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Ann believes yoga should be fun. Her classes are playful and challenging and she teaches with the intention to guide others to be present in their experiences on and off the mat. Always teaching with an emphasis on alignment, Ann encourages her students to adapt the practice to their own unique needs. Ann believes that full body wellness is generated from the Mind-Body connection. That connection is founded in every one of Ann's class whether students walk, hobble or roll into her classes.

Classes at Bamboo:

Multi-level

Fluid Power

Adaptive

Director of RYS-200hr & 500hr Teacher Trianing

Co-Owner of Studio Bamboo

Teaching Style:

Ann teaches a variety of classes and teacher trainings across the nation and is honored to call Studio Bamboo her home.

Mentors: 
Beryl Bender Birch and Matthew Sanford are Ann's mentors, but her best teachers are her students!

Experience and Certifications:

-Yoga Alliance - Registered as an Experienced 500 hour multi style teacher

-Yoga Alliance – Registered Yoga School 200/500 hour

-The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute - Certified at the advanced level of 1000 hours

-Adaptive Yoga Level I/II and advanced certicicates

-Certified Yoga Therapist - International Association of Yoga Therapists

-International Association of Yoga Therapists, member

-New York Iyengar Association, member

Favorite Asana:

Dandasana is my favorite pose because the Mind-Body connection is at its best in this pose when practiced! (ask my students!)

Erica has seen how the practice of yoga can lead to happiness and compassion in her own life, She enjoys helping anyone find the same experiences.  When she's not at the studio she is spending time with her family and doing anything outdoors.

Position at Bamboo:
Front Desk Staff
and Managing Partner

Experience and Certifications:
200HR Teacher Training at Studio Bamboo
 
Favorite Asana:
Pigeon Pose: My hips are always tight and this pose makes them happy!
 
 
 
Connelly has lived in Virginia Beach for all of her 20 years and is the youngest of five kids. Living near the beach and on a lake, she has always been an outdoorsy girl and animal lover. She loves yoga and the way it changes her everyday life. She also enjoys hula hooping, everything artistic and outside.
 
Position at Bamboo:
Front Desk
Teacher (sub)
 
Certifications and Education:
200hr RYT (Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga)
 
Favorite Asana:
Ustrasana – camel pose, because it is energizing, challenging and invigorating.

Agnistambhasana – firelog/double pigeon pose, because it can undo the tension in the hips from sitting all day.
Becca is new mom to an awesome little boy. A physical therapist.  She loves live music & dancing.
 

Classes at Bamboo:
Yin & Pre-Natal

 

Teaching Style:

Therapeutic and adaptive

 

Experience and Certifications:
- 200-hr yoga teacher training
- 85-hr prenatal cert
- 8 years of rehab experience specializing in orthopedic and spine care.

 

Favorite Asana:

Half moon - I feel strong, balanced, & very grounded to the earth beneath me

I love long walks in the woods, stargazing, sunrises, big family dinners. I love
studying the sacred yoga texts and reading poetry. I love writing and dancing. I have three children, through them I learn honesty & compassion and how to live courageously, with a creative spirit!!

Classes at Bamboo:
Prenatal
Postnatal
Gentle
Foundations
 
Teaching Style:

Wholeheartedly through intention, devotion and discipline. Emphasis on connecting breath with movement and stillness, being present and
evoking lila (divine play)

 

Experiences and Certifications:
E-500 Registered Yoga Teacher & Prenatal Registered Yoga Teacher
Completion of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course with continuation of MBSR grad study groups. 200 hour Certified Teacher Training and 500 hour certified Teacher Training
Prenatal teacher training (April 2006)
Teen yoga teacher training (March 2005)
Mollie has been teaching in the community since Fall 2003 and currently enjoy teaching an introduction to yoga course at Tidewater Community College. She has taught the prenatal program here at Studio Bamboo since the doors open June 2009.

 

Favorite Asana:

Padmasana (lotus), it is a very good stable seat. The stillness with center point concentration and attention used in this meditative pose.
and Ardha Chandrasana (half moon), the expansion of the body in all directions, finding balance while being so open and visible, vulnerable.
Debbie approaches her teaching with an emphasis on alignment, breath, acceptance and compassion for each individuals unique circumstances. Her Gentle Yoga classes focus on
joint health, increased range of motion, flexibility & strength.
 
Classes at Bamboo:
She teaches History and Philosophy of Yoga for 200HR Teacher Training Gentle/Restorative Yoga in Studio
 
Experience and Certifications:
She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a E-RYT500 and has been teaching for over ten years. Successfully completing Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson’s therapeutic intensive Teaching Yoga to Seniors at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham NC awarded her the titles Yoga for Seniors Instructor and Yoga for Seniors Therapist. She was a presenter at the September 2014 Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors Professional Conference. The series of chair based exercise classes she produced for the City of Norfolk are broadcast weekly. Her continued studies with Judith Lasater include Restorative Yoga, The Lower Back, The Sacroiliac Joint, and Moving from the Organs.
 
Favorite Asana:
I love Child's Pose because it feels so good on my back and takes me to my relaxed, happy place. :)
A Spirit junkie….  Fascinated by the exploration of the inner realm! Proud mother of two amazing kids…my greatest teachers and mirrors! Blessed to be married to my best friend.  Intolerant of Intolerance
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Foundations
Gentle/Restorative
 
Teaching Style:
Beth teaches yoga with a lighthearted, inclusive approach, while guiding her students to connect and explore deeply into the space of their bodies and breath. Her knowledge of anatomy and alignment helps her guide her students safely. Her own experience with injuries through the years has led her to explore the more therapeutic aspects of yoga. Her desire in teaching is to guide others to their own natural state of yoga, healing the disconnection between body, mind and spirit.

Experience and Certifications:
• Beth began her yoga practice in 2000 and certified to teach in 2004.
• 230 Hour Yoga Teacher Training form Ashville Yoga Center
• Yoga Therapy Training with Integrative Yoga Therapy
• Currently studying Somatic Yoga Therapy
• Reiki Level II Certified.

Favorite Asana:
Childs Pose….Deeply nurturing!

Past: Ballet and modern dancer, psychology student, & Sith apprentice
Present: 200 hour E-RYT, Director of yoga teacher training at Studio Bamboo, Supplemental instructor of anatomy and physiology at TCC, & Sith Master
Future: 500 Hour RYT & Sith Lord

Lacy enjoys hanging back after class to answer questions about yoga, and eating copious amounts of pizza.

Classes at Bamboo:
Multi Flow
Foundations
Yin & Yang

Experience and Certifications:
RYT 200 from Studio Bamboo in 2012
Over 1,00 hours experience teaching

Favorite Asana:
Scorpion (Vrischikasana) & Wild Thing (Camatkarasana)

 
Gaby took up yoga as an elective in college in 2007 with Ann Richardson Stevens. Enjoys the outdoors and is an avid reader and pizza eater.

Classes at Bamboo:
Hot Yoga and Multi Flow
 
Teaching Style:
Rigorous and challenging, but always fun and approachable
 
Experience and Certifications:
200-RYT through Studio Bamboo
Teaching since 2012.
 
Favorite Asana:
My favorite asanas are utkatasana and sirsasana 2, but also any poses that get me irritated--that's when the real practice starts, so I'm told
Andrea took her first yoga class at a Jack LaLanne gym in Queens, New York in 1971 and has loved it ever since.  Since 1973 She has been a Registered Nurse and holds a specialty board certification in Gerontology.  Besides yoga she loves to sail and has been fortunate to sail in two of the most beautiful places in the world, the British Virgin Islands and Tahiti.
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Gentle on Wednesdays 10:30am
 

Experiences and Certifications:
RYT 200 Hour from the Asheville Yoga Center. Has additional training in working with seniors and adaptive yoga. Andrea believes yoga is for everyone and has been honored to work with senior students up to the age of 100.

Favorite Asana:
My favorite poses are warrior 2 because it reminds me we are all powerful in different ways and Tree Pose because balance is so important in life.

I served in the Navy for 23 years as a Nuclear qualified welder where I read many blueprints while conducting shipboard and submarine nuclear repairs. I started practicing yoga in 2011 at Studio Bamboo where I continue to learn how to engineer yoga postures.

 

Classes at Bamboo:

-Foundations for Beginners
-Multi-Flow
-Yin Yoga
-Gentle/Restorative
-Pre-Natal
-Provides variety donation-based yoga workshops

Teaching Style:

I am a yoga engineer. I see you as a skeletal blueprint on your mat. I offer safe and sound verbals cues where you find self adjustments for safe expressions of your yoga poses. I provide time to find the pose, find stability, and to find your breath.

Experience and Certifications:          

-500 HR certified Yoga Instructor with Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga
-100 HR certified Therapist with Mindful Yoga Therapy
-Trained in: Pre-Natal, Yin Yoga, Gentle/Restorative Yoga, and Adaptive Yoga

Favorite Asana:  

Vishvamitrasana is Sanskrit for Friend of the Universe pose and for me this further translates to yoga buddy because every body is my yoga buddy. Vishvamitra was a king who overcame many challenges in his life, and had a habit of having to start over a few times. He had both great compassion and a wicked temper. He'd rise up and gain spiritual power, then get angry and things would fall apart. Sound familiar to anyone?

John is a long time ski/ snowboard instructor in the Vail valley, and a classroom teacher. He has twice run across the USA for children with cancer on a reconstructed knee largely, in shi mind, due to his yoga practice the last few years.
He is a lifetime learner and a teacher who is also an avid student in any setting.
 
Classes at Bamboo:

Yoga Nidra, Foundations and Ying Yang

Experience and Certifications: 
200-RYT through Studio Bamboo

Teaching Style:

I enjoy the movement and flow of yoga as well as the ease that can be found when holding a pose for a time. Yoga has improved all of my physical activities and outlook- even in trying times.

 

Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and Fine Arts, and certifications in Museum Management and Non Profit Development.  She took her first yoga class at a YMCA in 2002 and began incorporating yoga in teaching her water fitness classes.  She moved from New England to Virginia Beach in 2009 to continue her work in supporting military families in resiliency training programs, and found her new home at Studio Bamboo.  Her two grown teenagers are her life's greatest work who have been known to say, "Mom.... Just go take a class, we've got this!"  A grateful mother is a happy mother!

Position at Bamboo:
Client Relations Manager
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Yin, Thursday's 4:30-5:45pm
Fills in as needed.
 
Teaching Style:
Amy's teaching style comes from her daily personal practice goals in maintaining alignment and proper muscle activation to heal from injury and promote movement without pain.  She has fun providing modifications with the assistance of the wall, props and partners to attain the balance between strength and flexibility. 

Certifications and Education:
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga, 2011
Yoga for 12 Step Recovery Certified, Y12SR, 2015

Favorite Asana:
Virabhadrasana II is Amy's favorite asana for developing physical strength, mental stamina, and body awareness.  Warrior 2 Pose is significant when using yoga as one of the disciplines in recovery by building stability
with a strong base for a supported spine to allow access to an open heart, while reaching out into the world and maintaining focus in one direction!
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Yoga found Stephanie in 1992 while living in Key West during a life filled with roller-blading, swimming, scuba diving, and running. She still loved these activities but nothing quite made her feel whole and complete like yoga did. In her early 40’s as a mother of two girls, she decided to pursue becoming an instructor in order to share the gift of yoga with others. She brings her motherly compassion and her children’s curiosity to her teaching, integrating breath work throughout to support and enhance mind-body awareness. Her classes are accessible to all levels of abilities and incorporate modifications for those new to yoga and for individuals with special needs.
 
Her passion is working with Wounded vets and first responders, giving back to those who have sacrificed so much.
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Foundations Mon & Wed 9AM, Multi

Teaching Style:
Alignment-based; I want my students to feel an experience rather than their body “look” a certain way; it’s ok to smile and laugh

Experiences and Certifications:
YRT200, Yoga Warriors Certified, Workshops include: Adaptive, Yin, Chair, Restorative

Favorite Asana:
Chaturanga Dandasana – requires strength, mindfulness and the experience of subtle alignment focus
Love books, I want a huge library of all my favorite books in my house one day, favorite thing to do during summer is paddleboarding, love kickboxing and how it makes me feel, a local to Virginia Beach.
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Kids Yoga

Experience and Certifications:
Meditation and the inner life, finding your mission in life.
Spiritual Mentoring
 
Teaching Style:
Universal approach

Favorite Asana
Warrior poses, they have such an empowering energy about them and I enjoy expressing that inner power.
Megan began studying yoga when her long relationship with dance and gymnastics started to come to an end. Yoga became a primary source of healing and recovering. She has a degree in Health Education and Dance from Old Dominion University. She loves being near the ocean and spending time with her yellow lab, Layla. She has been known to be a globe trotter and quite spontaneous when it comes to travel.
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Multi-level

Experiences and Certifications:
Megan completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Studio Bamboo in 2012. Her teaching focuses on using yoga for mind and body therapy, building strength and having fun!

Favorite Asana:
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. So much is happening in this pose. Back-bending heart opener, hip opener, shoulder opener, quads!

Elizabeth is from Erie, PA. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Ecology. Upon completion of her degree Elizabeth traveled throughout the United States, finally settling in her favorite destination Virginia Beach, VA. Elizabeth has practice different styles of yoga for the past 6 years including Kundalini, Hatha, and Vinyasa. By becoming part of the Studio Bamboo team it allows her to connect with healthy professionals in a positive setting, so she can offer the best experience to those seeking a more complete all around life.
 
Position at Bamboo:
Front Desk Staff 

Favorite Asana:

Three-Legged Downward Facing Dog. This pose makes me feel grounded and thoughtless.

Vanessa was born in New Zealand, and has been living in Virginia Beach for just over a year. She previously lived in Guam where She developed a love for yoga.

Classes at Bamboo:

Foundations class on Monday morning at 9:00.

Teaching Style:

Alignment-based as the students safety is my number one concern. I also try to offer as many modifications and/or challenges where I can to suit the students different needs. It is important to me as a yoga teacher to create an environment where everyone feels content with where they are physically & emotionally.

Education and Certifications:

Completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Studio Bamboo in February, 2015. Also completed 15 hours of Continued Education at the 300 hour level in Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training in January, 2015.

Favorite Asana:

Savasana (of course!!) I love this time to just be at peace and enjoy the benefits of my yoga practice.

When I am not practicing or teaching, I enjoy knitting, going on walks with my husband Ben, and hanging out with friends and family. I find my classes to be challenging yet attainable.
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Multi-Flow
Pre-Natal
Yin
 
Experience and Certifications:
Chrissy has been practicing yoga since 2004 and has been teaching for Studio Bamboo since 2012. She is 200 hour RYT and 500 hour RYT certified.
 
Favorite Asana:
Whatever makes my body feel great that day.
MSW, M.Ed, is a clinical social worker in private practice who has many years of experience utilizing mind-body-spirit approaches for maintaining physical and mental health. She has specialized training in trauma work (EMDR) and in working with family issues and addictions. Marsha blends her knowledge of cognitive therapy with her knowledge as a RYT-200 Yoga Instructor, massage therapist, and a Reiki practitioner to facilitate healing at multiple levels.  Marsha is married, has an amazing son and lovely daughter-in-law, and a pup named Gracie, psychotherapist in private practice, founder of the Mindful Living Institute.

Classes at Bamboo:
Foundations
Teaches Meditation for Teacher Training

Teaching Style:
Fun and playful; encourage participants to practice creating a friendly internal environment (release any self-criticism) as they move through practice and not to take selves so seriously
 
Experience and Certifications:
-200-hour from Studio Bamboo Trained with Amy Weintraub, the leader in yoga and mental health Trained with Sharon Stone - Mindfulness Meditation

Favorite Asana:
I have 2 Virabhadrasana (Warrior II) boosts my energy; helps me reconnect to my inner strength when I feel unsteady or anxious . Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon)  counters all the sitting I do as a therapist
Lindsay's ideal state is being barefoot outdoors. Lindsay believes that nurturing a child-like sense of wonder is what keeps us young at heart, along with the openness to receive and experience new things. Lindsay's journey with yoga has helped her to find strength, fluidity and balance in her life, career and relationships with others. Lindsay has a passion for learning, writing and helping others heal.

Classes at Bamboo:

Multi-Flow, Vinyasa Intermediate, Kids Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Restorative

Experience and Certifications:

200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Reiki Healer, 200 Hour Yoga Ayurveda in Progress

Teaching Style:

Intentional, Heartfelt, Hands-On, Playful, Energy-Aware, Accessible

Favorite Asana:

Wild Thing; "The ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart!"

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Taylor and her beloved cat Tucker moved from Alexandria, VA to Virginia Beach a little over a year ago. She took her first yoga class during college in 2005, and loves the mental and physical benefits of a solid practice. While having and upbeat and energetic personality, she enjoys slowing down and leans towards more Yin and Restorative styles of teaching and practicing. She loves to dance and will never pass up a plate of french fries.
 
Position at Bamboo:
Front Desk
Teacher (sub)

Certifications and Education:
200hr RYT (Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga)

Favorite Asana:
Vrkasana – tree pose, because I feel strong, solid, and powerful. (Also, who doesn't love a nice tree?!)

Malasana- Garland (squat) pose, love the hip opener and back releasing qualities of this pose.

During a stressful restaurant career Delynda found solace with vinyasa style yoga tapes at home. Having an extensive background in dance she had an instant affinity for this style of yoga. In 2005, after 5 years of tapes at home, Delynda braved her first real yoga class. This began a journey of studying with teachers who also had a passion for vinyasa (Jivamukti/Ashtanga/Anusaura inspired styles). It felt like such a natural fit. She quickly noticed a change in her mental state, being able to calm down, relax, and let things go. Delynda is thrilled to be able to honor her beloved teachers by bringing their beautiful and passionate teachings into her own classes.
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Multi-Flow
Yin
 
Favorite Asana:
King Dancer, Natarajasana
Susan has been on Active Duty in the Navy for over 28 years, she volunteered to teach yoga to U.S. and Coalition forces while deployed in Afghanistan helping them find peace and balance.When off her mat, she loves spending time with her husband.  They have been married for over 20 years traveling the world and photographing wildlife and landscape. Susan loves gardening, running and walking my three legged dog.
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Yoga Wall
 
Experiences and Certifications:
RYT 200 & RYT 500 Certified
 
Vinyasa Flow by Sean Corn
-Relax and Renew Restorative by Judith Lasaster
-Yin Yoga by Bernie Clark
-Yoga Wall Level 1by Bryan Legere
-Adaptive Yoga by Ann Richardson Stevens

Teaching Style:
Varies quite a lot; while always weaving in focus of body awareness, good alignment and effective breathing.

Favorite Asana:
Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III). It is a strong pose which makes me feel like a strong warrior inside and out.
An Air Force brat, Andie lived in Europe most of her life before settling in Virginia Beach. After several years in VA Beach, She was blessed to have found a hOMe at Studio Bamboo.
Andie is a master’s level mental health clinician and behavioral consultant, providing services to individuals with complex psychological and cognitive issues – focusing on the whole person, mind, body and spirit. Her yoga journey has enhanced her skills and made
her a much more holistic clinician.
 
Teaching Style:
My yoga practice has brought so much into my life, I am humbled to be able to share what has been given to me. My style is hands on, encouraging, and playful with a focus on yoga foundations and benefits.
 
Education and Certifications:
-RYT 200HR from Studio Bamboo
-Y12SR Certified
-15 HR Mindful Yoga Therapy
-Adaptive Yoga Training with Ann Richardson
 
Favorite Asana:
Urdhva Dhanurasana – Wheel Pose – at it causes me to feel invigorated, open, balanced, and strong. It requires that I am patient and do the work that is required to warm up. Then I must focus and be bold and strong. Finally – Sthira and Sukha – steadiness and ease to hold and breathe.
Anita began her Pilates practice in Laguna Beach CA after healing from a back injury with using Pilates and she fell in love. When not teaching she can be found on the beach building sandcastles with her kiddos or playing in the water.  She loves traveling with my family and creating new memories.
 
Experience & Certifications:
Balanced Body/Stott Pilates Totalbarre certified. Anita has over ten years of experience in
physical therapy and sports rehabilitation. She also maintains a fellowship at IFHI. She has created programs for both tennis
and golf programs with an emphasis on increasing range of motion in both hips and shoulders. she has also studied somato respiratory integration .
 
Classes at Bamboo:
Pilates Tuesday/ Thursday 4:30pm
 
Teaching Style:
Her inspiration comes from a deep passion of breath and movement . Which is crucial in overcoming injuries. Her goal as an instructor is to guide, encourage, and empower.
 
Favorite Asana:
If I had to choose a favorite I would say Leg circles and coordination. However, I always love to add a child's pose into practice to the end of class.
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