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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


Andi Senatro completed her yoga teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC. She has lived in several different places and loves to travel, though she has spent most her time in Virginia. Andi has been practicing yoga for seven years and believes in the power yoga possesses to help everyone grow stronger physically, mentally, and spiritually. Her favorite poses are standing balances, and inversions like headstand and wheel. She also loves teaching strengthening postures as well as restorative ones.


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.

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Cynthia has been teaching yoga in the Charlottesville area since 1995. She has an E-RYT 500 designation with the Yoga Alliance and is a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Known for teaching with precision and eloquence, Cynthia draws from her background in Integral, Iyengar, Kripalu, and Anusara styles. Her studies in anatomy and kinesiology and the Pilates method also inform her alignment-oriented approach.

Cynthia’s primary teaching intentions are to create an atmosphere of safety, kindness, and education in her classes and to offer a friendly and supportive environment suitable for all levels of experience. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy with Maryland University of Integrative Health and is available for private sessions in yoga, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, and structural yoga therapy.

Elisa-FerranteElisa Ferrante became an avid Ashtanga practitioner in 2006. She completed a 300-hour course at the Charlottesville Yoga School, becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance in 2010. She has since taught hatha style yoga classes in both English and Spanish. Her emphasis is on connecting movements to the breath and building internal physical awareness with gentle flow into yoga positions and meditation. 




Erin Lee Henshaw: Yoga. Tea. Adventure. Connection. Human Potential. These interests have taken me from my hometown of Vienna, Virginia to study in Spain, work in China and practice yoga in India. Wherever I go, I am transformed by my environment, and find pleasure in sharing my energy with others.  I have a background in events and corporate team-building, completed a 200-Hr Hatha YTT in Rishikesh, am certified in LifeForce Yoga, teach mindfulness in public schools and am the co-founder of The Mind Body Project in China and the US.  My teaching style combines traditional yogic practice with modern neuroscience, to facilitate personal evolution and thriving. I believe that when you do science with your brain and body, any activity can be your yoga.


julia-j-von-briesenJulia J. von Briesen  Having always been an avid athlete with a meditation practice, Julia has been most challenged by practicing yoga. She considers her yoga mat a “magic carpet” that literally carries a person through physical, emotional and spiritual transformations, healing from the past, strengthening mindfulness and attention to the here and now, and opening space for the future. A certified health coach, Julia is a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition as well as a graduate of Pete Guinosso’s 200 hour teacher training in San Francisco. She has also completed several Vipassana meditation courses as taught by S.N. Goenka that influence her yoga teaching. Experience the integration of your breath and body in a loving and playful Vinyasa class with Julia.

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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.


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Kimberly Gladysz – When Kimberly was 5 years old, she wore a hula skirt everyday for a month. Her love for dance and the waves continues. She enjoys cooking and the way yoga helps her to enjoy life more from the inside out. As a yogini, she has been practicing for the past 18 years with a strong and fluid foundation in ashtanga yoga with Richard Freeman, and has delved into vinyasa, kundalini and bhakti yoga too. She has lived and studied African dance in Guinea and NYC, and has danced hula and fire fans while teaching elementary school in California and Hawaii. She is a Bodymind therapist and weaves meditation into her practice. Kimberly loves her time with her friends, watching sunsets, and laughing. Her goal this year is to do a great handstand! You may reach her at


Lili-P-150x150Lili 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 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. For the past 15 years, Sue has taught Hatha I & II, Yin, and Restorative Yoga, and has led meditation groups through the UVA Rec Dept. She is pleased to currently be offering Restorative Yoga at Common Ground. Sue has a private bodywork practice, specializing in aromatherapy massage, craniosacral therapy, pediatric CST and individual restorative yoga sessions. Sue offers massage at Common Ground on Mondays.


Susanna Nicholson‘s teaching is based on yoga adapted for the individual mind & body.  She has taught nationally and abroad since 2000. Susanna began her practice in 1969, and is certified by Yoga Alliance at 500 hours. Additionally, Susanna is certified by the yoga therapy foundation of KYM clinic at 500 hrs. KYM clinic specializes in gentle movement with breath awareness & stress reduction. Susanna is also available for questions about integrative health, as an integrative health coach certified by Duke University Integrative Medicine.  With over 10 years of hospital-based teaching, Susanna continues her study of the sutras and the history of yoga at the UVA Religious Studies department.
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