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.
Jennifer Smith-McLaughlin moved to Frederick, Md. in 2017 and is looking forward to teaching and helping Yogamour thrive! Jen wants to let you know, that YOU too can practice Yoga and find all of the amazing benefits that you're hearing about online and in all the magazines and talk shows. Yoga is not about turning yourself into a pretzel or trying to look a certain way. Yoga is a practice- a practice of going inward, taking some deep breaths and giving yourself some peace. The postures are just one part of the practice of Yoga. Jen teachs Hatha Yoga, focusing on the 8 limbs of Yoga which places emphasis on pranayama (breathing practices), asana (postures), controlled movement (with modifications so everyone can do it), and meditation. She has been practicing Yoga for over 38 years and have been teaching Yoga and meditation for over 7 years. "I make sure that you are safe and comfortable in my classes."
Jen is a 500 hour certified Yoga Acharya, or Master Yoga Instructor, having received my 200 and 500 hour certifications through the International Sivananda Yoga Organization at the Grass Valley, California Ashram. She is certified to teach the beautiful practice of Yin Yoga and is a certified Thai massage specialist. She trained with Yogamour in Frederick, Maryland in Trauma-Informed Yoga and can teach populations suffering from various forms of trauma including PTSD. Jen has also trained with Beth Shaw (yoga fit) and has participated in several workshops with Shiva Rea (prana flow) and Baronne Baptiste (Power Yoga). She has worked with cancer patients, chiropractic patients, people dealing with anxiety and stress, in big gyms, small studios, and had a thriving home studio in Leesburg, Va. since 2010. She has created and taught several workshops including 'The Mantra of Menopause’, 'Embracing the Feminine Divine', and 'Introduction to Meditation'.
"Like everyone, I have gone through difficult times in my life, and Yoga is the one practice that has helped me to keep it together and stay really healthy in my mind, body and spirit. I've managed to completely stop anti-depressants, cholestoral medication, or any other drugs that many people come to accept as normal as they get older. I am in my 50's and I feel better than ever! I believe that the practice of Yoga, which means union, is for everyone, no matter what physical condition you're in. Through gentle, clear instruction, I make Yoga accessible to all people. Yoga should be a lifestyle, not a once in a while thing. If you begin a steady and dedicated practice, you will find my classes transformational, not to mention, fun!!!"
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.
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.