Kate found yoga after a running injury in 2003 and is grateful for it! Since then she’s completed two 200-hour training programs and a 500-hour program. She’s also taken a multitude of workshops with teachers well-known by many in the yoga community and those content to stay quietly in the background passionately sharing their knowledge and this gift. In 2006, Kate began studying Ayurveda, literally translated “the science of life” and the sister science of yoga. Much like traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda is an ancient, holistic approach to health. As a consultant, Kate makes lifestyle and food recommendations. As a yoga teacher, she infuses each class with seasonal postures to achieve balance according to Ayurvedic principles; yoga therapy. Kate’s mission is to help people of all backgrounds discover their best self believing it’s never too late to change or improve the course you’re on. Her classes both challenge and heal nudging you to find the guru within.
Jennifer took her first yoga class at Hot Yoga Studio more than a decade ago. Little did she know how much yoga would change and heal her life. She received her 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) from Jimmy Barkan in Florida and her 500 RYT through Rolf Gates. Her classes inspire and challenge her students to be the best person they can be both on and off the mat. Her love of yoga extends to teaching courses at Tidewater Community College and she is honored to be an ambassador for Manduka mats and products as well as a guest model for Yoga Bela innerwear. Jennifer is grateful everyday to be able to guide students through their practices and considers teaching yoga a privilege. “For me, the most beautiful thing about my yoga practice is that no matter what is going on in my life, externally or internally, I always feel better when I step on my mat. I leave my mat a better person. Yoga is the best medicine.”
Tiffany took her first yoga class in 2002 while a student at Virginia Wesleyan College. Six years later, she rediscovered yoga while attempting to “get in shape’ and nurture herself. She fell in love with the practice and began a daily practice that led to teacher training in 2009. As Tiffany describes it, teacher training was a challenging, intense journey that made her dive deep into many areas of her life. She blossomed, discovering the profound connection – that we all have! – of body, mind, and spirit within and with each other. As with all fabulous teachers, she continues to train, take classes, and spend as much time on the mat as possible. Tiffany’s classes challenge while instilling peace in and out. In the words of one of her favorite teachers, Rolf Gates, “Our practice is a shelter we build for our spiritual selves. It is the work we do to safeguard and support the possibility of spiritual growth. The winds of life constantly wear away at this shelter, but if we stick to our tools, the shelter will hold.”
Dee has been practicing yoga for years, long before it became mainstream and, for as long as she can remember, she’s been interested in natural health, staying green, and organics. Just keeping up with her busy life, however, kept her from pursuing a career or even a deeper exporation. Now, recommitted, Dee is living the life she always envisioned. She has her 500 certification from Master Adam and continues to train with him. She teaches at various locations and is a contributor for a 500-hour teacher training. Her classes are a slow flow where poses are held long enough to allow a deepening of the posture, the development of strength and balance, an exploration of the body, awareness of the breath, and focus and concentration of the mind. “The body will gently and slowly unravel if you give it the time and space it needs to open and heal. Just come to the mat and listen."
Alison first discovered yoga in her sophomore year of college in 2001. She enjoyed taking classes as a way of exercise and relaxation. She often thought about becoming a yoga instructor while in college but kept putting it off for various reasons. In 2011, after getting married and tragically losing a close friend in the span of two weeks, Alison turned to yoga as a way of coping with change and healing from loss. She began to study yoga from a philosophical standpoint and decided that she was ready to share this knowledge with others. In 2012, Alison became a 200-hour certified yoga instructor through Yax Yoga Concepts and has enjoyed teaching at various locations since then.
Ben was a longtime athlete and student of martial arts. He loved the discipline and what the practice did for his physical health; he put his all into it. Through competition, Ben found the biggest challenge in life to be himself. That path blossomed into a wonderful yoga practice. "Now I can experience the challenge and discipline but also cultivate a gentler spirit, a oneness. ” Ben completed a 200-hour teacher training at Hot Yoga Studio, a 500 at the Asheville Yoga Center, and is currently studying Raja Yoga under Master Adam Nguyen in Virginia Beach. His classes are definitely challenging but the goal is always to help students make better connections within themselves to they can share that strength and peace with others.
We love Brittany! More coming.
Emily teaches and offers guidance from her more than ten years of practice, and eight years teaching to help transform lives through the lessons of yoga, meditation, and breath practice. Since completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification, she’s trained in the art of adjustments with Eddie Teboul, completed intensive training in ashtanga and pranayama with Beryl Bender Birch, and studied transcendental meditation with Philip Hosley. After a decade of practicing and teaching she still testifies to “love that there is always something new to practice. I am drawn to yoga for the benefits of finding presence on and off the mat, the rejuvenation from breath work, and the feeling after a great asana practice.”
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