Teachers

Jonina Turzi

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Jonina Turzi is a Lancaster native who has studied human movement and the physiology of core strength for over 10 years. She has a doctorate in physical therapy, a specialization in functional manual medicine, and is a certified Hatha yoga teacher through the Himalayan Institute. Her classes are alignment-based and focus on the healing […]

Lucy Garnett

Beginning her love affair with yoga at the age of 19, Lucy has now been practicing for 10 years, and teaching for 9. She began with traditional Ashtanga at a studio in Philadelphia after a teacher training with David Swenson. A few years later, she took another teacher training here in Lancaster, at Evolution […]

Tracey Davis

Tracey began her journey almost 20 years ago when she started practicing yoga as a means to help physically facilitate her career as a modern dancer. Over time she began to see yoga as an art form in itself. Tracey has been a choreographer, performer, and teacher of modern dance for the last 15 […]

Cynthia Kilbourn

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I was never an athlete – team sports terrified me – and I grew up on a diet of packaged and processed foods. Fortunately, at the age of 18, I decided to learn more about nutrition and, for the first time in my life, got in shape. I became a vegetarian and started running […]

Beth Martin

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Beth Martin RYT 500, E-RYT 200, has enjoyed a lifetime love of health and movement. She found yoga in the year 2000 and never looked back. Her over 700 hours of trainings include Alignment Focused Hatha, Power Yoga, Sequencing, Yoga on the Rope Wall, Aerial Yoga and leadership/wellness through Create Karma.

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Jane Fairorth

Jane Sperling Fairorth-
ERYT 200/RYT 300 Yoga Alliance Certified Vinyasa Flow/Power Vinyasa Instructor.
I have been an avid yoga practitioner since 1997 and a teacher since 2010.
I completed my 200 hour RYT in Vinyasa Flow at Evolution Power Yoga and my 300 hour RYT training with Create Karma, both in Lancaster, PA. In addition, I’ve participated […]

Leah Fox

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Leah has been practicing yoga for over a decade, and teaching since 2006. As a dancer, she was immediately drawn to yoga and treasured the peace of mind she felt after class. Her classes are an offering: a sacred garland of poses that are used to tap into a deep connection to the self.

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Monica de Vitry

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Monica is an artist, musician and yoga teacher from Lancaster, PA. She was first introduced to yoga as a teenager and loved it for its ability to ground her and bring her peace of mind. She slowly found herself coming to her mat more and more until one day, she realized yoga had simply […]

Rachel Sammon

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Rachel, E-RYT, began her study of yoga in 2007 and was immediately hooked by the way yoga weaves together practices that deeply benefit body, mind and spirit. Rachel has a deep love of learning, holding both a B.A and M.S. from Michigan State University, and has continued to fuel that passion through her ongoing […]

Laura Liss

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Yoga has had such a positive impact on my life that becoming a teacher seemed like a natural step for me. In 2009 I received my 200-hour yoga certification, and I have been teaching a joyful Vinyasa flow to adults and children ever since. Using a mindful, yet playful style of yoga, my goal […]

Judy Turzi

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In a very literal sense, yoga helped Judy Turzi to get back on her feet years ago when she suffered a sports injury that sidelined her love of step aerobic classes. With the help of her daughter, Jonina, she tried yoga and loved it. As a former classroom teacher and school counselor, it seemed […]

Sukh Prakash

Hello, my name is Sukh Prakash. Sukh means peace and prakash means light. I have been practicing yoga since 1995 and took my first Kundalini class in 2007, and I just knew instantly that I would be practicing this for the rest of my life.

I finished my level one training in 2010, and I’m currently […]

Maggie C. Mowery

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Certified Alignment Yoga Teacher, Certified Hatha Yoga Teacher

Maggie is a certified Alignment Yoga instructor, as well as a certified Hatha Yoga instructor. Although she has only been teaching yoga since 2017, Maggie has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. In the past, her yoga practice consisted of Ashtanga Yoga and Aerial Yoga, […]

Erin Lee

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Erin Lee RYT 200
I began my journey as a yoga instructor a little over eight years ago. As a junior in high school, I
was introduced to yoga by a close friend of mine. I was immediately hooked. This was a pivotal
point in my life, I was badly injured from running track and I was […]

Anna Henderer

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Anna, wholeheartedly, believes in the power of yoga to transform one’s life in all
aspects: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Her personal practice
helped her feel whole. Recognizing yoga’s healing ability, Anna began her 250-hour
Foundational Vinyasa teacher training in Philadelphia at Wake Up Yoga Studio in
order to be able to encourage others to find their own […]

Michelle Burch Newman

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Michelle Newman, LMT, PTA, E-RYT 200, has over 14 years experience in holistic health, beginning with a career as a Massage Therapist. She holds an Associates Degree in Physical Therapy and has participated in numerous yoga trainings and workshops. After completing 300 hours of yoga training with Baron Baptiste, Michelle completed a 200 – […]

Hawa Lassanah

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Hawa has begun teaching a Community Class, which is donation based.

Rest of her bio coming soon!

Trina Chakrabortty Ridout M.D., M.Ed.

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Trina Chakrabortty Ridout recently moved to Pennsylvania from Virginia to pursue her Family Medicine residency at Lancaster General Health. She received her 200 RYT in 2013 at Om On Yoga in Richmond, VA prior to starting medical school. Her experience ranges from gentle/restorative to power yoga. She also loves to emphasize pranayama (breathing) techniques, […]

Christine Blair

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I experience yoga as a practice of exploration, self- observation, and discovery that any person can use to realize their full potential. It is a way of remembering our true nature, which is essentially joyful and peaceful. I have been fortunate to be the student of several styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, […]

Tao Guthrie

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Yogi Tao wants to share yoga with people because he has experienced the many benefits firsthand. He was diagnosed with Focal Dystonia in 2009 and turned to yoga after many promising therapies failed to help him continue performing as a professional musician. After returning to the stage, he seeks to help others gain the […]

Jennifer Rullo Ferrara

Jenn Ferrara found her love for the Yoga practice 5 years ago here in Lancaster, after attending Tellus’ roof top yoga classes.  After that, she kept up her practice while attending Cross fit classes for several years.  Jenn opened a Yoga studio near her hometown in 2014, The Lime Tree Yoga, where she was […]

Maricelle Sheldon

Maricelle is a certified Addictions Counselor, trainer and speaker in Millersville, PA. She is also a KRI certified Yoga instructor with a passion for sharing her experience and intuition by helping others to find their authentic selves. Through counseling, experiential techniques, humor and storytelling, Maricelle is committed to the healing and transformation of others […]

Lija Diem Stoltzfus

After spending the last 14 years running, something seemed to be missing from Lija’s regular running routine. With some gentle nudges from the Lancaster yoga community, Lija began practicing yoga at West End and fell in love.
Subsequently, she embarked on the Create Karma yoga teacher training journey and completed her RYT-200 as well as […]

Maria Bertoncini

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Finding solace in the form of community, I began a regular yoga practice in 2009.  As my practice evolved, I started to notice major shifts in the way I felt and the way that my relationships improved. As an elementary school teacher, my teaching style changed as my yoga practice deepened. This had a […]

Helena Protopapas

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Born in the Himalayas, to Swiss/Cypriot parents, Helena Lalita Protopapas is a multi-disciplinary visual and performance artist, musician, and teacher of art, music, and yoga.
At 20, while working on an album and living in San Francisco and later Los Angeles, Helena was signed to Warner Bros as a recording and performing artist. […]

Amy Faust

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Amy began yoga in 2003 and quickly realized its power. Shortly after, she enrolled in her first 200 hour teacher training program in Brooklyn, NY. These studies ultimately led her to the Ashtanga tradition and to a second 200-hour teacher training program at The Shala Yoga House in NYC.  Amy believes in the integrity […]

Mona Eckert

I knew from the very first class that not only did I want to practice yoga, I wanted to share the gift that yoga is with all others! The magic and nourishment presented by the instructor had touched me that deeply. I had dabbled in yoga here and there the fifteen years previous, practicing […]

Tony Hernandez

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Hello, my name is Antonio Hernandez, Jr. but please call me Tony. If you’re reading this, then you are considering the possibility of working together. Are you feeling stuck in life either personally or professionally? Are you looking for ways to bring new insights to concerns or issues that continue coming back into your life […]

Jennifer Derkacs

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Jennifer Derkacs CKYT-500 is a Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Sound Bath Facilitator specializing in Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl Sound Meditation, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.

She offers a compassionate yoga practice in the Kripalu Tradition of yoga on and off the mat which encourages students to explore and integrate elements of their yoga practice […]

Amy Glasgow

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Amy has been practicing mat and aerial yoga for over a decade. She started taking classes on a regular basis in 2012 as a way to relieve the stress of her 9-5 job and to keep her body moving. After a very short time she fell in love with yoga and the way it […]

Elizabeth Swope

Elizabeth Swope is an RYT-200 graduate of Create Karma and has studied while in residence at the Himalayan Institute.  She has been practicing yoga for the past eight years.  Elizabeth’s slow moving restorative classes tap into storytelling and the seasonal rhythms that flow through all of us.  She takes her yoga into the world […]

Jenny Schulder Brant

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Jenny has been practicing and studying yoga for over 10 years. Building on her foundation of 14 years of Middle Eastern Folk & Graham Modern Dance,  she found yoga while working in the world of Media and Entertainment where she was a producer and photographer for major publications and shows.  Her study of Yoga […]

Sonia Karas

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Hi! My name is Sonia, and I am so excited to practice yoga with you. After a few years of dedicated practice, in 2015 I pursued my love of asana and completed my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Bhakti Barn in New Jersey. I am deeply grateful for the wisdom of my beloved teachers, […]

Deb Nehlig

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Deb first discovered Pilates Matwork in 1998 while looking to balance out overuse injuries from running, weightlifting, and teaching fitness classes. After quickly seeing that adding Pilates several times a week she could enjoy other activities, like gardening, without experiencing back pain, she became a lifelong learner of the Pilates Method and other complementary […]