Cruz is 26-year-old Chicago native who found himself living in Virginia after graduating from undergrad in 2014. He was working as a personal trainer when a friend invited him to take his first ever yoga class. Immediately, he knew that he wanted yoga to be a major part of his lifestyle, so he decided to embark on the journey to become a certified instructor. He spent a few years in NoVa teaching Power Vinyasa Yoga at a few studios and practicing the Ashtanga-based Rocket Yoga. During that time, he was also fortunate enough to start a volunteer-based project at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital, teaching yoga to patients and families on the hospital floor. As he continues following his dream of getting into medical school, he hopes to spread joy and positivity through his yoga classes.
Camille is a recent NYC transplant, having moved to RVA in December of 2017. In a quest to trade in a decade of the “grind” for a life of balance, Camille and her husband Jon, packed up their daughter Grace and French Bulldog Lulu and headed south. Yoga has been an integral part of Camille’s life since 2007, after discovering her love of power yoga at Bryan Kest’s studios in Santa Monica. In New York, she found her yoga home at Lyons Den Power Yoga, having practiced with founder Bethany Lyons for several years before she opened the studio. Camille completed her Baptiste Level One training with Baron Baptiste, Level Two and Art of Assisting with Paige Elenson, and Advanced Art of Assisting with Suzie Newcome. She is currently working towards her Tier One Baptiste Certification.
Camille’s goal as a teacher is to help students create a balance of effort and ease, in both their bodies and minds, through the practice of moving past their comfort zones into what is truly possible.
Tarole is an Arkansas native but has lived all over the country. She comes to Richmond by way of Charlotte, NC. A certified personal trainer, spin instructor, and yoga instructor, Tarole's passions lie within the health and fitness industry. In her spare time, Tarole likes to spend time at home with her three fur-children, read/watch Harry Potter, and try new recipes. She loves the outdoors, even if it means sitting on the front porch with a glass of wine. Tarole is excited to start her journey with Humble Haven Yoga and hopes to expand her practice not only as a teacher, but also as a student.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
For years, Marisa was intrigued by yoga but 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 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.
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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.
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Emma moved to Richmond in 2014 for work. Not knowing anyone in the area she immediately began the search for her yoga home. Humble Haven was love at first practice. Always a lover of yoga, Humble Haven and the Baptiste style power classes brought an entirely new aspect to her practice. After a year of practice at HH, Emma joined the 2017 YTT class to expand her knowledge and satiate her curiosity for Hot Power and it did NOT disappoint. Emma is a true believer that yoga is the cure for just about anything and is so humbled to be able to share that passion with the practitioners at Humble Haven.
Anna is a New Jersey native but loves calling Richmond home. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh (northern India) and has been flowing with Humble Haven Yoga ever since. Her vinyasa classes make a big effort to encourage practitioners to hold strong while playing and having fun (always have fun!), and also while absorbing the benefits of each individual movement. When Anna isn't on her mat, you can find her swimming, biking, or running in and around the James River.
After years of an on-again /off-again yoga practice, Andrea found a steady practice in 2014 at Community Yoga in Charleston, South Carolina. It was there she found a space of mental strength, as well as physical release. After recognizing the mental, emotional & physical benefits of yoga, she knew she wanted to share this knowledge as her journey continued. Relocating to Richmond, VA in August 2016, she found a new welcoming home at Humble Haven Yoga. After a friend gave a gentle nudge and reminder of her passion, Andrea’s teacher training research fired up; which ultimately lead her to join HHY’s first 200-hour teacher training program in March 2017. Her journey has been, and continues to be, one of self exploration, release and growth. She approaches her practice with a “meet your body where it is” attitude and shares this with fellow students and teachers, as we all continue to explore that “every body is different & everybody is unique!”
For Aimee, yoga is the practice of being present with what is. It's the opportunity to move our awareness into our bodies, to that one breath that breathes us all. Yoga is a time to create space, not just physically, but also between thoughts so our minds can rest and clarity can rise. She has studied with David Life, Sharon Gannon, Cyndi Lee, Richard Freeman, Shannon Paige, Maria Garre, and others. In 2006, Aimee received her 200 hour teaching certification from Yoga Source and went on to study Prana Flow with Shiva Rea, earning her 300 hours. Aimee will guide you through a fluid dance set to the beat of your breath, reminding us that the best teacher is always present.