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Shelly & KarenKaren and Shelly met in 2011 when Shelly was Karen’s yoga student. Karen shared a part of her past during class one day and they soon realized they had a lot in common and quickly became close friends. When Shelly mentioned she was thinking about attending yoga teacher training, Karen encouraged her to go for it. Their love for yoga continued to grow and they dreamed that one day, in the very far future, they would open a yoga and wellness space together. Little did they know that once they began to look at possible spaces, their desire would be ignited and this dream was something they needed to do now. Karen and Shelly share the deep desire to not only help people through yoga, but also to create a safe, welcoming space that encourages people to be free to be themselves, explore, and connect with others

Teachers

Karen Leaming

E-RYT 500, YACEP

Co-founder & Owner

KarenSquareKaren Leaming began practicing yoga in college in 1999 and knew at that point that she wanted to become a yoga teacher. Karen believes that yoga has truly helped her, not only to connect with her true self, but also through many life challenges. When she began teaching in 2010, she never imagined that yoga would be her true calling, but yoga’s ability to help people on so many levels soon became clear to her and she knew this was her path.

Karen believes that yoga is truly for everyone, at anytime in their lives — regardless of body shape/size, ability/skill level, or life situation — and it is this belief that drives her to emphasize safety and honoring oneself in the moment during her classes. She loves to teach classes such as beginner and restorative, to mixed levels and dynamic flow.

Karen believes there is always room to grow. She enjoys researching, reading, and absorbing as much knowledge as possible. Because of her passion to help people, she frequently attends trainings that focus on the therapeutic use of yoga. Karen genuinely enjoys teaching private sessions because they give her the opportunity to work with individuals and cater classes to the specific needs and desires of the client.

Trainings and Certifications:

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, YogaFit
  • 500-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Therapeutic Focus, YogaFit
  • Yoga as Medicine, Level I with Timothy McCall, MD
  • Reiki Level 2 Certified

Shelly McIntosh

E-RYT 200, YACEP

Co-founder

ShellySquareShelly McIntosh has been practicing yoga since 2006, and after realizing the healing benefits of yoga first hand, decided to become a registered yoga teacher. Her main goal is to help people overcome physical issues with the help of yoga, including those with movement disorders, which is an issue near and dear to her heart.

Having studied with YogaFit to learn to help those who may cope with anxiety, depression and even PTSD, she provides a safe a comfortable practice, allowing students to experience the profound mental benefits that yoga can provide.

Also passionate about Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga, she teaches students how to assess their current state and tailor their practice to their individual needs, bringing them back into balance.

Trainings and Certifications:

  • 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, Fitness Yoga Studios
  • YogaFit for Warriors (PTSD)
  • YogaFit Restorative Therapeutics
  • Reiki Level 2 Certified

Karen Nolan

RYT 200

After many years of interest in Yoga, Karen took began a regular practice to help recover from an injury. She soon discovered how much her life improved and continued to experience benefits long after she recovered physically. After five years, Karen decided it was time to become an instructor so she could share her love of Yoga.

Karen received her 200 Hour Training at Fitness Yoga Studio and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. She is looking forward to continuing to find new ways to share Yoga.

Karen’s hope is to encourage others to try yoga and experience its benefits. She wants people to know that Yoga can be fun and great for anyone regardless of age, size, or level of fitness.

In addition to Yoga, Karen loves spending time with her husband and family. She also enjoys being outdoors whether it be gardening, hiking nature trails or spending time at the beach.

Michelle Ciociola

RYT 200

Michelle has worked in the medical field for over 10 years and has furthered her education becoming a certified yoga teacher. She wants to help people live a healthy lifestyle in her career and now in her students’ yoga journey. She looks forward to sharing her practice with students and opening their minds and hearts to yoga. She hopes to help deepen their practice and teach lessons on the yoga mat that can be applied off the mat.

Gina Redrow

RYT 200

GinaSquareA regular exercise program, yoga practice, and healthy nutrition choices have benefited Gina for many years. As a result, she is passionate about helping clients incorporate this lifestyle to create better balance in their lives. Gina’s yoga classes blend mind, body and breath to help practitioners discover new strength and relaxation. They are designed to inspire participants of various fitness levels and demonstrate necessary modifications to help motivate all, while fostering a welcoming environment of friendship and fun. Her teaching experience includes Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yoga for Children, Hot Vinyasa Flow and Kundalini. Gina feels that sharing yoga practice and philosophy together is a beautiful experience of love, compassion and growth and changes the way we live.

Certifications and Community Service

  • 200-Hour Teacher Training, Fitness Yoga Studios
  • Primary Group Exercise Certified Instruction
  • Continuing Education Classes Include: Life Coaching, Eating Disorders, Mind-Body-Spirit Connection, Stress Management

Jenn Veale

E-RYT 200, YACEP

 

Jenn found yoga in 2005 and it soon became so much more than physical after realizing the mental and spiritual benefits of the practice. Her aim is to help students find their bliss through the connection that practicing yoga brings. She loves to incorporate meditation, breathing techniques, and mudras into her classes and is passionate about making yoga accessible for every body.

Certifications and Community Service

  • Level 1, YogaFit
  • 200-Hour Certification, Experience Yoga Turnersville
  • Yin Yoga Certification
  • Divine Sleep® Yoga Nidra
  • Reiki Level 2 Certified
  • Yoga 4 Sobriety

Erik Marrero

E-RYT 500, YACEP

Yoga found Erik in the Spring of 2007. As a cancer patient, he enrolled in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program, through the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson Hospital.  After graduating from the 8-week MBSR program, Erik continued his daily meditation practice and sought out yoga in a non-hospital environment. Erik is a graduate of the Yogawood 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher-Training, Linda Maguire’s 30-hour Yin Yoga Teacher Training, and the Trishula Yoga300-hour Yoga Teacher Training programs.  Erik started practicing Ashtanga Yoga with Zoe Mai in 2009.  He has taken several teacher trainings with Manju Jois, and is authorized to teach Ashtanga.

In 2008, as part of the Yogawood 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training, he took a Sanskrit immersion weekend with Zoe Mai of the American Sanskrit Institute (ASI). He was amazed that by the end of the second day, he was able to read Sanskrit words. The ASI learning model made that possible. In July 2011, with Zoe as his teacher, Erik joined Trishula Yoga’s weekly Sanskrit study group focusing on chanting and studying the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and other texts, as well as chanting the Sanskrit alphabet and Maheshvara Sutras. In July 2013, Erik participated in ASI Sanskrit Level 1 Teacher Training with Zoe Mai.  Erik is a Sanskrit teacher for ASI ( https://www.americansanskrit.com/teachers).

Erik is also a Yoga teacher Wellness Provider for Unite for HER ( https://uniteforher.org/).  This amazing organization provides complementary therapies to breast cancer survivors, at no cost to the survivor.

Erik studies and teaches Yin, Vinyasa, & Ashtanga yoga, is authorized to teach Ashtanga by Manju Jois, and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and a YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider).

Sue Lewbart

RYT-200

Sue believes that yoga saved her life.  She has always led an active lifestyle, but when health issues sidelined her from a regular exercise routine, her doctor “prescribed” yoga.  She quickly found that yoga was the answer, not only for her physical health, but also for her mental and spiritual wellbeing.
In 2018 she earned her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Ananda Yoga + Wellness and is a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance.  After retiring from a long career in elementary education, Sue made it her mission to bring yoga and mindfulness to people of all ages.   Along with teaching classes at Ananda, she also teaches yoga and mindfulness classes in several schools and preschools.
You can check out her you tube channel, where she regularly posts mindfulness and yoga videos.  Although most are geared towards children, some are suitable for adults as well.

Certifications and Community Service

  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification, Ananda Yoga + Wellness
  • Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor, Kidding Around Yoga and Next Generation Yoga
  • Mindfulness Fundamentals, Mindful Schools
  • Mindful Educator Essentials, Mindful Schools

Jackie Ricketts

PT, E-RYT 200, YACEP

Jackie began practicing yoga 15 to 20 years ago, initially seeking an exercise program that would be gentler to muscles and joints compared to other classes offered at the gym.
Jackie was able to incorporate her love of yoga into her work as a school-based physical therapist, which further expanded her interest in yoga on a personal and professional level.  Upon retirement in 2015, she pursued a “second career”, enrolling in a Yoga Alliance Teacher Training program and completing her 200 hour certification in April 2016.
Jackie considers herself a life-long learner, and has completed additional trainings including Kidding Around Yoga (KAY), Therapeutic Yoga, Chair Yoga, 30 hour Yin Yoga certification, and 45 hour Yoga for Cancer certification (Y4C).  She is grateful to have been given the opportunity to share this knowledge and experience with her students, and believes that yoga can be beneficial to all, no matter one’s age, gender, body type or fitness level. She particularly enjoys teaching Beginner and Gentle yoga classes, and is available to work with clients privately who may be new to yoga, or coming back from injury, surgery or illness. Acknowledging that she has only explored the “tip of the iceberg” in this ever evolving field, she is eager to continue teaching and practicing yoga, and pursuing continuing education.
When she is not on her mat, Jackie enjoys spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren, taking long walks with her dog, bike riding, and traveling.

Deb Cline

RYT-200

Deb first fell in love with yoga at Penn State University when she had to fulfill her PE credits. After not having a regular practice for a couple years, she came back to yoga in 2012 after her children went to school full time.  She embraced the benefits yoga provided for her own sanity, as well as the physical strength she gained.  Wanting to learn more, she enrolled in Ananda Yoga and Wellness’s teacher training program in 2018.
Meditation and yoga have helped not only Deb, but her family as well.  She has brought what she has learned into her own home to help with her children’s anxiety and ADHD issues.  She has taught an after school yoga club at the local elementary school & currently instructs middle school and high school athletes at a nearby school weekly.  Along with teaching school aged kids, she has also taught private yoga sessions to adults with specific injuries or tightness in muscles. She is dedicated to bringing yoga to all ages and physical abilities.   Deb believes there is always room to grow as a student and a teacher.  She hopes to continue to share her love for yoga with her students and help them along their own journey.

Certifications and Community Service

  • RYT 200 Hour Teacher Training, Ananda Yoga & Wellness
  • Reiki Level I & II Certified

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