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.

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!

Bianca Paterakis

I am 500 hour RYT and have been teaching yoga in the Baltimore area since 2009.

Most recently, I studied under Kim Manfredi at the former studio Charm City Yoga, now Yoga Works.  I have practiced and taught many forms of yoga including heated vinyasa, hatha, restorative, kundalini, and kids yoga.

I live in Sparks with my husband, Shawn, 2-year old daughter, Forrest, and our many fur babies.

What continues to bring me back to the mat is the practice of presence that yoga gifts.  I look forward to holding space for you in my class while you explore your practice.

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.

Daphne Swancutt

A self-described “yogeclectic,” my yoga practice spans more than 16 years and various styles—with a special fondness for fusing the alignment principles of Iyengar with the energy of Vinyasa and the stillness of Yin.

I’m a traditionalist at heart, with a deep appreciation for the history, philosophy, and the science of yoga.

These days, my teaching is focused on Yin yoga—the “other,” complementary side of the more commonly practiced, dynamic studio yoga—an intense physical and mental practice. It is this balanced approach to yoga, I believe, that translates into a life well-balanced.

Pam Tognola

My teaching has a deep grounding in the 8 Limbs of Yoga.  I teach the holistic approach to life, encouraging my students to reach their full potential through movement, breathing, relaxation and meditation. My  teachings come straight from my life experience.

I am originally from NJ and have been in the wellness industry for more than 25 years. I started as a fitness instructor, then in 2000 after struggling with back pain, I began studying yoga. In 2002, I got my 200 Hour Yoga Certification and began teaching yoga. I has taught in yoga studios, dance studios, gyms, adult education programs, physical therapy offices, rehab centers, senior centers and after school programs. In 2008, I opened my own yoga studio, Stillpoint Schoolhouse. In 2013 I moved to Baltimore where I obtained my 300 hour Advanced Teacher Training with Kim Manfredi at Charm City Yoga. I has continued my yoga education with certificates in yoga training for: Anxiety and Depression and Drug and Alcohol Addiction (Institute for Integrated Health), Children’s Yoga (Kidding Around Yoga) and am taking my 100 Hour Meditation Training (Yogini Kali Om).

I am an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with 500 hours of training (E-RYT 500). I am registered with Yoga Alliance and I am always a student, I continue to take workshops to further enhance my training. When I’m not teaching, I can be found making my own home brewed kombucha or vegan ice cream!

Lorraine Treger

I began practicing yoga with Kim Manfredi in 1998.

After realizing the joy and calmness yoga brought to my life, I pursued and received my 200-hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher certification in 2001.

My approach to a fulfilling class is through meditation, warm-ups, asanas and breathwork.  I find students leaving my class with an renewed inner calm – allowing them to enjoy life more naturally.

Farrah Yaspe

Certified RYT 200/ 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