Mary Lou Bean, RYT-200, feels yoga has bought physical challenge, mental focus and spiritual enrichment to her life. It is with a deep sense of gratitude for all those who have shared their yoga journey, she shares the benefits and love of yoga with others. Mary Lou completed the Glenmore 200 hour teacher training certification in April, 2012. She has a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia, is an executive in the children’s fashion industry, and the mother of two sons.
Cheryl Bergh, RYT-500, CMT, completed Massage School in March of this year. She’s been a Glenmore student since 2009, and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2010. She is currently enrolled in the 500 hour teacher training, and teaches therapeutic yoga at Sheltering Arms, The Crossings at Bon Air, Masonic Homes, and Beth Shalom Home through Glenmore. She offers relaxation massage, including trigger point and deep tissue work and neuromuscular therapy. Cheryl also offers reflexology and Reiki.
Rodney C. Bradley, MS, PT, RYT-500, holds a B.S. in Education/Sports Medicine and an M.S. in Physical Therapy/Community Health Professions. Rodney is a licensed physical therapist primarily in long term care/geriatrics but also practices in hospitals and outpatient clinics and provides clinical consulting. Rodney teaches yoga with a meditative but strong, flowing style and sees yoga as a path for any individual to work from where they are to achieve balance of body/mind/spirit for overall wellness. Rodney is trained in jazz and tap dance. He designed and teaches YogaDance, a lively blend of yoga postures, rhythmical movements and upbeat music. Rodney also teaches Level 2, and Level 3 Vinyasa.
Lois Broocker, RYT-200, began practicing yoga to help alleviate pain from recurrent back discomfort and immobility. She soon realized that practicing Yoga has immeasurable benefits. Lois has an MS in Early Childhood Education and has taught third grade, as well as preschoolers at Canterbury Community Nursery School. Her focus is helping her students deepen their own Yoga practice and teaches Gentle and Ageless Yoga classes.
Erin Forsyth, RYT-500, Reiki Level II Practitioner began practicing yoga to stay fit but quickly learned it is also a wonderful way to bring peace to each day and each situation. She completed 200-hour teacher training in 2009 and 500-hour training in 2012 at Glenmore. Erin teaches Level 1-3 and Yoga on the Ball classes and also offers Reiki energy healing sessions. Erin has a BA in Economics and Art History from the University of Virginia and is the mother of a son and daughter. She feels honored to share the benefits yoga and energy work have brought to her life with others.
Susan Jones, RYT-500 A firm believer in the mind-body connection, she considers yoga to be a fitness discipline (both physical and mental) that can be of life-long benefit. Susan took her first yoga class on a whim, but soon discovered its therapeutic benefits for pain management, stress management and attitude adjustment! She hopes to inspire each of her students to deepen and personalize their yoga practice, so that it continues to bring them good health and fulfillment throughout their life. Susan teaches Gentle and Ageless Yoga classes.
Linda Joynes, RYT-200, has practiced yoga for over eighteen years. As a Glenmore student, she enrolled in our teacher training, graduating in 2008. Linda’s focus in her own practice, as well as her teaching, has evolved to concentrate on yin yoga. Her quiet, but intense yin class has a dedicated and enthusiastic following. Linda also teaches weekend workshops that link hot stones and ayurvedic principles to the yin yoga practice.
Kim Leibowitz, RYT-500, teaches Level 1, Level 2, Gentle,and Ageless yoga. Kim developed Glenmore’s Yoga for Chronic Pain program based on her personal experience with chronic pain and how yoga can mediate its effects. She has struggled with fibromyalgia for over 20 years and has found significant mental and physical relief through yoga. Kim discovered yoga in 2001 after years of trying many unsuccessful remedies to ease muscle and joint pain and fatigue. Now she is committed to helping others find significant pain relief through yoga. Kim is a certified 200 hour instructor and a registered member of Yoga Alliance. She is also a marketing consultant and graduate-level adjunct professor at VCU’s Center for Sport Leadership.
Traci McKinley, RYT-200, CMT, is a licensed massage therapist and National Certified by the Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. She trained in Tucson, Arizona at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts. Traci has been in practice since 1998. She specializes in deep tissue massage with trigger point and myofascial release, thai yoga massage, prenatal, and reflexology. Traci is a certified 200 hour level yoga instructor registered with Yoga Alliance. She has been practicing yoga for over ten years. She has a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech.
Sarah Peavey, RYT-200, began practicing yoga regularly in an effort to relieve stress and create balance in her life as a teacher and coach. She quickly saw how fluidly the practices of relaxation and meditation transferred from the yoga studio to her classroom and recognized her students’ appreciation of them. She came to believe that the yoga she practiced in the Glenmore prenatal class (in combination with visualization and relaxation techniques) had a very positive impact on her pregnancy and labor. In addition to teaching French and coaching at the Collegiate, School, where she also teaches yoga, Sarah now teaches Prenatal Yoga at Glenmore.
Heather Hoesel Rutherford, RYT-500, teaches a wide variety of classes at Glenmore including Level 1, 2, and 3, Ageless Yoga, and Gentle Yoga. Heather, who has scoliosis, says yoga makes her feel better by lengthening, stretching and strengthening her back.
Edith Smith, RYT-200, came to yoga by way of recommendation from her doctor as a way to manage stress. As a licensed professional engineer, she is in awe of the most amazing structure anyone could ask for - our bodies. Edith firmly believes that any-body can do yoga. Her motto is, “Come as you are, not how you think you need to be”. She loves introducing new people to yoga. She also likes to bring lightness and humor to her classes. Having practiced yoga through both of her pregnancies, one birth by cesarean and another by VBAC, she attributes her healthy pregnancy, labor, babies and recovery to the use of yoga asana, breath and visualization. After beginning her yoga journey in Colorado over 9 years ago, she completed her 200 hour training in April, 2012 at Glenmore Yoga. Edith teaches Family, Children’s and Prenatal yoga.
Sarah Thacker, M.A., ATR-BC, RYT-500, is a registered yoga teacher (Glenmore 2005) and a registered and board certified art therapist. After college Sarah began using yoga as part of the therapeutic process while working with homeless women in Brooklyn, NY. Returning to Richmond, she worked as an art therapist with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. Most recently Sarah received Holistic Health Coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and now offers an integrative approach to wellness through her unique combination of training and skills, helping others create a healthy, balanced life through stress management, coping skill development, mindfulness, creative expression and nutrition awareness. Sarah teaches Levels 1, 2, 3 and Meditative Yoga.
Jim Theobald, RYT-200. As a practicing attorney and Chairman of one of Virginia’s largest law firms, Jim came to yoga seeking additional tools with which to deal with stress and a better ability to balance the challenges of daily living. Jim teaches Level 1, 2, and Meditative Yoga.
Randi Weiss, RYT-500, has been practicing yoga since 1992. She was drawn to yoga for the variety of physical benefits it offered, but quickly became nurtured by the deeper, emotional rewards. She is grateful for the opportunity as an instructor, to share this insight with her students of all levels. She practiced yoga through the pregnancies of her 3 children and even used relaxation techniques and visualization during labor. Randi enjoys incorporating the many styles of yoga that she has practiced through the years, into her Hatha classes. In particular, emphasizing the vital connection between breath and movement in every pose. Her classes are a mindful balance between exploring one’s strength and finding restoration and peace through a flow of postures. Randi teaches Levels 1, 2, and 3 and Ashtanga Fusion.
Dani Jayleen Whitfield, RYT-500, Reiki Master/Teacher found that Yoga was a natural progression from her former Martial Arts practice which had been tough on her body physically. Drawn to eastern philosophies and disciplines, she found a perfect fit in Yoga for its mind/body benefits and believes it can be a life-long practice available to “every-body”. Dani teaches several weekly Yoga classes in the St. Stephens Church area where she lives. She is a graduate of Glenmore’s 200 & 500 hour Teacher Training Programs in 2006, and 2012, respectively. Dani left her career in the corporate IT world in 2007 to follow her heart’s desire to help others live healthier, happier lives. She has been a Reiki Master/Teacher in the Usui Tradition since 2000, and offers Reiki energy healing at Glenmore.
Mandie Williams, RYT-200, has always enjoyed physical fitness, but after the birth of her second child, she craved something more than just physical exercise. It was then that yoga found her. At the end of Mandie’s very first practice she could sense yoga had much to offer. Since completing teacher training at Glenmore, she has found her journey to a heightened awareness of body, mind and spirit. Mandie now enjoys any opportunity to further the ideas of wellness; mind, body and spirit. Mandie teaches teens, Levels 1 - 3 and Ashtanga Fusion at Glenmore.
Susan Wolski, E-RYT-500 hour Yoga Alliance instructor. Susan has taught at Glenmore since 1999. She began her interest in yoga following breast cancer treatment. Her wish is to pass on to others all the positive aspects of yoga that helped her recovery. She also holds a B.A. in Elementary Education. Susan teaches a wide variety of classes at Glenmore including Gentle, Ageless Yoga, Prenatal, Levels 1, 2 and 3.