Owner, Ashtanga Yoga Richmond
Alicia is a dedicated student and teacher of ashtanga yoga and a student of meditation under the direction of her teacher, Patricia Buxton. Alicia was drawn to the traditional and systematic approach of ashtanga which inspired her to open Ashtanga Yoga Richmond in 2006 and thus, a community was created. After years of daily practice and traveling east, west, north and south to study with many respected teachers in the ashtanga lineage, Alicia found what she was seeking in the unexpected form of meditation, right here in Richmond. Alicia has been working under the guidance of her meditation teacher Pat for several years and continues to be devoted to her daily ashtanga practice. She is grateful to have the direct experience of both forms of practice as a means of waking up and creating more space and freedom in her life. Alicia is currently on a sabbatical from teaching ashtanga classes until spring 2016.
Director, Ashtanga Yoga Richmond
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 Francisco 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.
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
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.
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.
Thea has been practicing yoga since late 2007. What started as a means to relax at the end of the day, quickly became a more profound journey. As her practice progressed she found an unexpected sense of self-confidence and inner peace. Today, as a regular student of both Ashtanga and Vinyasa, Thea enjoys the fluid relationship of breath and movement as a means toward even greater self-awareness. As a teacher, Thea’s intention is to share the joy and strength yoga has brought into her life, leading dynamic flows with one hand holding to tradition and the other open to creativity.
In 2012 Thea received her 200-hr RYT designation through Yax Yoga Concepts. She has had the good fortune to attend workshops led by Kino MacGregor, Ray Long, Ariele Foster and Alicia Golden.
Sera originally came to yoga as a means to manage a long-term illness in late high school. The practice offered an opportunity for Sera to cultivate balance in her life during a time when her health was suffering. She experienced yoga’s potential for healing firsthand and teaches yoga to share its potential for mental, emotional, and physical health as well as spiritual development to others. Sera received her 200RYT in Prana Flow in 2012. She studied under Shiva Rea and Maria Garre, who is also Sera’s Ayurvedic teacher. Sera recently begun practicing Ashtanga in 2014 and has been practicing it ever since. Her personal practice consists of asana, pranayama, meditation, and certain Ayurvedic practices
Mary Silcox has been practicing yoga for a decade. She was introduced to the practice by her first teacher and sister, Katie Silcox.
Mary has received teachings passed down by the great A.G. Mohan of India, studied with Sharon Gannon and David Life of Jivamukti Yoga, and has attended intensive teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Northern India. She received her 200hr certification with the Women-Only Tantric Yoga Teacher Training, 8 Drops Yoga, with Crissandra Fox and Katie Silcox.
She has over 500 hours of training with Para Yoga and is currently in the process of becoming ParaYoga certified. She is a dedicated student under one of the preeminent yoga and meditation teachers in the United States and founder of Para Yoga, Yogarupa Rod Stryker.
Mary has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for over 3 years with Alicia Golden and Brinson Leigh Kresge of whom she would consider to be among her greatest teachers. She is currently in an apprenticeship with Brinson Leigh Kresge learning to assist Mysore.
Mary is an abstract portrait artist, a doula, and is currently teaching classes at Ashtanga Yoga Richmond. Her teaching style is rooted in the ancient science of Tantric Hatha Yoga, ayurveda, and the philosophies of the mysore tradition. It is her hope for students to come to the practice with the possibility of realizing their higher potential.