Current Yoga Instructor Bios
PAST INSTRUCTORS OF THE MARYLAND AREA SANTOSHA SCHOOL OF YOGA.
Sarah Cook, RYT first came to the mat looking for an alternative to traditional workouts, but over time has found that the healing qualities of yoga apply to the whole, not just physical, self. Since then, yoga has become one of the great relationships of her life; always changing, always evolving, constantly bringing challenges and growth. Sarah enjoys teaching a rigorous practice that encourages students to find the link between the body, mind and spirit.
Donna Bair, RYT is the past director/owner of Santosha School of Yoga, since July 2010 to December 2010. Donna Bair has a Masters degree in Health & Wellness and over twenty years of experience in the health and fitness field. She holds various certifications; including yoga, personal training, pilates, group and water fitness. Having explored all aspects of managing and owning her own fitness facility, as well as managing a hospital based wellness program, Donna seeks to educate and guide others to listen to their body. She feels that living in a culture that often values the destination more than the journey and where we constantly compare ourselves to others, yoga practice is a way of getting to know yourself and your body - the ways it is functional and the ways that it is limited. It is her heartfelt intention to encourage self-acceptance and to increase body and mind awareness. Donna realizes and emphasizes the importance of correct alignment and practicing within your abilities to stay in touch with your own best self. Donna invites students to explore and experiment with their strong and weak links, their minds and bodies, with an attempt to find some balance and contentment within themselves and their world, through the context of yoga.
Helen Resop, RYT, PYT, became certified in Sivananda Yoga on Paradise Island, the Bahamas in April 2004. She worked in Baltimore City Public Schools as a teacher and principal at the elementary school level and was a facilitator in the area of professional development. In addition to her study of yoga for the past 17 years, since 1996. Helen has also studied Zen meditation, Buddhism, and has worked with shamans from the rain forest and Andean mountains of Ecuador, and Peru, and a Native American elder from Canada, among other notables. Helen considers herself a student of yoga as well as a teacher, and looks forward to sharing with students the joy and peace that yoga can bring.
Shawn Essed, RYT received her yoga 200 hour yoga teacher certification March 2008 from the Yama Studio program at Carroll Community College. As a student Shawn loves the introspection, and peace her yoga practice brings to her, as well as the sense of renewed vitality. As a teacher, her classes gently build strength and flexibility, and give students the opportunity to delve into their own experiences on the mat.
Jeni Anderman, RYT tried yoga for the first time while living in Texas in January 2007. She found out about a great yoga website featuring daily one hour classes and attempted her first class in her apartment. By the third day she was hooked and has continued to grow in her own practice no matter where the class is held: online, at home, at a studio... anywhere. Through a series of hectic circumstances, Jeni received the opportunity to learn to teach yoga earlier than she ever expected. Upon her return to Maryland, she immediately enrolled in the 200 hr teacher training program at Carroll Community College through Yama Therapeutics (The Yama Studio). She earned her 200 hr certificate in March 2009. Jeni's objective in class is to remind everyone that yoga is playful and rejuvenates the soul, so have fun with it!
Dorise Iren has trained intensively in Vaganova method Ballet, Contemporary dance, and many styles of World Dance. She began her bellydance studies with Piper Hunt and the Daughters of Rhea and went on to study with great dancers such as Lisa Zahiya, Artemis, Suhaila Salimpour, and Leila Haddad. She has spent time studying music and dance is countries such as Brazil, India, and Tunisia and currently teaches world dance to adults and children in the Baltimore area. Dorise has been performing for 5 years and currently appears as the resident dancer weekly at Zeeba Lounge and monthly at the Desert Café along w/ various other locales. She is inspired by the beauty, grace, and sensuality of Middle Eastern dance. (photo)
Kathleen "Kat" Byrd possessed a deep interest for Vedic culture and spirituality from a young age and her interest in yoga naturally grew out of this affinity. After practicing a variety of styles including Vinyasa Flow, Ashtanga, and Bikram she completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2009 at the Yoga Center of Columbia with Anusara Certified Instructors. Since then, she has continued to study Anusara yoga with her primary teachers, as well as Jivamukti Yoga with Sharon Gannon and David Life to deepen her knowledge of alignment, tantra and yogic philosophy. She also continues to take workshops in a various styles with world-renowned instructors. She draws on the breadth and variety of her experiences in her teaching to give the students a multi-dimensional experience. As Kat has been inspired by the role yoga has played in her own life and in the lives of those around her, she is eager to share this within the local community. She actively volunteers her time in Seva (selfless service) teaching yoga classes to those dealing with addiction issues, women prison inmates, and children and teens with behavioral and emotional difficulties.
Nicole Jensen is completing her RYT 200 certification through a year-long intensive program at The Yoga Center of Columbia. Nicole was first led to yoga during a difficult period in her life. She was and continues to be inspired by the yoga teachers who introduced her to the heart-opening grace, flow, and pure joy of Anusara yoga which quickly became her own personal source of peace and strength. Her “day job” as an elementary school administrator coupled with her background in professional development and teacher training gives her classes an intelligent, playful, and supportive quality. She encourages her students to embrace the fullest expression of each pose while discovering and uncovering their own true nature. Nicole shares her infectious enthusiasm and love of yoga throughout her classes while celebrating the unique and intrinsic beauty of each individual student.
Jeri Eaton, Guild authorized Awareness Through Movement teacher. Jeri began taking Feldenkrais Method ® lessons in the early 1990s soon after she finished chemotherapy for breast cancer. Though she loved yoga, having discovered it in the 70s and studied with a number of teachers over the years, post-chemo exhaustion made anything but savasana impossible. She went with a friend to an Awareness Through Movement ® class (the name for group classes in the Feldenkrais Method) and fell in love with the simple, gentle movements that somehow managed to create profound changes in her body. She loved the way every class began with the instructions “please lie on the floor”, proceeded through a series of easy movements that seemed unrelated but which, by the end, came together and restored her ability to do easily what had once been difficult or nearly impossible. After a few lessons she found that not only did her body feel different at the end of a class but her mind did as well.
Bob McDowell, RYT has a background of personal training and pilates instruction and received his 200 hours yoga certification from yama studio. Currently he is pursuing 500 hours at the Himalayan Institute. He enjoys all types of yoga from Bikram to Anusara and Kundalini to flow yoga and brings to class a commitment and a caring concern that all students may find comfort and balance in their practice. Classes will have a movement portion and a breathing and relaxation section which will be woven together with modifications to hopefully meet each student’s desires.
Santosha's Founder and past directors
Lucy Ann Clark (Beebe), RYT is the past director/owner (Aug 2007-June 2010) of Santosha School of Yoga. She continues to substitute instruct for various classes. Lucy began practicing yoga in 2002 because she wanted to reduce excess weight, ease stress and relieve back pain. Yoga proved to show results immediately and steadily with joy through the practice. She is happy to bring that same energy and fun into her classes where students flow and learn to make yoga their own. Students are challenged to find their limits and learn new sequences of Asana, which aid students in setting progressive goals geared for thier bodies. Lucy offers private yoga sessions by appointment only. As a yoga student, she gained a solid yoga foundation in Vinyasa at The Santosha School with Jennifer Eisberg beginning in 2003. She continued to be challenged with new postures and finding an ever present desire for deeper understanding in yoga. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2006 with Kim Manfredi at Charm City Yoga in Baltimore, MD. She is looking to impart her enthusiasm for yoga as a means to physical health, self realization, peace and serenity. She is also a graphic designer and owner of Beebe Communications, Inc. Her artists blog can be found here. She has a BFA in Visual Communications from Maryland Institute College of Art, 1990 with emphasis in printing and web design. She also graduated from Catonsville Community College with an emphasis in Architecture and Engineering. You can follow Lucy on Twitter and Facebook
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