OTAC Breathe yoga and Pilates instructors embrace the philosophy of focusing on the whole person—mind, body and soul. Our instructors have a wide variety of experience and bring their knowledge to every practice!
DIRECTOR AND INSTRUCTOR
RACHAEL BUSSING, E-R.Y.T.200YACEP
Rachael’s passion for yoga blossomed when she was a young teen. In high school, she began to dive deeper into the philosophies of yoga, incorporating the lessons of her studies into daily life. It wasn’t until college that Rachael began coming to her mat every day in a dedicated asana practice. Her asana practice respects finding the sthira and sukham (the balance between effort and ease) in every pose while honoring the space that the body is in at each moment. Rachael is a E-R.Y.T.200YACEP (Experienced Registered Yoga Trainer and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider). Her teachers include Marcia Hoffheins, Colleen Clement and Kelly Armstrong. She continues to study on her own and with her mentor, and attends workshops so she can continue to bring knowledge to her classes.
NAZLI P. WEISS, R.Y.T.
Nazli P. Weiss, RYT, originally hails from India and is a longtime practitioner of Iyengar yoga. For the last 18 years, she has studied Iyengar yoga in Washington, DC, and Charlottesville, Virginia. She has attended numerous workshops with senior teachers nationwide, and continues to do so on an ongoing basis. Nazli has a master’s degree in English literature and has trained as a classical Indian dancer. Her teaching is enriched by her study of the Indian texts, philosophy of yoga and aims to increase the strength and overall wellness of the body-mind system. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (R.Y.T.) accredited by the Yoga Alliance of North America. Nazli is also a certified Restorative yoga instructor. She is a Rappahannock County resident and also teaches in Bethesda, Maryland and Orlean, Virginia.
PATTI BOUNDS, 200 R.Y.T.
Patti began teaching fitness classes when she moved to Warrenton in 1993. Though she spent 20 years loving the energy of high-impact fitness, her new passion lies within teaching and spreading the practice of yoga. Patti is a 200-hour R.Y.T. certified instructor, and received her instruction under head teacher Marcia Hoffheins at Flow Yoga in Leesburg, Virginia. The physical, mental and spiritual benefits of yoga make up the root of her passion and her desire to practice daily. Patti is eager to share her love of yoga to anyone who wants to learn, and feels her journey as a student of yoga is just beginning. Married for over 25 years with four children, Patti loves to travel and spend time with her family.
CARRIE CARTER, 200 R.Y.T.
Carrie’s lifelong love of running and exercise grew to include yoga when Warrenton Yoga opened in 2015. She enjoys how yoga brings elements of the mind and body together and is grateful for the balance it brings to her busy life. Carrie completed a 200 RYT in 2016, and now she is excited to share yoga with others. Carrie lives in Warrenton with her husband and three children. She is passionate about cooking and adventuring with the people she loves.
BETH BERKELEY, E-RYT
Beth is a veteran yoga teacher who has been exploring numerous yoga styles for 25 years. She is a 2001 graduate of the Healing Touch Institute of Massage Therapy, a 2004 graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration, and holds two, 200-hour yoga teacher certifications. Of the numerous yoga traditions Beth has explored, her love is for Ashtanga Yoga–for the transformative power of the unseen practices woven into its methodology. Beth’s teaching is informed by her extensive training in functional anatomy, years of hands-on work with bodies changing posture and the insights gleaned from her daily asana practice. She strives to offer classes that are challenging, accessible and empowering, sharing her passion for yoga and helping others know its tremendous power to heal and transform.
Alex holds a degree in Exercise Science. Her personal experience includes collegiate athlete, cyclist, marathoner, triathlete, and figure competitor. Alex is excited to share her passion and utilize her more than 20 years in the fitness industry to inspire others to be as mentally and physically fit as they desire to be.
Chris Forsten joins the staff at Old Town Athletic Campus after graduating from the College of William and Mary with a B.S. in kinesiology. While at William and Mary, Chris was the catcher for the Tribe baseball team and served as its captain for three years, an experience that reinforced values of leadership, hard-work and respect. He also brings experience working as a physical therapy technician at Williamsburg Physical Therapy, where he focused on injury prevention and recovery. Most recently, Chris has become a huge proponent of the holistic principles and teachings of Pilates, believing them to be crucial tools for discovering an athlete’s full potential. With his deep-rooted passion for athletics, plus backgrounds in athletic training, physical therapy and kinesiology, Chris is an invaluable asset to OTAC Breathe. He is excited to develop well-conditioned, healthy clients who will discover their potential and reach their health goals!
Susan launched her fitness career at Old Town Athletic Club in 2002 by teaching Body Flow. In 2004 she received her Pilates certification from Physical Mind Institute and began teaching private Pilates for the club. She achieved the level of nationally certified Pilates teacher from the Pilates Method Alliance in 2007. Since her initial certification Susan has traveled coast to coast to work with master Pilates teachers. She has taken countless workshops with these experts in order to develop a deep level of knowledge of the Pilates Method. She currently holds the position of head Pilates trainer and teacher trainee mentor for OTAC Breathe at Old Town Athletic Campus. Susan has a deep desire to share the Pilates Method with those who desire better posture, deep core strength, and decreased body pain such as back and joint issues.
Jeanne Marie Tufts
After several years traveling with her husband Max and her four children, Jeanne Marie is happy to be back in Fauquier County, where she was raised. It was during this time away that she first experienced yoga and became dedicated to her own routine of personal practice. An NYU graduate with a doctorate in physical therapy, Jeanne-Marie appreciates yoga for its practical and spiritual exploration of the body. In early 2017, Jeanne-Marie completed her 200 RYT certification at Stephanie Keach’s Asheville Yoga Center, where she had the privilege of studying under multiple gifted instructors offering all styles of hatha yoga. Jeanne-Marie brings experience as a physical therapist to complement her yoga instruction, with a particular interest in an alignment-based approach to the vinyasa style.
Kerry started teaching yoga in 2005, but she has practiced for 20 years. Although Kerry was exposed to many styles of yoga early on, she considers her first teacher to be Baron Baptiste, with whom she trained before pursuing her 200-hour certification through Down Dog Yoga of Washington, D.C. There she was mentored by Patty Ivey, and later became the lead instructor for Down Dog’s location in Herndon. Two years ago, she received her 500-hour training with Rolf Gates, exploring yin as well as various styles of meditation.
After many years in the city, Kerry and her husband Eric moved to Marshall, Virginia, where they enjoy country living with their animals. Kerry, also a painter and former actress, loves to share the healing and transformative benefits of yoga with her students, and aims to lead supportive, loving, inspired classes. She is delighted to be part of the yoga team at OTAC.