Instructors

FITNESS & YOGA INSTRUCTORS

Jessica Garcia
Lead Instructor
Certified Personal Trainer, ISSA // Women's Fitness Specialization, NASM // Jessica is a California native who moved to Fayetteville in 2015 with her family. She started climbing to conquer her fear of heights. Though the experience initially terrified her, she was hooked on the sport because it perfectly blended her love of fitness and adventure. During her first visit to Triangle Rock Club, she became a member because she knew this was more than just a gym: TRC is a unique community. She joined the staff as a substitute fitness instructor in November 2017. She was a natural fit, and she became a regularly-scheduled fitness instructor, teaching weekly strength classes and monthly specialty fitness clinics. Jessica is now our Lead Fitness Instructor, and she continues to share her passion for fitness and climbing.
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Sarah D.
Fitness
Back in 2010 Sarah realized that wishing her physical goals into reality wasn't working out very well, so she decided to commit to the practice of food tracking and at-home workouts. That decision was one of the best she ever made. Since then, She dedicated herself to continuous learning, experimenting, and searching for new opportunities within the world of health and wellness. Sarah’s official training career began in 2014 with a Crossfit L1 certification hot off the presses. A year later she opened her first weightlifting gym in Kansas City, MO with an additional USAW Sport Coaching and Attitude Nation L1 certificate under her belt. But certificates don't equal experience and that's what Sarah valued most about her time in KC. The 3 years Sarah had in my gym were spent gaining experience and helping spread the love of movement, health, and knowledge to her clients and friends. Now that Sarah has come to Fayetteville, she gets to share that love and excitement for movement and health with the climbing community at TRC. Her goal as a trainer is to provide space and opportunity for you to feel comfortable trying your best. Sarah wants you to be strong, but more importantly, to feel capable.
Sarah K.
Yoga
Taught yoga to an NFL Team, the St. Louis (then) Rams // Directed teacher's yoga training school // Studied in Northern India, organized yoga and meditation retreats // Moved to Costa Rica as the resident teacher at a retreat center in the jungle // Taught yoga while camping for 2 months each in Italy and Mexico
David
Yoga
David Breece is a Lifelong resident of Fayetteville. He began practicing yoga back in 2015 when his mother signed him up to take a class with her at FTCC. He instantly fell in love with the clarity of mind and awareness that yoga offers. In 2018, David completed a 200HR Yoga Teacher Training program at Embrace Yoga Studio in Fayetteville. When David is not teaching he enjoys spending time outdoors with friends and playing music.
Jay
Yoga
Background in Outdoor Living and Spiritual Health // Yoga Instructor // Route Setter // Reiki Practitioner // 2x Triangle Rock Club of Fayetteville's Summit Award // Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Certified at Neighborhood Yoga in the mountain city of Boone, NC // Jay Edge is a Route Setter and Yoga Instructor at the Triangle Rock Club in Fayetteville. Jay's passion for climbing and joy for volunteering earned him Triangle Rock Club's 2017 Member of the Year award. Jay began working at Triangle Rock Club in 2017 earning the Triangle Rock Club Fayetteville's Summit award in 2018 and again in 2019. // When Jay is not in the climbing gym or rock climbing outside, he is practicing yoga. Yoga gave Jay the ability to heal his body and take himself to a fitness level that he never thought possible. Jay also found that yoga is a major benefit to rock climbing giving more hip flexibility, and getting one in touch with the breath as well as the many other physical advantages obtained through the practice of Yoga. Jay sees yoga as a unison of body and mind as well as a great way to becoming and staying a happy, healthy, and able bodied rock climber. Jay lives in Fayetteville N.C. with his dog, Zack, and cat, Autumn.
Kaitlin
Yoga
Kaitlin started doing yoga in 2008 and shortly after fell in love with Ashtanga and this was her primary practice for several years. Andrea obtained her RYT-200 in 2012 and began teaching Hot Yoga, Yin, and Vinyasa and blending Ashtanga with these styles. Andrea is a runner, former Muay Thai fighter, and loves to do anything active outdoors. Yoga has been the balance for all of her high intensity outlets. Andrea's classes focus on mechanics and mindfulness, to ensure that all of her students leave feeling better in both body and mind.
Andrea
Yoga
Andrea is a native of Boston where she grew up swimming competitively. Her intense training lifestyle began at a very young age and included intense practice sessions before and after school, weekly strength and conditioning, and lots of physical therapy. Pushing through year-round training and competitions brought her swimming career to an abrupt halt in college, so she instead dove into her undergraduate studies in the physical sciences. In 2013, Andrea was apart of the events of the Boston Marathon that left her coping with PTSD and unsure of how to move forward. With unresolved chronic swimming injuries and new mental health obstacles, she walked in to her first yoga class not knowing what to expect. For the first time, she learned how to listen to her body, forgive, and take care of herself. Her new love of yoga lead to her graduate studies in sports nutrition in 2018 and eventually to her yoga teacher training program in beautiful India the following year. She has since been working with the North Carolina State University and Duke University sports nutrition departments educating Division I athletes on smart nutrition for training, competition, and injury prevention. Andrea's goal as a yoga teacher is to make all students feel comfortable slowing down and addressing the expectations we place on ourselves. In her free time you can probably find her falling asleep while trying to read, hiking with her two huskies, or cooking up a storm.
Joanne
Yoga
Joanne is a wife to an amazing husband, a mother to two awesome teenagers, an Army veteran, and works full time as a counselor serving military families. She started her yoga journey in 2007 when a friend came to visit and wanted to find something fun to do. From then on, Joanne started attending yoga class weekly as a way to recharge from a busy week, but she did not have a consistent yoga practice. In 2018 she decided to attend Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) at Embrace Yoga Studio in an effort to enhance her therapy practice and better serve her client’s needs. This was the turning point for Joanne’s yoga journey, as yoga has helped Joanne more than she ever would have imagined. She started YTT shortly after a shoulder surgery that developed complications, and was at a point where she believed her situation to be hopeless as she was convinced that her physical condition would never improve. Through yoga, not only has Joanne learned techniques to enhance her counseling practice for her clients, but she found physical and emotional healing for herself. Joanne’s goal as a teacher is to create a safe, non-judgmental, accepting environment that encourages her students to explore and find what they are searching for in their yoga practice.
Lee
Yoga
RYT-500 | Completed his 300 hour training at a school in the mountainous city of Rishikesh, India.

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