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 Caldwell

Beginning her love affair with yoga at the age of 19, Lucy has now been practicing for 15 years, and teaching for 13. 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Leah Thomas

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A twenty-year practitioner of yoga, Leah first stumbled upon yoga at her local YMCA soon after college. It was not long until yoga became an integral part of her life. She found the practice not only challenged her physically, but it also allowed her to experience a deeper sense of connection and compassion for […]

Sarah Kerr

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Sarah is a 2011 graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelor of Art degree in Crime, Law, and
Justice and a minor in Psychology. She has worked extensively in the Human Services field since
graduating and has established a home in York, PA. Sarah was first introduced to yoga in 2007 when she
took a yoga […]

Hawa Lassanah

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

Rest of her bio coming soon!

Rachel Wolin

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Rachel is so happy to be practicing yoga in Lancaster, PA. She received her 200 Hr Yoga Certification from Yoga Masterminds in York, PA. She strives to allow each student to try something new each class, to surprise themselves.  There is an abundance of untapped potential in each one of us and it brings […]

Angie Smith

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As a massage therapist for over a decade I came to yoga as a means of self care & deeper understanding of the body.
I am 200hr alignment yoga trained through West End Studio.
Yoga is now deeply integrated into my bodywork practice for overall wellness.
I believe that through yoga you can uncover parts of yourself […]

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

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Sat Nam, my name is Sukh Prakash & I came to yoga as a way to stay healthy after having my sons & soon realized Yoga was so much more than the physical body. I was on a journey of discovery! I took as many forms of yoga & meditation as I could find […]

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, […]

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 – […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 powerful […]

Lija Diem

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 […]

Rachel Heisey

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Rachel has been teaching yoga for over 14 years and is a 2019 graduate of Jonina’s 200 HR Alignment Yoga Teacher Training. Loving yoga from the day she met it, Rachel’s practice has been one of rich discovery with the heart of giving back to everyone she meets, what she has learned to bring […]

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 as an […]

Suzanne Amarjot Kaur Colburn

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My continual love for yoga led me to fulfill a lifelong dream and become a yoga teacher, RYT. I combine my diverse yoga studies and my education in Psychology, to lead children, teens and adults on a journey into the mind-body connection. My passion lies particularly within yoga’s intersection with neuroscience, especially with the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sarena Kabakoff

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Sarena started her journey with movement at the age of 8, when she landed in a dance studio in Reading, Pennsylvania. She quickly fell in love, and decided to pursue dance as a career. This led her to Temple University where she received her BFA in Dance. After college it was effortless for her […]

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. After […]

Jessie Vahalla

Jessie is from San Diego, CA and is new to the Lancaster area. Seeking connection
and community, she started looking for that in the yoga studio. Jessie received her 200-
hour certification in the Yin and Ashtanga practices. She practices Ashtanga herself and
loves teaching, leading, and guiding people into a deeper union between their mind,
body, and […]

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 […]