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, E-RYT 500, C-RYT

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.

Mariah, RYT 200

Life has been a very colorful journey for me so far. With the guidance from my natural intuition and the strength of my will power I have been able to help people, so I use yoga as a medium to pursue that dream. Everyday is only the beginning and a fresh start to make a difference in the world. As I start each day I find new ways to nourish my soul so that I may extend insight to whomever I come in contact with.

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.

Heather, RYT 500, C-RYT

I was introduced to yoga while I was attending college through my meditation instructor as a way to help me focus and sit still for meditation. I have been practicing both yoga and meditation ever since. I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2014. The focus of my training was in Ashtanga, Power, and Iyengar Yoga. I continued my training in Yoga Therapy and completed 500 hours to become a Certified Yoga Therapist in 2017. Yoga has had an amazing and powerful impact on my life. It is such a grounding and empowering practice. I have learned to manage stress, remain calm in stressful situations, stay grounded in joy and gratitude, and to give back to the community whenever I can. I enjoy sharing what I have learned through teaching. I work as a Physical Therapy Consultant and incorporate yoga into my work whenever I can. I have two amazing children who keep me very busy. I love hiking, biking, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Nikole, RYT 200

I started practicing yoga when I was pregnant with my daughter over 20 years ago. Yoga became part of my daily routine – to help me find balance between my work and family. My love for yoga led me to complete the Yoga Teacher Training Program at Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center in early 2020. As a psychotherapist by day, I use yoga as a tool to help others and for my own self-care. I incorporate the practice of yoga for my clients who suffer from symptoms of anxiety and depression. I try to bring aspects of my yoga practice with me into all areas of my life. In a time where we are all overwhelmed and overextended with work, finances, health, and family, a little mindfulness, and pranayama can go a long way.

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.