Nicole settled into Abingdon, VA about 2 years ago. Born and raised in New Hampshire, she spent her childhood in a small town in the Granite State. She received her B.A. in Anthropology & Sociology from Saint Michael’s College in the Green Mountain State of Vermont, where she got a taste of Yoga & Pilates in her first class at the College. Her longing for more spirituality, culture and human connection only deepened from then on. She studied in Spain for a semester, where she was able to get a taste of other people & places throughout Europe, giving her the appreciation for a variety of other philosophies & beliefs beyond her own. With a passion for the Spanish language, she intended to further develop her knowledge & understanding by working in Peru, helping sustain an organization through providing education, assistance with mobile health care units, sustainable tourism efforts and preservation of the Peruvian heritage. The common theme of helping herself and others find a healthful, peaceful way of living guided her to her next journey, which has begun unfolding in Abingdon, VA.
After completing a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Feeding America Southwest Virginia in Abingdon, her passion for health & wellness, especially through nutrition, led her to become the Manager of the Abingdon Farmers Market. She is fortunate enough to work with local growers, farmers & businesses in the community, all with focuses on healthy livelihoods for the region. She also works as a Nutritional Consultant at the Whole Health Center in town, where she continually offers her health-based advice and learns an abundance of alternative healing methods from an incredible wealth of knowledge in the store.
How has yoga intertwined itself into her & her into yoga, in this picture? She began practicing about two years ago, which developed into the most rewarded outlet, both internally and externally in her life. She has found peace from within during her continual voyage with yoga, and yearns to spread & share this never-ending experience with others, as inexplicable as this personal journey can be at times. She will be completing her 230 hour Yoga Teacher Training fall 2014. Her training program will take her into yogic philosophy, asanas, and meditation while providing her with the tools to teach.She intends to offer teacher-in-training classes, team-teach & co-teach at the studio, while working towards the training completion. She is overjoyed and grateful to be welcomed to share this yearning to teach others at Whitetop Yoga, and looks forward to the experience with each and every individual that steps foot into the classroom.
There has been no better example of a loving, thriving community than that which Kelsey has experienced through Whitetop Yoga. Her journey with Whitetop Yoga began with the studio’s opening in 2014, when Kelsey really (really) needed yoga to be a more permanent fixture in her life. Since then, she has found insurmountable peace and joy both on and off of the mat. In her classes, Kelsey playfully guides her students through mindful asanas so that they, too, may find joy. When she’s not studying, teaching, or practicing yoga, you might find her in her garden, gallivanting through the mountains of Southwest Virginia, cooking, dancing, or administering belly rubs to her dog, Amigo
Megan Hamilton is Barter Theatre’s Director of Education and Founder/Director of Barter’s Project REAL, Project REAL serves over thousands of students in the VA, TN and WV area. The program provides qualified theatre artists who assist schools, non-profits, and government services by utilizing theatre techniques to help teach the core curriculum as well as social skills through the lens of each student's life experiences. REAL also introduces kinesthetic social interaction tools, promoting rather than restricting physical activity. Megan earned her BFA in Theatre Performance and is received her M.A. in Liberal Studies with her focus on connecting the craft of theatre with educational psychology and embodied cognition. Megan is also a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, which allowed her to learn the mechanics of the human body. She completed her RYT 200 at Whitetop Yoga with Vira Bhava Yoga. Megan is extremely excited to share the tools of mediation and yoga as a way to find stillness and connect the breathe with the mind and body. Through this practice, one can learn to deal with stress, treat his or her own health, and find his or her true voice. Heal. Megan invites you to come find your breath and find the health benefits of yoga and meditation.
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 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.
As stated in the Bhagavad Gita, "yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self."
Maggie firmly believes that yoga is for everyBODY, and provides variations, modifications, and gentle hands-on adjustments to assist students in their own individual practice. Just as every person and their path is different and distinct, so is their yoga practice... and that is something beautiful!
He is an Usui Reiki practitioner, and has completed Reiki I and Reiki II. He continues to study under Usui and Tibetan Reiki Master, Marita Aicher-Swartz. After his first Reiki session with Marita, he knew that the daily practice of Reiki was something that would forever change his life, and he wanted to share that with others. The light and healing Reiki can bring to one’s life is transcendent.
Seeking to live by the five precepts of Usui Reiki, Zacchaeus asks you to also try it: Just for today, do not be angry. Do not worry. Be filled with gratitude. Be committed to your work. Be kind to others.
She believes that yoga is a journey inward and homeward. Yoga provides
an opportunity to connect to the divine that resides in all of us,
underneath the layers of "stuff" from our everyday lives. It is a
practice that connects mind, body and soul.
When she's not in the yoga studio, you can find her walking her corgi
and pitbull through town or on the Creeper Trail with her husband,
Tim. Lauren also plays the violin in the Heart of Appalachia Community
Orchestra in Lebanon. An avid reader, she's always looking for book
When not on the mat, I enjoy riding and messing around with my horses, fly fishing, hunting, gardening, hiking, and just being outdoors. I also enjoy art in many mediums, reading and cooking, especially with ingredients I or my husband Jerry have harvested, plant and animal.
My wish in teaching is to help others explore and discover the best in themselves, and how to gracefully let go of the stuff that does not help you in any way. Whether you are just looking for an asana class that makes you feel good, or wondering about what else yoga can do for you, join me! I’m still learning and exploring myself (I’m starting the RYT 300 hour training in 2018!!), and I welcome you along on the journey.
A southwest Virginia native, Robyn moved back to the region ten-ish years ago to work in the arts. Last year she completed her Master's Degree in Natural Resources from Virginia Tech's Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability. Currently she is the Center Director at Southwest Virginia 4-H Educational Center.
Robyn is looking forward to completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Vira Bhava at Whitetop Yoga in 2018.
As the owner of Whitetop Yoga, she is excited to support gratitude, mindfulness, and intention with the local community and visitors to the region.