Fitness

Fitness Instructors

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Alan Armstrong

Classes of the Discovering Monkey School of Qigong and Taijiquan consist of Yang family forms of Taijiquan (such as the 24-move sequence, the full-length Classical sequence, and the Yang sword) and a wide variety of Qigong exercises including the Eight Pieces of Brocade and the Five Animal Frolics.

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Laura Leonard

Laura is a dreamer and a lover of life, constantly inspired to grow, learn and seek adventure. Laura began her journey on the yogic path in 2005 while in graduate school in the beautiful and majestic Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Once introduced, she knew immediately that the practice of yoga would become a consistent thread weaving throughout the fabric of her life.

It didn’t take long for Laura to begin to feel the beautiful difference that yoga was making—physically, spiritually, and emotionally—both on and off the mat. Laura continued to deepen her practice after moving to Roanoke, as well as through seeking out opportunities to visit different studios while traveling the country. She jumped at the chance to be a part of the first Uttara Yoga Teacher Training, and completed the 200-hour program in 2014 under the divine guidance of Jill Loftis and Katie Silcox. Laura is grateful for the chance to have learned from a variety of yogis along the way, and blends these teachings and traditions together to create energetic yet restorative classes, with a focus on mind, body, and breath awareness.

As a school psychologist in an urban community, Laura has incorporated her knowledge and practice of mindfulness, yoga, and psychology in her work with disadvantaged youth, helping them discover and deepen their inner strengths. In addition to teaching in the studio setting, she has taught yoga to classroom teachers and students, and even inspired her own mother to take up yoga in her late 50s. With every class Laura brings peace, joy, and a warm smile to the mat and shares it with those whom she guides. She is inspired by each of her students, who have become her greatest teachers. Om Shanti.

She is currently a Yoga instructor at Uttara Yoga in Roanoke.

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Sally Dallas Wesley

My philosophy is “yoga anytime, anywhere.” I enjoy all types of yoga — from an energetic Vinyasa class to a grounding Yin class, or the rejuvenation that comes from Restorative yoga. Everyone truly has the capacity for miraculous transformation, and yoga is an excellent catalyst for change. My goals as a teacher are to provide a safe, peaceful, loving environment; to meet my students where they are; to stimulate a desire to practice; and to provide assistance in facilitating physical and mental wellness. Yoga saved me and is helping me realign to an authentic life. It is ever changing and full of “aha” moments!

She is currently a Yoga instructor at Uttara Yoga in Roanoke.

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Kimberly Vest

Kimberly has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga for the past 25 years. Kimberly’s classes promote a gentle and restorative asana practice that connects the body, mind and spirit through the integration of pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation and relaxation.

She grew up in Salem and lived in Seattle, Washington for many years where she owned her own yoga studio. Kimberly teaches many different styles of yoga with her foundational training rooted in the Integral yoga tradition founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda. While living in Seattle, Kimberly trained and studied in the Viniyoga tradition. This approach to yoga evolved out of the teachings transmitted by T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar of Madras, India. Vini means to adapt and through this training, she became very skillful at adapting classes to the needs of her students. Kimberly has been studying Anusara yoga for the past two years and this unique style has expanded her understanding of the energetic and spiritual nature of the practice of yoga. She honors the tradition of Yoga, and yet accepts the Western lifestyle with its fast and busy pace and the stresses caused by living in this chaotic world. Her loving kindness and graciousness of spirit are the reflections of a Yogic lifestyle, which she embraces every day.

Kimberly loves working with women and supporting women during the birthing process by acting a doula. She is a certified pre-natal, labor and delivery, and post-natal yoga instructor.
Kimberly also is a belly dancer and has been belly dancing for 12 years. She enjoys working with women of all ages, shapes and sizes, by teaching them the art of belly dance. She creates a safe environment where women can explore their creativity through movement and body awareness.

She is currently a Yoga instructor at Uttara Yoga in Roanoke.

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Gabriel Villarreal

Gabriel is the River Rock’s Strength Training and Fitness Instructor. In addition to instructing our classes he will be operating his own LostBoys Strength & Conditioning classes in the gym.

“I had stumbled upon the secret formula to a lifestyle free of long term stress, bad days, and an abundance of energy and positivity. A trinity of a good diet (read as: a life of good clean food), goal oriented fitness, and mental health support. It was then I realized if everyone had this trinity they too could be limitless in what they wanted in life. However, upon completing my Masters to practice therapy in the mental health field, many professors lectured on the barriers of integrating fitness and nutrition into the mental health field…And so my journey began, alone, to the founding of LostBoys Strength & Conditioning.

Along the way training with and receiving two fitness certifications from two of the most esteemed strength and conditioning coaches in the country: Zach Even-Esh and Travis Mash of Underground Strength & Conditioning and Mash Elite Performance.

I’m so honored to begin my journey with you all and to give you the experience that has been forming in my mind for the last 5 years. All barriers will be tested and knocked down and life long results will be made by all. I cannot wait to guide you to the life and goals you choose.” – Gabriel

Members of the River Rock receive a discount to LostBoys Strength & Conditioning memberships!

Memberships to LostBoys Strength & Conditioning will give you full access to their Bootcamp and Barbell Strength and Conditioning classes and more.

If you have questions about memberships you can contact:
Gabriel Villarreal
(540) 251-1557
Email Gabriel