Our Staff

TORCH YOGA STAFF

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She’s the owner. She grew up in Michigan and moved to Boulder, Co in her early 20’s. She was introduced to Power yoga in Boulder and was quickly encompassed by the many benefits of the yoga practice. She discovered that yoga was a great complement to running and all the other activities that she enjoyed. It also allowed her to find self confidence and personal power for the first time in her life. After completing her first 200 hr Teacher Training at Core Power in Boulder she decided that teaching was a must in her life. She love…… READ MORE

Melissa Maldonado is originally from California, but spent majority of her upbringing in Virginia Beach. She is a mother of 2 radical little boys and found her love for yoga after realizing self nurture is not only important for ones self but for those you share your life with. Melissa’s journey has lead her to explore the relationship between the mind and body through yoga philosophy on and off the mat. She is an assistant at Torch Yoga Studio and a student teacher in training. She is a social butterfly and challenges all she meets to liv…… READ MORE

A native Canadian, I discovered yoga while living in Vancouver, BC in 2006. At the time, I was a bit of a gym rat…always dragging myself to the gym to lift weights, skip rope, run…it was a grind! I came across a friend I had not seen in some time, and she looked amazing! Lean, strong, and her shoulders were shredded. I asked her what she’d been doing and she replied, “Yoga! Nothing but yoga.” I was sold. I began yoga the next day and never looked back.

What I discovered from yoga was so much more than just a lean, strong fra…… READ MORE

I am a Virginia Beach native. Growing up I played many sports and loved being part of teams both in my community and also for my junior high and high school. As I “grew up” and no longer played team sports, my interest in physical fitness and living a healthy and balanced lifestyle increased. I stayed active by running or walking outside, workouts at the gym, or swimming laps at the Rec Center. Physical activity and exercise has always been my outlet for releasing stress from my demanding career as a public school teacher for middle scho…… READ MORE

I first came to step onto a yoga mat in September 2011 looking for a way to heal. I really didn’t know anything about yoga and the wide range of benefits that I have been learning come from a strong, consistent practice. Like many folks, I began my journey with almost no flexibility and little balance. I chose to approach this new
experience with an open mind and a strong will. As my practice has been growing, I have been truly
fortunate to have practiced under the guidance and along side some wonderful teachers.
I receiv…… READ MORE

I am a native of Virginia Beach. I am many things in life: I am a trainer, a competitor, culinary student, yoga teacher, and student. Yoga has always struck my curiosity since I was a teenager. Always stepping on the mat for a more physical aspect, not realizing that was just scratching the surface. I did not fall deep into yoga until about 7 years ago when I visited a close friend in Carlsbad CA. Everyday I tried a new studio with a different style experiencing some of the different dynamics of yoga, but the philosophy aspect is what drew m…… READ MORE

My first experience with the power of yoga was introduced to me by a practicing guru who visited my hometown in Zambia. I was amazed of how flexible, strong and grounded he was for being in his sixties. It was at this point that I developed an interest in yoga, but it was many years later that it came to fruition.
 I moved to Virginia Beach to work as a travelling physical therapist. In February 2017, I was walking my dog, Riya, on a cold day when I happened to come upon Torch Yoga Studio. I t…… READ MORE