Meet Our Team
Each individual has their own unique background and teaching style. Try to take classes with everyone to broaden your exposure to different styles, lineages and overall experience. Click on photos below to read bios!
Lorna Ricotta is an accomplished singer, small business owner, engaged community advocate, and higher education administrator. Her musical experience includes earning a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance, recording artist on solo and group projects, performing on cruise ships in Hawaii and the Caribbean as a cabaret and ensemble artist, and soloist at three Governor’s inaugurations, the UNC System President inauguration and at the Carolina Panther’s game.
Lorna served as Miss North Carolina 2000, and competed in Miss America. The experience confirmed her calling as a community advocate and engaged servant leader. After her year of service promoting the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse, she returned to her Alma Mater, UNC Pembroke, where she led Alumni Relations, then Corporate & Foundation Relations. She earned a Master’s in Business Administration from UNC Pembroke in 2008. In 2009, she launched Ethos Creative Group to provide event logistics and interior design services. In 2011, she opened Ethos Boutique, an inspirational gift, fashion and lifestyle company. Currently, she serves as Executive Director for a college foundation.
Lorna found yoga before 2005 and her personal practice lead her to pursue professional training to guide others. She received her designation as an RYT200 in October of 2017 after graduating from a comprehensive program at Guiding Wellness Institute. Lorna's training included 320 hours of Yoga Theory and Instruction in the areas of Hatha, Ashtanga, Adaptive Yoga for Military and Special Populations, Mindfulness, Meditation, and Pranayama. Her program included specialized training from Warriors at Ease for Trauma Sensitive and Adaptive yoga which supports her ability to provide adequate instruction to a diverse group of students in a variety of environments. With mindfulness as a core value, Lorna enjoys supporting the return to balance with a teaching style full of grace, intention and the power of the breath. When she is not working, teaching or practicing, Lorna enjoys being with her family and community, her heart's greatest joys.