Natalie Hood

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 frame and great muscle tone. I found a practice that I woke up every day looking forward to doing. I found teachers who worked me brutally hard, yet felt simultaneously nurturing. And, most surprisingly, I found that through the movement of my body, I could connect with my emotional self and quiet the constant churn of my thoughts. Also I discovered an entire body of philosophical knowledge that has been guiding people for thousands of years, yet somehow I had never known about. Yoga seeped into every facet of my life, and I was better for it.

In 2011, I moved to Los Angeles to train with my teacher, Annie Carpenter. I did 400 hours of teacher training, including a six month apprenticeship. I also taught private yoga classes to some folks in the movie business. I returned to Vancouver, and taught at yoga studios and gyms for several years. Later I moved to Montreal, and was the private yoga coach for several elite synchronized swimming teams. In 2015 I married my love, a military man, and moved to Virginia Beach. This year we welcomed a son, Timothy, who according to his dad is definitely NOT going to be doing yoga! We’ll see about that 🙂

I am so happy to have found a new yoga home at Torch. I look forward to seeing you in class!