Grace Yoga has been Beth’s personal oasis for many years. As a pharmacist who assists people after they need medication, she has always been on the lookout for ways to help them feel good in the midst of change. Experiencing the healing powers of yoga and Pilates has revealed how it can dramatically improve your life.
As a compassionate nurturer, Beth sees the members and instructors of the studio as an extension of her own family, one that she felt so passionate about that she had to make sure this oasis would continue on. “When I found out that my friend was selling the best yoga studio in town I was like ‘Oh no! I can’t lose this amazing place.’ So I put an offer on it and became a studio owner in a very short amount of time. I’m blessed to have the best team in the valley working with me, and excited for what’s ahead!”
The Dream Team
Our yoga and Pilates studio provides a rich multi-sensory experience from the moment you walk through the doors. Our instructors are passionate about your wellness and want to help you achieve your goals. Learn more about each team member below.
Angie Anderson, LPC, PhD
Angie is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Body Flow and Certified Yoga Instructor who has provided mental health therapy, coaching, and yoga instruction to hundreds of clients. Her balanced approach to helping clients work through many struggles in their lives by intently focusing on their needs and discovering what works for each is a true passion of hers. Her theory, which is based on combinations of social skill development, physical fitness, and spirituality, has helped many and serves as the foundation for the development of Serenity Counseling and Center and Wellness.
Annie has been studying Middle Eastern Dance and culture since 2008. She is dedicated to growing in the dance and travels yearly to study with masters of the art. In addition, she performs and teaches locally here in the Roanoke Valley and in Blacksburg. Annie brings the movement vocabulary of Middle Eastern Dance to you and builds muscle memory and strength through the high intensity, calorie-burning reps of the fitness arena. Come join us for Bellydance Fitness and shimmy your way to a healthier, fitter you!
Caryl Connolly, E-RYT 500
Fifty plus years ago, when Caryl’s children were little, life wasn’t like it is today, but relatively speaking, it was still stressful. A yoga instructor was on TV in the morning. When her kids took their naps, she practiced Yoga and has been doing so ever since. She’s been teaching since 1998 and in the Roanoke Valley since 2003. After some life changing events some years ago, she decided to make Yoga the thing she wanted to do for the rest of her life. Yoga has changed Caryl’s life-journey in very subtle ways. She takes peaceful pleasure in teaching her limited knowledge of this wonderful practice to others. It’s still stressful when things go wrong, but these emotions are more easily managed. She doesn’t see how one can stay TOTALLY peaceful unless we withdraw from the world and she is not willing to do that. Her friends and family are far too valuable to her. So, she continues to live with the “craziness” of life and relies on Yoga to keep her peaceful, balanced and healthy.
*RYT-500 = Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hours
Meet our Pilates instructor and Studio Manager! Originally from Venezuela, Gaby feels more than at home here in Roanoke’s mountains. Being a fitness specialist in the health field for over 27 years, she has been certified as an instructor for SCW-EDU/ Polestar Pilates and achieved her AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification in 1994. Additionally she received her Reebok Step Aerobic certification in 1995, and her Kickboxing, Mad Dogg Athletics Spinning and YogaFit certifications in the subsequent years. She discovered the Pilates Method in 2003 while she was attending the Mania Fitness Convention in Florida where she first received her certification. In 2008, Gaby started her training with Polestar Pilates in Miami, Florida where she attained her Principles of Movement certificate and her Allegro Reformer, Level I, II and III training.
As a yoga teacher and pilates instructor she has always wanted to have her own studio. So, when she heard that the owner was selling Grace Yoga and Pilates, she was instantly drawn to it. “I love our people and our space and I think to make anything, work you must have passion and a willingness to make it work. Lucky for me, I have a passion for making people feel good.”
Gaby finds great satisfaction in helping her students reach their goals and accomplishments as well as obtaining long term meaningful life changes. She believes that the passion she feels teaching Pilates truly sets the tone for an exceptional workout and can lead to developing bodily self-awareness as well as the core, back, and full body muscle strength needed to support the body through daily activities. Gaby’s personal goals are helping others find the path to a better, healthier and happy life.
With more than 25 years of sharing the gift of yoga Irene continues to come to practice as if it were the first time she stepped onto the mat. Her inquisitive, curious nature encourages self study and enhances awareness. Her patience and persistence fosters discernment, commitment, and dedication to service. Her belief in service creates a comfortable, safe and supportive environment to enjoy the benefits of yoga no matter experience or age. Blending the art and science of Yoga and scientifically proven HeartMath®️techniques, Irene encourages others to listen to and trust their heart’s intelligent guidance in order to live happier, healthier, more joyful productive lives. Irene is filled with gratitude for the support of gifted, generous teachers and students from whom she has learned so much.
Martha recognizes the body, mind, spirit union of yoga takes time, willingness, and attention. Like any other relationship you get out what you put in. This is something she’s constantly reminded of as her practice and teaching has evolved over the last 10 years. She completed her first YTT in Ashtanga Yoga in 2010 and a Jivamukti based training in 2016. Her study has grown beyond ashtanga vinyasa based practices to incorporate restorative, gentle somatics, and therapeutic approaches.
Most recently Martha has begun exploring the sister science of Ayurveda and is an Ayurvedic Wellness Coach. In addition, Martha practices several healing arts. She facilitates private and group Restorative Breathwork® sessions and is master level Bioenery practitioner. She is also certified in the cutting edge practice of Havening; a neuroscience based approach to trauma resolution. She loves sharing the practices of yoga and healing arts as ways to transform and come home, home to the essence of who you really are.
Michelle Narramore, RYT-200
Michelle found yoga as a respite from her busy life. This was time she could take for herself. She accepted a “30 Classes in 30 Days” yoga challenge at In Balance Yoga in Blacksburg, VA in 2016 and it changed her life. What started as a getaway from reality became a new way to shape her consciousness, her relationship with her body and the calm she so desperately needed.
Michelle became a yoga teacher after encouragement from her teachers made that possibility a reality. She started this journey as a way to deepen her own practice but it developed into a way of connecting with likeminded individuals, encouraging self-love and bringing a bit of peace to the world. Michelle’s classes explore your strengths and your edges, allowing you to turn inward to truly meet yourself on the mat. She teaches to all levels in the room, ensuring that each yogi feels comfortable and capable. Michelle is also the owner of Bee Kind Yoga.
Nancy Harvey, R-HYI, Yoga Instructor with 500 Hour Teacher Training*, MS in Yoga Therapy, and certified as a Yoga Therapist though the International Association of Yoga Therapists
*200 hours Holy Yoga & 300 hours YA with Maryland University of Integrative Health
Over the span of her career as a nurse and nurse practitioner Nancy has striven to bring balance in the lives of the patients and clients with whom she interacts. Her personal yoga practice helped her recover from a complicated surgery and she strives to share that knowledge with others. She brings her passion for the physical, emotional and spiritual healing powers of yoga together in her classes and in working with private clients. Her Yoga Therapy practice works with individuals and small groups to use all of the tools of yoga to bring together a holistic mind-body philosophy and practice that empowers clients to reduce suffering, manage symptoms, and improve function. It is her goal to help clients develop wisdom of the body and mind for a joyful, satisfying and contented life.
Originally from Hot Springs, VA, Patty was relocated to the beautiful New England coast after joining the military. She returned back to the area in 2007 where she began my journey & passion of yoga by participating in a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training program with Anna Pittman.
She had a career of high stress jobs and long hours & finally realized how much her mind & body longed for a different expression of herself. She discovered yoga & meditation and knew this was her new path in life. Yoga has been a life changing gift for her and has given her so many precious tools to use on & off the mat.
Yoga has inspired Patty in many ways and has been instrumental in deepening her path of self-discovery & healing. She has learned to approach life and situations with patience, kindness and most of all, truthfulness.
Yoga has opened up new pathways of healing for Patty through energy work and other healing modalities. Through her own medical challenges and pain body, she too has started to self-heal and love sharing these various forms of healing modalities with others to help transform their body, mind & soul into a more “feel good” place with love, support and compassion.
Patty is a Registered Hatha Yoga Teacher and has been teaching in the Roanoke & Fincastle areas for over 12 years and a student of yoga for 18+ years. She is a Certified Reiki Master, Certified in Aromatherapy & the Raindrop Technique using essential oils, a certified Advanced Thai Yoga Practitioner and certified in Somatic Yoga. She has also trained in Bioenergy healing work with Mietek & Margaret Wirkus.
After living in Botetourt County, VA for 12 years, Patty now resides in Panama City, FL with her wonderful husband and their amazing 4-legged furry friends. She enjoys hiking, boating, kayaking, painting, music, nature, animals & people.
Teri has been a certified Zumba® instructor for 7 years. She loves teaching Zumba® for so many reasons! The Latin inspired choreography and music is great for the mind and body. Moving your body is a great way to burn calories and focus on a healthier you! She hopes you will join her for Zumba® class and learn a new way to move your body through dance!
Leilani’s first yoga experience was a class that her sister took her to
over 20 years ago in San Francisco. She has since been practicing and
teaching around the world from Russia to Australia, London to Honolulu.
Classically trained as a dancer, Leilani instantly fell in love with the
dance that is yoga. She was certified in the Bikram method in 2010 and the
Ashtanga Yoga method in 2015. Leilani teaches from a very personal and
honest place and is continually learning how to be a better teacher and
student. She looks forward to sharing space and guiding you through
Kirstie Brown, CYT 200
In the midst of being an interior designer and a mother of three young children Kirstie struggled with back pain and began using yoga for relief. It wasn’t long before she noticed a positive overall change, not only physically but mentally as well. Since then her passion has been to share with others the practice of yoga in hopes of enhancing their life journey.
Kirstie became a certified instructor through YogaFit Worldwide training. Currently she guides vinyasa style classes from gentle to power flows. These classes focus on mindful movement that increase strength and flexibility while releasing tension. With compassion and respect for each individual Kirstie welcomes any “body” to flow in mindful movement to facilitate transformation.