We have a great group of talented instructors who help create
the most amazing yoga experience you will have!
Click on their photo to find out more about each one.
- Jen Fedorowicz
- Robert Sturt
- Karen BabcockInstructor
- Suzanne Toone
- Tessa Price
- Sarah Lucento
- Gretchen Alexandria Allen
- Jodi Tennille
I have been a faithful patron of Shine Yoga for many years now and I love it! This year I had my hip replaced and I recovered extremely quickly! My physical therapist feels that my yoga practice was the reason for this amazing recovery...and I have to agree. I was back to work in 2 1/2 weeks and back to yoga in 5 weeks! My yoga practice at Shine has changed my life. It has made me more peaceful, more calm and strong!! Thanks Jen and Shine! Marcia Wilkins Leverett
I was a stressed out elementary school teacher, single mother with chronic back and sciatic nerve pain. In 2000 I discovered yoga. It wasn’t immediate, but after I started practicing regularly I noticed less and less back pain and I started to handle stress better. After awhile when I felt anxious or stressed I would say to myself, “I need yoga.” Yoga became the calm my life needed. I began to learn what being ‘mindful” meant and using the breath and techniques that yoga taught me I became a happier more peaceful mom, wife and person.
Ultimately, I did have back surgery in 2007, but my recovery was quick and easy and I equate that to my regular yoga practice. I started to share yoga with friends and colleagues because I wanted everyone to experience this joy that yoga brought to my life. When my home became too small for the friends who wanted to bring their friends to my classes I opened Shine. Now I get to do what I love everyday, share the JOY of YOGA.
My classes are infused with the idea that you have more control over your energy than you realize. A yoga practice helps you to be more in tune with your own energy and you begin to experience how your thoughts are the directing force in your life. In addition, I am a reiki master and provide private reiki session with clients on my Biomat. Call me to schedule a private session to raise your vibration, ease pain and feel more at ease in life. You can learn more about amazing benefits of the Biomat, or purchase your own at www.shineyoga.biomat.com
Robert, I look so forward to Tuesday’s and especially your class. Yours was the first yoga class I attended and remains my favorite- always leave feeling love and light- Namaste. — Jen Z. Va Beach, VA
Karen fills the room completely with the heart of yoga. I always leave feeling full of bliss. Thank you Karen!” – Tessa
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, 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.
Suzanne's candlelight yoga class is amazing and the perfect end to the work day and the middle of the work week; relaxing and reinvigorating. My husband and teenage son attended with me last night and both loved the class and Suzanne. Shine has such a welcoming and warm vibe. I'm so glad I found it!!! —Lawren Williamson
Suzanne Toones Story
I started my yoga journey about 8 years ago when I stepped foot into a beginner yoga class after reading a sign that said “life begins at the end of your comfort zone, do something outside of your bubble every day” Yoga changed my life. Meeting yogis of different backgrounds, ages, and body types inspired me to move forward and take my teaching certification at the age of 41. I knew I wanted to share the gift, and inspire people by showing them that yoga is for any body no matter what type of body or limitation we may have. Allow the yoga to change to meet the individuals needs.
I truly enjoy teaching the softer side of yoga, keeping it gentle and beginner friendly, with modifications utilizing yoga props. Since graduating teacher training, I have studied yin yoga and chair yoga. I have also studied up to 2nd degree Usui reiki, chakra therapy and crystal healing therapy. My favorite hobby is painting.
Tess- Great way to start an amazing day! You have a spectacular way to relax anyone. Thank you! —Jordyn & Arlene, Va Beach, VA 2018
Tessa grew up in the hill country of Texas. A Navy wife, very happy to currently be setting roots and opening her heart in Virginia Beach.
She discovered yoga in 2008, finding her mat as a place to “tune in” during her busy life as a tired college student, waitress, and musician. Experiencing the profound impact of yoga in her own life for over 10 years, Tessa took her study deeper and became a certified yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.
Tessa enjoys holding a light-hearted space to share the joyful exploration of yoga. By focusing on the foundations, she emphasizes breath-work, alignment, and quieting the mind. She encourages her students to pause and listen to the integrity of the mind body connection and honor their unique strengths.
Tessa believes that yoga is a place to be made safe for every body, she remains open to continuously learn new styles and techniques to support every student that steps into the class.
In my search for peace of mind, I found Ashtanga Yoga.
In 2012 I decided to throw my Adderall prescription in the trash and cancel all future appointments with my doctor. My body was tired of being in a chronic stressed state, feeling overly anxious and nervous; so I listened, took charge of my health and the journey began.
As I stepped onto my mat for the first time, the divine combination of counting, rhythmic breath, movement and meditation calmed my turbulent mind like no other. And 7 years later, I am still truly grateful for this practice.
My only goal as an instructor is to inspire students to connect to the teacher within by cultivating self awareness and acceptance in a sacred space.
When I am not on the mat or in the studio, I enjoy sharing the art of reflexology and therapeutic massage with my clients (as a licensed massage therapist), relaxing at the beach, swimming, hiking, cooking delicious vegan meals, dancing to reggae, and studying opera.
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.
Jodi is a native of Nashville, TN where she grew up in a fast paced family of six. While studying at The University of Tennessee, she began practicing yoga as a way to workout and stay fit. It wasn’t until she moved to Virginia Beach, had two kids, and needed to slow down, that she truly fell in love with yoga. She acquired her 200 Hour YTT in 2013 in Mulit-Style from Zen Hot Yoga, 300 Hour YTT from The Hard and The Soft Institute with Beryl Bender Birch at Studio Bamboo Institute of Yoga along with her Yin Yoga Certification from Muning Hu at the Yoga Nook in 2019.
Yoga has transformed Jodi’s life by giving her an outlet to slow down, be present and a way to stay healthy, mentally and physically.
“Yoga means something different to everyone! For me it’s life, love, happiness and a way to constantly connect with family and friends. FAMILY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING!