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Marisa Karoutsos headshot yoga Evoke Wilmington, NC


Program Coordinator

Marisa has been a certified Vinyasa Flow instructor since 2016. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga in Common in Myrtle Beach, SC under Jo Ducey.

As a former dancer and musical theatre major, movement has always been an important part of Marisa’s physical and emotional well-being. She loves creating challenging but inclusive flows that anyone can enjoy, no matter what level one’s yoga practice is at. When she isn’t working or teaching, Marisa loves being with her family, dabbling in photography, and is a paranormal enthusiast who loves capturing the occasional ghostly activity.

She truly believes in the healing powers of a consistent yoga practice and wants to encourage everyone of all shapes, sizes, and backgrounds to get on their mat! She can’t wait to see you in class. 

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Shannon is a 500 HR yoga teacher and Yoga Medicine Registered Therapeutic Specialist. Shannon has been teaching since 2015 in all different styles from vinyasa to yin to chair and even aerial yoga. She has found her sweet spot in teaching a slow-flow and yin-style class. Shannon creates a safe, calm, and welcoming space for everyone that comes into her class. In addition to teaching yoga, Shannon is a Certified Professional Organizer. She is also a Neurodiversity & Productivity Coach specializing in working with people who are neurodiverse and/or experiencing life transitions, injuries, or just a sense of overwhelm and burnout.

When she’s not working, you can find Shannon spending time reading and hanging out with her dog, Kali. As a new Wilmingtonian, she’s excited to explore the area, hit the beach, and get on the water with her paddleboard!

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Bethany became a certified yoga instructor in 2022 after completing her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at YoBa Studio in Raleigh, NC under Sam Williams Stilwell. 

From both her international upbringing and education, Bethany developed a passion for communications and a deep understanding of the importance of community. While completing her undergraduate studies at UNC Wilmington, she was first introduced to yoga and the power of breath in movement. Her curiosity and love for the practice have since been reinforced throughout her public health career, where she continues to see yoga truly transforming people’s health and well-being. Outside of teaching, you’ll likely find Bethany running anywhere near water, fueling her inner foodie with family and friends, and exploring her curiosities like brewing kombucha! 

Among the many benefits of yoga, Bethany appreciates the accessibility of the practice and its ability to cultivate the strong sense of community that so many of us crave. While she enjoys incorporating strength and power in flows, she keeps all levels in mind and is there to support everyone’s unique practice. She’s excited to roll out her mat with you and get moving!

Taylor Lima portrait Evoke Wilmington NC


Taylor is a 200 hour RYT and a high school counselor. She discovered yoga in her early years of college. She loved the benefits of the physical practice, but also found that the combination of breath work and mindful movement helped her cope with the daily stressors and feelings in life. She felt led to learn more about the yoga lifestyle and share the many benefits with others.

Taylor’s goal is to provide a safe space for everyone to flow freely, release unwanted tension, and connect with their body and mind.

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Veronica Tapia is a 500-hour yoga teacher certified in Ashtanga, Hatha, and Vinyasa yoga. She completed her teacher training in Koh Phangan, Thailand in 2018 and in Rishikesh, India in 2023 to be trained on the ancient Eastern tradition of yoga. Veronica has experienced firsthand the benefits that a consistent yoga practice can have on the mind, body, and spirit. She is passionate about sharing this knowledge with others to encourage healing and spread joy. She hopes that her representation as a Latina practitioner will encourage diverse groups to consider giving yoga a try!

Off the mat, Veronica is the founding program director of UNCW College Advising Corps, a non-profit AmeriCorps program that works to extend post-secondary opportunities to low-income and underrepresented high school students. When she’s not in the office or on the mat, chances are you will find her at the beach!