Teacher Bios

Mandy Sergent Glitzer

mandysergentglitzerMandy 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 Barbato

image1 (2)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

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

Sunna DeForestSunna 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 Feret

ToniHS (2)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.

Trish Golembeski

Trish GolembeskiTrish found peace through yoga while in nursing school and being a working single mother. She was inspired to begin yoga teacher training to help others quiet their mind and help manage anxiety. Trish completed her 200 hour YTT in March 2017 and began her new passion as a teacher that summer.

 

 

Jessica Minelli

Jessica MinelliAs a stay at home mom of 2, Jessica regularly turns to group fitness and yoga as a source of self care and an outlet for stress relief. Jessica fell in love with PiYo after completing the 8 week at home program last year and recently completed her instructor certification course. Jessica is a summer girl at heart and enjoys outdoor activities such as stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and trail running.

Sue Melbourne

Sue Melbourne, RYT-500, MBA is an international yoga and meditation teacher. She teaches one-on-one yoga and meditationSue Melbourne, 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.

Kathleen Zdenek

With over 14 years experience in early childhood special education and a life-long passion for the benefits of movement for all ages, Kathleen is continually growing as a yoga instructor. As a long time yoga practitioner Kathleen was eager to grow with yoga and completed the Every Kids Yoga © training in 2011 and was inspired to further her knowledge by completing the basic ChildLight Yoga and Yoga for Tween & Teens trainings as well as graduating with a 200 hour Yoga Teacher certification in March 2017. Kathleen recognizes how much learning takes place when the body is in motion as well as the importance of learning to be still. Within a traditional classroom setting, as well as during yoga classes, she has utilized her knowledge for behavior management, conflict resolution, connection to self and others and to energize or calm student groups as necessary. Yoga for youth 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 believes in identifying individual strengths as a means to motivate and inspire all youth to reach new goals, both on the yoga mat and in life.

Guest Teachers

Theresa Conroy

Theresa ConroyTheresa Conroy spent 26 years working as a Philadelphia journalist. In January 2007, she left her job covering criminal courts for the Philadelphia Daily News to teach yoga full-time.

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.

Kate Marshall-Chase

Kate Marshall ChaseKate Marshall-Chase, a Junior Intermediate Certified Iyengar yoga teacher began her studies and practice in 1980. She started teaching in 2005 at the Iyengar Institute of Central Pennsylvania. In addition to numerous workshops and teacher trainings with Senior Iyengar teachers Kate has traveled to Pune, India three times to study with BKS Iyengar and his daughter Geeta and son Prashant.

Kate is also a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) and was initially trained in Massage Therapy at the original Kripalu Center in Sumneytown,PA in 1983. Kate’s continued training led to her focus on deep connective tissue massage, shiatsu, sports massage and Ayurveda. Kate joins our teacher training program to lead a series of posture alignment clinics, focusing on key alignment principles for safety.

Jen Yost

Jen YostJen Yost has been teaching yoga for over a decade. She earned her 200 hour yoga teaching certification from the Mt. Nittany Institute of Natural Health in 2003, and later became part of their yoga teacher training staff. She also holds a 500 hour professional level yoga teaching certification from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Yoga and Zen awareness practice as taught by Cheri Huber have transformed Jen’s life, and she loves to share these powerful practices.
Jen is also a Certified Life Coach and Business Coach with a background in education and counseling, and the author of Bring on the Joy! How to Unleash the Power of Joy in Your Life. She helps her clients find more joy, wellbeing, purpose and peace in life, and achieve important goals like starting or growing a business, finding work they love, or finding and nurturing a rewarding relationship.
Jen joins our yoga teacher training program to lead a series of workshops, including but not limited to: “Finding You Unique Teaching Voice and Style” and “An Afternoon of Ayurveda,” in addition to covering topics such as Pranayama, Meditation and, of course, Joy!

 

 

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