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 of Thousand Petals Yoga.

I have been teaching yoga for the past five years at Duke and local yoga studios and have found an incredible community of students who find as much joy in the yoga practice as I do. In the yoga practice, we move in all directions and the alignment of the yoga postures help us move safely and improve strength to support greater mobility. I truly believe alignment-based yoga is for everyone - whether yoga is your primary form of movement or a compliment to other activities.

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


As of 11/1/2020 all of my in-person group and private classes require pre-registration and wearing masks.

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Carolina Yoga Company (Durham) Duke Group Fitness The Endurance Collective
Masked Alignment Yoga
Monday, 5:30-6:30 pm
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Hatha Yoga
Wilson 125B
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Alignment Yoga
60, 75, or 90 minute
Virtual or in-person
One-on-one sessions
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What are the benefits of private yoga sessions?

If you are new to yoga and want to develop a strong foundation, an athlete who wants to use yoga as a compliment to other forms of movement, or a seasoned practicioner who wants to deepen your practice, a private session could be right for you.
In a private class, you'll get:
  • Individualized pose sequences and modifications for new and old injuries
  • Adjustments to help find optimal alignment for your body
  • The ability to work on specific goals
  • The opportunity to develop home practice
Sign up here, or Email me to find out more!

Yoga Teaching Google Calendar

Includes all of my regular group classes, plus any workshops or classes I'm subbing.

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News & Announcements

I am thrilled to announce that I have joined the amazing teach at the Endurance Collective! Sign up for sessions with me to develop and deepen your yoga practice. Stay up to date with my teaching schedule by signing up for my email list or follow me on Instagram!