Kelly Golden

E-RYT 500 & Level 1 Para Yoga Certified Teacher

Kelly is the Founder and Director of Vira Bhava Yoga, and a lifetime practitioner of Yoga. She began practicing Yoga in 1994 and continues to practice today. She started teaching yoga in 2002, and now leads teacher trainings all over the United States.

She studies the ParaYoga Style with Yogarupa Rod Stryker (in which she is a Level I Certified Teacher since 2012), and also studies with Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten.


Rachel Tuck

RYT 500

Rachel is the Associate Director of Vira Bhava Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for 12 years and teaching for 8. She is a 500 hr Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher and co-owns a local yoga studio in Nevada City, CA - The Golden Mandala Donation Yoga Studio (A Vira Bhava Yoga Studio). She believes that yoga should not hurt and it should not make you dislike yourself.

We use yoga as a tool to become embodied, get a sense of where we are at with ourselves, and then as a way to support ourselves as we move off of the mat and into our daily lives. She is a Karma Yogi. Her favorite quote is, "Do not ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive." - Howard Thurman

Sarah Austin

E-RYT 500

Sarah has been a practitioner of yoga for 11 years.  She came to the practice through her experience as a dancer in college.  Leading to pursue her Yoga Teacher Certification. Sarah is a  500 YTT  certified through Yoga Alliance. She has explored and experienced many different types of bodywork which informs her approach to teaching yoga.

Sarah enjoys teaching pranayama techniques (breath work), meditation, dynamic slow flow and relaxation to build a deeper understanding of the connection between all the layers of our being.  Sarah leads with a curiosity to explore, play and be open both on and off the mat to further strengthen our foundations to live a purposeful life.


Abbey Leigh

RYT 500

For Abbey, the practice of Ayurveda, Yoga, and meditation has been a viable pathway to remembering and celebrating one's own true nature. Having healed her own physical and spiritual diseases through these modalities, Abbey guides students to access their innate healing capacities through diet, lifestyle, asana alignment and inner exploration.

Abbey weaves Sri Vidya Tantra and Ayurvedic philosophy into her classes to bring vitality and restoration to the body and mind. Abbey is a graduate of the Vira Bhava Yoga 200hr and 300hr program. An active yoga instructor as well as a practicing Ayurvedic Health Counselor and Pancha Karma Specialist. She works at The Yoga Dive and California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City, California where she resides with her Love.


Maria Borghoff

BFA, RYT 500

Maria Borghoff (BFA, 500-RYT) is an artist and Yoga teacher living in Atlanta, GA. She helps creative people embody their wisdom and embrace their power by exploring the intersection of creativity, sexuality and healing. Maria is inspired by a multitude of disciplines, including movement, meditation, art-making and nutrition, and she has taught, published and exhibited work nationally.

Thrilled by the collaborative process, Maria's work explores the integration of ideas in order to establish more dynamic and productive relationships - individually, socially and environmentally. Currently, she is the Director at Groove Forward, an online platform helping to recreate a well world through art, science and Yoga.

Megan Pintus

RYT 200

Megan began her yoga journey in college in search of emotional healing. When she moved to Abingdon, VA after graduating, she began practicing regularly with Julie Rutherford at Whitetop Yoga. Megan began teaching yoga in 2016 after training with Katie Silcox and Julie Ruthorford.

Megan was introduced to Vira Bhava Yoga in early 2017 and was immediately drawn to the way VBY trains yogis to engage with both the light and the dark in the world around them as well as inside them. She assisted Julie Rutherford administrate a VBY 200 Hour Teacher Training at Whitetop Yoga in 2017 and is doing so again for another 200 hour in 2018. She is currently the manager of Whitetop Yoga and is working on her 500 hour RYT.