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 hr RYT certification. 

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

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.

 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.  

 

  

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

  

 

Elizabeth Phelan

A brand new mother and Certified Yoga and Pilates Instructor with 11 years’ experience. She has studied and taught yoga internationally and her teaching blends her experience of working with Physical Therapists, Health Professionals and Energy Healers. She holds pre/post natal fitness certifications and received her prenatal yoga training with Bec Conant (doula, childbirth educator, yoga teacher and founder of Om Births Prenatal Yoga Program). Elizabeth has experienced first hand the positive effects of a prenatal yoga practice and is passionate about empowering mamas throughout the wild ride of pregnancy and beyond!