Meet Our Team

You will find an instructor or practitioner that is the right fit for you.

Instructors

True North provides all types of yoga and mediation classes to find your flexibility, strength and inner calm. From beginners yoga through to Ashtanga Improv, you will find a class and instructor that is a right fit for you. For the schedule and description of classes, please go to our class schedule.

HILLARY ROBERTSON-FOREST

Yoga Instructor

As a Richmond native, Hillary’s first foray into yoga was ironically in the basement of Nesbit’s Hair Salon as a sixth grader. Yoga effortlessly found its way back to Hillary; later taking yoga, dance, and expressive art therapies where she graduated from Guilford College. In her move to Philadelphia to work for the Maternity Care Coalition, Hillary served as social worker, educator, and grant writer. Stumbling upon an apartment situated 100 ft from an incredible studio embodying teachings of Ana Forrest – after 3 years under Studio 34’s tutelage, she decided to explore teacher training programs. Upon her move back to Richmond in 2015, Hillary immediately enrolled in Karuna Yoga program at True North, learning compassionate yoga with a focus on anatomical awareness, gentle and restorative practices, and Hillary individually pursued kids yoga.

In addition to earning her RYT-200, Hillary spent 80 hour concentrations in both yin yoga and prenatal immersions. Hillary’s diverse background allows her to best serve populations with unique needs or physical limitations. She firmly believes that first and foremost, “yoga is freedom, and everybody is welcome in the practice of freedom.”

LAUREN VAUGHAN

Yoga Instructor

Lauren developed a love for yoga during the early years of college. In the yoga studio she found self confidence, strength, and a way to quiet the stress of her outside life. As she continued her practice, she wanted to bring this sense of self to others. She enrolled in a 200 hour yoga teacher training program her senior year of college at Zenya Yoga Academy in Newport News, Virginia. She graduate in May 2015 with a Bachelors Degree, and two days later became a certified yoga teacher.

Now a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher, her hope is to help her students find their own peace and clarity on the mat. She truly believes yoga is for every body, and aims to create classes that make her students feel strong and confident, leaving them happier and relieve built-up stress. Her classes are a fun flow, with a strong focus on alignment and finding a deeper understanding of yourself, with the occasional lighthearted joke thrown in.

When she’s not teaching yoga, you can find her spending time with her adorable dog Maisie, volunteering at the local animal shelter, or curled up with a cup of chai tea and a good book.

ANNIE PEACE

YTT Instructor

Annie Peace has been practicing yoga since age 12 when a kind PE teacher began offering Hatha yoga as an alternative to dodgeball! She quickly fell in love with the practice. Her personal practice and teaching range from serene Restorative yoga to vigorous Rocket Vinyasa, always with a focus on yoga as a mindful, therapeutic practice. Having recovered from an injury herself, she believes everyone can do yoga, starting from where they are and expanding what they can do. An E-RYT-200, she trained here in Richmond at Karuna as well as The Yoga Dojo. Prior to teaching yoga, Annie was a massage therapist with a focus on healing, physical comfort, and a peaceful state of mind. She hopes to bring those same qualities into her yoga classes. She lives in Richmond with her daughter, making art, playing board games, and trying to grow plants.

ZOE KLUG

Yoga Instructor

Zoe has always been moving. Growing up she was enchanted by the gracefulness of dancing, and in high school, it was the perseverance in running and swimming. She stumbled upon yoga in college. After graduating from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Fine Art, she moved to Richmond in search of culture, art, and delicious vegan food. Zoe has her 200-hour yoga teaching training with Om On Yoga, under the direction of Yogi J Miles, Kelly Kostecki, and Jane Bahneman. Zoe truly believes in the connection of body, mind, and spirit. Through psychology, she learned the sway that the mind carries over the body, but it was not until diving into yoga philosophy and mindfulness when the power of the body really revealed itself. Zoe believes both movement and stillness have the power to heal and transform our thoughts, bodies, and feelings. She thrives off of the sacredness yoga brings to life and loves sharing this with others so they can create their own experience. Zoe can often be found trailing the banks of the river, cycling and running around the city, or hula hooping in a park. She has a love of photography, coffee shops, and hot tea.

CLAIRE CARRICO

Yoga Instructor

Claire began seriously practicing yoga during her senior year of college. She immediately gravitated towards the full body and mind wellness aspects of yoga. While obtaining her M.Ed from the University of Mary Washington Claire simultaneously pursued her 200 hour RYT certificate from Dragonfly Yoga Studio in Fredericksburg, VA. Claire firmly believes that yoga is for every body, and can be done in any atmosphere. Her classes tend to embrace a spirit of playfulness and ease. When not on the mat, Claire can be found teaching high school students with disabilities or walking her dog around the Richmond area.

KATHLEEN BRADY

Yoga Instructor

Kathleen’s personal practice began around 2002 by memorizing sequences from a VHS tape (!) and hunting down 30-year-old books in her university’s library stacks. Eventually, in 2009, she decided to become certified and began teaching. Yoga is not a one size fits all scenario, but there is Yoga for each of us who is interested in investing time and establishing and deepening a practice. After teaching full time for many years, Kathleen took some time away from teaching publicly. She is excited about the opportunity to share all the things she has learned on and off the mat while continuing to discover more with her students.

VERONICA LACHAPPELLE

YTT Instructor

Veronica LaChapelle began yoga in her 20’s and returned to yoga after a severe automobile accident in 1996 left her compromised, utilizing yoga to assist her recovery.

In the 1990’s she graduated with a doctoral degree in Natural Medicine, opening a successful 3000 square foot Natural Medicine Clinic in Austin, Texas where she was the clinical director for over 15 years. After leaving the practice and moving to Charlottesville, VA, she further developed her yoga practice by becoming a yoga instructor. As a Natural Medicine Practitioner, Nutritionist, and Yoga Educator, she now runs and is the lead trainer for Karuna Yoga School of Teacher Training (KYTT), a school that has been Yoga Alliance certified for roughly 13 years. If you are interested in hearing more about the YTT at True North Yoga & Wellness, please email her at: abalancedhealthylife@gmail.com.

KORANTEMAH PIERCE WILLIAMS

Meditation Instructor

For more than 20 years Korantemah, Akan Priestess and spiritualist, has championed community sustainability through the healing arts. With training in traditional and western healing modalities, it was in her youth that Korantemah first learned there was a connection between healing touch and the positive feedback she received from her parents. This understanding served as a foundation for her life in the healing arts. An advocate for alternative modalities including meditation, therapeutic massage & bodywork, transformational wellness coaching, and energetic healing, Korantemah utilizes each as an approach to healing empowerment and wellness. Additionally, she has spearheaded sacred healing rites for individuals and organizations. Currently pursuing doctoral studies in Integrative Medicine, her body of work includes 10 years professional, therapeutic bodywork; an ever-expanding development with both individual and collective mindfulness and self-care practices. In addition to working with private clients, Korantemah also serves as a consultant at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, where she leads meditation classes for both novice and experienced practitioners. Korantemah is a mother, wife, sister, daughter, godmother, healer, educator, and life-long learner, who remains humbled by the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and love.

PATRICIA KINSER

Yoga Instructor

Patricia Kinser, PhD, WHNP-BC, RN, has been teaching yoga in Richmond since 2005. She loves teaching gentle yoga and creating a warm, positive environment to help students find balance, peace, and joy. Her gentle classes incorporate a mix of styles, given her training in Kripalu yoga (a non-sectarian approach that celebrates diversity and cultivates inner wellness), LifeForce yoga (a compassionate practice that supports self-regulation and self-awareness), Iyengar yoga (a practice that involves props to support alignment), and Prenatal/ Postpartum yoga. A professor at VCU, her research focuses on the biobehavioral effects of yoga and mindfulness for various populations. She maintains a clinical practice as a board-certified women’s health nurse practitioner and she lectures nationally and internationally about research on yoga and mindfulness. She enjoys hiking, cycling, cooking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

NITYA GRIFFITH

Yoga Instructor

Nitya Griffith, E-RYT200 CRYT completed the Integral Yoga 200hr Teacher Training in 2005, then was certified to teach Yin by Biff Mithoefer in 2012, and is also a self-trained kids yoga teacher. Nitya offers mindfulness yoga programs for children ages 2 – 13 and kids yoga teacher trainings through her business Nitya Living. She is passionate about sharing the wisdom of living yoga on and off the mat. Her classes are deeply inspiring, rejuvenating, and spiritual.

Nitya has published “A Child’s Journey into Yoga”, “The Yogaville Coloring Book”, “The Yoga with Nitya Cookbook; Seasonal, Local, Vegetarian Meals for a Healthy Family”, and her newly released, “Musings from the Mat; Inspirations and Poetry”.

ANNA BENNETT

Yoga Instructor

Anna Bennett, MAT, BCBA, LBA, has been teaching yoga since 2010 in Kentucky, Georgia, and now here in Richmond, Virginia. With a wide variety of classes taught, including power yoga, vinyasa, hatha, yin, ashtanga, restorative, and children’s dance, her classes focus on improving alignment and increasing endurance as well as flexibility. She truly believes yoga is for anyone and has tailored instruction through teaching classes to the UGA football team, children and adolescents, and individuals with physical and developmental disabilities. Anna even completed her thesis study on the acquisition of novel yoga poses in children with developmental disabilities comparing video and live modeling instructional methods. Through her work in Applied Behavior Analysis and yoga instruction, Anna is passionate about fostering positive change in her community. At True North, Anna’s classes emphasize the power of breath and intention, while simultaneously building stamina of the mind and body. She’s excited to have you join her in class!

ALIZA STERLING

Yoga Instructor

Influenced by teachers, peers, students, 200YTT in Integral Yoga in Rishikesh, India, and other travels, Aliza creates a supportive environment with a focus on individual empowerment in the classroom. Through pranayama (breathing), asana (poses), meditation, relaxing music and descriptive cues, she challenges her students both physically and mentally, providing variations to eventually calm the mind and achieve steady and comfortable postures. She started True North Yoga and Wellness with the desire to bring the Northside community together. Providing a space to find a better sense of your body and take control of your health – this sense of community and personal development is felt in her class.

SEAN ORR

Acupuncturist & TCM Instructor

Sean’s previous careers and education in Psychology, Ecology, and Architecture as well as his personal experiences in Yoga and Meditation all coalesced in his pursuit of a MA and Doctorate in Chinese Medicine at AOMA in Austin, TX. As a Virginia licensed practitioner he feels honored to be able to use this powerful medicine to help clients with issues ranging from the physiological (e.g. pain, weight loss, infertility) to the psychological (e.g.depression, anxiety, addictions, insomnia). Sean employs an expansive set of skills including Acupuncture, Asian Body Work, Moxa, Cupping, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Qigong, Tai Qi, Nutritional Counseling, Emotional Counseling, & NADA. His absolute belief that there is nothing this medicine cannot do and that all ailments are connected, like the layers of an onion. His background in Counseling Psychology and client-centered approach means he’s willing to start the exploration of your wellness wherever you chose and serve as a constant champion in your journey. As an homage to the history of TCM Sean also believes in making this medicine affordable and accessible to as many clients as possible.

HEATHER JASZEWSKI

Yoga Instructor

Heather has been teaching since summer of 2016, after she graduated from our own Karuna School of Yoga. When she began working for chiropractors, she was able to do yoga with patients and discovered a strength in teaching about joint health and balancing muscles through asana. Although she enjoys teaching this type of yoga one-on-one, her favorite class to teach is yummy restorative.

Practitioners

From Reiki and Zero Balancing to Acupuncture and Massage Therapy, we have a practitioner to meet your health needs. Feel free to read about each of our practitioners and reach out directly to schedule an appointment.

COLLEEN PARLANTE

Reiki, Aromatouch & Chakra Balancing Practitioner, Craniosacral & Massage Therapist, & Reflexologist

Colleen graduated from the Institute of Massage Therapies in 2002 and has over 17 years experience with therapeutic massage. She is a passionate energy worker offering services including, but not limited to: Reiki level 2, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, Integrative Reflexologist, Emotion and Body Code, Chakra Balancing, Aromatouch Technique, and Manual Lymphatic Drainage.

Her specialty with clients is releasing obstacles in the mind and body that hinder growth. To inquire about available services or to schedule an appointment call Colleen at 804.317.1213.

KORANTEMAH PIERCE WILLIAMS

Massage Therapist, Meditation Instructor & Life Coach

For more than 20 years Korantemah, Akan Priestess and spiritualist, has championed community sustainability through the healing arts. With training in traditional and western healing modalities, it was in her youth that Korantemah first learned there was a connection between healing touch and the positive feedback she received from her parents. This understanding served as a foundation for her life in the healing arts. An advocate for alternative modalities including meditation, therapeutic massage & bodywork, transformational wellness coaching, and energetic healing, Korantemah utilizes each as an approach to healing empowerment and wellness. Additionally, she has spearheaded sacred healing rites for individuals and organizations. Currently pursuing doctoral studies in Integrative Medicine, her body of work includes 10 years professional, therapeutic bodywork; an ever-expanding development with both individual and collective mindfulness and self-care practices. In addition to working with private clients, Korantemah also serves as a consultant at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens, where she leads meditation classes for both novice and experienced practitioners. Korantemah is a wife, sister, daughter, godmother, healer, educator, and life-long learner, who remains humbled by the healing power of compassion, forgiveness, and love. You can schedule an appointment with Korantemah by email conjureworks@gmail.com or by phone 804.334.6301.

TONY WESTERN

Massage Therapist

Tony has over five years as a licensed massage therapist, specializing in sports massage, reflexology, deep tissue massage, medical massage and Swedish massage. To learn more about his services and schedule an appointment, please call Tony at 804.366.3404.

SEAN ORR

Acupuncturist & TCM Practitioner 

Sean’s previous careers and education in Psychology, Ecology, and Architecture as well as his personal experiences in Yoga and Meditation all coalesced in his pursuit of a MA and Doctorate in Chinese Medicine at AOMA in Austin, TX. As a Virginia licensed practitioner he feels honored to be able to use this powerful medicine to help clients with issues ranging from the physiological (e.g. pain, weight loss, infertility) to the psychological (e.g.depression, anxiety, addictions, insomnia). Sean employs an expansive set of skills including Acupuncture, Asian Body Work, Moxa, Cupping, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Qigong, Tai Qi, Nutritional Counseling, Emotional Counseling, & NADA. His absolute belief that there is nothing this medicine cannot do and that all ailments are connected, like the layers of an onion. His background in Counseling Psychology and client-centered approach means he’s willing to start the exploration of your wellness wherever you chose and serve as a constant champion in your journey. As an homage to the history of TCM Sean also believes in making this medicine affordable and accessible to as many clients as possible. He offers both individual appointments as well as community style acupuncture to conveniently fit your wellness practice. Contact Sean for a free phone consultation through web at www.praxisrva.com, email at praxisrva@gmail.com, or by phone at 804.203.2871.

ELAINE BRAGG

Massage Therapist & Reiki Practitioner

Elaine attended American Institute of Massage and received certification in 2007. She started her practice as Wellness of Being.

In the last eleven years, she has acquired tools for her practice in Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage, Reflexology, Myofascial Release, Thai Yoga Massage, and as a Reiki practitioner. Elaine completed Claire Marie Miller’s Prenatal Workshop for Nurturing the Mother and follows John Upledger’s Craniosacral ten-step protocol. She is excited to find time to pursue the healing work of John Upledger.

She has determined the direction of practice by listening to the clients on the table. She is grateful to her clients for this practice. How you, the client, navigate the world of your wellness is your decision to make. Wellness of Being is here to listen and guide you on your journey.

To schedule an appointment, you can reach out to Elaine by phone 804.402.5701 or email kizmetorange@gmail.com.

LISA ZAMORA

Massage Therapist

Lisa was introduced to massage therapy as a Chiropractic Assistant in the 1980’s. Amazed at the healing strength of bodywork on patients suffering from chronic/injury related pain, she decided to go into the field. In 1988 Lisa received her certificate in Massage & Hydrotherapy from the Florida School of Massage and continued advanced studies in soft tissue manipulation at the Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach. With blended modalities of deep Swedish, trigger point release and sports massage, Lisa provides a massage experience that is both therapeutic and deeply relaxing with a focus on relieving muscular tension, increasing blood circulation and range of motion. You can schedule an appointment with Lisa here. For questions, you can email her lisazamoralmt@gmail.com or call her 804.833.0574.