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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!!! —Lauren Williamson, Va Beach, VA 2019
“…the teachers at Shine Yoga have a unique way of teaching.
Over the past 17 years, I have experienced different kinds of yoga classes. Some physically challenging, some, not so much but, I would have to say the teachers at Shine Yoga have a unique way of teaching. One that I seem not to get enough of. They teach from the inside out, intertwining the body, mind, and spirit together to bring strength, calmness, and an awakening of sorts.
Let me explain briefly. A couple of years ago I was told that I have the beginnings of arthritis in the top of my hands and for a long time, I have been awakened in the middle of the night with deep cramping in my legs and feet. For the past 7 months I have been going to Shine Yoga a couple of times a week and now very rarely wake up in the middle of the night. If I do most of the time I can breathe into the muscles before the cramp gets out of hand and fall back to sleep. The tendons in my hands have been stretched to where I rarely feel any pain. I realized this when vacationing for a week where I did no stretching. By the end of the week, my feet, legs, and hands were not happy. A huge plus with staying consistent with the yoga is I haven’t had to take medication for relief…at all!
As for calmness to the mind, and the awakening of the spirit it is threefold. We learn how to honor and respect ourselves through the music, exercises and the words of self-kindness. To remember that we are all on this earth together to teach, learn and appreciate not so much what we do but who we are in what we do that makes a difference. Also, to accept and love ourselves, no matter what, and to know that we are an important presence for the change we want to see in this world.
If you’ve ever contemplated yoga but never took the step forward to give it a chance, I recommend coming in and talking with Jen Fedorowicz. She knows yoga like the back of her hand and is extremely intuitive of how and what the body needs and will suggest classes that will fit your criteria. If you are in a place where your body is asking for a healthy change…you will not be disappointed. Just trust in the guidance.
With honor and appreciation, a huge thank you to Jen and her teachers for caring deeply about the well being of all people…it is truly experienced each and every time we step on our mats at Shine Yoga. — Terry P., VA Beach, VA, 2018
“…but I knew I could trust Jen to help me clear out the “noise”.
This summer I have felt frazzled. With my move, the never ending renovations in our new home, having my two munchkins home for summer vacation, my grandmother’s passing, running a new business and starting another, I have felt imbalanced and stressed. I have been yearning for some ME time, a minute to get it together and pull myself back into focus and harmony. When I saw a window in my schedule I immediately reached out to Jen at Shine Yoga to schedule a Reiki session. I admit I had no idea what I was in for but I knew I could trust Jen to help me clear out the “noise”. This is what I learned in that hour…
Our bodies are more than just a physical object – they are a combination of the physical body and our spiritual being. The combination of the two creates our identity, who we are. When the two are connected and energy inside of us is balanced, we will feel a warm glow or radiance. However, on occasion, external energy and emotions like stress, anxiety, anger, and depression can pollute our internal energy creating an imbalance within our body. This impacts our spiritual being and can ultimately impact our health.
The word Reiki comes from “Rei” meaning God’s wisdom or higher power, and “Ki” meaning life force energy. Combined Reiki means “spiritually guided life force energy.” In other words, Reiki acts as a tune-up, cleansing the body of these (emotional) pollutants and allowing the energy to flow freely.
As she described the process, I felt confident that this is what I needed. After all, I was desperate and vulnerable. Jen placed her hands gently on my chakras and I instantly felt the energy moving inside of me and the cleansing process initiate. The intensity increased as Jen continued and I began feeling physical and emotional effects. Was I having an out-of-body experience? Maybe. Mentally, I felt like I was tapping into unknown territory. It was wild and I hung on for the ride. I never felt this rush, or this kind of high before and the best part was that when I ‘awoke’ I felt like I was out of the rubble and I am able to see myself again, the real me. I am glowing!
Thank you, Jen, for introducing me to Reiki and for helping me to find harmony within myself. I am a better person because of you. —Nicole Law, Va Beach, VA 2018
“…and I feel Amazing!
Oh my God!!! Suzanne’s 4 o’clock gentle yoga on Sunday was in the top three best classes I’ve had here. I closed my eyes allowed myself to focus on my inner self and let go of all stress and I feel Amazing!— Julia’s Mom, Va Beach, VA 2018
“…and remains my favorite.
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 23456
“The restorative yoga with reiki was amazing and blissful.
Thanks so much! —Kim, Va Beach, VA 2018
“Tess- Great way to start an amazing day!
You have a spectacular way to relax anyone. Thank you! —Jordyn & Arlene, Va Beach, VA 2018
“I feel restored. Thank you! — Barb Drumbyl, Va Beach, VA 2018
Suzanne, I just LOVE your way of teaching!! —Marie Anne, Va Beach, VA 2018
“…this is the first time I’ve felt part of a Yoga community…
Jen, I wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying this summer’s Ten Weeks to Zen. I’ve been doing Yoga on and off for 15 years, and this is the first time I’ve felt part of a Yoga community. There’s something magical about Shine Yoga. The studio is a soothing place to practice, the staff is inviting and warm, and the atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. I’ve been trying to describe to my family and friends what makes Shine so special, and I can’t really put my finger on it. I do believe part of the magic has to do with the lack of judgment I feel. Yoga isn’t a competitive sport, but so many studios I’ve practiced in seem to focus on external things: How aligned your pose is, how cute you look in your Yoga pants, how long you’ve been practicing. At Shine, every single person has a “Yoga Body.” You emphasize that the point of Yoga is to move our bodies through positions that take us to a greater sense of peace. It feels like I’m practicing Real Yoga at Shine, as it’s meant to be taught: free from judgment, with generous kindness, and the belief that we all belong in this space together. Congratulations to you on creating such an inviting environment. I love getting to be part of it.—Erin M., Virginia Beach, VA, 2017
“What a difference in my life! I lost 30 lbs. & my practice continues to improve.
I started at Shine about a year ago and it has made a huge impact on my life. After having a desk job for the last 10 years, I was really feeling it. I started off with the yin class and gradually moved up to doing flow and yin. I have also done meditation and sound healing classes. What a difference in my life! I lost 30 pounds (did other exercises too like walking and bike riding), and my practice continues to improve. It doesn’t come quick or easy, but the great instructors are there to help you through each time. I know it’s different for everyone. I still am on my personal journey, but I know with the help of Jen and the other instructors I will continue strong. Mentally and physically I feel 10-15 years younger! Thanks!!! —William Piazza, Va Beach, Va 2017
“I have been in back pain for two years,…
but now that I have spent the past ten weeks attending yoga classes, I am free from back pain and from taking Aleve every night. I encourage you to try yoga at Shine yoga no matter your age, weight, physical condition. It can heal your pain! — Amy D., VA Beach, VA, 2017
“I loved the wall class tonight.
It is the perfect amount of stretching, calmness and peace. I love yoga. — Amy D., Va Beach, VA, 2017
“As a new resident of Virginia Beach, I am delighted to have discovered Shine Yoga –
a jewel of a yoga studio! I have truly enjoyed the variety of teachers and yoga styles including Yin/Yang, Kundalini, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra. I have also been impressed with the range of speakers and workshops offered to facilitate personal development, stress reduction, and support of the mind-body connection. With classes suitable for all fitness levels, I would recommend this studio without hesitation to anyone looking to improve their mental/emotional/physical well-being.“ —Debra Shumate, Va Beach, VA, 2017
“I had one of the best nights sleep.
The meditation last night was wonderful. I had a very difficult client yesterday afternoon. I came to meditation to help me release to the universe what I did not need to carry on my shoulders or in my mind. I really think this worked. I had one of the best nights of sleep. Thank you.” — Gretchen A., Va Beach, VA, 2017
“The Saturday class led by Michelle was awesome.
Did so many poses haven’t done in a while. Challenging, but fun. We had lots of laughs. Thanks!” —Gretchen, 2017
“I am absolutely a huge fan of 7pm Yang/Yin.
Having a later class like this really allows me to incorporate it into my weekly routine. Thank you!”— Jennifer P., 2017
“Excellent class with Diane!
Tried the new moves and strength building. So relaxing and so beneficial at the same time. I could feel my muscles building.”— Cherie, 2017
“Let me tell you about Shine Yoga/JEN and staff.
Almost 18 months ago I walked into Shine a broken body, mind and spirit, I even threatened Jen during meditation, mainly because I did not want to be there but my precious friend Joy tricked me into going. Well here I was laying on my back when the most amazing thing happened, no pain, my mind was clearing and my spirit was beginning to glow. TRUTH. So I had to try this again and again and before I knew it I discontinued one of my narcotic drugs. There’s a lot more to tell but number one is that yoga with Jen completely changed me, no gave me back a life worth living and a need to help others. Then recently I got something that caused my balance to be off and could not do yoga for the last 3/4 weeks. WOW everything went backwards and I really knew the TRUE value of YOGA !!!! Had my first class back on Monday with Jen and I know now that life without Yoga does not exist for me, “I am one with Yoga” Thank you always Jen and Shine Yoga!” —Ruth Anne-Wayne Rusbuldt, 2017
“Jen, I wanted to take a moment and tell you how much I LOVE SHINE!
I started two months ago, and have enjoyed my practice! It was everything you said it would be! I feel more relaxed, calm and in control. My wife, kids and staff have noticed the difference and call it ”Zen Frank. You have assembled an amazing staff of teachers, who are patient and love their art, and make the shine experience the best. Keep it up!” —Frank Minkewicz, 2017
“I was able to take 3 Flow classes at Shine while vacationing in Sandbridge.
They have a great weekly pass and each class was unique, well planned and very enjoyable! I try and practice at my home studio every day and this was a great compliment to vacation. I felt welcomed and comfortable and I hope any local or visitor to the area is able to check our your super cute studio!! ” —Sheryl Morris, 2016
“If you’ve been wondering about yoga this is the place to start your practice.
Jen is wonderful at demonstrating poses and offering alternatives if you can’t do a pose. I am relatively new to yoga and have fallen in love with it’s benefits both mental and physical because of the way I was introduced to it through the classes at Shine. There are classes offered with different focuses for you to chose from and all levels are welcome at all classes. It is a great place to call your Yoga home.” —Elaine A., 2016
“If you have ever wanted to try yoga but felt intimidated or shy about trying,…look no further.
Shine Yoga is the place to be. I came a few months ago to support a friend, to “try out this yoga thing”. Have been hooked since the first class. Shine is a warm, comfortable, intimate and non threatening environment. The instructors are amazing, knowledgable and offer many modifications for those who have injuries or just cannot bend the way they used to. Every class I have taken has been a wonderful experience and I leave there feeling like a new and better person. No matter what your fitness level or anxieties are about trying Yoga, you cannot go wrong with SHINE.” — Deb Knauer, 2016
“This is one of the best down to earth and informative yoga studios in TideWater.
It has a true good community feel …whether it’s your first practice or you are a YOGI from years past.You will feel and be welcomed and assisted. So glad they came into my life.” — Ralph J Cardinale, 2016
“I started going to Shine about 2 weeks ago and absolutely love it.
Unfortunately two prior studios I had practiced at closed so I was looking for a new place to practice. From the moment I walked in the door, I was welcomed by Jen , given a tour of the studio and made to feel at home. All the instructors and fellow students are so kind and approachable. I especially love the Sunrise Yin class. I went this week and literally dragged myself there. I had a headache and just wanted to stay in bed but by the time I left class my headache was gone and I was completely relaxed and in a state of bliss. All are welcome at Shine no matter your age , size, injuries; Jen and all her instructors make yoga accessible for everyone. Come try a class, you will not regret it.” —V. Biovad, 2016
“Over the years, I have taken yoga classes at various studios but there is something very special going on at Shine.
The environment is extremely welcoming and positive. I have learned so much and will continue to learn with each class. I am particularly hooked on the yin classes. They give me hope for my middle-aged body! And I feel like I have joined a community of folks with similar health goals. Give it a try…it’s a wonderful gift to give yourself.” — Miriam B., 2016
“I had thought about doing yoga for a while now.
After a bad first impression at a franchise, strip mall yoga studio, I called Jen. She immediately returned my call and I explained my issues with regard to yoga. She put my mind at ease and assured me that I would feel comfortable in the classes. She was absolutely correct. I look forward to each session I attend – a feeling I never had when working out in a gym. Jen is an amazing instructor. She not only coaches you through the poses, but she also shares the spiritual and scientific aspects of yoga – without overwhelming you. In addition, the other students are kind and respectful of each other. There is no competition – just support and encouragement. Shine is the best kept secret in the Princess Anne area of Virginia Beach. It should not be a secret any longer.” — Christine T., 2016
“Being overweight and of ill health, I once believed that yoga would not be of much use to me. But I was wrong.
A friend recommended Shine Yoga to me. Right away, I was impressed with Jen, the owner and an instructor. Positive energy just exudes from her! Each instructor I’ve had has made me feel welcome as a beginner with no judgment passed. There is no pressure to perform at a specific pace either. In fact, each instructor encourages the clients to work at their own pace, stretching only until resistance is felt. I signed up for a month of classes. Within that month, I’ve noticed several personal changes: Increased mobility in joints/muscles with less stiffness, less back pain, increased energy, and overall happiness in my daily life. All positive changes! BTW…Yes, I will be signing up for additional classes! ” — Michele C., 2016
“I joined shine yoga about 6 weeks ago & my only regret is that I didn’t do it years ago.
Jen & all the instructors have such a passion & warmth about them & make everyone feel welcome. They are so knowledgeable and can make any necessary modifications for each individuals need. I truly think we could all benefit from it as it is good for the mind, body & soul . “— Cheryl S., 2016
“I have found going 3 or more times a week keeps me balanced and able to face any challenges that come up with my life.
Shine yoga has taught me how to take the lessons learned on the mat and apply them to my life. The result is I am living a much more peaceful and joyful life… It must be working as my 12 year old tween just recently commented on how much calmer I am when I practice yoga.” 😉 —Cynthia Briscoe, 2016 Summer Tribe Member
“This is one of the best down to earth and informative yoga studios in TideWater.
It has a true good community feel …weather it’s your first practice or you are a YOGI from years past You will feel and be welcomed and assisted. So glad they came into my life. “—Ralph, 2016 Summer Tribe Member
“I walked in to Shine Yoga on a whim one year ago and am so glad I did!
Jen immediately charmed me. Having only experienced rec center yoga, I love the personal attention you get from all of the instructors. The environment is warm and welcoming. Yin was a brand new experience for me, and this combined with flow classes has reduced my stress and helped me weather job challenges and aging parents. I look forward to every class, and am so happy that Shine Yoga is a part of my life! “—Cheryl, 2016 Summer Tribe Member
“I have been going to Shine since it opened and I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in! 🙂
I started my practice at Shine and have been to a few different yoga studios since then, but none of them have the same warm, relaxing, non judgmental vibe that I feel at Shine. I currently teach indoor cycling and, although I enjoy all the different class types, the slow flow and Yin classes especially help me counteract the tight hips and ankles that can come from cycling. I especially enjoy Jenns classes. She always has a knack for finding the right pose or saying the right thing to help me work through the tension whether it’s in my body, my mind or both!” — Charlie Watts, 2016
“I feel better than I’ve felt in years, and even my family and friends say I seem like a new person.
In 2012 I had a terrible accident while riding a horse. I fractured my back, neck, and skull and became virtually immobile for years. Nothing seemed to help my pain and it seemed like all I could do was sit in a chair. I was on the verge of despair when a close friend suggested I try yoga. So I called Jen at Shine. All I can say is that Jen and yoga changed my life. Her gentle, compassionate guidance gave me the confidence I needed to begin a regular practice. In time, and despite my injuries, I got back into life again. My pain lessened, and my entire outlook changed: anxiety, stress, anger—gone. — R. Rusbuldt, 2016
“Shine yoga is a small studio with a delightfully warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Talented and caring yoga teachers offer a wide range of classes throughout each week. No sweaty, shouting gym jocks! Everyone is welcomed and accommodated with love, regardless of age, size or skill level. You will never feel uncomfortable. Cheerful studio, wonderful staff, fun students. We all leave every class feeling happy!” — Sybil M., 2016
“Shine is a wonderful place to practice yoga!”
Jen and the other instructors are always warm and welcoming and I feel at home there. Their knowledge and commitment to teaching yoga is evident in the classes held at Shine. It’s my happy place! — Mary A., 2016
“Shine has already restored lost flexibility,
helped fix my lower back problem and I leave every session feeling more relaxed, at peace and happier. Go to Shine Yoga & feel better!! Being around Jen is relaxing all by itself! Haley (sp) will challenge your capabilities… —John Burnett, 2016
“Shine Yoga radiates a positive vibe 24/7!
I took advantage of their one-week introductory offer ($20) and was hooked. A wide variety of classes, levels and times each day make it easy to be consistent with my practice of yoga. Did I mention that I was 52, overweight, with chronic bad knees & hips tighter than a drum. No worries, Jen and all of her instructors guide and recommend modifications every step of the way. I feel better, sleep better, eat less and have more energy than I have had in years. My yoga practice will continue to shine brightly because I feel like Family at Shine Yoga.” 🙂 — John. P., 2015
“We go through life with all this weight on us from stress, disappointment, anxiety.
We get so used to it, we don’t even realize how it makes us feel. I started yoga 18 months ago at Shine. I don’t know where the magic is, whether it’s the classes, the instructors, or just the positive vibe, but I have rediscovered my joy, and just plain feeling good!”—Kathleen Inman, 2015
“This is the best studio.
All the instructors are fabulous & true healers. I am coming off a knee injury & need special attention for my recovery, they are so knowledgeable & tuned into your personal needs. The students are an eclectic group so I never feel intimated. I HIGHLY recommend coming here to start or continue your yoga journey.”—T.S. Handler, 2015
“My vacation to Sandbridge, VA near Virginia Beach turned into a yoga retreat because of Shine Yoga.
They offer a great package for out-of-towners wishing to maintain a yoga practice while on vacation at the beach. Starting my day at Shine made my day at the beach more relaxing because I was able to fully relax my mind, body, and soul. I just booked my vacation at the same place next year because of Shine Yoga. I’m already looking forward to my yoga retreat in 2016.” — Craig L., 2015
“I have severe arthritis in my knees…
and was barely able to do any of the poses when I started at Shine six months ago. Jen encouraged me to only do what my body was capable of, and showed me many modifications. Today I am active and vibrant again with little or no arthritis pain. I have also gained an incredible inner peace. Thanks Jen and Shine Yoga!”—Lynn Marie Edwards, 2014
“I am so excited for Shine Yoga!
I have been taking yoga classes with Jen and can honestly say it has helped add a balance to my life. I had never taken a yoga class before and she made the classes so comfortable. I am looking forward to more class availability with Jen and to take classes with new instructors she will invite to teach!” —Kim H. 2014
“Shine Yoga is an amazing studio…
and Jen is an awesome practitioner. Her passion and love for yoga and meditation shines from her huge smile she has everyday! My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed each class we practiced in and are looking forward to the endless possibilities of our body, mind and spirit at Shine Yoga.” —Marisol Nieves, 2014
“Went to an amazing yoga class…
this morning at Shine Yoga to try to work out the problem with my hip prior to the marathon on Sunday. The class was amazing!!! Jen Fedorowicz really knows what she’s doing. My hip feels great and if I was rich, I would pay to bring her with me to DC so that she could stretch me out right before the run. If you haven’t been to Shine yet, get there. Yoga is just amazing and one of these days I’ll get around to doing it more than once a week…and I know just where I’ll go. Thanks, Jen! I know today’s class did wonders for me!”— Andrea Denton, 2014
“This is my first experience with Yoga, …
and it has been great. Truly feel rejuvenated and less stressed after going to lunch break sessions. Jen is a great instructor, very welcoming, and has a soothing voice.” —Holly Logan, 2014
“Beautiful!” —Helen Campbell, 2014