Meet YWCA’s Certified Fitness Instructors
Every Fitness Instructor at Charlotte’s YWCA is certified in CPR, First Aid and AED (using an external defibrillator) as well as the specific certifications required for their specialty. (A list of organizations referred to in the credentials of each instructor are at the bottom of the page for your easy reference.)
Mary Lou Buck
Certifications: RYT 500 and Kripalu Yoga
Mary Lou earned her BS in Physical Education and Recreation from UNC-G and has taught yoga since the late 1970’s. Founder and former owner of Yoga for Life, she returned to teaching yoga at the YWCA in 2009.
Sarah is a yoga instructor at YWCA Central Carolinas. She typically leads the Monday night Vinyasa II/III class.
Janet Brown Murray
Certifications: IFTA, AEA
Janet has been teaching land and water classes since the early 80’s; including deep and shallow water classes, sculpt n’ tone, core n’ more, HIIT and many more. Her motto is, “exercise should be fun, even if it’s hard. If it’s not fun, you won’t go back.”
Certifications/Training: YMCA Group Exercise; YMCA Senior Fitness; Golden Heart Stretch and Balance
Jane’s fitness specialties are core ball and deep stretch instruction. She got into the fitness world when seeking exercise to help her with her back issues, and now enjoys instructing those with physical limitations.
Certifications: Lifeguard; AED/CPR/First Aid; Open Water Diving; Babysitting/ Child Care
Keightlyn has been teaching swim lessons since 2017 and has been a Swim Instructor at the YWCA since 2019. She loves to teach swim lessons and see the impact lessons make on both children and adults in growing their confidence and breaking down their fear of the water.
Rose is an aquatics instructor at YWCA Central Carolinas, leading the weekly Aqua Yoga class.
Certifications: Red Cross WSI
Lisa teaches swim lessons and swim clinics. She loves instructing, especially watching the achievement, confidence and joy it brings to others.
Certifications: USAT; Spin: Red Cross Lifeguard; Pre/Post Natal Fitness
Jody has been teaching fitness classes and doing personal training for over a decade. She also serves as Head Coach for the YDub Tri Club (Triathlon training club).
Certifications: PhysicalMind Institute of New York in Pilates; Kripalu Yoga
Kay began teaching Pilates in 1999 before moving around the country. Returning to Charlotte, she now enjoys sharing her broad knowledge of exercise and movement through her ongoing teaching.
Certifications: Pilates Mat; Pilates Anatomy; Biomechanics; Posture Analysis
While certified in Pilates Mat, Anne continued her education on the Pilates Apparatus. She has a Masters in Music Theatre, Dance, Anthropology and Education; and a Dance Diploma in Modern Dance and Contemporary Dance.
Yael leads YWCA’s HIIT and yoga classes.
Certifications: RYT 500; Kripalu Yoga
Hampton, a 500-hour Professional Kripalu Yoga Teacher, guides students with a detailed and fluid approach that has emerged from his own search for healing. He began teaching classes in 1997. Dedicated to supporting students with special needs, he became Yoga of the Heart certified.
Certifications: AEA Aquatic Fitness Professional Certification
Shelley’s number one passion is the water, and she combines that passion with her love of instructing each week at YWCA’s heated indoor pool. She has taught both shallow and deep water aerobics at YWCA since the 1990s.
|ACE||American Council on Exercise Certification|
|ACSM||American College of Sports Medicine Certification|
|AEA||Aquatic Exercise Association|
|AFAA||Aerobic and Fitness Association of America|
|AFWWE||Arthritis Foundation Walk With Ease|
|CPO||Certified Pool/Spa Operator by National Swimming Pool Foundation|
|E-RYT||Yoga Alliance Certification: Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher|
|IFTA||Interactive Fitness Trainers of America Certification|
|NASM||National Academy of Sports Medicine Certification|
|RYT 200||Yoga Alliance Certification: Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 hrs of training|
|RYT 500||Yoga Alliance Certification: Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hrs of training|
|USAT||USA Triathlon Certification|
|WSI||Red Cross Water Safety Instruction Certification|
|YMCA||Partnered with American Council on Exercise to create YMCA Foundation Certification Courses|