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.


Mo Glatz


Mo’s practice has been, and continues to be, one of self acceptance and expression in a safe, supportive place that is free of judgement. After her first class with Emily, she knew that she was right where she needed to be and that she’s found her Haven. As a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Mo is passionate about creating an inclusive space for all and being a supportive pillar for others in the Community whenever possible. In the Fall of 2018, she continued on her journey of Growth by completing a 200 hour Teacher Training led by Emily at Community Power Yoga and her life was forever changed. Mo leads class as her authentic self and encourages others to show up on their mat in the same way - exactly as they are and open to new possibilities.


Claudín Mangum


As a Yoga teacher, challenging people in their practice and helping them realize something new about themselves on and off the mat brings Claudín the most joy. Her classes are a reflection of her unique spirit; nurturing yet empowering with a good dose of playfulness. Claudín leads classes in both English and Spanish in the Baptiste style of Yoga.
Claudín completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through Community Power School of Yoga and Leadership in 2018. She is a Baptiste Level 1 certified instructor and holds certification in the Unstoppable program through the Baptiste Foundation.
When Claudín is not teaching yoga, you can find her hanging out with a brood of children or finding a quite moment on her front porch sipping coffee.


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.


Lucinda Smith


Lucinda first began practicing yoga while living in Boulder, CO training for the Olympic Marathon Trials. She initially sought out yoga to compliment her running, as a form of recovery and injury-prevention. She was immediately drawn to the balancing and grounding qualities of yoga, both of which were missing from her life at that time. After moving to Durham nearly four years ago, Lucinda travelled from studio to studio in search of her yoga home. After her first Baptiste-inspired yoga class led by Emily at CPY, she found her place. She likes to joke, “You had me at Om”, also referencing her favorite movie, Jerry McGuire. Lucinda completed the Level One program through the Baptiste Institute in August 2019 and is a certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor. She is enrolled in the upcoming 200-hour Yoga Teacher & Leadership Training at CPY and is excited to continue on her journey of Baptiste Yoga. Outside of the studio, Lucinda works at ISLA (Immersion for Spanish Language Acquisition) a nonprofit organization in Chapel Hill, NC. When she isn't teaching yoga or working at ISLA, Lucinda channels her creativity as a photographer, digital marketing, and social media Specialist, taking pictures mostly of her two children, coffee, and yoga, @lucinda.r.smith