FEATURING MAIN PRESENTER
Eric has been practicing yoga since 1983, when after beginning serious study in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition, he looked to yoga to get his body ready for sitting in meditation for longer periods of time. He is a humble teacher that teaches from a place of deep experience and learning that comes from numerous teacher trainings and thousands of hours of study, practice and teaching of yoga over the past 38 years. His teaching reflects his studying a variety of yoga and meditation styles with some of the nation’s foremost instructors. These include Kripalu/Pranakriya Master Teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll; Kundalini Yoga Master Teacher Trainer Krishna Kaur; Maezumi Roshi, Soto Zen Master; Rudy Pierce, Kripalu Teacher Trainer; and David Swenson, Ashtanga Yoga.
His passion is to teach people simple tools for increasing happiness. He guides his students in a practice of self-inquiry inviting them to explore unknown challenges and to realize hidden potentials. He’s taught classes at YogaWorks, corporate classes, online classes with Ompractice, and works with private students. Eric provides guided meditations on his website to help people deal with challenges they may face in their lives.
Eric teaches in a way that retains the authenticity and power of the ancient teachings of yoga, meets the needs of today’s student and helps them to lead more soulful lives.
The Witchy Goddess
Hi! I’m Shani. I took my very first yoga class ever, right here in Central Pennsylvania over 25 years ago. I fell in love with understanding the interconnectedness of my mind, emotions, health & rhythms & cycles of the natural world. I enthusiastically became a yoga workshop fanatic! For many years, I studied with many of the yoga icons we respect today including Erich Schiffmann, Sean Corne, Judith Lasater, Gurumukh, Gabrielle Roth & many others- with Shiva Rea as my primary teacher. I began my career teaching yoga in various studios around The Harrisburg area, I was an Adjunct Professor of Yoga at PSU Harrisburg for 10 years & for a brief time I owned a yoga studio. In addition to studying yoga, I have also extensively studied massage therapy, pilates, and the Lotte Berk Barre Technique. I teach a low-impact fusion of barre, pilates & yoga sequences unlike any other movement class. I am also a licensed massage therapist & a Natural Mystic. Presently, I teach yoga & self-care in the corporate world as an asset to employee wellness programs. I also work with clients 1:1 at my private home studio & online. I coach people to enliven & awaken their thoughts, creativity & health through sensory rich movement practices with my unique Witchy Goddess Way. I'll be 50 this year. Lot of people my age will say they don't feel that old. Is 50 old? I guess it depends. My body has changed. My mind has changed. I have changed so much decade after decade. I am still changing. Nothing stays the same. But I don't feel old. I love living the yoga lifestyle that I have created. It’s so healing. I have learned how important it is to take refuge in my practices & shift into higher vibrations when I am stuck in the suffering of a grinding mind. I whole-heartedly intend on coaching people through movement & self-care forever. We all get off track from time to time, existence is absurd. Horrible things happen. Amazing things happen. It only takes a moment for everything to change. Healing is the re-unification of soul, self, and spirit with our truest desires. May you feel the flash of insight that opens your heart.
Helena Lalita Protopapas
Multi-disciplinary visual and performance artist, musician, and teacher of art, music, and yoga
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.
Musician + Yoga Teacher
Having spent the last 35 years immersed in the study, practice and teaching of yoga, I feel more then ever that these universal Ancient teachings and practices can transform our lives, especially in these uncertain turbulent times.
Growing up in South Africa I went through a period of extreme turmoil and questioning. During that time I was completely moved and inspired by some Monks and Yogis that I met from the Himalayas, and about the same time I heard Classical Indian music on the Sitar. These experiences changed my life and direction.
I trained as a meditation teacher with the T.M movement of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Soon after that I went to India via Greece and immersed myself in the study of Yoga and Classical Indian music. I explored many different styles and approaches to yoga in the over eight years I lived there, and I share this approach in the way I teach.
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.
Mystical Kirtan with Mirabai Moon
Mystical Kirtan with Mirabai Moon offers a passionate embrace of the Divine Essence right here, right now... in your embodied, human form, just as you are.
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
Rachel and Ulysses Wilson
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 Wilson, E-RYT
Ulysses Wilson 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.
Katy Gassner Krevsky
Katy Krevsky is a graduate of IUP with a BS degree in Finance. After working for a number of years in the Insurance Marketplace, Katy went back to school to study Nutrition at Messiah College. While pursuing her Didactic degree in Nutrition, Katy gave birth to her first child. A beautiful girl born with Down Syndrome. Katy knew her time was needed at home to nurture and care for her sweet girl and discontinued her nutrition education. Being a mother of a child with a disability can be full of anxiety & worry about the future. During this challenging time in Katy’s life she discovered guided meditation through The Option Institute. 2 more kids and many years later, Katy has explored many modalities of meditation including being trained in Transcendental Meditation in 2012. She took advantage of every workshop at local yoga studios and any Live Like A Yogi style course she could get her hands on! Having shared her knowledge of meditation with family and friends over the years and the challenges of COVID and 2020, Katy decided the time was right to receive formal training. Enrolling in the UNPLUG Meditation Teacher Course with Suze Yalof Schwartz and receiving training from the incomparable davidji has brought Katy full circle. She is thrilled to be certified and sharing meditation’s universal benefits with family, friends & the community!
Monk, Blue Lotus Temple
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
Blue Lotus Buddhist Temple PA I About Us
Kuf Kn0tZ & Christine Elise
MC/ Poet/ Songwriter Kuf Knotz and classically trained Harpist / Guitarist / Pianist / Vocalist Christine Elise have combined forces to create a new album. The unlikely pair connected and built the project with a similar vision, wanting to create positive, forward thinking music driven by a strong message. Both individuals are intrinsically motivated to foster community growth through musical expression.
Christine Elise has a strong background in music therapy having delivered music therapy services to children, adults, and seniors with developmental delays, special needs and those needing emotional support. Finding a passion for community music therapy, she has facilitated group sessions for professionals and clients in the USA, South Africa, Peru and Jamaica. She has presented at national and regional music therapy conferences, with a focus on her community music therapy work, as well as written three scholarly articles published by Music Therapy Perspectives.
Kuf Knotz is one of todays fastest emerging alternative artists which has led him to open for a very diverse number of acts -
Ms Lauryn Hill, The Roots, Common, G-love, Wyclef Jean, Slick Rick, The Wailers, Robert Randolph, SteelPulse, Arrested Development, Robert Glasper, Inspectah Deck, Rising Appalachia, Zac Deputy, Josh Ritter, B.O.B,Bone Thugs & Harmony, Kabaka Pyramid, Yellowman , Soulive , Easy Star Allstars, Ozomatli & Bruce Springsteen.
Yoga Teacher, Owner Operator of House Of Yoga
Life Coach: 10 years | Yoga Instructor: 15 years | School of Life: 49+ years
I found yoga more than 20 years ago to help with depression. Over time, I found that the more I got present in my body, the more I could hear what my heart wanted. For me, the practice is not only a series of poses, but a way of living, a way of being in and for the world around me. The presence that I discovered on my mat translates to everything I do. My practice is with me as I love and take care of my family, and it’s with me as I lead and grow this amazing community. Being a yogi did not change me, but more enhanced the way I do my life. I see now, that much of my sadness that I called depression stemmed from simply not knowing who I was or why I was here. Yoga gave me my life’s work. It showed me that who I am is more than enough. Yoga taught me that each and every human has a light inside of him or her that could be wasted if not shared. Yoga is the tool that I use to speak to my students’ hearts. It’s the tool I use to help my students find vitality for their life. I have no interest in fixing anyone, because in truth there is nothing wrong. Only what is or isn’t working for them. Our bodies have a natural rhythm. It has a built in memory system. We Humans live on a planet that has gravity. Gravity and the stress of life can get heavy. Fact is, most humans don’t like pressure. So I teach to help my students learn to relieve that pressure for themselves. I teach so I can continue to always be a student of the human spirit. I teach because I’m a seeker on a journey that never ends!
Yoga Teacher 500E-RYT owner of life Thrive Yoga
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. Nicole is also yoga therapist graduating from Spanda Yoga Therapy 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 wisdom has lead her on the path of a yoga teacher, reverend and wellness coach. Offering yoga, spiritual counseling, natural health and healing, and 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.
Yoga Teacher + Historian
From the Ashrams of India, to the Pueblos of Taos, the banks of the Shipra to the Susquehanna, Acharya Shambhu Anand (Paul Herzer) is a living servant of Yoga in the Pashupati Lakulish Lineage of Swami Sri Kripalvanandaji. After multiple 200 and 500 hour trainings and thousands of hours of teaching spanning over two decades, he was invited to participate in the International Yoga Conference held during the Simhastha Kumbh Mela in Ujain, and again invited to Allahabad to participate in the ancient Vedic RudraYaga ceremony during the Ardha Kumbh Mela. Holding the ghee lamp for arti, he shines the light of Yoga for the world, continuously seeking the truth.
He sits on the Board of Directors of the Kripalvananda Yoga Institute as historian, working to preserve the teachings of Swami Kripalu in Sumneytown Pa. He is a senior student of the last living Yoga Grand Master, Yogi Amrit Desai and serves as a senior teacher and Emissary Ambassador to the Amrit Yoga Institute in Salt Springs Fl. For the past 10 years he has studied mantra and chanting with Bhakti Yoga Masters Sri Bhagavan Das and Sharada Devi. He draws upon these Lineages for kirtan, which he has helped lead publically since 2017.
Yoga Teacher 500 YACEP Green-tree-yoga
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
Swamini Shraddhananda Saraswati
Founder + Teacher, Kula Kamala Foundation, Monk
Swamini Shraddhana Saraswati is the founder and primary spiritual teacher of Kula Kamala Foundation, a 501c3 public charity. SwaminiJi is a monk, a sanyasi, in the Order of Saraswati. As a yoga therapist & teacher, public servant, and spiritual leader, she began offering ministry to her community about fifteen years ago. Her path was activated and empowered by her growing understanding of the universal teachings of Yoga, Advaita Vedanta and Tantra. The basis of her practice was and is to explore faith and what it means to be human, to be spiritual, to suffer, and to heal. Through education and experience, SwaminiJi integrates the methods she has studied in depth into a very unique offering of service and learning, which intends to reduce suffering, reduce harm, empower potential, and celebrate unity.
Yoga Teacher + Holistic Life Coach + Reiki Master
Yoga Teacher, Holistic Life Coach, + Reiki Master
Karen has been working in the wellness industry for 16 years and is a Certified Personal Trainer, eRYT, Trauma-Informed Yoga Teacher, Holistic Life Coach, and Reiki practitioner.
Along the path she has found healing through holistic methods and creative practices to live a more balanced life. It is her calling to guide others towards this experience as well.
Karen works with clients to find joy through a combination of the energetic and physical bodies.
In addition to managing the House of Yoga in York, PA, she leads a variety of workshops, retreats, and other events.
Teacher & Owner of Sarah Amala, Activator.
Sarah Amala is a RYT 200 hr Yoga Instructor, Psychic Intuitive, Reiki Master, Holistic Health Coach, and Writer living in Central PA. She is co-owner of The Wellness Collective in Camp Hill, which houses a lively and loving bunch of wellness practitioners, local artisans, movement classes, and various events.
As a teacher, Sarah believes that her role is simply to create the atmosphere and safe space for each person to discover their own unique expression and healing abilities, on their own time line. The Amala Method is a fusion of gentle flow yoga, breathwork, meditation techniques, and energy healing, meant to relax the body so that the mind can wander and heal.
Sarah offers monthly Connection Circles, Psychic Intuitive Readings(online and in person), Writing Workshops, and Energy Healing, in addition to Amala Method.
You can tune into her free LIVE energy updates on Facebook every Monday and Friday between 8am-9am.
You can visit her website for more information here: www.sarahamala.com
Rickie Meryl Freedman
Owner, Reiki by Rickie
Rickie Meryl Freedman
Reiki Master/Teacher, P.T.
Bringing an Integrative approach to Holistic Health,
Rickie’s expertise spans across many aspects of wellness,
particularly pain and stress management , and reduction of
addictive behaviors, anxiety and sleep issues.
"Reiki by Rickie ~ Gentle Touch, Deep Healing",
individualized Healing and Balancing sessions, is one of
many tools. Rickie teaches all levels of Reiki Classes
including “Reiki for Healthcare Professionals” and
“ReikiKids”. She recently published a ReikiKids
Coloring/Activity manual. She has created and conducts
numerous workshops, including “The Power of a Positive
Attitude” and “Choosing Peace in Challenging Times", as
well as teaching other Reiki Masters about sharing Reiki with
Rickie offers Reiki Sessions at "ReikiSpace & Learning
Place", Central PA's first Reiki Center, which she created
and opened in 2013. Rickie is a Certified Holistic Life Coach
and shares her "Follow your Heart AND Do it Smart!"
Rickie’s Mission in the world is to bring the Inner Peace
of the Reiki Experience in a grounded way to as many
people as possible. “I don’t DO Reiki, I LIVE Reiki!” Rickie
believes that “Our world and this Earth need all the Light,
Love and Positive Energy we can possibly share!”
Reiki by Rickie ~ ReikiSpace & Learning Place
Gustavo Monje, Krsnatma
Gustavo Monje (Krsnatma) is a meditation teacher from the Washington DC area with close to 20 years of experience. He leads his local spiritual community, the Vistara Circle, for weekly yoga, kirtan, and meditation. The Vistara Circle also offers kirtan and meditation sessions online at the Online Meditation for Beginners via Facebook and Youtube live. Most of Gustavo's students find him on his Youtube channel, Tantra Thoughts, where he has built a large library of educational videos that teach different aspects of the spiritual science of Tantra. He is also a musician with a recently released album of kirtan music called, "Serenade to Universe".
Annelise Latini, Clear Sphere
ERYT 200 Teacher
Sat nam! I am an ERYT 200 teacher having received my Hatha teacher training from Asheville Yoga Center (Asheville, NC) and my Kundalini Yoga Teacher training from Lighthouse Yoga (Washington, D.C.) I am certified as a Y12SR (yoga for addiction recovery) leader, and a Reiki Level 2 attuned practitioner. I am currently studying Anusara Yoga and Ayurveda with Rachel Bush.
I believe in the healing power of a yogic path to transform and uplift!
Having grown up in the central PA area, I moved back almost 3 years ago. I was overjoyed to find so much interest in the yogic lifestyle that our studio, Clear Sphere Yoga in downtown Williamsport, sprung up organically and has grown to include many styles and amazing teachers within a thriving community.
My teaching style is very easy-going and playful and I provide a lot of explanation. Every class weaves yogic philosophy and spiritual principles as well as a strong focus on meditation and breath-work. I primarily teach Kundalini and Hatha Yoga at Clear Sphere, at White Deer Rehab, at the Muncy Prison, as well as traveling to various organizations and companies to facilitate holistic wellness practices .
In addition to my role as yoga teacher, I am a certified holistic life and addiction recovery coach.
I am overjoyed to be a part of the Central PA Yoga LOVE Festival for the second year.
The Mas and the Babas
Musicians + Yoga Teachers
The Mas & The Babas are a collective of professional musicians, yoga teachers and enthusiasts. Hailing from Central Pennsylvania the group brings loving devotion to a new level with their eclectic mix of western and traditional melodies, African drums, and storytelling.
Dancer + Singer + Yoga teacher + Author
Emily Turin fell in love with dancing about 20 years ago , the first time she heard electronica and djembe drums … “It was like a switch turned on and I discovered a new part of myself” …a Zumba Instructor for 5 years , she recognized the elevated positive energy that students would experience through the act of dancing .. She says , “ I feel many of us are apprehensive of the word “dance” in general because of the ideas we have attached to what that word or activity means . I hope to encourage others to experience dance as a personal self-love practice … as a way of allowing rhythm and vibration to move through the body and in doing so release stagnation and ignite new power within … Emily is also a children’s book author, a singer/ songwriter and a 300hr YTT , trained in Hatha & Yin Yoga and Qigong. She teaches Chi Flow from her home twice a week for neighbors and an online community
Founder + Director of Yoga, Simply Well
Michele Landis is an experienced registered 500 hour teacher certified by the Kripalu School of Yoga, is the founder and director of Yoga at Simply Well.
She became certified in 2003 and has been teaching yoga full time for over 15 years. Michele continues to grow her practice and has earned numerous certifications in pre-natal yoga, positional therapy, Thai body work, restorative yoga and Restore Your Core®. She is especially dedicated to the RYC program which specializes in core and pelvic floor health; helping men and women gain core strength, heal pelvic floor dysfunction and learn optimal exercise regimes.
Michele’s own connection to nature is reflected in her passion for the outdoors. She has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine, and has taught outdoor education at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she was first introduced to yoga. Michele has also hiked the Colorado Trail, New England’s Long Trail, and The Great Glen and West The Highland Way, in Scotland. In her free time you can catch her swimming, hiking, paddle boarding, spending time with family and friends or off on a new adventure.