Yoga Goodness Teachers
Leslie began practicing yoga in 2008 with Nancy Allen, her primary teacher. She continued her studies and practice of yoga with Desiree Rumbaugh, Cyndi Lee, Lila Brown, Paul and Sommer Sobin, and other wonderful teachers. She graduated in 2014 from the Thousand Petals Yoga Program in Chapel Hill, N.C. Leslie hopes to inspire voluptuous women like herself to have a more positive relationship with their bodies. Her classes incorporate gentle movement in sync with the breath and emphasize proper alignment for both freedom and stability.
I am a 200 hour OM RYT under the training and mentorship of Cyndi Lee. I started getting into yoga and meditation about 3 or 4 years ago for positive benefits fighting against mental health symptoms. I have found that as I practice and teach, yoga can have profound effects on the body as well as the brain. As a mental health clinician, I often incorporate trainings and courses for positive mood into my classes. The main thing to know about me is that I want to make you laugh, feel good, and stop taking yourself so serious. Yoga has helped me keep shinning bright; even when I was at my darkest moments in life.
Jessica Coco, MEdTeacher
Jessica is a teacher, Empowerment and Success Coach, Plant-Based Mtn Biker, and Dog Momma! She first stumbled upon Yoga in 2002, after surviving an abusive marriage and gaining 125 plus pounds on her small 5 ft frame. At the time, she did not have the true appreciation of how Yoga could help her reconnect and heal her mind, body, and spirit; thus, after a few classes, stopped attending.
It was years (and a considerable amount of weight loss) later, that she reconnected with her budding Yoga practice to help her train and increase her flexibility for an upcoming 100 mile mountain bike race in the Shenandoah Valley.
At first, it was purely physical. However, after finding OM Yoga with Cyndi Lee and becoming an Empowerment and Success Coach, she became better able to appreciate the art of Yoga. So much so, she wanted to spread her love of Yoga to the world through her teaching; thus, in Spring of 2017, she completed OM Yoga 200 YTT with Cyndi Lee.
Her teaching end game for all of her clients, Yoga and/or coaching, is for them to cultivate a love for their daily Yoga and meditation practice; in turn, nourishing their body, mind, and spirit so that they can step up their game and live in their Inner Badass!
Azalea FayeTeacher and Healing Advocate
Azalea’s passion for the connection of movement and consciousness for healing, is a lifelong journey beginning with dance and branching naturally into Yoga. While studying to receive her Bachelors in English at VCU in Richmond, VA, she spent all of her elective hours in the dance department with the opportunity to learn from amazing teachers in Modern Dance, Ballet, Yoga, Meditation, Improvisation, and Contact Improvisation.
She currently resides with her two young children pursuing creative endeavors and living consciously. In addition to teaching Yoga, Azalea also homeschools her son and runs her internet brand WayCrunchy, that advocates for “Healing Through Radical Vulnerability.”
My name is LaKisha. I often go by Kisha. I completed my yoga teacher training with Cyndi Lee. If I am not on the mat, you can find me lounging with a book; digging in my garden; or traveling. If I am not to be found at any of the above, you will always me find trying out some new endeavor.
Heather started taking yoga classes because she was bored. As soon as she found Cyndi Lee she realized that she'd found a great teacher, and eventually passed Cyndi's 200 and 500 hour training. Heather is especially interested in getting familiar with the mind and body and exploring the connections between the two. She still gets bored from time to time, but her training has taught her to find that boredom interesting.
Tonia first came to yoga for the physical benefits, surprised that something so gentle and slow was capable of leaving her sore the next day. After several years she discovered Yin yoga and had her first "aha" yoga moment. Drawn to the meditative aspects and the mind/body connection, she realized there was more to yoga than just the physical. She decided to attend a three-week teacher training immersion at Asheville Yoga Center in 2018 and it completely altered her relationship to yoga. She is most interested in the Yin and Restorative styles and enjoys the balance these forms of yoga offer to other forms of exercise and the everyday stresses of life.
Amanda Sandos completed her 200 hour and 500 hour Teacher Training, along with Pranayama, Restorative and Advanced Meditation Teacher Training with Cyndi Lee,founder of the Om Yoga tradition, and she received her Nia White Belt from Helen Terry. She teaches at Yoga Goodness Studio in Virginia, also founded by Cyndi Lee. A member of the Village Zendo in New York, she studies Soto Zen Buddhist practices under Roshi Enkyo O’Hara. In addition, her mother and grandmother were both professional dance teachers, and Amanda has danced professionally both with her mother’s dance troupe, Reel Virginia, and the Greensboro Folk Dancers and is proud to have performed all over the world in venues like The Kennedy Center. Her yoga teaching practice draws heavily from both her Buddhist training and her dance background, often incorporating mindfulness practices, dharma, and compassion, with a steady, and seamless flow of movement. Everything good she has to offer comes from her teachers.
A former zookeeper turned artist, Amanda now paints animals for animals, while also running a successful pet sitting business in Virginia. Passionate about animals and the environment, her art has been auctioned by the Mara Conservancy, the Nature Conservancy, and the Oceanic Society to raise money for conservation in the wild. Her artwork can be viewed online at amandacsandos.com .