Exercise Physiologist, E-RYT500, TRE CT-Certification Trainer, Pilates Teacher, mat & equipment,
B.S. Exercise Physiology and Business Administration
Donna has been in the health and wellness industry for over 25 years, RYT500. With degrees in Exercise Physiology and Business, she has worked in Human Performance Labs, has been a trainer for football and other sport teams, coordinator for corporate fitness programs, coordinator and director for Rehabilitation programs in hospitals. Currently Donna is the Director of the Yoga and Pilates Department for the Club at Green Valley and owns & operates Stillwaters Wellbeing Retreat located in northwest Greensboro.
Donna has been studying, practicing or teaching yoga and Pilates since the mid-90’s. She has her RYT-500 and E-RYT-500, and has advanced certification in yoga and Pilates. Donna is grateful for and has been influenced by the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. She has trained with, and continues to study with, many of the most influential Iyengar-inspired yoga teachers and 1st & 2nd generation Pilates teachers of our time.
In her private practice, Donna has developed a particular expertise in applying yoga and Pilates to help athletes enhance their performance and adapting yoga and Pilates for individuals with medical issues and various health concerns such as:
- Auto-Immune Disease
- Chronic Pain
- Back Injuries & Spine Issues
- and various sports injuries
She is equally successful with those who are not ill but wish to increase self-awareness, enhance well-being, and prevent health-related challenges. ‘Her creativity and ability to adapt to ones needs, had become her focus and passion’, Donna’s gift of blending modern science with the wisdom of ancient healing was natural. Her deep interest and study in rehabilitation, sports medicine and wellness has blended with her study of eastern healing techniques, allowing her to team up with an extraordinary group of like-minded individuals – both gifted and passionate. This collaboration with health professionals, medical doctors, alternative medical practitioners, therapists and trainers creates a team approach in teaching mind-body solutions and “balance” for their patients/clients.
“Working together & loving what we do, our passion is our purpose & our purpose is to help others become better balanced”.
In 2008 Donna was introduced to TRE Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercise. After completing Level 1 & Level 2 training as a TRE practitioner, Donna was invited into the Level 3 training program by Dr. David Berceli. In 2013 the extensive Level 3 training was completed & Donna is now one of six TRE certification trainers in the United States. Donna believes TRE is the missing link in health & wellness.
With stress as a major factor of being well and living well, TRE-Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercise is the natural & innate way our body goes back to balance when faced with a stressful situation or trauma.
TRE is not an alternative therapy or modality, it is organic, natural and autonomic; just like how your heart beats, your body “lets go” of stress. Our bodies are created to go thru stressful events and then let it go, the nervous system wants to let go of the stressful experiences of life and move forward in a balanced direction.
Did you know, 30% of our health is from genetics and 70% of our health is from our lifestyle.
What are the 3 most important things for our lifestyle?
NOT JUST FOR ATHLETES!
The weekend warrior-recreational athlete to the professional athlete…
Whether you are the runner, golfer, tennis player, soccer, football, baseball player or cyclist – if your muscles are tight and inflexible you are compromised and imbalanced. Solutions to help an athlete’s flexibility, mobility, tight backs, hamstrings, shoulders, are available.
Donna specializes in sequencing postures for sport-specific and issue-specific individuals. This unique specific work brings the body back into balance, improving one’s awareness, mobility and control, making their game more successful.
Donna, a triathlete through the mid 90’s, found the repetitive training and overuse of the sport was breaking down her body and injuries were occurring. It was then when she started bringing in yoga: Integrating the principles of stretch, strength and balance in all her exercise.
‘I had no choice, my body told me to stop – yet everything else wanted to keep on going!’ It’s pretty hard to run, when you can’t even walk – a big learning moment for me. I had not ever in my life not been able to complete my task; especially that I asked of my body – my life changed that moment; if I had not experienced the break down of my body, I don’t know if I would have tried yoga. Back then, I wouldn’t have said I did yoga or even went to a yoga class. As weird as that sounds, it’s true. I had an image in my head of what ‘yoga people’ were, and that was not me!! I laugh now, but at the time (early 90’s) I was serious – oh well! After years of study and practice, and with a big smile on my face, I am proud to say I am also a yoga teacher!
Everyone needs to understand yoga and Pilates is not just for athletes, it can be for each of us. All of us enjoy our sport of choice whether you are the ‘weekend warrior’, recreational athlete, (or just want to go for a walk!) and should be able to complete your day without feeling tight, sore, stressed-out and out of whack!
When I say it is for all people, it is! In my past the wellness/healthcare industry has generally taken me to extremes. I was always asked to work with the people no one else wanted to; for whatever reason, I was fortunate enough to work with the extreme athlete or the high-risk medical patient. I was OK and excited to work with everyone, and the thought of being creative and proactive in a persons’ health and wellness is still my passion 25 years later; I’m just much better at it now!!
I am so blessed to get to do this job – my purpose. I hear stories everyday of where people are at and where they hope to be, and whether in a private session or group I have seen lives transformed in such a beautiful way. This type of work does not happen quickly – sometimes it takes months, and often years. My intention is to create a lifestyle of balance, working and creating a plan with whoever walks through my doors on their journey of life.
Knowledge of yoga is no substitute for practice.BKS Iyengar
Yoga & Pilates Teachers
Each teacher at Stillwaters is highly certified and specialized in her expertise; as well as, exudes a passion & love for what they teach & to those they touch. All of us working as a team to help you in your wellness needs.
Registered Yoga Teacher 500 hour Anne was born in Denmark and a graduate of the University of Maryland with a BS in Psychology. She completed her 200hr yoga teacher training in 2008, having started her yoga teacher career in 2001 and completing many yoga teacher training programs and continuing education workshops. She specializes in alignment and vinyasa-style yoga and has a passion to teach gentle, restorative and senior yoga. She is currently continuing her yoga study in a 500hr teacher training. Anne teaches: Gentle Yoga, Stretch & Fitness & Beginner/Intermediate Yoga at Stillwaters.
Balanced Body certified Pilates Reformer 2008
Ruth Ann was born in Texas and is a graduate of East Carolina University with a BS in Communications. She has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years and has enjoyed teaching group fitness classes, pilates mat group and pilates reformer both group and private session. Ruth Ann has enjoyed not only teaching adult pilates and fitness, but teen pilates for the past 3 years and has ventured into corporate fitness/wellness as a group exercise instructor. When Ruth Ann is not teaching, her hobbies include tennis, skiing, reading & spending time with her family. Ruth Ann teaches: Pilates Mat and Props, Pilates Reformer, Pilates for Kids and/or Teens, & Family Time Pilates at Stillwaters.
Sharon is originally from Shreveport, Louisiana. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a BS degree with emphasis in Marketing and Psychology. Sharon is currently teaching preschool at St. Francis Day School. After developing the Art Program at St. Francis Day School, and integrating yoga into her own life; Sharon decided she wanted to teach yoga to children. Sharon completed the Children’s Yoga Teacher Training program in Asheville and has been incorporating yoga into the classroom. Sharon has enjoyed teaching yoga and has seen a positive sense of self-awareness and freedom of expression in children through both art and yoga. In Sharon’s spare time she enjoys reading and taking vacations to the beach and mountains with her husband and two teenage boys.
Stephanie Benoit began her yoga journey as a high school project with Mona Flynn. After stepping off the mat for a couple of years, she reignited her passion at her local YMCA while she was working on her degree in healthcare management at GTCC. Stephanie decided she wanted to share her passion with others, starting her journey towards her 200-hour certification in June 2016. In January 2017 she graduated from the Institute of Integrated Yoga Therapy- 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program. Here she completed the 200 contact hours, and 130 non-contact hours of Iyengar influenced yoga teacher training. She is currently teaching yoga classes at Advanced Home Care, where she works part time, and teaches beginner level yoga classes at Stillwaters. Stephanie is also the studio coordinator at Stillwaters, organizing events, training’s, and works with the other aspects of studio marketing and function.
Stephanie likes to focus her practice and teachings on the acknowledgement and embodiment of the divine light that we all hold inside of ourselves.