Director, Ashtanga Yoga Richmond
Alicia is a dedicated student and teacher of ashtanga yoga as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. Alicia is drawn to the traditional and systematic approach of the ashtanga system and feels that through consistent practice, subtle transformation occurs. Alicia has had the opportunity to study with many respected teachers in the ashtanga tradition, as well as traveling to India to study with Lino Miele and Sharath Jois. She is grateful for these experiences and continues to learn by coming to her mat each day. Alicia’s devotion to ashtanga inspired the development of Ashtanga Yoga Richmond in 2006. With that, she hopes to provide an environment where others can embrace this dynamic practice and enrich their lives. Alicia shares her love for yoga with husband, Jared and daughters, Haley and Isabella.
Kyra was introduced to yoga in 1999 and immediately felt a strong connection to both the practice and the philosophy. She found her love for Ashtanga Yoga while living in San Diego where she was fortunate to develop a daily practice under the guidance of Tim Miller. It is this daily practice, along with invaluable instruction from leading ashtanga teachers over the years, that has prepared and encouraged her to delve into yoga as a life practice. Kyra follows the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda and has been initiated into the advanced technique of Kriya Yoga Meditation which she practices daily. She sees the purpose of any form of yoga practice as waking up to who we really are and devotes her time and energy towards that end. Kyra also enjoys reading and studying the ancient yoga texts and attempting to translate that wisdom into living a fuller and more meaningful life. For more information or to contact Kyra, go to www.breathbybreath.net.
After over 20 years of practicing many styles of yoga off an on as an adjunct to running, cycling and dancing, Gina is grateful to have discovered ashtanga yoga in 2006. She was immediately drawn to the practice and its meditative and transformative qualities.
Gina aspires to bring a warm and playful teaching style to the traditional ashtanga vinaysa system, as students explore their practice. She is particularly interested in the beneficial effects of ashtanga yoga on aging, from middle age and beyond. Teaching at AYR informs her own practice, as she is continually inspired by students to delve more deeply into its subtleties.
In 2007, Gina received her 200-hour RYT designation from Yoga Source and has had the opportunity to participate in workshops with Michael Hamilton, Michael Gannon, Tim Miller, and Kino MacGregor. In addition, every day spent on her mat has been a precious opportunity and gift for growth, humility, and self-discovery. When not practicing or teaching, Gina can be found enjoying the outdoors with her husband and two of her most influential teachers, her children Gavin and Gabriella.
Karen’s classes aim to create a balance of space and strength in the body and mind through a challenging and thoughtful vinyasa practice. You can expect creative and purposeful sequencing balanced with a strong emphasis on alignment, some sweat, and a lot of laughter. Karen believes that this practice is for everyone and is grateful for the opportunity to guide others on their investigative journey of the self. Karen’s practice began while attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the mid-90’s. Moving to Chicago and later San Francicsco where she studied with amazing teachers both world renowned and relatively unknown. She completed her 200 teacher training through Eight Limbs Yoga in Chicago in 2003, a 40 hour Ashtanga Primary Series training with Manju Jois in 2004, and the YogaWorks Professional program in 2010. She continues to study with her teachers and maintains a dedicated asana and meditation practice. For more information about Karen and for updates on classes and events please visit www.yogawabisabi.com.
Viktoriya began practicing yoga at the age of 19 as a way of dealing with the stresses of college life. She devoted herself fully to a daily Vinyasa practice and within a few months traveled to Kripalu School of Yoga in Massachusetts to get her teacher’s certification. Since then she has studied with Shiva Rea, Kino Macgregor and Edward Clark. Viktoriya discovered Ashtanga yoga in 2011 and began a daily practice at Ashtanga Yoga Richmond that she feels deeply drawn to. She views the practice of Ashtanga yoga as more than just strengthening and opening the body but as a movement meditation that opens the consciousness to help us realize the deep connection that we have to each other and the universe around us. She encourages her students to let go of old patterns of the mind and stand firm in the belief that we can create who we want to be and what we want to experience at any moment. It all starts with the mind and it all starts right now. That is the power of yoga!
Leigh has been practicing asana since 2000, and has had a dedicated Ashtanga practice since 2003. In 2007 she received her 200-hour certification in Boston, MA and went on to teach Vinyasa and Ashtanga for two and a half years in Osaka, Japan. Leigh has spent 2-4 months in India each year for the last four years, completely immersing herself in Ashtanga, Pranayama, Meditation, and Ayurveda while studying with Lino Miele, R. Sharath Jois, and her beloved teachers Rolf and Marci Naujokat.
Leigh is a certified Yoga and Ayurveda Wellness Consultant, having completed her studies with David Frawley through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She is also a certified and practicing Ayurveda Yoga Oil Bodyworker and Thai Bodyworker.
Leigh sees being a mother, wife, artist, teacher, bodyworker, and student as different elements of the same practice. She seeks to inform this practice with the graceful integration of Yoga, anatomy, meditation, and Ayurveda while approaching it with heart, intuition, artistic inspiration, and a healing intention. For more information about Leigh, visit http://www.brinsonleigh.com
Bryan came to the practices of Vinyasa yoga and meditation in 2011 as means for working with anxiety and depression. Continuously transformed by these practices, Bryan seeks to share their power with others. The foundation of Bryan’s teaching grows from his study with Ellie Burke, Karen Hansen, Heather Seagraves, and a daily asana, pranayama, and meditation practice. For more information or to contact Bryan, go to www.bryanhootenryt.com.
Kathleen began practicing Yoga over 12 years ago. It wasn’t until 2009 when she went to the Satchidananda Ashram for her 200 hour teacher certification that she began to experience the inspiration of the Yoga community. Since then she has been teaching with the hope of sharing this joy. With a focus on alignment, breath and exploration Kathleen hopes to make her students feel at home in their bodies and use this to further their deeper Yoga experience.
Mandie has always enjoyed physical fitness, but after the birth of her second child, she was looking for something more. For a way to combine physical, mental, and spiritual health. It was then that yoga found her. Asana, pranayama, and meditation became an every day part of life not long after that first practice.
In 2010 Mandie completed her 200 hour YTT at Glenmore Yoga and Wellness. Since then she’s taught Beginner to Intermediate Hatha, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga Yoga. Over the past year Mandie has developed a deep respect and passion for her Ashtanga practice. She is excited to focus her practice, studies, and teaching toward the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga.