Angela Phillips, Director/Owner, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
Angela has been yoga inspired since she first read Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1976. She has trained in many styles of yoga and opened the studio in 1994. She is a Barratt Breathwork® Teacher at the Barratt Breath Institute and in 2016 completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course with Rebecca Eldridge. Most recently, Angela received her Yoga Therapist certification and is accredited by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Angela's Yoga School has been offering Yoga Alliance approved certifications to those interested in deepening their practice or becoming yoga teachers since 2008. Angela also owns and directs Angela Phillips Cooks, a cooking school dedicated to teaching students how to prepare local, organic, sustainable, and beautiful food.
Gabrielle Gerard-Jenks, RYT 500, C-IAYT
Gabrielle is certified in the KaliRay method of Hatha Yoga and her primary teacher of Tri-Yoga, Martha Hamilton, guided her in a somatic approach to yoga practice. She recieved her 200 hour yoga teacher training with her sister Anna Pittman. She is a Barratt Breathwork® Teacher at the Barratt Breath Institute and has studied with Kathleen Barratt since 1993. Gabrielle has a thriving BreathWork and spiritual mentoring practice along with offering training and certifications in Breathwork. Gabrielle and Angela have been dear friends and soul sisters for over 20 years and consider one another each others teacher!
April Mitchell, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
April Megginson has a private practice, teaching individuals, groups, and other teachers. She is trained in yin and restorative yoga, Ayurveda, fascial anatomy, and postural biomechanics. April believes it is profound work to discover our own habits and patterns in a compassionate way in order to unravel them, moving toward Wholeness. Her greatest passion and purpose is to teach and share methods which promote good health, awareness, empowerment, connection and calm abiding.
“To pay attention, this is our endless and proper work.” - Mary Oliver Yoga continues to teach me the Art of Being: Being in the moment, Being with each Inhale and Exhale, Being with out judgement of myself and others, Being in nature, and Being the human I wish to present to the world. Venessa has been a student of Angela Phillips since 1999 and completed her 500 hour certification.
After practicing for a year in NYC, Sarah received her 200 hour teacher training. She continued to study under a multitude of teachers including Sam Chase and Yancy Scot Schwartz. With a Dharma influence in her practice, Sarah’s classes seek to open doorways to endless possibilities for all her students physically, mentally and spiritually on and off the mat.
Stephanie Granger, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT
My first yoga experience was 'reggae yoga' in 2008, and I continued exploring studio classes with Sivananda, Dharma Mittra, and Prana Flow influences. After an around-the-world trip, I settled at an ashram in India where I completed my 250-hour Yoga Teacher Training from Yoga Yida Gurukul. Since then, I've earned certifications in Prenatal Yoga, Stand-up Paddle Board Yoga, and my 500-hour through Integrative Yoga Therapy. I am now a certified Professional Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Working with special populations cements my belief that yoga should encourage healthy, graceful aging for an abundant life. The sooner we can identify our habits, the sooner we can re-pattern and evolve for optimization. I've taught from Nicaragua to Indonesia, and I'm grateful to be back in my hometown of Virginia Beach where Mother Ocean inspires me everyday. In my classes, I emphasize alignment, breath work, authenticity, and playfulness. Variations are offered to encourage practioners of all levels.
Inderpal and Charanpal
Charanpal and Inderpal having been practicing and teaching Kundalini yoga for over 10 years are certified instructors who will lead the classes. They practice Kundalini yoga to move energy and increase self awareness to stay connected with Spirit.
The early part of my life was spent being a traveler. I loved exploring and traveling the world far and wide. Returning to the States in the late 90’s, I became re-acquainted with yoga and Angela Phillips. My path was a winding one and it wasn’t until 2011 that I began a much different type of travel and exploration-the exploration of Self. This inner journey has been nothing less than transformational and led me to my 200 hour yoga training with Angela in 2014 and again my 500 hour yoga certification in 2018. As so beautiful stated by B.K.S. Iyengar- “Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.”It is with great honor and love for all my true teachers, that I want to share the gifts shared with me. I am passionate about helping students find connections between their practice on their mat and their everyday lives. I want to challenge you to practice from a place of honest exploration, acceptance, and personal freedom. May the result be a fun and educational class that empowers each person to be adventurous and create their own practice, using body, breath, and spirit.
Summer is a Virginia Beach native and natural born teacher. With experience as a school teacher, coaching volleyball, Crossfit, and fitness classes, it was the obvious decision for Summer to begin teaching yoga upon completing her 200 teacher training by Diane Malaspina. In September 2017, Summer completed her 300 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, the birthplace of yoga. There she studied traditional practices of asana, pranayama, and meditation, as well a specific practice of emotional unblocking. Summer is a lifelong fitness enthusiast and now strives to bridge the gap between fitness and yoga. She sequences classes methodically and creatively by incorporating both strength and flexibility practices to prepare students's bodies and minds to better access poses. She includes challenging postures in class to inspire students to expand beyond their comfort zone. Her enthusiasm and bubbly demeanor create an uplifting environment that leaves her students feeling empowered and balanced. When not teaching yoga, you might find Summer engaging in artistic endeavors, working out, or in a handstand.
Lindsay Richards, E-RYT-500, Ayurvedic Consultant, Handbalancer, Rocket Ashtanga Instructor, Reiki Healer
Lindsay has over 1,000 teaching hours as an experienced 500-hour registered yoga teacher. Lindsay completed her first 200-hour yoga teacher training in Virginia Beach, VA in 2015 and since then has completed an additional 200-hour yoga teacher training program specializing in Yoga Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Consultations, and a 50-hour certification in Rocket Ashtanga. In 2017, Lindsay completed her 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training in India. Lindsay is a yoga teacher training facilitator with Sadhana Yoga School alongside her partner Jesse Braade. Lindsay is also co-owner of digital marketing agency Samata Digital and holds private Ayurvedic Consultations for those seeking balance. Lindsay loves being active, being imaginative and spending time with partner Jesse, daughter Gaia and their trouble-making pup, Barley. Lindsay is commonly found upside down practicing handstands and hand balancing, or off dreaming up her next big idea.
Jesse Braade, E-RYT-500, Handbalancer, Rocket Ashtanga Instructor
Jesse has over 1,000 teaching hours as an experienced 500-hour registered yoga teacher with certifications in Rocket Ashtanga. Jesse’s journey with yoga began in 2014 when he attended his 200-hour yoga teacher training with Sadhana Yoga School in Fiji. Since then, yoga has changed his life for the better and continues to do so on a daily basis. After his initial training Jesse went on to complete his 300-hour yoga teacher training with Sadhana Yoga School in India. Jesse is a yoga teacher training facilitator for Sadhana Yoga School alongside his partner Lindsay Richards. Jesse is also co-owner of digital marketing agency Samata Digital. Jesse enjoys traveling and spending time with partner Lindsay, daughter Gaia and their trouble-making pup, Barley. He is commonly found upside down practicing handstands and handbalancing, and is always trying to find the next workshop or training to help expand and share his knowledge of the practices of yoga.