Patricia Blumenauer: Patricia is an RYT 200 certified vinyasa yoga teacher. As an athlete, Patricia was drawn to yoga to become more flexible; she bounced around different studios and experimented with different types until she found a true passion for Vinyasa. Once she became a more serious practitioner Patricia quickly discovered the many benefits that yoga could bring to one’s physical, emotional, and mental health. Always armed with a great playlist of songs to accompany the practice, Patricia’s classes are infused with a supportive atmosphere and include physical poses accessible for students of all levels. She emphasizes proper alignment and encourages mindfulness through readings based on classical and contemporary texts, while focusing on meeting one’s body and mind where it is every individual time one comes to their mat.
Deb Brownstein: Formerly a marine biologist, Debbie found yoga in 2008 when she was transitioning into the role of mothering two small children, trying to stay active and most importantly, remain calm doing it. Taking her three years of experience and body awareness from private Pilates instruction, where she learned techniques for healing the body post partum, Debbie transitioned to Yoga, which provided a safe place to move, feel supported and also release stress and tension. When pregnant with her third baby in 2009 Debbie found her passion for prenatal yoga and the power of the breath to calm the mind. Debbie began her training in 2009 with Dhyana Yoga (Ashtanga lineage, vinyasa) and followed it with an alignment based training in 2013 with esteemed teachers Justicia DeClue and Zhenja La Rosa at Maha Yoga and Healing Arts. Through these trainings Debbie became empowered to share the profound wisdom of yogic philosophy with her students, taking a keen interest in helping new mothers feel strong, powerful and trusting in their pregnant bodies. In 2013 Debbie completed her prenatal teacher training in two parts, first in New York City with Jennifer Pettit at Chandrakala Yoga and then with Sue Elkind of Dig Yoga in Lambertville, NJ. In 2014, Debbie created Love Light Yoga to focus on teaching new mothers in the privacy of their home or in small group settings, how to feel mentally and physically empowered on their journey to motherhood and beyond. Having labored and birthed three children naturally, Debbie uses her experience to speak to women about their innate strength and wisdom. Classes with Debbie inspire confidence, courage and promote connection between mothers and the miracle growing inside them.
Molly is Yoga Alliance registered Vinyasa yoga teacher living in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia. She completed her 200+ hour training at Blue Banyan Yoga Studio & School and her Restorative Yoga Teacher training with Judy Curiel at Yoga on Main. Molly embraces the philosophy that yoga can be for everyone and every body. In addition to teaching all levels Vinyasa classes, she teaches a variety of classes structured for specific audiences including chair yoga, gentle flow, prenatal, postpartum/ mommy & me, beginner classes and restorative yoga. Molly continues to be surprised and inspired by her own personal yoga practice, which most recently carried her through the experience of pregnancy and motherhood. Molly’s classes are a fluid, powerful combination of breath-driven movement and meditative introspection. She emphasizes proper alignment and individual modifications for each student, allowing the yoga mat to be a place of growth and self discovery. Molly’s son Declan, daughter Matilda and husband Justin are endless sources of inspiration and joy.
Ella Cuda: Ella discovered yoga’s physical and mental healing capacity after sustaining an injury while dancing; since her initial introduction to the practice her passion has flourished.Yoga helps maintain peace and balance in her life as well as offers a source of community and spirituality. Yoga has allowed Ella to “let go” of many inhibitions; she strives to offer a class that allows others to also release into their potential and enjoy their practice in a safe and supportive environment. She believes everyone can benefit from yoga and loves sharing her enthusiasm for the practice on and off the mat.
Gabrielle de Burke:
Gabrielle began to formally study yoga while in college in 1996, while earning her B.A. in Theater. She resonated with Yoga and other Martial/Internal Arts, ﬁnding that the practices helped her promote and maintain more focus, heal old injuries, as well as offering an integrated ﬁtness regimen to balance out her other (sometimes stressful) courses of study. Gabrielle has been teaching for over a decade and holds Certiﬁcations in Radiant Lotus Women’s Qi-gong, Vinyasa Power Yoga, Level I and II Tao Yin Yoga (including certiﬁcations of study ranging in forms from Pa-Kua Chang, Chi-Kung, T’ai Chi Chuan and Kung-Fu). Gabrielle’s work as a healing arts practitioner and instructor continues to intersect with her work as an inter-disciplinary performance artist through the incorporation of internal and martial arts forms in combination with dance, poetry and theater presentation (www.plumdragoness.com
Sarah Hummel: I began practicing Yoga in 2003, as a timid and insecure student. I thought I was the only one who didn’t know what I was doing and was nervous to call attention to my novice practice. After a few years of practicing without real purpose, I came to my mat with a burning need for self-exploration. I was at a crossroads in my life, not knowing what my future path would offer or how I could contribute to my personal growth. I dedicated myself to my mat. I practiced asana every day; I chanted; I cried; I questioned; I learned. All of these things were new and foreign, often uncomfortable. Yet the practice led me to find clarity and a sense of purpose through all the muck. Yoga became my teacher and led me to answering heavy questions I was asking myself. There was no going back. I studied vigorously the teachings of BKS Iyengar with amazing teachers including Ellen Greenberg, Jonathan Dickstein, Rebecca Hooper, and Lisa Johnson. I developed a deep respect for the body and became fascinated with the action of the muscles. I began to move with more awareness and to pay close attention to the inner workings of the body. Yoga became much more than the work I began doing initially. It opened doors of understanding and profound information that was not only intriguing but essential to becoming my authentic Self. As a Licensed Massage Therapist, knowing the body on a physical level is key to my professional success. As a yogi, exploring the mind and the spirit is equally as important to my personal success. Teaching Yoga comes with a new bag of personal challenges. I find that my strongest growth happens when I push myself to experience new adventures and confront my fears. Transitioning from being a student on the mat to a leading a class keeps me listening to my inner voice and exploring balance within my Self. I received my 250 hour Foundational Teacher Training from Wake Up Yoga in 2015 and continued on to study an intensive 30 hour Yin Yoga Training with Corina Benner. I am so grateful to be on this Path!
Amanda Jacobs: Amanda first began her yoga journey in 2006 and has never looked back. No matter what elements set up shop in her life, she always returns to her mat for grounding, strength and light. After obtaining a 50-hour youth yoga teacher certification from Philadelphia’s Yoga Child studio in 2009, she began teaching children in local schools, studios, preschools, synagogues, churches, museums and summer camps. In 2013, Amanda completed a 200- hour teacher certification program at Maha Yoga and Healing Arts, and is passionate about yoga therapeutics, emotional balance, and proper alignment on the mat- all of which are incorporated into her classes. As a trained birth and postpartum doula, Amanda continued her knowledge and desire to serve local mama’s and completed a 20-hour prenatal yoga intensive training in 2015.
Kate Jesuele: Kate Jesuele is a Philadelphia-born-and-raised certified personal trainer with a special interest in helping individuals work towards transformations in their body, mind, spirit and the world around them. Kate holds additional certifications in prenatal/postpartum fitness and dance/movement therapy, and is currently pursuing a certification in holistic fitness. Over the past five years, her experience as a fitness professional includes providing dance/movement therapy to older adults, physical education to elementary school students, and countless hours of personal training to individuals with a wide range of goals. Kate is especially passionate about working with women who have embarked on the journey of pregnancy and motherhood!
Betty has been a student and lover of yoga for over 10 years. Yoga has been the greatest force behind her holistic lifestyle – a constant and tender balancing act of mind, body and soul. In 2005, Betty traveled to India to further her yoga practice and received her “First Class with Distinction Yoga Education Certiﬁcation” at YogaVidyapeetham. Her teaching style is slow and gentle, emphasizing kind inner thoughts, mindful movements and breathing. Sometimes slower is better!
Natasha Nelson:Natasha has been teaching yoga for the last 15 years in L.A., Boston, Nantucket, and in far off places like Mexico and Italy. She developed ELEVATE to combine her love of yoga practice and HIIT training to create a complete mind/body workout. In addition to teaching movement, Natasha is a nutritional coach and a creative entrepreneur.(www.vibrantlife.la
Diane Pulvers: In 2006, Diane was introduced to yoga by a dear friend who ultimately inspired her to obtain the 200 hour RYT teaching certification. Diane’s training was completed at Montezuma Yoga in Costa Rica. Similar to her life off the mat, you will find her classes to be light, energetic, and balanced in that effort and ease are truly her focus. She looks to the mind and body connection offered on the mat and takes this connection with her into daily life.
Rachel Utain Evans: A born and bred Philly girl, Rachel has been practicing yoga since 2002 and began teaching in 2014. Yoga has been a source of balance, healing and calm, and Rachel loves to challenge her students to find strength and confidence on the mat. After practicing through two pregnancies, and going through teacher training with baby #2 on board, she has developed a real passion for prenatal yoga and working with new mamas and continues to seek out prenatal and post partum insights to share. And when she’s not talking bellies and babies in class, she’s out photographing them (www.racheluephoto.com