As a Veteran-owned and trauma-informed community space, our mission is to empower our clients to heal, breathe, and be free.
As we process trauma through the mind, we also have to process it through the body. Using the breath as our guide, we systematically work through each area of the body so that each client can calm the mind, increase their mobility, and decrease pain.
We are also a proud supporter of our LGBTQ+ community, and offer a Resource Center to support them in any way we can.
Mike and Lindsey Knapp founded Sanford Yoga & Community Center in early 2020.
Mike, a Rolfing Structural Integrator, began getting curious about his own body after joining a martial arts class. He quickly realized how moving in non-linear ways often reduced pain and integrated a new sense of wholeness in his body. A short time later, he began a career in massage therapy where he found that he was able to reduce his client's pain and improve their circulation. But there still seemed to be a missing puzzle piece, until Mike discovered Rolfing after visiting a practitioner who fixed his chronic back pain by working on his ankle!
Mike was so intrigued he found a way to make it to the school that year and his career in Structural Integration was born. Structural Integration taught Mike to view your body in many connected dimensions. After simply watching how you walk, he can see where you may be compensating, even if that is not the area that hurts. He then deactivates your nervous system which helps you let go of patterns that may not suit you anymore.
With 18+ years of bodywork experience, Mike brings his diverse skillset to SYCC where he is honored to serve the distinguished community of Service Members, Veterans, and their Families.
Lindsey....is a bit of a pistol as well. As an Attorney, Army Veteran, and Professional Rabble-Rouser, Lindsey used yoga as a way to process her PTSD, find balance, and live a happy and healthy life. Mike had been trying to get Lindsey to try yoga for years before she finally gave it a try. And at first.....she hated it. It was frustrating, she couldn't do any of the poses, and the chatter in her mind just wouldn't quit. But Lindsey kept showing up, and over time, she learned to calm the chaos of her mind and is now able to live a very peaceful life.
As the Executive Director of Combat Sexual Assault, a non-profit that provides support to Service Members and Veterans who have been retaliated against for reporting an assault, Lindsey puts her skillsets to good use as she helps others regain their power. Yoga has been the linchpin to her success, and she's excited to show you how.
Stop by and feel their energy and hear Lindsey's insatiable laugh. There's really no one else like them.
As an Attorney, Army Veteran, and survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence, Lindsey found that yoga helped her calm her mind and process the trauma she experienced through her body. Through gentle and deliberate movements, Lindsey has been able to use yoga to reclaim her breath, and more importantly her mind. Take one of her classes and she will show you how to do the same.
Yoga for Happiness | Mondays 7:15pm
Mike's background includes structural integration, martial arts, and movement re-education through Rolfing™ Structural Integration and Rolf Movement™.
This gentle bodywork and movement re-education reorganizes your whole connective system from head to toe.
Rolfing Appointments | Mondays & Fridays
Martial Arts Kids | Mondays 4:30pm
Martial Arts Adults | Mondays 5:30pm
A Certified Yoga Teacher, Health Coach, and Reiki Master, and beautiful soul, has spent the past 15 years teaching yoga (mostly) in Colorado to elite athletes, the military community, and humans from all walks of life. She enjoys many different styles and will greet you with warmth, understanding, and the opportunity to modify any aspect to fit your personal needs.
Peak Pose | Tuesdays 6:30pm
Slow Flow | Wednesdays 10:00am
Ayurveda, Reiki, Health Coaching
Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, Amber has been practicing yoga for more than 10 years. As an Army Veteran and former professional mixed martial arts fighter, Amber has used yoga to manage her PTSD and find peace. She specializes with our military community and those who suffer from depression, anxiety, PTSD, or TBI. She has learned so much through her yoga practice and is excited to take this journey with you.
Yoga at Hugger Mugger | First Sunday of Month @ 11am
As the child of a Service Member, Ethan knows what its like to travel and not stay very long in any one space. Because of this, Ethan developed a playful and calming nature which helps our students feel right at home After moving to Sanford with his parents in 2021, he found a new family at SYCC. Ethan likes to spend his time drawing and playing games when he's not in school or at the studio.
LGBTQ+ Youth Hangout | Wednesdays 4:00pm
Kids Yoga | Thursdays 5:00pm
Ava is our spry, young, and agile Kid’s Yoga Instructor. She’s been doing yoga for years, and brings her passion for the kiddos (and wearing them out) to our studio! When Ava isn’t rocking it in school, she’s spending her summers working on a Horse Rescue Farm, where she helps facilitate youth camps. After she graduates, she hopes to work as an Animal Cruelty Investigator. Using her love for animals and others, Ava guides our kids through a joyful practice each week. Come stop by and see what the rage is all about, and let your kiddos run around and be kids!
Kids Yoga | Thursdays 5:00pm
Xochi’s yogic journey spans over two decades beginning in Hot Bikram and Hatha style flow before embracing the call to deepen her practice through VETOGA. Xochi has traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and South America equipping herself with several holistic tools with to amplify healing benefits through the medicinal science of breathwork, sound frequency, exploration of mobility, range of motion, and strengthening of the central nervous system. Inspired by the knowledge that a tremendous shift happens when we uplift together in community with a sense of wonder, awe, and reverence; Xochi feels we can charge our own unique prowess to find the doorway for optimal levels of expression, creativity, and wellness.
Power Hour Saturdays | 8:30am
Meditative Flow | Saturdays 10:00am
Melissa discovered yoga in 2006 as a way to find stress relief from her corporate bank job. She graduated from Wilmington Yoga Center in Wilmington NC in December 2014 with a 200 hour certification. Melissa enjoys teaching and practicing a slower vinyasa flow with an emphasis on proper alignment and pranayama breath work.
Gentle Flow | Wednesdays 6:30pm