Yoga Teachers

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.

View More: http://robinsonimagery.pass.us/yoga-teachersAshleigh 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.

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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 of experience.

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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.

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 Cabot-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..

View More: http://robinsonimagery.pass.us/yoga-teachersKevin Warren – Kevin Warren completed the first year-long Jivamukti teacher training program 25 years ago. At this time he also received a degree in comparative religion at Columbia University and then went on to complete a six year course in Buddhist meditation and philosophy at the Asian Classic Institute. He is currently completing a second six year course with his teacher, learning the deeper teachings of Buddhism which involve radical ways of viewing our world and a deep study of the inner body. During the last 30 years Kevin has studied Indian drumming and chanting with many teachers, supplementing his Buddhist training with the great teachings from the Bhakti and Sufi lineages of India.

Lili PowellLili Powell – Lili Powell has been practicing hatha yoga since 2000 and completed the Yoga Source (Richmond, Va.) 200-hour teacher training in 2005. Lili enjoys leading well-rounded, multi-level classes that are suitable for beginners to experienced students. Drawing from a variety of influences – including mindfulness meditation, classical and modern yoga, and principles of postural alignment – she often weaves a poetic or philosophical theme into her classes to encourage further life reflection. All her classes are intended to integrate body, heart, mind, and spirit in a safe and welcoming environment. Off the mat, Lili teaches leadership presence, which helps managers and senior leaders center within themselves so they can connect with and influence others more authentically and effectively. Connected to Charlottesville for 35 years now, she lives with her partner Bob and their kitty, Pippin, named for the famous Albemarle apple. Lili is grateful for the opportunity to serve Common Ground’s mission and our local community.

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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.

View More: http://robinsonimagery.pass.us/yoga-teachersLydia VonBriesen – Lydia’s yoga class provides an opportunity to connect, focus, deepen, soften, clarify, and listen to your body and mind. She has a background in Alexander Technique that inspires her to offer hands-on to students desiring the extra guidance and support. Her yoga for beginners class is designed to accommodate any person interested in moving with awareness
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.

Ruth Goldeen - YogaRuth Goldeen, OTR/L, MEd., RYT is excited to be teaching specialty yoga classes at Common Ground! Ruth has been an Occupational Therapist at Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center (UVA) for 25 years. In that role, she trained in Yoga for Children with Special Needs – and more recently in Yoga for Scoliosis. Ruth is a graduate of the Charlottesville Yoga School (200 hour teacher training). Teaching Yoga for Back Care (including scoliosis and/or other back issues) and Intro to Yoga will allow Ruth to continue with her mission of sharing the benefits of yoga with individuals of varied ages and abilities.

View More: http://robinsonimagery.pass.us/yoga-teachersSara Agelasto’s, (CYT, CH, CNHP)  classes are grounded in her deep respect for the wisdom of the cycles of nature and her curiosity about the capacity of the human body. As a scientist, she is drawn to the precision of the Iyengar Yoga Method and has practiced this style for more than 10 years. Sara began studying with Sandra Pleasants when she moved to Charlottesville in 2002 and was certified to teach in 2004. Sara currently travels to study with Senior Iyengar teacher John Schumacher. Through her work developing the yoga site iHanuman.com, she has had the opportunity to record and attend hundreds of hours of yoga workshops. Because of her own injuries, Sara concentrates on the therapeutic aspects of yoga and has been influenced by Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Viniyoga. She is also a student of Nutrition, Clinical Herbalism, and Traditional Medicine. Sara creates a safe, inviting environment for students of all levels to increase their strength and flexibility.

Sue BovinizerSue 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.

 

Tracey WoodTracey Wood, a Charlottesville native and mother of four has been practicing Ashtanga and Vinyasa Yoga since 2000 and is a graduate of the Charlottesville Yoga School completing her Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification in 2009. Tracey continues to develop her practice and teaching by attending workshops with renowned teachers including David Swenson,Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, David Garrigues, Tias Little, Lino Miele, Govinda Kai and Max Strom. Yoga is a source of strength and serenity in Tracey’s life both on and off the mat. Through her dedicated practice she is inspired to explore and cultivate the interconnectedness we all share. Tracey finds yoga physically challenging and mentally and spiritually empowering. She encourages her students to explore both body and mind through her fun, dynamic classes based on the Ashtanga/Vinyasa tradition.

 

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.