All Teachers at Oceanfront Have Had Intensive Yoga Training and Are Qualified to Teach Beginner to Advanced Classes. We Honor the Class and the Students Who Are Present.
monday @ 12:00noon and wednesday @ 12:00noon. practice all the basic postures of yoga while mindfully connecting with breath and intention. all levels.
tuesday @ 11:30am and thursday @ 11:30am. a gentle yoga for folks who can not stand for long periods of time and need the support of a chair. sometimes in life we need to take a seat and enjoy yoga.
monday @ 7:00pm, tuesday @ 10:00am, thursday @ 10:00am & 6:30pm, friday @ 10:00am, saturday @ 10:00am, sunday @ 11:00am. the foundation of any practice includes the essential elements of yoga. a regular practice of the basics in yoga is necessary to move into more advanced classes. learn all the correct postures and terminology to build a firm foundation and challenge you to stay the course. all levels.
Flo And Go
saturday @ 8:30 am. a quick and simple flow/vinyasa of all your favorite poses to get you going for the day. all levels.
monday @ 5:30pm. maintain balance to your daily activities by "just stretching". all stretches derive from yoga, but this class focuses on the muscle groups which take the most abuse, such as shoulders, hips, legs and back. this is a very casual setting for athletes or anyone who wants to begin a yoga practice without intimidation. poses are held for a lengthy, rejuvenating time. all levels are welcome.
monday @ 6:30am. join the men's group on monday am for yoga which suits men.
wednesday @ 7:00pm. as we complete our day we welcome the evening through all the poses of the salutations to the moon. our minds and bodies de-stress through easy, graceful, flowing movement. the sun and moon salutations are practiced universally.
Ocean Flow (level Ii Vinyasa)
sunday @ 9:30 am. come enjoy the beauty of the ocean using your oceanic breath during this challenging sequencing of postures. participants should have had experience with challenging yoga for a minimum of 6 months. intermediate to advanced only please.
tuesday @ 9:00 am, thursday @ 9:00 am. strengthen the core and align the spine with pilates, one of the most popular forms of exercise today. students will enjoy a multilevel practice. all levels.
wednesday @ 6:30 am. we greet the morning by beginning our practice with sun salutations in celebration of a new day. all levels.
friday @ 12:00 noon. tranquil yoga is a gentle series of mostly seated postures held for an extended period to promote healing and rejuvenation to the spine and joints.
Yoga Basics Plus Meditation
tuesday @ 6:30 pm, friday @ 4:30 pm. learn the proper techniques for basic yoga poses plus relax to a refreshing 10 minute meditation releasing the stress of your day.
wednesday @ 10am. the elements of balance, posture and mind body awareness are similar in both strength training and yoga. in this hour, we focus on the alignment of the body through the use of body bars for strengthening and becoming more aware of our core. the class incorporates yoga, strength training and rhythm to create the perfect body balance.
Intensive Practice (by Appointment)
if you would like to learn more about yoga or simply deepen your practice by practicing more hours at a time, you can join the "teachers in training "classes and pay per hour without signing up for the full teacher training. the training classes are generally held on friday, saturday and/sunday. inquire at the front desk as to the times and fees.
Specialty Courses (by Appointment)
oceanfront yoga will offer special classes for the following. inquire at the studio for more information. groups, corporate, parties, kids, personal training - single or group.
this is a yoga alliance recognized program which fully prepares one for teaching yoga. inquire at the studio for more information.
On-going 200 hour Yoga Alliance Approved Course. Next scheduled course to be announced. Course includes notebook and unlimited classes at Oceanfront Yoga for 6 months. Registration - Students must have been practicing yoga for 1 year to enroll.
Deposit Due Upon Registration$500.00
College Student Discount
Must show student ID.
3 Months Unlimited For$270.00
Owners & Instructors
The Owners of Oceanfront Fitness & Yoga, Connie Weisberg and Melanie Mochel, met each other while taking Yoga in the min 90s. They both became yoga students together at the International Yoga Institute, where they developed a strong bond during their intensive training. Their friendship continued to develop as they worked together in the original Yoga program at Wareing's Gym. The vision and creation of Oceanfront Fitness & Yoga is the result of their passion for wellness and giving the community a place to practice and grow.
Melanie Mochel and her husband moved from northern Wisconsin in 1997. Preferring the warmer weather of the beach, they settled here to raise their two daughters. In 1998, Melanie began her yoga journey and quickly became a yoga aficionado. Encouraged by her teacher, Christy Brock, she began earning her certification in "Raja" (Zen) from The International Yoga Institute in 2001. As a senior instructor of Raja, she continues to learn other styles of yoga through workshops and self study. Although Melanie is a very accomplished teacher of all levels and many styles, she is most known for her gentle approach to yoga. Helping others discover their path in yoga is what gives her the greatest joy as a teacher.
About Connie Weisberg
Connie Weisberg started in the body/mind business during the 80's as an owner of the first successful fitness business at the oceanfront of Virginia Beach.
She holds a BS in Education from East Carolina University and taught school for 12 years before giving up her teaching career in the school system to become a full time fitness teacher. Working as the Director of Fitness and Yoga at Wareing's Gym for 17 years, Connie not only built an extraordinary fitness program with over 50 classes weekly but also launched a successful yoga program called "The Yoga Room" still in existence today. Connie Weisberg's true joy is teaching others and sharing her skills to make yoga a blissful experience for all she encounters.
Connie earned her senior certification in Zen Raja yoga in 2001; however, she considers herself an a devoted student of Anusara.
A devotee of Desiree Rumbaugh, a senior Anusara yoga teacher, Connie believes Anusara changed her life as well as her teaching style. Connie earned many continuing education hours in Anusara yoga and attended many International Conventions and weekend seminars with various masters of yoga including Rodney Yee, Christy Brock, Beryl Bender Birch, Adil Pakavala, Eric Shiffman, Patricia Walden, Mary Dunn, Richard Freeman, Shiva Rea, David Life, Kate Miller, Choudhury Bikram, Jimmy Barkin and others. In 2005, she had the ultimate experience of meeting a true lifetime Master of yoga, Tao Porchon Lynch, whose love and guidance further inspired her teaching style and development as a yogini.
Connie also earned her Pre-Natal Yoga Certification in 2005 from Janice Clarfield, of Urban Yoga in Vancouver, Canada.
She has successfully guided many women through the birthing process using the breath work of yoga.
Other certifications include
Bachelor of Science,Education, East Carolina University; Yoga Teacher, International Yoga Institute, Raja emphasis; Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine; Health Fitness Instructor Certification, Old Dominion University; Fitness Instructor, AFFA; Pre-Natal Yoga Teacher Certification, Urban Yoga; Continuing Education Guidance-Desiree Rumbaugh & Tao Porchon Lynch; and Registered Yoga Teacher,Yoga Alliance.
Yoga & Fitness Instructors
Upon graduating college with a degree in languages, I decided to travel the world utilizing my skills in languages by living in various cultures around the world. Though the travels have taken me far and wide and have offered me a variety of life long experiences, I find no better joy than filling my free hours with surfing and enjoying nature at it's finest. Being a native of Puerto Rico, I learned early on the beauty of being outside in the sun which is one reason Virginia Beach became my current home a few years back. When I first experienced yoga, it was as familiar to me as riding the waves and my heart was filled with peace. Because of this innate feeling, I soon took up a steady practice and eventually earned my 200 hour certification from Oceanfront Yoga. One day, it is my hope to return to my native Puerto Rico and share my love of yoga in my home country. But in the meantime, the surf and yoga in Virginia Beach are home to me.
Gabrielle Weisberg Cabreros
Gabrielle's journey to yoga began with simple observance. She grew up watching her mother, Connie Weisberg, teach fitness and yoga to the patrons of Wareing's Gym. As a typically resistant teenager, she didn't completely buy into the idea of yoga right away. After all, that was "Mom's thing." After some on-and-off experimentation with different types of yoga throughout college, Gabrielle developed a more serious interest in the study of yoga philosophy and yoga practice in 2009, when she decided to try her hand at yoga teacher training. A wedding and a major career change interposed and choreographed the next couple of years of Gabrielle's life, leaving little room for serious dedication to and study of yoga. Gabrielle spent this time cultivating her marriage to her husband, Rey, and learning the ins and outs of teaching under the mentorship of her high school English teacher. But, Gabrielle always knew that she would eventually return to yoga and that her return would signify a major life change, when the time was right. Gabrielle's calling to yoga sounded once again in the summer of 2011, when she spent six weeks living in Asheville, North Carolina for graduate school in English literature. The amazing community yoga center, and skilled and dedicated yoga teachers, as well as the local and sustainable restaurants and retail shops throughout Asheville, inspired Gabrielle to pursue a more simplified, Spartan-like existence with yoga as her centering point. Vigorous asana practice over the summer reawakened Gabrielle's body, as well as her mind, to the possibility of becoming a yoga teacher. Her two years of experience teaching high school English at Cape Henry Collegiate School gave her the confidence she needed to assume the role of teacher with adult yoga students. She sought guidance from her mother, Connie, and received her yoga teacher training certification (200 hour level) in February of 2012. Gabrielle enjoys the opportunity to share the benefits of yoga and yoga philosophy with anyone who seeks truth, balance, and peace.
Growing up as a dancer and gymnast, yoga felt like a natural transition for me. The alignment principles of Anusara yoga feel like an extension of what I have known most of my life. I find peace and joy when I turn on the music and flow gracefully from one asana to the next; I am still dancing, but in a different context. I especially love the playful quality of inversions, and I love how they allow me to view my world from a different perspective. I am so grateful to have found Oceanfront Yoga and to have completed the 200 hour training with Connie Weisberg. Her guidance and instruction has allowed me to grow as a yogini and instructor. I feel blessed to be able to share the knowledge that she has taught me with my students. I hope that I can inspire others to find their own peace and happiness through yoga.
Originally from New York I moved to Virginia Beach in 2005 with my husband and 2 kids. I have always been athletic and love the physical challenge; tae kwon do, heavy weight lifting, spinning, running etc., anything to keep my body and mind moving. In 2011 an ankle injury slowed me down and changed my life forever. Nursing my ankle injury my yoga journey began with taking a Jivamukti class with my daughter. I found the practice melting away pains and stress of my hectic and stressful daily life; which helped carry me through the day with lightness in my body and heart. I was hooked and began to take more classes. I fell in love with the effects it was having on my body but more importantly the effects it was having on my mind. My mind felt calm and peaceful. After this discovery I wanted to share this wonderful feeling with others. I received my 200-hr Teacher Training from Oceanfront Yoga in February 2012 and jumped into teaching, eager to share my love for yoga with others. Inspired by my teacher Connie Weisberg and peers at Oceanfront Yoga my intention is to foster a conscious, empowered and happy environment so that every student leaves in a peaceful state of mind. I infuse my passion for yoga in each posture, giving gentle but encouraging cues with particular emphasis on breath and enjoyment of the present moment.
Cindy Cullen-Huls is a certified and Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor. A New York native, Cindy moved to Virginia Beach and ocean about 20 years ago and lives with her husband and two children. With the calming ocean as her background, she has practiced yoga for over 13 years, and completed the intensive Yoga and Vinyasa teacher training certification program with the esteemed Yax Hot House Yoga's studio. Cindy also assisted in the Fundamental beginner's course taught through the studio. Drawing from a variety of yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, and Kundalini, Cindy is continually developing her teaching style to better suite herself and her students alike. "Yoga, like life is a journey" She looks forward to sharing all the positive benefits that she has learned, and experienced, with others.
Kate's yogic journey began when she quit her job and moved to Satchidananda Ashram, aka Yogaville, in Buckingham, VA. After spending a month living and working as a Living Yoga Trainee (LYT), Kate realized that yoga would forever be a part of her life and returned to Virginia Beach wanting to continue her studies. Kate studied for her 200 hour yoga teacher certification under the guidance of Connie Weisberg at Oceanfront Yoga. In March of 2010, Kate returned to Yogaville to obtain her Laughing Yoga certification with Bharata Wingham. Recognizing the healing power of yoga, Kate strives to be the guide that moves others through their life-long yogic journey.
After suffering injuries from the rigorous practice of Tae Kwon Do, June was seeking a more 'body-friendly' holistic practice. At the end of her first yoga class tears rolled down her cheeks. She had managed to tap into emotions that had been locked inside for decades and the stress relief was incredible; June was hooked! Not only did yoga heal her body, but it soothed June's mind too. June had found her passion and was eager to gain the experience necessary to begin a teacher training program. June studied for eight years with wonderful teachers in San Diego, Guam and Virginia Beach. June graduated in January 2011 as a Registered Yoga Teacher 200HR, registered with Yoga Alliance. For her, yoga was a holistic practice of mind, body, spirit. She believes that yoga can be modified to suit every student regardless of level of fitness, flexibility or life-stage. June's passion is guiding students so that they may seek their own path of self-discovery. June encourages them to be kind to their bodies as they practice at their own level. Her teaching focuses on the precision alignment of Iyengar yoga, coupled with multi-style vinyasa. June is from the UK and has been living in the USA since 2000. She currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, Ron and their twin boys, Alex and Leo.
Oceanfront Yoga is the first ever yoga studio at the oceanfront of Virginia Beach. It was created out of the need for a private, clean and peaceful environment away from the noises of gyms and the street.
Oceanfront Yoga is a community outreach, with the intention of creating classes that will fit every type and stage of humanity from tots to the elderly. The instructors of Oceanfront Yoga are skilled individuals who have been educated from an acceptable yoga training school of no less than one year.
Many of our senior teachers have learned from a variety of yoga masters and hold several certifications. We bring to the mat many years of work, knowledge and love for the practice of yoga. It is our utmost desire to share our love for yoga with the community and bring the benefits of doing yoga to the lives we touch.
We give thanks and gratitude to the many yoga masters who have mentored us along our journey.
A special thank you to Tao Porchon Lynch and Desiree Rumbaugh whose encouragement, unselfish love and joy for life have led us to this day.