Nina Be ::
Founder & Director
Nina Be (MA, MEd, E-RYT-500, NCC) is the Director of MindBody Centering Yoga. She is a Somatic Psychologist, spiritual activist, yoga therapist, writer/poet, restaurateur, artist and performer, who has been mentoring, teaching, choreographing and designing wellness programs internationally for over 35 years. Her successful RYT 200/300/500/1000-hour Yoga Therapy Certification Programs of MindBody Centering Yoga are offered in Durham, North Carolina.
As the Founder of LiveGlobally, her vision of quelling children’s global poverty through the practice of mindful yoga in community has begun by supporting the building of a school in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, for the Ingrid Children Education Centre.
Pablo Robles ::
Assistant Director & International Liason
As Public Anthropologist and Digital Marketing Consultant, and now a Yogi, Pablo specializes in media outreach and organizational development, aka a professional bridge builder between taking an idea and turning into an action. His work has involved targeting healthy, sustainable habits and figuring out how to implement them in various communities in as many creative ways as possible; i.e. art, youth modules, working networks, various cultural and educational events, and yoga classes.
His passions thrives from being part of a movement that pushes for action and works together in order to motivate, engage, and listen. He believes that in order to grow and truly have compassion for all, we need to continue promoting love and inspiring sustainable habits.
Daria Drake ::
Art & COMMUNICATION Director
Daria is an environmental activist, artist, designer and founder of The Durham Originals, a brand + blog born to inspire the Eco - Lifestyle. She was taught at a young age about nature, interconnectedness, and non-judgement and these themes can be seen in all aspects of her life and practice.
She discovered MindBody Centering Yoga through the community at Global Breath and quickly became a contributor, providing design and creative services for both the studio and MBCY.
A recent graduate of MBCY RYT 200, Daria uses yoga in her own life to support, inspire and grow her activist lifestyle. She sees hope for the future in the light of yoga and will persevere to bring it to all she encounters.
Cory MacPherson ::
Admin & Community Coordinator
Through poetry, Cory was able to realize and voice her experience as an Asian American adoptee. While earning her MFA at UNC-Greensboro, she worked as program coordinator and teacher for Write On! Greensboro, a non-profit dedicated to making space for creative expression for marginalized communities. Her thesis Echo and Instrument contemplated issues such as estrangement, inclusivity, exoticism as difference, and silence.
Upon graduating from UNC-Greensboro 2015, Cory moved to Durham, where she completed her MindBody Centering Yoga teacher training. She has continued to work with marginalized communities as MBCY teacher and program coordinator, connecting children across the globe through art, love, creativity, self-respect.
Board of Directors
Irene's NGO/non-profit work, as both a volunteer and paid staff person, spans more than 30 years. Irene currently teaches in Duke's non-profit management program helping the next generation of leaders to unlearn the "scarcity model", so frequently adopted by NGO's. When Irene isn't providing consultation and support to NGOs or small businesses, she is most likely enjoying the company of friends, mother nature, or walking her dog.
Maurice Werness ND.
As a child, Maurice was broken... open. It took him a long time to realize the gift of this: it allows him the ability to feel the suffering of others. It gave him access to a resource that propelled him to a career as a professional athlete and ultimately on the journey of self healing that lead him to naturopathic medicine.
As a naturopathic physician, Maurice is tasked with the possibility of understanding forces of nature and how they might be engaged to facilitate healing. He is humbled and honored to have this privilege as a profession. And so LiveGlobally is a natural extension of his own healing.
He recently created a company, Fermanna, that seeks to bring the power of fermented nutrition to malnourished children. He lives in downtown Durham with his beloved wife, Lisa, their boy Eli Ashagre (adopted from Ethiopia, age 7, the gift of our life), two cats, and big butterball bull mastiff named Gaia.
Katie is a nature-loving yogi with a strong enthusiasm for global health. Katie works as a Registered Nurse at Duke University Hospital. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from University of Massachusetts, specializing in Nursing and minoring in Psychology and Community Health. Katie's zeal for traveling, combined with her dedication to global health, has led her across the globe. Her ambition to gain more knowledge and experience other cultures took her to Thailand, where she volunteered teaching English to children and adults. After happily landing at Global Breath Studios for her yoga instructor training, Katie quickly became interested in the efforts of LiveGlobally. LiveGlobally's mission to promote and inspire individual well being and sustainability parallel with Katie's core ethical values. Katie gratefully accepted to an invitation to join LiveGlobally's board of advisers. Katie will also be accomplishing a long time dream of hers to travel to Africa at the end of this year by joining other board members in a trip in to visit The Ingrid Education Centre in Kenya this December.
Jacklyn is a humanitarian, nature-lover, yogi, and a member of the Live Globally board since 2018. Prior to her decision to devote her career to humanitarian causes, she worked in Contracts and Program management at Sierra Nevada Corporation, where her team was responsible for leading the development of advanced components for orbital and trans-planetary spacecraft. She received her Bachelors of Science in Acquisitions and Program Management from Northwest Florida State College and her MSA in Contracts and Acquisitions Management from the University of West Florida. Space was exciting, but Jacklyn’s heart was drawn to the many challenges on our own planet and now focuses her professional efforts on humanitarian causes. She is passionate about helping others in any way she can, but is particularly focused on women’s and children’s health. Jacklyn is also a certified yoga instructor (MBCY RYT200) and engages in regular meditation and mindfulness practices to maintain balance and personal well-being. She lives in the mountains near Santa Cruz, CA with her husband and two dogs (who are also learning the benefits of yoga).
Bart was born in the US, but grew up in Europe, creating a somewhat global perspective, and understanding that even though we may appear to be different form one another, we are all part of the same family. He has always been a very sensitive and compassionate being. Wanting to help alleviate suffering in other sentient beings, he became a vegetarian at a young age, and has long been looking for ways in which he can support others through his skills, abilities and resources. Mostly though he felt overwhelmed by the suffering of the world, and uncertain how he could make a difference.
When the Ingrid School community landed in his life, he finally found a project that feels manageable and personal. His visit to the Ingrid School in 2013 really opened his heart, and he left with a clear commitment to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with his brothers and sisters on the other side of the planet.
In his day-to-day life, he is a Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, and Mindfulness Coach. This allows him to share the practices of self awareness, compassion, loving kindness, empowerment and generosity with many beings. He has been 'his own boss' for almost 20 years, and seem to be pretty good at running small organizations and working closely with others.
Oh, and he is really good at headstands.
Christa’s mother and grandmother founded a nonprofit when Christa was one year old, and she was inspired by their compassion and action since she was a young child. Growing up, Christa served her local and international community through her church, picking out Christmas gifts for children less privileged and visiting people in nursing homes.
Currently she is an investment banker focused on M&A and financing for middle market companies across the United States. In her spare time, she explores art through her affiliation with Young Professionals of the Mint, learns about wine through local wine shop tastings, and teaches yoga sporadically, with a focus on those dealing with grief or trauma. She is on the steering committee for the women’s network at her bank and is an active member of the bank’s PRIDE chapter in Charlotte.