Mary McWilliams Certified Trainer
Beth’s yoga journey grew out of a love of the way the body moves and what it is capable of. Beth has been dancing since she was 6 years old. She studied many genres throughout her college years with an emphasis in Ballet and Modern dance. After attending Point Park College in Pittsburgh, PA she finished her Bachelors of Arts at Slippery Rock University with a concentration in Dance Pedagogy.
Over the years she has done choreography for numerous high school musicals and dance performances, taught at various different dance studios in Pennsylvania and Georgia.
Beth started her yoga practice about 6 years ago and in 2017 she decided she wanted more. “Yoga feels so good, so natural in my body that I want to share my passion with others.” She completed her 200 hr RYT in December 2017 at Yoga and Wellness of Blue Ridge under the instruction of Christina and Amanda and has been teaching at Yoga and Wellness for two years.
200 RYT and Certified Barre Teacher
Amanda Dilbeck - Studio Owner
500 E-RYT, P-RYT, CE , Thai Bodywork Practitioner
Yoga and Wellness of Blue Ridge
Amanda's yoga journey began years ago. In 2012, she attended her first RYT course and instantly fell in love with teaching. Unfortunately, the universe had other plans for her that year and her course was cut short due to health reasons. It was during her rehabilitation that Amanda found through breathwork, yoga, and meditation she could accept and understand that there is always more than one path to any journey. In 2013, Amanda was able to return to her studies and complete her 200 hour training with a new perspective on life, love and Yoga. Finding that she wanted to deepen her practice and knowledge Amanda completed her 500 RYT and is a registered PRYT with over a 100 hours pre-natal and women's health training. She also is certified in Thai yoga bodywork. She is continuing to explore and learn along her journey bringing her focus to full body wellness. She teaches yoga foundations, flow, restorative, chair and yin classes, she is also loves working in group or private sessions. She now has over 5000 teaching hours and is the course director of our 200 YTT course.
Jersey-born Girl grew up in Florida. Moved to Brooklyn after high school with the dream of becoming a fashion designer moved back to Florida and raised three lovely children. At some point became intrigued with the science of exercise. After the kids were all grown decided to go to school to become a personal trainer and I have loved working in the industry. My husband and I just recently moved to the beautiful mountains of Blue Ridge and are living the dream in what I like to call the final chapter of life’s grand finale.
Denise Johnson 200 RYT
Denise practiced yoga off and on throughout her life to balance out an active lifestyle that included running, weight training, motorcycle riding, hiking and backpacking. Similar to many people with a career behind a desk and computer, things slowed down after passing the big 4-0. Most of the physical activity that brought joy became painful and ceased being fun. After giving up almost many hobbies and several alternate pain treatments Denise underwent back surgery in 2019. "I feel like I've been given a second life! Things I had accepted as no longer accessible to me are back in my routine. I could almost say I'm happy to work in the yard and clean house again, but that wouldn't be exactly honest".
Denise attributes much of her successful recovery to returning to her yoga mat. Experiencing the benefits of slow concentrated movement and breath work helped focus attention to areas of the body needing to rebuild strength and flexibility.
After spending the first 50 living in Charlotte, NC Denise moved to Blue Ridge in 2015. Plans are to spend the next 50 years living in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. She and her husband Chad are proud parents of a US Airman currently serving in Japan.