SHAWNA MEFFERD KELTY
200 RYT, RPYT (PRENATAL YOGA)
I teach classes that use asanas (poses) to develop balance, flexibility, strength, confidence, and compassion (and a sense of humor). I strive to meet students where they are, understanding that yoga is a beneficial path for all ages, backgrounds, and bodies (and anxieties). I also hold a PhD in Theatre and am a theatre educator and freelance director. I am also an avid long-distance runner (and becoming an avid hiker). Yoga and running for me are meditative practices, focusing on the breath, alignment, and staying present…yoga is usually less sweaty.
I began practicing yoga to help find flexibility with running back in 2008. I began a daily practice in 2014, when life became particularly unbearable for me. Bridge Street Yoga Place gave me a space to breathe, to be, and to heal. It was through my practice here that I felt called to serve others through teaching yoga.
"Love is the bridge between you and everything." ~ Rumi
Love and Light,
Shawna Mefferd Kelty
EMILY ZURSCHMIT 200 RYT, RCYT
I believe in the balance between a high-energy and active asana practice, along with taking the time to slow down, restore, and reconnect through restorative classes and growing a meditation practice. I teach both adult classes and integrated kids and teen yoga classes. Combining my training in speech and language and yoga, I am able to develop language, self-awareness, and social-pragmatic skills to enhance the quality of life for children of all ages.
KELSEY CHATELLE RYT 200
I was first introduced to yoga as a teenager in a therapeutic setting. At this time, stretching the body seemed to me more of a mandatory component of athletics than the embodied practice I experience it as today. It took two years after my initial exposure to return and actualize the practice for myself. I became physically and energetically drawn to it with a sense of knowing that it offered something unique. I surrendered to the yogic process transcending severe depression and other challenges through physical discipline, awareness of breath, meditation, and greatest of all, compassion for oneself. I deepened my physical experience and spiritual understanding with the support of my mentor and am dedicated to refining my understanding in somatics, kinesthetics, and anatomy to serve in the yoga community. Today, I offer a sweet mélange of styles - that is an alignment-based tantra vinyasa practice - and focus on guiding groups of people to explore challenging and pleasurable Earth movements by slowing down, or waking up, and diving into the body. I am a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and am currently enrolled to begin a 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga certification in September 2018. I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experiences of yoga with others and meeting students where they are in their body without judgement and with an open heart.
NOELLE TEDFORD 200 RYT
I have been practicing yoga for about eight years. Yoga helped me through a particularly trying time in my life where I was told I would not regain my full mobility. After struggling with occupational therapy, a series of fortunate events brought yoga back into my life. With practice and patience, I not only regained my full mobility, but I noticed a change in my ideals and values. A light-heartedness and steadiness came with my practice and and a feeling of love and healing I wished to share with others, in hopes I could help someone the way yoga and my instructor had helped me. I travelled to the mountains of Rollinsville, CO and sought out an ashram called Shoshoni. Shoshoni is one of three sister ashrams the others in Eldorado Canyon, CO and Konalani, HI. It is here where I got my 200 RYT in Shambhava yoga. Shambhava yoga is a blend of yogic philosophy, meditation, life skills and asana. Asana is looked at in regards to anatomy and harm-reduction by utilizing safe alignment and utilization of props and modifications in postures. Since my 200-hr 21-day emersion I have gone back for two other trainings in Level 2 and Level 3 intermediate classes. I hold my trainings at the ashram sacred to my heart. I drank deep from the well and am eager to help others find their light. As a holistic healer, it is in my nature to spread love and kindness. I truly believe that everyone, any shape or form, can benefit greatly from daily practice in yoga and meditation. To find peace in a world of chaos, might just calm the masses. The true self is ready and waiting to be awaken.
Namaste, Noelle Tedford
ELISE BAER RYT 200
I have been practicing yoga for four years and it has changed the path of my life. I started practicing yoga when I was about 16 years old in a hot yoga studio. After being introduced to Sri Dharma Mittra later that year, I realized that there was more to yoga than stretching and strengthening the body; it can also be used to stretch and strengthen the mind! I started exploring other yogic disciplines and have found my place in hatha-raja yoga, a type that combines body and mind in a elegant manner. I received my RYS 200 hour teacher training at Lila Yoga Shala and have been teaching for two years. I find great joy in spreading the energy and love yoga brings, as well as in connecting with my students in a meaningful way. I am also a student at SUNY Plattsburgh, majoring in environmental studies with minors in botany and nutrition. You can find me on Facebook (Elise Baer) and on Instagram @_yogibaer_