Instructors

Jessica Forsythe SoulShine Studios Co-owner, Nia Black Belt, RYT-200 Yoga

Whether I’m leading international retreats, teaching at our beautiful studio, or volunteering at the local jail, I love how these sacred movement practices allow diverse participants to tap into their own power and joy. I am energized by the music, movement, and magic of Nia. I am grounded by the alignment principles and ancient philosophy of Yoga. Through the union of Nia and Yoga, I have learned to celebrate my own uniqueness while bolstering those around me. I believe, as a community, we are greater than the sum of our parts.

When I am not at SoulShine, you may find me traveling and volunteering with my husband and 2 teenage boys or recharging my battery in the Shenandoah Valley. My motto is have fun, be kind.

Marybeth Grinnan SoulShine Studios Co-owner, First Degree Nia Black Belt, Nia Moving to Heal, Nia Move IT

I am a dreamer, a manifester, healer, and entrepreneur. I have completed hundreds of hours of Nia training which provided valuable tools and knowledge and twenty years of living Nia as a lifestyle practice has given me deep insight into my truth and my path. Nia inspires me to embody authenticity by offering a safe space to engage with the whole me: body, mind and spirit. I love to share this in my classes. I light up when I see people come home to their bodies and allow themselves to dream bigger, to live brighter, and to step into the life they desire..

Teaching this practice is my life’s work. Through it, I have learned to live with TONS more joy, connection and belonging. I meet inspiring people (students, teachers and trainers) and Nia has opened windows and doors to incredible opportunities – like dancing on a sailboat while leading a retreat in Mallorca, in le Bus Discotèque cruising the streets of Paris between retreats in the Loire Valley, and of course in my classes in RVA. Hope to see you on the dance floor.

Niki Schemmel SoulShine Studios Co-owner, Nia Black Belt, E-RYT200 Yoga

I fell in love with dancing while choregraphing routines in my living room with my friends in elementary school. I studied jazz and modern dance through my teen years and minored in dance in college. I found Yoga after college and shifted my movement attention to a hatha practice that allowed me to become aware of my body alignment and increase my strength. I also fell in love with Yoga philosophy. I began teaching Yoga in 2001 in Los Angeles and to this day continue my love affair with alignment principles and heart opening Yoga philosophy through ongoing teaching and trainings. Nia came into my life in 2008 and it made my movement practice complete. I was so thrilled to have dance back in my life! I find these two practices to be the perfect marriage of precision and expression. I am so grateful to get to share my joy with people through both of these powerful practices.

GeGe Beall Nia Black Belt, RYT-200 Yoga

I love to dance! And after a love/hate relationship with exercise, I finally discovered Nia in 2010. With this discovery, I found a way to incorporate dance as part of my overall commitment to health and I haven’t stopped dancing since. I’m a black belt level Nia instructor who is committed to sharing the joy of Nia with you! In addition to my Yoga certification I have an additional certification in Restorative Yoga. I feel many of us often don’t get the chance to fully relax. Restorative and other forms of yoga help us find that missing peace. In addition to the movement arts, I have master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Currently, I’m a healthcare speaker and a consultant focusing primarily on culture. On weekends, you can catch me performing as at ComedySportz Richmond where I’ve been a professional improv comedian since 2013.

Janie Peterson Nia Black Belt, RYT-200 Yoga, AFAA Group Instructor, Ageless Grace Educator and Trainer

Hi! I believe that through movement we find our way to health and that exercise has got to be fun! As a Certified Nia Black Belt Teacher, I bring a background in dance, nutrition, and body building. My intention is to inspire my students to take control of their bodies, minds, and spirits! By embracing our bodies in thankfulness and moving within the range of motion that is available at that moment, joy and magic are created! The sense of community and connection, the collective joy that happens when we dance together, touches the heart and soul. I have been teaching Nia since 2010, and have also trained in Free Dance, Moving to Heal, and 52 Moves. As a certified yoga instructor, I offer yin classes, targeting the myofascial tissues and hydration of the body. When not moving in the studio, I am helping families move to new homes throughout the Richmond area. Come and lets move together!