About Me

Hi, I'm Sam, a yogini living in Durham North Carolina. I love practicing yoga, surfing, exploring new places, and cooking delicious food, especially when any of the above are spent in the company of good friends. I started doing yoga in 2008, but really fell in love with the practice in 2012 when I discovered alignment-based yoga. In 2016, I completed my RYT-200 yoga teacher training with Sommer and Paul Sobin.

In the whirlwind of ups and downs in graduate school, I was looking for something more than school to keep pushing me outside my comfort zone and to hold me accountable for doing the things that I kept putting off. The yoga practice drew me in, making me push myself, but also bringing me joys in ways I find hard to describe with words. What began as a challenge to myself to learn the names of some of the poses in Sanskrit, turned into an immersion in the yoga philosophy, which lead to yoga teacher training. I have been teaching yoga for the past three years at Duke and local studios and have found an incredible community of students who love the yoga practice as much as I do.

Outside of yoga, I have a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University and I started my own medical device / imaging consulting company, Archer Woods Consulting, LLC.

Class Schedule (Summer 2019)

Carolina Yoga Company (Carrboro) Duke Fitness Thousand Petals Yoga
Align and unwind. Friday, 6-7 pm
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Hatha Yoga. Tuesday, 6:30-7:30 pm Saturday Blast Off!
Saturday, 11 am -12:15 pm
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Interested in private classes? Contact me directly to set something up!
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News & Announcements

New classes starting June 29! Saturday Blast off! Come check out the newly renovated Thousand Petals Yoga studio and stay for an energizing well rounded practice! Sign up here