Stephanie’s yoga journey began in 2000 when she took her first yoga class. She instantly knew that she had found something amazing, not just for her mind and body, but also for her life. As an avid runner, she enjoys running and racing at the half-marathon and marathon distances. Yoga, she found, helped in physical recovery, healing, and mental toughness, as well as physical strength and awareness, not only in running, but also in all areas of her life. In December 2015, she completed her RYT 200 in Virginia Beach.
After teaching for a few months, she made the decision to pursue training with Tara Stiles, the founder of Strala Yoga, because she instantly connected with this style of laid-back, feel-good yoga that allows for a certain freedom in flowing. “Strala is a way of being, moving, and healing, that helps people connect with how they feel, move how it feels good, and handle challenges with ease.”
Movement in Strala starts with your breath. “Every inhale opens and creates space, every exhale relaxes and lets you move easily into the space you create.”
Stephanie’s style of guiding yoga classes is laid back, calm, and relaxing, allowing for plenty of freedom to move in a way that feels good for your body. The pose is not the goal or end of the journey — all of the movements around the pose matter just as much! Stephanie believes that how you are on your mat is how you are in life, so RELAX!
Handstands ;) I travel when I can, and you can often find me sky diving in tandem, taking care of my family, or working behind the bar at The Cheesecake Factory!
- Any mini-yogis or furry yogis running around?
Yes! My little mini Joie. She's such a joy to my life. I began as "Auntie,” then "Auntie Mommy,” and now I'm blessed to know I've earned the title as "Mom" in her life.
- What is your favorite pose?
Natarajasana: Lord of the Dancer Pose. It's such powerful, elegant balancing pose. I enjoy feeling into this posture, and accepting that some days my body is not in rhythm and my dance is a little off beat.
- Who is your yoga inspiration?
I'm inspired by all the yogis around me. I practice at many different studios, and I find that every instructor has something to offer me each time I step on my mat. Mostly, the ladies who were by my side during my training. Thank you.
- If you could practice anywhere on Earth, where would you practice?
- Tell me a joke..
What does an astronaut do to get ready for a party? They plan-et.
Catherine has been practicing yoga for more than 12 years, and she began formally teaching yoga in 2014. She completed her RYT 200 certification at Pure Yoga Pilates Studio in Wilmington, DE with Now:Yoga of New York in the spring of 2015.
Catherine structures her classes to be inclusive of all students, regardless of their age or physical limitations. She offers ever-changing experiences in chair- and mat-based yoga classes that encourage her students to find their own personal balance between ease, effort, and advancement while they honor their mind, body, and soul.
Part of Catherine's teaching practice has included leading classes at the Cancer Support Community of Delaware and at the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Hospital in Delaware, where she helped cancer patients, survivors, and care givers fulfill their personal journeys to well-being.
When not teaching or pursuing her own practice, Catherine enjoys walks with her rescue dog Zoe, gardening, photography, and scuba diving.
Yoga found me at the time I needed it most in my life. Back in 2009 I was practicing gentle yoga regularly on the beach when I lived in Newport, RI. I learned firsthand about the mental benefits of yoga as I had a demanding job and needed something to relieve the stress. My instructor Shelley Duncan was the light I was looking for! She made every moment of practice so enjoyable, so freeing! I eventually found myself going beyond the gentle classes at the beach and immersing myself in a variety of practices, including Power Yoga.
After starting a family and moving to Virginia, running became my daily only form of meditation, but I still yearned for the Yin to my Yang! I taught a Stroller-based fitness class three times a week so that I could exercise with my children in tow. Longing for something more than just high intensity workouts and neighborhood runs I found myself at Collective practicing again. Soon after practicing regularly for an entire year, it led me to complete my RYT 200 hr with Alex Clarke of Teall Transformation Yoga.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’ve never taken a yoga class that I didn’t enjoy. I’m extremely grateful for every instructor that I have practiced with and can not wait to continue sharing the gift of yoga with others! Including my two little girls, Lia & Grace!
In 1997, I began my yoga journey — a journey that has taught me how to live a happy, healthy, and holy life. I turned to yoga as a result of being frustrated with my lifestyle and failed attempts to lose weight. I found I could perform basic postures, and, subsequently, began to lose weight. The more I practiced, the deeper I became grounded with a new-found passion. It is through this passion that a desire for teaching was fostered. Anyone can do yoga — all it takes is the dedication to show up on your mat.
In my personal growth, the lineage of Kundalini Yoga has called to me. This beautiful practice incorporates breath work, mantra, asana, chanting, and meditation for a complete practice. I strive to share all that I learn, through my own practice and the shared knowledge of my teachers.
I am honored to share your time and your trust as we travel this journey together.
Jennifer started practicing yoga in 2006 shortly after moving to Virginia Beach from Kansas. She enjoys the physical aspect of yoga but it’s the mental and emotional aspect of yoga that really draw her in deeper.
Jennifer was a graduate of the 1st Collective Yoga Teacher Training in April. During the day, she is a Registered Respiratory Therapist at CHKD. Her deep knowledge of the Respiratory system provide her with the ability to combine breath and movement with ease.
Doug discovered Asana in 2007 while recovering from a knee surgery. Amazed with the body's initial response, he grew to learn the effects of yoga extend well beyond the physical.
A 2011 graduate of Amanda McMain's 200-hour teacher training at LHAA and in 2016 of Erin Smith's 300-hour program at the Om Place, he is by day a licensed mechanical engineer working to design environmental building systems aimed at human comfort and sustainability. This integration of disciplines yields a unique perspective in sharing both mindful and technical aspects of yoga, intending to empower students in the discovery of their own practice.
After an on-and-off again relationship with yoga from the age of 15 to 20, Nicole finally settled down and got serious about learning the mental and physical practice of yoga. Originally only turning to yoga for the meditative benefits, she quickly fell in love with viewing the body as if it were an equation or a puzzle, discovering a way to combine the serene practice with her engineering background in a way that she understood. After completing her 200-hour yoga teacher training in May 2018, her desire to learn only grew.
As a new teacher, fascinated by the multiple ways muscles and bones can align in a pose, Nicole loves taking a technical and anatomical approach to her practice and her teaching. She enjoys helping others find peace and calm in the asana, while working towards finding every body their own safe and stable alignment.
Originally from Seattle, she has travelled extensively over the years due to her husband’s Navy career. Eventually she landed in Hampton Roads where she is a Fitness Trainer for the US Navy at Naval Station Norfolk.
She has been practicing yoga for about 12 years. 3 years ago when an opportunity arose on base to start a yoga program for the Navy community, she jumped at the chance.
She completed her 200 hour training at Collective Yoga this past spring 2019, and joined the Collective team shortly thereafter. She strives to create a safe and beautiful space to explore your body’s movement with fun and creative classes for all levels.
In her spare time, you can find her on the tennis court, and enjoying her new French Bulldog puppy, Louie.
Lynn began her yoga journey more than twelve years ago and has loved it ever since. Slowly, she integrated yoga into her fitness routine. She found herself beginning to gravitate to yoga in times of stress and anxiety. Lynn credits yoga for becoming more present and letting go of the need for control.
Lynn’s classes focus on connection to the breath and include creative sequencing all with the understanding that everyone’s body is different, and the asana is only a small part of yoga. Having experienced injuries herself, Lynn urges her students to understand that every day students step on their mat is a different experience and to listen to the messages their bodies are sending.
Lynn has her Bachelors’ degree in Psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology and a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice. Her graduate thesis researched the effects of yoga on adolescent girls in a delinquency intervention program. She has her 200 hour teacher training and has completed a 12 hour training through the Prison Yoga Project focusing on serving those incarcerated and suffering from substance abuse and mental illness.
Lynn enjoys gardening, landscaping and home improvement. She is an avid traveler and volunteers at the SPCA. She is married with two step-children and two dogs.