Kathleen Baker RYT-200, BSBA –Kathleen earned her degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where she majored in marketing and management. She found yoga and it’s benefits in 2000, has managed Glenmore Yoga since 2005 and became owner in 2016. Kathleen has been a certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance since 2007. She enjoys spending time with her husband and four daughters and pets, hiking, reading and travel.
Sue Agee, E-RYT-500, YACEP, RN, loves sharing the many gifts a continued practice of yoga may bring, striving to help students discover greater ease of body and a deepened peace of mind. Sue completed her 200 and 500 hour yoga training at Glenmore and continues studies at the Himalayan Institute. She enjoys teaching a variety of workshops to yoga instructors and students and is also certified in Traditional Thai Massage, Foot Reflexology, and YoKids K-12. She tries to live her yoga every day and continues to practice, read, train, learn and discover. When she doesn’t have her nose deep in a book on philosophy and meditation, she is still trying to train her therapy beagle to behave. Sue teaches Levels 1 – 3, Yoga on the Ball and Meditation and is a facilitator in Glenmore’s yoga teacher training programs teaching yoga philosophy.
Sandy Axelson, RYT-500, found yoga more than 15 years ago as a mindful, stress reducing addition to her regular fitness program. Sandy received her 200 and 500 hr therapeutically focused yoga teacher training at Glenmore. She has also received additional certifications in Chair Yoga as well as Accessible Yoga. Sandy believes that yoga is for every age and every body and loves working with her students on their yoga journey. Sandy holds a BS in Education from VA Tech and a MS in Consumer Economics from Florida State University. Sandy teaches the Yoga for the Pelvic Floor in Glenmore’s training program. She also teaches Chair Yoga through Glenmore’s online teaching program.
Mary Lou Bean, RYT-500, feels yoga has brought physical challenge, mental focus and spiritual enrichment to her life. It is with a deep sense of gratitude for all those who have shared their yoga journey that she now shares the benefits and love of yoga with others. Mary Lou completed her 200 & 500 hour teacher training at Glenmore. She has a BS in Commerce from the University of Virginia, was an executive in the children’s fashion industry, and the mother of two sons. Mary Lou teaches Level 1 & 2, Gentle, Ageless, Yin, Mindful Yoga, Meditation classes as well as a facilitator in the Glenmore Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Rodney C. Bradley, MS, PT, E-RYT-500, holds a B.S. in Education/Sports Medicine and an M.S. in Physical Therapy/Community Health Professions. Rodney is a licensed physical therapist primarily in long term care/geriatrics but also practices in hospitals and outpatient clinics and provides clinical consulting. Rodney teaches yoga with a meditative but strong, flowing style and sees yoga as a path for any individual to work from where they are to achieve balance of body/mind/spirit for overall wellness. Rodney is trained in jazz and tap dance. He teaches Level 2 & 3 and VinYin.
Liz Creasman, RYT 500, completed her bachelors at Old Dominion University in Therapeutic Recreation with a minor in Studio Art. She began her yoga journey as a teenager seeking balance, peace and self-exploration in a busy schedule. She continued to practice through college and heavily depended on her yoga to manage the stress of Senior year and wedding planning. She now works as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist at a residential treatment facility for adolescents who have experienced trauma. Yoga has become an integral aspect of her self-care routine. Liz believes in the importance of yoga practice to connect mind and body, express emotions, and embrace all that life has to offer. When off the mat, Liz can be found enjoying Richmond with her loving husband and adorable beagle mix, cooking and baking, or expressing herself through art. Liz teaches mixed level, level 3 and mindful yoga classes at Glenmore.
Christina Evans, RYT-500, began practicing yoga in 2003 and teaching in 2015. Meeting the instructors and clients at Glenmore inspired Christina to enroll in the teacher training program and fulfill her dream of becoming a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. While there are many physical benefits of yoga, Christina is particularly grateful for the emotional benefits of a peaceful mind, open heart and balanced soul. In a loving and nurturing environment, she strives to bring joy, peace and balance to the lives of her students. Christina teaches Level 1 & 2, yoga on the ball, ageless yoga and restorative meditation.
Erin Forsyth, E-RYT 500, YACEP, HTCP, Reiki II, began practicing yoga in 2001 as a fun way to stay fit but quickly learned it is so much more. Through yoga, she found a path to deep peace, joy, and much-needed balance. Erin completed 200- and 500-hour teacher training at Glenmore and has been teaching since 2009. She currently teaches Yin classes and also offers private Healing Touch and Reiki energy sessions. Erin has a BA in Economics and Art History from the University of Virginia and is the mother of a son and daughter. She feels honored to share with others the benefits that yoga and energy healing have brought to her life.
Carolyn Hazel, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, YACEP, LMT, originally came to yoga as a busy mom looking for a way to relieve stress. The moment she set foot in the studio she knew it was where she belonged. Wanting to deepen her own knowledge as well as share with others, Carolyn enrolled in Glenmore’s very first teacher training program and her journey began. Now a busy grandma, she continues to teach and learn, earning her certification as a yoga therapist, a licensed massage therapist as well as studying to become an aromatherapist. Carolyn works mainly with more gentle populations and older adults, teaching classes and offering private sessions and individual consultations and is a facilitator in Glenmore’s yoga teacher training program. As a massage therapist she offers different massage modalities as well as aromatherapy.
Linda Joynes, RYT-200, has practiced yoga for over twenty years. As a Glenmore student, she enrolled in our teacher training, graduating in 2008. Linda’s focus in her own practice, as well as her teaching, has evolved to concentrate on yin yoga. Her quiet, but intense yin class has a dedicated and enthusiastic following. Linda also teaches weekend workshops that link hot stones and ayurvedic principles to the yin yoga practice.
Mary Leffler, RYT-500, C-IAYT, and yoga therapist has been practicing yoga since the 1970s; her practice has evolved considerably. She has come to believe that the intent of her practice is far more important than the appearance of her poses. Mary’s belief is yoga is about accepting your mind-body, treating it well, and challenging it in just the right way to be a healthier more balanced you. She is an occupational therapist with experience in mental health, sensory integration, assistive technology, school based practice, and wellness. In 2014 she brought a daily yoga program to Hanover County Public Schools to help students with autism and intellectual disabilities improve their self-regulation skills thereby increasing their readiness for learning. When Mary found Glenmore Yoga and Wellness, she knew she was home in finding a yoga studio with the right motivations. She teaches gentle, mindful/meditative, restorative, and yin.
Kim Leibowitz, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, YACEP, teaches Level 1, Level 2, Tibetan Rites and Ageless yoga. Kim developed Glenmore’s Yoga for Chronic Pain program based on her personal experience with chronic pain and how yoga can mediate its effects. Kim first came to the mat in 2001 after years of trying many unsuccessful remedies to ease muscle and joint pain and fatigue. Now she is committed to helping others find significant pain relief through yoga. Kim is a certified E-500-hour instructor and a registered member of Yoga Alliance and a certified Yoga Therapist offering private consultations. She is also a program manager and lead trainer in Glenmore’s 200-hour and 300-hour teacher training programs. Since 2000, Kim has also owned and managed MarketWorks VA, LLC, a boutique marketing and advertising agency.
Louise Mason, RYT-500, teaches Level 1, 2, 3, Yin, Vin/Yin and Mindful Yoga at Glenmore. Louise began practicing yoga routinely as a means of reducing stress while working full time as a hospital chaplain. She enjoyed this so much that she trained at Glenmore to become a 500-hour RYT, and began teaching yoga. She believes that everyone can benefit through the healing practice of yoga, which nourishes the mind, body and spirit, regardless of any physical limitations.
Traci McKinley, RYT-200, CMT,is a certified massage therapist through the VA Board of Nursing with nineteen years of experience. She completed her training in therapeutic massage at the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona. She worked for three years with a sports medicine doctor addressing patients’ injuries with massage to alleviate pain, restore range of motion and regain normal function. She specializes in deep tissue or sports massage, utilizing myofacial release, trigger point therapy, and Eastern bodywork. Other modalities she offers include Thai, Hot Stone, and Prenatal massages and Reflexology. She maintains her status as 200-hr Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance and incorporates her understanding of the body through yoga in her massage therapy practice. Traci is a Richmond native and received her B.S. in Biology from Virginia Tech. She stays active with her two children who enjoy biking, swimming, and kayaking at the Rivah.
Clarissa (Chris) Riely, RYT-500, started practicing yoga about 18 years ago. She was diagnosed with a genetic lung disease in 2011 and has severe COPD. Her physician told her that doing yoga and walking has so far been successful in keeping her off oxygen. Her favorite quote is “if there was a drug that could mimic the effects of yoga, it would probably be the world’s best-selling drug”. Chris teaches Yoga for Better Breathing, ageless gentle and level 1 classes at Glenmore as well as on the Northern Neck. She’s known for her grandchildren’s jokes that bring groans and smiles to her students.
JoRoyce Robinson RYT-500 – A 30-year teaching career and a life-long interest in yoga, meditation and active living are the threads that have led JoRoyce to both studying and teaching at Glenmore Yoga. She is committed to sharing her passion with others, and her belief in the many benefits of yoga for maturing adults has led her to focus on instruction in anatomy-themed Ageless Yoga 1 & 2 classes. She completed both her 200-hour and 300-hour therapeutic teacher training programs at Glenmore and teaches Ageless Gentle, Level 1 and Yin yoga.
Heather Hoesel Rutherford, E-RYT-500, began practicing yoga in 2000 and teaching in 2006 completing her 200 and 300 hour levels of training at Glenmore. Her focus has been therapeutic yoga with a concentration in spine and sacroiliac issues. She combines her interest in anatomy and mindfulness to teach Restorative Yoga, Level 1, Ageless Yoga and Meditation classes.
Kerry Shultz, RYT-500, Nearly 10 years ago, Kerry began practicing yoga to help manage work-related stress and she has never looked back. The relaxation and strengthening properties of yoga were so beneficial that she enrolled in the Teacher Training Program at Glenmore in 2006, and has completed the 200 & 300 hour certifications, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Since the premature birth of her son, Kerry has spent a great deal of time managing his physical and occupational therapy treatments. This experience brings an added level of compassion and awareness to her teaching, and reinforces her intention of making yoga an accessible and achievable goal for practitioners of all abilities. She teaches Level 1, 2 & 3, Yin and Vin/Yin. Kerry earned a BS in Business from Penn State University and is now a stay-at-home mom of two.
Debbie Stewart, RYT-500, began practicing yoga at Glenmore in 2012 and quickly integrated it into her schedule 3-4x/week. Holding a B.S. in Physical Therapy as well as Psychology from VCU/MCV she recognized the benefits of a dedicated yoga practice incorporating stretching, strengthening, balancing & meditation and believes it is one of the best forms of exercise one can practice throughout a lifetime. As her passion for yoga grew, she became a certified RYT-200 through the Glenmore program in 2017 and completed Glenmore’s 300 hour program in 2020. She leads Inspired Yoga at her local church as an outreach ministry weaving scripture, prayer, and Christian music into the yoga practice and currently teaches Level 1, 2 & 3 classes at Glenmore. She is truly enjoying this new journey and sharing her yoga to encourage & benefit others in their practice.
Sarah Thacker, M.A., LCP, ATR-BC, E-RYT-500, C-IAYT, YACEP, is a registered yoga teacher and a registered and board certified art therapist and yoga therapist. After college Sarah began using yoga as part of the therapeutic process while working with homeless women in Brooklyn, NY. She has worked as an art therapist with emotionally disturbed children and adolescents. Sarah received Holistic Health Coach training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and now offers an integrative approach to wellness through her unique combination of training and skills, helping others create a healthy, balanced life through stress management, coping skill development, mindfulness, creative expression and nutrition awareness. She has published a book, Wholistic Food Therapy: A Mindful Approach to Making Peace with Food. The expressive journal and workbook offers a practical, creative and mindful approach to working through emotions and stress related to food by using creative exploration to develop coping strategies for managing cravings. For more information, visit http://www.sarah-thacker.com Sarah is a facilitator in Glenmore’s Yoga Teachers Training Program.
Jim Theobald, RYT 200, received a B.A. in Government from the College of William & Mary and his J.D. from Cleveland Marshall College of Law. He is an active land use and zoning attorney and serves as Chairman of Hirschler Fleischer, a Firm of over 80 lawyers headquartered in Richmond. Jim was in Glenmore’s first Teacher’s Certification Class and has been teaching since 2005. He primarily teaches the more meditative and gentle classes, has worked as a volunteer with veterans in the PTSD clinic at McGuire Hospital and has taught classes at the Richmond City Jail.
Randi Weiss, E-RYT-500, has been practicing yoga since 1992. She was drawn to yoga for the variety of physical benefits it offered, but quickly became nurtured by the deeper, emotional rewards. She is grateful for the opportunity as an instructor, to share this insight with her students of all levels. Randi enjoys incorporating the many styles of yoga that she has practiced through the years, into her Hatha classes. In particular, emphasizing the vital connection between breath and movement in every pose. Her classes are a mindful balance between exploring one’s strength and finding restoration and peace through a flow of postures. Randi teaches Levels 1, 2, and 3, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative Flow and Yin.
Susan Wolski, E-RYT-500, has taught at Glenmore since 1999. She began her interest in yoga following breast cancer treatment. Her wish is to pass on to others all the positive aspects of yoga that helped her recovery. She also holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and is an elementary school registrar. Susan teaches a wide variety of classes at Glenmore including Levels 1, 2 and 3 as well as private consultations.