Certified & Registered Yoga Alliance Teachers

Ashley Thesier, Founder

Ashley has almost two decades of experience as a professional massage therapist and mystic. She graduated from the Cayce Reilly School of Massotherapy in Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2001. After graduation, she began her study of yoga at Inside Out Yoga in Norfolk, Virginia and earned her 200 hour level yoga teacher training certificate in 2002. Shortly after, Ashley began teaching yoga at the YMCA and at her father’s Chiropractic Clinic located in Virginia Beach. In 2004, she began her advanced 500 hour teacher training program and upon completion went on to teach yoga at the Jow Ga Kung Fu studio in Virginia Beach, the Westin Hotel in Beijing, China; the Ritz Carlton Hotel at Tyson’s Corner in Northern Virginia, and in private residences. Apart from being an E-RYT 500 with thousands of hours of yoga teaching experience, Ashley also holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs from George Mason University and a master’s degree in International Relations from Troy University. Her approach to asana is therapeutically based and grounded in “down to Earth” spirituality. Since opening the Yoga Loft in 2011, Ashley has worked to train and certify over 100 instructors of Hatha Yoga through her Yoga Alliance certified Teacher Training Program.

Austin Haigler

Austin is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance, and a classically trained cellist. He began his yoga practice upon suggestion of his cello teacher as a way to heal from repetitive motion strain and  sports injuries of old. He soon discovered the magic of asana and the healing benefits of the practice. Austin graduated from the very first yoga teacher training program at the yoga loft back in 2012 and has been teaching ever since. His aim is to offer challenging classes that are still accessible to all skill levels. Dubbed the “Handstand King” he warms up in scorpion and will show you how to fly and float on your mat. 

Alexandra Rose Nelson

Throughout the many stages of life, I’ve encountered random glimpses of the world of yoga. Yoga has always been there, and seemed to pop up in times when I needed it most. It was always there to bring peace and ease to my life when chaos took over. It wasn’t until 3 years ago, and the discovery of the Yoga Loft, that I finally understood why Yoga kept appearing. Yoga kept showing up to guide me onto the path where I belong; where I would meet others who would inspire my own yoga journey, and those who I could inspire and guide through their personal journeys. I am passionate about the practice of yoga, and all that it encompasses within. I am eager to share this love, with all who come my way. In obtaining my RYT 200 & 300 Certification with the Yoga Loft, my determination to share this knowledge grew. I gained a deep understanding of the practice as a whole, and I am determined to create a space where that knowledge can be shared with others in the community.

 

Ashley Humphries

Ashley was first introduced to yoga when she worked at the YMCA as a dance, tumbling, and swim instructor. Admittedly, she didn’t understand the depth of yoga at the time and was simply interested in learning difficult poses. After graduating with her Bachelor’s degree, Ashley stopped dancing and immersed herself into her graduate studies in anthropology. Recognizing the need to move her body and clear her mind, she sought out various forms of exercise, none of which stuck. Eventually, Ashley was reintroduced to yoga, where she was quickly captivated by the philosophy of yoga and its ability to help unlearn destructive thoughts and patterns, find a peaceful mind, and ultimately improve the relationship with the self. The scientist in her is excited by the numerous studies documenting the health benefits of yoga for the mind and the body. The anthropologist in her is motivated by the sense of community and the various ways in which people integrate yoga into their lives and make it their own. Ashley is excited to continue on her own transformative path, while guiding others to find theirs.

 

Ariel Murray

As a young adult, Ariel experienced firsthand the distractions from the simple things in life that so often this materialistic world places in front of us. She found Yoga in the midst of hectic times and her continued practice allowed her to divest from old manners, to stop, take a breath, and enjoy the present moment fully in a fast paced world. Through yoga she learned to be open-minded in all aspects of her life and feels grateful for the opportunity to be a positive example for her peers, always embracing and sharing her journey of healing and empowering with all who seek it. Ariel received her 200 hour Teacher Training with the Yoga Loft and she is a certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance. Her intention is to educate others in the world how to live consciously and in tune with mind, body, and soul. 

 

Tavia Rahki

 Tavia Rahki experienced her first yoga class in 2008, a hot Bikram class that stirred up raw emotion and sparked deep interest in this special tradition. She continued exploring different facets of yoga while in school and through her yoga practice, she discovered home within, a meeting place for body, mind and spirit. Eager to continue exploring this space within, she received her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Loft. Tavia is thrilled to be here and walk with others along their yoga journey. She is most passionate about cultivating wellness through sustainable and healthful living. Tavia is also a trained Reiki practitioner, has earned her B.S. in Exercise Science, M.S. in Neuroscience, and is currently pursuing a career in alternative medicine and integrative therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christie Leonard 

Christie has always loved working with people. Her lifelong passion for helping others led her to pursue her master’s degree in social work in 2010. During that time, Christie also began practicing yoga on a regular basis, and she quickly discovered that it helped her to deal with the stresses of graduate school. This realization provided the subject matter for her graduate thesis, which explored yoga as a mode of teaching mindfulness, positive thinking and relaxation. After graduating, Christie wanted to continue sharing the benefits of yoga. This eventually guided her to Yoga Loft’s 200 Hour YTT, which she completed this past year. Christie teaches Hatha yoga flow with emphasis on mindful movements and breathing

 
 

Chelsea Mandrigues

Chelsea’s profession in human rights has led her on the journey of integrating yoga with human rights initiatives. She is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Instructor, trained at the Yoga Loft of Tampa, FL. She received her Bachelors from the University of South Florida in International Studies and Political Science and is continuously expanding her education in trauma informed care. Experienced with teaching yoga to Survivors of trauma and other forms of abuse through the platform Human Empowered Yoga, Chelsea focuses her attention on the entire local Tampa Bay community.

 Classes concentrate on synchronizing breath with movement in Hatha tradition, are aided by Vinyasa flow, and build internal and external strength. Chelsea firmly believes that yoga should be accessible to all levels, so classes will provide both stepping stones for beginners and a challenge for advanced practitioners. For Chelsea, yoga is a tool for self-empowerment that can also serve as a positive coping strategy to generate self-love through not only times of movement and expression, but also stillness and introspection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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