Teachers

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Liz Wickhart

Liz brings both curiosity and mindfulness to the practice of yoga, viewing the body as an exciting landscape for the mind to explore. She believes the practice of yoga asana should be enjoyable and safe. Since 1991 Liz has studied numerous forms of bodywork, qi gong, meditation and movement therapies. She is an ERYT with over 400 hours of yoga teacher training, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Method® Practitioner, Functional Nutrition Counselor and a Medical Qigong Therapist.

Drawing upon the wisdom of several styles of yoga and yoga teachers, Liz provides a well-rounded class for a variety of different needs. She encourages a non-competitive atmosphere where students are invited to dive into the richness of themselves and feel the support of a mindful community. Contact Liz

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Karen Loving

Karen graduated from The Alexander Technique Training Center three year graduate program in Charlottesville, VA in 1998. She studied CranioSacral Therapy; Somatic Emotional Release and Advance CranioSacral therapy with the Upedger Institute. Karen received her Yoga Alliance certification in 1995.

After graduating from the Virginia School of Massage as a massage therapist; she was introduced to The Alexander Technique and found its principles of education to be of much more long term benefit for clients; because of this approach of natural movement; clients are able to practice a technique they can take with them.

Cranio Sacral therapy adds the component of balancing the body's systems to enhance well-being. Karen practices in her studio in historic downtown Culpeper and is co-owner of White Flower Studio in Warrenton, VA. Contact Karen

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Christy Smith Rous

Christy is a 200RYT and has been practicing yoga since 2012. She is a graduate of the 200 hr. teacher training at Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School in Orange, VA, taught by J.J. Gormley and is currently enrolled in the SCHYS Yoga Therapy program.

“ I took my first yoga class thinking it was all about doing the poses and soon realized there was so much more. I came to the mat with some physical limitations such as a disk issue causing me great pain with even the slightest backbend. In addition I had a hip issue due to scoliosis and my balance had declined which can happen with age.Now my spine on most days is pain free and my hip pain is all but gone. My balance has greatly improved as well.”

“I teach a breath centered practice with modifications for student’s issues. I feel it is important to teach the student how to have a safe home practice. Our goal is for the posture to be firm and comfortable ( Yoga Sutra 2.46) and the breath to be neither forced nor rough or irregular.(Yoga 2.47)

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Toni Sheads

Toni Sheads has been practicing yoga for 7 years. She is a graduate of the Yoga Teacher Training program at the Surya Chandra Healing School, Virginia created and taught by JJ Gormley. After teaching middle school in the public school system for 34 years, Toni retired and switched careers. She currently teaches yoga for beginners. Contact Toni

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Nicole Stell

Nicole, currently an eRYT200, was introduced to yoga in 2001 as a way of lowering stress and anxiety. She had experienced panic attacks while attending Virginia Tech and wanted an alternative way to control her anxiety. Subsequently, Nicole attended the American Healing Arts Yoga School in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Her training in Integral Hatha Yoga, also known as complete yoga, was an extensive, two-year course, that focused on asana, pranayama, meditation, and anatomy. Integral yoga is a very traditional ancient yoga technique with its origins in India.After many years of teaching,

Nicole continued her training through Shiva Rea's Prana Flow teacher training. It is here where her love for Ayurveda and the seasonal approach to healing began to flourish. Her primary focus in any class is that the student should experience NO PAIN. Nicole believes that yoga and ayurveda are ways to heal the body and the mind. For this reason, she attempts to bring the healing aspect of yoga to all of her classes. Nicole loves yoga and the way it makes her feel during and after each class. She also loves how yoga (with time) becomes a lifestyle and not just a class.

Currently, with the combination of all of the different styles of Nicole's training, she has been able to introduce a slightly more fluid approach to the art of safe yoga. The reason Nicole became a yoga teacher is to introduce this amazing mind/body technique to as many people as possible, so that she may help those in need. Contact Nicole

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Robb Wagg

Robert Wagg began studying Tai Chi Chuan in 1995. From 1998 to 2011 Robb studied with Pat Rice at Winchester Tai Qi Chuan Center – Yang Family Style Tai Chi Chuan using the lineage of Yang Chen Fu and Yang Zhenduo. In 2001 Robb participated in this Center’s Teacher Training Program.

Robb has participated in numerous seminars in all traditional Yang Family style taijiquan forms, with Yang Zhenduo and Yang Jun. He has traveled widely in the U.S., and has made three trips to China to achieve his goals of in-depth training in the family’s style.

Robb is a Certified Instructor for The Yang Family Style and listed on the web site www.Yangfamilytaichichuan. His rank is a Rank Five Silver Tiger and in 2015 he passed his Form and Written test for Rank Six Gold Tiger, and Robb has studied with other instructors and in other schools to supplement his understanding. He has attended numerous seminars in a variety of topics based in Taijiquan and other Chinese martial arts and healing arts, including A Taste of China, Yang Family seminars, and the International Symposium. He also participated in seminars on teaching these arts.

Robb has taught classes at the Winchester Center with Pat Rice and taught Yang Family Style beginner and advanced classes at Qi Elements in Herndon, VA for five years. And of course he has been teaching at the White Flower Studio in Warrenton VA for several years. Contact Robb