Alaina Colpitts, RYT200 OFFERINGS: Foxridge/Hethwood
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.
Erin Doty Senger, RTY200 OFFERINGS: Hahn Garden
Amy Epperley, RYT200. OFFERINGS: All
Amy 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.
Kacy McAllister, 300 hrs training, BYC Manager OFFERINGS: All
Kacy began practicing yoga in Baltimore, MD in 2010. At first, it
felt 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.
Maureen McGonagle, RYT500. OFFERINGS: All
Maureen 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.
Leia Jones, RYT200. OFFERINGS: Yoga in the Park, All
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.
Rachel Grant Rugh, RYT200. OFFERINGS: Mondays By the Farm
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.
Erin Ross, RYT220. OFFERINGS: Hahn Garden
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.
Thea Vincenti, RYT500. OFFERINGS: Guest teacher
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.
Toné Dancy, 200hr RYT. OFFERINGS: Guest teacher
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, RYT200. OFFERINGS: Vet School class
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!
Jo B Yates, RYT300. OFFERINGS: Guest teacher
Jojo has been sharing the practice of yoga with others since 2010. After college, she craved more soulful movement and community connection after working the 9-5 from a cubical. She found it while in Richmond, Va, where in 2010, she received her 200-hour certification through Yogaworks with Anne Van Valkenburg. She then found herself in NYC for a 300-hour certification with Yogaworks under the mentorship of Heather Seagraves in 2015, and continued to teach for studios in both Brooklyn and Manhattan. She’s landed back in her hometown of Christiansburg and is super excited to share the practice with this blossoming yoga community. Her yoga classes are a blend of dynamic movement with a heightened awareness for physical alignment, breath, and laughter. After experiencing hip and neck injuries and having to modify her own practice, she has deep physical respect of her own body and offers this awareness to her students. Jo explains yoga to others as a window to bravery, ownership, acceptance, and a platform for learning what we want out of life for ourselves and the world around us.
Meredith Hampton, BYC Founder. Currently resides in CA.
Meredith, BYC founder, first started practicing yoga many years ago and it didn’t quite grab her. 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.