I hope everyone is enjoying their summer, it’s definitely my favorite time of year! We are moving into the final stages of transition into the new studio. Emily is leaving us, headed on her cross country adventure. Today was her last class with us before her move and I finally got into side crow and wheel! It was amazing. She is a inspiring and wonderful yoga teacher and person, she will be missed.
Upon her leaving I have also decided to move both Radford classes to Christiansburg. It is time to put 100% effort into the new space. I hope to see all the yogis growing in community and fellowship.
Starting this Monday, July 11 the 9:30am Monday and Friday classes will meet in the new studio.
Lastly, I would like to welcome our new staff that will be joining Lesley Wert and myself! Sofia Nelson, Gelsina Ceritano, and Kelly Hardy!
Sofia studies the subtle aspects of yoga including healing and meditation. She has been practicing for 25 years and brings experience with a 200 hour Integral certification at Swami Satchidananda’s Yogaville. Sofia believes that transformation comes from within and one can obtain mental, physical, and spiritual awareness through the practices of hatha yoga, pranayama, and meditation. Her classes help attune the mind, body, and spirit so each practitioner reaches a deep sense of inner peace and well-being.
Gelsina was born in Pearisburg, VA. Growing up on a small farm with her family, Gelsina was introduced to meditation at a young age by her mother. After high school she moved to Blacksburg, VA and a friend introduced her to yoga and she immediately fell in love. After two years being involved with yoga, Gelsina decided she wanted to help others discover the incredible changes it has on the mind and body. Gelsina completed a 200 hour asana and pranayama certification at Integral Yoga’s Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham VA. After her experience of living at an Ashram for one month and living like a yogi, she says her life will never be the same, “I learned that yoga is not just about flexibility, it’s also having the strength and patience to apply awareness throughout each new day.”
Kelly began her yoga practice 10 years ago at a local gym. Being inspired by what she learned there, Kelly began to develop her personal practice by practicing at home as well as at other studios. The physical practice awakened long lingering spiritual questions and she began to explore yoga on an intellectual level. Kelly became more and more dedicated to her yoga practice as she expanded her understanding of the yoga system, reading the works of Donna Farhi and other notable yogis. In 2006 Kelly decided to bring a level of commitment and structure to her personal studies by participating in her first teacher training. Striving to continue in her spiritual growth, Kelly chose to participate in the 500 hour program held at the North Carolina School of Yoga in 2008, under the guidance of renowned Yogini, Chandra Om. Adhering to the strict guidelines of the program, as well as striving to live up to the high expectations of her teacher, Kelly travels to NC regularly to practice in Raleigh. Chandra Om is the senior disciple of Sri Dharma Mittra.
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