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.
At present Jenn is not teaching in Heart Space.
I have been reluctant to offer anything about me as a bio. As you may know I am co-owner and co-creator with my husband Nick, of Seven Stones Gallery and Heart Space at Seven Stones.
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, self loving 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, also have taken classes with Andrew Harvey, a modern day mystic, as I have leaned more into the great ancient mystics, such as Rumi, Hafiz, Nanak, Kabir, and Sanai,, and those modern, as well.
I have allowed myself to unravel and undo a few times. Have allowed myself to unlearn so that I can be learning in every moment. It is hard to keep learning when we feel we have learned. The space for learning and unlearning needs to be open…always. 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 do that work, and offer, from the heart, what we are learning through life, to be bridges, to be friends. I simply and passionately offer that. Deeply thankful and blessed to be of service.
While, I was born into Hinduism, went to a Christian school and was exposed to Sikhism. In my journey of seeking, since my teens, I’ve moved through the teachings of mindfulness, Sufism, Yogic meditation, Ancient Vedic practices of energy healing and Sadna (meditation) and other religious beliefs and practices. Including clearings through forgiveness, Akashic record readings, Manifestational Practices and channeling sexual Energy. I majored in psychology and dance, music, yoga, and creative soulful expressions have always been a part of me.
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.
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.
At present April offer the Reiki Share every first Wednesday of the month.
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 presently not teaching in Heart Space.
Lisa N. Woodside, MA, MA, Ph
I started practicing yoga at age 17, encouraged by my mother who thought it might settle her anxious daughter down a little. My practice waxed and waned for a little while, but after a serious back injury caused by repetitive stress from work, I found myself practicing everyday in 2001. Since then, my weight has ranged between 60 lbs; I’ve practiced with bones pressing into the hard floor, and I’ve practiced with frustration at not knowing how to move my curvier body. Through all of that I learned how to lean into breath. Now when I teach, I modify for every student, remembering my own needs at different shapes. I try in every class to make space for students to find their way to strength and stability. I mix both elements of standing balance and an easy flow-based class. I try to not take myself too seriously; I like to mix the sacred with the profane.
About Kathleen ~ Tai Chi Chih Instructor: