Stephanie’s yoga journey began in 2000 when she took her first yoga class and 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 and healing, 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 is laid back, calm and relaxing, allowing for plenty of freedom to move how it 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 ;)... travel when I can, tandem sky dives jumps, 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"... now I'm blessed to know I've earned the title as "Mom" in her life. babygirljoie
-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 find every instructor has something to offer me each time I step on my mat. Mostly the ladies that were by my side durning 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.
-What's your name? Neha Jain
-What are you doing when you're not on your mat? Love Cooking vegan , gluten free food
-What is your favorite pose? Standing Forward fold
-Who is your yoga inspiration? My family
-If you could practice anywhere on Earth, where would you practice? In my backyard
Greetings, beautiful community! For me, yoga is about the inner changes and awareness. My practice is a time to put everything else on hold and connect to my inner being. The heightened awareness I experience through my practice is what continues to draw me to my mat. My passion is to share the positive effects yoga has had upon my life in hopes of continuing this positive effect among others.
My classes are accessible to yogis of all potential shapes, ages, and interests. Come experience yoga as a beautiful way to celebrate life and to embrace the spirit which manifests within. My classes are fun, focused, and very naturally flowing.
Originally from a small town in New Jersey, at the age of 21 Megan decided she needed to get out of her comfort zone and move onto something new. She bought a one-way ticket, packed 2 suit cases and headed to Hawaii. While on the beautiful island of O'ahu, her eyes were opened to a different way of life. Megan’s interest for holistic health grew and she decided that her journey as a bodyworker was about to begin. She began looking for a place to study and her search led her to a beautiful town in Arizona surrounded by red rocks and filled with people that shared her passion. She couldn't have picked a more perfect place to study massage than Sedona.
After massage school she made her way back to Hawaii where she spent her mornings working as a naturalist/tour guide, taking people to swim with wild dolphins. She met people from all over the world and got to see things that she thought were only part of her dreams. She spent her afternoons working at an incredible spa on the North Shore sharing her love of bodywork with anyone that would allow her to. She was living her dream.
After 6 beautiful years in the Hawaii sun, sand and water, she felt like she wanted more. Megan took herself to a different coast and started exploring the shores of California. In California she deepened her practice of yoga and completed her 200hr teacher training.
The past several years she has kept the magic alive and has been practicing massage and teaching yoga on the east and west coast. Megan’s feet have finally landed and she is sharing my passion for yoga and massage with others here in Virginia Beach.
Practicing massage for almost 10 years, many modalities make up her practice. Thai, craniosacral, lomi lomi and deep tissue are to name a few. She enjoys the constant learning experience massage and yoga bring to her life and she can't wait to see what else it has in store for her!
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.
Catherine has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and began formally teaching yoga in 2014. She completed her RYT200 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.
After an on-and-off again relationship with yoga from the ages of fifteen to twenty, 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 YTT 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.
Christina Rene Bishop has been integrating the tools of mindfulness and compassionate presence in practice of Buddhism for over 20 years. Her studies spanning teachings from Tibetan Buddhism to Nichiren, Christina took refuge in the Three Jewels, Buddha, Dharma, & Sangha, in 2008 and was given the name Yeshe Dolma, Wisdom Tara, by her friend and longtime teacher, Venerable Lama Ngawang Tsultrim Rinpoche.
A master level Reiki practitioner, manual and movement therapist, Christina blends clinical sports and injury techniques with somatic healing for a mind/body/spirit integrative approach to therapeutic massage, health, and wellness.
An avid anatomist, her yoga teaching is an extension of her bodywork practice; each class of Iyengar influenced breath and mindful movement is tailored for the individual bodies in the room, unwinding restrictions of habitual patterns, easing the symptoms of pain and tension by seeking them out at their root, increasing range of motion, reclaiming breath space.
What’s your name: Hannah Hooper
What are you doing when you’re not on your mat: sipping coffee at a cozy café, taking my dog to the beach, planning my next road trip or overseas adventure!
Any mini-yogis, or furry yogis running around: my golden retriever Alby likes to take my yoga mat hostage mid-practice, making jump-backs to plank-chaturanga very interesting!
What is your favorite pose: my favorite yoga pose is Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana – the soothing side bend, the stretch through the legs and the opening through the heart is the perfect combo for me.
Who is your yoga inspiration? Students, master teachers and my peers ALL inspire me!
If you could practice anywhere on Earth, where would you practice: I’ve never been, but I would imagine an early morning sunrise practice in Santorini, Greece, where I am atop a building or practicing on a balcony overlooking the amazing blue water and surrounding white architecture would be an amazing way to start the day!
Tell me a joke…: Q: Why didn't the yogi buy the vacuum cleaner?
A: It came with too many attachments!
I know…yoga jokes….ha...