Beginner Yoga


This class is taught by:

Camille Kingsolver

Camille has been a yoga teacher since 2004. She completed her teacher training in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Tias Little, who has a background in Iyengar yoga, Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, and massage therapy. Since her original training Camille has had the good fortune to study with many other talented teachers including Lillah Schwartz and Cindy Dollar of Asheville, North Carolina.

Camille recently returned home to Southwestern Virginia after spending the last nine years in North Carolina, where she earned her BA in Anatomy and Biological Anthropology from Duke University and her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University. Camille encourages her students to be their most authentic selves by helping them find a balance between self-improvement and self-acceptance. She strives to create classes that are equal parts inspiring, challenging, and nurturing. In her sequences, Camille weaves together her passion for movement and fluidity with her knowledge of alignment and anatomy. Camille welcomes people of all ages, body types, and backgrounds to her classes.

Megan Pintus

Megan Pintus has spent the last 8 years living in various places, but has found her home in Abingdon, VA — in a large part thanks to Whitetop Yoga. She began her yoga journey in college when she practiced Bikram yoga in Washington. However, her hunger for deeper spiritual knowledge led her to explore various types of yoga and philosophy with little satisfaction. Megan, a naturally curious, competitive, and impatient person, had her first taste of peace at Whitetop yoga 2 1/2 years ago and has since been studying the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga with the WTY community. Megan found that yoga has been a safe place to ask big questions, explore the ability of her body, and continue her journey of falling in love with the world, her community, and herself.

Megan recently completed her RYT 200 hour with Katie Silcox and Julie Rutherford in Tantric Yoga — Tantra meaning ‘a method of expansion’, moving from your limitations to your full potential. Tantra believes in growth from all experiences and that demonizing any part of life is to reject the divine. This lineage utilizes asana, pranayama, and visualization in guided meditation to connect to the divine through the 5 senses. Tantric yoga focuses on harnessing Shakti, the force of creativity and change, in order to move through the world with more confidence and contentment, transforming day-to-day experiences into a cause for blissful celebration.

Julie Rutherford

With a background in personal training, soccer, group fitness, spinning, coaching and marathon running, Julie began her journey with yoga in 2008 in Lansing MI while working as a group exercise instructor and Personal Trainer. She tried her first class on the campus of Michigan State University while attending a continuing education class for her personal trainer certificate. From there, Julie gradually worked toward earning her 200 hour Registered Yoga Trainer Certification while continuing to gain experience teaching yoga, group exercise and personal training in Lansing.

Julie is a current member of the National Yoga Alliance and holds her 200-hour RYT certification with YogaFit Training Systems. Yogafit is the largest yoga fitness training system in the world. YogaFit is a user friendly, demystified style of yoga designed for every body. It is an eclectic blend of traditional hatha yoga poses drawn from Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Viniyoga. The mission of YogaFit is to bring healing yoga to the masses. Confident in this exercise science-supported style, Julie works to incorporate this philosophy into the classes she teaches. Throughout her trainings, she has had the opportunity to study under a variety of highly qualified trainers from various backgrounds such as physical therapists, chiropractors, brain surgeons and yoga therapists. She has taken specialty training hours through YogaFit in anatomy and alignment, props, hands on adjustments, yoga for kids, seniors, and yoga for back pain.

Since 2008 Julie has experience teaching yoga in health clubs, at the YMCA and local recreation centers. Julie practices Karma yoga and has donated her time to teaching for many special groups such as grade school classrooms, middle school fitness fairs, the Girl Scouts, mothers groups, the local farmers market, church groups, the American Heart Association and running and cycling teams. Julie worked as lead yoga instructor and personal trainer for Turning Point, a Susan G. Koman grant program for breast cancer survivors at the YMCA in Lansing MI. Most recently, Julie has trained and taught yoga at Iron Mountain CrossFit in Abingdon. Julie believes in the benefits yoga brings and incorporates yoga with the personal training clients she works with as well.

Since she began practicing yoga, Julie has grown in her personal practice and attributes her personal time on the mat to her passion for the ancient science of yoga. A naturally active person, Julie has found yoga to be an essential and effective practice that allows her to find peace, connection and balance in her life.

Julie is dedicated to delivering a safe and meaningful experience to anyone who is interested in deepening their existing practice or trying yoga for the first time. She is very grateful for the opportunity to share her love of yoga with Abingdon Virginia.

Julie lives in Abingdon with her husband Mike and her two sons Tommy, 10 and Jack, 6. Upon moving to the area in 2010, Julie and Mike fell in love with the mountains in Southwest Virginia. They have chosen the name Whitetop Yoga in honor of the natural beauty that surrounds their home.

Offered at a slower pace.  This class is designed to focus on the fundamentals of yoga and incorporate them into a basic "Vinyasa flow" with an emphasis on breath work and proper alignment.  Perfect for the true beginner or anyone wanting a refresher on the basics of yoga.  You will feel great during and after class!   

 


Upcoming classes:

  • Wed Jun 28 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Camille Kingsolver
  • Wed Jul 05 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Megan Pintus
  • Wed Jul 12 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Jul 19 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Jul 26 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Aug 02 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Aug 09 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Aug 16 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Aug 23 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Aug 30 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Sep 06 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Sep 13 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Sep 20 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Sep 27 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Oct 04 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Oct 11 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Oct 18 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford
  • Wed Oct 25 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Julie Rutherford


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122 Wall Street NW

Abingdon, VA

276-492-6901

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