NANCY SESSOMS, OWNER
Nancy believes that each class belongs to the participant. She cultivates an atmosphere where each individual is challenged, yet comfortable, in his or her poses. She understands that every person is unique and that there are many reasons for participating in yoga.
Whether it is to improve one’s overall health, for socialization, or to find those pockets of tranquility in a busy life, she is there to help guide you along your path as you discover yoga’s healing powers and what it means to you.
Nancy received her 200-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher Designation with Yoga Alliance) in April of 2013 and has been teaching ever since. She received her E-RYT 200 designation in July, 2017 and is currently enrolled in advanced training to earn the 500-hr designation. She regularly participates in training opportunities to enhance her teaching skills and strengthen her inner peace to include training at Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
As a third generation scoliotic child, with a moderate “S” curve, Nancy started floor exercise early in her life to keep her back and body strong. After running track in high school and continuing on for several decades thereafter, she found that her maturing body yearned for a physical workout program without the repetitive impact to her spine.
Nancy began practicing yoga in 2006 by watching the instructional yoga television series Namaste Yoga. From there, she found an instructor whose style she enjoyed and attended yoga classes on a regular basis eventually deciding to pursue teacher training. Her decision came at a critical point in her life. After losing her beloved mother who had been her cheerleader through life, Nancy needed to find a way to restore her inner strength. Yoga has provided her a means to regain strength and improve balance in her life physically, mentally and spiritually.
Nancy grew up in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. She earned a business degree from CNU and retired from NASA after 35 years with the Federal Government. She is a wife and mother and currently resides in Gloucester with her very supportive husband, and wonderful four-footed being.
Nichole completed her 200-hour teacher training under Anne Van Valkenburg through yogaworks in Richmond. She worked as a paramedic for many years in the critical care transport field and in ER at Cape Fear North Carolina. Nichole is a runner and practices yoga to create a space to be still and anchored to the present while cultivating physical strength and flexibility: The perfect practice to support whatever she’s doing.
Nichole teaches to provide a safe space for others to find how yoga can benefit each student's individual needs. Nichole passionately believes everybody can access the mental, physical, and spiritual elements of yoga to achieve balanced energy, a healthy challenge, and good fun.
Her degree in communication studies has enhanced her talent of articulating instructions so that each student can easily understand.
April was introduced to yoga in 2011 by her mother as a idea to help with her scoliosis-induced pain. She started off slowly but as her practice became more consistent she noticed that her constant lower back pain greatly diminished. Yoga also added spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits to her life. These benefits inspired her to teach and she completed her 200-hour teacher training at Hot Yoga and Massage in Newport News.
April feels that there is much to be learned about the spiritual aspect of yoga such as: breath work, chakra work and meditation. Becoming more aware of the senses can bring great peace to the student's mind. She offers variations for the poses and encourages the student to choose what feels best. Yoga is her passion as it has greatly touched her life. April strives to share yoga's benefits with others. Outside of yoga, April lifeguards and writes horror/fantasy fiction in her spare time.
Danna completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2014 under Kristie Reid-Barton at It's Yoga! Studio in Greenville, South Carolina. She has completed additional yoga training and is a Yoga For All certified instructor. Her original goal was to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of yoga and improve her practice. This knowledge inspired her to share the power and benefits of yoga with others.
Danna believes that yoga is for everyone, every shape, size, age and background. She teaches to ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience the power of yoga to calm the mind, relax and strengthen the body.
Danna has lived throughout the Southern U.S. including Alabama, Georgia, Virginia and South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor and a Master degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She currently lives in Gloucester and works in Hampton.
Joe began his yoga journey as his weight neared 400 pounds. Unable to withstand high impact forms of exercise he turned to something gentler but challenging - Vinyasa yoga. After 5 years of practice and losing over 100 pounds, he was called to undergo the teaching curriculum at Yandara Institute in Baja, Mexico, where he completed his 200-hour teacher training.
Joe quickly learned that he loved to teach. Now 125 pounds lighter than when he started, Joe has a unique perspective of the challenges that can face a yoga student along their path and endeavors to make yoga accessible to all.
Regina began her yoga journey in 2001 to get back in shape after having her second son. From there her passion for yoga grew and she completed the 200-hour (Hot Yoga) teacher training in 2007. In 2011, Regina furthered her yoga education and completed her 500-hr (Vinyasa) program under Rolf Gates.
Bettina was introduced to yoga in 2002 while visiting a gym in NYC. Being a former college athlete and having a dance background, she had strength and flexibility. Her initial thinking was that yoga was easy. However, she was over confident. She injured her hamstring and was humbled by all that yoga encompasses. After some time passed Bettina revisited yoga and experienced it with an amazing teacher. In 2016 she immersed herself in the study and life lessons of yoga. In 2017 she received her CYT-200 certificate in Hatha Yoga from Aura Wellness Center. Bettina sees herself as a Yoga Guide and hopes to aid students in their journey while she continues to be a student of yoga. She also uses what she has learned to aid her anxious elementary aged son, and her mother who deals with Lupus and respiratory issues.
Gretchen has lived in Gloucester for almost 30 years. She raised her children here and continues to expand her small farm, lovingly known as Brown Acres. Here she raises chickens, grows organic fruits and vegetables, and spends time hiking with her two dogs, Leroy and Buster.
Gretchen began her yoga practice at home almost 20 years ago as a compliment to her running. It became an integral part of her healthy lifestyle. Having never attended a formal class, Gretchen decided she was ready to deepen her understanding of yoga and enrolled in the teacher training program at Zenya Yoga Academy, where she completed her 200-hour teacher training in May of 2017. There she fell in love with all aspects of yoga and has committed to a life long study. She is currently enrolled in advanced training to earn the 500-hr designation. She plans to continue education through workshops and classes so that she is able to bring the benefits of yoga to all populations. One of Gretchen's favorite quotes: "If you can breathe, you can do yoga."
Meagan has practiced Mysore style Ashtanga yoga since 2016. She has assisted her teachers and taught classes since 2017 and most recently completed a tour with Saraswati Jois, daughter of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Meagan is a Master's Student at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She was raised in Gloucester.