Our teachers all are formally trained and registered. Each brings to our studio a distinct vision created by a long experience and love affair with yoga. Our teaching mission is to guide you–safely, joyfully and deeply–to the knowledge within.
Theresa is a lifelong Roxborough resident who spent 26 years working as a Philadelphia journalist. In January 2007, she left her job covering criminal courts for the Philadelphia Daily News to teach yoga full-time. She became a yoga instructor because she was driven to share the benefits yoga has brought to her life. With the support of her yoga practice, Theresa quit smoking, shed 50 pounds and overcame an anxiety disorder. She has been certified as a Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT). She is a graduate of two Yoga Therapy schools: Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and Inner Peace Yoga Therapy. She is also trained to teach Adaptive Yoga for Disabilities, certified to teach Yoga for Chronic Pain, Curvy Yoga, and Core Strength Vinyasa. She also trains other instructors on teaching Yoga for Parkinson's and Teaching to Special Populations, and works as an Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Program Mentor. A member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, Theresa was named in 2010 as one of the Top 10 Yoga Instructors in the area by Philadelphia Magazine online. In 2014, she was a finalist in Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly Health Hero Challenge. Her studio was nominated for the 2016 Best of Philly Yoga Studio. She also is a Certified Beer Judge.
While working in a hospital, Nicole saw the long-term effects of being overweight and sedentary. She knew she had to make some changes to her life so that she did not succumb to the same conditions. Nicole tried all sorts of diets and exercise programs, but untimely they became a chore. The only thing she enjoyed was doing her yoga DVD. So when she got an opportunity to go to a local hot yoga studio, she felt this would be a great way to lose weight. Her first class changed her life! She changed her way of thinking (from negative thinking to positive), the way she ate, and the way she felt about her body. Yoga taught her contentment with her life that she never knew before. She became stronger and leaner, but because of the mind/body connection, yoga gave her, it became a necessity rather than a chore like other fitness programs. Under the guidance of Lisa Mitchell and Rachel Hoppenstein, Nicole completed her yoga teacher training in 2015 at Dana Hot Yoga. Now, Nicole shares the wonderful experience of yoga with others. Her classes are challenging but fun flow and always have a positive focus.
Jessica began her journey as a student of yoga at Yoga on the Ridge in 2010. She wanted to learn more about the poses and why they make you feel a certain way. She signed up for a teacher training in 2011 and has never looked back! She completed her 500 HR Advanced Teacher Certification in 2012 from Yoga on Main. Jessica loves to share yoga with students of all backgrounds because yoga is for everyone. Her style is simple and teaches a class fit for any level. You will leave her class feeling energized, relaxed and rejuvenated.
Jean completed teacher training at Blue Banyan studios and is certified with 200+ hours with the Yoga Alliance. She has studied Iyengar Yoga for over ten years. Her teaching is grounded in a sensible approach to asana: working to create an atmosphere of acceptance and self-study that encourages progress and discourages injuries. She is committed both to attention to alignment and the relationship between movement and breath,. She includes meditation and reflection, the setting of intentions, and Pranayama. As a mature woman, she has an interest in opening the door to yoga for those who may think it is out of their reach. Jean retired in 2013 after working as an R.N., a health care administrator, a community organizer, project developer at Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, for a major foundation, and as the director of two nonprofit organizations in Philadelphia.
Like many of us, Julie began Yoga for the exercise. She took her first class at a local YMCA. She fell in love immediately. After practicing for a few years, she took her 200-hour teacher training in Blacksburg, VA. Yoga began to have a profound impact on her life philosophy and outlook. Julie, who is studying to become a Physical Therapist, brings body awareness to her students by using alignment and intentional movement. She encourages modifications and safety to create sequences that fit every level of experience. Expect her classes to be creative, light-hearted and inspiring.
Joseph is a certified Hatha yoga instructor who began developing an interest in yoga in 2002. After 4 years of practice, he felt compelled to take his knowledge of yoga to the next level by enrolling in a teachers training course, at Inner Light Yoga Studio. After graduating in 2010, he immediately began to teach. He completed the kids teacher training with Lani Rosen-Gallagher in April of 2011 and hopes to begin the next stage of his development and complete the 500 hour teacher training. He is currently teaching yoga full time. Joseph has been doing yoga since 2002 and has been fortunate to study under some excellent and skilled teachers. He has gained over 1000 hours of teaching, and hopes that he can impart that knowledge to his student as well as learn from them.
Darlene hails from Brooklyn, NY, where she had a personal practice for the last 14 years. After growing and selling a successful design studio, Darlene taught yoga to children in the schools of NYC, where she worked as an elementary and visual arts educator. Darlene moved to Philadelphia in 2013 and completed her 200+hour Ashtanga-based Vinyasa training and her Prenatal Training at Dhyana Yoga Studios. Darlene’s spirited classes always includes laughter, and aim to inspire students to connect with the wisdom of their mind, body and spirit. She is a strong believer in options on the mat, with plenty of spaciousness for the student to discover his or her own practice. Her teaching focus is on creative and balanced sequencing, linking movement to breath to create an invigorating (and fun!) flow. Threaded into her philosophy and teaching are aspects of recovery yoga as a foundation for healing. Expect a strong practice to strengthen and lengthen the muscles, as you create ease and support in the body, mind and heart. Darlene's two children who continually allow her to reflect and grow. She is also a Doula.