April Nelson began her career in fitness after earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion and Exercise Science in 1996 – the same year she first tried Pilates, yoga, rock climbing and mountain biking.   After a decade of immersion in the fitness field, she shifted focus through a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration, concentrating on Outdoor Pursuits and Experiential Learning.  Before moving to Morganton in 2013 she enjoyed weaving a colorful tapestry of travel and career experiences – from teambuilding and character development 50 feet overhead on challenge courses to personal training, teaching skiing, and managing community and college fitness centers.  Profoundly inspired by her yogi colleagues’ instruction and insight, April continues to practice and teach movement arts as a path toward deeper mind-body connection and celebrating our abilities.  In addition to teaching at Breathe, April works full-time at Caldwell Community College where she leads the Physical Education department and teaches yoga, backpacking, and a variety of health and wellness classes.  She savors opportunities to help students of all ages discover new methods and perspectives on nutrition and exercise – indoors and out – as a chance to honor our personal strengths (inside and out).  Aside from teaching, April enjoys kayaking, hiking, pottery, gardening, cooking, rebuilding an old farmhouse and playing with her yellow lab rescues, LuLu and Karma.