Nicole Kardine, RYT
Usha Lakshmi, ERYT 200, RYT 500
is passionate about yoga and her spiritual journey has all been about breathing, practicing, teaching and simply being. She has been a yoga 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 in the Philadelphia area since 2010.
Being an RYT 500 and ERYT 200, she is registered with Yoga Alliance and has a thousand plus hours of experience teaching yoga 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 teaching and practicing she comes the full circle.
Kathleen Metzker, MPH, ERYT
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.
Lynné Filion, RYT
found yoga at the age of 12 and fell in love instantly, practicing ever since. She has taught since 2014 and holds her 200 hour RYT in Hatha Yoga, with additional certificates in Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Children’s Yoga, and Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She enjoys teaching gentle and beginner classes just as much as more vigorous ones and is always adapting classes to be accessible to everyone in the room. She was recently selected for Yoga Alliance’s Community Service Award for her yoga outreach work locally. Lynné loves the transformative capability of yoga and enjoys sharing it with her students both young and old. She is currently studying to achieve her 500 hour RYT alongside an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification. When she is not teaching she can likely be found somewhere outside with her dogs or husband.
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.
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.
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.
Susan Sacchetti, RYT
became 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.
Mary Hines, RYT
discovered Yoga after ending her competitive gymnastics career in 2006. She was looking for a fun and interesting way to stay in shape and found this in Yoga, and so much more! When she began practicing regularly, Mary realized that there was no perfection or judgement in Yoga- what a change! Learning how to use her breath to deepen poses and “let go” created space and softness in her mind, body and spirit.
Mary’s love for Synergy (formerly Stationary Series) and desire to share this practice with others called her to join The Center’s Yoga Teacher Training Program which she completed in 2015. Mary is honored to have joined this passionate team. Her fun loving spirit and gratitude for the practice invites students to be present, smile and explore.
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.
Lisa McBride, RYT
enjoyed 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.
Rhonda Craven, RYT