When Cicelee first began practicing yoga, it was strictly as a means to cross-train her body. Before long it became her primary form of exercise, as it benefited both body and mind in ways her gym workouts could not. Thus after years of life in New York City working on Wall St. then in the fashion industry, yoga became her path to healing her mind and spirit, releasing struggle, and staying centered. As her passion for yoga grew, so did the idea that she should share it with as many people as she could. To that end she completed teacher trainings with Isaac Pena, Jude English, Mary Dana Abbott and Schuyler Grant, emerging from them a fully committed yoga teacher.
Having now returned to Philadelphia, her hometown, she aims to serve her students with classes that purify the body and still the mind through the healing power of breath coordinated with mindful movement.
Ashley took her first yoga class in eighth grade in a church basement. She did not find a regular practice until she came across a Vinyasa Flow class while studying at Penn State. She began practicing regularly a few times a week, until it became a part of her daily routine. She fell in love with the invigorating yet humbling practice and completed her 200 hour teaching training after graduating college. Ashley teaches a powerful class that is skillfully sequenced to open and strengthen targeted areas of the body while finding meditation through movement. She guides a fluid flow through asanas, incorporating variations and arm balances for a challenge of the body and mind. There is always something to work toward and a new edge to explore.
Patricia is an RYT 200 certified vinyasa yoga teacher. As an athlete, Patricia was drawn to yoga to become more flexible; she bounced around different studios and experimented with different types until she found a true passion for Vinyasa. Once she became a more serious practitioner Patricia quickly discovered the many benefits that yoga could bring to one's physical, emotional, and mental health. Always armed with a great playlist of songs to accompany the practice, Patricia's classes are infused with a supportive atmosphere and include physical poses accessible for students of all levels. She emphasizes proper alignment and encourages mindfulness through readings based on classical and contemporary texts, while focusing on meeting one's body and mind where it is every individual time one comes to their mat.
Hope G recently re-relocated back to Philadelphia, after several months away in Denver Co. Calling both the East and West Coasts home, her classes also reflect a merging of several styles. Hope's first 200hr training was at The Kripalu Center for Health in 2007. Since then, she has completed a number of other RYT certified trainings, several of them from Corepower Yoga in California, including Advanced Teacher Training and YogaSculpt. Additional intensive studies have included work with Ana Forrest, Sri Dharma Mittra and many other gifted yogis who have inspired her to keep studying!
Rooted in the Power Vinyasa flow tradition, she also layers in other influences to create a fun, safe alignment based flow class with sequences designed to both challenge and uplift. Music is also intentionally set to help inspire your practice. Her goal is to provide you with a place to be fully present with yourself, continuing your journey on the path of well being and strength....in all aspects; body/mind/ heart.
Katherine has continuously been awe-struck by the utility of asana in helping to quiet the mind and witness the present moment fully. It is this experience of truly being present that she seeks to share with others through the practice of yoga. Her class compiles alignment, breath, movement, strength, flexibility, relaxation, and mindfulness, to create a space for exploring growth in the body and mind. Come practice!
Justine and yoga met in a very unspecial and unintentional way in 2006. She needed something physical while in college. Having been active in many sports since she started dancing at 3, Justine was terrible at "working out", so she decided to take some classes that the gym offered instead. Justine and yoga met by default. And the seed was planted. But it wasn't until 2011 that this tiny seed had really taken root and begun to flourish. In July of that year, Justine was in the middle of tremendous life changes and spent the month of July volunteering with the Whole Planet Foundation in Guatemala. She had the most profound and humbling experiences of her life in that place. It was then that she recognized this single blossoming flower as a beautiful gift that she wanted to share.
In April of 2012, Justine began a 5 month long internship, followed by an 8 month long 200hr certification program in Vinyasa yoga. She finished with her heels on fire, burning with the desire to teach, to learn and to create something new and powerful. In the spring of 2013, Justine Co-Founded Philly Yoga Factory, Philly's first all donation yoga collective. Serving as PYF's Director, she teaches as well. Inspired by her own practice, Justine's flow tends to be on the slower side, with a major focus on breath. Her classes have been described by one of her students, Janet LoFurno, as "intense and joyful". Justine teaches both heated and non-heated Vinyasa, as well as Pranayama. Being an indoor and outdoor cyclist, Justine specializes in Vinyasa classes choreographed to address the needs of cyclists. She has a deep love for music of all genres and often incorporates live music into her classes. Justine takes any opportunity to learn and grow from self study, practicing various traditions and attending workshops. She is the Center City Community liaison for Philly Area Yoga as well as a Pro-Ambassador for Jade Yoga. Her spirit animal is a dolphin.
Diana has been a student of movement for the majority of her life. Formally trained in dance since the age of five, Diana was eventually selected to instruct first at her home studio and then eventually for the community dance program while earning her undergraduate degree at Muhlenberg College. Shortly after earning her degree and moving to the Philadelphia area, Diana discovered Pilates and found it to be a great supplement to her dance training. Recognizing her desire to share it with others, Diana was certified to teach Mat Pilates in 2005. She taught at a variety of venues throughout the area while in grad school at Villanova University, including multiple yoga studios where she occasionally took class and got her first taste of vinyasa yoga. Unfortunately, it never quite stuck until Diana took her first hot yoga class in Sept 2011 at Dana Hot Yoga. She firmly believes that people find yoga (and stick with it!!) when they need it the most. At the time, Diana was struggling with being an unemployed high school teacher, unsure of when she'd land her next teaching gig and get back in the classroom. She needed the mental peace and guidance that she quickly found while spending consistent time on the mat. As Diana has told many friends and relatives who don't practice, it has quite literally changed her life!! As with Pilates, Diana realized she wanted to share her love of the practice with others, which led to her participation in Dana Hot Yoga's 250 hour teacher training program during the spring of 2013. Her experience was more transformative than she could have even imagined, physically, mentally, and spiritually, which continues to affect her life even today. She can't wait to see you on the mat, hoping to help you develop your own love of the practice!!
Lisa first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2009, and by 2010 completed her first 200 hour teacher training. Lisa has been teaching at Philly Power Yoga since 2010. Her desire to continue to grow both on and off her mat led to her complete 200 hour teacher training at DIG Yoga and to date she has completed over 400 hours of training. Through alignment, she challenges students to realize both their inner and outer strength. Her classes are creatively sequenced, challenging and heartfelt. Originally from Miami, Lisa now resides in Philadelphia. When not on her mat, she can be found either running, spinning or getting together with her friends and family.
At Priya Hot Yoga, we strive to strengthen our community - both mind and body. Our classes will be vigorous yet restorative; our environment will be warm and inviting; our customers will feel loved, cleansed, balanced, and revitalized. Priya Hot Yoga is a place to enrich your lifestyle and your spirit.