Yogis

Molly Bacon

Yoga has been a source of strength for me since I began it more than ten years ago.  It has taught me that I can do more than I ever thought I could – not only physically but also mentally.

I began my yoga practice as an addition to my fitness routine, and over the years it has transformed into a spiritual practice as well.  In my classes I strive to balance precise instruction, detailed alignment, breath, and fluid movement.

I encourage my students to come to the mat with an open heart and mind.

I am 500-hour RYT certified. I received my 300-hour training through LivFree Power Yoga, and my 200-hour teacher training through YogaWorks. I also have completed Tots to Teens teacher training.

Joanna Brandt

I spent ten years immersed in studying yogic practices and philosophy with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and became a certified teacher of meditation in 1975.

As the paradigm of self-empowerment filtered into public consciousness, I knew the time was right to empower others through my passion for yoga.  I have been teaching yoga (asana) classes since 1999 and hold six (6) yoga certifications.   My yoga-based programs include:

– yoga asana classes
– private yoga coaching sessions
– traditional yogic meditation instruction
– yoga nidra (yogic sleep) meditation
– trauma sensitive yoga for recovery from PTSD
– Love Your Brain yoga for people with head injuries

My goal as a teacher is to live what I teach, blending technical skill with compassion and joy to inspire students with knowledge of their wholeness. This journey has taken me beyond the confines of a yoga (asana) classroom, to study how yoga’s many practices can be used for deep healing and transformation.

Colleen Broersma

I discovered yoga later in my life – having always shied away from it because I wasn’t flexible or athletic.

It was in 2014 when I had my first experience on my mat – and that experience can only be described as “life-changing magic.”

I had this “aha” moment that felt like coming home to this place inside myself that had always existed – but I never knew about.  It was this place of love, acceptance, and connection.  Since that day, I knew I wanted to become a yoga teacher to help inspire others like myself; people who think yoga may not be for them.

In 2018 I completed my 200-hour certification at YogaWorks under Camille Moses-Allen & Emily Lodge.   I am continually taking workshops and online trainings to better serve my students on their journey.  I am also a Reiki Master and a healer.  I incorporate my spiritual teachings and healing techniques into all of my classes.

As student, and a teacher, I am committed to raising the vibration of the planet one yoga class at a time.

I truly believe yoga helps us create space for more love and abundance in our lives.   I find joy and purpose connecting with my students, creating a healing sacred space; on and off the mat.

Nilvis Frederick

Yoga came into my life more than 15 years ago as a way to add variety into my fitness routine. After my first yoga studio experience, I felt a calling to teach and guide others. No one’s life is easy, and sometimes the road can be especially rough. This is also true for me and I use this as the underlying theme of every class. I know that we can all overcome our obstacles and feel empowered to live a happier, more fulfilled life. It is my deep belief that through our fires can we find our greatest strength and beauty. Yoga is the gift and I have devoted myself to sharing it with as many people as I can.

500 hour trained in vinyasa, and restorative yoga, I strive to learn every day and never stop searching for new ways to feel amazing. As a Reiki Master I also weave my own special healing touch into classes which has brought a level of joy to my life. My classes are filled with humor, alignment cues, and new perspectives that will shift you and open your eyes every time you come to your mat.

Yoga has become a way for me to communicate with myself so that I can deepen the connection I have with my intention; which is to help others. This practice has healed me in so many ways, and I feel I must share what I am learning.  I practice so that I may find beauty in simplicity. I gain clarity from my yoga practice; it is the first place that I felt true stillness. This stillness has now reached into my daily life thanks to my commitment to this practice.

Karl Gutowski

My yoga journey started in 2004 when I became a student.

In 2016, I received my 200 RYT through Charm City Yoga/YogaWorks. I have since been living my passion of  teaching yoga and spreading this great practice. I am on a constant yogic journey of self-discovery and self improvement.

In 2018, I traveled to Rishikesh, India (the birthplace of yoga) to live in an ashram and complete my 500 RYT. I then continued my travels around India learning from different teachers and absorbing everything I could. Upon completing my journey in India, I then traveled to Nepal and Bali to further enrich my soul and teaching style.

The  classes I teach inspire others to allow their true natures to shine through and fill themselves with love and happiness. I teach because I know how yoga makes me feel and I want to share that with others.

Rebecca Printen

A devoted yoga student and teacher offering classes and private sessions in various settings, I have been practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years, and began teaching in 2008.

Registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-E level and at the 1000 hour level through The International Association for Yoga Therapists in Madison WI, I have assisted in teacher trainings and retreats with Scott Anderson and Alicia Wright.

I am certified to teach the Essential Low Back Program, researched and proven to help with back pain by the National Institutes of Health.  Having studied Ayurveda (the sister science to yoga) I incorporate this into my classes.  In addition, I am a registered Occupational Therapist, and have experience of helping people to move functionally and independently in activities of daily living.

Yoga is a path to awareness. The path has many directions. Exploring the movement in our bodies, the thoughts in our minds, and the rhythm of the breath are ways to build our awareness. To me, yoga is not a” work out,” it’s a “work in”.

Michelle Shapiro

After vowing to never try yoga I was hooked after my first class.

Yoga was integrated into my fitness routine and quickly became my focus and passion. I found my path in Hatha Raja under the guidance of Beth MacMullan, and received my 200 hour certification from Yogini Kali Om.

My goal in teaching is to help students find their fullest expression and joy in the practice.

Farrah Yaspe

Certified E-RYT 500, I have been teaching yoga since 2008. I became an Anusara-Inspired teacher in 2012 and completed my 300-hour training with Noah Maze in 2014. A constant yoga and life student, I have taught public and private classes in Costa Rica, Miami, California, Idaho and Maryland.

I have taught workshops, teacher trainings, teacher development and mentoring programs; and have slowly shifted my offerings to special events, private classes, retreats, and I offer four (4) annual yoga classes to raise funds for different organizations/charities.

I have also studied with a variety of internationally recognized yoga teachers such as: Esteban Salazar, Jaye Martin, Kenneth Graham, BJ Galvan, Christy McKenzie and Martin Kirk, just to name a few. I have deepened my philosophy and meditation studies with Bill Mahony, Douglas Brooks, and Paul Muller Ortega.

I strive to create a safe environment during my classes and to facilitate the process of creating inner awareness by guiding my students to use their bodies as a tool for self-exploration, empowering them to realize their own inner potential and inviting them to transfer their yoga from the mat into their lives. For more information, visit my website: www.farrahyaspeyoga.com