Shraddha Hilda Oropeza, Co-Director

Shraddha Hilda

Hilda, whose Dharma name is Shraddha, has a certificate as an E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance® and a minimum of 500 hours of formal training) and more than 3,000 hours of teaching experience. She has a 500-hour Healing Emphasis Yoga certificate and training in Yoga for Cancer Survivors, Svastha Yoga Therapy, Mindfulness Yoga, Yin Yoga and Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga. She also is a certified craniosacral therapist. Shraddha founded Mindful Yoga Studio in 2012 as a safe space for students to explore, heal and transform their bodies and their lives.

Pam Wilson, Co-Director


Pam has certification as an E-RYT 500 yoga instructor and as a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education provider. She has taught for 10 years after taking up yoga for her health, at the suggestion of her physician. She is certified as a Trauma Informed Yoga instructor and has developed courses for other yoga teachers and organizations that deal with trauma, including PTSD and CPTSD. She has worked for years in yoga instruction with high-risk populations, including prisoners.

Aneela Cox, M.D., Anatomy of Yoga


Aneela has an RYT 200 certification from the Asheville, N.C., Yoga Center. She completed her physician’s residency at Banner-UMC in 2020 and worked under a fellowship at the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine, where her goal was to provide a comprehensive approach to medical care.



Jessica Byron, Retired M.D., Ethics of Yoga, Pranayama


Jessica is certified as an E-RYT 500, in Yoga for PTSD, Yoga for Anxiety and Trauma Informed Yoga. Jessica has worked in the health and wellness field for 34 years and has practiced yoga for 25 years. She retired from practicing medicine in 2013 to focus on teaching yoga and integrative yoga therapy.


Frank Jude Boccio, Mindfulness, the Buddha’s Yoga

Frank Jude

Frank Jude, whose Dharma name is Poep Sa, is a certified yoga teacher and a teacher of Zen Buddhism. He was ordained by his teacher, Korean Zen Master Samu Sunim and is a long-time student of Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Frank Jude has practiced in the Zen Buddhist tradition for more than four decades. He leads mindfulness yoga asana and meditation workshops throughout the Americas and is the author of Mindfulness Yoga: The Awakened Union of Breath, Body and Mind.

Michelle Marks, Yin Yoga


Michelle is a certified yoga teacher and integrative wellness practitioner. She has a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a certified holistic mental health practitioner. For the past 18 years, she has offered skillful classes, heartful workshops and national and international retreats. Her yoga offerings are with intent to bridge the tenets of yoga philosophy and neuroscience into daily experience inclusive of the mundane and those precious sparkling moments.

Michelle Cassandra Johnson, Skill in Action: Yoga and Social Justice


Michelle is a social justice warrior, author, dismantling racism trainer, yoga teacher and practitioner and an intuitive healer. With a master’s degree in social work, she has more than 20 years of experience leading dismantling racism work and working with clients as a licensed clinical social work. She teaches yoga in studios and community spaces across the country and is on the faculty of Off the Mat Into the World. She serves as co-director of 18 Springs Healing Center in Winston-Salem, NC.