Beginner Yoga

This class is taught by:

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.

Marcy Hullander

Marcy is a Bristol native who, after graduating with a Bachelors degree in English Literature and completing her thirteenth consecutive year of competitive swimming at King College, began following her yogic path in 2011 out of an interest in the physical practice, or asana, as a means of physical theraphy for injuries incurred during her swimming career. Marcy's path first bean in the powerful Vinyasa an Bikram traditions and, after experiencing the many physical benefits from a regular asana practice, decided to pursue certification to instruct. It was during her teacher training at the Asheville Yoga Center that Marcy was introduced to Restorative and Yin traditions which allowed her to open her heart to a new perspective on what it really means to surrender. This new perspective, in additon to learning more about the science and philosophy that governs yoga, has inspired her to live her yoga by practicing mindfulness and cultivating a lifestyle of love and compassion. Today, Marcy hopes to inspire others to explore the science and philosophy behind asana, to discover the healing opportunites can be found when mind and body are united in the present moment and to practice true yoga with a heart full of love and compassion on and off the mat.

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.

Kara Edmonds

Kara is a Virginia native who earned a degree from The School of the Arts at VCU. She lived in Richmond

for many years and loved the city and her community there. She first tried yoga in Richmond, and found

confidence in asana with the instruction of a teacher focusing on alignment. With a history of sports

and running, Kara found that vigorous asana helped to soothe her mind and spirit.

When Kara and her husband moved west from Richmond, she continued a sporadic home practice when

she was unable to find a yoga studio to call home. However, Kara found that raising twin boys often got

in the way of her practice, and sometimes, her peace of mind.

Kara moved to the Abingdon, Virginia area in 2013, and she and her family found a truly loving and

welcoming community. She re-established her yoga practice and found a yoga studio to call home.

Through asana, she has been able to access more peace and gratitude for the blessings of her life. And,

as a student of Katie Silcox’s 200 Hour Teacher Training, Kara began to discover the joys and challenges

of living a daily life of yoga.

Kara considers herself to be a perpetual student, and feels that yoga has provided her a way to learn

more about herself, and how to live joyfully and lovingly in the world. Kara hopes to deepen her

practice, and to use it to encourage her continued education, renewal of making art, and practicing

gratitude. She is excited and feels challenged to help others access some of the peace, gratitude, and

self-knowledge that she has so enjoyed learning. In this way, Kara hopes to contribute to this beautiful

mountain community she now calls her own.

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!   


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