Meet Victoria, our patient educator and yoga instructor at Bel-Ray Wellness Center. Victoria began her yoga journey in 2011 as a participant in therapeutic yoga sessions for women recovering from trauma at Turning Point Rape Crisis Center in Plano, Texas. Yoga is one of the therapies she believes played a crucial role in her healing process. She continued to grow the practice outside of the therapeutic realm learning various styles such as powerful Vinyasa flow and Yin Yoga, finding it did not matter what the intention was when she hit the mat, the body, mind, and spirit always benefit from the movement and breathe. In 2017 she underwent her 200-hour Certified Yoga Instruction course under the direction of Joseph Stingley, 500hr ERYT, at Soul Motivation Yoga School and has since become a Registered Yoga Alliant 200-hour Instructor. Upon graduating she taught her two favorite styles, Vinyasa Flow and Slow Flow Style at The Yoga Retreat, a yoga studio in Southlake Texas, until she moved to Missouri in May of 2018. Whatever your intention is when you show up to practice, Victoria will be able to guide you in a well-rounded and accessible class that prioritizes self-care.
Eighteen years ago Anita stepped on her yoga mat for the first time and met an unexpected path to healing. Through a devoted practice with a knowledgeable teacher, she discovered loving ways to process her buried grief from the unexpected and sudden loss of her mother when she was a young adult. With increasing self-awareness, she continues to use the mindful tools yoga has to offer, such as breathing exercises and conscious relaxation, to navigate through the fluctuating waves of stress and appreciate living in the present moment. The profound benefits of yoga surprised her and she holds the practice close at heart. Sharing yoga with others was a natural next step in her journey. In 2009 she completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training in Vinyasa Flow at the Colorado School of Yoga. Her additional trainings include: Restorative Relax and Renew®; Chair Yoga; Lunar Arts (Yin); and Yoga Nidra. In addition to her yoga training, she earned an Associate Degree in Applied Science-Physical Therapy in 1996.
Anita’s compassionate style of teaching invites you to begin a yoga practice with a non-competitive spirit and discover your soul’s full potential. She believes yoga is much more than what’s perceived and through a dedicated practice, the insight yoga has to offer is revealed. Her passion is to teach others the invaluable art of relaxation and empower the path of living well. If these sounds like your goals catch a chair yoga class with Anita on Thursdays at 10:30 AM.