"YOGA IS 99% PRACTICE AND 1% THEORY."
- SRI PATTABHI JOIS
Hairdresser, Spiritualist, and 200-RYT, Tiffany Shobe aka "ShobeFlow". Tiffany was born and raised in Richmond, VA. As a young girl she was never big into competitive sports, only competitive with herself! She has always been her own worst critic. Tiffany has been dabbling in different forms of yoga for over a decade, where at first she fell in love with Bikram Hot Yoga. With the strictness and also liberation of the heated practice, Yoga allowed Tiffany to do something she had never done before. Yoga made her concentrate fully on herself! At that point, Tiffany became a dedicated Yogi and started to change from the inside out. After a few years of nothing but Bikram, Tiffany was inspired to go to yoga teacher training and completed the 200-Hour Registered Teacher Training from Om On Yoga with the infamous Jonathan Miles, Kelly Kostecki and Jane Bahneman in Richmond, VA. Tiffany is now registered through Yoga Alliance USA and enjoys practicing Hatha and Vinyasa and Meditation. Tiffany is very thankful to have yoga in her life, and the opportunity to congregate with like-minded people to learn how the mind and body work together! As Tiffany continues to grow on her journey, her spirit grows as well. She is finally able to let go...gain compassion....and love. She has discovered she is perfectly imperfect.
This is just the beginning to a beautiful journey for Tiffany, and a beautiful forever-long practice. Her goal as a yoga teacher and forever student is to inspire, motivate and build courage for herself and her students to find that inner star within. She is committed to continuing her education through workshops, training, and her personal practice so that she can better serve her commUNITY with a full heart. Tiffany can't wait to meet you on the mat. Good vibes and shining energy. Tiffany teaches ShobeFlow (her unique & empowering gentle Hatha + Meditation class) at the studio.
SARAH BRANNAN BUNGER
Yoga Enthusiast, Business Owner, and 200-E-RYT, Sarah Bunger. Sarah is the Founder of Hanover Yoga, Virginia Tech graduate, and native of Mechanicsville. She has been practicing yoga for over 9 years and teaching for 6 years. She studied the art of yoga through a comprehensive, inspirational, and personalized yoga course in Cahuita, Costa Rica at The The Marianne Wells Yoga School. After graduating from the program, she is now registered through the Yoga Alliancein the USA (200-RYT). She formerly taught vinyasa and power yoga classes at Uttara Yoga Studio in Roanoke, VA, and has opened a studio in Hanover, VA to deepen her practice, study the anatomy of the body, to meet other yoga instructors and like-minded people, and share her experience as a yoga instructor. Her approach to yoga is to quiet the mind to reduce stress, and to create balance and alignment within the body to prevent injuries and increase overall health. Sarah gives a special thank you to Mark Elkins at MarkElkinsImaging.com for his lovely photography! Sarah teaches Hatha Yoga, Vinaysa Yoga, Gentle Yin, and Power Yoga classes at the studio. Sarah is also available for private yoga sessions.
As a Certified Massage Therapist, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and 200-RYT, Amanda Myers. Amanda has committed herself to holistic health. Her journey with yoga began six years ago when she needed a stretching routine to counter her running habit. Of course, Amanda gained much more than flexibility from her yoga practice, and it has led her down an exciting path. Amanda is a recent graduate of Om On Yoga's 200-Hour Teacher Training with our local favorite Yogi J Miles! Amanda's extensive knowledge of anatomy brings an alignment focus to any practice, allowing students to practice safely, while soaring to new heights. She is looking forward to bringing her style to Hanover Virginia Yoga. Amanda teaches Hatha Yoga at the studio, and helps us with substitute teaching at the studio.
Holistic Emergency Veterinarian and 200-Hour RYT at Hanover Yoga, Meredith "Lavanya" Carle. Lavanya is a graduate of Richmond's local Integral Yoga Studio. Lavanya is a holistic Veterinarian working at a local Animal Hospital. Lavanya dedicates her life to animals, as well as human. She has recently moved to Hanover County, and lives in this community. She approaches yoga with love, and teach directly from her heart. Her calm voice, variety of modification/amplifications, and clear passion for the practice will ease you into the perfect flow for the body and mind. Lavanya has been practicing yoga for over 8 years, and as she continues to learn more each day throughout her journey, she is thrill to be sharing her knowledge with this community. Lavanya teaches Slow Flow Vinyasa, Hatha Yoga, Breathe & Flow, and Yoga Nidra Meditation classes at the studio.
"We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midsts of calamities, and, by our own serenity, make others more tranquil." -Sri Swami Satchidananda
Master of Food Science, Mother of two, and 200-RYT, Rachel Jenkins. Rachel has been practicing yoga for over a decade. She was first introduced to it in the small town of Johnson, Vermont while attending her first year of college. She was always an athlete, and avid outdoors girl, and yoga was the glue that held it all together. She became an instructor in 2006, and travelled to India, Nepal, and Tibet in 2012; there she studied traditional Hatha yoga, Ayurveda, and Reiki. She realized that the physical aspect that she once looked at yoga as being has now become the spiritual awakening that she realized she had been looking for all along. Rachel’s background is in Exercise Physiology, and Human Nutrition. She has taught yoga and Ayurveda workshops in several different states throughout the country. She looks at the practice as a time to connect with fellow yogis, and bring a sense of calm and balance into the daily routine. She views herself as a fellow student that is just guiding everyone to peace and happiness. She hopes to offer acceptance, rejuvenation, and inspiration to all Hanover Yoga Yogis. Rachel substitute teaches Hatha and Vinyasa classes and offers Prenatal yoga at the studio.
Spiritual seeker, wife, friend, Project Yoga Richmond Ambassador, native of Richmond, and 500-RYT, Billie Carroll. Billie has had an on and off again love affair with yoga for the past 30 years. She considered herself married to yoga when she got her first certification in 2015. She has traveled to the birth place of yoga in Rishikesh India to study Sattva Yoga with one of the most respected yoga gurus of our day Anand Mehrotra. Her passion is making the healing power of yoga accessible to all. She works with diverse sections of the population and her classes are geared for everyone and every BODY. She is certified in Hatha, Sattva, Yin, Restorative as well as Yoga of 12 step recovery and trauma informed yoga. Billie teaches Embrace Your Body Workshops for Women and Yin Yoga at the studio.
“Yoga has taught me to love and accept who I am as well as who I am becoming.”
Mechanicsville American Family Instructor, Amazing Mother, Mindfulness Teacher, and 200-RYT, Sherry Klauer. Sherry has been teaching group fitness classes for three years here in Mechanicsville. She is a certified ACE Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Personal Trainer, Spinning Instructor, RRCA Distance Running Coach and a 200hr RYT (registered yoga teacher). Sherry has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and believes that in our fast-paced society nurturing mind, body and spirit is vitally important to maintaining health and happiness. When she isn’t on the mat she spends her time running with friends, experimenting with vegan recipes in the kitchen or camping with her husband and three children. Sherry teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes and workshops at the studio as well as other workshops at the studio including Yoga For Runners!
Improve-tu Comedian and 200-RYT, Lauren Vaughan. Lauren developed a love for yoga during the early years of college. The time spent in a yoga studio helped her to find better way to manage her stress and find calmness in her life. In the fall of 2014 she took a leap of faith and decided to enroll in a 200 hour teacher training program at Zenya Yoga Academy in Newport News, Virginia. Now a Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour yoga teacher, her hope is to help her students find their own peace and clarity on the mat. She aims to create classes that make her students feel strong and confident, and walking out the door feeling happier and stress free. To keep up with Lauren, you can find her on Facebook as “The Twisted Yogi” and her website at http://www.thetwistedyogi.net/. Lauren teaches Hatha Basics at the studio.
"Yoga isn’t about being good at something. It’s about being good to yourself.”
Musical engineer and 200--RYT, Andrea Stefl. Andrea is a 2016 graduate of YogaWorks 200 hour certification program. She is also a graduate of VCU’s School of the Arts, and is a big believer in the corilation between a strong yoga practice and creativity. Her personal practice, and what she likes to share with others, is all about a strong foundation, and customization! Everyone’s practice is a bit different, and no two bodies are alike, so Andrea is also a huge supporter of using yoga props. As T.K.V. Desikachar once said about his father’s approach to yoga. "It is not that the person needs to accommodate him or herself to yoga, but rather the yoga practice must be tailored to fit each person." Andrea teaches an Iyengar-approach to Hatha Basics (using props to support the body) and Vinyasa Basics at the studio.
It is her love for yoga that brought Roslyn Marwood to teaching. It is her passion for yoga that motivates her to share her experience and knowledge with others. With the guidance and support of teacher Andrea Bleck-Smith CYT, 500 E-RYT, YACEP, C-IAYT, at Heart of Yoga Studio, Roslyn became a certified 200-RYT, in the Himalayan Tradition, certified with Yoga Alliance
Roslyn's classes are lighthearted with gentle guidance, encouragement and a bit of laughter woven in. It is so important to not take yourself too seriously. We tend to be so serious in our daily life, it is
nice to be able to come to yoga class with compassion for ourselves and a sense of humor. I believe this is what helps to enrich our practice and ourselves. Roz teaches Vinyasa Yoga at the studio.
Diana received her YogaWorks 200-Hour certification in March of 2107 with the hope of being able to pass this gift on to others and help students find their own fearless and compassionate practice.
After a shattering an arm in 2006, yoga became Diana Stoen's path to healing. She learned that the practice of asana could teach her things about herself that she had not been able to discover through other means. Yoga has been a teaching vehicle for a greater degree of compassion for the body and the Self. The practice of yoga has taught Diana, in a practical and concrete way, that complicated tasks all have preparatory work that will make the seemingly impossible possible. The practice over the years has helped her outgrow her fear of injury. Unexpectedly, the philosophies of yoga have given her perspective on the ego and the opportunity to bring awareness and mindful connection to the mind and the body. Diana teaches Restorative Slow Flow at the studio.
“Yoga is the path that turns 'I can’t’ into ‘I can’”.
Photographer, School Teacher, nature lover and yoga enthusiast. Ava Massey earned her 200 YTT from her college during her last semester at Ramapo College, in New Jersey. Ava has been practicing since 2010, and what a journey it has been! She has used her lessons from the mat in her educational classroom as well. Ava believes that Yoga is meant to heal the body, build strength in the muscles and to make one feel good. Ava teaches to all levels in her class, giving modifications as well as challenges when needed. Hanover Yoga has been the perfect place to call Home, and Ava is very excited to joining the community. Ava teaches Vinyasa Yoga at the studio.
Spiritual seeker and 200-RYT, Dr. Joan B. Wash. Joan studied Yoga in India with Master Anand Mehotra, the developer of Sattva Yoga in 2016. She is a graduate of the Delphi University, a Dr. of RoHun Therapy, an Ordained Minister, Reiki Master and massage therapist. She has practiced holistic (mind, body, spirit) therapies for over 25 years. Joan teaches Gentle Yoga + Meditation yoga classes and Sattva Yoga workshops at the studio.
“I am forever humbled and grateful for the opportunities I have had to study with Native American Elders, Tibetan Monks and now an Indian Guru and am so excited to bring all of this experience to my Yoga classes.”
Mary Beth Ansell
Mary Beth Ansell is a seasoned Yoga teacher and educational professional. Her nurturing ways and her passion for providing a caring, beneficial practice to her students make her an ideal guide for those seeking Yoga Therapy and a Yoga Lifestyle. During group or private sessions she helps clients develop goals to begin to live a Yoga Lifestyle. She empowers individuals to make healthful choices about work, nutrition, rest, relationships, movements and thoughts. Yoga education reorients clients’ approach to lifestyle and allows them to live fully. Her philosophy is that everyone can benefit from Yoga Therapy!
Mary Beth trained to become a registered Yoga teacher (500-RYT) at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale Pennsylvania. She trained at the YogaLife Institute, which is also located in Pennsylvania, to become certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) with a special certification in Comprehensive Yoga Therapy (CYT). She specializes in stress management as related to the workplace, home life, diet and in the areas of prenatal, postnatal, menopause and fertility issues. Mary Beth teaching Gentle Yoga & Meditation at the studio.
Therapeutic Recreation Counselor and 200-RYT, Liz Creasman. Liz began taking yoga classes as a teenager seeking balance, peace and self-exploration in a busy schedule. She was intrigued by the physical fitness and balance aspects due to involvement in performing art. Yoga was introduced to her as a practice of nonviolence towards self and others. The concept of using peace from within to fuel all interactions truly resonated. The more she learned about yoga, the more she realized she had naturally used many of the practices and wanted to continue learning how to use them more effectively. She continued to practice through college and heavily depended on her yoga practice to manage stress. Her practice transformed into a blend of classes, self-guided, and DVDs. Liz believes in the importance of yoga practice to connect mind and body, express emotions, and embrace the beauty in everyday life.
Liz completed her bachelor’s degree at Old Dominion University in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Studio Art. Through her coursework, she learned about maintaining quality of life for populations with developmental, physical, and psychological adversities. She expanded knowledge of diversity, advocating, empowerment through volunteer work and extracurricular activities. She now works at a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at a residential treatment facility for adolescents who have experienced trauma. The inspiration to complete her teacher training came from the need of the adolescents she had worked with for a few years. She recognized the benefits they could receive from regular yoga practice and felt compelled to provide the means. She uses yoga as a way to teach emotional regulation and self-exploration and incorporates these teachings in classes through breath work, grounding and balance. Yoga has become an integral aspect of her self-care routine. When off the mat, Liz can be found enjoying Richmond with her loving husband and adorable beagle mix, cooking and baking, or expressing herself through art. Liz teaches Tweens Yoga and subsitute teaches Vinyasa Yoga classes at the studio.
Wife, Friend, Mentor, and 500-RYT, Heather Cauley, also known as The Three-Legged Dog. Heather has been transformed by yoga. She has a life-long dance background and was first drawn to yoga because of the beauty of movement she saw in the poses; to her, yoga was a beautiful dance. She has also suffered for many years from digestive disorders, insomnia, anxiety, and other stress-related issues. As she began deepening her practice, she was introduced to, and fell in love with, meditation and yoga philosophy. A meditation-based yoga practice has changed the way she deals with her stressors AND it has changed the way her body reacts to them. Heather has practiced yoga for 18 years and obtained her 500-RYT certification through YogaWorks. She currently studies with Yogarupa Rod Stryker and considers herself a forever student. Heather loves teaching beginners and introducing them to yoga, and she provides private and corporate yoga instruction. Heather is an avid runner and coaches various running teams in the RVA area. Heather travels every single chance she gets, she tries to laugh even more, she loves boxers, she love the snow AND the sun equally and she really, truly, deeply believes in her heart that Hawaii is heaven on earth. She and her husband Scott, now a Marine Corps JROTC Instructor at J.R. Tucker High School, live in Powhatan with their 2 boxers. Learn more about Heather on her adorable website at www.thethree-leggeddog.com. Heather substitute teaches at the studio.
“Yoga is not just postures; yoga is literally a lifestyle. The true gift of yoga is that it will bring equal amounts of awareness AND inner peace - posture is just the beginning.”
Retired Veteran, Owner of Checkpoint One, and 200-RYT, Andy Kaufmann. Andy is a United States Army Veteran of 23 years. He served as a medic during his first enlistment. He then attended the University of Maine and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant into Army Aviation where he became an Air Cavalry Scout pilot flying the UH-1, OH58, OH58C and OH58D Kiowa Warrior. Andy deployed around the world for training and combat operations to places like Iraq, Africa, Thailand, Panama, Iceland, Germany, Egypt and South America. He was injured in Iraq in 2004 when his helicopter was engaged by insurgents during a close air support operation in Mosul. He was medically retired in 2009 following more than 20 operations including multiple back fusions, neck fusions and elbow reconstructive surgery. When he retired, he was lost in the pain medications and a lost sense of purpose. Andy found some relief when he began working as the Director of Veteran Peer Navigator for the Code of Support Foundation in Alexandria, VA.
Andy discovered yoga in 2013, and much to his disbelief, found that it was very helpful to his body and mind. Andy has been to several Yoga Journal Live conferences and soon found the meditation path as well as restorative yoga. Andy decided that to further help himself with healing, and help others, becoming a yoga teacher was his path. He completed his RYT 200 hour training at Glenmore Yoga and Wellness. He was recently trained in Florida in restorative yoga for individuals with PTSD, visible and non-visible trauma.
Andy’s journey from his descent into the darkness of PTSD and depression and chronic pain from his injuries to where he is now is largely in part to his embracing yoga that works for him, including a love of Yoga Nidra.
In addition to his yoga, Andy is involved with equine therapy as an Eagala Therapy Assistance and working with children at the Wings of Hope Ranch in Montpelier, VA. He also is on the Board of Directors of Warriors For Healing, an organization that brings the yoga practice to active duty members and veterans and family members around the country, as well as specialized training for yoga teachers. Andy teaches Yoga Nidra classes at the studio.
Substitute Teacher and Montpelier Yoga Instructor, Wendy Philips. 200-RYT Wendy Phillips started practicing yoga after the birth of her 2nd son 16 years ago. Wendy completed her teacher training in 2003 with Jennifer Elliott and Sandra Pleasants of Charlottesville. Wendy has taught at Patrick Henry Ymca, Diane Hale Dance studio, Hanover country Club, former co-owner of Ashland Yoga, and has taught for super club resorts in Jamaica. Wendy currently teaches at the Montpelier center and Patrick Henry YMCA. Wendy substitute teaches Hatha and Vinyasa classes the studio.