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FEATURED SPEAKER

J. BROWN

AND THE

SLOW YOGA 

REVOLUTION

 

Featured Speaker

J. BROWN

AND THE SLOW YOGA REVOLUTION

On the outskirts of the last decade, a small and humble minority has been pushing back against the pumped up power craze that swept through the nineties, and still largely has a hold on modern postural yoga. Now that the longstanding kingdoms that once guarded yoga's legacies are falling, and individuals are left more to their own devices, this once obscure and unsung song is finding a new chorus of practitioners.

 

People are discovering again that yoga is not necessarily something you do to yourself so much as something you do with yourself.

 

The concept of “Slow Yoga” is not just about the pace with which we move our bodies. It’s a question of purpose. Are you doing yoga practice because you want to sweat? Are you doing yoga practice because you want to be stronger and more flexible? Are you doing yoga practice because you have pain and want relief? Or are you doing yoga practice because you just want to learn how to be well? Whatever question you’re asking yourself and whatever the answer you may arrive at, space enough for the inquiry is going to be required. 

 

Slow Yoga takes emphasis off accomplishing something and puts it more on experiencing something.

 

Yoga teacher, writer, and podcaster J. Brown is leading the way in the Slow Yoga Revolution, advocating for more intimate, breath-centered, therapeutic yoga practices that adapt to individual needs. In morning and afternoon sessions, J will provide participants with a context and set of techniques that will enable them to buck the trends and find their own authentic yoga.

 

Bio:For more than twenty years, J. Brown has been developing techniques to teach people how to practice yoga in a deeper and more fulfilling way.  He is also a well known writer and podcaster, having been featured in Yoga Therapy Today, the International Journal of Yoga Therapy, and across the yoga blogosphere. His podcast has become the premier resource for yoga teachers and center owners.

 

J. Brown came to yoga by way of his mother's death. Reconciling that loss, and wanting to be free from the crippling grief and disillusionment that came with it, fueled his passion for learning to make himself well.

 

First, he gravitated towards an Ashtanga, power vinyasa style. The intensity suited his struggling temperament. After sustaining several injuries, he explored an Iyengar based approach to learn better alignment.  But he soon discovered that better alignment alone was not the answer.   Despite having achieved proficiency in both the Ashtanga and Iyengar styles,  studying with renowned teachers such as Alison West and Richard Freeman, J admits: 'I still had chronic pain and was horribly disillusioned and unhappy.'   The next phase of his search would be in India.

 

In Rishikesh, J. found a rare and special teacher in Swami P. Saraswati.  He taught J that yoga practice was not a linear progression towards some unknown thing, but rather a process of learning how to take care of yourself.   Back in NY, J. stopped going to regular group classes and devoted himself to a self-practice, ultimately meeting one his most influential teachers Mark Whitwell and finding his way to an entirely therapeutic orientation inspired by the TKV Desikachar/Krishnamacharya  tradition.

 

In 2007, after more than a decade as a popular teacher at various schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn,  J. founded Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY to provide a home for yoga practice that adapts to individual needs. In 2017, J closed the center to travel, write, and talk about the important issues and focus on his work changing the dialogue and direction of yoga practice in the west.

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Susan Kiskis is an author, yoga teacher, and kirtan wallah. She has stood on the Great Wall of China, meditated on the Ganges in India, hiked through jungles in Belize, and learned the meaning of pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago.​​ ​ Her books include ​Born Fire Dragon, released in 2014, and Let Me Carry You Home, released in 2018. ​ Susan' is the host of Sunbury Press' Book Speak Network wellness/spirituality podcast, ZenUp, as well as the co-host of web series, Soul Sessions. Her podcast, Women of the World, launches 2019. ​ Her vegetarian diet for more than 25 years, along with her work as an Ayurveda Yoga Specialist, inspires her passion for ahimsa yogic cooking. In addition to being certified in over a dozen forms of healing arts, she is a 3 Wisdoms Tradition (Yoga, Ayurveda, Psychology) Wellness Coach, and uses these natural modalities to help people live a rich, joyous, life filled with spiritual connection. Susan travels the globe sharing her passion for yoga's roots and sharing her love of bhakti yoga. Her community activism has led to the creation of events celebrating Earth Day and International Women's Day. Never one to shy from life, she ran for state senate, won a seat for local council, opened several businesses, and sat on countless non-profit boards. She is a member of the kirtan band, ​The Mas and The Babas.

Author, Pilgrim, and Yoga Instructor

Susan Kiskis

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Born in the Himalayas, to Swiss/Cypriot parents, Helena Lalita Protopapas is a multi-disciplinary visual and performance artist, musician, and teacher of art, music, and yoga.

 

At 20, while working on an album and living in San Francisco and later  Los Angeles, Helena was signed to Warner Bros as a recording and performing artist. After completing the album, she felt pulled to continue her education in the arts and fell in love with teaching, returning to rural Pennsylvania where she has developed a community of both yoga and violin students.

In the last few years, she has travelled throughout Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Denmark, Amsterdam, Belgium, France, Italy, and most recently studied in Switzerland. This past year, Helena and Wyatt (Bré) lived off the northeastern coast of Japan where they explored the culture, music, and magic of such an ancient and mysterious culture.

While traveling, Helena collects and draws inspiration for musical compositions that she weaves into both lectures and performances.

As a meditation and yoga teacher, and natural synesthete ( sonic and visual senses cross-over), Helena explores transcendence in her work. Fascinated with layering, mystery, memory, and the divine, Helena invites viewers, and listeners alike, to travel with her on an ethereal journey that connects both East and West, and reaches beyond into realms of the imagination.

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Multi-disciplinary Visual and Performance Artist

Helena Lalita Protopapas

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Having spent the last 35 years immersed in the study, practice and teaching of yoga, John feels more than ever that these universal Ancient teachings and practices can transform our lives, especially in these uncertain turbulent times.

Growing up in South Africa, John went through a period of extreme turmoil and questioning. During that time he was completely moved and inspired by some Monks and Yogis that he met from the Himalayas, and about the same time he heard Classical Indian music on the Sitar. These experiences changed his life and direction.

John trained as a meditation teacher with the T.M movement of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Soon after that he went to India via Greece and immersed himself in the study of Yoga and Classical Indian music. He explored many different styles and approaches to yoga in the over eight years he lived there, and he shares this approach in the way he teaches.

John teaches a World Music Course at York College. He taught Yoga as a therapy for at risk teenagers at the Children's Home of York and at the Lutheran Home, a senior citizens center. He currently provides Yoga Therapy at a rehab facility in York.

Musician, Teacher, Therapist and Owner of Yoga Home

John Protopapas 

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Singer/songwriter Mirabai Moon’s immensely versatile and powerfully expressive voice has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez and even mantra artist Deva Premal.  Her music takes listeners on a journey, flowing effortlessly from ethereal dreaminess to soulful blues and jazz. 

She honed her craft studying vocal improvisation with Jazz legend Bobby McFerrin and Rhiannon of Voicestra.    After nearly two decades of songwriting and three original albums, she fell in love with the practice of Kirtan.  In 2010, Mirabai devoted herself as a Bhakta, singing sacred chants in Sanskrit, sharing her profound love of the Divine with others through call and response devotional chanting.

Mirabai’s life changing experiences with kirtan and mantra practice led her to explore other sound healing modalities.  She now uses crystal singing bowls, chimes and gongs with groups and individual clients for healing and transformation work.   Mirabai tours across North America and internationally, sharing chant music and sound healing in yoga studios, healing centers, and festivals.  Her offerings guide participants into experiences of profound healing and embodiment of the Divine Essence within human form.

Here's what folks are saying...

“Mirabai Moon is a Kirtan soul angel who uplifts the Spirit.  Her voice is exquisitely tuned and her warmth fills your heart. Don’t miss her!” - Gary Goldberg of WRPI, In The Spirit Radio
 
"Mirabai Moon's new album is the bomb!" - Bhakti Beat

      

"Mirabai's music is filled with heart and devotion." - Steve Gorn
                                               
"Listening to Mirabai Moon sing is like hearing a soulful, beautiful transmission of the divine."  

- Lauren Rutten

Singer/Songwriter

Mystical Kirtan with Mirabai Moon

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Rachel is a multifaceted yoga teacher with 15 years of experience and is a registered Yoga Therapist. She is the founder of Om My Yoga, as well as Om My Yoga Academy She offers students creative and accessible classes, workshops, and retreats that draw upon her education in Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Acrobatics, Pilates, athletics, personal training, mental health, mindfulness and meditation. Rachel brings boundless energy, insight and creativity to every class, teacher training and workshop she leads. Rachel is an E-RYT 500, an Aerial Yoga Teacher, an Acro-Yogi, a PHI-Pilates instructor, an ACE certified personal trainer, a marathoner, a triathlete and mother of two humans, two pitfalls and one pootalian. Both new students and seasoned teachers seek out to her classes and workshops for fresh inspiration, motivation and mentorship.

Ulysses is a yoga teacher with a unique passion for movement. His movement practice was originally directed by a dynamic and competitive wrestling career, supplemented with training in martial arts, specifically Judo. During college, his athletic career was halted by a spinal fracture, which resulted in two surgeries. Over the years, he used therapeutic yoga techniques to regain mobility and strength, while attaining his masters and law degrees, as well as his Yoga Teaching certification. He has gone on to extensively study Hatha/Vinyasa yoga, Acrobatic yoga, Aerial Yoga, SUP yoga and more. He currently acts as a trainer/mentor in the Om My Yoga Academy 200 and 500 level Yoga School in Pennsylvania, and teaches yoga classes and workshops at Om My Yoga Studios, which he co-owns with his wife and partner, Rachel Wilson. He brings a sense of playfulness, compassion and lighthearted insight to everything he does.

Owners, Om My Yoga

Rachel and Ulysses Wilson

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This locally beloved songbird is a pop/rock/singer-songwriter cover artist and jazz vocalist. Amanda Sachs lends her vocal stylings to nearly every genre, playing your favorites to move you--body, mind and soul.

Singer/Songwriter

Amanda Sachs

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Bhante Soma comes to us from Sri Lanka where he became a monk at the tender age of 11 years old. He is the youngest child in a large loving family. Thanks to modern technology, he can maintain a close relationship with his siblings, mother, and many nieces and nephews.

 

In the short time that Bhante Soma has been in Central Pennsylvania, he has worked hard to build a spiritual community. Bhante Soma brings wisdom and humor to his Dharma talks. His message of Loving Kindness resonates with people on a deep level, and has helped them to find something in their lives that they didn’t know was missing.

 

Bhante Soma is traveling all around Central Pennsylvania teaching over 20 meditation classes a month. He performs many house blessings and baby blessings, and is available to officiate at weddings and funeral services. He makes himself available to anyone who needs spiritual guidance, at any time of day.

Bhante Soma’s loving spirit and quick sense of humor has earned him the nick-name of “Funny Monk”. Known for his beautiful chanting voice, his practitioners are immersed in beautiful sound during his weekly Loving-Kindness Meditations.

Learn more about the Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple

Sri Lankan Monk

Bhante Soma

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Emily owns and manages Dillsburg Yoga. After practicing and studying yoga for many years, she traveled to Vancouver Island, British Columbia to complete her yoga teacher training with Valma Brenton. She lived and camped on a small farm, while immersing herself in the study of yoga and natural living. She honors the practice of yoga and its ability to change lives for the better. With true intention, positive change is possible. Emily sees yoga as a means to nourish body, mind and spirit.


Emily also has an academic background in science and philosophy; in particular with human physiology and integrative approaches to health. She is a certified biology & environmental educator with teaching experience in local public schools and at a Montessori school. Emily has had a variety of experiences in her life, from living & exploring the magic of the island of Oahu, Hawai'i, working at the Smithsonian's Museum of Natural History botany department, supporting and experiencing work on a small, sustainable vegetable farm and more, but she feels most at home studying, practicing and teaching yoga! 

 

Her other interests include working with plants, reading, cooking, baking, walking/hiking, traveling and of course studying yoga and herbal/nutritional healing! She looks forward to working with you- in hopes of sharing the wisdom of yoga and growing through slowing down, gaining presence and learning yoga in a fundamentally holistic way.

Learn more about Dillsburg Yoga

Dillsburg Yoga

Emily Gilmore  

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Tammi Hessen is a Lancaster-based drummer who has been studying in the West African hand drum tradition of djembe. She has traveled to Africa to study drumming and studies under djembe master Mamady Keita, and Master Drum Maker/Cultural Educator Baile McKnight. She has also studied with Menes Yahuda, Salim Ajanku of Sankofa Dance Theater, Mahiri Keita, Ubaka Hill, and other drumming instructors who travel around to teach. 

Tammi has been working with Ubaka Hillas her teaching assistant at the Michigan Women's Music Festival, and recently recorded on Ubaka’s 3rd CD, "Beyond the Wind" and played at the CD Release concerts.

 

Tammi began teaching Bumbada! Women Drumming classes in Baltimore Maryland in 2003. There is also a Harrisburg Bumbada group that is growing. She also has a performance group that plays for various events locally. Tammi’s musical background includes playing with a steel drum band from Trinidad (called Tropical Ensemble) for 3 + years in Baltimore.

 

The word "Bumbada" was made up by a zesty group of women from a Mamady Keita Drum Camp, held in 2004 in Los Angeles. The word evolved from the sound of the drum, the notes bass, tone, and slap as we were practicing the techniques we had learned in classes there. The word also evolved into the tribe name for all of the women at the camp...and so when all of us went back to our own towns, it stuck.

Learn more about Tammi

Drummer

Tammi Hesson

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Lena Hershey had practiced yoga for over two decades before deciding to go through the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and share the gift of yoga with others.

The perpetual student, Lena has completed additional 300 hours of yoga teacher training in 2018 (becoming an RYT-500) and strongly believes that one can never have enough education. On her path to where she is today Lena also obtained a NASM Personal Training, Pilates Reformer, Aerial Yoga, Spinning, TRX Suspension Training, Thai Bodywork and Yin Yoga  certifications and taught those modalities at one point or another in her career in fitness, which she started pursuing full time in 2016.

In 2018 Lena opened Anahata Yoga and Mindful Movement studio in Carlisle, PA where she now teaches Aerial and mat yoga classes alongside other wonderful teachers. Lena’s philosophy as a teacher is that yoga is for everybody and every body. She brings her love for the yoga practice and respect for individual differences of her students to her every class. 

Follow Anahata Yoga on Facebook

Anahata Yoga and Mindful Movement Studio

Lena Hershey 

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Don't just survive through this life! Thrive!  Utilize life style changes to explore a life that is present, full and keeps you connected to yourself, others, the world, and all that is around you.  Nicole is an E-RYT 500 hour yoga teacher and a YACEP 500.  She holds a BS in Natural Health and Healing and is a Priest in the order of Melchizedek.  She is currently in training to be a yoga therapist and has been practicing yoga since she was 15 years old.  Nicole has always been called to serve.  She loves to work with people to offer a better way of living for themselves and a healthier way to relate to the world around them.  An avid practitioner of yoga and a veracious appetite for esoteric wisdoms has lead her on the path of a yoga teacher, reverend and wellness coach. Offering yoga, spiritual counseling, natural health and healing, and soon yoga therapy, Nicole only wishes to assist you on your own healing journey.  Wake up the healer within and Unite your mind, body and soul through yoga and ritual and life style changes.

Owner, Life Thrive Yoga

NicolE montanarelli 

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Sabrina took her first yoga class as a college elective and from there on realized how meaningful cultivating a yoga practice was for the mind, body and spirit. When she found Ashtanga she felt the immediate draw to the practice and after years of began down the teaching path. Sabrina has had attended workshops and teaching trainings with Nancy Gilgoff, Manju Jois and David Swenson and loves sharing this practice with others to reach towards our untapped potentials. When not practicing Sabrina enjoys hiking and camping, travel, photography and playing with her two cats Charly and Druzy.

Yoga Teacher, BeFitYoga

sabrina kish

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An Acharya and Emissary Ambassador to the Amrit Yoga Institute under the last living Yoga Grand

Master in the West, Yogi Amrit Desai, Shambhu serves on the Board of Directors of the Kirpalvananda

Yoga Institute, preserving the living legacy of HH Sri Swami Kripalavanandaji. In addition to leading Yoga and Yoga Nidra internationally, he has studied under American kirtan icons Bhagavan Das and Sharada Devi since 2010. In 2017, he joined The Mas and The Babas, a kirtan group from Harrisburg PA USA.

Amrit Yoga Institute 

Shambhu Anand

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Brenda was first introduced to yoga more than 15 years ago, and became serious about her practice while searching for relief from chronic back pain. The yogic tools and methodology she learned literally changed her life.  Certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yoga in Prisons/PTSD, Brenda is eager to share her knowledge with students and uses her background as a Professor of Theatre and professional actor to effectively, creatively, and safely build a solid yoga foundation appropriate for every student. With an abundance of positive energy and welcoming presence, Brenda`s objective is to empower practitioners with tools that will enrich their lives on a daily basis both on and off the mat. Through exploration and connection of mind, body, and breath, practitioners will be able to bring yogic balance to all aspects of their lives----ultimately enhancing their health and well being in every respect. To learn more about Brenda, please visit her web site at green-tree-yoga.com

Just Plain Yoga

Brenda Eppley

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Sat Nam, my name is Sukh Prakash & I came to yoga as a way to stay healthy after having my sons & soon realized Yoga was so much more than the physical body. I was on a journey of discovery! I took as many forms of yoga & meditation as I could find & then Kundalini Yoga found me in 2007 & have been practicing daily since. I have since become a Level 2 Kundalini Teacher, Radiant Child Yoga Teacher & am currently in another Alignment Yoga Teacher Training. 

 

Kundalini Yoga is transformational, awakening the energy of consciousness & shedding light on our self-imposed limitations. Our practice consists of postures that organize the energy for a specific effect, stillness to awaken our Self, & pranayama to purify the body & calm the mind.

Yoga Teacher

Sukh Prakash

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Maëlis began her personal practice over 10 years ago, studied yoga technique and history in college and over the last few years, has decided to take her curiosity and passion to the next level by becoming a certified yoga instructor. She completed her first RYT® 200 training at Evolution Power Yoga in 2016 and followed it with becoming a Level 1 and 2 Reiki Practitioner under the teaching of Reiki Master Guillaume Gauthereau in NYC. In 2018, Maëlis completed a second RYT® 200, this time an Alignment Yoga training through The Yoga Sanctuary School in Lancaster, PA. She recently started her own yoga company, Bounce Yoga LLC, in late 2018, currently inventing a new style of yoga, Bounce Yoga, which incorporates a new prop (currently in prototype phase). Maëlis is passionate and on a life-long quest to learn about how relational energy, philosophy, psychology, meditation, mindfulness and spirituality can be used for healing. The ultimate goal — create space for self-empowerment and in turn, make the world a more joyful place. Her personal yoga practice is quite diverse and includes trampoline yoga, hip-hop yoga, Bhakti yoga, traditional vinyasa and more. 

Maëlis’ classes are designed to cultivate flexibility, balance, strength and alignment in mind, body and spirit.  She often bases her classes on chakra yoga techniques, relating her lessons to colors and energetic movement. 

Follow Bounce Yoga on Instagram @bounceyogahq

Owner & Instructor at Bounce Yoga™, inventor, The Bounce Yoga Ball™

Maëlis Mittig

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Sudha is the founder and primary teacher of Kula Kamala Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. She is a Spiritual Counselor, Reverend, Ayurveda Health Counselor, YogaAcharya, C-IAYT, and a 500E-RYT. She began practicing yoga in her early twenties and has found it to be a continually transformative, reaffirming and uplifting lifestyle, one which continues to help her integrate and connect more deeply. 

 

With thousands of hours of advanced study in Yoga and its adjuncts, Sudha authored and directs a 200YTT, 300YTT, 870PYT, and two hospital based Yoga Therapy programs, in addition to other specialty training curriculum such as Goddess Based Wisdom and Tantra as a Practical Healing Methodology. For over 13 years, she has worked with abused and neglected children, at-risk teens, women in crisis, and individuals seeking spiritual clarity in their life and relationships. Sudha's experience and knowledge as a teacher, guide and advisor are grounded in decades of education, application, experience, and research. Personally and professionally, Sudha abides in principals and guidelines that are grounded in non-harming, empathy and compassionate discipline. 

 

In addition to her skill and education in Yoga and Yoga Therapy, Sudha holds a PhD in Anthropology (expertise Biological Anthropology) and has held the position of Professor of Yoga and Meditation (Georgian Court University) and Professor of Cultural and Evolutionary Anthropology (Temple University and Monmouth University). She has published scholarly articles on ancient diet and it's relationship to health, disease and socio-political issues.

 

Sudha enjoys self expression and creativity. An artist in several mediums, she writes daily and has published her second book of poetry titles Seeds. Her third book, 30 Days, is on its way and will be released soon. Sudha has acted on stage and screen and is a spiritual, animal, human, social, and environmental advocate. 

 

Sudha travels regionally to provide inspirational talks and public speaking events, but most students seek her out at the Kula Kamala Foundation Yoga Ashram that she and her late husband, Ed RamaChandra, developed. That is where she lives, serves and teaches.

Kula Kamala Foundation

Sudha Allitt

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Mara Morell, (Raj Bhagwati Kaur), E-RYT300, YACEP, is the founder and owner of Mrida Seva Yoga (Compassionate Service Yoga), in Berwick, PA.  Mara has been teaching yoga for over 11 years and practicing yoga "forever"! She received her 200-hr training with the Always-at Aum School in Long Island, NY.  She is also certified in Yin yoga, Trauma sensitive & Addiction yoga, Children's yoga, Restorative yoga, Prenatal Yoga Therapist (in the final training️) and most recently became a Certified instructor for Yoga for All, an inclusive training for all shapes, sizes & abilities. She is also a certified Qi Gong practice leader & Reiki Master.   She is currently the Staff Allergist at ENT Surigical in Hazleton, PA.  and is registered with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.  Mara is also the co-founder, with her good friend (the yang to her yin), Chelsea Manganaro, both creators of InfinitYOGA Teaching Training an RYS, (Registered Yoga School) which combines training at both, Mrida Seva Yoga & Nearme Yoga.  Mara & Chelsea are also creating a Yoga Alliance approved Children's Yoga Teacher training 

program. Believing that bringing yoga & meditation to children is a blessing.

She continues to bring energy & passion to her studio, workshops & classes.  Currently having her Make Your Mala with Mara workshop,  Mantra & Mudra and Explore the Chakra/Chakra play workshops registered & Quiet the Mind meditation training program approved as a certificate training!Always exploring new education opportuinites and the ever-expanding world of yoga.  Mara truly believes that yoga is for everyBODY, providing classes for all levels & styles of yoga! 

Believing that yoga truly provides connection of mind, body, and soul, she opens the door for the personal journey of each yogi toward being their best self! 

Nidra Seva Yoga LLC.

Mara Morell

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Chelsea Manganaro is the owner of Nearme Yoga in Moosic & Peckville, Nearme Cafe and NEPA Yoga Festival, located at 700 Main St., Moosic.  Chelsea Manganaro has created and expanded her businesses with the idea of connecting a community, and because of her mindset has set the group intention of NEPA Yoga Festival of “Connection Through Abundance.” Her goal is to spread as much love and knowledge of yoga as she can in this life.

 

“When I opened Nearme Yoga in 2014, I was looking to build a community, since then I met thousands of amazing people, started a festival, ran retreats and now a cafe. I also began a Yoga teacher training called INFINTYOGA with a dear friend Mara Morell from Mrida Seva Yoga. My teaching style has dramatically changed from my early days.  It wasn’t until I needed a surgery and had to back off my practice and demonstration that I started to notice not everyone was there for the physical part of yoga. I still teach an alignment based class that is filled with storytelling and laughter, but I am much more focused on the students’ needs and advancement. As an instructor, my goal is to connect students with themselves by using my intuitive nature to guide them through verbal cues and hands on adjustments. I give students room to find themselves and connect with the energy in the room. 

 

Ultimately, I choose yoga to be my passion and my career; I choose to spread yoga to everyone in any way possible. I committed to let yoga do the work and I believe that yoga will help soothe the chaos of this world. People can find out all studio information at nearmeyoga.com and Nearme Yoga’s Facebook page or by emailing nearmeyoga@gmail.com.

Nearme Yoga

Chelsea Manganaro

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Short bio: Reiki master, Shaman training (with Foundation for Shamanic Studies), Priestess training (with Institute of Modern Wisdom), Horticulturist (Nursery manager of Highland Gardens garden center for 30 years), Owner of Wildly Crafted Woman, and, Tree hugger. 

Wildly Crafted Woman

Erica Jo Shaffer

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Emilie completed her 200hr level certification in Shanghai, during her 6 years of living and teaching abroad in China, additionally studying Meditation, Anatomy and Alignment in Yoga, Tai Chi, Kundalini and Tantra. Emilie completed her 300hr level certification with Create Karma in 2017 and opened her own Yoga studio on November 6th, 2017. The Healing Habitat, A Yoga & Wellness Studio was a passionate vision for Emilie as she felt the need to celebrate a non-judgmental, but curiously educational environment of BOTH physical and spiritual work. The Habitat community has grown organically, and it’s virtues are founded upon education, love and kindness.

Emilie has always found inspiration in the passions of unique teachers such as Jason Crandall, Noah Maze & Shiva Rea as they have encouraged a diversified body of knowledge, spirituality and the belief that our practice can open doors, provide clarity and create impact through community. Emilie enjoys sequencing clear and sustainable flows and guides students into a place of self love, empowerment and release. She loves exploring intelligent transitions, Prana, vocal vibrations, and playfulness.

"Yoga has always been a practice of self love, presence and connection. My mat is my sacred space where I feel more of myself than anywhere else and in this space I find clarity and sustainability. I love to share with others how necessary self love is and the importance of kindness and community. I am not looking to change the world in this lifetime, I am simply looking to create enough impact within my own community and for those empowered individuals to share their impact with others. Yoga brought me a sustainably beautiful life experience and I love to see eyes open up to that space too.

Emilie Charlotte Mayo - Founder of The Healing Habitat- 500hr RYT - 500 hr certifications in Kundalini, Meditation and Tai Chi - CPR Certified

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