Get To know the crew!


Emily Byrd

Emily Byrd, E-RYT 500, Tier 2 Certified Baptiste Leader

is a North Carolina native, and found her true passion in life through Baptiste Yoga. This practice of physical and mental empowerment, and connection with the mind, body and spirit opens her up each time she practices. This creates space for her to become fully present, with a renewed perspective on her contribution and purpose. Baptiste Yoga offers access to expansive possibility, and upon experiencing this awakening transformation in her own life, Emily knew it was her work to share with others. She is the founder of Community Power Yoga, which is the Triangle’s first dedicated Baptiste Yoga studio, located in the heart of North Durham. She will leave you LIT UP after her class, offering the feeling of a complete physical practice as well as being Ready Now to take charge and make positive change in your life, and beyond. Not only will you feel empowered, but also a true sense of union while on your mat in Emily’s class. She believes it is our work to discover our passion and truth, and to go out in to the world and take action! Committed to elevating yoga in our community as a whole, Emily leads Baptiste-inspired weekend workshops and 200 hour Teacher Training programs at CPY, creating powerful, authentic, knowledgeable teachers of yoga and inspiring true leadership in Durham, and beyond.


Claudín Mangum

Claudín’s yoga journey began when a chronic injury sidelined her from competitive running - the activity that had been her passion since the age of 13. She sought out yoga as a way to heal and stay active. Claudín was initially drawn to the powerful physicality of the practice and soon realized the incredible healing and empowering aspects of it as well. In the Fall of 2018, she pursued her 200 hour Teacher Training with Emily Byrd of Community Power Yoga to deepen her knowledge of yoga. Claudín is thrilled to share that knowledge with the incredible community that she is so grateful to be a part of. Her classes are a reflection of her unique spirit. Her nurturing yet empowering presence will inspire inner strength, confidence, and peacefulness in all her students.


Sara Neal

Sara Neal, a University of Florida graduate, is a personal trainer and fitness fanatic. However, it was only after discovering yoga that she found balance and healing in her life. She became so passionate about sharing this "discovery" with others that she enrolled in Community Power Yoga’s 200 hour program to become a yoga teacher. Her classes offer the cleansing power of physical strength and sweat, combined with the peace of mindfulness and self-acceptance. You will leave her class feeling energized, empowered, and rinsed out.


Pamela Kisala

Born in Michigan and raised in New Jersey, Pam Kisala has been a Durhamite by choice since 2007. After nearly 18 years of yoga practice, Pam's practice and life were invigorated and inspired by the Baptiste Methodology, and she completed her 200-hour teacher training here at Community Power Yoga with Emily Byrd.

Pam would love to share her experience and energy with you. Her intense, fast-paced class will wring out and release what is no longer serving you to create space for something new.


Maggie McDowell

Maggie became a yoga teacher in 2013 to share the practices that bring her into balance. Since then she's been teaching yoga to one of the most deserving (and stressed out) groups she knows: her fellow elementary school teachers. She is a 300-hour certified Baptiste Yoga Leader, a registered children's yoga teacher (RCYT), and a mentor for Africa Yoga Project. She's also a trainer for Yoga Ed., an organization that provides yoga training, curriculum, and classes to schools. Finally, she's the founder of Balanced Teachers, an online community for educators that prevents teacher burnout through self-awareness and self-care. When she's not teaching math or sweating at CPY, you can find Maggie reading, cooking, and playing Yahtzee with her husband, Matt, and her cat, Edd.


Meagan “Mo” Glatz

Mo, a web developer by day, is a passionate foodie and dog lover. Having started her journey to personal bliss through yoga back in 2010, she is so grateful to be a part of the CPY family here in Durham. Her yoga and meditation practices have opened up a world of personal inquiry and expansion in her life. Mo signed up for Community Power Yoga’s 200 hour Yoga Teacher and Leadership program with the intention of strengthening her personal practice, but was so passionate about her own growth and transformation that she had to share it with others through teaching at CPY.

In one of Mo’s classes, you’ll experience support and encouragement to find your edge, get messy, and try something new - especially if it means falling out of a pose, because growth doesn’t happen if you’re not taking a chance.


McKenzie Middlebrooks

McKenzie is from Montgomery, AL and graduated from Duke in 2017 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. During her time at Duke she fell in love with the Durham community and is so thankful to call this city home. McKenzie grew up as a classically trained dancer and has always believed that the connection between mind and body is incredibly complex and invaluable. Since starting power yoga at CPY, McKenzie has rediscovered the dynamic nature of the mind-body relationship and is dedicated to sharing the physical and mental health benefits that accompany a consistent yoga practice. She received her yoga teacher certification from Community Power Yoga and enjoys helping her students find their own unique connection to their bodies through a class that integrates technical skills with individual flow.