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Rebecca Elsen

Yoga Guide, Space Holder

I incorporate a variety of yoga lineages into a smorgasbord of fun in my classes! Having taught for 20+ years, I love learning and my students are my best teachers. My practice deepened following an accident and opening a studio was the next step in my journey. Many thanks and blessings to my teacher Maryam Ovissi, owner of Beloved Yoga Рher encouragement is paramount in my journey. When I am not teaching, you can find me outside enjoying Mother Nature. ERYT500, YACEP, RYS200

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Certifications & Education

Certifications
-200 RYT, Vinyasa Yoga, Beloved Yoga
-200 RYT, Hatha Yoga, Karuna Yoga
-300 RYT, Vinyasa Yoga & Modern Yoga Therapy, Beloved Yoga
-eRYT500 Cumulative
-Level One: Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
-YACEP

 

Education
Leslee Bender (The Bender Method), Beryl Bender Birch (Ashtanga Yoga), Allison Davis (Yoga Therapy), John DeMinico (Blue Collar Yoga), Nischala Joy Devi (Yoga of the Heart), Lauren Eirk (Yoga Integrated Science), Teri Gentes (Health & Nutrition), Petra Kolber (Yoga & Fitness), Devra Kudeviz (Ashtanga Yoga), Daniel Orlansky (Meridian Yoga), Pat Pao (Anusara Yoga), Robert Sherman (F.I.T., Inc.), Beth Shaw (YogaFit), Shiva Rea (Yoga Trance Dance, Prana Vinyasa), Integral Yoga, Yogaville, Bhekaji Lynch (Anatomy, Ashtanga, Iyengar), Doug Keller (Anusara Hatha), Dr. Joe and Michelle Esposito (Anatomy), Ilena Gonzalez (Ayurveda), Kate Desiro (Embroylogy/Bowen Technique), Krishna Das (Kirtan), Dr. Markus Saraswati (Dao Yoga/Hormonal Imbalances)

Why Qualifications Matter

How do you know the teacher you are learning from is qualified to teach? At pranapiloga, we have credentialed instructors that have at met and often exceed the requirements to be Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT).

Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)

Yoga teachers who complete a 200- or 500-hour teacher-training program may apply for registration and use of the RYT credential, provided their training and teaching experience meet Yoga Alliance’s requirements.

E-RYT 500

  • Complete a 500-hour yoga teacher-training program
  • Teach a minimum of 2,000 hours and for four years
  • Adhere to ethical and continuing education policies

E-RYT 200

  • Complete a 200-hour yoga teacher-training program
  • Teach a minimum of 1,000 hours and for two years
  • Adhere to ethical and continuing education policies

RYT 200

  • Complete a 200-hour yoga teacher-training program
  • Adhere to ethical and continuing education policies

YACEP – Continuing Education Providers

The YACEP designation is designed for experts in the yoga community to set them apart and to teach courses that qualify as Continuing Education hours for RYTs. The YACEP designation is only open to E-RYTs.

Annette Hyde

Annette Hyde

Yoga and Fitness Guide

After 20 years of teaching group exercise and yoga in NOVA, I am excited about bringing my passion to pranapiloga. Classes with me are playful, informative and alignment based. My practice and work in yoga as therapy are inspired by my primary teachers, Doug Keller and Cora Wen. I believe that yoga is a continuous journey that opens the mind, strengthens the body, and frees the spirit to take on life’s opportunities and obstacles. ERYT500, YACEP

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Jenn Bennett-Mintz

Yoga Guide

When Jenn first stepped on the mat 17 years ago she had an out of body experience of sorts; one in which she felt very disconnected from her own body as she attempted to mimic those around her in various yoga postures. Yet, as she left that evening she sensed something bigger that invited her to keep showing up. Over the years she has experienced the subtle yet powerful shift a yoga practice can bring both on and off the mat and strives to offer classes that allow students to tap into its transformative power and to transcend perceived boundaries both within one’s self and among others. Off the mat she enjoys hiking, surfing, enjoying or trying to play music, a new adventure or anything that involves fresh air, smiles and friends. RYT200

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Jan Rosehart

Yoga Guide

Jan found this beautiful practice called yoga when taking a class in Buffalo. She resonated with it so, that this practice led her to self-study and eventually take several trainings. This journey for Jan came by accident but she has witnessed it’s holistic benefits and now shares this through teaching.¬†Jan believes yoga is a heart centered practice. and we should practice with an open heart on and off the mat. Practice a karma filled life, with compassion, grace, joy and love. RYT500, eRYT200, RYT100 Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutic Essentials

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Amy Deal

Yoga Guide

Amy Deal has lived and served in the community of Culpeper for over 12 years after relocating from the Northern Virginia area. She works as a paraprofessional in the public school system, as well as, being an instructor with a community action based program. Amy’s personal yoga journey began nearly 20 years ago with prenatal yoga classes offered at the local birthing center. She continued to take classes in various community settings particularly enjoying water yoga. She recently graduated from a 200-hour teacher training program. Amy hopes to encourage a journey of self by creating a safe and supportive environment that celebrates what the body can do through yoga.

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Charlene Ploetz

Yoga Guide

We all want to feel good- mind, body, and spirit- and have all come to yoga to accomplish this in one way or another. My goal in teaching yoga is to help people find the trailhead to their journey inward so that they can feel good, find inner strength, and create a fulfilling life. Through practicing intentional movement and mindfulness in class, you will leave your mat feeling balanced, calm, and grounded.

As a small town girl (living in a LOVELY world) with a renaissance soul overflowing with the passion of life, I believe that our greatest investments are in people. I am interested in sharing experiences, sunshine, love, dancing, travel, music, positivity, adventures, and laughter with everyone I meet in life. Come practice with me! RYT200

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Allie Clatterbuck

Yoga Guide

As a former Sports Acrobat, Power Tumbler, and gymnast I am always amazed at what our bodies can do. After teaching competitive, special needs, and recreational gymnastics and acrobatics over the past 20 years, I’m excited to start guiding others on their journey of self-discovery through yoga.¬† My own yoga journey started in 2007 as a way to reconnect with my body during my first pregnancy. A mom of two boys and twin girls, yoga has helped me love the skin I’m in, regain strength and flexibility, and balance both mentally and physically. I hope to share yoga with all bodies including children and teens, those beginning a yoga practice, and those looking for an advancing practice. My classes will help you to enjoy your body, feel more balanced, and may safely incorporate gymnastics or acrobatic elements.¬†RYT200

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Stacy Borzi

Yoga Guide

I am a former high school runner, swimmer and current gym membership drop-out. I began my yoga practice as a way to re-connect with and be more compassionate to my body. Yoga is a personal journey that brings a sense of strength, balance and mindfulness into my everyday life. I am focusing my instruction to facilitate regaining mobility for people needing a gentle practice to loosen tight muscles and joints before beginning to a more vigorous practice. I want my students to feel better than they did when they walked into the room and will enjoy watching them take the knowledge gained in each session and expand on it and build their own personal yoga practice.

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Lisa Dunham

Yoga Guide

My journey in Yoga began 7 years ago, when I took my first yoga class as part of a school assignment. I instantly loved it, and as a fitness enthusiast, I made it a regular part of my schedule. Throughout the years I learned that Yoga was not only good for my body, but my mind and soul as well. It became clear to me that Yoga is a beautiful journey of self-realization. When injuries or pregnancy made all my other fitness classes seem impossible, my Yoga classes always felt empowering and rewarding. The idea that I could help others discover all the beautiful things their bodies are capable of is what inspired me to start teaching. RYT200

Becki Curtis LMT

Mandy Hunt

Fitness Guide

I’ve been a fitness enthusiast since I was a child and spent 10 years training in martial arts and kickboxing. My instructor is an international Grandmaster of Hwal Moo Do. To bring balance to our vigorous days of training, we practiced meditation and breathing techniques every morning, which I implement in my classes to this day. My background in martial arts sparked my interest in Yoga and I began my practice over 10 years ago. I love teaching bootcamp, aerobics, spin and flexibility training. My classes are challenging, but attainable; providing modifications for any level of fitness. My goal is to provide more balance to your practice by providing a time to sweat and a time to stretch. I remind my clients not to take themselves too seriously and to have fun! The body can do amazing things when it’s not limited by the mind. AFAA Primary Group Exercise, AFAA Personal Trainer, AFAA Practical Yoga Instructor, NASM Integrated Flexibility Training

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Michele Bledsoe

Meditation Guide

In 2012, I started the Mindfulness Practice Group in Culpeper. While there are many different types of meditation, my focus is on the common core principle of how meditation can enhance kindness, compassion, non-judgement, and tolerance. My experience with meditation groups is that when people come together to stop, observe and free the busy mind, then they build a community that is stronger, healthier and happier. I have attended workshops by Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Rick Hanson, Sharon Salzberg, and Jon Kabat-Zinn and completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course.