Shaaron Honeycutt

Shaaron Honeycutt

  • Studio Director & Owner
  • is a certified Iyengar yoga instructor and has studied in India at the Iyengar Yoga Institute twice. She apprenticed with senior Iyengar teacher John Schumacher in Bethesda, MD, and has attended numerous workshops with senior Iyengar teachers from across the country and abroad. She has also studied Iyengar Yoga intensively since 1998. She also teaches a special Parkinson’s class at the Charlottesville Senior Center. Shaaron’s dynamic and methodical style offers compassionate challenge with humor, while encouraging students to move beyond perceived limitations and open to their own inherent greatness.

Sandra Pleasants

Sandra Pleasants

  • E.R.Y.T.
  • is certified at the Junior Intermediate Level III in the National Iyengar Association. Her Registered Yoga Teacher certification by the Yoga Alliance indicates completion of at least 500 hours of yoga teacher training. In addition, she has completed a two-year, 700-hour certification program with the Yoga Research and Education Center founded by Georg Feuerstein. Sandra has studied at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India, and attended four national Iyengar conventions, at which either B.K.S. Iyengar or his daughter Geeta gave instruction. Her primary teachers are Patricia Walden and Gabriella Giubilaro of Florence, Italy, who she had the privilege of assisting for several summers in Minsk, Bylarus. Sandra’s life experiences as a mother of five and grandmother of seven give her an accessibility that allows students to feel simultaneously challenged and supported. Her down-to-earth teaching style is precise, dynamic, and laced with humor.

Mary Bridle

Mary Bridle

  • R.Y.T.
  • Mary has been practicing yoga in the Iyengar tradition for 27 years and teaching for about 12 years. Her primary
    teachers include Joe Adlesic, Sandra Pleasants and Siegfried Bleher. To enrich her teaching and practice she is studying to become a certified Iyengar yoga teacher and has passed part one of the Introductory Certification. She is inspired by both her teachers and her students.Mary’s 48 years as a practicing occupational therapists provides her with a thorough understanding of how the human body, mind and spirit work in health and in ill health. Her experience working with people of all ages with a wide variety of challenges including injury and disease, acute and chronic, orthopedic, neurological, psychiatric and psychosocial gives her a profound appreciation of human resilience and capacity for healing. This knowledge and experience infuses her teaching style allowing her to explain why a particular instruction is given as well as how to implement that instruction. She adapts the poses to accommodate individual students’ physical limitations within the class context. She is vigilant in listening and watching for both verbal and nonverbal cues from students to help her respond to their needs and maximize their participation. She is patient yet persistent, helping her students achieve their potential. Her teaching is characterized by consistent, meticulous and serious attention to detail and alignment, leavened by a sense of humor so her classes are fun as well as instructive. At Allied Yoga Mary teaches a range of classes from Gentle yoga to Level II. See the schedule and class descriptions. She is also available for private instruction.

AJ McIntyre

AJ McIntyre

  • E-RYT500, RYT500
  • began her yoga journey at Willow Street Yoga Center in 2002, completing her teacher training in 2005. She brings a sense of energy and inspiration to all of her classes, encouraging her students to find their inner child and invite a sense of play into their practice. A former high school teacher, AJ found teaching yoga as her true calling, and enjoys learning from her students every day.AJ’s primary focus is yoga as therapy for short-term injury and chronic illness. Additionally, as an age group triathlete who, last year, completed 2 marathons and later finished her first full length IronMan in November, AJ has taken her love of athletics and yoga to assist athletes facing injury and fear, with classes designed using proper alignment, and knowledge of yoga therapeutics, as well as anatomy and physiology to improve performance on the course or in the field.Voted DC City Paper’s best Yoga Teacher 2011, and 2nd runner up 2012, AJ left DC for Charlottesville, VA to continue her journey as a teacher. She continues to be inspired by her primary teachers, Desiree Rumbaugh, Jordan Bloom, Ross Rayburn and BJ Galvan. She lives with her partner, Paul, overlooking the mountains and loving life here in C’ville.

Amy Stewart

Amy Stewart

  • R.Y.T.
  • Amy began her yoga practice in 2002 to aid in recovery from a running injury, and found that asana is a wonderful metaphor for all of life’s challenges. For the past 5 years, she has studied Iyengar yoga with Shaaron Honeycutt, Mary Bridle and Joe Adlesic and has attended several workshops with senior Iyengar teachers. In March 2012, she completed the YogaWorks 200-hour teacher training program at Yoga Source in Richmond, VA. She looks forward to sharing her deep curiosity and love for the practice through teaching.

Ellie Grinspun

Ellie Grinspun

  • R.Y.T.
  • Ellie received her teacher training and certification through Yoga Works at Yoga Source in Richmond, Virginia; at the 200-hour RYT level. She has studied and practiced Iyengar yoga at the studio for 12 years under the instruction of Sandra Pleasants, Shaaron Honeycutt, Mary Bridle and Joe Adlesic. She is very pleased to be sharing her passion for yoga and food with the Charlottesville community.

Elli Williams

Elli Williams

  • Elli has been practicing art and dance for 15 years and was first introduced to yoga as a compliment to her training. In 2004 she began to see the complexity and beauty of yoga as she studied at Butterfly Yoga in Jackson MS. Elli immediately identified with the heart oriented and alignment based tradition of Anusara and became a certified instructor in 2008. Elli believes that yoga should be fun, healing and enlightening. And just like art, yoga is applicable to every aspect of life.

Rebecca L’Abbe

photo Rebecca L'Abbe

  • R.Y.T.
  • After many years of studying and performing ballet and modern dance, the gift of yoga provided a natural transition to stay strong, creatively curious, and mentally disciplined minus the stress of competition. She began her teacher training at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco, but was sidelined by a back injury that had its roots in years of dancing. Yoga was the cornerstone of her recovery, not only on a physical level, but through years of careful loving care from teachers who helped her to overcome her fears about hurting her back again, realign her body from its years of compensating, and regain confidence.Rebecca received her teaching certification through YogaWorks at Yoga Source, Richmond, VA in 2003. Her primary instructors there were Sandra Pleasants and Jennifer Elliot. Additional certification includes training to teach yoga to people with Multiple Sclerosis. Before that she studied with Manuso Manos at the Iyengar Institute in San Francisco and taught locally. She continues to study in Afton, VA with Sandra Pleasants. Her teaching is informed by many streams of interest including dance, an ongoing study of physiology and anatomy, and a sense of humor.