Meet the instructors
Born in Switzerland, Sonja was introduced to yoga nearly 45 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.
Andrew is a certified 200 hour RYT, a Y12SR certified yoga instructor and a certified Yoga Nidra instructor. He specializes in Yoga Nidra, vinyasa, and trauma informed classes. His formal training came from the Bihar/Satyananda method of Yoga Nidra, Himalayan/Swami Rama method of Yoga Nidra, Amrit Desai/I AM Method of Yoga Nidra, Richard Miller's iRest Yoga Nidra and Rod Stryker's ParaYoga Nidra. The eight limbed path of yoga offered Andrew a way to recover from the chaos of unconscious life and afforded the tools to stay present and uncover peace within. Since realizing and experiencing the benefits of yoga, Andrew dedicates much of his time to teaching and sharing those same benefits to all who seek.
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.
Dorota was introduced to Yoga when pregnant with her first son over 26 years ago and has continued her practice since.
Upon moving to Richmond, VA, she was inspired by her Power Yoga teacher and after several years of being a faithful practitioner decided to become a Yoga teacher herself.
Over the last 13 years Dorota’s Yoga practice and teaching styles have evolved from powerful and challenging Ashtanga Vinyasa to more gentle, meditative classes where everyone can find their own pace, intention and breath.
Dorota is happy to share her passion for Yoga with anyone; a seasoned practitioner looking for more guidance or a beginner seeking their path towards safe and peaceful practice.