Heather Lundy, MA, DTR, E-RYT, CMT
Heather is the founder and owner of The Nest. Heather is a yogi, therapist, teacher and choreographer obsessed with all forms of movement. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Dance/Movement Therapy from Hahnemann University and an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Dance Theater from James Madison University. She studies and teaches yoga, Pilates, modern dance, massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork, movement theory, physical theater, and a host of obscure movement practices that delight and distract her on a daily basis. She is a licensed massage therapist.
In addition to teaching at The Nest, Heather teaches at James Madison University and Cedar Stone Massage School. She is a partner and therapist at Cedar Stone Spa and is lucky to perform and choreograph for two dance companies: Working Title Productions (www.workingtitleproductions.org) and Shojorakudava. She is co-owner of Living Retreats in Costa Rica, a retreat center dedicated to teaching the world to surf and do yoga. Heather is blessed to live in the valley and has a magic life, complete with cool dog.
Julia Vessey, MFA started dancing at a young age and developed her love for dance and movement. Ms. Vessey continued her dance and yoga training in college at James Madison University (JMU). At JMU, she was exposed to the world of modern dance and upon graduation she pursued a graduate degree at Arizona State University (ASU). After graduating summa cum laude from ASU with her MFA in dance, she accepted an adjunct faculty position at JMU in 2009. From her first exposure she has been pursuing Yoga training in the US and abroad from many teachers and in many styles.
Julia has been practicing yoga in many styles and around the world since 2000. In 2009, Ms. Vessey was accepted into the world-renowned Tokyo based Butoh company, Dairakudakan. Ms. Vessey returned to the States as an adjunct faculty at JMU and recent addition to the dance department at Piedmont Virginia Community College. Ms. Vessey is the founder of the Shojorakudava, Dairakudakan’s satellite USA based Butoh company and is a current member of the DC based company ProEkoh Dance.
Stephanie Jesteadt, RYT began practicing yoga 15 years ago in college and was “hooked” immediately. While life’s many exciting changes and challenges took place over the years she found that the practice of yoga was the one thing that always remained a constant – a place where she could retreat, focus and just breathe. After working as a physician recruiter and running her own recruiting company for several years she joyfully took on-full time motherhood in 2005. It was then she started to get this little idea in her head that maybe “someday” she could become a yoga instructor.
Three beautiful children, a dog, cat and fish later she is in the process of completing her 200 RYT through Yogafit. Stephanie has been teaching for almost 2 years at Spotswood Country Club where she has established a great following of dedicated, awesome students. She loves the energy that yoga brings to her own life as well as to her students and is thrilled to be bringing it to a studio setting.
Andrea Russell, E-RYT- Andrea’s passion for movement began with training in various dance styles throughout middle and high school. Although her involvement with dance declined during college, her discovery of yoga in 2010, and a consistent yoga practice in 2012, soon filled that void. Andrea felt invigorated by the bodily awareness, creativity, and playfulness of yoga that she had experienced in dance, as well as by the added benefits of inner peace and overall well-being. Fascinated by the inner and outer workings of the body, she supplemented her yoga practice with kinesiology and dance classes at The College of William and Mary (W&M). Upon graduating with her BA in Hispanic Studies from W&M, she also completed her 200 hour teacher training certification under the guidance of Shannon Harty, E-RYT 500 at GetDOWNDog Yoga in Williamsburg, VA. Drawing on Shannon’s Baptiste-inspired style of teaching, Andrea seeks to offer yoga classes that are accessible and transformative for students of all levels. She enjoys drawing connections between lessons on the mat and lessons in life, as well as connections between herself and her fellow yogis.
Connie Magee is a new-ish Virginia transplant. 12 years of New York City living pushed her to find a greener, quieter place. After owning & guiding for an outdoor adventure company (and careers in wealth management and teaching Science to 8th graders), attaining her climbing guide’s license and realizing she was spending more time in the mountains & traveling than in the big bad city, she finally jumped and landed right here in Harrisonburg. Her practice has sustained her through many radical life changes over 18 years. She considers it an honor to be called to teach yoga, to devotees, kids, and everyone in between.
She acquired her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification at Sonic Yoga in NYC, and is most of the way through the 500 hour Training under Will Duprey. Her style fo teaching is vinyasa flow, but she loves to break it down, workshop poses, get the Pranayama brewing and best of all, meditate. She’s up for kirtan anytime. This past year, she has taught to middle schoolers, senior ladies and regular studio attendees. She credits yoga as the transformative force in her live, and loves to share it with others.
Jason Nichols, RYT, grew up on Long Island, New York and moved to the Shenandoah Valley area in 2001. He started practicing yoga in 2005 and has studied different styles of yoga including Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Anusara, and Iyengar. Jason completed his 200 hour yoga training at Charlottesville Yoga School in Charlottesville, Virginia. Off the mat, Jason enjoys spending time with his wife and three children, playing music, and woodworking.
Ashley Sutt is a Certified Nia Blue Belt. She completed her White Belt training in July of 2009 with Nia co-creator, Debbie Rosas; and was trained as a Blue Belt by Carlos Rosas, Nia co-creator, in September of 2010. Ashley first experienced Nia in 2006, and immediately felt an acceptance of her body previously unknown to her. Since that first experience, Nia has played a vital role in Ashley’s personal journey of self-exploration and transformation. As a professional counselor, she knew that integrating mind, body, spirit and emotion was necessary in order to maintain health and wellness, but she had never found a practice that actually addressed all of those areas simultaneously. Nia does just that!