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Rebecca Elsen

Space Holder, Yoga Guide, Thai Yoga

Yoga – 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 – her encouragement is paramount in my journey. When I am not teaching, you can find me outside enjoying Mother Nature. ERYT500, YACEP, RYS200

Thai Yoga – I studied in-person with Riverview Spa and online with Thai Healing Massage Academy and Thai Healing Arts Training Center. You will be guided through a series of yoga postures, while working along the body’s energy lines and pressure points. This results in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.

e-ryt500 yacep 

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 Two: Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy
-Level One: Ayurvedic Thai Yoga Massage
-Level One: Reiki
-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.

KRI

  • Complete a 220-hour International Teacher Training Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan
  • Adhere to ethical and continuing education policies
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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

Michele Bledsoe

Amy Biddle

Yoga Guide

“The stillness in stillness is not the real stillness; only when there is stillness in movement does the universal rhythm manifest.” ~ Bruce Lee

Amy is a life long horse lover and equestrian athlete who discovered yoga as a way to help her achieve union with her horses while remaining supple and strong. Riding horses and yoga are unique combinations of yin and yang, a balance of strength, softness, coordination and timing. As a N.C.S.F Certified Personal trainer and a 200hr yoga teacher, she shares her love of physical fitness and mindfulness with her students and clients. Helping others find balance, both mentally and physically, is her main focus.

Michele Bledsoe

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. In 2018, she received Meditation Teaching Certification from the McLean Meditation Institute.

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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. RYT200, Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra

Becki Curtis LMT

Allie Clatterbuck

Studio Manager, 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, YCAT Yoga Therapy Level One

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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. RYT200

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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

Michele Bledsoe

Margie Eiserman

Energy Guide

Ever since childhood, I have been drawn to the philosophy of mysticism and spiritual development. I’ve felt that my mission and purpose in life is to be of service to others and to lead a meaningful life. I wasn’t conscious of my true Spiritual inner calling until I was diagnosed a few years ago with a rare form of cancer, drastically and painfully changing the course of my life.

Four years ago, I began to truly embrace who I am, surrendered, and followed my Spiritual calling. I immersed myself in spiritual studies, enriched my soul while attending conferences, workshops and trainings, and still continue to do so—I haven’t looked back. I am now a Reiki Master and have the ability to teach Reiki to others. I aim to learn other energy healing modalities complementary to my Reiki practice and to become a Licensed Reiki Master teacher – yes, to be able to heal, help, and teach others. I am now living the life I was meant to live… I love who I have become and am embracing my constant evolution. For additional info: https://energytherapy.care/

Becki Curtis LMT

Mandy Hunt

Yoga, Fitness and Personal Trainer Guide

I am a mom, student, group fitness and yoga instructor, and personal trainer. My background comes from over 10 years studying martial arts, kickboxing and developing my personal yoga practice. I’ve been a fitness enthusiast since I was a small child and had the privilege of traveling overseas as a teenager for martial arts. I am currently pursuing a BS in applied mathematics and hope to finally graduate in the next couple years.  I love living here in the country and spending time with all my boys and animals. Namaste Everybody!

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

Becki Curtis LMT

Cassandra Miller

Yoga Guide

Hi, my name is Cassie Miller. Originally from my hometown of Rolla, MO, Culpeper became my home in 2016, and I’ve been an active yogi ever since. I have a fiancé (Garrett), and 3 kids (Ethan, Skyler, and Serena) who love going to yoga classes and learning new poses. I graduated Yoga Teacher Training 200Hr in June 2017. YTT 200 was an amazing experience, in which I learned methods I still use in everyday life. My yoga style is about strengthening and stretching the body, and calming the mind using Hatha Yoga sequences. I love moving muscles from my head to toes, all in one yoga class and then leaving feeling invigorated, yet relaxed.

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Nora K. Rice

Yoga Guide

Nora first practiced Kundalini Yoga 20 years ago and experienced a sense of peace, renewal and balance. She has enjoyed many forms of yoga but sought out Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan when she decided to study yoga in-depth. She is grateful to her teacher, Darshan Kaur Khalsa, who studied with Yogi Bhajan. Nora also continues to be guided in her yoga journey by Sohan Raj, co-owner of A Place To Breathe.

Nora is honored to share the meditations and kriyas (exercises) of this ancient proven technology known as Kundalini Yoga. She especially appreciates the focus Kundalini Yoga offers on our physical body systems as well as our mental and emotional states. She holds the Kundalini Research Institute Level One Instructor Certificate of Training (220 hours).

Nora enjoys traveling, writing, learning, teaching, serving others and loving life to its fullest.

KRI Level One

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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