Yoga for EVERY Body
Beach Belly's Yoga and Wellness Center was founded in 2015 by Yolanda Imprevento, as an attempt to fill a disturbing gap in the current yoga practice. For too long, she noticed how only certain types of people seemed to be included and catered to in most yoga classrooms, and this upset her greatly. Yolanda decided to take a stand, and do something about it.
Yoga is more than cute yoga pants, and yoga is for all people of all body types. Most importantly yoga is a mind, body, & soul connection. Beach Belly's Yoga and Wellness Center is the premiere studio in Hampton Roads that not only embraces all body types, but celebrates them. There is a yoga class perfect for everyone, including:
Thrive in Your Curves Yoga
Stress Relief & Restorative Yoga
Hatha Slow Flow Yoga
Mindfulness & Meditation Yoga
Essential Oils Aromatherapy
So Much More!
Come and join us to find out more about the power of yoga and what it can do for you.
~MEET OUR TRIBE~
Yolanda Imprevento started practicing meditation while growing up in Montana. A lover of nature and the outdoors, she immediately fell in love with the practice. Bringing awareness to the breath provided her an opportunity to slow down and tune in. Becoming a Yoga Instructor was a natural transition that stemmed from her passion to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness with others.
She completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training Certification and Restorative Yoga Certification at Breathe Yoga Center in Norfolk, VA where she is currently enrolled in the 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training Program.
Additionally, Yolanda received her Life Coach Certification from the Edgar Cayce A.R.E. Center. She is an expert in both Mindfulness Meditation and Transcendental Meditation. As a passionate believer in life long education, Yolanda is also enrolled in the Yoga for Round Bodies Program with Tiina Veer. Yolanda believes in the message of yoga and diversity. Her mission is as follows:
"My goal is to bring attention to body preoccupation and its detrimental side effects in combatting size discrimination. I am an advocate for change and inclusion when it comes to health, wellness, and acceptance."
Yolanda Imprevento, Founder and CEO | 200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher | Certified Restorative Yoga Instructor | Certified Life Coach & Mindfulness Mediation Instructor | Expert Transcendental Mediation Coach
Erin Zerbe is a Certified Crystal Healer and Shaman in training in the Celtic Traditions. After having multiple negative experiences with yoga due to her size and physical limitations, Erin had all but given up on yoga. Thats when Yolanda (Erin's best friend, and mom!) decided it was time to make yoga more inclusive for all people. Since beginning her journey with Beach Belly's Yoga and Wellness Center, Erin has developed a deep love and personal connection to her yoga and meditation practice. Inspired by the joy and balance yoga and meditation brought to her life, Erin earned her certification in crystal healing from the Love & Light School of Crystal Therapy. Since then she has started practicing the art of divination readings and is currently deepening her study of the arts and traditions of Celtic Shamanism. Erin is an Associate Professor of Art and a "crazy cat lady".
Erin Zerbe, Co-Founder & Media Manager | CCH Certified Crystal Healer | Celtic Shaman in Training | MFA Associate Professor of Art
Kevin Zerbe is a Strategic Advisor at Beach Belly's Yoga and Wellness Center. In this capacity, he helps shape the business's long-term strategic plans and goals. He has a diverse professional background that includes nonprofit management and sustainability consulting. Outside of Beach Belly's, Kevin enjoys travelling and spending time in nature. His favorite places to visit include Western Montana, the Eastern Sierras, and the Desert Southwest. Kevin has a master's degree in environmental policy and management from the University of Denver. He is currently working on his PhD in environmental management at Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.
Kevin Zerbe, Strategic Planning Advisor
Monica began practicing yoga over six years ago as a way to move her body and find an outlet for stress. In turn, she has gained so much more, by cultivating more patience and reigniting her sense of creativity and craftiness that follow her on the mat as well as in her daily life.
She completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Flow training at Breathe Yoga Center in Norfolk, and has training in Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Storytime Yoga for Children. She is currently completing Yoga for All Training with Dianne Bondy and Amber Karnes.
Monica hopes to create a safe and grounded space for all bodies to feel welcome on the mat and in the yoga room. Regardless of the mind or body in which we live, we can find a little more strength and flexibility, a little less stress and tension, and use the gifts of the practice to enhance our lives off of the mat.
Monica Capps, 200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Dianna has been a practitioner of yoga for several years as part of an active lifestyle. In the fall of 2016 she was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy. Her yoga practice healed her body and her spirit after her surgery. Shortly after, she decided to go through yoga teacher training so she could share her experience through teaching. She graduated from Breathe Yoga Center 200 hour teacher training in 2017. She offers flow style classes infused with her light hearted sense of humor and eclectic taste in music.
Dianna Helgesen, 200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Influenced by her teachers and her experience, Liz brings her passion for the healing powers of yoga to every class she teaches. With a focus on healing and balancing classes like restorative yoga, breath focused flow, and gentle yoga, Liz engaged her students in a way that is accessible and safe for everyone. She adopts a "come as you are" philosophy to her classes. Liz's training includes 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Breathe Yoga Center in Norfolk, VA, in addition to over 60 hours of training in restorative yoga.
Liz Riggs, 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Karen first found yoga in 2004 after the birth of her second son, shortly after leaving corporate America.
Karen holds specialties in yoga therapy, back therapeutic yoga, yin yoga, restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, yoga for the larger body, seniors yoga, chair yoga, kids, yoga for eating disorders and Pilates. Karen has had many and nearly countless inspirational teachers along the way.
Her philosophy is that yoga should be accessible and safe for everybody. We should each be honoring our bodies where they are on any given day. Each time we step on our mat it’s a new opportunity to transform mind, body and spirit. And on a grander scale, that gives us opportunity to transform the world around us on our journeys to be the best version of ourselves that we can be on each given day.
Yoga is a practice, enjoy the journey.
Karen Babcock, E-RYT500, 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher
When I was introduced to Yoga and spirituality at the age of 16, I experienced a great shift in my outlook on life. My desire to find purpose grew exponentially, and I realized it was the first thing that had ever made sense to me. And so my journey began. After graduating high school, I traveled in Asia visiting organic farms and spiritual centers, concluding the six month trip in 2014 with a certification course in Ayurveda, which deepened my interest and zeal for Yoga and the Vedic teachings. In 2016, I completed my 200-hour Yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, where I stayed to serve and dive deep into Yoga life for six months. Along with the study of Yogic philosophy, I also completed my certification as a Yoga Nidra teacher. There, I cultivated my devotion to living a life of Divine Love and seeking Truth by daily practice and study of the ancient teachings. Since departing the ashram, I’ve had the blessing to teach numerous classes and workshops in California, India, Vietnam, and Chicago. I am currently in the process of completing a certification course in Vedic and Ayurvedic Astrology in order to offer consultations.
I am so happy to be able to share what I have learned with you, and I hope you find it useful on your path to true Inner Peace!Om Shanti!
Hari Dasi, 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Erin used to be a competitive gymnast and she has this to contribute what brought her into the yoga world. Erin has been practicing yoga since 2012, but just recently decided to become a teacher and share her love of learning and yoga with others. She completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Training at Breathe Yoga Center in Norfolk. Erin loves how yoga can be both a way to challenge and ground oneself. She has a passion for inversions, meeting new people and practicing yoga at home with her yogi cats.
Erin Stacks, 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Debbie Harrell approaches her teaching with an emphasis on alignment, breath, acceptance, and compassion for each individuals unique circumstances. Her classes focus on mindfulness, joint health, flexibility, strength and balance. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance as a E-RYT500 and YACEP. She has been teaching for over ten years. Completing Carol Krucoff and Kimberly Carson’s Integrative Yoga for Seniors Professional Training at Duke Integrative Medicine in Durham NC provided much insight into our ever-changing bodies and how we move on and off the mat. Her continued studies with Judith Lasater include Restorative Yoga, The Lower Back, The Sacroiliac Joint, and Moving from the Organs. She brings her passion for Yoga to her teaching.
Debbie Harrell, Experienced & Registered Yoga Teacher - 500 Hour Certified
Since the spring of 2014 Mahadeva has been immersed in yoga life, living in Yoga Ashrams in California, India and Vietnam. After studying classical yoga with Masters in the Sivananda lineage he brings a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of yoga life. Whether guiding new students through their first practice or teaching month long teacher trainings, Mahadeva has coached countless students of all shapes, sizes and ages to find comfort and confidence in their own practice. He is also teaches meditation, kirtan (chanting), yogic/ayurvedic cooking, and classical yoga philosophy in a practical manner for use in contemporary life. Mahadeva is excited to spend time back in Virginia Beach where he grew up, sharing his passion and helping everyone find health and peace of mind through yoga. Join him and Hari Dasi on their Yoga Life Blog for free tips, reflections and recipes.
Mahadeva, eRYT-200 RYT-500 Certified Yoga Teacher
Nina Napolitano discovered yoga as a student and avid triathlete in 2009. While dealing with trauma, she realized the transformative power of mindfulness, meditation and moving with the breath. Such was her love for yoga; she scrubbed toilets in exchange for free classes and set her sights on being an instructor when she “grew up”.
Nina earned her RYT 200 through Yax Yoga Concepts and is halfway through her RYT 500 certification. She believes in sharing from the heart, failing forward and encouraging students to focus on the subtleties of their practices.
In her free time, you can find her practicing, dreaming up crazy adventures, running, reveling out of doors, reading, writing poetry, watching anime, deadpanning quips, laughing disruptively or singing any song that happens to catch her ear.
Nina Napolitano, 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Hi, I'm Ashley! I was drawn to yoga in 2009 initially as a supplement to my exercise routine but soon found the deeper benefits of the practice. My training includes 500hr Hatha Yoga and 300hr Therapeutic Yoga certifications.
I decided to take on teacher training for two reasons- first, for myself. I wanted a better understanding of why yoga makes me feel so good both physically and mentally/emotionally. Second, for others. I want to spread this healing light with those around me while providing a fun and safe experience for each student.
Outside of yoga, I LOVE food, wine, and family time with my husband and 90lb lap dog. We enjoy being outside and are happy to be stationed here.
Ashley Faygenholtz, 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Susan’s teaching style is gentle, playful and filled with joy. Her classes embrace the interconnectedness of the body, mind, and breath. Susan is a best-selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur. She was drawn to teach yoga by the sense of connection and gratitude she felt in her own practice. Aiming to share this with others, Susan completed her 200-level Yoga Teacher Training in March of 2018. Susan’s classes offer a welcoming space to soften, become present, and explore. The use of props is encourages, and support and modifications are offered to those experiencing limited mobility. Her foremost goal is to share the practice in a way that is accessible to all: meet people where they are, as they are.
Susan Shaffer, 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher
Lyndsey is a recent graduate from Cayce Reilly School of Massage. She is passionate about helping others find comfort in their bodies and relaxation for their soul. She has been trained in Swedish massage and foot reflexology. Energy, intention and love are important parts of her practice and she can’t wait to share those with you!
Lyndsey Leech, Certified Massage Therapist
Let me introduce myself and share a bit about my vibrational sound relaxation practice. My name is Anne Leanzo, and I am a certified vibrational sound therapy practitioner. I am also a NATH certified hypnotherapist. Years ago, I started searching for a modality that would naturally introduce vibration directly to the body. Osteoporosis runs in my family, and I was beginning to see a decline in my bone health. I started by using tuning forks, but wanted something with a stronger vibration. Long story short, a friend sent me a link for the Vibrational Sound Association and the classes they were offering. After researching, I knew this was my answer. I went to Baltimore for training and I am now a certified practitioner. I offer private sessions where the bowls are placed on the body and gently struck with a mallet, and I also offer group sound baths. By combining vibrational sound therapy with the positive, affirming scripts that I modify for a guided mediation, I offer you a powerful session of deep relaxation and release.
Anne Leanzo, NATH certified hypnotherapist, Certified vibrational sound therapist