Geni Donnelly - Yogamour USA
Based in Frederick, Maryland, Geni, E-RYT 500®, YACEP® , and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Yogamour. She is a registered Prana Flow® yoga teacher and 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Therapist. Further credentials include certification in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for PTSD founded by David Emerson of the Trauma Center of Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts, as well as a Yoga for Cancer (Y4C) Teacher Training with Tari Prinster, Trauma-Informed Yoga Training taught by Kala Khouri with Off The Mat Into the World, and Teaching Yoga and Mindfulness in Prison at Omega Institute.
Having practiced yoga for decades, Geni has been teaching public yoga classes, and trauma sensitive yoga classes for survivors of trauma and marginalized communities since 2008. She has led yoga volunteer retreats in the US, Puerto Rico and Asia. Geni co-leads Trauma-Informed Yoga Training Programs for yoga teachers, educators, therapists and social workers.
"I am eternally grateful for those students whom I have had the honor of teaching yoga. They forever have gifted me with gems of wisdom, and I hold them in high regard as my teachers and my community. Gifted educators who have further shaped my thoughts and methods of teaching include Maria Garre, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, David Emerson, Max Strom, Hala Khouri and Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, as well as my functioning dysfunctional, fun family and fabulous dogs."
Rebeccah Bartlett - Yogamour Global
Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Beccah oversees Yogamour Global. Beccah discovered yoga at a young age from her aunt who was a yoga teacher. She didn't embrace yoga until she was 22 however, when she began to take classes at a local studio. The gates opened and yoga became a complete healing process, both physically and mentally. Deciding to explore the world, she ended up volunteering at a school in a “slum” of India. The children were restless so Beccah involved the entire school in a morning practice of yoga before each day began, which did wonders for the kids’ attention spans. It seemed to Beccah that she had found her place.
Her study of yoga, including RYT 200-hour training, has been influenced by teachers such as Seane Corn, Shiva Rae, Sarah Ivanhoe, Faith Hunter, Kathryn Budig, Coby Kozlowski and Rosey Mann.Beccah continues to deepen her playful vinyasa practice and has been amazed by the doors it has opened. Her ultimate passion is to intertwine her yoga community with volunteerism.
“As I often tell my students, the two most important phrases in therapy, as in yoga, are “Notice that” and “What happens next?” Once you start approaching your body with curiosity rather than with fear, everything shifts.”
Sandy Morrell is an E-RYT 200+ Prana Flow® trained yoga teacher. Sandy's classes offer a flow integrating mind, body and spirit. She also offers a Restorative Class with a therapeutic touch. Her classes are tailored for all ages and fitness levels. In a student’s words, “Sandy’s teaching style is the perfect blend of inspiration, instruction and reassurance.” If you are looking for a causal and down to earth class, join Sandy for a journey of self-exploration.
Christiana (Ana) Lang has been Influenced by teachers on both the east and west coast of the U.S., Christiana received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Kripalu School of Yoga in the Berkshires, Massachusetts. The Kripalu style foundation is based on the union of body and mind, paying special attention on what occurs in pause and inquiry. She has cultivated a nine year long yoga practice complete with personal and professional growth courses such as Landmark education, igolu development and intensive goal setting facilitation sessions at the personal, corporate and international level. Christiana spent 2.5 years living in a rural Thailand village as a Peace Corps Volunteer where she brought caregiver support yoga classes and created an occupational yoga teacher training program. In addition to Thailand, Christiana has taught yoga in India, Mexico, California, Connecticut and Maryland.
As a Yogamour Global Ambassador, Christiana has aided in Thailand yoga volunteer retreats and has co-led the Jaipur, India volunteer retreat and program.
Christiana is committed to sharing yoga, meditation and self-development, wherever it is that she calls home. Her professional work as an international peace-builder is rooted in the belief that through love and acceptance of ourselves, the path to interconnectedness is realized.
Leeann Hjemvik is both an outpatient, trauma-informed therapist in the Frederick area, as well as a yoga instructor. She earned her Master's in Social Work in 2009, and her RYT-200 in 2015. She truly believes that yoga is a wonderful way to heal, and incorporates yogic principles, including mindfulness, meditation, appropriate asana and pranayama into her therapeutic work. She has worked with youths and their families in various settings, and is trained in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT), by Dr. Bruce Perry, as well as the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency Model (ARC), by Dr. Margaret Blaustein. She has also attended trainings by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk. Her current practice allows her the flexibility to blend her passion for yoga while providing individualized therapeutic support. Leeann teaches yoga as a compliment to various organizations, as well as offering classes in local yoga studios in Frederick, Maryland.
Toni Wilhelm is about love, strength, and surrender. It is these three qualities that summons Toni to a dedicated, daily practice of yoga. As the world spins at a dizzying speed, meeting one’s breath and body on the mat becomes a sacred place where attention shifts to the awareness and all that is real in the present moment. This is where healing energy flows.
Toni obtained her 200hr RYT from Arhanta Yoga in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India. While in India, she studied Hatha yoga, which greatly influences her practice stylistically. Toni’s heart is full of love, serenity, and grace as she leads her practice. It is her deepest hope that her students would experience for themselves the heart-soothing power of yoga.
We are pleased that Toni is working with Yogamour in Asia. She finds her natural state of tranquility traveling in South East Asia between Thailand and Bali. It is an honor when Toni returns to her home town, Frederick to share her graceful method of teaching.
Danica Warden offers a time to slow down, take a deep breath and learn to let go which are all reason to practice yoga. For me, it came down to stumbling across a book 8 years ago, trying a few meditation exercises, and I was hooked!!! I can't lie, the postures came secondary to the pranayama, I hated the postures at first, I felt vulnerable and cared what people thought, but I kept going back. Before I knew it, was was hooked. I took my formal 200 hour yoga teacher training from May 2012 thru January 2013 at Jala Yoga. So if you wanna sweat, stretch, and work some ish out on your mat you have come to the right place.
Kerri Eiker began practicing yoga in 1999 as a form of cross training for her passion of distance trail running. She quickly fell in love with yoga as a deeper form of body work as well as a way to connect with spirit. When she became chronically ill with Lyme disease, yoga became a daily practice, which she believes played a vital role in her healing. Kerri (RYT 200) obtained her certification through Sol yoga and studied under Dorcas Quynn McWilliams (E-RYT 500) and Kristina Molinari (RYT 500). She has also studied with Seane Corn where the concept of OTM (off the mat) deeply resonated with her. OTM helps participants find their own unique purpose through yoga, creative inquiry, and self-exploration. Kerri will be deepening her practice by obtaining her RYT 500 in early 2016 through the Shakti Initiation Program in Bali, Indonesia. Grace Jull, MA, LMT from Kirpalu and adjunct faculty at Harvard’s Rehabilitation Lifestyle Medicine Residency Program, along with Jovinna Chan, E-RYT 500 will be leading the Shakti training program. Kerri plans to bring her embodied knowledge back to the US where she will assist others, through the practice of yoga, to explore with compassion areas in their bodies, hearts and mind that unnecessarily hold onto the stress of everyday life. Strengthening, softening, and healing the body, mind, and heart through the practice of yoga prepares us to take loving kindness off the mat and into the world.
Kristen Townsend, M.S.- Kristen was introduced to yoga as a competitive figure skater in 2002. She has been incredibly blessed with the opportunity to study yoga and it's deep roots, and to learn to teach from several high-level teachers, healers, scholars and innovators within the global yoga community, including Shiva Rea, Maria Garre, Shannon Paige, Daniel Odier, Christopher Tompkins, and Sonia Masocco.
Kristen's yoga teacher training has come through Shiva Rea's Samudra Global School for Living Yoga. In her Prana Vinyasa® classes, Kristen shares her experience in cultivating a sense of inner balance, clarity, strength and compassion, as well as practical physical strength and flexibility to serve the flow of life.
Time off the mat is dedicated to serving the shakti and raising the collective vibration by her "behind the scenes" assistance to Vinyasa pioneer and sacred activist Shiva Rea; utilizing her Master of Science degree in Environmental Biology by collaborating with researchers at the USDA Beltsville Bee Research Lab to study the amazing lives of honey bees; and teaching figure skating.
Jon Phebus is RYT-200 certified as a Prana Flow (TM) instructor, but he draws from the whole family of Vinyasa style to accommodate the needs of each class.
“It is important for every class to have a chance to laugh and groan and sigh and laugh some more, all while we move and breath together. I believe that a good physical practice finds us comfortable and stable not only in every pose, also in the movement *between* poses.”
Jessica Coakley was first introduced to yoga over ten years ago while she was a student at Towson University. Having danced as a child, the music and sequencing of classes provided an outlet for creative self-expression. Jessica took her first class in 2010 at Ananda Shala, and quickly fell in love with the studio, teachers and Prana Vinyasa Flow classes. Inspired by the teachers at Ananda Shala; master classes with Maria Garre, Andrew McAuley and Shiva Rea, Jessica enrolled in teacher training at Ananda Shala. Jessica completed the Prana Flow® Affiliate 200 hour RYT program in June of 2015, and has been teaching ever since. Jessica’s classes are upbeat with a side of humor to move you from stressed to zen.