Blacksburg Yoga Collective

Donation-based for every body

Creative Team Members

Amy Epperley- RYT200

Amy yoga 1Amy completed her 200-hour foundational teacher training at In Balance Yoga in 2017, where she studied under Nicole Boyle. She is a registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Amy is a life-long resident of Blacksburg, Va. She received her Bachelor of Science from Radford University. She also holds a Master of Science in Education and Health Promotion, as well as a Master of Public Health from Virginia Tech. She found yoga as a source for relaxation and centering while juggling the responsibilities of working full-time and raising a family. Amy appreciated the physical well-being and the peace and calm that she found through her yoga practice, and is excited and very grateful to be able to teach this practice that she loves to others. Amy enjoys teaching hot yoga and vinyasa style classes. Amy’s classes provide a welcoming environment where everyone is comfortable to share their energy and yoga practice. Amy has attended many mindfulness trainings and is a certified Koru Mindfulness Instructor. Amy enjoys spending time with her husband, Brad, and sons, Cole and Parker. In her spare time she loves to travel, read, garden, and hike.

Ravinder Gill- 200 hr

FB_IMG_1569555505475Born and raised in North India where Bhakti, Kirtan, Sufism and Yoga is intertwined with an everyday way of life, Ravi finds herself right at home while teaching Yoga in the West. One of her fondest memories is listening to her father and grandmother chanting Sikh prayers for hours at times. She recalls being woken up by the loud prayer sounds coming from all directions performed by the priests in the neighbouring villages. Every occasion was celebrated with folk songs, prayers, dance (similar to Yoga asanas) and homegrown organic veg food.  She finished her bachelor of education degree in India and moved to Canada to accompany her husband. Ravi finished her honours degree in Political science and became committed to social justice and migrant rights work. Upon moving to Blacksburg, she absolutely fell in love with Appalachian beauty and the newly found community in Blacksburg.  Blacksburg reminds Ravi of her village with familiar faces everywhere. Ravi considers herself fortunate to have been given the opportunity to get her 200h Kunga Yoga teachers training with the finest Yogis at the In Balance studio.  She has been passionately teaching donation-based classes ever since. Ravi envisions to bring holistic health to underprivileged communities through Yoga who otherwise don’t have access to it. Influence from Sikhism, Sufism, Bhakti Yoga and Kirtan is clearly visible in Ravi’s classes.

 

Zach Gould- 200 hrZachGouldHeadshot.jpg

Zach Gould first found yoga while living and working in Pirambú, a favela in Fortaleza, Brazil. What began as a simple sunrise stretch quickly evolved into an Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. After face to face interactions with many Buddhist monks during a fellowship in Myanmar, Zach learned of the powerful potential in Vipassana techniques and integrated a meditative element into all of his teachings. A lifelong musician, Zach constantly seeks intersections where music and mindfulness meet. He discovered Nada yoga, an acoustic path to enlightenment, in an epiphanic moment during his Hatha yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India. Now based in Blacksburg, VA Zach is working toward a PhD in Environmental Design and Planning at Virginia Tech. The environments he designs range from immersive mindfulness spaces for his Transp0.se collective to closed-loop tiny homes that integrate renewable energy and sustainable agriculture as part of his bio-inspired research program.

 

Janet Krones- RYT 500 IMG_0943
Janet’s yoga journey started years ago on a whim at a local studio in her hometown.  She has since learned that yoga, like all things in life, is a process, one that requires patience, persistence, and commitment, to the breath and the way we lead our lives. She now takes her yoga with her on all of her journeys in life, from the safe confines of the yoga studio to the amazing expanse of the mountains, the desert, and the sea. She enjoys sharing her joyful experiences, encouragement, and humble gratitude.

 

Laura Lane- 200 hrheadshot

Laura received her yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Upstate New York in 2018. Song, breath, and ease guide all of her classes. Laura started practicing yoga in 2013 with the guidance of a loving and kind teacher. Through her practice, Laura found a source of self-care and relief that has been foundational in her healing journey. Laura lived with with chronic health issues for most of her early life. For years, she struggled to find grounding in the disembodied western medical system. Through the practice of yoga, Ayurveda and medicinal foods, Laura has found a profound sense of wellbeing. As a teacher, she works to cultivate a sense of ease, awareness, and kindness in her classes. She aspires to share the gateway of yoga asana to healing.  Laura sees her offerings as an opportunity to encourage others to explore the Earth through the body. The way we treat our body reflects the way we treat the earth.

Kacy McAllister- 300 hr and BYC Manager

Kacy began practicing yoga in Baltimore, MD in 2010. At first, it
Untitled-1felt like “exercise” that you “paid for,” but within 6 months her attitude took a dramatic turn.  She then developed a regular practice, started reading on the subject and sought out several workshops and retreats. As some powerful teachers led the way, Kacy realized the transformative possibilities and universal benefits of the practice and became determined to share it with others. In 2016, she completed the 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program at The Breathing Space with Anna Pittman. She then studied with Martha McAlpine of Yogaworks Baltimore for the 100hr Power of Prana training, completed in May 2017. Kacy mostly teaches Hatha Yoga, but is very interested in bringing kundalini offerings to Blacksburg! She also works at the Moss Arts Center where she leads free monthly yoga classes on the stage.

Erin Ross- RYT22010478201_10202252678014360_3618300906578280837_n

Erin began practicing yoga several years ago simply as a form of exercise. Somewhere along the way she began to see yoga as a means of self-exploration and a way to balance physical and mental energy. Once she discovered the dynamic, challenging practice of Ashtanga yoga, she was hooked. Erin believes that when people begin moving the body and focusing on the breath amazing things can happen. Erin completed a nine- month, 220-hour Ashtanga based Yoga Teacher Training program with Jeff Tiebout at the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in 2013 and has maintained a daily (almost) practice since. In her perfect world, everyone would practice yoga! She also enjoys traveling, gardening, reading, and hiking with her dogs. She has a difficult time writing about herself in the third person.

GUEST TEACHERS

Alaina Colpitts, RYT 200 alaina

Alaina was born and raised right here in Blacksburg. Alaina practiced yoga for fun in college, but then broke her left arm in three places during a snowboarding accident. After her arm finished healing, Alaina immersed herself more fully in her yoga practice. She started to realize how much of a positive impact it had on her life, physically, mentally, and spiritually.  Now passionate about the practice, teachings, and community, Alaina completed her training at the Asheville Yoga Center in May of 2016 and has been teaching ever since. She hopes of showing as many people as possible the life changing effects of a daily yoga and meditation practice. When her father, Terry, was diagnosed with ALS, Alaina decided to stay at home to spend time with her dad and help out the family. Alaina credits her yoga practice as the thing that kept and still keeps her clear, calm, and collected throughout this ordeal. Alaina firmly believes in the saying “everything happens for a reason” and is thrilled to be teaching yoga in her hometown.

Toné Dancy, 200hr RYT Tone

Toné completed his training in Ashtanga Yoga at the Blue Ridge School of Massage & Yoga in 2011 and has been teaching yoga ever since. He is also a certified trainer and studies Qigong exercises, martial arts, and internal martial arts as a way to improve his own health and to strengthen his ability to provide for and educate his clients. Tony  is also a Certified Massage Therapist. His goal is to inspire a global shift in humanity towards a healthy existence because every being has the right to enjoy optimum health, loving relationships, and to have a fun time on earth.

Stephen Patrick Diesel, RYT200stephen

Stephen envisions yoga as a life-long practice. He is passionate about empowering others through movement with rigorous but playful flow, strength building, balance, and breath. SPD believes a personal practice is an integral step along the path towards unlocking your individual potential. He is a vocal advocate of the importance of community yoga offerings; cognizant that it may take time for it to all come together. SPD encourages others to adopt the mindset that some practice is better than none and offers a biweekly community class to all the employees of his company’s building. Tap into your Tapas and enjoy the ride!

Leia Jones, RYT20012279228_10206392683508340_23619446271547924_n

Leia is an artist, dancer and yoga teacher. She has a degree in Dance and Choreography from Hollins University, and is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. Her personal practice is rooted in the unification of yoga and dance. Inspiring creative expression and empowerment through this combination. She has learned that mindful movement has the ability to quiet the mind while reconnecting us to our joyful-spirit. Her unique soulful approach is an exploration of movement, intention and breath.

Maureen McGonagle,  RYT500

maureenMaureen McGonagle grew up in Arlington, VA, and moved to Blacksburg, VA in 2007 to attend Virginia Tech. Blacksburg has since become her home, falling in love with the irreplaceable beauty of these mountains and strong sense of community. Her interest in yoga was first cultivated during her time in India, where she spent three weeks living at a yoga ashram in Rishikesh. Upon graduating from college, Maureen decided to continue on this path and embarked on a 200-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Anna Pittman at The Breathing Space. This program proved to be one of the most transformative periods of her life, and provided her with the tools and wisdom to begin to access and explore deep inner contentment, awareness, and divinity through the practices of the eight-limbs of yoga. Maureen completed the Level II, 300-hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certification, also with Anna Pittman at The Breathing Space. She also has taught at In Balance Yoga since May 2012.

Rachel Grant Rugh, RYT200. B0009P 0235

Rachel  is a dancer, teacher, mover and shaker.  She received Bachelor’s degrees in dance and environmental studies from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008.  That same year, she broke her ankle in a rock climbing accident and discovered yoga as a therapeutic means to recovery.  It has since become an increasingly integral part of her life, and she recently completed a 200 hour Hatha yoga teacher training with Anna Pittman at The Breathing Space.  Rachel’s class emphasizes safe, efficient movement with appropriate muscular and skeletal alignment, along with a joyful and openhearted approach to yoga asana.

Thea Vincenti,  RYT500Thea

Thea has 10 years of experience sharing yoga with students from all walks of life. She has completed certifications with Jeff Tiebout in Ashtanga Yoga as well as with Anna Pittman in Hatha Yoga at The Breathing Space. Thea brings yoga to people of all ages and abilities believing anyone can practice yoga in all aspects of their lives. She asks that you come to class with an open heart & open mind to allow space for the possibilities of greater body-mind awareness experienced through this sacred practice.

Meredith Hampton, BYC Founder. Currently resides in Asheville, N.C.

Meredith, BYC founder, first started practicing yoga  many years ago and it didn’t quite grab her.IMG_8243 But something inside told her to give it a chance and to keep going back that one day it might be useful.  Savasana was the worst, it must of taken Meredith nearly a decade before she could be in that position without twiddling her thumbs, flopping her feet and aimlessly staring at the ceiling.  After years of an inconsistent yoga practice that didn’t stick, Meredith finally “got it” one day.  Yoga was there and she believes that the practice saved her life. It helped her to breathe, to recover, to heal, to open her heart, to see possibility, to release anxiety and worry, to offer compassion to herself and others and to be grateful for all there is.  Since then, Meredith has spent the last several years consistently practicing and she is constantly in awe of the whole magic of it. Meredith is inspired by many branches of yoga including Jivamukti, Universal, Ashtanga, Kundalini, Hatha, and Yin.

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