Om Grown Team
Cristin rediscovered yoga during a time when she was seeking something more in life, and yoga quickly became that “something”. She found her yoga practice was offering so much more than a physical workout so she made the quick decision that this was going to be more than just a routine. As a newly certified instructor, Cristin hopes to allow other practitioners that same experience while sharing her enthusiasm for all aspects of yoga and be there as they grow within their own practice. Cristin continues to seek out growth opportunities through trainings, books, and even just open conversations. Her current focus is both Power and Restorative yoga to create a balance between strength and rest.
Taylor began her Yoga journey in her early 20’s. Needing something to quiet her overly active and anxious mind, she quickly fell in love with the practice and its healing qualities. She recently completed her certification at Humble Haven in Shockoe Bottom and is eager to share just how life altering the practice can be.
“Yoga is so much more than most people assume. It’s not about how flexible you are, how long you can hold yourself upside down or how well you can balance. Yoga is a personal journey and only you know how far you’ve come and where it is that you’re headed. But, Yoga isn’t a quick fix. It makes its way into your heart and soul over time and will forever change you for the better. If you’re consistent and dedicated to your practice, you might just find that yoga gives you a whole new perspective on life. That’s certainly what it has done for me.” In her practices, Taylor likes to incorporate some of the old techniques as well as putting a bit of originality in to it. Her goal is to leave you eager to hop back on your mat as soon as you step off.
Tori found yoga early on during college and quickly found herself practicing at the oddest times, just because, and as often as possible. Tori found the hours on her mat became a window of self reflection that created space for love and patience with herself and those around her. That’s when she decided she wanted to take her yoga journey further in ways she couldn’t find only on her mat. She began a journey of self-exploration through her yoga teacher training program and is looking forward to sharing her passion and love of the practice with others.
Michael is currently working on becoming a Physical Therapist. Through his journey he found his yoga mat to be a place for peace and to reset. His love for the practice found him ready to begin sharing with his community and those who may be hesitant to find their way the mat. Michael believes yoga can be extremely challenging, both physically or emotionally, but it can also be fun. Michael can’t wait to meet you and show you all sides of yoga.
Born and raised in Richmond, Claire thrives off of community and meeting new people all the while being active. In her adult life, she struggled to find time for her personal health and wellness as she built a career in middle school education. Eventually, an assistant cross-country coach position allowed Claire to find running; the running culture and community quickly transformed her as she developed a deep love and respect for the connection between her mind, body, and self while logging many miles on the pavement alongside complete (although smiling) strangers. An unexpected foot injury found her lost and disconnected from her personal and shared exercise experience again; thankfully, her foot injury required daily stretching that forced her to dust off her yoga mat. Soon, Claire found herself, right there on the mat, reconnected to her mind, body, and self. During her yoga teacher training, Claire learned that yoga is a journey of the self, for the self, and through the self of others, a journey she is empowered to share with those around her. As a newly certified yoga instructor, Claire hopes to encourage and support her community on their journey of finding themselves both on and off the mat!
Kali began taking yoga classes in high school at her local gym, but her journey really started in 2009 when she would practice with her brother while he was working towards his 200 hour certification. Yoga became a staple in her life as she began to dig deeper into more than just the physical practice. Kali loves trying all different styles of yoga, finding the balance between power and restoration. She completed her 200hr certification with Humble Haven Yoga, and is excited to continue her journey as both a practitioner and teacher.
Emely came to yoga out of curiosity and quickly fell in love with the practice. Soon she noticed the profound changes happening not just on her mat but in her life as well. Slowly, she turned a weekly practice into a daily practice and finally took the plunge into the vast ocean that is the path to becoming a yoga teacher. One of the main take-ways from that process was that is there is always more to learn and space to grow. As she embarks on her teaching journey, she hopes to hold space for other students and guide them on their own paths to happiness and a new love for themselves through their practice. Among other things, Emely loves yoga (obviously), perfect temperature cappuccinos, and riding her bike around town.
In the midst of a busy career and family life, Fraser found solace in meditation and yoga. Through mindfulness meditation she began to truly appreciate the wisdom of being present to this moment so as not to miss out on her life. She has learned that relating to life as it is rather than how you think it should be requires work and courage but brings peace and contentment that is well worth the effort.
Fraser is currently enrolled in the mindfulness meditation teacher certification program sponsored by the Greater Good Science Center, University of California at Berkeley. She recently completed her 200-hour YTT at Humble Haven yoga and enjoys bringing her mindfulness practice to the mat. Fraser is dedicated to sharing with her students her passion for these life-changing practices on the mat and on the cushion.