RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
Valerie Hollar, a registered RYT200 certified teacher with the Yoga Alliance, found her love of yoga after looking for a way to relieve stress when life dealt her some crazy curve balls back in 2013. Air Force wife, and working mother of 4, she needed to find something to create time for herself. She visited a local studio for an intro to hot yoga class, and the rest is history. Initially starting a hot yoga practice, she found her love for all types of classes and all things yoga. Yoga helped her learn to manage and overcome PTSD and anxiety without the need for medications, as well as helped her find a better way to deal with her crazy day to day routine. Completing her 200 hour certification was a no brainer after that.
Valerie wants to share the joy of yoga with each person she meets through invigorating vinyasa style classes, linked with fun upbeat playlists that will challenge both the mind and the body. When not teaching yoga you can find her around town taking classes whenever and wherever she can, working as a paralegal during the day, and playing super mom. She looks forward to helping you find your love of yoga whether it’s the first time rolling out a mat, or you are a seasoned yogi. Her specific areas of interest include vinyasa, yoga for kids, restorative and yin, yoga as a treatment for anxiety and PTSD, and yoga for stroke recovery.
Valerie’s philosophy is “Get on your mat every day, even if for only 5 minutes, and let the magic find you.” She looks forward to meeting you and practicing with you soon!
RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
YWI – Yoga Warrior International Certified Instructor
Becky is a retired educator who taught elementary education and special education preK-high school, worked as a building level administrator, and ultimately became a teacher educator. As a consultant trainer for ETS, she trained teachers and administrators in 43 of the 50 states. Being married to a career Navy man allowed her the experience of living and traveling many places across the U.S. and Europe and provided her with a tremendous awareness and appreciation for diversity and multiculturalism. She has been a Yorktown resident for the past 30 years.
Becky discovered the benefits of Yoga several years ago as she was searching for relief from chronic back pain. She quickly found that yoga is much more than contorting the body into poses – it is a way of life blending mind, body, and spirit. She completed her 200-hour training at ZYA in Newport News and has recently completed the YogaWarriorsInternational™ training, hoping to take her Yoga practice to a higher level working with wounded warriors and caretakers. Becky adapts her classes to meet the needs of her students, focusing on helping students find their center and improve their strength, flexibility, and balance.
Joe Charsagua was born in the Panama Canal Zone and as a child of a career military father traveled the world before settling in El Paso, Texas where he graduated from high school. After graduating from West Point, NY, Joe served 30 years in the Army and retired from active duty service in 2010. In 2005, Joe was exposed to yoga while stationed in Los Angeles, CA and was immediately attracted to the physical aspects of yoga as a way to complement his physical training regimen and provide alternative forms of physical fitness. Since then Joe has come to realize how yoga provides a holistic approach to living and now enjoys its many aspects to include meditation and yoga philosophy. To deepen his understanding and experience of yoga Joe enrolled in the Zenya Yoga Academy in Newport News in 2011. Joe graduated from the program and attained his Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 200-hour level certification. Joe is currently studying for his meditation teacher certification in the American Meditation Society. Joe is enthusiastic to share the gifts and benefits of yoga and meditation he has enjoyed with others and help them progress along in their respective journey to improve themselves and better their lives.
OM Shanti - Namaste
RYT 200 Yoga Instructor
Born in Fife, Scotland, Frances has traveled across and lived overseas for many years through her career with the British Government. Some 20 odd years ago in Scotland, Frances attempted her first yoga class in order to find an alternative exercise option for running outside in the rain. Upon recognizing the challenge of a yoga practice and the various limitations she experienced (Touch my toes -is that a joke? Hold a Downward Facing Dog? I don't think so!) a newly humbled and inspired Frances began to seek as much knowledge for her own personal yoga practice as possible. Upon moving to Washington D.C. where she met and married her husband, a move to Newport News, VA granted the opportunity to take the next step and enroll in the RYT-200 Teacher Training at Zenya Yoga Academy. Her motto? Forever a student of yoga, on and off of the mat, you can take your practice with you wherever you go - at home, in a studio, or just sitting outside in quiet meditation!
Martine has a passion: restoring physical and mental balance to all her students through therapeutic yoga exercises led by a warm and caring instructor. Since her earliest years growing up in France, Martine has always enjoyed sports (aerobics, tennis, Jazzercise, and fifteen years of yoga), but when her daughter was diagnosed with cancer, she found her calling. As her daughter slowly recovered, Martine was drawn to therapeutic yoga, taking her 200 hour yoga certification at the Glenmore Yoga and Wellness Center in Richmond, focusing on a gentle yoga designed for students recovering from illness, surgery or other health considerations. Martine adapts her classes to ensure that all of her students can safely practice poses that develop strength, increase range of motion, and enhance self-esteem and wellbeing. Martine strives to ensure that all her students leave her class stronger, both physically and emotionally.
Christine was born and raised in France. She traveled and lived all over the world with her husband and 3 children before settling down in Newport News in 1998. She’s an avid long-distance runner, aspiring writer and a trained multilingual translator. She’s a freelance interpreter for the Virginia Court system.
When Christine stepped into her first yoga class in 2006, she knew she’d found what had been missing from her life. She became a certified Yoga-Fit instructor in 2008 so that she could teach an ongoing weekly free class to the community at her church.
She became a RYT-200 through the IHH Integral Yoga program in 2010 and a RYT-500 with the Rolf Gates 500-hour Vinyasa Training in 2011.
She is now training instructors as a member of Zenya Yoga Academy’s Teacher Training’s faculty. She teaches at Zenya, One Life Fitness and WMUMC.
Yoga is her gift to her community. She wants to make this transforming practice available to everyone. She loves the balance of Vinyasa and Yin Yoga, her 2 favorite yoga styles, and believes in creating a safe relaxing environment, as well as a mindful rejuvenating practice that allow us to live our best lives on and off the mat.
She believes in a healthy, balanced, compassionate lifestyle: live consciously, feed your spirit, take the time to be still and enjoy the moment, be generous in your words and actions, don’t take yourself too seriously, always have a dream and, when you reach your dream, get another one. This is the key to true happiness.
B.S. Exercise Science, Ace, AFPA, YogaFit, TRX, R.I.P.P.E.D., and MadDogg
Mary has always led an active lifestyle, though moving back to the States after four years Overseas to begin Middle School in Yorktown, VA, was a bit of a culture shock. Throughout the following years, Mary could not quite seem to find her niche and bounced from recreational sport to sport, until finally during her Freshman Year of high school she took up Tae Kwon Do and long distance running. After obtaining her Black Belt and logging hundreds of miles, Mary decided that the physiology and even psychology behind exercise and well-being was just too alluring to ignore, and before long, she was enrolled at VCU in Richmond, VA, in order to earn her B.S. in Exercise Science and Minor in Psychology. In 2006 while still at VCU, Mary was certified as a Personal Trainer and Yoga instructor and has been training clients and teaching classes ever since.
Prior to and upon graduation in 2009, Mary has served in various commercial, corporate, private and even medical wellness facilities, training individuals from all walks of life; at-risk youth, individuals recovering from injuries and even teaching yoga classes geared towards endurance athletes. Her passion, however, is working with clients to maintain physical and emotional balance and well-being.
With her background in yoga and her own personal experience with running, backpacking, and climbing, Mary’s expertise revolves around functional training – for everyone. Mary works with clients to pinpoint muscular imbalances and helps them to develop more body awareness – because to Mary, developing body awareness and strength geared towards functional movement is essential to avoiding injury and staying fit. Mary was also recently certified as a Lifestyle Educator through FirstLine Therapy, and works with clients wishing to make lifestyle changes through engaging in healthier eating and increased physical activity.
B.S. Exercise Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, August 2009
TRX (Total Body Resistance Exercise) Group and Private Instructor Certification, September 2012
R.I.P.P.E.D (Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometric, Endurance, and Diet), May 2012
FirstLine Therapy Lifestyle Educator, March 2012
ACE Personal Trainer Certification, December 2009
AFPA Personal Trainer Certification, March 2006
Adult and Child AED/CPR and First Aid, December 2011
MadDogg Indoor Cycling Certification, November 2010
YogaFit Level 1 Certification, June 2007
B.S. Exercise Science, Virginia Commonwealth University, August 2009
E-RYT 200, PRYT(Prenatal), YACEP Yoga Instructor, Studio Owner
Del has been teaching Yoga for almost 11 years and has been a student of yoga for over 15 years. She received her 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher certification with Yoga Alliance) from the Institute of Health and Healing in Newport News. In August of 2010 she received her E-RYT (Experienced) Certification through Yoga Alliance. She is also certified through Yogafit and Om Mamma Prenatal School in Richmond to teach Prenatal/Postpartum classes.
During the past 14 years she has attended many workshops and experienced many styles of Yoga. Del is also a Certified Bootybarre Instructor and teaches the Bootybarre I Class at the studio.
Del is a wife and mother of three; she is also a proud grandmother of two beautiful grand daughters.
She is passionate about yoga and hopes to share the gift of yoga and it's many benefits in her community. She continually seeks to grow as a teacher and student of yoga. She is committed to teaching with safety and body awareness. There are wonderful benefits to a Yoga practice, clarity, spacious opening, grace, free-flowing energy, well-being, strength, and flexibility among many -- she is delighted to share this powerful and healthy practice with you.
Deborah “Dede” Anderson
RYT-200 Yoga Instructor
With a hometown of New York City, and relatives with a creative and entertainment passion, Dede grew up surrounded by the ability to be creative and expressive. Although she has several creative outlets, the mere grace and movement of the body through Dance became her favorite. She has studied Modern, Improvisational, African, Jazz and Salsa dance forms. While taking Jazz classes in NYC at the Broadway Dance Center, Dede was part of the group that warmed up the NYC Marathon Runners before their annual race. At a young age she was approached to go on tour abroad with an African Dance troupe, and later paired with a partner creating Salsa routines for Latin Dance events.
Dede found Vinyasa Yoga at a time when stress and anxiety filled her life. Her discovery that it also had graceful, flowing movements combined with calm, focus and self-empowerment through yoga created a newfound love and stability that helped her to avoid the usual medical application for stress and anxiety. She also found it filled something that was missing.
Here in her home of Hampton Roads, Dede attained her RYT-200 Yoga Instructor Certification through Yoga Alliance and her training through Zenya Yoga Academy in Newport News, VA. She followed that with Barre Training expanding on the incorporation of Yoga in another format. In addition to teaching at Garden of Zen, Dede has taught at Zenya, and a major corporation as part of their Wellness Program. Areas of Vinyasa, Gentle Yoga, Workplace Yoga, Chair Yoga, her self-designed Yoga Dance and Yoga Barre are her main interests, but she continues to learn.
As a glad member of the Garden of Zen family, she loves to share what has aided her in combating stress and anxiety in traditional and new ways to help others find the calm, strength, well-being and balance we all seek and need.
RYT- 200 Yoga Instructor
Megan discovered yoga in 2004 after discovering she was pregnant with her first son. Yoga helped her calm the stress and nerves of being a 1st time mom while also helping to speed recovery time and aid the body’s ability to “Bounce Back”. A few years and 3 kids later, she decided she wanted to teach and share the amazing benefits of yoga with others. Megan began her yoga schooling at Dragon Fly studio in Fort Walton Beach Florida, where she studied with many gifted tutors such as Laura Tyree, Bryan Kest, Doug Keller, Stephanie Keach and Felicia McQuad. She recently just received her Personal Trainer Certification and a specialty certification in Fitness Nutrition through the American Council on Exercise. Megan leads a variety of classes with a passion for instructing powerful, dynamic, flow classes that combines her long held love of movement and strength with the practice of yoga. Megan believes yoga is about challenging yourself and stepping outside of your comfort zone while also having fun, practicing humility and patience, and honoring your body for what it CAN do. Students in Megan’s classes learn to face their divine “kick booty” power within while exercising their mind, body, and spirit.
RYT-200 Yoga Instructor, iRest – Level I Yoga Nidra Teacher in Training Gabriella was born and raised in Italy. She arrived in Virginia two years ago. She settled down in Williamsburg with her husband who works at the College William & Mary. She began her Yoga experience in Italy and then continued in Us. After one year of intense practice, she decided to attend her Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. She began to teach weekly free class to the community at her Church and she discovered how much she enjoys teaching people and sharing the amazing benefits of Yoga. She became a RYT-200 Yoga Instructor and an iRest – Level I Yoga Nidra Teacher in Training in 2017. At the beginning of her Course, she simply wanted to deepen her knowledge of Yoga, but the more she studied, the more she understood the importance of Yoga in her life. In his Sutras, Patanjali gives this definition of Yoga: “Yogas chitta vritti nirodha” Sutra I-2 “The restraint of the swirling of the mind is Yoga” Yoga is much more than a physical activity. Yoga is a way of living and thinking. A path, a life time journey, a self inquiry process that will help to know yourself better, maybe finding your answers to life, maybe learning compassion towards yourself and the others around you … always keeping in mind that “As the mind, so the person; bondage or liberation are in your own mind. If you feel bound, you are bound. If you feel liberated, you are liberated. Things outside neither bind or liberate you; only your attitude towards them does that” (Sri Swami Satchidananda).