Instructors

Mary Beth, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, CYT

Coconut Elephant Yoga Owner

My interest in yoga began when I needed to find a balance between my inner and outer world experience. The stress of my teaching job left me with little energy to devote to my own self-care. I started practicing yoga once a week and found great comfort in it. It was my time to connect with my inner self and know that I was finding balance through movement and breath for at least a couple of hours a week. After five years, I was ready to expand my practice, and I started my yoga teacher training. I trained at the Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and trained to be a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) at the YogaLife Institute.

Andy, RYT 200

I am a retired Army officer who lives in Midlothian with my family. Yoga came into my life just a few short years ago, but the change it’s had on my quality of life has been incredible. For one hour at a time, we strive to be free of all the tides of life pulling us away from ourselves. My one moment of perfect clarity was when I finally learned that you’re supposed to meditate in savasana. That one pebble is still changing my life. When I’m not practicing yoga, I like to go camping, fly drones and fly kites.

Dan, YTT 200

When I started practicing yoga in 2010, I never knew it would transform my life so deeply. I received my 200-hour YTT in Empath Yoga with Erica Bouche in 2015, and in 2016 I switched careers, leaving the restaurant world to teach yoga full-time. I am an Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga and am training to become a yoga therapist. I believe yoga can ease the ills and tensions of the hustle-bustle nature of Western society because it gives you the unique opportunity to slow down and experience yourself and your body and become more fully integrated with your true nature. By practicing ahimsa, or self-kindness, on the mat, we are more able to share kindness with others in our daily lives off the mat.

Janet, E-RYT 200

I have been teaching yoga in the Hampton Roads area since 2001 and recently moved to Richmond to be closer to my grandbabies. I am an E-RYT 200 with 5000 hours of experience and also an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant. I feel the healing power of yoga and other simple, natural, inexpensive daily self care practices in my own body, and my students tell me they feel it, too. These tools can help everyone live a happier, healthier life. In my classes, it’s always yogi’s choice because when your practice is adjustable and adaptable, it’s sustainable; it changes as you do.

Joann, Reiki Master

When I was introduced to the physical, mental and spiritual healing powers of Reiki, I knew I wanted to share this vital part of a healthy lifestyle with others. I believe that we all have the ability to heal ourselves from within. I am excited to partner with Coconut Elephant Yoga to provide Reiki services and training.

Kelly, RYT 200

I began my yoga journey in 2013. As a person who has always struggled with anxiety, stress and overthinking, the physical practice of yoga became the one instance where I could be totally immersed in the present and experience a clear focus. I completed my 10-month training at Karuna Yoga Teacher Training in December 2019, and I am certified to teach children’s yoga. I live in Moseley with my four children.

Kristen, RYT 200

Yoga came into my life almost nine years ago, when I needed to find me​ after the birth of my twins. My personal journey led me through a career in group fitness and finally landed me in yoga teacher training. Some physical setbacks have greatly changed the direction of my fitness life, but they’ve also brought great empathy and understanding to my teaching. I try not to take myself too seriously, and this is evident in my classes. Whether in a rigorous vinyasa or a gentle practice, I welcome to you practice with me.

Sara, RYT 200

Yoga has been a big part of my life for more than six years. My practice has helped me grow stronger, inspired me to live each moment more mindfully and provided me with an endless hope for the future. I completed my 200 YTT with Humble Haven Yoga in Richmond, specializing Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. I have a true passion for teaching yoga in any format. In my classes, I combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice and interest for this transformative discipline.