NANCY SESSOMS, OWNER , E-RYT 500
Nancy started her training in 2012, has taught over 2,500 hours and in January 2020 earned the designation of E-RYT 500. Nancy is certified by Dr. Loren Fishman to teach his 12 pose program for osteoporosis.
Nancy believes that each class belongs to the participant. She cultivates an atmosphere where each individual is challenged, yet comfortable, in his or her poses. She understands that every person is unique and that there are many reasons for participating in yoga. Whether it is to improve one’s overall health, for socialization, or to find those pockets of tranquility in a busy life, she is there to help guide you along your path as you discover yoga’s healing powers and what it means to you.
Aside from the proven physical benefits of yoga, she embraces yoga as a lifestyle and believes in its efficacy to find one’s stillness and peace within.
Nancy grew up in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. She earned a business degree from CNU and retired from NASA after 35 years with the Federal Government. She is a wife and mother and currently resides in Gloucester with her very supportive husband and three wonderful four-footed beings.
DANNA KELLEY, RYT 200
Danna completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2014 under Kristie Reid-Barton at It's Yoga! Studio in Greenville, South Carolina. She has completed additional yoga training and is a Yoga For All certified instructor. Her original goal was to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of yoga and improve her practice. This knowledge inspired her to share the power and benefits of yoga with others.
Danna believes that yoga is for everyone, every shape, size, age and background. She teaches to ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience the power of yoga to calm the mind, relax and strengthen the body.
Danna has lived throughout the Southern U.S. including Alabama, Georgia, Virginia, and South Carolina. She earned a Bachelor and a Master degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She currently lives in Gloucester.
GRETCHEN BROWN, RYT 500
Gretchen has lived in Gloucester for almost 30 years. She raised her children here and continues to expand her small farm, lovingly known as Brown Acres. Here she raises chickens, grows organic fruits and vegetables, and spends time hiking with her two dogs, Leroy and Buster.
Gretchen began her yoga practice at home almost 20 years ago as a compliment to her running. It became an integral part of her healthy lifestyle. Having never attended a formal class, Gretchen decided she was ready to deepen her understanding of yoga and enrolled in the teacher training program at Zenya Yoga Academy, where she completed her 200-hour teacher training in May of 2017. There she fell in love with all aspects of yoga and has committed to a life long study. In January 2019 she completed the 300-hour advanced training to receive her RYT 500 designation. She plans to continue education through workshops and classes so that she is able to bring the benefits of yoga to all populations. One of Gretchen's favorite quotes: "If you can breathe, you can do yoga."
GALINA MACKEY, RYT 200
Galina was born and raised in Russia. As a child she found herself doing random poses in which she would find peace. She would find the highest point she could find, interlace her arms and legs and balance in peace. Later in life she discovered that all those poses were yoga poses and her favorite pose at that time was the Eagle.
Galina received her RYT 200–hour teacher training at Zenya Yoga Academy in September 2018. She works at Patriots Colony, a decorated military officer retirement community in Williamsburg. Galina teaches chair yoga once a week to the residents, and a weekly yoga session for her team members who would like to decompress after work. She enjoys teaching a variety of yoga flows for different ages. She plans to continue her yoga education.
Galina believes that all people can experience inner peace and emotional tranquility if they just let themselves experience the joys of yoga.
Galina has two beautiful daughters who also like it when mom spends time teaching them yoga.
CHERYL BROWN, RYT 200
Maria is a transplant from Pennsylvania. For most of her life she has worked in the healthcare field as an EMT, radiographer, and then owner of a medical transcription business and later switched careers to work as a purchasing/logistics agent for a small local engineering company. She holds a B.S in health arts.
She has always been interested in some form of physical fitness. She has been participating in Body Flow and hot yoga classes for approximately eight years. Her career transitioned to group exercise instructor in February 2017 and received her certificate to teach Body Flow in November 2018. The transformation in mind and body led her to Garden of Zen for her 200-hour yoga teacher training program. Maria appreciates the benefits of many styles of yoga from Yin to Vinyasa. Maria resides in Yorktown with her husband, Steve, and yorkie-pom, Pitch. She is a mother to two sons and stepmother to a son and daughter. She enjoys running 5Ks to ultramarathon distances, hiking and traveling.