Founder

Whitney Ingram E-RYT 500 and Ayurvedic Specialist, is the Founder of Moving Mountains Yoga. She has been a yoga practitioner since 2007 and a teacher since 2012. Her passion for yoga stems from her personal lived experience and journey of using yoga and ayurveda to survive a traumatic experience and evolve. Her first teacher was a volunteer and that made an impression on her passion to bring yoga to all and to support community. She is trained in Prana Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, and is an Ayurvedic Specialist. Additionally, she is a continuing education provider for Yoga Alliance, an Ambassador for the Prison Yoga Project and has been featured in Mantra Magazine and Yoga Journal.

Whitney blends various styles of yoga to meet the needs of each student in the moment and never skimps on rest and relaxation. Her classes cater to a wide range of ages, capabilities, and interests. Frequent feedback from her classes includes, “inclusive, balanced, insightful, and refreshing.” Yoga adds to her life of exploring all things outdoors, comedy podcasts, gardening and every farmers market.

Ambassadors

Moving Mountains Yoga Ambassadors are individuals dedicated to growing the outreach of wellness for West Virginia through active involvement with an underserved population, social media and advocacy, fundraising, and more. These members take personal responsibility in evolving our mission as a team and are deeply rooted within their communities as professionals. Additionally, all ambassadors are trained in trauma informed wellness.

Kath Meadows

Kath Meadows, MA, E-RYT500 is a trauma informed yoga training instructor, teacher and practitioner. From 2010-2016 Kath offered gender sensitive, trauma informed yoga to men and women in prisons. In 2016 she implemented a pioneering Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training for women prisoners, in collaboration with The Yoga Center of Columbia, MD.

She is the author of A Woman’s Practice: Healing from the Heart, an accessible guide to the healing benefits of yoga for women in all bodies. More than 4,000 copies of her book have been sent free of charge to prisoners around the USA. Kath was a contributing editor to Best Practices for Yoga in the Criminal Justice System, a Yoga Service Council publication.

Formerly Director of Women Prisoner Initiatives and trauma-informed yoga training leader with Prison Yoga Project, Kath now serves as an ambassador of Moving Mountains Organization, and mentor to Whitney Ingram to continue the evolution of their co-created Trauma Informed Yoga Training and the continued distribution of her book to prisons.

“Kath is not only my mentor in trauma informed yoga but one of my dearest friends and neighbors. The confidence I have to carry out the mission of MMY is bolstered by the knowledge and mentorship she shares with me.” -Whitney Ingram

Kathi Peterson

Kathi Peterson

Kathi Peterson E-RYT 200, PTA, trained with Ananda Yoga in Nevada City, CA 2014 and Jala Yoga in Shepherdstown WV 2015. In addition to being a seasoned yoga teacher she is a friendly down to earth mother of two sons and a licensed WV Physical Therapist Assistant. She serves as an ambassador to Moving Mountains Yoga through advocacy and the pursuit of brining yoga to teen mothers of Jefferson County Wv.

Kathi attributes yoga to helping her reconnect to her true loving self and takes a lighthearted and genuine approach to teaching. She exudes authenticity and acceptance and you can expect a dose of inspiration in each class. Her classes are accessible to all, filled with music, and often inspired by the myths behind the poses. You will hear her say “Yoga is a work in as well as a workout.” Kathi’s hope is that you leave each class feeling the healing benefits of yoga and more peaceful.

Chrissy Lewin

Chrissy Lewin RYT 200 & certified children’s yoga teacher, fell in love with yoga years ago and hasn’t looked back since. Practicing yoga began as a physical practice but soon turned into a way for her to ease stress and anxiety and for her to recognize that she is enough. Chrissy is also a Berkeley County School teacher and has a Master’s in Elementary Education. As a mother of four, public school teacher, and yoga instructor, she shares her love of yoga with children and has experienced the positive impact it can have on them. She started “Autumn’s Teacher” in hopes of building a strong children’s yoga community. Chrissy serves Moving Mountains Yoga as an ambassador dedicated to brining more yoga to children of all ages, pregnant and postpartum mothers, and evolving our organization beyond Jefferson County and into her home of Berkley County Wv. To learn more about her and her classes, please visit autumnsteacher.com or on Facebook at “Autumn’s Teacher: Children’s Yoga and More”.

Rachel Hally

Rachel Hally

Rachel Hally found yoga during a period of deep grief and resulting self-exploration. She found joy, confidence, and a renewed connection to the world through breath, movement, and meditation. Rachel earned her Master’s in Library Science and is a librarian at Shepherd University. She leads Yoga Book Club for anyone seeking to learn more about expressing their own yoga through daily mindfulness practices and reflecting on historical and contemporary texts and yogic philosophy. Rachel believes that yoga is for everyone and that we can all learn from each other wherever we are on our own paths.

Natalie Graham

Natalie Grantham

Natalie Grantham Friend, Farmer and Owner of Tudor Hall Farm is a Jefferson County Wv native, Shepherd University Alumni and 8th generation farmer for her family grown and owned Bicentennial Farm. She was born into a farming family and is passionate about carrying that tradition and inspiring others with the power of nature, while drawing attention to the power within ourselves. Natalie was initially attracted to yoga as a way to become more mindful in an effort to manage her anxiety. She loves how the yoga practice makes her feel, particularly the connection to community, nature and the present moment. Natalie supports the mission of Moving Mountains Yoga by hosting our seasonal outdoor classes, feeding our community farm-fresh goods and co-creating our community garden program to teach people how to grow their own food and connect to nature

Volunteers

Moving Mountains Yoga volunteers are certified and insured yoga teachers with additional training in trauma informed practices. Volunteers regularly teach underserved populations and all community residents through donation-based classes, workshops, and trainings.

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Jordan Hosby

Jordan Hosby, 200 RYT under Christa Mastrangelo-Joyce at Jala Yoga came to yoga during her college years at Marshall University. At first, yoga was just a form of fitness and movement for her. However, quickly she realized the stress relieving benefits and has practiced regularly for eight years. She continually kept coming back to the energy, strength, and clarity she felt after every yoga practice and her love of yoga made her realize her next goal was to become an instructor to share the same joy and light that yoga has brought to her life. Jordan’s love of community and calm presence make her classes a welcoming and safe environment for practitioners of all levels. Additionally, Jordan is a RN with a bachelor’s degree in Biology, minor degrees in Chemistry and Psychology and trained in trauma informed yoga.

Michael DeMary

Michael DeMary

Michael’s yoga journey began as a means of physical exercise, yet quickly developed into an integral part of his life as he began noticing positive changes in his mind, body, and spirit. Increased energy, decreased stress responses, and a better connection to self kept him returning to his mat and eventually led to the completion of Jala Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training in 2019. Michael aims to cultivate both strength and flexibility in his students. You can expect a mixture of modern music and classical postures that combine to facilitate a full and rich experience in his classes. He hopes to lead deeply healing practices by inspiring students to let go and let in.

Stacy Eischen

Stacy Eischen

Stacy Eischen 200 RYT, says she took her first yoga class in 2009, and “tho be honest, I don’t remember much except that I was hooked.” Over the next 10 years, she practiced on and off until she suddenly took the leap to enroll in Jala Yoga’s 200-hour yoga teaching training just two weeks before it started. Stacy values community and strives to cultivate an all-inclusive space for everyone to feel welcome in her classes, “Good vibes only? No. ALL vibes only.” Through a mix of guided breath and body movement, her hope is that you will end class feeling lighter than when you arrived.

Kathryn Bellacosa

Kathryn Bellacosa

Kathryn Bellacosa RYT 200, has been a yoga practitioner for six years and initially became interested in yoga to enhance her fitness goals – to improve flexibility and strength – adding a lower impact exercise to balance her more vigorous forms of fitness. What she found was not only a low impact path but a greater connection to her breath, breath control in exercise, and relief from stress and anxiety. She says “What makes yoga different from traditional exercise is that it has the unique capacity to bring our attention to the mind, body, and breath; simultaneously bringing all aspects of oneself into one line of focus. I would love to share this beautifully transformative practice with you, it is my hope to make yoga accessible to anyone willing to give it a try.”

Rosie Russo

Rosie Russo

Rosie Russ RYT 200, studied at M•Power Yoga in Baltimore. Originally from Jefferson County, WV, she is excited to share her yoga practice with her home community. Rosie loves yoga because it helps her connect her mind, body, and spirit. Her favorite part of teaching is helping students connect with their breath and feel at home in their bodies. Rosie is a social worker, and is passionate about helping people connect to healing. She loves being out in nature, music, and spending time with her cat and dog.

Laurel Webster, RYT200

Laurel Webster

Laurel Webster RYT 200, completed her yoga training with Create Karma Non-Profit Organization in Lancaster, PA in 2018. By day, she is a founding partner of Hersick+Webster Creative Partners, a marketing design studio that helps purpose-driven organizations create meaningful solutions for people and places. She is a co-author of Path to Impact, a strategic methodology that combines design strategy, sustainable design, systems thinking, and the theory of change to help others envision, plan, design, measure, and share their impact. Laurel’s classes, taught in Vinyasa, Hatha, and Yin, have been described as energy-giving and provides mindfulness practices on and off the mat. Throughout her classes, Laurel ensures her classes work for all levels, providing ways to make poses work for the unique individual, alongside offering space for creative expression all while building energy and getting a good sweat on.

By all other hours, Laurel is an avid long-distance runner and semi-obsessive knitter. Most recently, she completed her first 50k ultramarathon. The important role that yoga plays throughout her training is clear, helping ease tight muscles, maintain flexibility, and build strength.

Hannah Badley

Hannah Badley

Hannah Badley 200hr YTT, from Jala Yoga is passionate about the practice of yoga as a way to communicate with the body. As a longtime runner, Hannah appreciates the physiological benefits of yoga but finds her true passion for the practice when she is able to go beyond the physical movements and connect with the present moment. She has focused on sharing the knowledge she learned with others in classrooms and through volunteer opportunities in the community.

Shauna Triplett

Shauna Triplett

Shauna Triplett 200hr YTT from Jala Yoga, is a Virginia native passionate about all things health and wellness. Shauna has found that her practice has provided a deeper understanding of her own body, empowered her to trust her intuition, and live as enthusiastically as possible. She enjoys diving into the biomechanics of postures, leading breath work, has pursued additional training in trauma informed yoga, and appreciates seeing her students connect with their own bodies. Her favorite pose is Natarajasana, Dancers pose.

Marcie Rhoads

Marcie Rhoads

Marcie Rhoads LMT, BCTMB, YTT200 is a Nationally Board Certified Massage Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist in Maryland and West Virginia since 2011. Marcie has also completed additional training in Cranial Sacral Therapy, Myofascial Release, Sports massage, Reflexology, Acupressure, Trigger Point Therapy, Ayurvedic Massage, Geriatric Massage, and more. In 2017, Marcie completed Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training through Yogamore, which inspired her to complete Jala Yoga’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2018. Marcie continuously strives to grow her knowledge, skills, and tools to share with her clients, community, and in her ongoing personal healing from trauma and chronic illness. Marcie wholeheartedly believes that every-body has its own story to tell and that every-body deserves time, focus, and mindful attention from the heart to support positive change. She also believes in providing an open safe space for every-body too. She has learned that the union of yoga, massage, and holistic medicine are complementary practices, fostering a mindful perspective paving the way to self-healing, self-care and self love. Marcie can personally attest to this and has witnessed this healthy lifestyle transition in many others as well.