Collegeville Yoga Bar -
Biographies
Stefania, owner
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.
Kamini
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                                                                                                                       
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
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 hopes to one day bring this practice to the students of Collegeville Yoga Bar.
Deb           
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
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.
 
Michele
Michele has a BS in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State.  Michele always loved yoga and practiced on and off for 10 years.  With facing some challenges in her life, Michele came back to a consistent practice of yoga and found the benefits to be amazing.  She wanted to share that with others.  She is an RYT200.  She has certifications in Power Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. She has attended many workshops, including Chair Yoga.  As one of her former teachers told her “You got bit by the yoga bug!”.  When not practicing or studying yoga, Michele enjoys cooking, vacationing at the beach,  spending time with her husband and their 2 rescued dogs, and volunteering with a local animal rescue.    

                                                  
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