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!
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
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 attended her first yoga class in 2001.
From the very first
Debbie's teaching style focuses on balancing the body,
E-RYT 200, Yin Yoga Certified
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,
In her free time,
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
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
“To a mind that is still the whole universe surrenders”. – Lao Tzu
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”.
Lori McCracken Zeswitz
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.