Teachers


ariannaArianna Bickle, RYT 200

Arianna has always been an avid believer in the healing powers of mind-body connection. Upon completing her 200 hr RYT certification through UpDog Yoga, in her hometown of Michigan, her journey was just beginning. Growing up as a dancer, currently completing her BFA at University of the Arts, she understands the body and its craving for movement. Having begun her practice at a very young age, yoga and dance have become second nature to her. With a strong love for music and the ability it has to shape an environment, Arianna’s teaching provides an atmosphere for self exploration and discovery through inspiration of sound. She has a passion for people and thrives off the energy of her students. She is always hungry to learn more in order to better serve the yoga community and is completing her children’s yoga certification this summer (2014) in hopes to extend her knowledge to all aspiring little yogis.

Daniel Cordua
Daniel started studying yoga years ago, although the last couple of years have truly transformed his relationship to the practice. Recently completing a 250 Hour Teacher Training at Dhyana Yoga, his teaching interests lie in beginner’s and those “intimidated” by yoga, especially men. Daniel is informed by his own at times still rocky journey into the workings of a stronger, more disciplined and more flexible body, mind & spirit. He is also informed through his massage & bodywork practice via the knowledge of various types of bodies and via the awareness of just how important yoga can be to those dealing with stressful lives, hunched backs, and cluttered brains. His style of teaching is a Vinyasa flow rooted in the influence of his many great teachers in Philadelphia, especially Alex Holmes & John Vitarelli. He provides a firey foundational level class full of options and… sweat. Besides his ever growing dedication to the truly life-changing & transformative practice of yoga, Daniel’s guilty pleasures include a love of mantra & meditation, music, art, tattoos, baseball, and Philadelphia’s great food scene.

mollyMolly Crowley
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.

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).

Amanda Jacobs
Amanda first began her yoga journey in 2007 and has never looked back. No matter what outside elements set up shop in her life, she always returns to her mat for grounding, strength and light. After obtaining a certificate from Philadelphia’s Yoga Child studio in 2009, she began teaching children in local schools, studios, preschools, synagogues, churches, museums and summer camps. Almost 4 years have past since she taught her first kids class and Amanda still gets an overwhelming sense of warmth and joy when she gazes upon her little friends saluting the sun. Along with practicing yoga with children, Amanda is also a seasoned nanny and childcare provider. Most recently, she worked as a farmer on a permaculture-based, organic farm in upstate New York. Amanda is thrilled to be back in town and sharing the practice of yoga with her little gurus.

katesmileKate 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 Kim
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!

dianeDiane 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.

Emily Sadri
Emily received her 200 hour yoga training at Integral Yoga Institute in New York City and her prenatal and post-natal training at Integral Yoga Satchitananda Ashram in Yogaville, Virginia. She is a Registered Nurse, doula, childbirth educator, and a student in the Midwifery program at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the mother to baby Laila, born in May 2012. Emily is passionate about working with women and families and her personal practice is a grounding force to her clinical and professional life. Her classes focus on breath, centering, rhythm and tapping into our internal wisdom and strength.

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