Rachel North

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Rachel North

A true skeptic, Rachel was not easily convinced that yoga was for her.  After earning a pretty poor grade in a yoga class in college, Rachel had sworn off the practice and deemed it too boring to continue.  However, a few too many running injuries forced her to slow down and try something new. After experiencing Baptiste Power Yoga while living in DC, Rachel was hooked - nothing boring or easy about it!  She has been grateful for the practice ever since, and finds that the messages and concepts translate well to her career in social work.  After practicing for five years, Rachel completed her 200-hour teacher training at her home studio in Washington, DC.  Rachel is excited to share what she loves with the Richmond community, especially her fellow skeptics.

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Melanie Tran

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Melanie Tran

Melanie’s journey with yoga began in college in her search for a means of exercise and stress relief after too many injuries and pain from high impact sports. She discovered and immediately fell in love with the detoxing heat of Bikram Yoga. A few years later she was introduced to Vinyasa and became captivated with the flow and playfulness of its sequences. After deep diving into both styles of yoga, she discovered the perfect balance of both practices in Power Yoga, especially the heated kind! Although she was initially drawn to the practice for its physical benefits, she quickly found that the self-awareness taught in yoga is rarely found in other disciplines and recognized that it was equally important in all aspects of life. The lessons taught in finding ease in moments of tension and presence in moments of physical, mental, or emotional discomfort were what kept her coming back. After many conversations with friends and family consisting of “just come to yoga with me and you’ll understand” and “anybody and any body can do yoga” she decided to enroll in Humble Haven’s inaugural 200-hour teacher training program, hoping that it would give her the tools to convince others of its magical benefits.

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Margo Buchanan

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Margo Buchanan

Power yoga instructor, Margo Buchanan uses her physical practice on the mat, as a way to check in with what is going on off the mat.  Growing up as a competitive gymnast, Margo fell in love with the strength and endurance that the challenge of power yoga gives her.  However, after completing Level One with Baron Baptiste, she experienced a transformation in her personal power, recognizing her ability to create a life that nourishes her.  She supports and encourages her students to push past discomfort and into possibility.  Margo received her 200-hour Teacher Training at her home studio, Down Dog, a Baptiste afilliated studio in Washington, DC and is currently working towards becoming a Baptiste Certified Instructor.  She is also certified to teach yoga to children of all ages and uses her yoga philosophy in her clinical work as a child therapist in her day job.  

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Anna Strahs Watts

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Anna Strahs Watts

Anna traded a super tiny town in New Jersey for small town Richmond in 2006 and hasn’t looked back. After graduating from VCU she dabbled in recruiting, gluten free cupcake baking, and event planning. During all of it she had an on again, off again relationship with yoga + the mat, but got on again in December 2013 in a big, daily (twice daily) way. Anna completed her 500 hour training in Rishikesh, India, and has returned to Richmond with a renewed emphasis on slowing things down a bit, making a big effort not to blur postures together in a rush to the finish while using breath to stay present. Effort is made to hold strong while absorbing the benefits of each individual movement.

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Allison Walton

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Allison Walton

Allison received her 200 hour Interdisciplinary Teacher Training from Nosara Yoga Institute, with a background in comprehensive asana, pranayama, meditation and professional ethics training in the techniques, methodology and philosophy of vinyasa. Her practice and teachings have taken her from coast to coast, both nationally and internationally, including New York, Costa Rica, Hawaii and Virginia; all of which have uniquely influenced her style and desire to share yoga as a form of self-expression and self-care for all bodies of all levels, all over. With a background in holistic health & integrative nutrition, she believes that combining physical movement with proper diet and lifestyle practices creates the foundation for optimal health and well-being. 

Allison's teaching style emphasizes music, creativity, breath and elements of meditation, creating an experience that benefits both physical and emotional well being. 

Learn more about Allison and her offerings at andbewell.com.

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Suzanne Burns

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Suzanne Burns

Suzanne's love for yoga began in 2009 while living in Washington, DC.  After practicing both Bikram and Power Yoga regularly for a few of years, Suzanne decided to earn her 200 hour teaching certification through Down Dog Yoga.  What has always drawn Suzanne to this practice is its ability to build communities and empower the individual practitioner.  To continue her goal to teach yoga to every body, Suzanne continued her quest as a student by becoming a licensed practitioner of Yoga for the Special Child in 2014 and completing her 85 hour prenatal teaching certification in 2015.  Suzanne's goal as a teacher is to empower and encourage exploration both physically and mentally.  

suzanne@humblehavenyoga.com

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Bekah Holbrook

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Bekah Holbrook

Like most things in life, Bekah Holbrook began practicing yoga out of curiosity! Since 2005 she has built a consistent vinyasa practice and enjoys taking iyengar, restorative, pranayama, and kundalini classes as well. In 2015, Bekah completed 500 hours of teacher training with YogaWorks at Yoga Source in Richmond. Today she teaches inclusive, alignment-based restorative and vinyasa classes, with a focus on developing presence, self-love and mindfulness. In her classes Bekah strives to create a safe space where students can get curious about what is happening in their body, mind, and spirit. Outside of her role as a yoga teacher, Bekah works as the Director of Community Impact: Education at United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg and serves on the board of Project Yoga Richmond.  

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Rachel Knight

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Rachel Knight

Rachel’s journey on her mat has been one of learning how to find “okayness.” A dancer throughout her whole life, she found yoga was a natural way to keep up her strength and flexibility. What she quickly learned, though, was that yoga provided so much more than a physical benefit. As she practiced more, she noticed her anxiety began to melt away and became replaced with self-love and confidence. Her passion for the power yoga sequence is rooted in how it marries tension and ease, allowing students to come to their edge and meet it with grace and simplicity. She loves how power yoga teaches you to be okay - despite physical sensation and mental or emotional challenges. Rachel was a member of the first 200-hour teacher training program at Humble Haven Yoga in 2017. She is very humbled and excited to extend her stay at Humble Haven as a power yoga instructor.

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Mina Vucic

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Mina Vucic

After her career as a division one swimmer for the University of Richmond, Mina came to yoga looking to gain flexibility and experience in an entirely new form of exercise. She quickly realized that yoga not only offered a strong physical practice, but also a new way of life. She was amazed by the way her body was able to maintain the strength she had developed as a swimmer, while also finding ease and an increased range of motion. She went on to receive her teacher training through Down Dog Yoga, a Power Vinyasa Yoga studio in Washington D.C. Being an athlete for her whole life, Mina became passionate about spreading power yoga to fellow athletes and others in her home city of RVA. She is excited about about being a part of the Humble Haven community and exposing more people to the many life changing aspects of yoga!

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Marisa Atula

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Marisa Atula

Marisa was always intrigued by yoga, but for years was too intimidated to try it out.  When a studio in her hometown offered a beginner’s series, she finally decided to give it a chance…and it was one of the most beneficial decisions she has ever made. Her initial curiosity grew into a deep desire to expand her knowledge. She completed her 200 hour certification through CorePower Yoga in 2013. In 2014 she ventured to India, earning her 300 hour certification at Anand Prakash Ashram under the guidance of Yogrishi Vishvketu. In 2017, she earned her 85 hour prenatal certification through Golden Bridge Yoga. 

For yoga & wellness bits from Marisa: @yogi_bug

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Mackenzie Cherry

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Mackenzie Cherry

Mackenzie began practicing Hot Yoga in 2002 under the direction of her aunt, Jennifer Smith.  She immediately fell in love with it, and began to explore various types of yoga.  Vinyasa and Deep Release are still among her favorites.

Rob Miller taught an Ashtanga class at Jennifer's studio, and Mackenzie had a new love.  She continued to explore Vinyasa with Elizabeth Southard and really dedicated herself to the Ashtanga practice as well.  Mackenzie studied various adjustment techniques of Ashtanga with the guidance of Rob and Amanda Miller.  She completed her 200-hr Yoga Alliance Certification with Jennifer Elliott and Sandra Pleasants in 2004.   She traveled to Mysore, India to be led by Pattabhi Jois and Sharath, and she also studied at Richmond Freeman’s Studio in Boulder, Colorado while taking classes at the Rolf Institute in 2007.

Mackenzie continues to explore various types of yoga, and different methods for adjusting and movement. 

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Lindsey Patton

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Lindsey Patton

Lindsey completed her 200-hour teacher training in Costa Rica under Marianne Wells, who was a student of B.K.S. Iyengar.  Considering herself an “inversion junkie” with solely a physical practice prior to training, she learned the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga, and how it is much more than a means of fitness.  Training taught her to embrace yoga as a holistic lifestyle, and the beauty in practicing yoga both on and off her mat.  She loves technique, and believes you can learn something new in every class, regardless of how long you’ve been practicing.   Lindsey is also a Certified Health & and Wellness Coach, and is passionate about helping people connect with their best selves.

Follow @RVA_Yogi for yoga pics and tips

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