As a yoga instructor her goal is to empower her students to understand their own bodies. To respect their limitations, gain mobility, flexibility and awareness of breath. When you attend her class she wants you to feel strong, successful and experience a sense of joyful peacefulness and restoration. It is often said in yoga that you are as young as you keep your mind and spine flexible. Won’t you join Denise on a yoga journey and reclaim your youthful joy?
Jeff is a local photographer, garden cultivator, and a forty-something family dude with a loving wife, three kids, three dogs, and a cat. He's got a desk job during the day, but in his spare time he enjoys riding mountain bike and being anywhere outdoors. Oh, and he loves yoga too!
He found Whole Body Yoga studio back when it was located on Main Street in the borough. He remembers the feeling in those earliest days of yoga classes at WBY. It felt as if he had discovered this whole new mysterious and wonderful universe, but he was only able to see a little piece at a time. And he kept wanting more. Exploring various styles over the next year or so Jeff consistently gravitated towards more of a Hatha practice. He found the meditative experience of working intensity followed by release to be deeply nourishing.
Jeff attained the 200 hour YTT certification in 2019 with Pranakriya (PK) School of Yoga Healing Arts under the teaching of Vladimir Tchakarov. Eager to go further on this journey, he is continuing to work towards the PK 500 hour YTT certification. He is grateful to be in a place in life where he can invite others to connect naturally to their true selves by simply breathing and moving in a way that honors their bodies.
He often tries to appreciate and promote the wonderful splendor that our planet offers. And as much as he incorporates the natural world into his photography, he also gives back by volunteering with the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association (WVWA.org) or other conservation efforts locally and abroad.
Twenty five years ago, Jennifer discovered yoga was the perfect bridge to help her transition away from her professional dance career. Yoga offered a more gentle, nurturing means to realize the joy in movement without the competitive edge of the performing arts. Jennifer has received a bachelor of fine arts in dance from SUNY Purchase, a doctorate in physical therapy from Temple, and 200 hour yoga teacher certificate from Pranakriya School of Healing Arts.
Currently Jennifer uses yoga principles in her work as a physical therapist with outstanding results and sees the therapeutic benefits of yoga beyond what her traditional physical therapy practice offers.
“I access grace, joy, and internal energy in every yoga posture I practice, and I feel honored and grateful to pass these gems onto my patients and students”
Jennifer has 2 boys, now young men, and a dog named Five.
In her free time, she enjoys participating in charitable races, trying new workouts, playing with her golden retriever Timber, drinking coffee, vacationing with her family to new and fun places, and always good food and vino!
The game changer for Tara was seeing others in her family struggle with obesity, heart failure, diabetes and high blood pressure. She knew that creating a healthier and more holistic lifestyle was not only necessary for herself, but her family and community as well.
Tara completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in 2020 under the excellent teaching of Dr. Lisa Mitchell at Dana Hot Yoga. In her personal practice, Tara loves being encouraging, sharing inspirational quotes, leads with clarity and focus. You'll find Tara's style to be both athletic and graceful.
Tara is very active in her community, teaching Bible Study to younger women, leading free Yoga classes to her church community, and serves as the President over the parent’s association at Phil-Mont Christian Academy, where her son attends school. Tara is married with one son (and a daughter in Heaven). Tara loves the beach and dancing every chance she gets.
From the beginning, Stephanie felt most at home at classes within the Kripalu tradition, which emphasize breath awareness, mindful movement and playing with your personal “edge.” She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training intensive at Anahata Yoga and Wellness Center in Lederach, Pennsylvania. Her training was heavily influenced by the Kripalu tradition, and included tracks on restorative and yin yoga, which she incorporates into her classes today.
Stephanie became pregnant during her yoga teacher training, and taught and practiced yoga through the 40th week of her pregnancy. Having personally experienced the profound benefits of using yoga and mindfulness through labor and delivery has made Stephanie even more eager to share how yoga can provide tremendous benefits physically, emotionally and spiritually. In her classes, she aims to create an open space that allows students to connect within and beyond.
Stephanie believes the joy of yoga can and should be experienced by all ages. She is passionate about teaching yoga for children and families. She is trained through ChildLight Yoga, the nation's leading yoga children's and mindfulness program. Stephanie's favorite yoga “sidekick” is her son, Austin, who is her special guest co-teacher during mom-baby yoga classes!
Usha continues her studies frequently in India where she is constantly expanding her knowledge, personal practice and sharing that with her students. She has learned that sharing her studies with others takes her own personal experience to a whole new level. Don’t they say that when you give, it gets returned back to you threefold? So true as she learns from each one of her students every single day. Thus with practicing and teaching she comes the full circle.
Usha is registered with Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Yoga Teacher(ERYT-500) as well as a Continued Education Provider (YACEP). For a list of full time schedule, workshops and programs that she offers – go to her website at “Yogabhyasa Kalari“. To learn a little more about Usha, go on to her personal blog – “My Yoga Journey.”