|Sara Sheikh began her yoga and meditation practice in the mid-1990′s through the Sivananda tradition and with Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh’s trainings in Mindfulness Meditation. Inspired to share the transformational practice of yoga with others, in 2008 Sara traveled to study and become certified at the 200-hour level through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Val Morin, Canada. In years since, Sara has expanded her personal practice by studying the Jivamukti method and has dedicated herself to becoming a skilled teacher of Vinyasa yoga. Offering classes for beginning as well intermediate students, Sara integrates yogic chanting, philosophy, the practice of yoga postures, regulated breathing, deep relaxation and meditation into each session. In class she is known for her down to earth, clear and in-depth instruction. Responsive and sensitive to each individual, she is committed to helping students achieve a healthier-balanced life and develop a greater awareness of Self through the practice of yoga. In addition to teaching at BYV, Sara has the privilege to teach yoga to children and families in underserved neighborhoods through Baltimore City recreation centers, schools, and childcare programs. She has completed a masters degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work (class of 2013).|
|Reclaiming pregnancy/childbirth as a sacred rite of passage is Nilajah Brown’s life work and passion. She has been serving women and families as a Sacred-birthing consultant for over 10 years. She brings a wealth of traditional birthing wisdom from African, Caribbean and Native American midwives. She is a professionally trained mother, pregnancy yoga therapist, childbirth educator, doula, reiki practitioner, and lactation consultant. Her focus is on supporting women in tuning into their innate wisdom as they transition from pregnancy through labor and into motherhood. She is currently working on her first book Birthing in the Spirit.Nilajah teaches prenatal yoga courses as well as Momma & Baby classes at Baltimore Yoga Village.|
|Vivian Campagna, a certified yoga instructor since 2002, Vivian is celebrating 10 years of teaching and 16 years of immersing herself in the many facets of yoga practice and tradition. After earning full certification in the Anusara method, an advanced certification that is the equivalent of the Yoga Alliance ERYT 500 designation, Vivian has chosen to evolve these teachings into her own unique teaching style. She feels super blessed to have trained thousands of classroom and apprenticeship hours with her main teacher Susie Hurley to whom she offers full pranams of gratitude. Always a student, Viv is grateful for her opportunities to study with leading scholars including sanskrit studies with Vyaas Houston, yoga philosophy with Dr. Douglas Brooks, Dr. WIlliam K. Mahony, Dr. Carlos Pomeda and Dr. Paul Muller-Ortega, and Ayurveda with Kate Stillman. Vivian’s primary asana teachers are Sianna Sherman, Noah Maze and Christina Sell who continually inspire her through their brilliant teaching. Vivian loves living in Baltimore and being a part of the Baltimore Yoga VIllage community. She wishes to express gratitude to every student she is fortunate to encounter, and most of all, deep appreciation and love goes out to her husband John and daughter Lila for their boundless love and support.|
|Erin Gahan has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2007. Although trained in the Vinyasa style of yoga, Erin has studied and infuses her classes with multiple styles of movement including Vinyasa, Bikram ,Kundalini, traditional Hatha yogas and dance. Every class includes pranayama. All levels are welcomed in Erin’s classes. Expect to breathe, move and smile. All you will need to bring to classes is an open mind and an open heart.|
|Marley Keller, E-RYT 500, has an extensive background in dance and psychology helped set the foundation for her career as a yoga instructor to children and adults. In 2006, Marley received her 200 hour yoga teacher training from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and spent the next 3 years dedicated to completing both a 200 and 500 hour teacher training program with an emphasis on yoga therapeutics at Golden Heart Yoga in Annapolis MD.Since 2006, Marley has been teaching both private and group classes to children and adults. Although mainly influenced by Anusara and Parayoga and her teacher and mentor, Rod Stryker, Marley brings elements of various styles of yoga into her yoga sessions. She is trained in prenatal yoga, yoga for athletes, mommy and me yoga, kids yoga, preteen and teen yoga, and yoga for special conditions. She specializes in one-on-one yoga therapy for people with chronic and acute medical conditions. Emphasizing breath, alignment, and body awareness, her goal is to help all students foster a better sense of self by finding the connection between their body, mind and spirit.|
At the age of eight, Claudia Neuman attended her first yoga class with her Mother, and the practice has been in her life ever since. As a native of Santa Monica California, Claudia was blessed to be a part of a studio called Yoga Works. Prior to this she studied with the Integral and Sivananda Yoga Societies, as well as her beloved first real teacher, Ragavan, who inspired her to begin teaching. Claudia continued to teach and train at Yoga Works, completing several teacher training programs there; studying and interning with Rod Stryker, Eric Shifffman, and Anna Forrest. She also studied with the honorable Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, creator of Ashtanga Yoga.
In 2004 Claudia came to Baltimore by invitation of the original owner of BYV and fell in love with it. In 2005 she received her E-RYT and also became certified by John Friend in Anusara Yoga. Claudia’s unique style of yoga teaching has evolved over these years to reflect the best of what she has learned from so many master teachers.
Deborah Quirk is a YT 500 and Board Certified Dance/movement therapist. She completed her 500YTT at the Columbia Yoga Center in Columbia,MD in December of 2013. While Deborah teaches Vinyasa Yoga this YTT focused on alignment and Yoga therapeutics which continues to inspire her teaching and personal practice of Yoga. Deborah’s love of dance/movement began as a child studying dance with her father who owned and operated dance studios in Dallas,TX. Prior to receiving her Masters Degree in Dance/movement therapy from Goucher College she co-directed Chrysalis Repertory Dance Company in Houston,TX. Deborah’s classes include music and poetry , creating yoga classes rich with imagery promoting body awareness, mindfulness and an embodied movement experience.
|After a 7 year bout of severe depression, Joshua Rothschild met his spiritual mentor who helped him to wake up. He teaches yoga and meditation as processes for spiritual transformation to support people to live more fully and more peacefully.Josh teaches a class called Yoga Church which integrates Kundalini Yoga with philosophy and chanting. He also teaches regular meditation series classes.|
|Stephanie Snyder infuses a wide spectrum of Life experience with her love for yoga into each session. Her classes are peppered with yogic philosophy and specific alignment guidelines to encourage you to step into the bright Light that already exists within your heart. In this uplifting, heart-centered practice, be inspired to engage in an extraordinary experience honoring the wonder of the ordinary both on and off the mat. Stephanie has been teaching from the heart since she fell in love with Anusara yoga 4.5 years ago but she has been practicing, in constant awe of yoga’s gifts, since her mother practiced with her in utero! She is filled with gratitude to be a part of the awesome Baltimore Yoga Village community and to teach you!|
|Neeru Takiar is a certified Yama Therapeutics yoga instructor. Practicing yoga for nearly eight years, Neeru has a rich knowledge of yoga and ayurveda. Neeru’s interests in yoga focuses upon a combination of vinyasa asanas, ayurvedic philosophy, guided meditation, visualization and pranayama. Her strong dedication to ensuring the health of the mind and soul allows her to be inspirational as she guides her students to release the physical, emotional and mental tensions that block the numerous energy pathways of the body. She encourages her students to be mindful of the yoga they practice – in particular understanding the intention and purpose, or bhavana, for each asana. Neeru also loves to cook and teach about healthy ayurvedic vegetarian food – she is always in search of new dishes that are good for a yogi!|
|Pamela Tanton has been practicing the Sheng Zhen system of qigong since 2002, and she’s been teaching it since 2004. Sheng Zhen means “Unconditional Love.” She is certified to teach by Master Li Junfeng, the founder of Sheng Zhen Qigong. She has studied with Master Li for ten years, and has taken many 10-day teacher training sessions with him all over the world—Germany, Norway, Croatia, Hawaii, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, California, Texas, and Baltimore.For Pamela, qigong is a beautiful practice that brings a sense of well-being, deep relaxation, and a feeling of connection to Oneness. But she believes it’s important not to be too serious about it either! The phrase, “Enjoy your practice, enjoy your life” is a cornerstone of the Sheng Zhen Qigong philosophy. Pamela’s classes place an emphasis on having fun and doing the movements in a way that feel good to your body.|
|“Mira” Mary E.Tessman has been practicing yoga off and on for over twenty years and started teaching yoga in 2007. Currently, she teaches seven classes a week at four studios and offers private yoga instruction in the Baltimore area. Mira views her yoga practice as the most consistent and potent source of spiritual, mental, and physical strength and support in her life. Besides teaching yoga, Mira is a holistic psychotherapist and uses a mindfulness-based and body-oriented approach in her private practice. She suggests to her clients: “Try yoga before Prozac; it really helps stabilize mood.” Mira has been facilitating expressive arts, healing, meditation, and spiritual growth workshops, retreats and groups since 1994. She supervises Master’s level psychology students and has also been an adjunct professor at CCBC in the psychology department. Mira was co-founder and co-director of the Heart’s Journey Wellness Center in Towson for many years. Mira loves to plan yoga routines, travel, dance, hike, kayak, bicycle, and hang out with her husband, children, and good friends.|
|Elizabeth Tunkle: Studying yoga since February 2000 and teaching since 2004, Elizabeth brings fun and joy to even the hardest poses. Her class challenges you to go deeper both physically and emotionally as you come into a deeper life balance through breath. Twice she has traveled to India to study yoga and meditation and is inspired by the traditional teachings of yoga . She teaches a powerful flow focused on the breath. Like life, yoga can make us laugh and cry. It can stretch us to our edge and soften us into experience. Elizabeth challenges you to go deeper into that experience of life through deep breath and commitment to practice.|
Amy Longcrier began practicing yoga in 2006 to gain flexibility and compliment the strength building sports and activities she has always loved. After years of regular practice in a variety of styles she found the warm hug of Baltimore Yoga Village. Being part of this authentic, well rounded community opened her eyes to the rest of yoga and changed her life. Amy completed her 200 hour Jivan teacher training in 2012. Through her own self exploration and experience Amy has found the healing power of yoga for physical injuries and mental stability. Amy began practicing AcroYoga in 2008 and became certified to teach in 2014. She has also had the good fortune to train for several years with a retired Chinese acrobat. Amy has been performing partner acrobatics with Kelly Marburger since 2011 as one half of Rough ‘n’ Tumblers. She teaches AcroYoga at Baltimore Yoga Village. In her free time Amy is a water resources engineer at a wonderful company, Biohabitats, where she gets to focus on the connections between soil, water, and ecology. She regularly plays many sports and lawn games and tries to cook and garden when she can.
|Alba Azola was born and raised in San Juan Puerto Rico, and began studying classical ballet, gymnastics and jazz at the age of 4. At 13 years old, she received a full scholarship to study at The Kirov Academy of Ballet in Washington D.C. where she trained for the three year. Upon her returned to Puerto Rico, she became a member of the company Ballet Concierto de Puerto Rico from 1995 to 2000. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Puerto Rico in 2000, she taught Biology, AP Biology and Dance at Commonwealth High School in Puerto Rico for four years. Alba decided to pursue her dream of becoming a physician and obtained my Doctorate in Medicine at Ponce School of Medicine in 2008 and subsequently moved to Baltimore for a residency on Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Alba says that the practice of Nia has allowed her to integrate my passions for Movement, Science and Healing in a seamless way, restoring a sense of balance and purpose in her being. She is grateful to be able to share the joy of movement with others through practicing Nia.|