Meet The Teachers

Rose Maghdouri

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As the founder and owner of Shockoe Slip Yoga, Rose Maghdouri’s welcoming spirit, playful energy, and sense of adventure are what make Shockoe Slip Yoga a fun and laid-back place to deepen your yoga practice. Rose fell in love with yoga after taking her first class in Richmond’s West End and, after a little soul-searching, decided she needed a studio closer to home — thus, Shockoe Slip Yoga was born.

Rose completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification under the instruction of Faith Hunter, founder of Spiritually Fly™ yoga, and teaches both Hatha and Flow classes to all levels of yogis. Rose, loves being an entrepreneur, a business owner and a yogi. Outside of her studio life, Rose is an avid world traveler, who has dived with sharks in South Africa and nearly drowned in a mud pit in Columbia. Combining her love of yoga with her love of travel, Rose co-hosts an annual fitness and empowerment retreat in Costa Rica, and other locations. She’s also an enthusiastic skydiver, having completed over 20 tandem jumps, and loves to spend time with her dog Kubuki, who you might have the joy of meeting on your mat during one of her visits to the studio!

Born and raised in Tehran, Iran, Rose moved to the United States at age of 17 to attend the University of North Carolina, in Charlotte. She graduated with her BS in International Business and began her career in a corporate banking job. After discovering the corporate world was not for her, Rose earned her MBA and spent a year traveling and exploring the world before finally opening Shockoe Slip Yoga in 2013.

Join her and the rest of the Shockoe Slip crew for some amazing adventures, on and off the mat.

Kate Ainsworth

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While Kate is a yogini at heart, she is also a student, world traveler, cyclist, weight lifter, jungle-gym climber, daughter, and a friend. Her teaching is informed not only by her 500-Hour Kripalu yoga training and 1,500+ hours of teaching but also by her BS in Kinesiology and current physical therapy education at VCU. She uses a balanced blend of techniques to build a nurturing and safe environment in which my students can deepen their practice of yoga. Her classes incorporate modifications and amplifications so that beginner to advanced yogi can explore what it means to build heat, to breathe fully, and to let go. While she guides students in their development of strength, flexibility, and balance, she also holds space for students to discover their own innate joy, peace, and compassion.

Lauren O’Connor

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Lauren O’Connor is originally from central New York. Trying yoga for the first time in college she immediately felt connected to the practice. She values Integrating mind, body and soul awareness to find balance. Lauren obtained her 200-hr Yoga Teacher Certification through School Yoga Institute, on the Mystcal Yoga Farm on Lago Atitlán, Guatemala. Lauren is currently gaining her Massage Therapy Certification at Centura College, and looks forward to aiding others in the healing process from a holistic perspective.

Caroline Siller

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I fell in love with yoga at age 17 and got my RYT 200hr Iyengar Yoga Certification in may of 2015 with Heartwood Retreat Center ReFlex Arts in Sarasota, Florida. My love for body movement began at a young age from growing up in the dance studio. I studied many avenues of dance including Ballet and Acrobatics to which I also teach today. I am curious about inversion poses in yoga because they parallel a lot of Acrobatic poses that I have learned. I really enjoy helping my students with their inversions as I extend an experienced perspective for those intricate poses. I furthered my yoga education getting my 50hr Rocket Yoga Certification in July of 2017 with The Yoga Dojo here in Richmond, Virginia. I studied Reiki energy healing that opened my eyes to how powerful our minds are and how awareness of our mind and breath can truly transform our yoga practice. My students can look forward to a variety of strengthening postures and flows in my classes as well as deepening their flexibility and awareness of breath to nourish their body and mind.

Shephali Agrawal

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Shephali chanced upon her journey into yoga. Her parents recommend taking a weekend workshop at the Art of Living Foundation when she was pursuing her law degree. She was hooked. Through the meditative practices she found much physical and mental relief from stress, improved health and increased resilience. But that was just the surface; the practices inspired a quest into the purpose of life, the Self, and the nature of consciousness. For the past 16 years she has continued her study of yoga through meditation retreats, volunteering, teaching, and spending time with her her teacher, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Shephali’s approach involves taking yoga back to it’s source, where yog (union/oneness) of body mind and spirit is experienced through asana, pranayama (breath), and meditation. Outside of the study of yoga, Shephali is passionate about healthy living, ayurveda, long walks in nature, and curling up with a good book and a hot cup of chai.

Hillary Robertson Forest

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Syd Collier

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If you were to ask me I would say that I am a student first, a teacher second, always in all ways. I love this journey we call life and I am learning how to enjoy every aspect of the ebb & flow. I received my B.S at VCU in Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science at the same time I obtained my 200-RYT at Blue Nectar Yoga in Falls ChurchVirginia. Both of these educational opportunities have significantly helped shaped my view of the human body and its connection to the mind and beyond to the spirit.I believe we each possess the power to heal ourselves. We all go through tough times, periods of darkness and clouded judgement; but we can navigate through the darkness of life’s challenges by practicing self-care, self-love, and self-empowerment. We each hold so much untapped potential just waiting to be remembered. I have chosen to dedicate my time here on earth to pushing past the illusions of life, to tap into this potential in order to discover the Divine being that resides within us all. And I would love nothing more than to share what I learn with you in hopes that you too can learn how to reach within in order to heal.

Beth Hughett

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Beth began practicing yoga in 2009 to explore a new way of exercising. After a few months of attending classes at a local YMCA and doing at-home DVDs, Beth realized the simple practice of moving the body with the breath allowed her to become more focused and self-aware. The mental clarity brought on by a physical practice is what ultimately steered Beth toward a committed and consistent physical practice. Shortly after graduating college, Beth completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Certification through Yoga Works’ Teacher Training Program. Beth continues her training and education by regularly attending Iyengar and Vinyasa classes and workshops.

For Beth, the physical practice of asana (or posture) provides endless opportunities to gain deeper self-awareness through compassionate self-inquiry. Beth encourages her students to practice self-compassion and mental presence whenever they are challenged on the mat. She feels that cultivating mental discipline in the midst of physical challenge allows for the creation of mental space for productive thought patterns to come more easily and naturally as students move through life off the mat. Beth’s classes emphasize safe alignment, mindful movements and transitions, breath awareness, and the use of props or modifications to find individual expressions of each pose. You can expect a challenging and balanced sequence of movements that warm and prepare the body for a final peak pose.

Beth is constantly inspired by the transformational and healing power of yoga on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Other inspirations include nature, the present moment, and the unconditional love she receives from 2 dogs and husband.

Leah Short

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Leah is a certified yoga teacher trained in 2011 at Anamaya Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica where she stayed on and taught full time. Leah is currently attending Virginia Commonwealth University in pursuit of her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. She is a Student Physical Therapist.

To understand Leah’s philosophy of yoga, it is important to understand her vision of simplicity. For Leah, yoga means movement that needs nothing more than one’s body and one’s breath. This simplicity is its elegance, its purity. For Leah, there is nothing more beautiful than guiding a group of individuals moving together as one. Leah has a fundamental understanding that each body is different and truly believes each body can do each pose in its own way and that doing this together is an extraordinary gift. There are so many modifications, so many adjustments, so many approaches to a pose, and Leah works hard to know as many as possible to be able to meet each person where he or she is in their practice.

For Leah, yoga is a moving toward, and that’s where the healing begins. Yoga is about healing from the outside in. Yoga treats the physical body and the spiritual soul as if there truly were no barrier. Leah believes yoga exposes connections between every way of being, from the physical to the emotional to the spiritual giving us a chance to experience the world as ourselves and as more than ourselves.

Leah’s philosophy on teaching yoga is that it’s about allowing the student to discover his or her own body. It is about encouraging each student to be patient through the pressure, to be kind at any hint of pain. It is to initiate the student’s focus on the general pose and to take that focus to the exact alignment to an awareness of how that way of being is connected to the breath, the Earth, to a momentary stillness of the mind. Leah teaches that yoga is ultimately about connection and awareness.

Leah’s class will be vigorous and heated but balanced with the breath, a steady rhythm, and the keen eye of your teacher assisting you find the calm wherever and however you find yourself in a pose. All levels are welcome.

Leslie Greene

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Leslie began her yoga journey over 20 years ago while she was a certified personal trainer and a psychology student at VCU. She has been a student of yoga ever since. In 2014, she completed the Foundations for the Mindful Teacher Training at Yogani Studios in Tampa, FL. In 2017, Leslie completed another 100 hour certification in Mindful Yoga Therapy for Veterans. In 2017, she will complete Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training at Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga in Virginia Beach, VA.

As a trauma informed yoga instructor, Leslie’s mission is to be of service and to spread the healing powers of yoga. She believes that it is through the breath, the body, and the moment that peace can be found. It’s about helping people discover sensation in their bodies no matter what abilities one might have. If you can breathe, you can do yoga.

Leslie’s teaching style is lively and rooted in science and yogic philosophy. Her classes emphasize alignment, functional movements, and the mind-body connection. Favorite yoga pose: vipariti karani (legs-up-the-wall).

Lany Prousalis

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Lany became a devoted practitioner of Ashtanga Yoga following the birth of her second child, Balthazar. She recognized that the strength and flexibility of the mind, could be influenced by the state of the body. Inspired by her teacher of Tibetan Meditation, Lama Dawa Tarchin, she began merging her yoga practice and teaching with the spacious compliment of meditation.

Lany’s classes have a quest for freedom and fun, while concentrating on the fluidity of movement with the breath. She believes the discovery of ones own potential for creative energy, strength, and wisdom, can be found through the practice of yoga. Lany has completed Michael Hamilton’s Ashtanga Teacher Intensive and her 200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification. She has attended workshops with several noted teachers including Tim Miller, Kino MacGregor, and Michael Gannon. She is especially grateful for the insight and teachings of Tibetan Lama Dawa Tarchin, Michael Hamilton, Eddie Stern, and Shri Sharath Jois during his tour of the US and the Shri K. Pattahbi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India.

Lany enjoys gardening and is a continuing student in the study of Ayurvedic medicine and nutrition. She is a native to Richmond, Virginia, and shares her life with her three spirited children, Kyria, Balthazar, and Evangelia.

Nancy Kim

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Nancy is a yoga teacher, budding weight lifter and retired marathon runner. She is passionate about making sure all students feel at ease and empowered while on and off their mat. She received her 200 HR teacher training in 2015 under the guidance of J Miles, Kelly Kostecki and Jane Bahneman at Om On Yoga and has been teaching yoga since 2016. Her classes can be described as flowing, creative and fun. When she is not working, she enjoys splitting up her free time volunteering at Project Yoga Richmond, Checkpoint One and The Marshall Center.