Erica Taxin Bleznak | Fascia Freedom Yoga
PPHAC Building | UPEKSHA Room | 3:45 to 5:15PM
This workshop is perfect for yogis, athletes of all kinds, runners, teen athletes and any student interested in gaining more mobility and freedom in their body. Come enjoy a practice focused on utilizing various sized facia compression balls in combination with simple stretching and strengthening postures.
Erica Taxin Bleznak, MSW, CYT began practicing yoga in 1986 in the Asthanga Yoga tradition until she met her Primary Teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll in 1992 and complete her yoga teacher training in the Pranakryia Yoga teaching tradition.
Erica coned-owned Jai Yoga Studio of the Mainline for 7 years until its closing and opened Main Line Yoga Shala in Narberth in 2016. Six years ago, she created a teaching curriculum for a Wall Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training
program that allows students to utilize the wall as a prop for alignment and refinement, as well as a way to strengthen and deepen in the vinyasa practice. Erica travels frequently presenting at festivals and studios across the country, as well as hosts retreats internationally. Erica believes that if we can meet the practice with patience, curiosity and breath that the it will deliver us beyond the ways the mind has held us captive and reveal our inherent freedom.
Learn more and visit website: EricaTaxinBleznak.com
Katrina Pelekanakis | Iyengar Yoga for Back Care
SBMCHS Building | Karuna Room | 12:45 to 2:00PM
Back pain is very common. Whether one is suffering from chronic or acute back pain, yoga can be a very powerful tool in developing and maintaining a healthier back. Based on the fundamental teachings of BKS Iyengar
, we will learn together how to support and care for our backs through the use of props and various poses. All levels of students are welcome.
Katrina is a devoted student of Iyengar Yoga for over a decade, as well as a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. Her love for science and art has found a home in her studies of Iyengar Yoga. Her passion is sharing the beauty and compassion she has found in Iyengar Yoga. Katrina teaches at Sky Yoga
, an Iyengar Yoga Studio she opened in Allentown PA, in 2013.
Learn more and visit website: SkyYogaLV.com
Erica McHugh | Ashtanga: Tristana Class
PPHAC Building | UPEKSHA Room | 10:15 to 11:30AM
Learn to move gracefully through a series of postures known as the Primary Series by applying a set of techniques known as Tristana. When movement synchronizes with breathing (vinyasa), the energy carries the body without effort (bandha), and concentration due to gazing points (drishti) goes from the outside to the inside, then Tristana is achieved. Appropriate for those who have had a little yoga experience and adventurous beginners!
Erica McHugh has been teaching yoga in the Lehigh Valley since 1998 and currently owns and operates Emmaus Yoga. She was drawn to Ashtanga after experimenting with other styles and classes for several years. She believes that we are always students, we should never stop learning and trying new things, and that any type of yoga is all part of that path. When taking an Ashtanga class with Erica, students can expect some fun changes worked into the traditional practice. One of the reasons she loves to teach yoga is to help others manage stress through the movements and breathing during practice and believes that this benefit of yoga can be carried into other parts of life.
Erica started teaching 40-hour teacher trainings in the mid 2000's which has evolved into the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Registered training that she currently offers through Emmaus Yoga
Learn more and visit website: EmmausYoga.com
Alicia Rambo | Applied Embodiment: An Introduction to Longevity Practice
SBMCHS Building | Maitri Room | 4:00 to 5:00PM
A personal longevity practice addresses the vision and virtue of personal health, well-being, and long life. In this one-hour class Alicia Rambo, owner of Easton Yoga, will weave the strands of hatha, vinyasa and Katonah yoga together to frame your yoga practice as a path to optimal health and longevity.
Alicia Rambo is the Owner & Creative Director of Easton Yoga
. She is a Certified Yoga Teacher, Trainer, & Mentor, and she is a Certified Holistic Nutrition & Wellness Coach. Having taught vinyasa and restorative yoga for almost 13 years, Alicia’s classes are educational and insightful, yet playful. Backed by her years of yoga practice and self-study, she embodies a peaceful and intuitive teaching style. Alicia's classes will refresh your soul and inspire you as she leads you through a varied flow of movement merged with intention, breath, alignment, strength, ease, flexibility, balance, and grace. She embraces qualities such as trust, self-love and care, creating a well-spring with which to develop a strong and life embracing practice on the yoga mat or out in the world. She has been inspired by Sean Johnson, Max Strom, Laughing Lotus Yoga, Ellen Pfeffer, Abbie Galvin & Melissa French (Katonah Yoga) Jivamukti Yoga, and Gaea Yoga.
Learn more and visit website: EastonYoga.com
Jamie Laputka | Yoga for Cancer
SBMCHS Building | Karuna Room | 2:15 to 3:15PM
Dragonfly Yoga & Wellness provides a safe and comfortable environment to support and inspire healing for patients during treatment, pre - operation, during infusion and in recovery. Through movement, breathwork, meditation and body awareness, yoga reduces muscle tension and habitual tension patterns, promotes self-healing and functional improvements, decreases fatigue, anxiety and depression, improves overall health and feelings of well-being, reduces neuropathy and lymphedema, improves sleep and creates a sense of community. Yoga initiates the relaxation response, activates the muscles stretch receptors which increases blood flow into these areas to help promote healing in the body as tissues, organs and systems receive additional nourishment from the improved blood flow.
Jamie is a yoga therapist specializing in cancer and chronic illness through the YCAT Yoga for Cancer and Chronic Illness program. Jamie studied and received her certification from Jnani Chapman, founder of the YCAT program. She wants to bring healing to patients going through treatment, during infusion, pre/post operation or in recovery through the awareness of body, mind and breath. Jamie is also a Reiki practitioner using energy therapy to rebalance the body's energy by directing universal energy into the physical body, stimulating the receiver's innate healing capacities.
Chris Loebsack & Brian Davis | Acro Yoga
PPHAC Building | UPEKSHA Room | 11:45 to 1:15PM
Acro yoga blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of healing arts. These three lineages form the foundation of a practice that cultivates trust, playfulness and community.
Loebsack has been practicing yoga since 1995 and teaching since 2003. Chris uses the power of yoga to create a space for students that cultivates trust, playfulness and Divine connection with themselves and with community. Living by her mantra, Clarity, Integrity and Love, she draws upon her partner yoga practice to share the healing power of touch and safe intimacy. Her background includes a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Theater from East Stroudsburg University. In the following years Chris earned her 200hr certification through Sundari Yoga as well as certifications in Restorative Yoga, AcroYoga® (Level 1 & 2), Zenyasa® 300hr and Dharma Yoga® 500hr ERYT and is nationally registered with the Yoga Alliance.
A passion for discovering subtlety in movement has lead Chris to deepen her education with the Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers® kinesiology program. Her playful yet focused classes are filled with user friendly gems of applied anatomy leaving students with a greater understanding of how to find comfort and space in their bodies and smiles beaming across their faces. She encourages teachers to set a higher standard of excellence through knowledge and has become a valuable mentor to many upcoming yoga educators. Her most recent steps have taken her onto the path of studio ownership with Boundless Yoga Studio in Stroudsburg, where she has taught for over 11 years.
Chris teaches privates, classes and workshops across the globe. She is currently the co-director of the Boundless Yoga Studio 200hr and 500hr Teacher Training programs and an Adjunct Teacher Trainer for the Om Factory® School of Yoga NYC 200hr and the Bhakti Barn® 200hr Teacher Training. She has also been featured in Fitness Magazine®, Yoga Journal: Yoga Mentor, and the New York Times. In addition to yoga you are likely to find her hanging off the side of a mountain, as rock climbing occupies much of her time.
Davis took his first yoga class for physical therapy and rehabilitation after a serious injury in 2003. Nearly a decade later, he realized that yoga had permeated all aspects of his life and it was time to share this experience with other people, so he took a teacher training in Asheville, NC. Around the same time, he attended his first AcroYoga workshop and was blown away by the practice, the challenge and the community that it fosters. Within a few years, he became a certified AcroYoga teacher. In 2015, he took his Level 2 AcroYoga Teacher Training. And then in 2016, he became a 500 Hour Yoga Teacher.
Brian splits his focus between teaching yoga and acroyoga. His style of yoga is a vigorous vinyasa practice. In the acroyoga vein, he teaches everything from beginner level to advanced and also standing acro. Brian recently created a podcast called Chats On The Mat; Yoga inspired conversations. He also published a novel called, The Sky's Eyes. The theme that permeates all aspects of his life is mindfulness and purposeful choices.
In 2014, Brian and Chris were married. Together and individually, they travel and teach around the country and all over the world. They post regularly on various social media platforms under the name, Boundless Motion.
Deva Vidya & Sharon Silverstein | Divine Feminine Rising! Embodied Goddess Yoga
SBMCHS Building | Maitri Room | 12:30 to 2:30PM
Class Description: Note: This class is for women only.
Awaken the Divine Feminine energy while accessing your innate wisdom and power!
Awaken to your true nature as the Divine Being you are while standing in your power, centered in self-love and acceptance!
Experience an ecstatic yoga flow accompanied by tribal sounds. Feel connection to your Goddess Self with primal movements that ground, center and awaken the elements of nature within you. Open your 5th Chakra, with song that invokes a sense of devotion and empowerment, revealing our sacred connection. Journey into the Shamanic realms where you will have a direct experience with the Divine Feminine, expanding your awareness and perception of the Goddess you are!
is an intuitive energy healer, yoga therapist, spiritual coach and published author of Awaken Priestess! Deva's passion is leading women to stand in their power and live life to their highest potential. Deva leads retreats and workshops in the "Way of the Sacred Feminine" where she calls the Tribe to hear and heed the call to reclaim their power and awaken to their innate truth and wisdom.
is an accomplished, international singer/songwriter, sonic sound healer, retreat leader and Yoga instructor. Sharon enjoys moving people to a greater self-awareness and unity using multiple instruments including her voice for Sonic Sound Healings.
Learn more and visit website: WayOfTheSacred.com
Megan Ridge Morris | Gentle Flow Yoga
SBMCHS Building | Karuna Room | 10:15 to 11:15AM
This class will move at a slow pace, focusing on refining our breath and linking it mindfully to our movement. After exploring gentle ways to build strength, flexibility and balance, we will use restorative postures and breath work for healing and relaxation.
Megan Ridge Morris, E-RYT® 500, RPYT®, YACEP®, CD, discovered yoga in 2006 as an acting intern after graduating from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Theatre Arts. She's been studying yoga for over a decade and teaching as a full-time, professional yoga teacher since 2008.
Megan completed a 500-hour teacher training through The Yoga Loft of Bethlehem
and has been a co-teacher of their 200-hour teacher training program since 2009. She specializes in teaching yoga to beginners, seniors, expecting moms, babies and toddlers. She is a teacher trainer for ChildLight Yoga as well as the administrative & marketing goddess for their trainings division. She lives in Bethlehem, PA with her husband and toddler and is also a certified doula.
Sarah Dennehy | Kids Yoga
Garden & Fountain Area | Prana Section | 11:15 to 12:00AM
This children’s yoga class for ages 7-13 incorporates meditation techniques, songs, games, and activities that include yoga poses, deep relaxation toward the end of class, and controlled breathing and mindfulness exercises. The class is fun and non-competitive – a great way for kids to relax and just be themselves!
Sarah Dennehy, M.Ed, is a Licensed Behavioral Specialist, certified Yoga teacher, and Reiki practitioner. She offers children’s yoga and mindfulness classes (groups, special needs, and private), 1:1 consulting for parents/caregivers of individuals with special needs, and Self-Care and Mindfulness Workshops. She currently teaches mindfulness and yoga in area schools with Shanthi Project and Pratyush Sinha Foundation.
Learn more and visit website: MindfulKidsYoga.org
Denise Garcia Brady | Align to Flow Yoga / Vinyasa Levels 2&3
PPHAC Building | UPEKSHA Room | 2:30 to 3:30PM
This is a practice that will flow with alignment and with breath. We will focus on spending time in poses to prepare the body to then flow through the sequence with our breath.
Denise Garcia Brady, E-RYT 500, owner and teacher of Creative Actions Yoga. Her journey began while learning to coexist with personal health issues. Yoga helped her to get back to a healthier life, inspiring her to become a yoga teacher. Denise has her 500 hour yoga certification, as well as personal training and group fitness certifications. Denise’s goal is to help people live a happy and healthy life.
Jo Grotzinger | Yoga Class for Bigger Bodies
SBMCHS Building | Karuna Room | 4:45 to 5:45PM
In Yoga for Bigger Bodies we will explore yoga through the lens of body positivity and compassionate self-care. We will engage in different types of yoga asanas and learn how to make yoga work for you, and not the other way around. We will acknowledge the possibilities available in all bodies, that you CAN be comfortable, serene, strong, and balanced in a yoga practice by finding your personalized yoga practice.
After flirting with yoga since the VHS era, Jo walked into Easton Yoga in 2011 with an expiring Groupon and never left. She completed her 250 hour teacher training at Easton Yoga in 2013 and since then has been teaching in various locations in the Lehigh Valley and beyond. Jo's mantra is "If you are breathing, you CAN do yoga". Her mission is to make yoga accessible to anyone who is willing to try. Her favorite quote is from Cameron Crowe's Vanilla Sky- "Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.
Larissa Noto | Toddler Yoga
Garden & Fountain Area | Prana Section | 9:45 to 10:15AM
Larissa firmly believes that yoga is accessible to all. In teaching little ones, she combines playful movement with song, dance, and story-telling. Bring your little ones and be prepared to use your imagination to strike some yoga poses, sing, play, dance, and then take a mindful moment to relax.
Larissa has been practicing yoga for 19 years – after taking her first yoga class in college to fulfill a gym requirement, she became hooked. To further deepen her practice, Larissa received her ChildLight Yoga certification at The Yoga Loft and Yoga Teacher Training certification at Easton Yoga. Larissa currently teaches at Easton Yoga, The Yoga Loft in Bethlehem, and is also honored to be teaching with the Pratyush Sinha Foundation.
Jessica Yusko – BFA, RYT, & Susan Amato – E-RYT | Inversions: Intermediate Level 2 & 3
PPHAC Building | UPEKSHA Room | 5:30 to 6:30PM
Sue and Jess will be offering an intermediate level class that you can be sure will include their light-hearted personalities and theming along with strong, athletic efforts paired with precise alignment to provide you an opportunity to explore seemingly complicated asana in a mindful, playful and safe manner. You can expect to be offered a variety of options and modifications along the way to be able to make the practice most appropriate, useful and satisfying for your unique needs.
has been practicing yoga for 3 years and has been teaching adult yoga for a little over a year. She graduated from Kula heart Yoga’s 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training program in June of 2015. She has also completed her basic training in Asana Alphabet: yoga for kids, teens, and children with special needs with Anne Robideaux. Jessica has been a preschool teacher for the past 3 years and has taught kids yoga for 2 years.
Jessica graduated from Moore College of Art and Design in 2000 with a BFA in textile design. She loves being able to incorporate her creative side into fun, energizing and creative hatha flow sequences.
Jessica has also completed trainings with Florence Corcoran, Advanced Anatomy and Physiology; and Jason Crandell, Asana and Anatomy.
Jessica is newer to yoga but has jumped in two feet at a time after being swept off her feet by the enchanting practice. She says, “Yoga feels natural to me. It isn’t just about how it makes me feel stronger and more flexible physically, but also how strong and independent it makes me feel emotionally. I have found the true me. Yoga brings together all of my passions: people, art, creativity, and a love of physical activity. I love that yoga pushes me to explore territory past my comfort zones and continuously challenges me. As I grow and become a more experienced teacher I can only hope to offer the same opportunity for discovery for others.”
started exploring Yoga in high school. While she was pursuing a double major in psychology and English at Lehigh University, she started studying Taiji, Taoism, and other Eastern philosophies. It was during this time that Susan started working as a Chiropractic assistant at Banko Chiropractic. After graduating from Lehigh, Susan decided to attend massage therapy school at Health Options Institute. Before even finishing the program, Susan was invited to apprentice and study with two of her teachers at The Gentle Spirit, an amazing opportunity for her to delve even deeper into the studies she had already embarked upon in terms of bodywork and massage, philosophy, physical training, and spiritual practice. Susan is a highly trained professional bodyworker specializing in: Deep Tissue Massage, Orthopedic Neuromuscular Therapy, and Thai Massage. She also has received extensive training in various self-cultivation practices such as: Qigong, Yoga, and Taiji.
Susan has been teaching yoga since 2009. She is a graduate of Kula Heart Yoga Center's 200-hour teacher training program taught by Silver Kim, Florence Corcoran, Deborah Ketter, and wonderful guest teachers. She also completed a Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Jillian Pransky, Prenatal Teacher Training with Sue Elkind, and multiple trainings with Todd Norian and Bruce Bowditch. Susan co-taught Kula Heart’s YTT for 3 years. In pursuit of her 500 RYT status, Susan has also trained with John Levis, Desiree Rumbaugh, Jason Crandell and Ann Robideaux and continues to pursue learning more.
Melding her Massage Therapy work and principles of Yoga training, Susan is highly effective at identifying and treating structural misalignment and postural discomfort, as well as supplying appropriate stretching and strengthening techniques to bring each individual back to optimal functioning, balance, and health.
Susan has treated and worked with a wide variety of injuries, symptoms, and individuals each, naturally with unique structural alignments. She has extensive experience with auto-accident injuries, workplace injuries, sport injuries, habitual postural discomfort, and symptomology. She has treated all ages from children to seniors, and lifestyles ranging from office positions, physically intensive maintenance, and mechanical work, those who stay at home minding house and children, and even professional athletes. She is continuously learning more modalities and treatments.
Susan teaches yoga with attention to proper postural alignment and how to optimize the health and structure of the body and breath. She is delighted and honored to share yoga with her community, a practice that strengthens the body, clarifies the mind, opens the heart and illuminates the spirit.
Learn more and visit website: YukatoYoga.com
Beth Wubbolt | Ashaya Yoga
SBMCHS Building | Karuna Room | 3:30 to 4:30PM
Join Beth for a steady and sweet yoga practice where your breath is the guide to the wholeness that already exists within. We forget so we have the delight in remembering. Yoga Sutra 2.46 Open to all levels.
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 15 years. I love yoga because it ignites my passion to be alive and to grow through the challenges of life. I received my 200 hour Ashaya Yoga certification in 2016 and I have been teaching at Kula Heart Yoga in Bethlehem since then. I teach a gentle, alignment style of yoga that is a blend of Western disciplines and Tantra philosophy. I try not to take myself too seriously and I like to keep my classes simple, flowing and fun.
Claudia Simpson | Chair Yoga
SBMCHS Building | Karuna Room | 3:30 to 4:30PM
Whether you need a chair or choose a chair for your practice, you’ll receive all the benefits of a well-rounded yoga sequence… increased energy, greater coordination, calmer emotions
and a more focused mind. Learn tools and techniques you can take to the office or your most comfortable chair.
Claudia Simpson, E-RYT500, C-IAYT has led yoga workshops, classes, teacher trainings and private yoga therapy sessions since 1990. Passionate about yoga as a tool for healing, she established yoga programs in several Baltimore hospitals including Medstar Union Memorial, GBMC, St. Joseph Medical Center and Johns Hopkins. She has worked with patients being treated for heart disease, cancer and psychiatric issues. Currently, she teaches chair yoga at Living Room Yoga in Emmaus, and directs Living Yoga Teacher Training. She is certified in Kripalu Yoga, Cardiac Yoga, Reiki and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy.