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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.


JORDAN SUBER

How did you begin your yoga practice?
My first class was 12 years ago with Tara Gladden as a new teacher. I was restless and curious and forever seeking Truths. Yoga helped me develop for myself, by myself a unifying philosophy of the love of life.

Why do you practice yoga?
I practice Yoga because Self-expression in all forms is important to my personal health. My love for Yoga and focused breath meditation has given me the potential for insights to my own thoughts, feelings, sensations and behaviors. This expression of self-love is practical, like being of service to friends and family, showing love by availability and my presence. I practice Yoga because it is my way of showing up for myself.

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
Yoga Life Institute, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 300 Hours, 2015. 100 hours in Yoga Therapy.

Why do you teach yoga? To spread Love and Peace, thick like peanut butter!

What else do you do with your time?
I am a Jordan of all trades…love to garden and cook, really I am a painter, and if I go on - this will be longer than all the other answers combined!

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
There are SO MANY AWESOME ASANAS! Favorite postures change for me, as do many things in life! In school it was Mayurasana or Peacock and I struggle with it every chance I get! To balance its long neck and extravagant tail feathers, which are carried straight out behind it both in flight and on the ground (unless it’s fanning them for a mating ritual), the peacock’s stout legs are situated at the center of its torso, exactly where we place our arms and hands at the navel center to become the “feet”. Mayurasana is a symbol of integrity and the beauty we can achieve when we take on the endeavor to show our true colors.

How would you describe your classes?
In the words of some of my students:
“ I always learn something new.”
“That breath meditation almost put me to sleep”
“Wait, you want me to what?” (Yes, I want you to deepen your practice, physically, mentally, and spiritually.) 

Be prepared to suspend criticism, consciously breathe, and save some breath to laugh out loud.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your students?
Yoga is a grand love story for me, not a romanticized love story, but the real one. The kind that leaves you changed. Emotions are doorways, ways into self-realization, introspection and pure understanding. The goal is not to exist without shadows, but to become The Original Spiritual Gangster so that we no longer feel fat, bored, envious, or impatient. The goal is to swallow hard (tongue against roof of mouth, relax the jaw, part the lips) as we take on willingness to go into the dark. Because yoga asks us to work with our breath to connect our body and our mind, the inevitable result is going to be messy, messier, and messiest. There are about five thousand ways my mind has told me ‘it isn’t worth it,’ ‘it won’t work,’ ‘that self-love is not real.’ And I  am not done counting….Yet, practicing yoga for the last twelve years and teaching for two has already given me a clue to this, I have already felt how love – whether it be romantic or ethical, compassion, right living, making a solidity of names – Love is the only thing that is real. The highest and best in human beings is subtle, mysterious, and tied directly to the shadows. Life is both unbearably cruel and devastatingly sweet, often at the same time. The shadows will show up. Go there, apathy, acedia, what Mystics called desolation, Existentialist called despair, moves when we move toward it, like the horizon line, forever receding. It is not the passage of time, but the passing through emotional experiences that heal us. There will always be someone telling us to ‘get over it’, to ‘think positively’, or to ‘let it go’, be wary. For me, yoga is the love story where things fall apart, people move away, often at the same time a huge storm takes out the power, leaving you in the dark, and then a small movement in the heart, and then another, Ba-boom, Ba-boom, Ba-boom, I am alive!


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JARED ROWAN

How did you begin your yoga practice?
I started my practice while working with Soul's original founder and owner, Jennifer Mitchell 7 years ago. We were both working in the mental health field and she suggested I try hot yoga. So, I did, and I loved it. 

Why do you practice yoga?
I practice yoga to ground myself and quiet my mind, as well as a means to cultivate acceptance and self-awareness. 

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified? I received my 200 Hr-RYT in 2013 through Om My Yoga Academy in Harrisburg, PA. 


Why do you teach yoga?
I teach yoga to bring laughter, love and acceptance into the lives of others. I teach to bring emotional and spiritual awareness to others and hope to provide healing energy. 

What else do you do with your time?
I like to spend time working out and staying busy. While I stay pretty active, I also enjoy down time at home with my two cats, Mila and Boris, catching up on my DVR or reading a good book. 

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
I would have to say my favorite yoga pose is any of the warrior poses. The poses allow for cultivation of strength both of the mind and body. Focus is also a key component to this pose as well as alignment. Warrior poses remind us first, that we are strong, second that we ourselves can conquer anything that challenges us, and third, that even when we are close to fatigue (those legs might be shaking!) we can preserve!  

How would you describe your classes?
My classes can be described as fun, encouraging and very much alignment-based. While I am Vinyasa trained, my classes focus more on breath work and holding postures for longer periods of time. You can expect some laughs along the way as well as popular and trending music flooding my iPod. Since I am a psychotherapist by trade many of my classes center around empowerment, awareness, spirituality and love, giving my asana practice a unique therapeutic spin!

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your students?
My classes are for ALL levels and offer many modifications for beginning yogis. I am very alignment based and will cue you specifically through each pose.  


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MEAGHAN AXEL

How did you begin your yoga practice?
I began practicing yoga as a way to care for my sore muscles after running and hiking.

Why do you practice yoga?
Now, I practice yoga for a variety of reasons; to soothe my soul, quiet my mind, and care for my body.

Where did you receive your training? When were you certified?
I received my training at Samadhi Yoga Studio in Manchester CT in the Spring of 2014. 

Why do you teach yoga?
I teach yoga because I love to share my passion with others. 

What else do you do with your time?
I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with my husband and our dog.

What is your favorite yoga pose and why?
My favorite yoga pose is pigeon because I enjoy the sweet hip release. 

How would you describe your classes?
My classes are active and vigorous.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell your students?
I'm grateful for the opportunity to guide you through your practice. 


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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.

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 nine 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! 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 has a mobile skateboard shop, Lurking Class Skate Shop, and you can often find all three of us (Bryan, Lois, and myself) at the skatepark. I am also the founder of the Salisbury Rollergirls and continue to be involved with the team, including coaching Jr. Derby. When I am not practicing yoga, hiking, roller skating, or playing with kids (my own as well as my sister's and other friends' kids)- I am at home enjoying silence, or listening to podcasts or NPR. We also raise chickens, goats and pigs on our small Hebron Homestead. My days are spent pursuing my passions and doing what I enjoy with the people I love.

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. I am so grateful that Lois will grow-up embraced by such loving, accepting people. Thank you for your support!


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ALANA MCGEEHAN

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KELSEY FOOKS

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.


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TRAVIS LANCASTER

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JESSICA ROSE

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