Meet the instructors
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.
Martha has always been a deep believer in the beauty and power of the energetics of the human body that allow for each of us to connect with our individual healing power. For the past 16 years, Martha’s passion for studying and training in yoga as well as with mindfulness meditation practices further deepened her understanding and fascination of the power of the mind/body connection. However, it was her personal experience of health issues with a family member as well as herself that was the catalyst for her to train with a variety of Energy Healers. Within 5 years, Martha completed her 200-hour yoga Teacher Training through Be Yoga Studio in Avon, Connecticut and complete the requirements for the Qualified Teacher status in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program out of University of California, San Diego. REIKI continued to be near and dear to her heart so Martha completed the Level 1 and 2 Reiki training at The Healing in Harmony Center in Connecticut. She considers herself very fortunate to have earned her Master Level Reiki Practitioner certificate from Roland Comtois, an internationally acclaimed channel, speaker, REIKI Master and founder of the Center for Inner Harmony. Teaching yoga continues to be a passion which she does at the University of Virginia. Additionally, Martha has much gratitude for the opportunity to be an Adjunct Lecturer at The College of William and Mary teaching mindfulness meditation and also offering her REIKI services to students as well as the College staff. Martha’s passion is to support healing, through energy work and mind/body awareness as it enhances compassion, authenticity and wholehearted connection with self and others. Martha is available for 30 minute or 60 minute REIKI sessions.
Christina began her love of yoga while living in Hawai’i. The sense of wonderment found in the yogic philosophy drew her in, while the “high vibe tribe” of open hearted yogis kept her there.
Christina is a RYT 200 certified instructor trained by California based YogaWorks and teaches restorative yoga with a spirit that guides and makes yoga accessible to every body. Her classes include meditation, pranayama and restorative poses.
Christina has a profound love of helping others find their path to restoring and renewing mind, body and spirit through her very personalized yoga classes. She takes great care in making sure each of her students is creatively accommodated, infusing each class with both poses and philosophy aimed to help guide their personal practice.
Christina is a designer for a NY based architectural firm, and in her free time, she can be found rescuing and fostering forgotten Labradors and traveling the World - exploring with a heart wide open.
Originally from a small beach town on the West Coast of Ireland, Aisling (pronounced Ashling) has passion for all facets of wellbeing. With a masters degree in health and wellbeing science, combined with over ten years studying Eastern and esoteric teachings with Sai Maa, a world renowned mystic and Enlightened Master of energy, Aisling merges Western and Eastern practices in an accessible, person-centered way, while facilitating participants’ journeys inwards to access their inner truth, knowledge, wisdom and health. Aisling has run a successful massage practice, and has worked in academia, most recently as an international disability inclusion advocate and researcher.
With ten years experience facilitating meditation groups Aisling recently qualified as a level 1 teacher with Awakened Life, a global movement and institute dedicated to the upliftment of humanity. She offers deeply transformational Awakened Life programs, and regular meditation meetings dedicated to creating a warm and authentic community space for self-acceptance and awakening.
Allison Thomas began her massage career in 1997 when she graduated from the Cayce Reilly School of Massotherapy. Her specialties include Manual Lymph Drainage (MLD), pregnancy geriatric, and therapeutic massage. She is Vodder certified in MLD, with continuing education in neuromuscular therapy, pregnancy massage, and craniosacral therapy. She also has a B.A. in psychology from George Mason University.
Allison began practicing yoga in 2005 and discovered the freedom that it could bring to her body. She completed 500 hours of yoga teacher training with Anna Pittman in Blacksburg, Virginia, where she enriched her understanding of the body through movement. She is now a registered yoga teacher (RYT500) and Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). Allison’s goal in every massage and yoga class is to make an understanding of the body accessible and to share with clients the benefits that yoga and massage can bring. Her focus on alignment enables her to help relieve pain and stress, while promoting a safe and efficient practice.
Her ultimate goal is to soothe the body and calm the mind. Through yoga and massage, she hopes to provide for students and clients alike a path to ease, contentment, acceptance, and freedom.
Raised in the south of Italy, Sara never thought that yoga would become such a significant part of her life when she started practicing over 6 years ago. Daily practice has helped her grow stronger both physically and emotionally, be inspired to live each moment more mindfully, and provides her every day with endless hope for the future.
Sara completed her 200hr YTT with Humble Haven Yoga in Richmond, specializing in Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga. With a true passion for teaching yoga in many formats though, from yin yoga to restorative, from chair yoga to her passion, power vinyasa yoga, Sara loves to combine in her classes creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness, and a dose of inspiration to help students deepen their practice and interest for this transformative discipline.