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

Yoga Instructors

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

yoga instructor Martha Catz, M.S., E-RYT 500, RYTMartha has practiced yoga for over 25 years with, nearly 20 as teaching experience since completing her 240-hour training in 2003. Martha continued after her 200 hour training to receive her 1100 hour yoga therapy training, a Masters in Health Psychology, and training as an Integrative Health coach from Duke Integrative Medicine.  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:

Martha has been teaching yoga to the US Military for over 5 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 family, and her human family. She is also an avid Jiu Jitsu practitioner (currently a 1 stripe Blue Belt). 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, C-IATY,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.

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

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