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Amber Karnes is an aspiring yogi, RYT-200 yoga asana teacher, and a lifelong student of her body. In Amber’s classes and workshops, students of all shapes and sizes will find tips, tricks, and modifications to make yoga asana work for their unique body, instead of being squished into poses for the sake of form over function. She emphasizes safe alignment and mindful transitions, and guides each student to honor the body they bring to the mat today, while being empowered to learn about the body’s intelligence and power.

Amber is a big fan of “yoga in non-yoga places” and often teaches free, accessible classes in her community. She serves on the Yoga and Body Image Coalition and the Advisory Council for Women’s Power Space and seeks to further the message of inclusivity, consent, agency, body positivity, and accessibility for all on and off the mat. Amber blogs at


View More: Shepherd (RYT) began practicing yoga in 2007 after graduating from UVA and feeling a bit daunted by the possibility of having the whole world at her fingertips. Committing to a daily yoga practice helped Ashleigh cultivate a sense of rhythm, clarity, playfulness, and open-heartedness that subsequently led her on a marvelous path of adventures around the world. In 2010, travels led Ashleigh to complete a 200-hour YTT in Rishikesh, India with Yogi Vishvketu of World Conscious Yoga Family. Ashleigh feels continually inspired by her daily yoga practice, dance, the incredible natural world in which we live, and her work with young children whose insight and vision never cease to amaze her. In her yoga classes, Ashleigh aims to guide students in a practice that celebrates inquiry, exploration, and a keen awareness of breath. Each class is created with the intention of cultivitating strength, flexibility, balance and joy.


Barbara GermershausenBarbara Germerhausen has been teaching yoga since 1984. She founded Yoga House in Austin, Texas, operating from 1989 through 1996. During that time, she developed and directed a 300-hour teacher training program and taught yoga to inmates at a nearby Federal prison. After moving to Charlottesville in 1996, Barb taught at Living Yoga before opening her own studio, simplyYOGA on the downtown mall. Her classes offer a meditative approach to hatha yoga sprinkled with a sense of humor. These days, she is particularly fond of teaching yoga to the boomer generation.


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Courtenay Evans, Yoga has been a passion and mainstay in Courtenay’s life for many years. She graduated from Charlottesville Yoga School’s Teacher Training Program in January 2013. After periods of living abroad and graduating from culinary school, Courtenay returned to native Charlottesville to share her passion of cooking healthy foods with others. Courtenay believes food not only nourishes but gives strength, longevity and clarity of mind–and yoga goes hand in hand with that philosophy. She believes practicing yoga gives acceptance and appreciation for one’s body and opens the door for self study on and off the mat.


Cynthia WoodringCynthia Woodring, RYT – Cynthia has been teaching yoga since 1995 and is a 500-Hour Level Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Known for teaching with precision and eloquence, Cynthia has a creative and authentic teaching style and often weaves a discourse into her classes. Her practice is informed by a variety of methods including Integral, Iyengar, and Anusara styles. She offers a safe and supportive environment suitable for all levels.


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Kate Zuckerman, ERYT has been teaching yoga since 2002 and is the founder and Executive Director of Common Ground. With a background deeply rooted in the philosophy of yoga, her teaching emphasizes awareness, poise, and presence in our postures both on and off the mat. Perhaps most influential in her teaching style is her devotion to her daily personal practice. Kate is grateful to her primary teacher, Kofi Busia, who is one of the world’s foremost instructors in the Iyengar tradition. She has also been inspired by other senior teachers in the Iyengar, Anusara, and Hatha Yoga traditions, as well as her studies in Buddhist meditation.


View More: Warren – Kevin has been teaching Yoga for 25 years. He is accredited Yoga teach and has taught worldwide. Kevin received his degree in comparative religion from Columbia University and has studies with masters from many of the world spiritual traditions. He brings to his classes a deep knowledge of the inner body, the overall path of yoga and the physical poses. His classes are full of fun, humor and joy. Come and experience a unique yogic experience with a very loving teacher.


Kim Lo -YogaKim Lo, started practicing yoga in 2000 while attending graduate school in London.  Over the years, she has studied various styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Iyenger and Kirpalu.  She has attended workshops led by David Garrigues, Tim Miller and Kino Macgregor.  In early 2011, she received her 200 hour teacher certification.  In late 2012, she completed training in wellness and mindfulness in the style popularized by Jon Kabat-Zinn.  When is not teaching yoga, Kim can be found teaching knitting, crochet and other needle crafts to children.  An interesting fact about her is that she is related to many famous Chinese Martial Artist relatives via her fathers side of the family.


Lili PLili Powell – Lili enjoys leading well-rounded, multi-level classes in a warm and welcoming environment. Lili has practiced yoga since 2000 and completed the Yoga Source 200-hour teacher training in 2005. In addition to studying yoga, she also practices Pilates and mindfulness meditation.  Connected to Charlottesville for over 35 years, Lili is grateful for the opportunity to serve Common Ground’s mission and our local community.  She lives in town with her husband and their kitty, Pippin, who is named for the famous Albemarle apple.   



 Pam Scott, RYT 200, is a 2009 graduate of the Charlottesville Yoga School. She has a background in dance, having studied and performed with the Warsaw Polish Mime Company and the Zenith Dance Theatre. Having studied Bartenieff Fundamentals at the Laban Institute she has a keen interest in anatomy and postural alignment. Pam maintains her daily Ashtanga Yoga practice with Jennifer Elliot and has also studied with Tim Miller, David Garrigues, David Swenson and Tias Little.  For the past four years Pam has taught Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga with the Guerilla Yoga Project and she has taught Gentle yoga with the Common Grounds Outreach Program at Jaba.


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Patty Gray – Patty Gray began her practice of yoga in 2005 and currently practices in the Ashtanga tradition under the  tutelage of Jennifer Elliot. A graduate of the Charlottesville Yoga Teacher Training program in 2010, Patty is the program coordinator for the Common Ground  yoga program at the Fluvanna Women’s Correctional Facility. Her curiosity about  healing has led to to a study of yoga therapeutics with Doug Keller and  Gary Kraftsow while a fascination with alignment has been nurtured  through a 40 hour teacher training program in Ashtanga yoga with David Swenson.   Listening to the bodymind and honoring what is present in a given moment are  essential to Patty’s philosophy of teaching and personal practice.


Sue Bovinizer

Sue Bovenizer, RYT, fell in love with yoga in the mid-1980’s and has been on a yogic path ever since. She taught Hatha Yoga in England in the ’90s and after moving back to the US, continued her studies and became certified in the  Integral Yoga tradition. Sue has taught Hatha I & II, and Meditation through the UVA Rec Dept for the past 15 years and is pleased to be offering Restorative Yoga at Common Ground. Sue has a private bodywork practice, specializing in aromatherapy massage, craniosacral therapy and individual restorative yoga sessions.


Tanya ValentineTanya Valentine, has a background in dance, Tanya began practicing vinyassa and ashtanga yoga as well as Buddhist meditation in the mid-nineties and became a certified yoga teacher 10 years later at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Val Morin, Canada. In addition to her daily practice, she is currently studying through the Insight Yoga Institute with Sarah Powers. Her teaching is guided by deep roots in yogic philosophies, vipassana, and mindfulness practice. Classes emphasize alignment, subtle body anatomy, and breath based awareness as aids in discovering ways to consciously inhabit the body and cultivate the mind.