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Beth Polk

Beth Polk

RYT-500

Beth has been practicing yoga regularly since 2008. She completed her 200 (2014) and 500 hour (2017) teacher training through Uttara and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She obtained her medical degree from University of Virginia in 1995 and has been practicing in Family Medicine since completing her residency in 1999.

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Chrissi Scherer

Chrissi Scherer

Chrissi has been practicing yoga since 2010, and is a 2015 graduate of YTT at Uttara. Her practice deepened immensely once she became pregnant with her daughter. Since becoming a mother, she has felt called to hold space for those birthing and rebirthing into motherhood.

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Elizabeth Kolendrianos

Elizabeth Kolendrianos

RYT-500

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.

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Gabrielle Kidd

Gabrielle Kidd

RYT-200

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.

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Harrilyn Mills

Harrilyn Mills

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.

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Heather Riddle

Heather Riddle

In addition to being a yoga teacher, Heather is also an energy healer and massage therapist. She trained with Anna Pittman at The Breathing Space where she was inspired to explore concepts like embodied harmony and somatic clarity. These are often themes in her slow and gentle classes where she encourages her students to explore the subtleties of alignment in a deeply present asana practice.

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Jill Loftis

Jill Loftis

Jill began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to make peace with her body after the birth of her second child. In 2005 she discovered the teachings of Goswami Kriyananda and the Temple of Kriya Yoga and began her spiritual journey as a not just a mother, but a mystic.

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Kimberly Vest

Kimberly Vest

E-RYT500, YACEP

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.

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Laura Leonard Clark

Laura Leonard Clark

RYT-200

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.

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Leilani Dibble

Leilani Dibble

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.

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Lynn Wilkes

Lynn Wilkes

Lynn has always enjoyed movement and knew early on that it was critical for mental and physical health. She has been practicing yoga for 30 years, and completed her 200 hour RYT through Uttara in 2014. Her background as a Maternal-Child nurse includes experience in home health and underserved populations.

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Meredith Eileen

Meredith Eileen

“You should try yoga, I think you would like it.” These were the words of my first love, and he was right. Yoga has been my saving grace for decades. I carry the teachings with me, always. In my current teaching of yoga, I diverge a lot from the original philosophy, spirituality and myth that originated in India.

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Natalie Kerschner

Natalie Kerschner

RYT-200

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.

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Ninette Carnevale

Ninette Carnevale

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.

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Sally Wesley

Sally Wesley

RYT-500, Ayurvedic Wellness Coach

Sally discovered yoga during a challenging time and was inspired after the very first class. Her understanding of yoga’s restorative and healing power led her to Uttara’s 200 hour teacher training program. A 300 hour Ayurvedic Training at Shakti School with Katie Silcox deepened her understanding of health, wellness from a more holistic perspective.

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Sarah Bowles

Sarah Bowles

After having success with practicing yoga as a means to ground herself before stage performances, Sarah enrolled and graduated from Uttara’s 200 Hr Kriya/Tantra Teacher Training Program with Jill Loftis and Katie Silcox in 2015. Sarah’s main focus is connecting her students with their breath and grounding them in their bodies through asana and meditation.

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Steve Hetherington

Steve Hetherington

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.

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Susi Hutchison

Susi Hutchison

RYT-200

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.

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Suzanne Alexandre

Suzanne Alexandre

RYT-500

Suzanne has been gratefully and joyfully practicing yoga since 2008. She completed her first 200 hours of yoga teacher training in 2015 and then completed 300 more in 2017. She is registered as a 500 RYT through the National Yoga Alliance.

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Tracy Lively

Tracy Lively

Tracy began practicing yoga in 2016 and is drawn to yoga accessible for all - restorative, mudra, chair, breath work, and meditation. Tracy spent a month at Sivananda Vedanta ashram in Neyyar Dam, Trivandrum in South India in 2018; and enjoys coursework and retreat time at Yogaville .

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Travis Kendrick

Travis Kendrick

RYT-500

Travis has a passion for self-expression through movement. He likes to think of the yoga practice as a moving meditation – an opportunity to move through the physical postures, exploring how movement translates internally by using the breath as a channel between the physical body and the mind.

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Vanessa 'Vani' Fassié Moses

Vanessa 'Vani' Fassié Moses

RYT-500

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.

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