Exploring and expanding new avenues of connecting, she continues to teach and take classes via The Center’s online format.
Rachel is also a certified health coach and is currently pursuing her fitness nutrition specialist certification. When she's not on her mat or meal prepping, she can usually be found on one of many outdoor adventures, whether it’s walking her dogs, hiking, camping, or kayaking.
She loves running and has completed a handful of half and full marathons as well as a couple of 50k's. She considers her yoga practice an essential part of her running regimen and credits it with improving her recovery times and allowing her to explore and expand her limits.
Desiree travels the world full time sharing her compassion and her joy with others interested in the transformational power of yoga.
She has produced a DVD series entitled “Yoga to the Rescue” and is a regular contributor to Yoga Journal, having also appeared on its cover. Desiree supports the Art of Yoga Project serving teenage girls in the juvenile justice system.
She and her husband Andrew Rivin are both certified Anusara
teachers currently living in southern California.
Seeking to stoke that which is generative, encourage what is ordered and stable, and dance with the dynamic changes of life, Erich practices with students at The Center. Inspired by many teachers, his current style includes vigorous movement, mindful pauses, and steady attention to breath.
Erich also instructs students in Chemistry and Earth Science at Harrisonburg High School. He enjoys reading, running, growing veggies, and being with friends.
Jenifer Matthaei Cottrell is a registered yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance) who has over 35 years of involvement in the Yoga community. She holds a 500 hour Certificate from Yama Studio in Baltimore, MD, is a Certified Yoga Therapist and is certified in Radiant Child Yoga levels one and two, Meditation Facilitation, and Ayurvedic Wellness Counseling with an additional certification in Ayurvedic Pulse Technique. In addition to her love of yoga, she opened a successful business 14 years ago, You Got It Made, which still provides promotional products to businesses all over the county.
She currently teaches Yoga at James Madison University, Rockingham County Parks and Recreation, as well as in private classes at her home studio, where she also conducts meditation classes and Ayurvedic wellness consultations. Previously, she taught at Blue Ridge Community College, The Westminster Family Wellness Center, Yama Studio, and Carroll Community College – Kids@Carroll summer camp program. She has presented Ayurvedic workshops at Yama Studios in Baltimore, MD, and at Skin and Zen, in Harrisonburg, VA.
An arts and crafts lover from early childhood, Jennifer recently discovered Zentangle, and, in October of 2013, became a Certified Zentangle Teacher. She offers this wonderfully meditative instruction through James Madison University Life Long Learning Institute, Rockingham County Parks and Recreation and private classes. Jennifer is always seeking opportunities to enhance her teaching of holistic wellness.
Jason has been teaching Yin yoga, Slow flow, Hatha flow, and Vinyasa for about 6 years. His students enjoy his gentle humor, his positive encouragement, and his sense of fun and play. While he is happy to challenge his students in their practice, he reminds them that the stakes are low; there is no such thing as goal-achieving or failure in the practice--only breath, alignment, and focus on the present moment.
Jason is married and has three busy children. When he’s not teaching yoga, he is a full-time woodworker. He enjoys playing bass guitar in a band, but on occasion his acoustic guitar accompanies him to yoga class.
As a former social worker, Cheryl brings a special awareness to addressing and working with trauma and finding ways to gently find healing through the nervous system. In each session, whether she’s teaching a yoga class, leading a meditation session, or providing energy healing, Cheryl’s desire is to create a safe and nurturing environment where everyone can discover ways to be more compassionate with themselves.
Off the mat, Cheryl is currently a second year herbalism student. She’s passionate about botany, homesteading, hiking, camping, cooking, traveling the world with the love of her life, and spending as much time as she can with her loved ones.
At the time Jason moved to Flagstaff, Arizona, he was a personal trainer and intended to return to school for allopathic medicine. He was finishing his prerequisites for med school when he began working in Andrew Weil's clinic at UMC in Tucson. Through his experience in this clinic and exposure to alternative and holistic forms of medicine, he ultimately found that acupuncture and Chinese medicine was the form of medicine he was inspired to pursue. Jason is now a licensed acupuncturist and he and his wife Amara operate the Shen Dao clinic in Harrisonburg since 2008.
Jason began training the internal arts of gongfu (kung fu) including xingyichuan and baguazhang in 2005 and is now a certified instructor in each of these disciplines. He also trains and teaches an external style called kajukenbo. Jason is part of a martial arts and Chinese medicine organization called the North American tang shou Tao. The mission of this association is to research, train, and disseminate the teachings of the classics in Chinese medicine and martial arts. Through this association he has had the great fortune of training with numerous masters in different disciplines throughout the world.
Jason has been teaching martial arts in Harrisonburg since 2008. He has continued his own regular yoga practice and recognizes the virtue and benefit of both yoga and gongfu. His mission is to share the benefit that he has found in training these eastern arts and inspire others to find the value in investing in one's balanced health. The integrated approach in these exercises is also the basis of the medicine practiced in their clinic. They incorporate the modalities of craniosacral therapy and manual therapy techniques including, tuina and Thai massage. They believe in integrating medicine and internal exercises, and empowering others support to their wellness.
Jill enjoys hatha yoga and vinyasa flow. She wishes to inspire others to connect movement with breath in order to still the mind, find balance, know the wise self and the body. She believes that yoga is for everybody. Jill completed her YTT-200 hour training under the direction of Suzanne McCahill Perrine at The Center in 2018-2019.
Jill enjoys hiking, gardening, writing, books, exploring new things, and meeting new people.
Lisa is certified in Body Balance Yoga and studied with the founder and director, Jenny Otto, from 2010 to 2015. She is a certified Child Light Yoga instructor and finds immense joy in weaving songs and storytelling into an asana practice.
Lisa previously taught yoga at Body Balance Yoga School, Willow Street Yoga, Eastern Village Cohousing and LAMB Charter School. A life long lover of parks and shared green spaces she enjoys practicing Vrksasana on a tree root as much as on her mat. Lisa recently moved back to Harrisonburg with her husband and two year old son.
Off the yoga mat, Sue enjoys exploring holistic healing, gardening and homesteading at her 100 year old farmette. She is also a Level 1 Healing Touch practitioner . She would love to hear from you at CalmSeaWoman@gmail.com
Her teachings fuse inspirations received from every-day life, poetry, poignant articles, or current events with a solid bio-mechanical awareness and therapeutic alignment-based asana. This combination helps students to get in touch with their bodies, replacing discomfort and fear with awareness and love, and elevates their appreciation for their bodies and the full spectrum life’s offerings. Her classes can be uplifting, humorous, and playful, or meditative, internally focused, and subtle. Suzanne is also a registered Thai Yoga Bodyworks teacher and delights in helping others through the powers of touch. She continues to find more joy in her life since discovering Yoga and meditation and sharing it with others. She is also eternally grateful to her husband, children, family, and teachers who have helped to pave this incredibly beautiful path and open doors she never even knew were closed before her yoga practice.
Fueled by her own health and fertility challenges, Sarah enrolled at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and completed a health-coaching program in holistic wellness in December 2018. She is passionate about inspiring others to take an active role in creating their own healthy lifestyle. She believes that habits have a profound effect on wellness and has seen the benefits of yoga, meditation, and community-connection positively impact her own life far beyond what she might have imagined.
Sarah completed her YTT-200 hour training under the direction of Suzanne McCahill Perrine at The Center in 2018-2019.
When she isn’t happily chasing a toddler, Sarah enjoys singing in local events, experimenting with (mostly ;) ) healthy cooking, and playing in the garden.
She believes that the practice of yoga is one of the most beautiful expressions of body, mind & soul and looks forward to sharing class with others for many moons to come.
Niki began her yoga journey at an Iyengar studio in Atlanta in 1999. As a spiritual seeker, yoga became a life-long pursuit that led her to yoga teacher training at The Center under the teaching of Suzanne Perrine. A self-described “cusser and a crier,” Niki’s practice and teachings are authentic, raw and honest. Her background in mental health informs her laid-back approach of self-acceptance and finding grace for ourselves, both on and off the mat. In class, you can expect to move, breathe, flow and be inspired by a memorable playlist. She strongly believes yoga is the most intelligent medicine around and wants the world to know that it truly is for everyBODY and every ability level.
Susan was drawn to yoga because it was a healthy way to
stress, tension, and mental and physical discomfort; plus yoga helped
to slow down her busy life and mind. Susan embraces all 8 limbs of
yoga and likes to weaves in pranayama, meditation and philosophy along
with physical asanas into class. With a background working in the
field of mental health, Susan believes in the healing power of yoga to
lift moods, ease stress and anxiety, cultivate body acceptance,
recover from trauma and addictions, to help one to become more aware
of their triggers and habits and to provide a positive way to cope
with life and stressors. Susan is passionate about yoga and meditation
and believes that mindful practices can bring inner peace to those who
practice and that peace may ripple out to positively effect the entire
Off the mat Susan is a lover of nature and enjoys spending
outdoors. She lives out in the country and shares her home with many
furry friends and her husband. Music, dancing, and growing, cooking
and eating good food are other passions of hers.
“Balance, flexibility, strength: these are the things we practice on the mat; life balance, situational flexibility, strength of character: these are the things we take with us off the mat.” – Ren
Connie acquired her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Certification at Sonic
Yoga in NYC, and is most of the way through the 500 HR Teacher
Training under Will Duprey. Her style of teaching is vinyasa flow,
but she loves to break it down, workshop poses, get the Pranayama
brewing and best of all, meditate. She's up for kirtan anytime. She
credits yoga as the central transformative force in her life, and
loves to share it with others. This past year, she's had the
privilege of teaching to 5th graders and senior ladies, showing how
yoga works for every body.
When she's not out climbing or doing massage work, find her cooking, scoping out good wine, digging in her garden and threatening to bring home chickens and a pygmy goat. She is also an Advanced Wilderness EMT and MS Ed.
After being introduced to Yoga in 2004, the passion she felt for the art and science of Yoga led her to the Charlottesville Yoga School where she completed their 200-hour teacher training program in 2010. She believes that anyone can practice yoga regardless of ability, age or flexibility. Her classes include a blend of alignment based techniques and flow. She continues to further her yoga studies through personal practice and by attending workshops and trainings. She loves to experience different styles of yoga and infuses this enthusiasm into her practice and teaching.