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.

CLAIRE MCGOWAN

Yoga Instructor

Claire began her practice of yoga to gain better balance and strength for horseback riding while away at college. By 2015 yoga moved to the forefront of her workouts as she felt the immense transformation in her fitness as well as her mental health; so much so that she felt driven to go for her teacher training so that she could “pay forward“ the benefits she had received. She was certified during summer 2017 through The Yoga Dojo in Richmond. Trained in Ashtanga Yoga, with an understanding at rocket, she enjoys teaching in a similar style with a little gentle flow mixed in. She also loves practicing gentle and restorative classes from her yogi peers whenever possible.Claire was born in raised in the Richmond area, In her free time she can be found with her dogs, and her horse, and enjoys spending as much time outside as she can when the weather is nice! She is also a coffee fanatic and is a co-owner of Stir Crazy Caf√© (hence the Flow and Joe ūüėČ

GABRIELA ORTIZ

Yoga Instructor

Gabriela started her practice while in high school learning from one of her mentors the importance of meditation. Sparking the knowledge of Buddhism and using meditation and physical asana practice she has been on the journey of development of this practice through the years. She took her teacher training at Karuna Yoga here at the studio. Her emphasis and passion lies within the Karuna teaching of compassion and nurturing of the self in practice as well as the focus of meditation. Her personal practice includes Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative. Traveling, family, anything with nature, and finding new vegan recipes are some of the things she loves. By embodying her practice and continuing her education, she hopes to be a positive guide for each person she meets to help them start their journey or continue a long practice on and off the mat

ANNIE PEACE

Yoga and Meditation 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 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.

HOLLY RANDOLPH

Yoga Instructor

Holly’s love for yoga began after her fourth child was born in 1996, having taken pre and postnatal yoga at that time. Her training as a yoga instructor extends back to 1998, with certifications in Yoga of the Heart, with Nischela Devi and Ashtanga Yoga (Power Yoga) with Beryl Bender Birch at the Omega Institute in New York. Other certifications include YogaKids with Marsha Wenig, and Yoga for Arthritis from the Integral Yoga Institute. Holly completed her 200-hour teacher training certification through the Karuna Teacher Training program that also included 25 additional hours in Yin, Restorative and special populations. Holly is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Holly believes yoga is accessible for everyone and blends her clinical skills and knowledge as an occupational therapist with her knowledge of many styles of yoga. She has taught yoga in Richmond schools, public and private, in local businesses and a variety of health facilities, and yoga studios, as well as holding workshops for healthcare providers. Her specialty is teaching multi-level Vinyasa classes and Restorative classes. Her mantra is “The grace of yoga is finding peace and adaptability within the practice.

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.

SONDRA SEALINE

Qigong and Tai Chi Instructor

Sondra believes that “balanced living is healthy living”. We have 100% control of our own health and need to develop habits and practices that keep us not only healthy and well, but allow us to live life with ease and contentment. Zero Balancing (ZB) and Qigong help us achieve this. Sondra has enjoyed first-hand the benefits of each. Sondra has had a life-long interest in martial arts and has studied judo and isshin-ryu karate. She joined a tai chi class after moving to Richmond and after a few years was invited to become a teacher. More recently, Sondra has started teaching Qigong as well. During ZB, Sondra focuses on the bone and the skeletal system, including ligaments and joints with “structural acupressure”. This is done through clothing and no messy oils are used, yet helps the body to heal itself. Try ZB to help with headaches, backaches, fatigue, tension, insomnia, nervousness, and more. Contact Sondra directly on her website: www.abalancedhealthylife.com¬†or 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 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.

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 ‚Äď 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 ‚ÄúA Child‚Äôs Journey into Yoga‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúThe Yogaville Coloring Book‚ÄĚ, ‚ÄúThe Yoga with Nitya Cookbook; Seasonal, Local, Vegetarian Meals for a Healthy Family‚ÄĚ, and her newly released, ‚ÄúMusings from the Mat; Inspirations and Poetry‚ÄĚ.

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.

SUSAN KINAHAN

Yoga Instructor

Susan’s yoga journey began at 16 as a competitive athlete and the practice has supported her mental, physical, and spiritual growth ever since. After receiving a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2011, Susan delved into yoga teacher training with ISHTA Yoga to support her desire to deepen her yoga and meditation practice and to satisfy a deep desire to live holistically. Believing that yoga is for every body and there is a practice for each season of life, Susan immersed herself in a 300-hr Hatha Training in India, and a 113-hour prenatal, postnatal, and active birthing training, and 12-hour yin training while living in Australia to further her knowledge and offerings. Susan moved to Richmond in 2015 and currently enjoys teaching mindfulness, restorative practices, and pre and postnatal classes as she is currently expecting.

Practitioners

From Reiki, Access Bars 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.

SONDRA SEALINE

Zero Balancing Therapist, Qigong & T’ai Chi Instructor

Sondra believes that “balanced living is healthy living”. We have 100% control of our own health and need to develop habits and practices that keep us not only healthy and well, but allow us to live life with ease and contentment. Zero Balancing (ZB) and Qigong help us achieve this. Sondra has enjoyed first-hand the benefits of each. Sondra has had a life-long interest in martial arts and has studied judo and isshin-ryu karate. She joined a tai chi class after moving to Richmond and after a few years was invited to become a teacher. More recently, Sondra has started teaching Qigong as well. During ZB, Sondra focuses on the bone and the skeletal system, including ligaments and joints with “structural acupressure”. This is done through clothing and no messy oils are used, yet helps the body to heal itself. Try ZB to help with headaches, backaches, fatigue, tension, insomnia, nervousness, and more. Contact Sondra directly on her website: www.abalancedhealthylife.com or email her at: abalancedhealthylife@gmail.com

KORANTEMAH PIERCE WILLIAMS

Massage Therapist and Yoga 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 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.

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 by calling her at 804-833-0574.

Tekia Lewis

Reiki, Foot Bath Cleanse and Cupping

Tekia has been fighting this healing thing for some time now, and finally has come into fully knowing her responsibility in facilitating people’s healing. Accepting her charge, she’s been trained in Reiki, Foot Bath Cleanse, Aroma Touch Techniques, Polarity Therapy, Reflexology, Cupping and other modalities.

She is a mother of two special needs children and anything else she needs to be at any given time. Reading, exploring, being a lifetime student and helping people are her favorite pass times.

She looks forward to facilitating your healing through reoccurring appointments, fundraisers, customer and client appreciation days, spa days, employee appreciation days and more. Call to book your appointment or event today by phone 804-439-2461or by email wellnessabound@yahoo.com.

Kylin Murren

Massage Therapist

Kylin¬†earned her bachelor’s degree in Sculpture and Art Education in 2008, and taught art full time for five years before transitioning to part time teaching. In 2012¬†Kylin‘s father was diagnosed with cancer.¬†Kylin¬†was introduced to the healing elements of reiki, when her dad described the relief he felt after receiving energy work from the hospital reiki practioner. In his memory¬†Kylin¬†pursued training in modaltities that support the mind, body and spirit. Currently¬†Kylin¬†is certified in aroma touch essential oils massage, reiki levels 1 & 2 and is a licensed massage therapist. She studied therapeutic massage at the Lotus School of Integrated Professions.

An artist and nurturer by nature, Kylin approaches each client with curiosity and attention to detail. Kylin takes time to consult with the client before and after each session to ensure an integrated plan can be established and executed. Kylin incorporates deep tissue, trigger point therapy, and myofascial release techniques in her massage sessions. Her aroma touch sessions involve calming, consistent glides and the application of 8 sets of essential oils. Her energy work sessions include checking the energy centers, and applying full body reiki to help the body restore balance. Book a session today via email starfruitstudios33@gmail.com or by phone 804-312-5557.

Instagram: @starfruitstudios33

Courtney Cothran

Massage Therapist

Massage Therapy Courtney’s passion. This career has changed her understanding of the human mind and body, and¬†helped her heal physically, mentally, and emotionally. Massage Therapy drives¬†her to self-educate daily to better help others through their pain. ¬†She has been trained, and continue to study Swedish Massage, Therapeutic Massage, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue¬†Massage and Thai Massage.Trust¬†is the¬†foundation of not only massage therapy, but the healing process itself.¬†She seeks to provide ease and time to you pre and post consultation to understand¬†where you are¬†physically, mentally, and emotionally.¬† This extra time helps build a better foundation in trust and understanding prior to the session, allowing both Courtney and client to set goals and boundaries for session success that is attuned to your needs. This allows your mind and body to relax, leaving you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.Her own life consists of reading, writing, drawing, cooking, and exercising¬†almost every day of the week to balance her mind and spirit. She enjoys hiking and traveling when time allows. She hopes to be of assistance on your path. You can reach Courtney by phone (804) 887-9153¬†and email¬†Relaxresetrenew@gmail.com.

Elaine Bragg

Massage Therapist and Reiki Practioner

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 kizmetorange@gmail.com.

Hope Lester

Massage Therapist

Hope graduated from Lotus School of Massage Therapy in 2018 and has been a practicing nurse for over 14 years. With a strong background in the wellness field, Hope is passionate about education, healing and serving through natural holistic modalities. Hope focuses on a relaxation style massage using Swedish and myofascial techniques. She loves to help clients understand that relaxation allows the body to heal and recharge. While enjoying all types of clients, she’s found it rewarding working with clients suffering from anxiety, depression, headaches and chronic pain. Understanding that these three illnesses can go hand in hand and understanding the tremendous benefits massage can provide as a part of a wellness plan keeps her drawn to this craft. Massage is a great tool to use to relieve many symptoms of everyday stress of work and life.

You can book an appointment with Hope from my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/metimemassagerva/ or by phone 804-396-8416.