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Jessi Bertoncini, RYT

first stepped on the mat while searching for a way to quiet her worried mind. Through the love of her asana practice she found the healing power of presence. After a daily practice of almost 5 years Jess completed her 200 hour training at Seva Power Yoga of West Chester in 2013. In the Spring of 2016 she received 50 hours Advanced Teacher Training credentials through Magu Yoga of Germantown. Expect to be led through intelligent sequencing gently guided by alignment cues that not only create space in your practice but aim to find symmetry in the body. Learn more about Jessi HERE

Susan Sacchetti, RYT

Susan2became a certified fitness instructor 18 years ago to help others realize the many benefits of exercise as part of daily life. Eight years into teaching, Susan took to a yoga mat for the first time and found it to be life changing. At a time when her daughter was suffering with a severe illness, yoga gave Susan new strength, inner peace, and the physical healing that helped her through a very difficult time.

She has been teaching Vinyasa since 2005, and is enjoying teaching Synergy and Flow classes at The Center. Susan loves the creativity of Flow and the consistency of the Synergy practice. She has also brought a weekly yoga practice to seniors in her community. “While exercise is a huge part of my life, yoga has added a balance and tranquility unique only to itself.”

Christine Weiland, RDH, RYT

 

 

My journey began at The Center ten years ago. As a Registered Dental Hygienist practicing for over thirty years, my profession began to take a toll on both my mind and my body.  My yoga practice became essential and The Center soon became my second home.  I completed my teacher training here in 2013. Having a background in the science field has given me the education of anatomy and physiology. Yoga is allowing the creative energy in me to arise.  I continue to further my education having experience with trauma sensitivity and mindful meditation.  My philosophy for teaching is to guide fellow yogis into a deeper practice through movement, breath work, hands on adjustments, stress relief techniques, music and readings.  I believe yoga is a practice and we are all students learning together to further that practice.  I enjoy teaching flow, synergy and mindfulness classes to assist in the transformation of both mind and body while making it fun.

Amanda Daley, RYT

I approach yoga as a spiritual practice, one that works to sync our mind, body, soul, and breath. I lead gentle, kind movements with attention to bring present through the breath. While I believe the practice is very personal, I also believe there is something truly special about practicing in a room of people on the same path. In my class I will guide you towards a personal practice that honors where you are today.
I did my 200 hour teacher training here at The Center and I’m blessed to be teaching here in this amazing community.

Kathleen Metzker, MPH, ERYT

TheCenterHYA_1-27-13_082b has been teaching yoga since 2005 and developed an interest in the mind-body connection at an early age. She is the Director of Integrative Health Services and Mind Body Educator at The Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University. She also leads workshops at The Center.
Kathleen completed her Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction practicum and continues supervision with Diane Reibel, at Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine and has completed professional training under Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli. She is committed to mindful living and finds great joy sharing her learning with others.

Nicole Kardine, RYT

first discovered yoga in high school, attending weekly classes with her mom and sister. Her practice came and went as so often happens with the ebb and flow of life. She returned to the mat and became rooted again in a consistent practice, at which point the “shift” began. Her path led her to The Center from the referral of her dear friend and teacher, Kathleen Metzker. Nicole was drawn to complete the MBSR program that is offered at The Center and she was launched down the path of self discovery, acceptance and love.
A thirst for a deeper practice, a deeper connection to her true Self led her to her teacher Dawn MotherHeart Smelser.  With Dawn’s guidance and love she completed her 200 YTT at MotherHeart Yoga Sangha. In addition to being a 200 RYT, Nicole is also a Reiki Master Practitioner.
Believing in the interconnectedness of all beings, she feels called to share the practices and light that inspire her everyday. Community and how to best serve the community is what drives her to cast her fears aside and allow her heart to lead the way.

Jackie Oberholtzer, RYT

found yoga in 2009 while searching for the mind body connection she loved from her 15 years as a dancer. What she found was that and so much more. She began teaching in 2012 after completing Yoga Teacher Training at The Center. Jackie teaches Flow and VinYin so that she may share her love of music and movement with each of her students.

Stephanie Harris

Stephanie Harris is a local artist, pilot, and yogi; returning to the West Chester area after pursuing education and passions in locations such as New York City and India. Along the way she found and developed her own spirituality and has returned to share her practices as a yogi and spiritual counselor.

Teaching yoga since 2011, her practice has changed and evolved, leading her towards more restorative practices and facilitating mindfulness workshops. Publishing  a spirit card deck in 2018, she also discovered her great passion for aviation, becoming a private pilot in 10 weeks. Stephanie uses art, aviation and the core path of yoga as mediums to experience all of life through, as well as bring insight to those seeking a greater connection with the Universe.

Check out her Spirit Cards, The Anyone Anywhere deck at The Center or Local Yoga Cafe.
Instagram: Stephanierris ; Bluefoxintheeye

Usha Lakshmi ERYT500, YACEP

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Usha Lakshmi ERYT500, YACEP

Usha is passionate about yoga and mindfulness. Her spiritual journey has all been about breathing, practicing, teaching and simply being. She has been a yoga and meditation practitioner all her life and continues to learn at every opportunity she gets. She believes that the quest for knowledge is never ending and prefers to be a seeker of knowledge for the rest of her life. Yoga grounded her and always helped her to live in the now. She has lived and taught Yoga and Meditation in the Philadelphia area since 2010.  She has thousands of hours of experience teaching mindfulness practices full time.

Usha continues her studies frequently in India where she is constantly expanding her knowledge, personal practice and sharing that with her students. She has learned that sharing her studies with others takes her own personal experience to a whole new level. Don’t they say that when you give, it gets returned back to you threefold? So true as she learns from each one of her students every single day. Thus with practicing and teaching she comes the full circle.

Usha is registered with Yoga Alliance  as an Experienced Yoga Teacher(ERYT-500) as well as a Continued Education Provider (YACEP).  For a list of full time schedule, workshops and programs that she offers – go to her website at “Yogabhyasa Kalari“. To learn a little more about Usha, go on to her personal blog – “My Yoga Journey.”

Lisa McBride, RYT

Lisa2enjoyed many years of Yoga at The Center before deciding to enroll in the teacher training program. “It was a wonderful experience enabling me to become certified in 2013 and share my passion for yoga with others.” Lisa is trained in Flow and Synergy and currently teaches these classes. Her study of yoga postures, alignment, breath work, yoga readings and meditation has moved her towards the mind body connection that was needed in her life. “The benefits have unfolded over time for me and I am excited to see what yoga will bring to my life in the future.” Lisa is also a certified Childlight Yoga teacher and has an Early Childhood/Elementary Ed degree. She loves teaching Kids Yoga classes at this studio.

Self-acceptance, compassion and encouragement are important values Lisa hopes to share with all of her students, enabling them to practice yoga to meet their needs in each moment.

Christa Carlson, ERYT

began her yoga journey in 2008 with home practice, mostly watching DVDs and “trying to figure out if I was doing it right”.  In 2011 she found The Center and began to realize what practicing yoga in a community was all about.  Being taught how to focus on feeling the body and breath in the poses was so empowering; she realized that yoga is so much more than just “doing it right”.  Having found that connection and wanting to share it with others, Christa began The Center’s teacher training program and received certification in 2013.  She loves to teach Flow and guide students to new levels in their own practice.