Meet Your Instructors
Our yoga and pilates studio provides a rich multi-sensory experience from the moment you walk through our doors.
Our mission is to be a second home that serves as your oasis of healing and ease that both empowers and allows you to be yourself…your best self.
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 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
Colleen Carrell, RYT-500
Colleen is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance (500 hour RYT certification) and is also a certified Life Coach. She has been teaching since 1999 and has studied yoga with Debbie Stevens, Anna Pittman, Meenakshi Honig of the Integral Institute of Maui, Yoga for Cancer training and completed advanced courses through Asheville Yoga Center’s 300-hour program. Colleen has a gentle approach with students as they explore the many benefits of yoga together. She currently teaches gentle and restorative, chair, beginner and beyond hatha yoga classes with an emphasis on positive psychology, self-awareness, body dynamics, and tuning into one’s connection to the Divine. Colleen loves creating an inviting and nurturing environment where students can learn and practice self-care through yoga
Evie Urquhart, MA Ed, LPC, RYT-500
Evie has been teaching yoga since 2004 when she received her 200 hour certification from Anna Pittman, RYT, in Blacksburg, VA. In 2014, she completed her 500 hour certification at The Himalayan Institute in Honesdale, PA. In addition to Hatha Yoga, Evie has also completed training in Restorative Breathwork with Kathleen Barratt and Divine Sleep/Yoga Nidra with Jennifer Reis at Kripalu.
Evie retired from Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare in 2012 and is a licensed therapist. In addition to teaching yoga at various locations throughout Roanoke, she has a private practice at The Jefferson Center where she provides individual counseling and guided breathwork and relaxation sessions. Evie loves cats, sci-fi movies, beaches, watching the chipmunks around her house and writing an occasional poem!
Gaby is a SCW-EDU/ Polestart Pilates certified Instructor that has been a Fitness Specialist in the Health Field for over 22 years. She achieved her AFAA Primary Group Exercise Certification in 1984, Reebok Step Aerobic certification in 1985, and her Kickboxing, Mad Dog 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, Gabby started her training with Polestart Pilates in Miami, Florida where she attained her Principles of Movement certificate and her Allegro Reformer, Level I, II and III trainings.
Gaby finds great satisfaction in helping her students reach their goal and accomplishments as well as obtaining long term meaningful life changes. She believes that the passion she feels while teaching Pilates, truly sets the tone for an exceptional workout and can lead you to the development of the body’s self awareness and the Core/Back and full body muscle strength needed to support the body through your daily life activities.
Gaby’s personal goals are helping others find the path to a better, healthier and happy life.
Gail Steel, RYT-500
Gail was introduced to yoga during a prenatal class in the early 1990’s and rediscovered it — after many years of step class! — while pursuing a career in state government as an environmental engineer. She has been teaching in Roanoke since completing the 200-hour teacher training program at The Breathing Space in 2008. This path was made possible by the loving support of her husband Robert and son Ansel, and the mentorship and guidance of Grace Yoginis Colleen and Irene, local yoga teacher Debbie Stevens and others. Gail’s enthusiasm has been sustained by continuing study, including Asheville Yoga Center’s Your Yoga advanced teacher training and Cyndi Lee’s OM Yoga teacher training program.
Gail is a licensed massage therapist and was certified as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Yoga Specialist by the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in 2010. She is the owner of Blue Ridge Ayurveda LLC, where she provides Ayurvedic health consultations and treatments (firstname.lastname@example.org). Travel in India and elsewhere has enriched her understanding of hatha yoga as a well-established route to awakening the authentic Self, with positive physical and mental effects extending beyond the mat into everyday life. Gail incorporates sources of inspiration from diverse traditions in her classes to create a unique and enjoyable experience.
Irene Malachowsky, RN & HeartMath® Certified Coach, RYT-500
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 becoming 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.
Megan Pullin, RYT-200
Megan has been practicing yoga since 2008 and teaching since 2013. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Sid Yoga, a power yoga studio in Towson, Maryland. Later on in 2013, she completed her 30-hour YoKid teacher training at Baltimore Yoga Village. She is currently finishing up her 300-hour Kunga Yoga Teacher Training at InBalance Yoga Studio in Blacksburg, Virginia. Most recently, in February of 2019, she completed her Christina Phipps Foundation teacher training for cancer patients, survivors, and caretakers.
Most of Megan’s classes incorporate sun salutations, flowing movements, funky variations, space to breathe, and meditation. Most of all, her intention when teaching is to offer a loving space where we can all explore postures mindfully while listening to the body. Often, those who are new to yoga may think bodies must look a certain way throughout each posture. Megan truly appreciates the beautiful variation of postures throughout all bodies and teaches to that. She always offers options and encourages exploration throughout her students practice!
For Megan, the beauty of yoga surfaces when we connect to our breath, let go of judgment, and listen to our bodies. She really believes that yoga is about walking with each step on this earth mindfully and in harmony with all beings. She also acknowledges that this life is a practice, not perfection! When we can all come together and practice in a space of love and truth, community and connection is born.
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!
We are located in the green building across from the two churches on Read Mountain Road, close to Route 11.
Please park in front of our building, to the right of our building in front of the adjacent home and garage, or across the street at the Trinity Church of God.