Meet the instructors

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Sonja Stoeckli

Born in Switzerland, Sonja was introduced to yoga nearly 42 years ago on a visit to England. Inspired, she found a deeper awareness for life and started her own yoga practice several years later. A student of many inspirational teachers who instilled in her the love of different aspects of yoga, she experienced a deeper compassion a belief in herself for the first time in her life. She found a doorway to her soul that opened the love and strength in her body to become an inspirational teacher herself.

In her vinyasa flow classes Sonja’s intention is to both challenge and guide her students, encouraging flexibility, strength and alignment in their bodies and in all aspects of their yoga practice. Her goal is to support her students on their own journeys towards peace, acceptance, compassion, contentment and a deeper awareness, connecting body, mind and spirit.

Sonja also provides Health Coach Sessions to help students and clients to find a healthy and balanced lifestyle. She helps you to make improvements on your journey towards joy, freedom and well being in all aspects of your lives.

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Celine Burns

Celine moved to Richmond from New York City in 2009, after working as a STOTT- certified Pilates apparatus & matwork instructor on Madison Avenue.
In Richmond, she rediscovered yoga and the art of mindfulness intrinsic to the practice. Seeking to deepen her knowledge of anatomy and mind-body instruction, Celine earned her 200-hour teaching training through YogaWorks.
Compassion is at the heart of her teaching, as she works both with Beginners and Special Populations, helping to lay a strong foundation for building their practice. As an instructor, Celine hopes that her students experience great freedom in yoga— the flow of energy that allows for creativity, self-expression and ultimately, peace of mind.
“I want to make yoga as accessible to as many people as possible. In an ideal world, I want for everyone to experience yoga, in a safe and encouraging environment that also facilitates self-reflection. You move through the challenges of yoga, as you move through the challenges of life.”
“My father always told me that my heart would lead me to my career.” Quoting Confucious, “If you find something you love to do, you never have to work a day in your life.” That certainly couldn’t be more true.

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Jessica Turner

Jessica Turner began her yoga practice in 2008 while pregnant with her oldest son. Initially, yoga helped relieve the physical ailments of pregnancy, and taught her relaxation and breathing techniques that sustained her through labor and birth. As soon as the midwife gave the 'all clear', Jessica was back on the mat. Yoga then became her time for herself: a way to unwind from the daily stress of motherhood.
A second son and a few years later, it occurred to Jessica that all the years on the mat had brought a change in her. She was calmer, more compassionate, less judgmental, and finally comfortable with just being herself. This inspired Jessica to deepen her practice and merge her two passions: yoga and childbirth. Jessica received her RYT-200 in March of 2014 and immediately began teaching! She is currently pursuing her prenatal yoga training, and will be a registered RPYT-85 in the autumn of 2015. Jessica considers guiding students through their own yoga practice a great honor and joy.

When she's not on the mat she's most likely to be found mothering her boys, reading, crocheting, or gardening.

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Laura Strukle

Laura Strukl is excited to be a part of the Spiritual Flow Yoga Studio family. She started taking yoga classes in High School to compliment her extensive dance background. As she continued studying both dance and yoga into her college years, she sought to deepen her physical and spiritual understanding of yoga through the YogaWorks teacher training program. Currently a graduate student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Laura enjoys teaching beginner and gentle yoga classes. Practicing from a perspective of strengthening, stretching, and safe alignment, Laura hopes her students are able to release the tension that builds up in our bodies,and as a result, our minds as well.

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Mindy Peters

Mindy Peters is a RYT 200-hour certified instructor trained through the YogaWorks program. She began her yoga journey 16 years ago when she enrolled in a prenatal yoga class to prepare for the birth of her first child. “Though I took childbirth classes and read many books, it was the breathing and relaxation techniques I learned through yoga that helped me most in what turned out to be a difficult labor.”
Mindy continues to find inner strength in her yoga practice. She began teaching at Spiritual Flow in 2016. She delights in the progress of her students and believes strongly in the power of yoga to build healthier minds and bodies. “I’ve met many people who have transformed their lives through yoga. It offers us many tools through physical practice, breathing techniques and meditation to gain inner confidence and find healthier ways to manage stress.” Mindy welcomes beginners and seasoned practitioners alike to join her in her weekly Gentle Flow class, Wednesdays at 9:15am.

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Samantha Burns

Samantha completed her kids yoga certification through Nitya Living in the spring of 2017. Her prior career background is elementary school education. Her husband is in the military, so maintaining a full-time career and keeping up with her 2 and 6 year olds has always been a challenge. Her love for children, storytelling, music, and yoga led her to this “job” sharing her passions with young people.

13354 Midlothian Turnpike,

Suite 201, Midlothian, VA 23113