Humble Warrior is a passion of the three women founders at the right. Each woman has her unique story 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 and her 200-hr YTT certification through Rubber Soul's Adventure Club. She has completed the Warriors at Ease Level 2 Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification and earned a certificate in Holistic Nutrition. Her teaching style leans toward gentle yoga with a strength emphasis and seated mindfulness. Her hope for practitioners is to find an enhanced ease and breath both on and off their yoga mats. Raqi wears many hats: retired U.S. Army combat veteran, cancer survivor, mostly vegan, mom, wife, small group leader, prayer warrior, dog lover, full-time "encourager"... and she's been seen juggling on her yoga mat. She enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband-Dave, walking her dog-Radar, visiting family & friends, & considers herself a lifelong learner.
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.
Gabrielle (Gabi) is our Website, and Communication Manager. Gabrielle served in the US Army National Guard. She is a "Double Badger" having graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She holds a MLIS and works as a Teen Librarian in Wisconsin. She is a 200 hour certified Yoga Teacher, and loves exploring yoga on and off the mat. In her free time she enjoys: playing roller derby as "Braids of Glory," gardening, embroidery, reading, and searching for the best brunch spot. She enjoys outdoor activities and hopes to visit every US National Park someday.
Claire is our Secretary. Claire is a proud fire wife and boy mom. In addition to holding down the fort on shift days, Claire also teaches yoga in her local community. Diagnosed with scoliosis as a teenager, She has used her yoga practice to combat musculoskeletal symptoms and introduced a mind-body connection she had never experienced previously. Teaching yoga since 2018, she holds a 200 hour certificate with YogaFaith and is a proud lead trainer and ambassador for them. Claire specializes in gentle and adaptive yoga. Her husband is a Navy veteran and firefighter. After experiencing healing and redemption in her own marriage, Claire openly speaks about the difficulties in first responder marriages. She loves her rat terrier Pearl, the outdoors, her church family, and is a self-proclaimed bourbon connoisseur.
Stacy is our Treasurer. She is the spouse of a U.S. Marine, daughter of an Army veteran, and has a heart for promoting the welfare of others. Stacy enjoys navigating activities, thorough planning, organizing, and thinking contingently. Her beliefs are rooted in growing on her journey and never settling. Professionally, she is a seasoned Administrative Advisor who specializes in bookkeeping, Lease/Contract Abstraction, and Executive support. In her free time, Stacy enjoys swimming, reading, hiking, journaling, and movies. Her favorite verse and what sets her apart is, "Whatever I do, I do it with all my heart, working for the Lord, not people." (Colossians 3:23)