Our Teachers

Our teachers have experience teaching to all levels of students and are continually educating themselves through trainings and workshops. Our top priority is our students!

Alex Botero
E-RYT 200,  Meditation Teacher, Y12SR, Director

After running several miles on a concrete road in Bogotá, Alejandra found herself barefooted doing several stretching poses at a local park. After a couple of minutes she felt instant relief not knowing she was practicing Yoga. Ever since that experience at the park Yoga has been part of her life. Soon enough Alejandra began to enjoy the physical benefits of the practice but it was the inner peace and connection she felt within herself that made her aware that yoga was more than a set of postures.

Alejandra holds a BA in Language and Humanities and taught for many years in the classroom where she introduced yoga to her students. Today, her practice has become a life journey and a path to self-love. She believes that everyone’s journey into yoga is unique but can be shared as a way to recognize our common humanity.

Holding the space for her students to explore and experience the unfolding of their personal practice is the most gratifying aspect of teaching. During her free time, she loves to read, write, and laugh with family and friends.

Debbie Cobb
RYT 200

Debbie attended her first yoga class in 2001. 

From the very first class she was hooked. It didn't take long for her to realize yoga was so much more than what happens on the mat. Wanting to deepen her personal practice and expand her knowledge of yogic philosophies she attended 7-Centers Yoga Arts located in Sedona, AZ in 2010. There she received her 200-hour RYT certification. 

Debbie's teaching style focuses on balancing the body, mind and spirit through slower paced asanas, restorative Yin postures, pranayama, and meditation.

Krisna Gusterer
RYT 200

Krisna found yoga in 2004 and was able to dedicate more time to her practice when her daughter left for college in 2011. Her initial practice was more physical but once she embraced the yoga teachings, she has been able to find more inner peace and happiness. Yoga has now become a way of life. Her practice helps her feel emotional and mental centeredness along with being able to expand her spiritual journey.   

Krisna is excited to have the opportunity to share her love and passion of yoga at Yoga Nook. In her classes, she’d like to help students nurture and connect to their true selves, enjoy the physical challenge, and most importantly, to have fun on their mats.  

In her free time, Krisna enjoys gardening, hiking, bicycling and spending time with family, friends, and her handsome retriever-mix Leo.

Charity Haney
RYT 200

Born in Portville, NY Charity earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from James Madison University. She was accepted into the United States Navy in 1997 as a professional musician and has since served the last 20 years in Navy Bands around the country. While stationed in Jacksonville, FL, yoga became her saving grace which took her from a place of brokenness and just managing life to a place of self-acceptance and learning how to joyfully live life! 

Charity graduated her 200 RYT at MBody Yoga with teachers Mark White, Dawn Clapp and Frank Markowski in early 2016 and has not stopped sharing the beauty of yoga since! She began teaching at MBody Yoga in Jacksonville after completing training, was a guest teacher at Jacksonville’s “Yoga Fest” in 2016 and participated in a “Momaste” workshop with mom’s-to-be” who were looking to continue their yoga journey while pregnant. Charity and her family moved to Chesapeake in September 2016. She currently leads practices at J-Fit, Sentara Heart Hospital, Suffolk Townebank, and for her Sailors once a week and has taught a yoga wellness clinic incorporating chair yoga. She is married to an amazing man, Shane, and the mother of two incredible children, Carl (17) and Emily (10) who love yoga too!

“I absolutely love learning from and with my students. Connecting with each and every human in a safe space where being who you are is celebrated is a joy and is why I teach. I believe through yoga we learn to give ourselves and others permission to stop, breathe, and live in the moment. It is ok to make mistakes, look the way you look, and be perfectly imperfect! Perfection should not be the goal; being ourselves should be”.

Muning Hu
E-RYT 200, Yin Yoga Certified

Muning was first introduced to Yoga when she was 15. While there was neither yoga studio nor teacher available to her at the beginning, she was self-taught for years from videos and books. What inspire Muning the most are the process of self-realization and the spiritual connection of the true self. She became a lifetime student to Yoga ever since and is still feeling grateful for every experience and study opportunities under great teachers like Dharma Mittra, Swami Asokananda, Sri Manju Jois, Kino McGregor, Tim Miller, Alan Finger, Beryl Bender Birch, Avery Jones and Jule Febre.

Although she's had a strong physical practice for 15 years, she feels more fulfilled and complete with meditation, pranayama, philosophy, spirituality and many other aspects of yoga. This desire to learn more brought her to the completion of a teacher training program in 2013 and a pilgrimage journey to India in 2014. From then on, Muning feels that her yoga practice has finally embarked on the right path to become a whole.

Muning practices, studies and teaches various styles of yoga, including Iyengar, Jivamukti, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Power, Dharma Mittra, Restorative and Yin. Muning’s goal as a teacher is to inspire her students to find their balanced life, happiness and inner peace both on their mats and in their lives through the practice of yoga.

Alexa Rivera
RYT 500, E-RYT 200

Alexa has been teaching yoga to beginners and seasoned students since 2010. She was introduced to yoga by a good friend over 15 years ago and her own practice began. She was immediately drawn to that sense of calm, inner peace, and joy that a continuous practice awakened in her. 

In 2009 she found Atma Bodha Yoga Studio and enrolled in the teacher training program under the guidance of her teacher A.J. (Avery Jones, Co-Owner of ABY) to become a certified yoga instructor teaching Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. She never turned back! Since completing her initial certification, Alexa went on to complete other teacher trainings in Chair Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga: The Primary Series, Restorative Yin and even Laugha-Yoga! She has also attended various workshops on meditation practice and techniques, and pranayama practice and techniques.  

Alexa enjoys teaching and introducing people to yoga. Her wish is to share with her students the practice of yoga whether it’s on a mat, sitting in a chair or laughing in hopes that it can bring a sense of joy and peace in their lives as it has done for her and they in turn can spread that joy and peace with others. Alexa also holds an MBA and loves to travel. She resides in Virginia Beach with her husband Chris and their adorable cockapoo Echo.                                           

“To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders”. – Lao Tzu

Marissa Thompson
RYT 200  & Acro Revolution teacher

Marissa started practicing yoga in 2011 as an effort to involve more movement & balance in her life. Little did she know that this was the beginning of a wonderful and fulfilling journey. Becoming a member of the Yoga Nook inspired her to learn about yoga beyond it's physical aspects. In 2017 she completed the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Nook.

Marissa enjoys sharing the benefits of yoga with her students, friends and family. Her personal yoga practice allows her to be kind to herself and stay grounded which she integrates into her classes with her students.

Practicing Acroyoga has taught Marissa how to trust and communicate more with ease.

Lori McCracken Zeswitz
RYT 200, Y12SR

Following physical therapy for a back injury, Lori ventured into a gentle yoga asana class in 2007 as a non-pharmaceutical way to navigate pain and redevelop her body’s capacity. Matwork led to breathwork and meditation and an expanding inquiry into the mind-body connection.  

Lori completed her 200-hour RYT hatha yoga training with Anna Pittman, Y12SR -- the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery -- certification with Nikki Myers, and Warriors At Ease yoga and meditation training with Robin Carnes. Lori serves as the Leader Advocate for Y12SR, connecting more than 1000 certified leaders around the world. Key influencers in her practice are Nikki Myers, Robin Carnes, Rolf Gates, Tommy Rosen, Lisa Vaughan-Meer and Alejandra Botero. 

Informed by a 24-year career in non-profit management and living a day at a time in progressive recovery from addiction, Lori endeavors to practice her belief that “you can’t keep what you have unless you give it away.” Lori leads Y12SR practices and teaches accessible yoga classes throughout Hampton Roads, Virginia.  

Lori holds a B.A. in public relations and enjoyed an eventful career as a professional fundraiser for non-profit educational and performing arts organizations. She and her husband Steve own Zed Therapeutic, a pain-management and muscle-recovery practice located at the Yoga Nook. Lori and Steve have seven adult children scattered throughout the globe and five four-legged animals demanding daily attention.