Yoga hammock Virginia

February 10, 2017
Win Two Free Aerial Yoga

Audrey BonafeAudrey is the Studio Owner and is certified in AFAA Group Exercise Fitness, Zumba, Resistance Training, Yoga, AntiGravity Fundamentals 1 & 2, AntiGravity Aerial Yoga, AntiGravity AIRbarre and AntiGravity Restorative. She says "Years ago I found myself interested in fitness and the beauty of a sculpted body. Since then I have realized there is more to fitness than having a sculpted body. It is a lifestyle that allows you to live a happier and healthier life and more than anything is the best medicine to relieve stress".

Audrey received her certification for teaching Zumba in 2009. She has been teaching ZUMBA for about 7 years and still loves it!

ZUMBA was just a jumping off point for Audrey. She has continued to immerse herself into learning more about fitness techniques and nutrition by reading all she could on anything related to fitness or nutrition.

Since then she received her AFAA Group X certificate in Sept. 2012, Resistance Training certificate in Feb. 2012, and Yoga training in Jan. 2013 and Feb 2013. Her latest certificates include AntiGravity Fundamentals Fitness in April 2014 and AntiGravity Aerial Fitness in August 2014, AntiGravity AIRbarre fitness in May 2015 AntiGravity Restorative in April 2016 and Barre training in 2015. She now offers classes in AntiGravity Fitness, Yoga, Resistance Training, and Barre. She is also a Personal Trainer who can design a customized workout around your specific needs and goals.

PhotoAudrey is eager to expand her knowledge and skills with the many different modalities she has studied over the past years especially with AntiGravity Fitness. She plans to continue to grow and bring new and fresh material to her studio.

As a wife, mother and Grandmother, she knows that life can get busy and often times seem stressful. One of the things she loves the most about AntiGravity Fitness is that you get an all-over body workout with increased flexibility and joint mobility, a decompressed spine to release pressure between the vertebrae and lengthened muscles but also get the best relaxation session that you have ever experienced. "I have never felt more relaxed then when hanging in a Christopher Harrison Hammock". There is just something about it that closes you off from the hustle of the world and you feel safe. She wants everyone to be able to experience that same feeling.

My goal is to serve the people of the Richmond area and offer something that is new, different, exciting, and fun."

Alli has just graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in Health and Physical Education and Exercise Science. She is also a certified ACSM Exercise Physiologist. She is also AHA certified for adult CPR, First Aid, and AED.

Alli has been a competitive cheerleader and tumbler her whole life. She cheered at a local all-star gym for over 10 years and then for VCU for 4 years. She now works at a local competitive cheer gym as a team coach and tumble instructor. She's USASF certified levels 1-5.

Alli prides herself in her work and the people she works with. She loves motivating people and helping them be the best version of themselves. She is excited to begin her career of sharing and teaching her knowledge of fitness and health.

Lorie has been practicing yoga since the early 2000s. Drawn to it by the opening of a studio in a small town in South Carolina, she was intrigued in the beginning and hooked by the time she and her family relocated to Richmond, Virginia. Deciding to dig deeper into the practice, she became a certified 200 RYT through Om On Studio in 2013.

lorie-lowerIn her practice, she reminds others of being present in the moment, offers creative and playful sequences, provides deep and thoughtful cues and encourages all her students to “just try it!” Lorie establishes the foundations then offers a safe journey to the peak poses. Lorie has been teaching Power Yoga, Vinyasa, Yin, Gentle and recently Aqua Yoga. She has been heavily influenced by the teachings of Kathryn Budig, Rolf Gates and others less famous, but equally awesome!

Lorie discovered passion in the union of yoga and teaching. As with yoga, if it feels right and you can breathe easily, it was meant to be. The little and big life lessons learned on her mat have been a guiding force for a happier, fulfilled and busy life.

When Lorie is not teaching or driving her two teenage daughters all over Richmond, she can be found practicing on her big blue mat, traveling far and wide with her family, reading as much about yoga as possible, walking her rescue dogs and trying to bring more yoga to the world, one student at a time.

Thanks to all the teachers who have encouraged Lorie through this passion, her parents who always are available to listen, her daughters who provide a younger view and mostly her husband who never stops believing in her!

Jodi eagerly joins the fun and friendly atmosphere at Fighting Gravity Fitness! Jodi has been teaching Hatha yoga since becoming certified in 1999. She understands the mental and physical benefits of yoga personally and has found great joy in sharing them with practitioners at all levels of experience.

In June 2015 Jodi discovered aerial fitness and found how much it complimented her Hatha yoga practice in that both target the mind/body connection.

In September 2015, excited to learn more and develop her aerial practice further, she became a Fundamentals Level 1 & 2 certified instructor. She feels the key to staying consistent with any fitness program is to enjoy what you're doing.

Jodi is an artist, owns a stained glass studio and sells her crafts all over the U.S.. She lives with her dog, cat, and photographer husband, Dan Iott, in the museum district. She enjoys traveling, wine tasting, festivals, walking, reading inspiring memoirs and meeting new people.

Sara Dazsi fell in love with yoga 15 years ago, the moment she stepped onto a mat for a class offered at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center. In an instant, she was taken in by how natural it felt practicing.

She continues receiving its benefits to this day, especially through the pregnancies and births of her bundles of joy, and later when diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis. Living with, at times, debilitating pain & fatigue, Yoga helps her find strength, balance & flexibility (physically & mentally), serenity, easing symptoms, allowing her to rely less on medications to alleviate pain, so she can lead a more vibrant life.

After years of practicing yoga, with her boys both in school, Sara decided it was time to go further & become a yoga teacher, so she could share her passion! She chose to complete her certification for the 200-hour training at Glenmore Yoga & Wellness Center, for its therapeutic emphasis & personalized, nurturing approach to guiding students, and is currently a 200-hr RYT with Yoga Alliance. By combining her education in Psychology with yoga, she hopes to help people cope with chronic pain & other life altering transitions, so they may find light and love as she does, in the practice. Yoga gives her a sense of peace with what her body is physically able to handle on a daily basis, and guides her to listen to that inner voice, being mindful of what she needs, even as circumstances change. This insight allows her to be more in tune with students, noticing if they need adjustments or variations, especially if rebuilding after an injury. She encourages them, being aware first-hand how challenging the process can be.

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