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  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with honors from DePaul University in 2006
  • 200-Hour Certification with Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Institute in 2011
  • 500-Hour Advanced Teacher Training through Moksha Yoga Center in 2014


With a passion for words from a young age, Cari Brokamp Barcas started her career in journalism in 2006 to help give people a voice and acknowledge their stories. After several years working as an award-winning reporter, she followed a desire to support the growth of younger journalists and became an editor in 2008. Eventually rising to assistant managing editor at Suburban Life in Chicago’s western suburbs and later regional editor for Patch across the Chicago area, Cari found it a natural fit to work as a manager, leading a staff and encouraging them toward excellence.

Cari has strong leadership skills, and she maintains a perfect balance of firmness and compassion. She pushed us past our comfort zones, but was right there to help out if we needed her.

Also a registered yoga teacher, Cari began teaching vinyasa yoga in 2011, having completed Level One, Level Two and Art of Assisting teacher trainings through Baptiste Institute. After teaching part-time for two years, Cari followed her heart and made the leap to focus on yoga full-time in 2013, offering as many as 18 classes a week at seven studios across the Chicagoland area while completing her 500-hour advanced yoga teacher training certification through Chicago’s Moksha Yoga Center.

Cari is a remarkable force of positivity and grace. She's a nurturer who helps people refine their talents with a firm but kind hand. There's no one else like her.

It wasn’t long before life led her to the mountains of western North Carolina in 2014, when she accepted the position of communications director and teacher at the nonprofit Asheville Community Yoga. After serving for nearly two years in that role, Cari now works full-time as community engagement director at the nonprofit Green Built Alliance and teaches yoga part-time at Pure Yoga in downtown Asheville.