Humble Warrior is a passion of the four women founders at right - (L-R Carmen Morales, Teresa Williams, Raquel Durden, Diane Flowers). Each women has her unique story (see below) with a passion to provide space for women veterans and first responders to connect, renew, and thrive!
As iron sharpens iron so one person sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17
Raquel "Raqi" (pronounced Rocky) began her yoga practice in 2007 and received her 500-hour yoga certification through the Himalayan Institute, 200-hr yoga teacher training certification through Rubber Soul's Adventure Club. She has also completed Warriors at Ease Level 1 Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification and is a certified Holistic Nutritionist through Expert Rating ISO. She enjoys bringing an emphasis of pranayama - mindful breathing in to classes. She wears many hats: retired U.S. Army combat veteran, cancer survivor, vegan, mom, wife, small group leader, prayer warrior, dog lover, full-time encourager... and she's been seen juggling on her yoga mat. Her mantra for this year is "Savor," and she hopes to share this with other Humble Warrior Women at retreats, workshops, and classes.
Diane spent 8 years in the US Army then moved on to 17 years of distribution leadership for Fortune 25 companies. She eventually tired of being part of the world that encourages us to focus on buying things versus experiencing life. She left full time work in 2014 and hasn't looked back. She took the opportunity to be active in her community, remodel her house and yard, and became an avid gardener. Diane has always lived an active life and found movement to be healing and necessary daily. After being in careers that required movement daily, she found it hard to slow down and in stepped yoga. She had practiced yoga in support of her other activities since 2007 and now found yoga a great way to transition. She completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training in Claremont, CA with Monica Matthews in 2016. She loves yoga for the depth it brings to her life and not just the poses. She has completed Warriors at Ease Level 1 Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification.
Carmen, our Reconnaissance Scout-in-Residence and active Army retiree, has been an avid runner since 2014. She has successfully broken the banners of the PNC 10-miler, three half-marathons, and five Peachtree Road Races in Atlanta, GA. She is currently training for her first full marathon and aspires to be an Ultimate Peach in 2019. Carmen enjoys playing volleyball, watching reruns of Blue Bloods, and yelling at the TV during college football games. She loves spending time outdoors and has recently fallen in love with kayaking. Other loves include laughing at YouTube doggie videos, eating her favorite food - spaghetti, grabbing a midday nap when she can, and chasing her godson around the park, Sky Zone, and Dave & Busters.
Teresa - As the only nonmilitary member of the group, Teresa earned her Humble Warrior status differently. Her battlefield for thirty years was a high school English classroom where she learned humility and strove to be an encouraging warrior each day. Since retiring in 2009, she has forgotten most of her students' names; learned to read a book for enjoyment; savored many slow, tasty lunches by herself or with friends; prepared homemade dinner for her family and friends while sipping a glass of fine wine; talked with and listened to adults; indulged in leisurely walks, long naps, and lots of travels anytime she has wanted; and, most importantly, chosen to be her true, authentic self. Teresa's greatest gifts are her faith, her family, and her friends.