative, fun and challenging experience where confidence will be the lasting effect. Class size is limited–please register early. $25 per individual

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).

with Ronen Divon
Saturday, September 7

Yin Yoga is an amazing practice for diving deep, going beyond the muscles; lightly stretching connective tissues, tendons and ligaments, opening up energetic pathways along the body. It is an introspective practice that includes supported poses that are held longer, with ease.

In this special workshop we will add vibrational elements such as singing bowls, tuning fork, and light Reiki. If you are already familiar with Yin Yoga, this is an opportunity to explore yet another layer of its benefits.

The workshop will be guided by Ronen Divon, E-RYT 500 and YACEP Yoga teacher and owner of Open Heart Energy, where he offers healing and mindfulness sessions that combine Reiki, energy-work, and sound therapy.

Great for all ages and levels of practice! $40

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).

with Zora Savage
Saturday, September 14

All our lives are filled with stress. Yoga Nidra provides the “reset” button we all need by promoting deep relaxation, rest and rejuvenation for our nervous system, leading to better health.
Yoga Nidra means Yogic Sleep. It is a state of conscious Deep Sleep. In Meditation, you remain in the Waking state of consciousness and gently focus the mind, while allowing thought-patterns, emotions, sensations, and images to arise and go on. However, in Yoga Nidra, you leave the Waking state, go past the Dreaming state, and go to Deep Sleep, yet remain awake.

Join Zora Savage for this deeply rejuvenating experience in a special class. No experience is required. Regular class pricing applies ($17 to drop-in, or one class from your package).

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).

with Jane Thibodeau
Sunday, September 15

Join Jane Thibodeau for a special class that combines the use of therapeutic massage balls with restorative yoga to relieve tension and soothe the nervous system. This 90-minute session will address areas of chronic pain including hips, neck, shoulders and lower back.

Students will be guided through self-myofascial release techniques using various sizes of therapy balls. Each provides a unique size and density to help target different areas of the body and allow for varying pressure to create a personalized self-massage to meet each student’s individual needs.

After working with the therapy balls, students will be guided through a complementary restorative yoga sequence to relax, rest and reset. All levels welcome. No experience with yoga or massage balls needed. All props will be provided. $25

*Note: Tight clothing is recommended for use with massage balls. Space is limited, we encourage you to reserve your spot early.

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).

with Lisa McCaskill
Friday, September 20

Join Lisa McCaskill, E-RYT 200, and musical guest Courtney Long for this special restorative class. Courtney will serenade you with the soothing sounds of mantras while playing acoustic guitar as you are deeply supported by props in the restorative postures.

Restorative yoga helps bring balance to the body by lowering the heart rate, stimulating the immune system and keeping the endocrine system operating healthily. It also aids in the reduction of muscle tension, insomnia and generalized fatigue. The chants Courtney will sing reduce stress by quieting the mind; allowing the body to relax a little deeper.

Class size is limited; please register in advance to secure your spot. Participants are encouraged to bring an eye pillow if they have one, all other props are provided. $25

* Cancellation policy applies (see website for details).