Jeanette found her love for yoga after trying it for knee issues she’s had since early in childhood, including multiple surgeries. As she once again developed more severe knee pain and issues later in adulthood she decided to try yoga and was pleased with the positive results she experienced with the healing of her knee. Jeanette, never being able to participate in athletic activities due to the severity of her knee issues, was in shock when she saw what her body was capable of with the consistent practice of yoga. Not only did yoga help her to physically improve in so many ways but it also helped her to deal with stress in a more effective manner. Jeanette started her practice with Bikram yoga and then expanded to try all different types of yoga and fell in love with all of it!
Jeanette is a certified 200 hour E-RYT teacher that has a passion to help other's through the power of yoga. Jeanette’s classes are light hearted, she likes to create an atmosphere that will make you work your body in a joy filled way. Her main goal is that you get to be the best version of you; not only become physically better but leave her class with a sense of positivity.
Jeanette is honored to be the Owner, Manager, and a Yoga Teacher of Bliss Yoga. Her main goal for the studio remains the same as for her classes, that every person who steps through the Bliss Yoga doors gets a positive mental and physical benefit they can carry with them.
It took Bekah many months to gather the courage to step into her first class as a yoga student in 2014 but she quickly fell in love with the Hot 26 series. Bekah soon found herself practicing daily in preparation for a 250 hour teacher training through Evolation Yoga at Bikram Yoga Works in 2015. She took a step back to focus on being a mother to her two young daughters but when Bliss Yoga opened she was eager to embark on her teaching journey and is now not only a teacher but also the Assistant Studio Manager of Bliss Yoga. Bekah is passionate about the consistency and effectiveness of the Hot 26 series, respectfully adapting core elements of Bikram to better serve yoga practitioners of all backgrounds. Bekah currently resides in Virginia Beach with her husband and daughters; she enjoys spending time outside with her family.
Yoga has been a big part of Flavia's life. When she first started practicing hot flows she fell in love with yoga and its benefits. It taught her to be stronger, more patient and more connected with her body and mind. Flavia believes this ancient practice allows our bodies to relax by opening joints, releasing muscles, and cleansing through breathing. Flavia completed her 200 hour training with the National Yoga Academy in Virginia Beach, she continues to take classes and is learning more about Ayurveda. Flavia knows she will always be a student of the practice because there is always an opportunity to learn more and share with others. The most satisfying part for Flavia, is being part of the yoga community where we all have the opportunity to grow from one another. Flavia's classes combine light, playful, and creative elements together in a single sequence. She aims to guide her students to be more connected with their mind, body and soul. The goal to all of her classes is for her participants to leave balanced, nourished, and refreshed.
Tessa Price is a 200 hour RYT and Yin yoga certified. Tessa discovered her practice at a Bikram Hot Yoga studio when she started college in 2009 because “it was the thing to do,” but her yoga mat became her special place while overcoming back pain and mental dis-ease as an over-worked waitress and tired college student. She graduated college in 2013, receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University in Anthropology with a minor in music. “ Yoga offers many truly amazing gifts! I trust if I show up consistently in my practice, each one will come to me when I need it and it is my calling to share the profound impact of those gifts with others.” Tessa emphasizes breath-work, alignment, and quieting the mind. She encourages her students to pause and listen to the integrity of the mind body connection and honor their own unique capabilities. She believes that yoga is a place to be made safe for every body, she remains open to continuously learn new teaching cues, styles and techniques to support every student that steps into the class. Her specialty focus is with beginners, but she is experienced in teaching restorative yoga, Yin yoga, Hatha, Vinyasa yoga, and guided meditations including sound healing. When out of the studio, you can find Tessa in nature with her husband and hound dogs, doing something artsy like house projects, playing her saxophone, Native American flute, or humming her favorite mantra.
Yoga has been a part of Ana Maria's life for the last 18 years. She has been teaching for the last 13 years and has been teaching at Bliss Yoga since its opening. Her specialty is with Vinyasa yoga. She also practices Ashtanga yoga. Ana Maria is Yoga Fit certified and in Levels I through V, Seniors, Yoga Kids, and is a 200 Hour RYT yoga teacher, with over 1,500 hours of experience. Ana Maria, also believes and practices Ayurveda, which she combines as much as possible in her teachings. She is also very attuned with precious stones and makes her own Malas to help meditate and use the healing power and balancing energy of the stones. Ana Maria believes yoga is a tool to help us find peace within us, accept ourselves and others, let go of pain and suffering as well as accepting and recognizing our feelings so we can work on them. To Ana Maria yoga is not to make us like gymnasts, but to help us find the best that our bodies can be. Ana Maria recognizes we are all so different and we all have different health problems, she believes yoga adapts and helps each of us. She instructs students to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale with flow synchronization that is focused on alignment. In her classes, you will practice creative sequences, some can be very intense as others very slow and therapeutic. Ana Maria puts it all together in a seamless natural flow. This helps release tension, toxins and allows your body to move deeper and more freely. Her sessions end with meditation and relaxation exercises.
Anyssa first discovered yoga during college, after experiencing what can only be described as a mental health crisis. When nothing else seemed to work, her father, a fitness trainer, suggested she start putting her energy into working out. She stumbled into a yoga class, and the lightbulb went off. From that day on, Anyssa used yoga not only as a physical practice, but as a therapeutic tool. She firmly believes in the healing power of yoga, and is confident there is no problem or situation that cannot be improved by stepping on the mat. She is a 200 hour RYT, and is passionate about bringing yoga to communities and individuals who have not had access to mental health and wellness support.
Anyssa graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2018, and has since worked to empower girls across the country through entrepreneurship at Envision Lead Grow, a Virginia based 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
An advocate for the idea that life is a celebration, when she is not teaching girls or teaching yoga, you can find her playing with her dog or party planning.
Hannah has been practicing since 2008 and teaching since she returned from her 2 month training in India in May of 2014. She believes yoga can make you stronger and more flexible but not just at the physical level. She knows you can get to see progress at the mental level and take your whole practice of yoga with you out of the studio and into your every day lives. Hannah teaches all styles of yoga and is a firm believer in staying safe in your practice by using good posture and form. Her teaching offers a great balance between soft and hard and she makes sure to pave the path for the beginner all the way up to the experienced practitioner so that everyone can have a great experience on their mat. Outside of the studio Hannah likes to be outdoors with her two dogs, children, and boyfriend. She enjoys cooking new recipes, gardening and enjoying this incredible life.
Diane began practicing yoga in 2013. “I took a class at a local hot yoga studio to support a Navy Veteran who recently opened the new studio. I was hooked after the first class”. Diane’s physical fitness regime from childhood through college included mostly team sports and she was a member of the University of Connecticut National Champion Field Hockey team. After joining the military, she maintained a rigorous routine of running, swimming, push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, other calisthenics, and was recognized as Hawaii’s Navy Female Athlete of the Year. Years of intense sports and physical demands of military deployments took a toll on Diane’s joints, resulting in multiple surgeries, limited range of motion and decreased strength. However, the day she stumbled in to her first Original Hot 26 yoga practice not only did she complete a difficult workout with no pain, she also felt refreshed and energized. Most importantly, yoga increased her range of motion in her joints farther than any physical therapist did in the past. “That’s when I knew Original Hot 26 would be part of my life and made the decision to attend teacher training”. It was during teacher training when Diane’s yoga practice transformed from the physical to the total mind, body, spirit connection. Diane is a firm believer of ‘teach to heal’ philosophy and the therapeutic healing of the original hot yoga series. Diane completed her 500-hr original hot yoga teacher training with Raja Yoga Academy. She also completed her Trauma Informed Yoga certification with Uprising Yoga.
Jeanne found Bikram Yoga right after graduation from high school in 2003. She began practicing regularly and went to teacher training in the spring of 2006 and has been teaching ever since in New York. She enjoys teaching and practicing the Bikram series as well as Yin and learning where her strengths and opportunities are as a yoga student. She credits her yoga practice for the decision to go to nursing school, become a Family Nurse Practitioner and ultimately become a Doctor of Nursing Practice. Yoga has always been a constant in her adult life and has enabled Jeanne to maintain an optimal work/life balance, stay healthy throughout school and it has protected and healed her back from injury when working in busy NY Emergency Rooms. Jeanne loves working with new and experienced yoga practitioners as she fully believes we all have the opportunity to learn and grow as yoga practitioners regardless of how long we have been practicing for. “The best days are when you see the light bulb go off for a new student and they take their practice to the next level doing something they could not do yesterday". She will kindly push you hard in class and can always be counted on for a silly joke to break the intensity. When not on the mat Jeanne enjoys being outdoors whether it be kitesurfing, hiking, going for a bike ride or hanging with her dogs.
Frances found, or more accurately, yoga found Frances, 20 years ago in the form of a yoga studio owner who showed up at her place of work, a tanning salon at the time. a few doors down the strip mall from the yoga studio. She walked in and said, “come work at my studio. I’ll pay you 25 cents more per hour.” Frances was in!! And as a perk, she was offered the opportunity to join the yoga class in session after she got everyone checked in. Until that moment, sitting bored behind the studio’s front desk, she had never considered stepping foot into a yoga studio. And that is how Frances walked into her first yoga class! Over the decades (wow! She can’t believe she's saying that...decades!) her yoga practice has been integrated into her life and lifestyle. What began as an asana (physical) practice has grown into a practice encompassing mind, body, breath, and spirit, on and off the mat. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Kathleen Kramer and is always excited to share her practice of yoga with others.