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Sarah Beck, 500 Hour ERYT, RPYT, MFP, discovered her love of yoga while attending yoga classes in 2000. Since then, she has studied a variety of yoga styles, which she blends into her classes. She is certified in Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga & Prenatal Yoga, and has attended many yoga related workshops & lectures. Sarah specializes in prenatal care and wellness. She is certified by Motherwell as a Maternity Fitness Professional and Yoga Alliance as a Prenatal Yoga Instructor. She is a Childbirth International Certified Birth Doula, and holds a diploma in Childbirth Education. In 2007, she studied Thai Yoga Bodywork with Michael Buck. Sarah is completed her studies with the School of Shamanic Methods, is a Reiki Master, and does a variety of energy work. Sarah has an office is located at Now & Zen Yoga in West Chester where she regularly meets with clients. Sarah co-owns Now & Zen Yoga with Jeanie Matteson.
Judy Curiel (Padma Bhakti), Ph.D., 500 Hour RYT, YACEP, began a daily yoga practice in 2004 and completed the Fall 2007 Teacher Training at The Spirit of Yoga. Her passion is making yoga available to people in any physical condition, of all ages and of all body types. She loves to share many modifications and adaptations in her classes. She has studied Restorative Yoga with Dr. Judith Lasater, the foremost authority on Restorative Yoga, and earned the titles of a Relax and Renew Trainer® and an Advanced Relax and Renew Trainer®. Judy also studied Restorative Yoga with Jane Fryer, Shannon Paige and Sudha Lundeen. She believes in creating a safe and inviting environment for all students and she received her trauma-informed yoga teaching certificate from Trauma-Informed Lens Yoga in April, 2017. Off the mat, she teaches part-time at two local colleges after retiring as a public school educator of thirty years. She is a certified ChildLight Instructor™ and a certified Let Your Yoga Dance® for Special Populations Instructor. Presently, she is enrolled in the 500 hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu. Off the mat, she has been an educator for over thirty years and has taught students of all ages from Kindergarten to College but there is a special place in her heart for teenagers.
Jeanie Ruland Matteson
Jeanie Ruland Matteson, RSMT, MA-MT, RYT is a registered movement therapist with ISMETA the International Somatic Movement and Expressive Therapy Association. She has a Master of arts degree in Music Therapy and a certificate in Expressive Arts from Immaculata University. She is also a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, a certified Shake Your Soul® Teacher and Reiki Master teacher in three lineages of Reiki. In her classes she mindfully teaches moving to your level and being present with your body’s wisdom and unique expression. She emphasizes freedom of movement with no right or wrong, nothing to learn, and nothing to memorize! Jeanie loves sharing the joy of movement and dance helping her students connect to the rhythm of music, innate body movements and self-expression.
Danielle Anastasi started practicing yoga in 1999. It was then that she discovered a passion for the practice. She completed the teacher training program with Pam Walsh at the The Spirit of Yoga. She has since studied a variety of yoga. Danielle has been teaching yoga classes since 2005 and enjoys sharing her love of yoga with others.
Heather Jacoby, 200 RYT , In March, 2011, Heather met Danielle Anastasi, a teacher at The Spirit of Yoga, and after taking her class was immediately inspired to follow the path of yoga in a journey toward personal healing. During that first class, Heather found peace that she had forgotten existed and became dedicated to the practice. Since then, she has become excited to share yoga with others. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Pam Walsh, under the mentorship of Danielle. Heather has not only been teaching, but also incorporating the benefits of mindfulness and asana Into her professional work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Her goal is to support individuals in finding their own truth both on and off the mat.
Wendy Keslick, RYT, LMT & owner of In Harmony Life, is a graduate of Temple University where she earned a Bachelor of Science specializing in Exercise Science/Kinesiology, Pennsylvania School of Muscle Therapy where she received her massage certification, and the Spirit of Yoga where she completed the 200-hour teacher training program. In addition, she continues to further her studies in massage, yoga, nutrition, meditation and other modalities of health and wellness from a holistic perspective. She co-founded Galen International Health, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that promotes health and wellness and prevent disease locally and globally through providing health education and services from a multicultural and transcultural perspective. Additionally, she completed an editorial apprenticeship at Elephant Journal. In addition, as a writer she has had articles published at Elephant Journal, Productive Muslim, and FUTUREtakes, where she also served on their international editorial board. She currently is an editor and leads the translation team at Rose+Croix Journal, an international, interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, peer-reviewed online journal that focuses on topics that relate to the sciences, history, the arts, mysticism and spirituality.
My first experience of yoga was a Hatha class in the 90's when a friend and I went to a small studio in Kimberton. It opened my eyes to a new way of being in the world. She moved and I drifted away. In 2000, a friend introduced me to a 'power flow' class and I slowly made my way onto my mat every week. I found it to be healing, lending me focus and presence. In 2010, I made the decision to try teacher training and see where it would lead. It has been incredibly expansive. My teaching experience has deepened my own practice as well as allowing me to gently introduce yoga to new students. Something magical happens when a new person walks into class. They stay, they sweat a bit, they wobble, they laugh at themselves, they love savasana, and at the end they ask when they should come back. Being a part of their journey has filled my life in a way I did not expect. I am so grateful to have an opportunity where I get to see and feel the magic.
Sarah first learned about yoga from her mom and began practicing formally in 1999. She received her 200 hour Hatha Yoga Certification from The Spirit of Yoga in January 2007 where she learned about various styles including Forrest, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Baptiste, Iyengar, Kundalini, and Prenatal yoga. In 2010, Sarah spent four months volunteering at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as the Guest Yoga Team volunteer where she coordinated, taught, and assisted classes. She has much gratitude for all of her teachers and brings a calm, soothing presence to her yoga and meditation classes. She is interested in teaching her students to cultivate not only improved physical health but also an inner stillness and a tranquil spirit through their yoga practice both on and off the mat.
Jenny Wood is the mama of two wild boys, Yogi, Nature Lover, Dancer, Artist, and Maker. She believes that art in all its many forms can open our hearts and feed our souls. Throughout her life, she has explored many different types of art such as painting, photography, fiber arts, sewing, and working with clay along with dancing and yoga to connect with herself and her place in the world. She first felt the transcendental power of dance as a teenager through the moving meditation of the Dances of Universal Peace in Philadelphia PA. As she continue my life’s journey, she continue to seek opportunities to connect with people through art and dance. Jenny is Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Instructor- RYT200, Yoga Alliance registered Prenatal Yoga Instructor, Dancing for Birth Certified Instructor, Sacred Pregnancy Weekend Workshop Leader, Rebozo Certified, and Certified Bradley Method Instructor 2010-2018. Join Jenny the fourth Friday of every month at Now & Zen Yoga for Belly Dancing.
Marilupe de la Calle
I’m Marilupe, and I’m glad you’re here today. I am a Mexican mom living in the US with my husband and my two amazing girls. I feel fortunate that I get to share this gem I found called Parenting by Connection with you. This approach connected me to my girls in ways I had only dreamed before I had them. I used to say, “I want my (future) children to know -in every neuron, and every cell- that I am there, TRULY there for them. No matter what.” Then, my incredibly passionate and strong girl was born. And so were my fears, and isolation, and overwhelm. I found myself reacting, yelling in anger and crying myself to sleep thinking, “How in the world am I going to help this child?” Little did I know that my upbringing as the youngest child in a very large family, in which death and emotional repression were present, would make it very hard for me to parent in the balanced, calm way that my girl needed. And the strong social expectations I faced to make my baby stop crying only added to the stress. She. Just. Wouldn’t. And I felt like I was failing her. The toddler years were no easier. And then I discovered it. And the adventure began. I started using the tools I learned from Hand in Hand and a spark appeared in her eye. A spark I had never seen before. Suddenly, there was now room for giggles. And for tears. For her growth, and for mine. For healing. For flexibility and relaxed muscle tone. For facing fears, for conquering sibling rivalry and finally, for an embrace in which I could FEEL her as mine. So I invite you to explore it in your family, and to be amazed by where it takes you. Yes, this approach might get messy. And hard. Because parenting CAN be hard. But using it gives me support, and tools, and hope. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Want to join me?
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