Becca has been practicing yoga for almost two decades, exploring many styles and studios, both near and far. New to Roanoke, Becca, like many of us, found continued peace, community, and solace in yoga during the pandemic and was inspired to complete a 200 hour yoga teacher training.
Beth has been practicing yoga since 2008 and is a graduate of the Uttara 200 & 300hr YTT programs. Her practice and teaching have been transformational in both her work and her life. It has been and continues to be a gift.
Dawnbee began practicing yoga in 2019. Although she had taken classes before, this time was different. Her practice quickly began to deepen as she realized that yoga gave her space to be in awe of the body, and to calm an anxious mind.
Elizabeth received her 200 Yoga Teacher Training certification through a comprehensive program at the Marianne Wells Yoga School in Cahuita, Costa Rica. She then went on to pursue her 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification through Uttara Yoga Studio. She is currently registered through the Yoga Alliance.
Gabrielle began her yoga path 4 years ago after being gifted a mat and DVD from a loved one. She began a gentle home practice and attending classes. Yoga began to unveil a whole new level of gratitude for life, spirit, and the physical body.
Harrilyn Mills started her yoga journey at Uttara in 2009. From her very first yoga class to now, she continues to be uplifted by the soul-warming light of the teachers and students that pass through the studio doors. Harrilyn completed her yoga teacher training in 2014 at Uttara and has since received certifications in restorative yoga, yin yoga, somatic yoga, and meditation.
Harvey has been practicing Yoga since 2019 starting with a Yoga Life Transformation Course and continuing with 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, both at Uttara Yoga Studio. Through the Yoga Teacher Training Program he encountered the teachings of Goswami Kriyananda, whose philosophy continues to form the core of his practice.
Jeremy Price is a Fitness Trainer with a studious passion for Functional Training and Intrinsic Well-being. During his 17 year tenure performing with Stomp, Jeremy sustained and recovered from numerous career-threatening injuries. It was during this time that Jeremy’s relationship with recovery became a passion for prevention.
Kathy’s approach to teaching yoga is to help cultivate internal awareness of one’s body, mind and spirit in a way that is respectful of each student’s journey on the mat and in life. Through an introduction to yoga over 20 years ago, Kathy experienced, for the first time, what it truly meant, and felt like, to slow down and give needed attention to her body and breath – to be present.
Kimberly has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for the past 35 years. A Salem, VA native, she lived in Seattle, WA for many years where she owned her own yoga studio. Kimberly teaches many different styles of yoga with her foundational training rooted in the Integral Yoga tradition, and she is a direct student of Sri Swami Satchidananda.
E-RYT 200, Owner
Laura began her journey on the yogic path over 15 years ago while living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. She knew immediately that the practice of yoga would become a consistent thread weaving throughout the fabric of her life.
Leilani’s first yoga experience was a class that her sister took her to over 20 years ago in San Francisco. She has since been practicing and teaching around the world from Russia to Australia, London to Honolulu. Classically trained as a dancer, Leilani instantly fell in love with the dance that is yoga.
Madi started her yoga practice back in 2006. Since then she has incorporated different aspects of her practice in the many places she’s lived and traveled. For her, yoga has been an “adult recess,” a welcomed discipline, and a way to counteract her active lifestyle.
Marta fell in love with meditation and yoga while in an Eastern religions course in college, and after six years of practicing, she completed her teacher training in 2022. As a student of the unified philosophy, she brings elements from all branches into her practice, and her teaching is guided by the belief that yoga is for everyone and all bodies.
Martha Kastler is a believer in not giving up no matter what the circumstances! She feels we are drops in the same vast ocean subject to the rise and fall of each unique wave that comes our way. For her yoga practice allows her to ride the waves of life rather than be swallowed by them.
Natalie has been practicing yoga for twelve years, and is a graduate of the 200-Hour Uttara Teacher Training program. She first came to yoga through workout DVDs, approaching it as a way to bring some variety into a workout routine. Several years later while working in a stressful environment, she noticed how yoga helped her to breathe deeply.
Ninette is a graduate of the Uttara Yoga Teacher Training program. During her training she noticed a very distinct difference of what most athletes could do in class versus traditional “yogis”. That is when she knew she wanted to bring yoga to athletes.
Precious McCullough has been practicing yoga for eight years and is a graduate of the 200 hr Uttara Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has a background in Microbiology and Immunology, with an undergraduate degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).
E-RYT 500, Ayurvedic Wellness Coach
Sally found inspiration from her very first yoga class. She began a continuous quest for knowledge by completing over 500 hours of yoga teacher training at Uttara, and a 300 hour Ayurvedic Studies Program with Katie Silcox at Shakti School. Her goal was to deepen her understanding of health and wellness from a more holistic viewpoint.
Steve has been an athlete all his life, and is an All-American distance runner and has been a competitive bicycle road racer, tri-athlete and mountain bike racer. During his years as a personal trainer he was exposed to yoga and added it to his training routine in 2002.
Susi has been practicing yoga for ten years and is a 2015 graduate of Uttara’s 200 YTT Program. Through her practice she has come to understand the body’s innate wisdom and the profound connection between movement, consciousness and the breath. Yoga ignited a spiritual fire and curiosity within her that continues to nourish her own practices of mindfulness and self-awareness.
Suzanne has been gratefully and joyfully practicing yoga since 2008. She is registered as a 500 RYT through the National Yoga Alliance and has nearly eight years of experience teaching yoga. Suzanne has seen first-hand how the strength, flexibility and peace she has gained on the mat can be directly applied to riding the waves of life with hope and grace.
Vanessa 'Vani' Fassie Moses
Vani is a Roanoke native and has an extensive background in teaching Dance and the Arts with a B.A. in Dance and an M.A.L.S from Hollins University as well as a M.F.A. in Photo/Film from VCU. In 2008 she graduated from the Richmond, VA Integral Yoga® 200hr teacher training program taught by Nora ‘Vimala’ Pozzi.
E-RYT 200, YACEP, Ayurvedic Lifestyle Mentor
With a background in dance education, a foundation in somatic practices, and an interest in neuroscience, Wendi contemplates how yoga might offer support for recovering and re-building resilience in the nervous system. Beginning her yoga practice in 1998, she has studied with teachers of ashtanga, jivamukti, yin, and tantra, ayurveda, mudra and mantra.