Our Studio Teachers

 

John Kortmulder
Yoga, Breathing & Meditation Instructor
Since 2003, teaching with a healing intention as therapeutic movement, breathing and meditation instructor; John's yoga classes focus on athletic training and personal improvement, as well as injury and illness support. From early on, John's instruction has assisted participants with scoliosis, post traumatic stress, TBI, stroke, rehabilitation programs, and respiratory difficulties. Back pain issues have been a constant factor in exercise approaches, and as need has grown, stress relief has become a major concern. In 2015, John opened the first dedicated yoga studio in Amherst County, Mindful Mountain Yoga, which not only offers a daily selection of classes from several teachers, but also reaches into the community to work with local elementary school teachers in a year long Mindfulness program, offering yoga classes to Depaul Community Services for their intellectually disabled adult day support facility, and with local employers interested in an employee wellness program. His teaching experience includes developing a yoga teacher training program (30 weeks) offering a 200 hour certification as a qualified yoga teacher. The first class graduated in 2017.

Past instruction includes yoga and meditation classes at Center of Gravity in Lexington, VA. at The Yoga Center, Roanoke, VA, at the YMCA's in Lexington, VA and Lynchburg, VA, and teaching yoga for Amherst County, VA, Parks & Rec. Before moving to Virginia in 2010, John was proprietor of a small studio, Yoga On Main, started in 2003 in Mt Kisco, NY, and gave yoga instruction at the VA Hospital in Montrose, NY in 2006.
John has graduated from an accredited, year long, 200 hour certified yoga teacher training at The Breathing Project, in NYC. To better understand many life situations that people bring into yoga class, he worked 4 years as rehab assistant both with in-hospital and outpatient physical therapy, 4 years as ICU nursing assistant and hospital support for patients with mental health challenges including suicide ideation, addiction withdrawal, and dementias. John studied at CVCC's 2 year Respiratory Therapy program and for an EMT certification.
Twenty years ago, John practiced weekly sitting meditation and participated in several week-long meditation retreats at Chung Yen Monastery, Carmel, NY, That was also when he trained several years as a marathon runner, finishing ahead of 30,000 other runners in the NYC Marathon, in both 1997 and 1998. 
John's interest in Oriental energy practices led to a year long Qi Gong instruction from Daria Fain (a senior student of Mantak Chia, spiritual healer and Tai Chi master) in 2005, and in 2004, also completing a Reiki level 1 healing certification.
John continues to learn as he teaches an understanding of body and mind through movement and mindfulness to promote personal health.


Tim Griffin
TAI CHI  and QIGONG Instructor, Yoga Teacher
Tim began his journey studying holistic and oriental philosophies in 1992. Meditation and yoga practice lead him into applied healing arts in 1998. After six years as a Certified Massage Therapist and serving as instructor at Natural Touch Therapies and School of Massage, Tim studied traditional indigenous healing with Rev. Bo "Running Medicine Wolf" Pagans. Tim offers Tai Chi / QiGong classes and teaches yoga at Mindful Mountain Yoga. He also offers private  instruction and offers individual massage and holistic bodywork at our studio.



Azalea Faye

Yoga Teacher, Healing advocate

Azalea is a 200RYT, receiving her 200hr certification in “OM Yoga” an alignment based vinyasa, combined with mindful meditation. She received special training in prenatal yoga under Bec Contant of “OM Births.” The training focused on helping women develop strength, flexibility and confidence throughout their pregnancy and postpartum. 

Azalea is also a trained doula, training in Roanoke, VA at “Life’s Little Blessings Birth Center.”


Azalea’s interest in connecting with and assisting women in the journey of motherhood stems from her own journey as a mother of two. She has felt and observed the need for easier access to holistic mindful care for the mother’s body, soul, and mind.
Azalea’s passion for the connection of movement and consciousness is a lifelong journey beginning with dance and branching naturally into Yoga. While studying to receive her Bachelors in English at VCU in Richmond, VA, she spent all of her elective hours in the dance department with the opportunity to learn from amazing teachers in Modern Dance, Ballet, Yoga, Meditation, Improvisation, and Contact Improvisation.

She currently resides with her two young children in Lynchburg, VA. In addition to teaching Yoga, Azalea also homeschools her son and runs her internet brand WayCrunchy, that advocates for “Healing Through Radical Vulnerability.”
 



Bonnie Black

Yoga Teacher

Bonnie M Black is recently graduated as a 200 hour Certified Yoga Teacher from Mindful Mindful Yoga in Amherst VA, and her personal meditation practice reaches back to 1975. She enjoys teaching therapeutic benefits to group classes and individual private classes. 


 
With 18 years experience as a Physical Therapist Assistant, Bonnie also worked with Outpatient Orthopedic and Aquatic Rehabilitation, and Long Term Care and Vestibular Rehab. She received the VA Physical Therapy Association’s Award for Outstanding PTA and the PTA Recognition of Advanced Proficiency from the American Physical Therapy Association in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.
Bonnie has been a Clinical Instructor for the Jefferson College of Health Sciences and provided Aquatic training for both Lynchburg College and Liberty University Athletic. She presented at the Athletic Training Symposium at Lynchburg College in April, 2014. Bonnie received her PTA degree from Jefferson College of Health Sciences , and graduated from College of Idaho  with a BA in Psychology and Art.
Formerly a dance teacher for Floyd Ward Dance Studios, she danced with Sacred Dance Ensemble of Lynchburg, VA for 9 years assisting with Choreography, and was a member of Sacred Dance Guild during that time.
Bonnie also taught pottery at the Fine Arts Center, in Lynchburg.



Malcolm Dendtler  
African and Caribbean Percussion Teacher
Malcolm teaches percussion with a variety of instruments, predominantly African djembe and Latin conga drums, emphasizing rhythm, technique, and timing.

Born in the heart of Brooklyn, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Malcolm picked up his drum sticks with the Carter Cadets Drum & Bugle Corp at age 13, and later he was a percussive marching member of The Riversiders, a Brooklyn drum and bugle corp. From 1973 until 1977 Malcolm attended Ithica College. In NYC he learned African drumming in street workshops from master Babatunde Olatudge and in sessions at the Jazz Mobiles in Central Park and Spanish Harlem, taught by such Latin Jazz legends as Willie Bobo and Niki Morero. After completing college, Malcolm began military service in Korea, involved in military drumming in Change of Command Ceremonies. After military service, Malcolm moved to Lynchburg, VA. Malcolm Dendtler has played percussion with Unity Band (rhythm and blues), Charlie Walker Band (jazz), Lew Taylor's Jazmine Band, Carol Austin and Sound of Harmony (gospel), and Judy Watkins Infinite Praise Mass Choir. He has also played in the musicals Cats, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, and Les Miserables with the Lynchburg Orchestra's Pop Symphony. He has provided percussive support for dance classes at Randolph College and Virginia School of the Arts, and for dance instructors Chuck Davis and his African Dance Troupe, Keith Lee, Marilyn Banks, Ken Boyd, Michael Hicks, and Jeff Moen, to name a few. As the Dance Theatre of Lynchburg formed, Malcolm joined in its mission and served as the Dance Theatre's musical director. Recently, he continued musical instruction at the Dance Theatre of Lynchburg and accompanies their Modern Jazz and Afro-Caribbean classes, as well as traveling with Dance Theater's Youth Dance Ensemble on Lecture-Demonstrations and holding percussion workshops in community centers.