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CAROL JENKINS-PIKE

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How did you begin your yoga practice?
Thirty five years ago I spent a year at the Zen Center of San Francisco studying meditation.
Living both at Green Gulch Farm and Tassajara Zen Mountain Center in California we practiced Hatha Yoga as part of our monastic lifestyle.

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I received my RYT 200 from Samayama Yoga in DC in 2005. I have studied Anusara yoga, Bikram, Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Kundalini. I have been a teacher all of my life both in public/private schools in the UK and the USA. I enjoy teaching children , teens and special needs students as well as adults. In 2016, Icompleted the Prison Yoga Project training .

What is your favorite yoga pose?
I would have to say Ardha Chandrasana ( Half Moon ) because of its vulnerability...requiring openness, balance and faith! I call it the "Party Pose."

I love to move and dance...hence I enjoy combing meditation and breath work in vinyasa flow sequences! 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy gardening ,spending time at the beach, going for walks with our dog Daisey. Also keeping up with my 17 year-old son Nick who plays Soccer, plays trumpet in the Snow Hill High School Band and competes in Track Events.
I love to travel,  and have been to Europe , Asia, Australia and New Zealand and attended meditation and yoga retreats in the UK, India and Nepal. 
In 2017 I am pursuing my advanced RYT 500 yoga training, hoping to learn all the new exciting yoga research.


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DANA FIELDS

How did you begin your yoga practice?
I have been practicing Hatha yoga since my early twenties.  I visited studios and gyms from time to time but mainly practiced in my home until I discovered hot yoga in 2013; I was instantly hooked!  During this time, practicing with Jennifer Hess Mitchell, Eva Whipple and Tara Gladden, I fell in love with both the community at Soul Yoga studio and with the heat.  

Why do you practice yoga?
I practice yoga to find stillness and to cultivate loving kindness for myself and for others. Through my practice I draw a deeper connection to the self within my mind and body. My asana practice has allowed me to be a more patient, understanding and all around better human being.  

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I received my 200 Hour RYT certificate at Charm City Yoga under the guidance of Kim Manfredi in August of 2016. I am looking forward to continuing my studies in July 2018 through Lighthouse Yoga Studio's 300 Hour Program with Jared McCann.

Why do you teach yoga?
I teach yoga because I believe in the power of it.  I believe in caring for our minds and our bodies; carving out time to nourish ourselves allows us to cultivate compassion and care for others.  It is an amazing gift to be able to move in our bodies and to find a connection between that movement and our breath; I don’t ever want to take that for granted.  As a yoga teacher, it gives me such satisfaction to be able to guide my students in safe and often challenging sequences.  As a yoga student, I feel strongest when I am challenged in the studio.  That said, I find so much joy in seeing the look on a student’s face when he/she is surprised by his/her inner strength.  To me, that is priceless. 

What else do you do with your time?
I love going to see live music with my husband, taking long walks with our dog, traveling, riding bikes and staying active.  I also love curling up with a good book and have a true affinity for BBC crime dramas.  I am a complete NPR nerd and have been known to binge on a variety of podcasts.  I am beyond lucky to come from a large family and have some pretty amazing friends; life is good!

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
This is a tough question.  Sometimes my “least favorite” poses are actually my “favorite” poses.  The poses that are the most challenging, that I cannot yet come into the full posture, are the ones that eliminate all ego and expectation.  These postures require the most focus, determination and connection of breath and movement, these are my favorite.  Dhanurasana, bow pulling pose, is incredibly challenging for me.  I love when I go to a class and the instructor calls it; it is amazing to see how our bodies change and respond differently each day.

How would you describe your classes?
My aim in class is to create a warm and welcoming environment where students can begin tocultivate stillness and self acceptance. I enjoy both the effort and the ease I find in my own practice and I want my students to have that experience.  It feels great to challenge the physical limitations of the body and it is equally important to treat our selves with loving kindness in return.  My classes focus on intentional movement linked with breath through safe and challenging sequencing.  I encourage my students to listen to their individual bodies; I want them to feel good moving in their bodies in their practice.  Additionally, I am a huge lover of music and incorporate an eclectic mix to accompany each sequence.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your students?
Yoga has forever changed my life.  I believe it has helped my mind and my body in immeasurable ways.  I design my classes to be accessible to everybody and hope to see you on the mat soon. Namaste.


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LINDSEY HATFIELD

How did you begin your practice?
My journey with yoga began in 2008 where I became a member of Salisbury University’s yoga club.  Attending classes while in school offered a space for reflection, growth, and challenge.

Why do you practice yoga?
I practice yoga because unlike other physical activity, it is about way more than just fitness. While yoga presents physical and mental challenges that allow me to grow and evolve on and off of my mat, it also opens me to a deeper understanding of self, purpose, and the Universe. I feel more connected to my community and my planet as a yogi. I truly feel yoga has helped me to be a better human being.  

Where did you receive your training?  When were you certified?
I received my 200-Hr. RYT from Nosara Yoga Institute in Nosara, Costa Rica. I attended training and was certified in January/February 2010. 

Why do you teach yoga?
oing through my yoga program transformed the way I felt and thought. I want to share my experiences with others through teaching, so they may too sense their own shift in powerful ways. I LOVE being a part of a community of yogi’s! I hope others get as much joy from my classes as I get from being around the people who come to class.

What is your favorite yoga pose?
hile I do have many favorites, I guess I’d have to say Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II). There are so many beautiful, complex things happening physically and mentally for me in this posture. I love the sense of grounding, strengthening, opening, and finding room for softness all at the same time. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Over the years, I’ve gotten really into running, strength training, and SUP surfing. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and being OUTSIDE (especially on a beach), and spending time with my friends and family. 


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EVA WHIPPLE

How did you begin your yoga practice?
My yogic journey began at age 12 when I received the "MTV Yoga" VHS. I also practiced meditation using mantra and guided meditations on CDs from the library. I maintained a home practice (led by books and videos), and took some gym classes, for years until I finally stepped into a yoga studio when I was 18. I had built a very basic foundation, but hadn't experienced the benefit of being guided to new spaces by a teacher. Once I began to practice regularly in a studio, I found myself exploring new postures and moving much more deeply into the practice- largely guided by Jennifer Mitchell. As soon as she established Soul Yoga Studio in Salisbury, I was a regular. 

Why do you practice yoga?
The yogic path has become my path. The practice is pervasive in every aspect of my life, so it is hard to list reasons. Relaxation, concentration, meditation, strength, mobility... these are all reasons I show up to my mat each day. But, ultimately, I think that I stepped onto this path with a desire to be present in every moment of my life. I cultivate presence through my practice so that I can show up fully- for the wonderful moments, and the challenging ones. It's all part of the ride and I want to experience it in full consciousness.

Where did you receive your training? 
I received my 200 hour training at Charm City Yoga (now YogaWorks Baltimore) under the tutelage of Kim Manfredi in 2014. Immediately afterwards, I signed up for (and completed) my 300 additional hours of training. 

Why do you teach yoga?
At age 19, I was diagnosed with cancer. I went through six rounds of chemotherapy and several surgeries to treat my non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. During that period, my yoga practice was indispensable. I felt such deep contentment, despite the adversity, and I believe that my yoga practice had a lot to do with that. Patanjali's describes Santosha (the second Niyama) as deep contentment regardless of external factors. I believe we can cultivate Santosha by showing up on our mats each day, regardless of what is happening in our lives. When we show up to our mats with the intention to accept all things- including the difficulties and discomforts- we become able to show up fully in all aspects of our lives. For me, it was during those challenging moments that I came to know myself on a much deeper level. I was able to set my priorities and let go of many attachments and aversions. Had I not been able to remain present during those challenging times, had I wished them away, or not fully accepted all that was happening- I would not have found such contentment. I teach to help others remain present, practice acceptance and cultivate santosha in their own lives.

How would you describe your classes?
Because of my belief in acceptance and presence, I often ask my students to move towards intense, or uncomfortable sensations and just remain aware of what happens in their body and mind. I also try to challenge students to step outside of their comfort zone, even if it's only a baby step, to discover their limitless potential. Okay, now let me add that my classes are not just made up of uncomfortable, challenging poses. I also make time for relaxation and fun! I have worked in physical therapy for over ten years now and my classes have a strong anatomical focus. I ask students to move through the practice with great care and intention. I am a hands-on teacher and love to assist my students in finding new spaces to explore in the practice. I enjoy exploring new and fluid transitions, as well as establishing a solid foundation in each posture.

What else do you do with your time?
Since April 2017, Soul Yoga is my full time gig! I am the owner and operator of the studio which is such a privilege and a joy! In addition to operating the studio and teaching public classes, my working hours are spent on our new 200 Hour Registered Yoga School. After working countless hours to create the curriculum, I happily began offering our Yoga-Alliance certified Teacher Training program in February 2018. I am so enjoying the deep dive into teaching teachers and collaborating with our guest-lecturers. It is something I will continue to offer each year and I look forward to seeing how the training evolves. I also continue to work a per diem position as a Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Lymphedema Therapist in the Physical Medicine Department at Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
My daughter, Lois Paige Whipple, was born May 7, 2016 and my days are spent playing with her, mostly. We love to be outside- hiking, swimming, and exploring. My husband, Bryan, and I have been together since I was 16 years old and he is still my best friend. He is also a self-employed business owner. He owns Lurking Class Skate Shop (located in downtown Salisbury). We support each other's business endeavors and spend most of our days together. We are expecting our second child in April 2018.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
My favorite pose has to be crow pose, I think. I love practicing and teaching crow pose because it requires focus, self-compassion and courage. I love to see students surprising themselves when both feet lift off. But even more, I love to see the persistence people bring to crow pose. Often, it takes many attempts without lifting the feet- just building strength and courage, and exploring the limits of your stability (sometimes falling). I love to see people stick with the effort and detach from the results. 

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your students?
I would tell my students, thank you! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me to do what I love. Thank you for your trust, your focus, your effort... And thank you for sustaining this beautiful community we have built together. Bryan and I are so grateful that Lois will grow-up embraced by such loving, accepting people. Thank you for your support!


KELSEY FOOKS

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How did you begin your yoga practice?
In 2014, a friend of mine invited me to take a class at Soul to try it out. I instantly fell in love! The happy, blissful feeling I had after class I didn't want to lose, so since then my practice began. It felt like something just clicked for me. I have been practicing off and on since then, but I have become more consistent with my practice within the last year.

Why do you practice yoga?
I practice to heal myself in more ways than one - mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Even after 5 minutes of Sun Salutations, I instantly feel lighter. Its something that can be practiced anywhere, at any time of the day and can help you feel better or see things in a different perspective if you just take the time to slow down and reconnect. In 2013, I had a skateboarding accident and severely dislocated my shoulder. After taking time to recover, I began practicing yoga to heal. It has helped me regain my strength and mobility more than anything, and continues to do so.

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I attended Dimitra Yoga Studio in Lewes, DE (she has 2 locations - in Lewes and in Rehoboth, we met at both during our training.) I officially became a Vinyasa yoga instructor April 1, 2017.

Why do you teach yoga?
I teach because I want to share the beauty of yoga with others, I want to be able to bring that blissful feeling I experienced to someone after their first class. I want to pass on the knowledge I have gained from the long hours of studying and classes where we practiced Sun A over and over until we didn't need the book anymore. I want to be able to offer poses for someone to practice to help them heal their ailment. I want to be able to inspire others to start their own journey through yoga. Taking a teacher training was one of the best experiences I have ever done, in all honesty. It was a life changing experience and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to teach to others or who would like to deepen their knowledge of their own pratice. It helped me to be able to connect to others on a deeper level, helped me get a better understanding of the poses, and opened my eyes to seeing things in a different perspective. My heart felt so full being able to share that experience with the others in my class, and being able to connect with them all through yoga.

What else do you do with your time?
When I'm not teaching or in class, I work full-time at South Moon Under in the Distribution Center here in Salisbury, MD. In my free time, I enjoy being outside gardening, walking the dogs on our family farm, spending quality time with my boyfriend and my wonderful family, and enjoying the simple things in life.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
I can't choose just one! My top favorites I'd have to say are Warrior 2 (even though I love all the Warrior poses and their stories) and Crow. I love Warrior 2 because it requires a sense of strength and balance, feeling like the perfect harmony in a pose. It gives you the sense of feeling strong like a Warrior yet a gentle softness in the body when you find your balance. I love Crow because it is so fun to get into and you can transition into so many different poses! It's also a lot of fun to teach to others because I can remember how excited I felt when I finally got into it and found that lift. That's always a fun feeling to share with someone. I also love the focus and balance you need to get the lift in Crow, it's just enough effort and ease.

How would you describe your classes?
I always like to start class with calm, breathing exercises to set the tone for the practice. I try to keep a variety in the sequence itself, working towards a pose that may be a little challenging for some or could be something you've never tried before. I like to keep it light and always remind my students to not take everything so serious, we are not perfect and we don't have to be. And of course, I always try to save time for a relaxing Savasana at the end to really feel the reward of the practice.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your students?
I appreciate each and every one of you who attends my classes, it means so much to me! I never thought I'd be doing something so rewarding as this. Each class always helps me to learn something new and I hope you leave class learning something from me as well. Every class is a new experience, and I hope you get to enjoy the journey with me as I continue to learn and grow myself! Namaste!


ALEX GREISSINGER

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How did you begin your yoga practice?
I began my practice after college. I had old injuries from running and thought yoga would be a good compliment to running. It would strengthen my body a different way as well as increase my flexibility and balance.

Why do you practice yoga?
I practice yoga because it helps me be more mindful. I tend to overthink and analyze situations; always planning things out and getting frustrated if things don't go to plan. Yoga helps me let go of that somewhat and remain present, appreciating what I have right in front of me.

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I received my training at Anamaya Resort in Costa Rica with Om West. I was officially certified in August 2017.

Why do you teach yoga?
I teach yoga for the same reason I practice it. I want to be more mindful. Being able to spread that to others, as well as show the, the true strength their body contains is awesome. My classes are all about listening to your body., I offer ways to challenge yourself but at the same time modify a pose depending on what your body is telling you. We should not be afraid to test ourselves and fall out of a pose. At the same time, we should not be afraid to be humble and take a child's pose instead.

What else do you do with your time?
In my spare time I love to go for long runs and going to the beach. These two things also help me become more mindful.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
My favorite pose is supta baddha konasana. When I first started practicing this pose it was extremely challenging for me. It was uncomfortable for my hips after about 30 seconds. Now after much practice it's no longer uncomfortable and I can maintain it for a longer duration. It reminds me to keep practicing and not be discouraged if something is not easily accessible at first.


TRAVIS LANCASTER

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How did you begin your yoga practice?
I was introduced to yoga in high school, we were lucky enough to have a dance teacher who taught it as a gym credit.  At that time, I also read a lot of spiritual books that spoke of yoga’s background and benefits.  I dabbled in it through my years but was always more focused on sports/running and other types of physical exercise.  It wasn’t until I reached a physical dead end from injuries/surgeries (having to give up running) in middle age that I found a true and dedicated practice.  Since then I feel things have come full circle and it was always meant to be, it just had to happen in its own time.

Why do you practice yoga? 
It is amazing!!  It allows me to practice truth in mind body and spirit, and to foster self love and acceptance.  It grounds me and heals me.  Creating freedom and space in my body allows me to have freedom and space in my mind and spirit, helping me to tackle all aspects of life.  It teaches me to breathe and not to react.  It teaches me to see and trust my instincts.  It allows me to break free from emotional and physical holding patterns.  It brings me health, allowing my body to function well, not just with muscular health but with all my internal systems as well.  It helps me keep EVERYTHING in balance…it IS balance and gives you a method of achieving it…all you have to do is work…oh and I like that part too, it’s difficult but you get out what you put in, no short cuts, and that brings us back to practicing truth… 

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I received my 200 hour RYT in Hot Yoga from Bikram Yoga Rockville in the spring of 2017.  I was lucky enough to receive instruction from body alignment specialist and master yogi Kyle Ferguson.  I continue diligent work on my practice and am excited to continue my studies in July 2018 through Jared McCann's 300-HR Teacher Training Program at Lighthouse Yoga Studio in Brooklyn, NY.

Why do you teach yoga?
Holding an MA in teaching and a BA in fine arts, I am a former local, high school art teacher and track coach.  I had been taking time away from my career to raise our son when I found my practice.  With my teaching experience, love for athletics and holistic health, combined with my new found passion for yoga, I thought teaching might be a good fit.  It has been exciting for me to return to teaching on a new stage with a different subject matter and student base, to help spread the benefits of this beautiful practice.  

What else do you do with your time? 
The main focus of my time is spent enjoying my husband and son.  I also like the beach/water bodies, cooking, art/creating, practicing, all things natural, travel, and dare I say it…online shopping.   

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
None.  My feelings of love, hate and everything in-between for all of them continually shift and cycle.  They all have a lot to teach me and I can’t imagine a practice where those lessons aren’t continually changing.  Exciting!!

How would you describe your classes?
Challenging, practical and important

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your students?
It is really hard work but it is a guarantee.  If you do it, it will work.  


Patty Engberg

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HOW DID YOU BEGIN YOUR YOGA PRACTICE?

I BEGAN TAKING CLASSES AT A GYM DUE TO INJURIES FROM BEING A LONGTIME HAIRSTYLIST, THINKING THE STRETCHING WOULD HELP ME.

IT WAS YEARS LATER BEFORE I REALIZED THE TRUE MEANING OF YOGA AND THE FULL BENEFITS YOU RECEIVE FROM PRACTICING. AS A STUDENT AND TEACHER I AM STILL LEARNING, GROWING AND DISCOVERING NEW THINGS ABOUT MYSELF.

WHY DO YOU PRACTICE YOGA?

I LOVE HOW IT MAKES ME FEEL WHEN I STEP ON THE MAT, IT’S A FEELING OF COMING HOME. YOGA PRACTICE HAS BECOME A NECCESITY; NOTICING THE BENEFITS OF BREATH AND MEDITATION HELP KEEP ME CALMER AND MORE EVEN. THE POSTURES HELP KEEP ME STRONG, FOCUSED AND BALANCED. IT’S A TIME FOR YOURSELF TO TURN OFF AND JUST BE PRESENT.

WHERE DID YOU RECEIVE YOUR TRAINING?

2009 YOGA 1 CERTIFICATION THROUGH AMERICAN FITNESS ASSOCIATION (AFPA)

2010 YOGA 11 CERTIFICATION THROUGH AFPA

ATTENDING LOCAL WORKSHOPS AND CONFERENCE IN THE AREA

OCTOBER 2018 200 YTT THROUGH EVA WHIPPLE- YOGA ALLIANCE

Why do you teach yoga?

TO SHARE AND SPREAD MY KNOWLEDGE AND LOVE OF YOGA.

THERE IS A YOGA CLASS TO FIT EVERY LIFESTYLE; YOU HAVE TO FIND ONE THAT SPEAKS TO YOU.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO WITH YOUR TIME?

PART-TIME AS A HAIRSTYLIST.

I LOVE BEING IN NATURE - HIKING, WATER SKIING, BOATING AND TRAVELING WITH MY HUSBAND.

SPENDING TIME WITH FAMILY AND GREAT FRIENDS.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE YOGA POSE AND WHY?

VRKSASANA- TREE POSE

I FEEL ROOTED AND LIFTED AT THE SAME TIME.

REACHING FOR GROWTH, OPENESS AND GROUNDED BY MOTHER NATURE.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CLASSES?

SAFE, FRIENDLY, GENTLE, ALIGNMENT CLASS.

I AM HERE TO GUIDE YOU BUT IT IS YOUR PRACTICE TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY AND MIND.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU’D LIKE TO TELL YOUR STUDENTS?

HAVE FUN IN YOUR PRACTICE - LAUGH, CRY, BREATH, EXPLORE.

KEEP GROWING AND LEARNING NEW THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF!

WHERE THERE IS LOVE THERE IS LIGHT!!


Michelle Potter

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How did you begin your yoga practice?

I found yoga nearly a decade ago as a means to gain flexibility and stretch sore muscles after workouts. Though my journey with yoga began strictly for the physical benefits, it expanded into a passion for the deep connection between breath, inner consciousness and movement. I believe it’s this connection that provides physical strength, mental fortitude, a sense of love and compassion for humanity, and an appreciation for both the joys and struggles of life.  

Why do you practice yoga?

I see yoga as binary in the sense that it fills our soul with self love, nourishes the body, and provides a unity between our mind, body and soul; but it also shines a bright light on our darkest shadows. It’s in those dark moments that we find compassion for ourselves. Yoga gives me an understanding of humanity beyond my ego. Simply put, yoga has made me a better human being all around.

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?

I recieved my 200hr certification in October of 2018 through the YTT program at Soul Yoga Studio under Eva Whipple.

Why do you teach yoga?

Yoga has given me the gifts of inner peace, compassion and contentment through self discovery.  I strives to bring my passion for yoga into every class and help students to find their gifts within themselves.

What else do you do with your time?

As a homeschooling mother of three, I stay very busy! I love spending time with my family, being outdoors, paddle boarding, and playing at the beach; as well as being an avid reader and podcast junkie.   

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?

My passion for yoga comes from it’s duality. On the challenging side, I’d say Bakasana (Crow Pose). This posture exposes a vulnerability in me that is hard to explain in words, and I appreciate the rawness of that.  On the softer side, as cliche as it sounds, Savasana (Corpse Pose). This posture brings we whatever I’m needing in the moment...whether it be silence, introspection, a bit of self-tough-love, a pat on the back, maybe even a quick nap, but always the opportunity to freely connect with myself.  

How would you describe your classes?

Again....duality. Every cat deserves a cow, every headstand deserves a child’s pose, every mistake deserves forgiveness, every dark night deserves the rising sun. We would never appreciate the light if we didn’t know the darkness. The ease and effort of duality is a gift. And experiencing both exposes us to the fullness that life has to offer. 

Is there anything else you’d like to tell your students?

“Everything is within. Seek nothing outside of yourself.” -Miyamoto Musashi


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