Stefania holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Elementary Education and has a daytime career as a teacher of the gifted and talented program. In 2007, her best friend suggested trying yoga, and Stefania became hooked after her first class. In August 2010 Stefania earned her 200-hour Hatha and Vinyasa teaching certifications at Frog Lotus Yoga in North Adams, Massachusetts. She is a member of Yoga Alliance.
Upon returning to Pennsylvania in September 2010 she began to participate in yoga as both a student and teacher. In February 2012 Stefania earned Level 1 certification in ballet barre at Barre Focus Fitness in Haverford, PA. Her classes combine Hatha or Vinyasa yoga with core strengthening movements from Pilates and ballet barre. Stefania's other interests include traveling, swimming, and spending time with her son.
Luz is a yoga teacher (YT,& RYT-800) and Yoga Therapist with over 25 years of experience in the biological sciences, Yoga studies, and quantum physics. She uses her scientific education and Yoga Therapy Knowledge to understand the Root Causes of Disease with a Holistic Yogic approach to Health and Healing; focused on improving your mental, Emotional, Physical, and spiritual well being. Luz is dedicated to her community, giving of her time weekly to support local charities.
Luz maintains her BS, MS, and is specialized in the areas of: Cardiac Yoga therapist, Certified Access Bars Facilitator, Certified CranioSacral Therapist (CCST), Comprehensive Yoga Therapist (CYT), Quantum Healing Practitioner (CQH), And She is a Certified Practitioner Of Awesomism; Level one a New Way to understand the treatment and diagnosis of Autism.
Kamini is AAAI/ISMA certified in Hatha Yoga, Kids Yoga and Pilates. She also has experience with Kundalini and Vinyasa Yoga. Kamini has been teaching Yoga since 2003. In addition to working at Collegeville Yoga Bar, Kamini offers yoga at several other places including LA Fitness and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. She is excited to share the immense physical and mental benefits from yoga such as improved posture, concentration, and self-esteem. Yoga also helps strengthen the respiratory system and will alleviate stress from our busy life.
Beverly has been active in various styles of Yoga for 25 years, and is certified to teach Traditional Hatha Yoga. She has compiled well over 500 teaching credits which includes Teacher Certification in Therapeutic Yoga and Ayurveda and is a member of Yoga Alliance. Her passion for yoga is apparent in her teachings! In addition, she is an art teacher and combines visual art with the art of yoga in workshops. In her spare time, Beverly enjoys painting, kirtan, studying Sanskrit and the Himalayan Institute where she is a member of their Yoga Teacher's Association.
Brenda became a certified yoga instructor in 1997. Since then, she has consistently taught several classes per week. Over time, her teaching has evolved learning from her students, deepening her own personal practice, and continuing education.
Brenda is also a C.H.E.K.Practitioner Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist, which shows in her teaching through her knowledge of spinal conditions and postural alignment principles.
Additionally, given her athletic background you will always find a physical/athletic challenge in Brenda’s classes and encouragement to explore your capabilities. She says “I love to share the multi-fold benefits of yoga with my students and lead them towards greater awareness and personal growth.” Brenda is also certified in VaihAyasa Aerial Yoga and teaches this class three times per week at Collegeville Yoga Bar.
Deb has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. She has her master’s degree in Health and Physical Education and has been teaching in a local school district for 14 years. She earned both 200 and 500 hour certifications from Yoga on Main in Manayunk. She also has certifications in Restorative and Children's Yoga. Recently, Deb began teaching Ballet Barre at CYB and hopes to grow as a teacher in that area.
Deb is an ACE certified personal trainer with experience in teaching Pilates and Body Works.
Deb travels to various school districts presenting yoga workshops designed for teachers in her field and school nurses. The intent of these sessions is to bring yoga into our schools, bringing an awareness of the positive benefits for students, student athletes and teachers/administration. She has recently been accepted to present at the PSAPHERD State Conference in November 2013.
Deb enjoys WWOOFing (volunteering on organic farms all over the country), running, biking, hiking, kirtan and growing organic foods for her family.
Neida started her Yoga path with the goal of "taking 40 by the throat". She pushed herself through heated Hatha styles of yoga growing stronger and more flexible as her practice grew. Her focus was attaining and holding the perfect posture, maintaining balance and alignment. She began taking tougher and tougher classes at a variety of local and distant studios. With eyes towards becoming stronger and better, Neida studied to become a Certified Yoga Teacher.
It was there that she found a match to the Yang of her practice; the gentle Yin of her teaching. Neida has developed a beautiful style at the boundaries of a traditional Western class. She includes the rituals of mudra, breath, and motion in synchronicity - adapting props to encourage the body into releasing. But don't be fooled, she still moonlights as the tough one.
Melissa, a former ballet dancer, Holds a Degree in Early Childhood Education, and maintains current State Police, Childline Child Abuse, and FBI Clearances, as well as being trained in CPR and First Aide. She is formerly a substitute teacher, and currently a one-on-one special education assistant with a local school district, where she assisted with the schools yoga club. She has been practicing yoga for over ten years, and has been
teaching Children's yoga since June of 2015 as a certified Child Light Yoga Children's Instructor. She is the mother of eight wonderful
children who love to do yoga with her, in fact her love of yoga first blossomed when she first took a mommy and me class with her daughter Zoey. Since that time Melissa has embarked on a yoga journey which led her from personal practice, to her children's certification, and at the present time she is working towards her adult certification here at Collegeville Yoga Bar's Teacher Training Program, in Hatha and Vinyasa styles of Adult Yoga. Melissa is a firm believer that yoga is an essential
part of healthy living. "Yoga exercises the mind, body, and soul. It brings them into balance." She loves to
share the wonders of yoga with children and has seen first hand how yoga, and meditation when taught to children at a young age can assist with daily stresses such as test taking, and is a universal language that can assist when working with special needs. Her other interests include reading, Arts & Crafts
especially knitting, furniture restoration, hiking with her puppies, and cooking with her husband.