Mandy Sergent Glitzer
Mandy is an Environmental Engineer turned Yoga Teacher. She is a self-professed yoga training addict, holding two individual 200-hour certificates, a 500-hour certificate (E-RYT 500), a 900 hour C-IAYT Yoga Therapy certificate, as well as certifications in Prenatal Yoga (R-PRYT) and Curvy Yoga. She’s currently completing two very intensive Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis certifications and has attended countless additional programs with topics ranging from meditation and pranayama to teaching yoga for teens and special populations.
Mandy’s goal from her yoga practice has never been to stand on her head. The goal has always been to quiet her mind, check in with herself, and stand more fully on her own two feet. It is this goal that also informs her yoga teaching style. Mandy has been most drawn to the Kripalu and Phoenix Rising styles of yoga, both of which are inquiry-based methods that use classic postures, breathing, meditation, and relaxation techniques to increases awareness of body, breath, and mind.
As she dives more deeply into the world of therapeutic yoga for postural change, she continues to have a greater appreciation for anatomy and alignment, particularly as they relate to spinal health. Mandy is the owner of Wellness in Motion.
Allyson began practicing yoga during her studies in Masters in Social Work at Smith College in Massachusetts. Recognizing the benefits of yoga, as well as the marriage of the principles and practices of yoga and psychotherapy, she became a certified in 2009 as a Prana Yoga Teacher. Prana Yoga is born from the Kripalu lineage of yoga, and offers a gentle practice with longer holds to invite a meditative self inquiry, awareness and mindfulness. In addition, Allyson is certified as a Level I LifeForce Yoga ® practitioner, which is a practice to assist in treatment of depression and anxiety. Allyson had a private psychotherapy practice in New York, where she incorporated yoga on and off the mat. New to State College, she is honored to have the opportunity to teach her traditions at WIM.
Theresa Decker is a stay-at-home mom of two children. She completed the ChildLight Yoga Teacher Training in November 2015 and is eager to begin sharing her yoga knowledge. She believes that, as yoga instructors, we are given the ability to teach children very important lessons and provide them with tools to promote inner peace and help them in their everyday lives. Theresa is the lead instructor who is bringing yoga into preschools and childcare centers.
Sunna deForest, RYT200 has practiced yoga since 1995. She decided to become a yoga teacher in 2005 out of a desire to share the benefits of practicing yoga with others. Sunna’s experience with yoga infuses her classes, where she weaves alignment principles, breath work and flowing movement through her teaching. Born and raised in Alaska, Sunna has an innate love for the outdoors and enjoys gardening, hiking, biking and camping. She and her husband, Russ, moved to State College, Pennsylvania in 2007. When Sunna’s not doing yoga, she’s teaching second and third grade at the State College Friends School.
Toni began her yoga journey 10 years ago after graduating from Penn State and accepting her first sales position. Yoga became an outlet to build strength both emotionally and physically while helping to create an even work/life balance. For the past 6 years, Toni has taught a cardio group fitness class inspired by muay tai, boxing and karate as well as a calmer group fitness class inspired by tai chi, pilates and yoga. It was the love of the latter that encouraged Toni to pursue her 200 hour RYT at The Zen Den in Margate, NJ. Toni’s vinyasa is a fun, fast paced flow designed to energize and balance the chakras or physical, emotional and spiritual energy centers.
Sue Melbourne, RYT-500, MBA is an international yoga and meditation teacher. She teaches one-on-one yoga and meditation, as well as group classes and mindfulness programs in both the U.S. and India. She has completed 700+ hours of Yoga Alliance registered teacher training, and holds certifications in hatha & raja based lila yoga (500 hrs) and anatomy based YogaStream with physical therapist Lara Heimann (200 hrs). Sue studied the application of meditation at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai. Sue spends part of each year in India, on faculty at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, where she teaches yoga & mindfulness programs.
Sue has been practicing yoga for 20+ years starting first with Kripalu yoga in Massachusetts. Yoga became the way to keep her core strong and flexible and mind focused to excel at kayaking. She has been teaching mindfulness and yoga on and off the river ever since. In 2014 she founded a company and began teaching and traveling full time, through which she shares her passion for life, rivers, and coaching corporate executives in creating work-life balance through yoga. Sue also holds an MBA and teaches business classes at Penn State University summer study.
Megan has been a professional teacher of dance and movement classes for over ten years and is a founding member of ETCH Movement Works (formerly ETCH Dance Co.). She began Yoga as a practice to assist with her modern dance performing. From her first sun-salutation she was hooked, and knew she wanted to embrace the physical and psychological benefits of Yoga in her life in a deeper way. In addition to becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor, Megan has trained in many forms of mind-body, movement and somatics practices including Laban Movement Analysis, Reiki, and the DoTerra AromaTouch Technique. She is also in the process of becoming a certified Herbalist and Massage Therapist.
Megan is an anatomy nerd at heart, and is often seen walking around State College in leggings painted with the anatomical muscles or wearing a “humerus” shirt. Healthy and efficient body mechanics, as well as injury prevention, are main components of her teaching. She weaves all of her passions and knowledge into her teaching, incorporating inspirational readings and music, aromatherapy with essential oils, and the practice of setting clear intentions each time we step onto the mat.
With over 14 years experience in early childhood special education and a life- long passion for the benefits of movement, Kathleen is eager to continue growing as a youth yoga instructor. After completing the Every Kids Yoga © training in 2011, Kathleen was inspired to further her yoga training and is currently pursuing her Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher (RCYT) certification. As a long time yoga practitioner and professional educator, with a Masters in Early Childhood Education, Kathleen recognizes how much learning takes place when the body is in motion and the importance of learning to be still. Within a classroom setting she has utilized elements of yoga for classroom management, conflict resolution and to energize or calm the class as necessary. Additionally, yoga for children has shown to promote gains such as improving attitude toward self and others, increasing body awareness as well as strength and flexibility while also reducing anxiety. Kathleen is inspired by being able to be a part of children’s natural learning experiences and believes in identifying individual strengths as a means to motivate and inspire all children to reach new goals, both on the yoga mat and in life.
She earned her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification in 2005. In 2008, she deepened her knowledge of yoga by becoming a Yoga Therapist with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy school, based in Bristol, Vt. Five years later, she completed a second Yoga Therapy certification, through Inner Peace Yoga Therapy, based in Durango, Co. There she was trained in Functional Yoga Therapy, Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda, and Yoga therapeutics for Anxiety and Depression, Grief, Chronic Pain, Addiction Recovery, Heart Disease and Cancer. She now works as an Inner Peace Yoga Therapy Program Mentor.
She is also trained to teach Adaptive Yoga for Disabilities, which includes instructing those with spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s and other conditions. She is also certified to teach Yoga for Chronic Pain and Core Strength Vinyasa,
For the last seven years, she has received a grant from The Parkinson Council to teach Yoga for Parkinson’s group classes. Theresa also leads teacher trainings in Yoga for Parkinson’s Disease and Yoga for Special Populations.
She is registered with the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT) and is also is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and a certified Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner. In 2010, she was named one of the Top 10 Yoga Instructors in the area by Philadelphia Magazine online. In 2014, she was a semi-finalist in Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well Philly Health Hero competition.
Theresa is a guest instructor for our yoga teacher training program.