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 recently received my 200 hour yoga training through YogaWorks under the supervision of Camille Moses-Allen and Michelle Cagan.

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.

Demi Brown

I received my 200 hour certification in Costa Rica in 2016 and have been teaching ever since!

I fell in love with the practice while in school at Towson University in pursuit of my advertising and graphic design degrees. The practice had an amazing, positive effect on reducing stress and increasing self-confidence and self-love, as well as connecting me to an amazing community of yoga practitioners in Baltimore and around the world.

Yoga and my frequent travels changed my lifestyle. I began to channel my creativity into yoga sequences and making works of art inspired by my travel adventures! I try to create a light-hearted atmosphere for yoga where students are asked to practice yoga simply for the joy that it brings – laughter is encouraged! In addition to the asanas (poses), I give students tools to develop a meditation practice so that they may find their inner zen and leave class a little ‘yoga-stoned.’

When I’m not teaching, you can find me sketching out new drawings, whipping up delicious vegan goodies, or shredding the dance floor!

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

I began my yoga journey in 2004 and have remained passionate about it ever since – I honestly felt ‘called’ to teach others.

In 2016, I received my 200 RYT through Charm City Yoga/YogaWorks under the supervision of Emily Lodge and Kim Manfredi. Since then, I have been living my passion of being a fulltime yoga instructor, spreading this great practice!

I feel that I am on a constant yogic journey of self discovery and self improvement. I believe that we are all champions and deserve to shine brightly – and I teach my classes to inspire others to be bold, loving and vibrant!

Mary Leone

I first came to yoga after a couple of back surgeries forced me to hang up my pointe shoes.

It took me a while but I eventually realized “Hey, there’s a lot more than just exercise going on here!” That realization motivated me to complete the 200-hour Hatha teacher training at Baltimore Yoga Village. Just 1-week after graduation, I embarked on the 8-month long, 220-hour Level 1 Kundalini teacher training at Radiance Yoga in Alexandria, VA – and I am currently pursuing the Level 2 certification!

It was through Kundalini that I found my niche within the yoga world, embraced the “Happy, Healthy, Holy” Kundalini lifestyle and am now thrilled to share this powerful, transformative and sacred technology.

My spiritual name, Devi Sopurkh, means “one who experiences her divine angelic self by being fully aware that she belongs to the Infinite.” I believe in approaching the challenges found in yoga and life with humor, lightheartedness and laughter!

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 began my yoga practice in 2007 and started teaching in 2008. I  became an Anusara-inspired teacher in 2012. A constant yoga and life student, I  have taught public and private yoga classes in Costa Rica, Miami, California and Idaho. I offer public and private classes, retreats, workshops, teacher trainings, and teacher development and mentoring programs.

I completed my 300 hour training with Noah Maze, and has studied with a variety of internationally recognized yoga teachers such as: Jaye Martin, Kenneth Graham, BJ Galvan, and Martin Kirk, just to name a few. I  have deepened my philosophy studies with Bill Mahony, Douglas Brooks, and Paul Muller Ortega.

I focus on facilitating 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 potential while fostering commitment through a safe environment. Armed with a BA in psychology, complemented with coaching skills and a background in Human Resources, I guide students to transfer their yoga from the mat into their lives, using their practice as a path to increased awareness, self-growth, and empowerment to move toward their desired life goal