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.

Emma Burkhart
Emma teaches yoga to both children and adults, and loves working with all ages. She began practicing yoga about eight years ago, embarking on the path towards greater self-awareness, physical strength, and mental peace. In Summer 2010 she earned her teacher certification at Dhyana Yoga, graduating with an incredible group of passionate, gifted yogis. As a complement to her yoga training, Emma completed a course in mindfulness-based stress reduction at Jefferson Hospital’s Mindfulness Institute, and endeavors daily to bring greater awareness of the present moment into her life. When she isn’t meditating or hanging out in downward-facing dog, Emma works as a school librarian, and spends as much time as possible with her wonderful husband and beautiful baby son.

Liana Cameris, E-RYT
With a background in martial arts, music, cheerleading, and dance, Liana has always had a fascination with the potential of the human body-mind-spirit connection. She began teaching in 2006 after becoming certified through Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia. Her passionate and inspirational style of teaching is a balanced fusion of informed, flow-style yoga with attention to healthy, energetic alignment, spiritual intention and playfulness. She is a supportive, empathetic teacher known for her magical way of serving up what is needed to get grounded, centered and in a happier space within oneself.

Noelle Connolly, RYT-200
Noelle Connolly, RYT-200, currently lives and teaches yoga in Philadelphia, PA.  She graduated from Boston University in 1999 where she was a Boston Terrier Field Hockey player.  After taking her first yoga class nine years ago, Noelle fell in love with the practice. Noelle completed the Barkan Method Level II training in Florida, October ’08 before moving back to Philadelphia where she completed the Dhyana Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training in July ’09.  In October 2010 Noelle completed the YogaWorks 200 Hour Teacher Training Program.  She has completed the Embodying the Flow & Fluid Power training with Shiva Rea’s senior teacher, Simon Park & the Dynamic Flow training with Alex Holmes. Noelle is passionate about learning so that she can be a better teacher and is the grateful student of Joan White.  Her classes are a fusion of all the styles she has studied creating a fresh, energetic flow combining both strength and flexibility of body, mind and spirit.

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.

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!

Christina McCabe
Christina McCabe is a professional member of the International Center for Reiki Training, a licensed Reiki Master teacher and Karuna Reiki Master teacher. Christina continues her study with Komyo Reiki Kai, founder Hyakuten Inamoto. She is a former Rudolf Steiner school teacher: grades one through eight, studied painting at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Waldorf Institute of Sunbridge College, and became a member of the Anthroposophical Society in 1996. With a creative look at Reiki education Christina developed The Healing Room (here Thursdays at 2pm!) an innovative way for a group of people to heal together as family, friends, and community. Christina is also available for private consultations: Guided Meditation, Healing with Gemstones, Intuitive personal and Business Consultant, Medical Intuitive

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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