I took my first yoga class at a YMCA over ten years ago. I remember thinking afterward that I had found something I instantly connected to and couldn’t wait to go the next week! A few years went by before I started to get serious about my own practice. Now yoga is such a powerful part of my life. It helps me feel grounded and centered and has enabled me to get to know my whole self better( even the messy parts).
I am extremely grateful for all of the wonderful teachers i have had on my yoga journey who continue to help shape my practice. I completed my 200 hour teacher training specializing in Vinyasa Flow at Enso Studio in Media, PA in March of 2015. I also have training in yoga for trauma and addiction through Transformation Yoga Project. My teaching style reflects my belief that yoga is for everybody. I hope to provide an opportunity in my classes where evUpload Fileseryone feels able to explore how they are feeling in their own bodies and make choices in their practice that are right for them.
I have been reluctant to offer anything about me as a bio. As you may know I am co-owner with my husband Nick, of Seven Stones Cafe, Seven Stones Gallery and Heart Space at Seven Stones…and that has a story all of its own.
I offer to this Heart Space community what I love and what loves me back. I am not educated by any university, or particular school of thought, only by what I have sought to learn and what life has offered to me in abundance to learn from. I feel deeply and passionately about self knowing and wholeness. I feel certain we can self heal through self knowing and forgiveness. I have taken The Peace Ambassador Training with James O’Dea, and heart honored to be part of the 2nd graduating class. I have taken classes in Non-Violent Communication and in Conflict Resolution. I am human and many times have missed the mark that each of these studies has offered to me. But I stay on course and continue to evolve. I possess no special skills to heal another, only the heart that keeps offering to others a way through, as I have found, and what I know works to heal. It will always come down to the work we do to help ourselves, no matter who we learn from, no matter who lays their hands upon us, no matter our teachers or guru, religion, or degree, it will always be our decision to heal ourselves. Our greatest service to each other is to offer from the heart what we have learned through life, to be bridges, to be friends. I simply and passionately offer that. Deeply thankful and blessed to be of service.
I grew up in India with Spirituality always a part of me in one way or another as was Creative expressions. I majored in psychology, which peaked my curiosity to see beyond what’s visible.
I went through many traumatic childhood experiences due to my empathic abilities that I only understood much later. I could always feel energies of people, places and situation and because I wasn’t consciously aware of this ability, I grew up experiencing much emotional crisis. I always felt unhappiness and discontent with everything in my life, as I was subconsciously aware that there’s more to it.
Then I discovered meditation in my teens and felt a tremendous change in my perspective yet not fulfilling. Following that I connected and learned from two spiritual masters/ Guru. My first guru was Sant Rajinder Singh of Science of Spirituality (1994) and then Guru Avdoot Shivananda or Babaji of Shiv Yog Organization (2009). Although the teachings were primarily the same, I did learn different styles of meditation, chanting, rituals and energy healing practices. In America I’ve stayed connected to my roots teaching pranayam (breathing Yoga) and was able to execute my long-time dream of teaching Dance.
My wake-up call came once I became a mother; it brought to surface a lot of my childhood traumas, and some I didn’t even remember. In the midst of all the chaos and fear, finally towards the end of 2015 the light bulb turned on. Although fairly recent my awakening has been very rapid. I’ve discovered the missing connection, learned about my purpose and a lot more of our multidimensional living. I have been a vegetarian since 1993. I always felt a deep connection to the nature and to an unseen presence and have discovered the rhyme and reason for much that happened in my life.
Now I stay connected to my childhood intuition of something that exists beyond our perception, lingering right at the edge of our being. I’ve discovered many hidden talents and abilities and continue to do so as I proceed in my journey. I share these gifts from the universe through my classes and creative expressions.
I have had a long-time interest in health and natural healing, which led me to learn and practice Reiki, a gentle but effective hands-on treatment that promotes the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of the client. I love the soothing feeling a Reiki session evokes and the meditative state it induces in my clients and myself.
I completed 3 levels of Reiki training, plus Master Practitioner, and studied Reiki Okuden, as taught by the International House of Reiki, from Myra Reichel of the Reiki Healing Center in Media. I have given full sessions to clients and have led Reiki Shares and Community Reiki clinics since 2009. In addition, I have volunteered at over 30 health fairs, community group gatherings, Media Fairs, and special events offering Reiki mini-sessions to the public to give people unfamiliar with this modality an opportunity to try it out. Then in 2011, I learned a chakra balancing technique which I can incorporate into my sessions; it is a powerful technique that balances the chakras and clears the energy field around the body.
My other interests in the area of health and healing are fitness, nutrition, complementary medicine, and yoga. In addition, I have been a social change activist on issues of the environment, women’s empowerment, worker’s rights, and social class/economic justice. I am committed to making Reiki financially accessible to a wider population. For two years, I volunteered time every month doing mini-sessions for low-income, elderly, and handicapped residents in a subsidized-rent apartment building in Philadelphia.
Associated with the Reiki Healing Center in Media since 2008, I have always offered a sliding scale fee based on income level for private sessions, and requested a donation or sliding scale fee when leading Reiki Shares and Community Reiki.
I am a licensed massage therapist in Media, PA. My training was completed at the McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland, CA. Since 2012,I have worked in yoga studios, wellness clinics, and in private practice.
My approach is holistic and I believe that both scientific and intuitive methods are essential to effective body therapy.
I plan each session based on your needs and respond with compassion and expertise.
I practice Swedish, Deep Tissue, Craniosacral, Thai, and Orthopedic modalities and will help you choose which is best for you and your body.
April Leffler is a Reiki Master/Teacher, an accredited Tai Chi Chih® Instructor, a Shamanic Practitioner and member of The Foundation for Shamanic Studies, and has a master’s degree in clinical psychology. April offers monthly Reiki classes and teaches several Tai Chi Chih® classes at various locations in Delaware County, Pennsylvania.
In her private practice, April sees individuals for Reiki sessions and for power animal and soul retrievals. As a public speaker, she offers workshops and seminars on Reiki, Tai Chi Chih®, stress reduction techniques and the mind-body-spirit connection. April also performs long distance or absentee sessions in Reiki, and in power animal and soul retrievals.
April exhibits deep respect for others and creates a safe, nurturing and confidential environment in which to receive and experience her services. She has worked with individuals whose life experiences have ranged from being physically, emotionally and sexually abused, to those who just want to relax, unwind and reduce stress in their lives. April has also helped individuals create clarity out of confusion in order for them to find meaning and purpose in life.
April believes very strongly in the power of the human spirit as well as the ability for each of us to awaken and embrace our intrinsic value and self-worth. Her intention is always to serve the highest good.
With love and gratitude I am blessed to serve you!
Gloria Shepard has a practical, down-to-earth approach to mindfulness and parenting education. She sees mindfulness as an incredibly useful practice for all of us who are trying to do too much, too well, with too little time and support!Having worked with children, parents, and teachers for her entire career, Gloria is very aware of the pressures on young people, parents, and teachers and is dedicated to support people in finding peace in their complex lives.
Her interest in mindfulness began as a search for help to become a calmer, kinder mom. As a full-time classroom teacher and parent to two young children, Gloria got home exhausted and often cranky. Years later, her children are now teenagers and Gloria is grateful for the deep transformation mindfulness and its associated emotional work have brought to her parenting, family, and self.
Gloria has trained extensively with Mindful Schools and is a Mindful School certified instructor. She has studied Mindfulness Meditation with her core teacher for more than 8 years and continues to study and deepen both personal and professional practices. Gloria‚ teachers include Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, Adyashanti, and Pema Chodron, and she has completed Mindfulness-based Stress Relief Training with a UMass-trained instructor.
Since 2002 my passion and purpose is Energy Healing/Shifting.
I hold certifications in various energy modalities such as Reiki, Integrated Energy Therapy & Turaya Touch.
For the last two years I have developed and offered clients my own unique Energy Healing Technique. I am an instrument that raises vibration.
I provide a sacred space that facilitates healing on all levels: spiritual, emotional, mental and physical, that assists others to shift into a balanced state of mind, body & spirit. In 2006 I earned my License in Massage Therapy. I teach energy techniques on grounding, protection and lead groups on guided meditations.
With love and gratitude I am blessed to serve you!
200 hr Certified RYT
Yoga for me is a journey every time I step on my mat. My practice will tell me something that I need to be paying attention too whether it be mentally, emotionally, or physically. And how to journey off my mat and take what I learned back into my day to day life.
My intentions for this class are to help bring awareness to the practice, de-mystify it‚ image as only for a certain body type, and to help bring a true joy to those who practice on their own terms. . Finding compassion and love for yourself and what you need on your yoga journey.
Slow Flow Yoga is the practice of slowing down the movements and bringing a meditative awareness to your practice. Transitioning from each asana slowly and mindfully, attaining a connection to one’s body in a deeper way.
Natalie is away on maternity leave.
Lisa N. Woodside, MA, MA, Ph