Susan is delighted to offer Flourish as a venue for great teachers and others to offer their talents and skills--in the areas of yoga, meditation, other forms of movement, coaching, conversation, workshopping and so on! She has had the benefit of having had great teachers and coaches over the years. She hopes to be able to make it easier for teachers to teach and learners to learn and to explore a universe of Possibilities!
A CPA by training, Susan co-founded Signature Family Wealth Advisors in 1994, where she currently serves as Chief of Client Experience. In 2010, she rediscovered yoga and all the benefits derived from the practice. Several years later, she added meditation to her practice and completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training. These combined practices have provided much joy, peace, health and acceptance of what IS. She is eager for many more to experience the possibilities provided by life and its many lessons!
Yoga| CrossFit | Massage Therapy-Corrective Exercise | Movement Mechanics
Certifications & Education: Nationally Certified Massage Therapist | 500-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher | CrossFit Level I | CrossFit Movement & Mobility | CrossFit Gymnastics | CrossFit Nutrition Seminar with Jeremy Mullins | CrossFit Olympic Lifting | Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution Seminar | Wilkes Olympic Weightlifting Seminar | Functional Movement Screen With Gray Cook Level 1 | TRX Group Suspension Trainer | Functional Range Conditioning Provider
Lisa has 20 years experience working with the human body. Along with being a Massage Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and a CrossFit Trainer, she has been a life-long, multidisciplinary athlete since the age of 8. Although yoga and strength and conditioning are an essential part of her everyday fitness and she is a gym rat at heart, she admits to being happiest when she is in the mountains backpacking for days at a time.
"I take pride every day in applying my diverse knowledge and experience to helping people feel more confident in their own skin whether they be an athlete, injured, or someone just trying to crawl out from a life of being de-conditioned. I offer comprehensive training sessions and group classes that are tailored to a client's specific needs and I can help you find ways to reach your goals. If you’re serious about changing your habits and improving your exercise, nutrition, sleep, and overall health, together we can get you there."
Lisa is very happily married to her beautiful wife, Anne-Marie, living in Chicks Beach with their dog Pipyn and their amazing daughter Skylar, who is rocking an extra chromosome!
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Creator, Bindu Wellness
I found yoga in 2001 while a graduate student at the University of Virginia. I was feeling a lot of pressure and stress, tightness in my muscles, and a disconnection from my soul. I took my first yoga class and immediately felt healing and peace. From that day on, I practiced 5 - 6 days per week, and desired to learn as much as I could. My first yoga teacher told me I was going to be a yoga teacher some day - and I really didn't believe him (as I was finishing up a Ph.D. and was on track to become an academic Psychologist).
Fast forward a few years and I was still living the life of a harried academic, but my life was greatly improved. I had revamped my diet, completed my first 200 hour teacher training with Shiva Rea, and was studying different aspects of yoga including meditation, kirtan, ayurveda, philosophy, and service. By 2008, I decided to make a major life change and focus more of my energy on healing others. I decided to use my background as a Child Psychologist and created a consulting business to support families and schools in promoting healthy interactions and positive approaches to children's development.
In 2010, I expanded my entrepreunership and opened a yoga studio. It was during that time that I obtained further certification with YogaWorks and continued my training with Janet Stone and Yoga Medicine. I also developed Sadhana - a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training School.
In 2016, I closed the yoga studio so that I could be more available to my students, clients, and family. I teach weekly yoga classes, private yoga, workshops, run out of town retreats and yoga teacher trainings. I am a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils, and offer free classes on how to incorporate oils into your lifestyle. I live a few blocks from the ocean with my husband and rescue dog (named Prana).
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200 hour RYT | 200 hour TriYoga Certified | Licensed Massage Therapist
Growing up in rural Smithfield, Virginia, I was always an active kid, but mostly in non-traditional sports like swim team, gymnastics, water skiing, snow skiing, and the like. In college, my physical activities moved towards daily running and mountain hiking in areas around Blacksburg, VA. After graduating from high school and then college as a Clinical Pharmacist, I joined the “normal” rat race: work, make money, work more hours, pay bills, repeat. I always found the time to squeeze in a daily run or trip to the gym, but SOMETHING BIGGER was missing from my life, and I had no “earthly” idea what that something was.
In 2000, I heard a segment about yoga on NPR, and decided to check it out. A few days later I wandered into a yoga studio on Colley Avenue for my first yoga class, and the rest is history. After that first class, I knew that I had found the missing piece to my puzzle. Yoga was my path over the brick wall that was blocking my life and my growth as a spiritual being. I immersed myself in not only yoga asana, but also in yogic philosophy and meditation. In 2006 I completed a 200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course with Anna Pittman and shortly after that I completed a 200 hour Teacher Training with Triyoga International in Basics and then Level 1. During this time in my life, I was blessed, lucky and destined to cross paths with my best friend, yogi, massage therapist, and all around awesome human spirit also known as Lisa Vaughan-Meer. We have traveled all over the U.S. to study with master yoga teachers like Sri Kaliji, Aadil Palkhivala, Doug Keller, and others.
Fast forward and at age 51, I decided that I was no longer interested in the rat race. Act-2 of my life is all about listening to my true heart’s desire. I am now a licensed Massage Therapist, Yoga instructor and Meditation Facilitator. I am now able to devote my energy towards helping others heal themselves on a physical and spiritual level, and I have never been happier.
Danielle Stern has been teaching yoga since 2015, following completion of her RYT 200 at Satya Yoga Norfolk. She is a co-founder of Bhav Brigade, a donation platform of inclusive, accessible, and affordable yoga, based in Norfolk. Practicing yoga and satsang keeps Danielle grounded amidst the hectic pace and ego of academia. She came to yoga in search of a respite from graduate school stress in the early 2000s. Soon after receiving tenure as a communication professor at Christopher Newport University, Danielle made her yoga practice a priority. Danielle enjoys teaching dynamic, playful, all-levels flow classes and is also trained in restorative and yin yoga styles.
June Ameika, E-RYT
Drawing from personal experience, June infuses her passion for yoga and the 12 Steps into balanced, fun and gentle yoga classes. She encourages students to be inquisitive as they explore movement, breath awareness and self-discovery using the body as a testing ground.
Just as addiction causes dis-ease of mind, body and spirit, yoga cultivates ease and balance of mind, body and spirit. June’s Y12SR classes combine the wisdom of yoga with the practical tools of the 12 Steps so that students have a design for living that they can take off the mat into daily life.
June completed RYT 200 hour teacher training at Studio Bamboo in 2010. She’s currently enrolled in RYT 300 hour training at Breathe Yoga Center. June trained with Nikki Myers, the founder of Y12SR and received certification as a Y12SR leader.
When she’s not on her yoga mat, June is out in nature, paddle boarding, skiing or collecting sea glass on the beach. June is from the UK, with a British accent that won’t go away, and lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, twin boys and three furries.
Jenae Spencer, LPC RYT
Jenae is a licensed counselor (LPC) and yoga instructor (200 hour RYT) who is passionate about holistic health! As a counselor, she endeavors to treat the whole person by utilizing techniques that are based in the belief that the physical, mental, and spiritual bodies are intrinsically intertwined.
She is trained in trauma sensitive yoga to learn how to re-connect the body and brain after experiencing trauma, as well as heart rate variability (HRV) biofeedback to learn how to manage heart rate coherence and breath to improve self-regulation and emotion management.
Her own pursuit of wholeness and healing has been the driving force behind her desire to walk beside others in the journey. Yoga, breath work, prayer, and journaling are a part of her own daily rituals, and she has found such power in finding stillness… in learning to “just be”. Her relationship with God is foundational in her life, and she has found that through these meditative practices God speaks to her heart.
Jenae resides in Virginia Beach and has a private practice there. Visit her website at jenaespencerlpc.com.
I first started practicing yoga in 2008 when I was pregnant with my son. Immediately I was hooked because of how great I felt. My lower back pain released, stress diminished and the over all positive energy made me realize I need AND want yoga in my life.
In June 2010 I reached a pivotal point in my life when I felt the need to explore what I love and what makes me happy in life. At that time I was able to leave the mortgage industry to pursue my passion of becoming an yoga instructor. August 2010 I started training with Master Adam Nguyen at International Yoga Institute in Virginia Beach. As my practice deepened, so did my love for yoga and I couldn't wait to begin instructing and guiding others in their practice. Dedication to my practice and desire to continually better myself as a teacher, has quickly made me a yoga aficionado.
Currently the struggle of holding down a career, parenting 2 kids solo, and getting on mat as well as teaching has it's ups and downs. I get it, time goes by fast...life is short, and there is no rewind. Coming together on our mats, if only for a short time, I hope to bring others peace, happiness, and mindfulness.
200 RYT ~ International Yoga Institute Certification 06/04/2012
Registered Yoga Teacher - Yoga Alliance ~ 10/02/2012
AFAA Certified Mat Pilates Teacher ~ 9/30/2012
E-RYT 2017 BUTI Certified Instructor 2018
BUTI yoga - Is a soulful blend of power yoga, cardio-intensive tribal dance, plyometrics, and deep abdominal toning. This all-in-one class will tone + sculpt the entire body while facilitation complete inner transformation. (The class can be structured to be intense or mild depending on the participants) BUTI yoga helps to tap into your inner power to unleash unshakable confidence, uncover true desire and bond with others instead of compete. The BUTI yoga movement methodology clears away stuck energy and revitalized the body to allow each student to shift their perception of the work around them.