Serving Raleigh, Smithfield, Clayton, Benson & Goldsboro, NC areas.
The Yoga Connection NC Smithfield and Goldsboro


Martha Catz, M.S., E-RYT 500, YACEP – Owner/Director

yoga instructor Martha Catz, M.S., E-RYT 500, RYTMartha has practiced yoga for over 25 years with, 20 as teaching experience since completing her 240-hour training in 2003. Martha continued after her 200 hour training to receive a 700 hour yoga therapy training. She approaches teaching yoga as a method for health and wellness rather than solely a physical exercise; to develop skills within each practitioner to improve the quality of life; and promote self-empowerment to improve physical, emotional and psychological health.

Additional certifications and education:

  • Master’s in Health Psychology
  • Yoga Therapy 900-hours (Martha has chosen to fulfill the IAYT recommendation of 1000 hours)
  • Integrative health Coach, Duke Integrative Medicine
  • Mindful Awareness Meditation, Duke Integrative Medicine
  • Therapeutic Senior Yoga with Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson

Martha has been teaching yoga to the US Military for over 4 years. She teaches at Ft. Bragg and Seymour Johnson AFB. Her on base classes are for Active Duty/Veterans/and Family Members.

When not teaching and studying, Martha enjoys being with her rescue horse, dog Sam, and her human family. She is also an avid Jiu Jitsu practitioner. Her favorite place to visit is Italy, and always on the look out for good food and beautiful places in the mountains to visit.

Individual yoga instructors with whom Martha has trained in Yoga: Sean Corn, Amy Ippoliti, Tias Little, Cora Wren, JJ Gormley-Etchells; Carol Krucoff; & Kimberly Carson, MPH, E-RYT; Gary Kraftsow.

Individuals with whom Martha has trained in Mindful Awareness Meditation and Coaching: Julie Kosey, MS, RYT; Sasha Loring, M.Ed, LCSW; and Jeffrey Brantley, MD.

People who have inspired me: Jon Kabot-Zinn, Ph.D.; JJ Gormley-Etchells, MA, E-RYT; Gary Kraftsow; Martha W. Bartlett (mother); and N.Daniel Catz (husband) and 2 fabulous daughters who believe in my potential.

Megan Starling, RD, LDN – Dietitian

Our partnered dietitian, Megan Starling, RD, LDN, has been a registered dietitian for 8 years. She received her undergraduate degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from East Carolina University.

Megan has extensive experience in counseling individuals in a healthy dietary modification.

Megan’s experience includes:

  • diabetes
  • weight management
  • reduction of cholesterol and sodium in a diet
  • and much more

Megan is a certified trainer in adult weight management. Her current skills include nutritional analysis of diet, recipe modification and evaluation of nutritional habits.

She takes pride in her ability to help clients make positive changes for an improved health and quality of life.

Pam Kuras, RYT-200

Pam Kuras yoga instructor at the yoga connection smithfield nc
Pam Kuras, RYT-200 has been practicing and studying yoga and meditation for all of her adult life. She is also a proud graduate of the Yoga Connection 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, completing the program in October 2011.

Pam’s insatiable appetite for learning keeps her reading, researching, and attending workshops to continue her education as often as she can. She strongly believes that yoga can benefit a person of any size, shape, or age which comes through in her teaching. At present, Pam is pursuing her MSW at NC State.

Her friendly approach as a yoga instructor emphasizes the basic postures linked with the breath and is straightforward and thoughtful. Pam offers a welcoming, inclusive method of teaching that equally supports both the novice and the more experienced yogi so students of all levels can enjoy Pam’s friendly and passionate instruction.

She has a specialty certification in Senior Yoga. Pam lives in Johnston County and is currently pursuing a degree in social work.

Windy Sloan, RYT 200

smithfield nc yoga instructorOriginally from Faison, NC, Windy Sloan’s first exposure to yoga was in Greensboro during graduate school in 1998. Yoga opened up a world of physical exercise incorporating breath work and mental relaxation that quickly proved beneficial in handling the stresses of school. Windy continued her yoga practice upon moving to NYC in 2001, where it helped her maintain sanity in the big city. Before returning to eastern NC in 2005, she obtained her 200-hour teaching certification from NYC’s Yoga Works in order to bring yoga’s many energizing and healing qualities to folks back home. Windy has had the great pleasure of watching many yoga students experience the transforming power of yoga for themselves. She looks forward to sharing this gift with many more to come

Amber Perry, 200 RYT

Advanced Yoga Teacher Training SmithfieldAmber began practicing Hatha yoga in the spring of 2005 under the instruction of Jan Alexiou in Raleigh, NC. Since that time, she has continued one-on-one instruction with Mrs. Alexiou. In college, Amber took yoga as a physical education course. This course introduced her to the background and deeper philosophies of yoga. June 2013, Amber attended the SYTAR (the annual research conference for the International Association of Yoga Therapist) expanding her knowledge of therapeutic research and approaches to yoga. Amber has participated in trainings with Martha Catz, M.S., E-RYT. Amber completed her 200-hour teacher training through The Yoga Connection. She is currently teaching yoga classes for The Yoga Connection in Goldsboro, NC.

Yoga has expanded Amber’s quality of life assisting her to deal with the stressors of life, allowing her to slow down, and providing solace and reflection. In September 2013, Amber began teaching yoga to others. Amber hopes others can find their own benefits of yoga and improve their quality of life.

Lorie Walther, CYT-200

smithfield nc yoga instructorLorie took her first Hatha yoga class in 2004 while  serving in the Air Force, stationed at RAF Lakenheath, UK. She immediately fell deeply in love with the healing benefits of the practice (mind-body-spirit). In 2009, Lorie studied  Ashtanga yoga under Debbie Jo Allen, RYT who convinced her to dive deeper into the practice. In 2009, Lorie received her primary Hatha yoga instructor certification from FiTour and her advanced training in 2011. In 2012, she spent time studying with Richard Freeman, renowned yoga teacher and meditation instructor. From 2009-2014 Lorie has taught yoga and fitness classes at the Goldsboro, YMCA.

She is devoted to the practice of yoga and strives every day to bring the message of yoga into the lives of those around her. Her recognition that yoga is not something that one does, but what one lives shines through in every class she teaches.

Lorie is currently in training to receive her 200-hour certification in Yoga through The Yoga Connection. Her years of experience teaching and additional certifications in fitness inform her yoga teaching practice.

Kathy Wood, RYT200, Reiki Practitioner II

reiki smithfieldKat Wood has been a Reiki Practitioner for 2  years. Her 18-year background in  Counseling/Social work has helped inform her  experience in the emotional healing of Reiki. Kat believes the sensing & redirecting of energy flow and the deep relaxation of a Reiki session improves one’s health and well-being.

Each session of Reiki with Kat is unique, healing and deeply restful.

For more information about Reiki please contact Kat directly at:

919-750-3293 or email

 Rachel Frederick, CYT in training (June 15, 2017)

Rachel was born and raised in a small town just south of Atlanta, Georgia but now resides in Goldsboro, North Carolina, where she was able to enroll in the Yoga Connection 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Martha Catz.

Over the past three years, Rachel has developed a personal relationship with her yoga practice. She enjoys studying and reading about the traditions of Hatha Yoga and frequently attends workshops and classes to further her career as a yoga teacher, on and off the mat. For Rachel, yoga has been a healing and growing experience through times in her life. It has been Rachel’s dream to become a yoga teacher so that she can spread the joy of yoga to those around her.

Rachel invites students of all levels to join her in sequences that strengthen and stretch the body in new and available ways so that each individual student can experience an empowering yoga class. Through dynamic and static breath-body movements, her students will understand the benefits yoga has to offer for body, mind, and spirit. Rachel strives to improve the well-being and quality of life for each student who attends her yoga classes, on and off the mat.

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