“If you can breathe, you can do yoga.”
You are welcome here. This is a no judgement zone.
Yoga has nothing to do with your flexibility, your size or your experience. Here at Shine, we are all about relieving stress, learning to calm and quiet the mind, increasing strength and connecting to a place of peace, whatever that looks like for you.
Get to know yourself from the inside out!
Meet the Shine Family
KACIE STEINMETZ, Owner
My vision for Shine Yoga is to be the kind of studio where everyone feels safe to practice and open themselves up to the kind of healing that comes from self-awareness, stillness together with movement, shared community with other warm and accepting souls. We know that doing yoga has nothing to do with your body type, flexibility, or previous experience. In fact, our previous owner used to often say, “If you can breathe, then you can do yoga.”
Armed with a degree in music theatre and a heart for helping others, I blindly set out into the big world in the late 90’s with very little direction and no plan. I had no idea who I was or what I wanted and my path unfolded very slowly. I took my first yoga class at the Hampton Family YMCA in 2000 and I was hooked! I finally gave in to the burning desire to pursue yoga as a teacher in 2005 when I was pregnant with my son. There are few things that have fit me so well. I love the physical practice of the asanas and the yogic principles of lovingkindness and simplicity and stillness, just for starters.
After a daughter in 2008 and a divorce in 2010, I decided it was time to define who I was and what I really wanted to do with my life! I received my life coach certification in February 2013 and moved to Virginia Beach in July the same year and became a new bride at 38! There are few things that teach you more about yourself than a second marriage. It’s been a huge blessing.
My experience in helping to run a small business varies from a yacht broker to a small site design firm to my own relationship coaching practice! These experiences have prepared me for some of the more challenging aspects of small business ownership. But I am much more at home in a yoga studio! This transition has felt very much like coming to center for me since yoga and meditation have been such a big part of my life for so long.
Matt and I live practically right around the corner from the studio with our four middle and high-school aged children and our two dogs. In a transition to a world geographically 45 minutes from my home but a world away from the culture, I feel so much like I am where I am supposed to be. It is so important to me to share that level of joy and peace with others through the practice of yoga.
We have an amazing group of talented instructors who are committed to creating a safe, inviting atmosphere where you can explore, grow and rest through yoga practice.
Gretchen Alexandria AllenInstructor
Gretchen Alexandria Allen
I started practicing yoga in 1990. As a wife, a stay at home mom of 3 teenagers and attending college full time, I felt the need to participate in an activity that would fulfill my needs on a physical and mental level. Yoga was the best fit plus a yoga studio had just opened near my home.
I can account from experience, the healing powers of yoga as a 16 year cancer survivor. I meditated through chemo and visualized my daily practice which got me through the ordeal. My physician recognized my positive perspective and resilience that came from my practice. My husband witnessed how my practice worked, he started going to yoga with me in 2005 and hasn’t stopped. I may not be able to do the perfect physical poses but mentally and spiritually I’m there.
My Sankalpa is to be teaching and helping individuals that may be going through a trying time regardless of their situation, that they can be present, breathe and heal.
Jackie sought yoga after a significant illness 42 years ago and she’s been practicing ever since. Originally from England, Jackie came to the States 22 years ago when her husband took a job here. She received her 200-hour teacher training in 2009 and her 300 hour in 2014 – both from Angela Phillips.
New to teaching at Shine, Jackie is a perfect fit for our team of easy-going and compassionate instructors. Having practiced at Shine for three years, it was a natural choice to have Jackie officially join the team.
Jackie and her husband have a small cottage in Kill Devil Hills where they like to occasionally escape and enjoy the great outdoors. They have two daughters and four grandchildren plus three large grand dogs. Jackie’s currently an early childhood special education teacher’s assistant at Kempsville Elementary and when she’s not wondering if we’ll ever be back in school, Jackie loves to play golf, ride her bike and go kayaking.
Kristy has been teaching Christ-Centered Yoga since 2003. She is a wife of 37 years, a mom of 4, grandmother of 4. As a massage therapist and registered nurse, she sought greater physical balance through yoga. The yoga mat ultimately became a place to deepen her relationship with Spirit, develop greater self-awareness and have fun. Her practice offerings are Christ-centered yoga, massage therapy, and spiritual direction.
I am a CHY-200 instructor and an RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance. I’m also a multi-certified coach. I know what it’s like to navigate stress having been an only parent who raised two boys while working in both the media and nonprofit arenas. I have been committed to my physical fitness for over three decades and am a huge believer in the numerous benefits of yoga, meditation, and breathwork. I am a regular blogger for the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries.
Our yoga mats are sacred spaces where we breathe, move, and be still…. where we are grounded. It’s my intention with every yoga class I teach to share that same sacred space with my students.
Fun facts: I can wiggle my nose, put my leg behind my back, and blow bubbles the size of Texas…. or close to it. 🙂
Wren started practicing yoga in high school, mostly as a way to stretch after long competitive runs. A developing injury in college began to fizzle her competitive running career; she remembered yoga and adopted it as a more gentle form of fitness to nurse her body back to peak health.
The more she practiced, the more she noticed the craving for peace and comfort that is found only on the mat. In 2018, Wren moved to a new town where she didn’t know anyone. Diving headfirst into yoga, she made it her primary source of mental, physical, and social release.
In early 2021, Wren completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teaching certification at a Tahna Studio in Provo, Utah. Tahna, an important Buddhist concept, meaning “thirst, longing, desire” reflects her personal yoga mission regardless of the style of class. She’s passionate about cultivating deep inner connections in all of her classes and fostering an environment for self-discovery and self-care. She truly believes our minds and mats are a place for healing, having seen it first-hand in her own life.
Wren and her husband Nicholas have been in Virginia Beach since June 2021, having moved here after falling in love with the area on a short vacation.
Alexandra’s interest in yoga began as a way to escape some challenging aspects of daily life but turned into an inspiring, life-changing journey that not only helped her relax her body but transformed her inner being as well.
Alex received her 200-hour certification through Yoga Alliance in San Diego, California in 2015. Yoga gave her a chance to find peace and happiness within, which is what she wants to share with her students. She hopes to saturate them with self-love, confidence and well-being which they can carry on and off the mat. She understands that yoga can be a truly self-healing ritual once you let the stirrings of the mind settle and the truths within take over. She is compassionate with her words and caring with her adjustments.
What Alex loves most about yoga is how much it changes the way a person lives and breathes. There’s nothing more important than loving and leading your own life with a positive mindset and yoga has the power to activate that.
Alex and her husband, Mathew, came to Virginia Beach from Northern California last year “courtesy” of the Navy and they were married in March of 2021. We sure are glad this is where their journey has led them!
Jude considers herself forever a student who puts all trust in the Universe. Her love affair with yoga started in her twenties; she’ll never forget her first savasana (final rest) after an active yoga practice. She couldn’t believe how one hour could yield such euphoria.
When times got tough, the yoga mat was where she laid all of her frustrations, disappointments, and challenges. She always looked forward to landing on the mat, and she enjoyed seeing positive changes in her life that weren’t just physical but were most importantly mental.
For five years, Jude had the amazing experience of running and managing a yoga studio. With that came the pleasure of guiding amazing students, training other teachers, and writing her own curriculum. She is currently enrolled in yoga therapy training to further her ability to help those who need it the most.
Jude’s classes offer the exploration of mindful movement, breathing techniques, and yoga philosophy so that you can tap into the inner light that is waiting to shine.
After closing her studio in New York, Jude moved to the Hampton Roads area to be closer to family.
We are always looking to welcome new teachers to the Shine yoga fam!
Are you a certified yoga instructor (or future certified yoga instructor) with a passion for helping others? Reach out today to learn more about joining our team.