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!
Lisa has 22 years experience working with the human body. Along with being a Massage Therapist, Movement Specialist, and a Strength and Conditioning Coach, 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.
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!
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 Mobility Specialist | Kinstretch
"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."
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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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.
Certifications & Education: 200 hour RYT | 200 hour TriYoga Certified | Licensed Massage Therapist
Robert Kaku Gun
Pilgrim Zen Center is under the direction of Robert Kaku Gunn, Sensei. Kaku Sensei began study of Zen twenty-five years ago at Zen Mountain Monastery, Woodstock, N.Y. under John Daido Loori.
For the past fifteen years, he has studied with Enkyo Pat O’Hara, Roshi of the Village Zendo in New York City. In 2012, he was ordained a Soto Zen priest by Enkyo Roshi. In 2015, he was made “Hoshi,” Senior priest, and in 2018, he was empowered to teach the precepts of Zen in the ceremony of Denkai. This year, Kaku received dharma transmission in the White Plum lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi, under/via Enkyo O’Hara, Roshi, giving him the title of Sensei.
In addition to his Zen practice, with his D.Min. and Ph.D. in psychology and religion, Kaku has worked as a psychotherapist in private practice in New York City for over thirty years, and now resumes that work through Tidewater Pastoral Counseling Services in the Virginia Beach area. He has served on the adjunct faculties of Union Theological Seminary and New York Theological Seminary in Psychology and Religion.
For fourteen years before he began Zen studies in 1993, Kaku’s sole spiritual practice was as a Christian pastor in the United Church of Christ. He has served churches in Maine, Boston and New York, bringing into his ministry practices and perspectives he learned from Zen, and is active in Buddhist Christian Dialogue. In 2017, he left his last pastorate at the Community Church in Syosset, New York, to become the Guiding Teacher of the Empty Hand Zen Center of New Rochelle, N.Y. Now he has come to Virginia Beach and is offering Zen meditation all over Hampton Roads.
Kaku is the author of Journeys into Emptiness: Dōgen, Merton and Jung and the Quest for Transformation, Paulist Press, 2000. He has published the first two volumes of his memoir, One Bright Pearl, Vol 1, An Unholy Memoir, and Vol 2, God is the Source of My Life, Amazon, 2017. The third volume, Song of Emptiness, is due out in 2020.
My name is Dominique Eborn and I am a registered yoga instructor having completed my 200-hour certification with Bhav Brigade in 2019.
My hope and desire as a teacher is to create safe, fun and uplifting yoga spaces for black, indigenous and people of color to have the freedom to move their bodies and build community.
Laureen's yoga journey began 15 years ago while she was suffering from postpartum depression and anxiety after the birth of her first son. Though she never considered herself a teacher, her desire to share the joy and therapy of yoga with others overcame her fear of standing in front of them. Laureen is a versatile and enthusiastic teacher. Never one to take herself too seriously, she enjoys bringing playfulness and laughter into classes. Her strongest desire is to make yoga accessible to everybody. She takes pride in her ability to bring a first-time student, as well as more experienced students, into the same class, make them feel welcome and lead them through a class that meets their individual needs and expectations.
Laureen has been teaching yoga for almost 7 years and completed both her 200- and 300-hour training with Anna Pittman of The Breathing Space in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Dianna was a practitioner of yoga off and on since 2007. In the fall of 2016 she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. She used yoga to rehabilitate her body and mind after surgery. Shortly after, she decided to go through yoga teacher training so she could share her experience through teaching. She offers flow style classes infused with her light hearted sense of humor and eclectic taste in music. If you take something away from her class, she wants it to be that yoga can be fun. When she isn’t teaching she can be found in Ocean View spending time with her husband, daughter, and three dogs.
Alli Boudreau has been practicing yoga for 13 years, and has been teaching for four. Alli has completed yoga trainings in Virginia and in India in breathwork, movement, and meditation. Her favorite class styles are vinyasa and Buti yoga. When Alli isn’t practicing yoga, she can be found in her other work as a licensed massage therapist, or enjoying bike rides along the Elizabeth River Trail.
Buti Yoga class description: Buti yoga is a dynamic asana practice fused with primal movement, tribal dance, and deep core engagement. This HIIT style class uses fast paced music to get you engaged with the beat and sweating with intention. Be prepared to dance, move, and groove in a safe space free of ego!