Meet our friendly, compassionate and experienced teachers!
Kerry Mullen Madden, E-RYT
Kerry began her yoga practice in Chicago in 1999. She was blessed to have the opportunity to practice with some very inspirational local instructors that sparked her to make a life change. She became certified through YogaFit and obtained a Pilates mat certification through Movement Education. She also has a Radiant Child Certification through Shakta Kaur Kalsa. She has practiced through workshops with a multitude of masters such as Pattabhi Jois, David Life, Sharon Gannon, Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Ana Forrest, Tommy Rosen, Alanna Kaivalya, Doug and David Swenson, John Friend, Cyndi Lee, Shiva Rea, Simon Park, Seane Corn, Scott Blossom, Tias Little, Tiffany Crukshank, MC Yogi, Amanda Giacomini, and Beryl Bender Birch. She has found her practice and teaching to be influenced by Denver local greats, Denise Cook, Angelique DeSilva, Mike Matsamura, Richii Jai, Shannon Paige, and Indigo Stray. Kerry received a multi-disciplinary Yoga Alliance Certification through Inner Connections Yoga and Whole Life Center in 2003. She is a now a 200 HR E-YRT and assisted in the 200HR teacher training offered by Bhogah Yoga in 2010. It is her sincere hope to share the gifts and blessings that yoga is sure to bring by helping to guide and remove the obstacles that prevent us from seeing our interconnectedness and highest Self.
Rochelle Edmondson Townsend, E-RYT, Reiki Master, Health Coach
Rochelle’s love of yoga has been apparent since her first yoga class more than 15 years ago. With the encouragement of her teacher, she enrolled in a 250 hour Vinyasa YTT program at Wake Up Yoga, Philadelphia from where she received her first certification. Her initial training encompassed asana, pranayama, Sanskrit and anatomy. Further specialized training included Thai Yoga massage, Advanced Anatomy, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Scoliosis, Structural Yoga Therapy, Energy Medicine, and Ballet Sculpt. She has travelled across the US to study and train with various teachers. She is an avid love of Shiva Rea and holds both a Chakra Vinyasa and Fluid Power Certification. She continues to study and advance her knowledge of the practice she holds so dear. Rochelle believes “Every day is an opportunity to learn and grown as a person, so I will be an eternal student of life.” In 2006 she opened, “The Studio for Yoga” located in Moorestown, NJ. Amid the loving support of her family, she dove heart first into this endeavor, successfully sharing her passion with everyone that came to practice at The Studio. Rochelle is a Reiki Master and is also registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-YRT. She has taught well over 12,000 hours of classes, private sessions, and workshops. Rochelle has also planned and taught three successful yoga teacher trainings at her studio. She has been blessed to study with many teachers like Mukunda Stiles, Gerard Arnaud and Dr. Girish to name a few. She offers many thanks to all of those teachers who continue to inspire her love of this ancient practice.
Rochelle is currently attending the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to pursue Health Coaching as another aspect of Mind, Body Wellness. She is available for private yoga sessions, Reiki, and Health Coaching. You can visit her website at www.peakwellnessandnutrition.com or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Heidi came to the mat in 2005 while finishing her Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine/Acupuncture. Having spent her childhood in a ballet studio and her adulthood training and competing horses, her interest in the mechanics of movement has been lifelong. After completing her Master’s, that interest expanded to encompass the vast therapeutic benefits of mindful movement. Studying Buddhist and Yogic philosophy, practical and theoretical physics, and Eastern and Western approaches to health, she works to uncover and teach a broad and abiding truth. She understands yoga to be a fluid thing and unique to each person’s immediate physical and emotional state. For that reason, she teaches and practices many different styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative, and Yin Yoga. She has taught at all levels from Beginner to Advanced and worked individually with injury recovery, the elderly, and athletes including golfers, fighters, and runners. As a licensed acupuncturist and freelance writer, Heidi brings a unique insight and a wry sense of humor to her classes. Creative, intelligent sequences with a strong emphasis on alignment and intention, her classes are challenging, yet accessible, and rooted in the science of biomechanics and the sheer joy of physical expression.
Ashley Curran, RYT
Cherryl Leone, E-RYT
Emmi is a Colorado native, born in the 70\'s, raised by fun loving, open-minded hippies. Meditation was introduced to her at an early age. Her grandma took up yoga long before it was trendy. Being receptive to new and esoteric ideas is natural to her. However, she prefers a practical, applicable, and even humorous approach to spirituality.
She found yoga about 15 years ago and, like so many others, was taken by the overall openness experienced after learning the basics. Since then, she has studied with many Iyengar teachers, so her focus is on alignment and holding postures. She also whole-heartedly enjoys flowing through vinyasa sequences.
Her yoga teacher training took her practice to a deeper level, with emphasis on Ayurveda, meditation, yogic philosophy and lifestyle. Amidst the busy-ness of life, she strives for balance and solidarity; she is happy to share the serenity and strength, which yoga brings, on and off the mat.
Indigo Stray Conger, E-RYT
When Lauren started practicing yoga in 2008, she expected a good workout. After only a few classes she began to realize there was a lot more to yoga. In 2013 she completed a 200-hour teacher and therapeutics training with Buffy Barfoot. Over the intervening years, she has been a dedicated student of a variety of yoga styles, including Vinyasa, Anusara, Forrest, Ashtanga and Yin. Through consistent practice she learned the strength, transformation, and healing that yoga brings. As a teacher she seeks to empower students to find their way to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
Ketna Shah, E-RYT 500
Ketna is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200: E- RYT 500) and a member of IAYT as a certified yoga therapist. She is a certified Ayurvedic Nutritionist. She has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching and healing people for eight years. Her style of yoga emphasizes combining breath and gentle movement (Breath Yoga).She follows a holistic approach to yoga therapy which emphasizes healing via restoring of balance based on six factors – exercise (in form of Asana) – breathing techniques (in the form of Pranayama) – meditation – balanced diet – environment – lifestyle. She has helped clients with back pain, structural problems, weight problems, high blood pressure, asthma, Diabetes, constipation, menstrual problems, depression, anxiety and more. Ketna’s teachers are A.G.Mohan and Indra Mohan (www.svastha.com), both students of the legendary Shri T.Krishnamacharaya. This is the classical yoga that was taught by the great guru Shri T. Krishnamacharya who reflected in his teachings the timeless wisdom of the ancient seers while at the same time applying it to the modern conditions. The Mohans have an ability to adapt and transmit the knowledge and legacy of Shri T. Krishnamacharya in an undiluted and authentic form. They have created systems, practices, and sequences that allow one to extract the benefits of yoga in a safe and effective manner while minimizing the chance of both short- and long-term injuries.
Robin Thorpe E-RYT
It was the summer of 2000, when a friend took Robin Thorpe to her first yoga class at Jivamukti in New York City and she was immediately hooked. Robin began teaching in 2004 and is certified at the 500-hour level through Alison West\\\'s Yoga Union Teacher Trainings. Robin is primarily influenced by Krisnamacharya\\\'s students’ teachings. She weaves Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Viniyoga through her classes in an attempt to guide yoga practices that are best suited for each of her students. Robin enjoys being part of yoga teacher-training programs. For the bi-annual Yoga Union Teacher Training she was the primary assistant from 2006-2008, and taught the Fundamentals of Restorative Yoga section from 2007-2011. Robin is also interested in yoga therapy, a branch of the yoga tree that specifically focuses on how yoga practice can safely and effectively address physical conditions, imbalances, and ill health. In 2007, she was an inaugural teacher at Yoga Union Center for Backcare and Scoliosis in Manhattan. She continues yoga therapy studies with Dr. Ganesh Mohan through the Svastha Yoga Therapy Program. Robin is deeply grateful to many wonderful teachers, including Alison West, Indra and A.G. Mohan , Richard Freeman, Barbara Verrochi, Deborah Wolk, Amy Matthews, Genny Kapuler, Bobby Clennell, Judith Hanson Lasater, Elise Browning Miller, and Dr. Ganesh Mohan. With joy she returns to her native, Colorado and is happy to join the Yama Yoga community and continue sharing the wisdom of the yogic tradition. Find out more about Robin at www.robinthorpe.com