Leslie Samia is a Pilates Method Alliance certified instructor since 2013, trained by Body Arts and Science International. Recently certified in Pfilates Pelvic Floor Pilates.
Leslie started in the healthcare field as a Licensed Practical Nurse, where she witnessed the powerful connection between the mind, body and the effect it had on recovery. This led her to her true passion of becoming part of the next step in recovery by joining the fitness industry. Leslie has over 30 years of experience in the industry acquiring many certifications along the way; ACE Certified Athletic and Personal Trainer, Certified Group Fitness Instructor, Certified Biometric Trainer, BTS Certified in Body Flo and Ride, Johnny G. Spin Certified and Kinesis Certified Trainer.
Leslie’s class will increase your flexibility, mobility, balance and body awareness. With her extensive background in the musculoskeletal system she ensures you know the purpose of each movement throughout your session. Leslie is experienced with all levels, and will tailor your sessions toward your goals.
Shannon Scott, MA, RYT1000 has been a yoga teacher since 2002 with a background of 15+ years in Holistics. She completed her yoga training with the Master Yoga Institute over a seven year period under the direct teaching of Yoga Alliance founder Rama Birch, now known as Swami Nirmalananda. Shannon also completed a 10-day silent meditation retreat during this time known as Vipassana.
Shannon's teaching techniques are centered on alignment, body awareness, and core softening. Her restorative "Yoga for your Back" classes are based on the concept of Sva-roopa, which means "the bliss of your own being." Inherent bliss is dormant in the spine and with support becomes perceptible as spinal tensions are released. The quality of this yoga practice is one of leaning into ease: letting go, finding openness, and dissolving physical limitations as well as mental, emotional, and spiritual blocks.
A slower-paced yoga, utilizing props that meet your body where it is at, makes yoga accessible to everyone. Bring your aches and pains with you! You will experience the difference in your first class. It is easy to tell the difference when you feel so much better - and without the sweat! This style of yoga is suitable for anybody and every body.
Having overcome thyroid disease naturally after 4 years on medication, she spreads the word about healthy habits with yoga self-care, essential oils & nutrition as her tools. She is also certified in Embodyment® Yoga Therapy and the Aromatouch® Technique.
When she is not with her clients, Shannon loves to spend time hiking with her husband and two children, painting murals, reading personal growth books, and caring for her many animals.
Petra Mercier has over 500 hours of yoga-based teacher training and has received certifications in Restorative, Hatha, Yin, and Adaptive Yoga at the Satchidananda Ashram in Virginia.
Mary is a yoga teacher in training, working toward her RYS 200-hour training certification with the Drishti Yoga Teacher Training Institute. She had a dedicated and diverse yoga practice for the past six years, exploring numerous styles of yoga in dozens of studios around the world. Her experience is based primarily in Vinyasa yoga, but she also enjoys practicing Iyengar, Ashtanga, Budokon and Yin.
As an instructor, Mary aims to support those new to yoga in exploring what they're capable of through hands-on assisting and a focus on safe movement and alignment. She also loves to guide advanced yoga practitioners, encouraging them to expand and refine their practice and reach goals. Paramount to her teaching is helping each and every student benefit from and find meaning in their time on the mat.
When she's not in the studio practicing or teaching, you can find Mary camping in one of Virginia's many forests, traveling abroad, or enjoying dinner with friends.
Leanne began practicing yoga in 2006 when a friend suggested she try out yoga. Although she had no idea what to expect, a book she read suggested starting when she could practice every day for 6 months. At the end of 6 months of daily practice, Leanne knew yoga was an incredible gift, discovering yoga addresses the entire person—physical, mental, and spiritual. A regular practice grounded Leanne, making her stronger and healthier than ever before in her life. For several years she explored different yoga traditions—from Bikram to Vinyasa to Hatha to Anusaura. When she discovered Iyengar yoga, Leanne knew she found a tradition and practice that would change her life.
Steffie Foard is the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer at Spring Meadow Farm in Warrenton, Virginia where she lives with her husband, son, and kitty cat. Early in life, she earned a MS in Textile Products Marketing from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, and later in life a Certification in Meditation Instructor and Teen Meditation Instruction.
Upon graduating from UNCG, Steffie worked in the textile industry for over ten years. It was at that time she had a lightning bolt moment—she was called to study acupuncture. She moved north to attend Tia Sophia Institute and for a year was immersed in the school’s Taoist traditions and teachings. Then, in a change of course, Steffie became a wife and mother. It was through the experience of early motherhood that she was drawn to the healing art of meditation. She found it to be so beneficial to her own life that she decided to share it with others and become a Certified Meditation Instructor through the International College of Metaphysical Theology. She finds much joy in sharing the healing power of meditation with others.
Steffie has been practicing yoga since the 1990s when she taught herself yoga out of a book! From there she progressed to ashtanga for several years then on to hatha, vinyasa, and viniyoga. Yoga and meditation are a daily practice for her, bringing her peace, love, and light on and off the mat. .