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Tina Stroh, BA, RYT-500


Photo: Wanda June Koch Photography

Tina has eaten Thanksgiving dinner in the rainforest of Madagascar, shaken hands with the Dalai Lama in India, danced with Patch Adams and gotten kicked out of a Buddhist Monastery.   This was her version of  “Eat, Pray, Love”.  

Tina has been a student of yoga for over 25 years and teaching for over 20 years, completed numerous yoga teacher trainings and workshops, and has a BA degree in International Studies and Theatre.   While watching the boom of yoga in the U.S. the rise and fall of popular gurus, and having sat with many well-known yogis and heard their insider stories, she has a very different perspective on yoga.  Through this unique lens, Tina seeks to use her training in yoga and college degree to help dispel the mysticism without losing the power of the philosophy of the yoga practice.  

After completing her degree, Tina grabbed her backpack and traveled to Northern India and then to Nepal for a month in 1998.  Two years later, she was back in India for a month to work on an independent film (www.naturalfilms.com), and then returned for a third time in 2001 to continue the work.  These visits cured her of the romantic illusions she had about “Mother India”.  Her background in International studies gave Tina the tools to delve deeper into the culture and understand the origins of western yoga practice from that context.  

As Tina’s journey into yoga continued, she has had the opportunity to not only study with some of the well-known teachers of yoga, but to also host them in her home or have personal contact with them.  This exceptional opportunity afforded her one-on-one interaction, as well as the rare chance to hear the stories they do not tell in group classes.    These teachers included Beryl Bender Birch, David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Edward Clark, David Keil, Victor Van Kooten, Gerard Arnaud, Manju Jois, Ravi Singh, Ana Brett, and even Shanti Desai (brother to Amrit Desai, Founder of Kripalu).  These relationships were far more educational than any class training.  Tina’s insight into the community of yoga in the U.S., the cultural enrichment of three trips to India, and an academic inclination has greatly influenced her authentic approach to the yoga practice.  

Tina has also studied herbology.  Her first teacher was her grandfather who taught her about edible wild plants.  She then completed an independent study project for a month in Madagascar focusing specifically on traditional healers.  Her other teachers include Judith Marshall (local herbalist), Rosemary Gladstar, Susan Weed, Rosita Arvigo, and Juliette de Bairacli Levi.  

Tina currently lives in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, with her daughter Natalie.

Tina is the founder and owner of just plain yoga studi0

Erica Binder, CYT-200


A lifelong dancer, Erica found yoga at 16 when an injury derailed her commitment to ballet. Her practice has evolved the years since, but her love for fully feeling herself through movement has remained constant. She believes when she is present in her body, she is able to take her yoga off the mat and strives to share that with her students. Erica received her 200 hour teacher training from the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2011 and a Yin Yoga training in 2015.

Rachel Cook, RYT-200


Yoga has been a part of Rachel’s life for many years. Rachel was first introduced to yoga in 2001 as way to help her recover from fracturing four vertebrae in her back. She continued to practice asanas for the next few years until her focus shifted away from a continual practice.
Rachel practiced the asanas off and on until 2014 when she rebroke one of the previously injured vertebrae. Again, she turned to yoga; however, this time was different. Rachel felt that she needed more than the asanas, she needed to explore yoga in its entirety. She sought out a studio and a teacher, Sue Blei. It was here that her practice truly began.
As her yoga practice deepened, Rachel wanted to help others do the same. She completed yoga teacher training in 2016 at River Yoga in Suffolk, VA under the guidance of Sue Blei. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. The focus of her training is in Yin, Vinyasa, and Hatha styles of yoga.
Along with her certification, Rachel holds a Masters of Science in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology and a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. She has spent the past 10 years working in the social services field. She also has been providing I/O psychological services to various businesses since 2013.
When she’s not on her mat, Rachel can be found traveling with her husband, burning food (cooking is not her strongest talent), hiking, meditating, Netflix binging, crocheting, and spending time with her friends, family, and three cats.

Brenda Eppley, RYT 200

Brenda Eppley at Just Plain Yoga Studio

Brenda was first introduced to yoga more than ten years ago, and became serious about her practice while searching for relief from chronic back pain. The yogic tools and methodology she learned literally changed her life.

Certified in Hatha, Vinyasa, and Yoga in Prisons/PTSD, and with an M.F.A and B.F.A in Acting, Brenda is eager to share her knowledge with students and uses her background as a Professor of Theatre and professional actor to effectively, creatively, and safely build a solid yoga foundation appropriate for every student.

With an abundance of positive energy and welcoming presence, Brenda’s objective is to empower practitioners with tools that will enrich their lives on a daily basis both on and off the mat. Through exploration and connection of mind, body, breath and spirit, practitioners will be able to bring yogic balance to all aspects of their lives----ultimately enhancing our health and well being in every respect.

When not on the mat, in the classroom, riding her motorcycle, or in the theatre, Brenda travels the world searching for adventures that will expand her understanding of our global community. Having recently returned from teaching at the University of the Free State in South Africa, Brenda’s latest quest is to bring a harmonic yogic practice to individuals who are new to the mat, while cultivating a knowledgeable awareness to enhance the experienced student’s evolving journey.

Keep up with her latest adventures at her website: Green Tree Yoga

Anne Falvo, RYT 500


In 1999, amid the happy chaos of raising four children, Anne stumbled onto the multi limbed path of Ashtanga Yoga. While initially attracted by the physical challenges of the Ashtanga practice, she soon noticed other beneficial effects of her practice. As her skill and awareness developed, she wanted to share this joy with others, and she began studying extensively with Beryl Bender Birch, author of the book Power Yoga and founder of The Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute. Since becoming a certified instructor in 2006 she had taught classes at a number of studios in central Pennsylvania and subsequently take workshops with David Keil, Doug Swenson, and Tymi Howard.

Anne’s curiosity led her to pursue the more spiritual aspects of yoga, as well, and her practice expanded to Tibetan Buddhism and meditation, all of which has brought her a sense of peace and balance. Anne also holds a B.S. in nursing from the University of San Francisco, and in addition to yoga, enjoys piano, cooking real food, hiking, biking, kayaking, and taking an active role in the Red Land Marching Band Boosters association.

Anne is always amazed at the abundance of happiness and health yoga brings into the lives of her students. With her children now becoming more independent, she is further integrating her background in healthcare with the study of yoga, nutrition and meditation. Always a student, Anne continues to study with Beryl Bender Birch, as well as deepen her meditation practice. With guidance and support from her teachers and family, as well as the experience of her own practice, she has found a loving compassionate way to teach the very challenging discipline of yoga.

Keri Feldman, CYT

Ron Blouch at Just Plain Yoga Studio
Keri has always enjoyed fitness and exercise. It started with her as a young girl doing gymnastics and as an adult developed a passion for pilates and yoga. This passion really ignited while she was pregnant with her first child in 1999. She was looking for a gentle and nurturing way to stay in shape during her pregnancy and that is when she knew pilates & yoga was right for her. Over the last 12 years she has been a regular to pilates & yoga and began thinking about a possible career change that would include her love of gentle flowing movement and being physically active. She earned her 500 hour pilates certification in 2011. She is currently working on her 200 hour YTA and is certified as a Hatha yoga instructor. At the moment she is enrolled in school to earn her Holistic Health Coach certification.

Keri really values the idea of self-care; taking conscious actions towards nurturing one’s own emotional, mental, and physical health. Pilates isn’t just about exercise, but a way of complete self-care where the mind, body, and spirit are working in harmony. Her Pilates practice has not only restored and strengthened her physically but has brought increased awareness in her everyday life to clean living, healthy eating and nurturing her spirit. Outside of the pilates & yoga studio her passion for self-care extends to her kitchen where she loves to cook! Keri also enjoys reading, art journaling, soul crafting, and knitting. Her love of the outdoors takes her on many camping and hiking adventures with her family. Any chance she gets to be on the water with her paddle boards, she takes!

Keri truly gets excited when speaking about self-care and promises to share her excitement with you in order to help you achieve your health and wellness goals.

Carrie Fleming, BS, E-RYT 200


Carrie started practicing yoga in 2000 as a way to reduce the stress she was encountering through a career change and also as a new parent. Once she tried it, she didn’t look back. In 2004/2005 she attended the yoga teacher training program at the Mt. Nittany Institute of Natural Health.

Carrie’s classes are based in the Kripalu tradition, which emphasizes self-awareness and relaxation, as well as gaining strength and balance on and off the mat. In Sanskrit, Kripalu means “being compassionate”, and Carrie encourages students to be aware of their bodies and selves to bring out the best in all aspects of life.

Carrie has taken workshops with Ana ForrestJason Crandell, and Beryl Bender Birch, all of which have influenced her style. Carrie plans to continue practicing with these teachers, as well as deepening her practice of Kripalu yoga and studying the science of the chakra system.

When not teaching, reading about, or practicing yoga, Carrie works her day job, keeping Pennsylvania clean and green as an environmental scientist for the Commonwealth. In her spare time, Carrie spends time with her husband and daughter, dreams of going to Disney world, and makes and eats good food from local sources.

Donna Grimwood, KRI certified, member IKYTA

Donna (Ramneet Saint Kaur)

Her interest in Yoga started 25 years ago when she started going to various Yoga classes looking for a practice to calm the mind & tone the body – then about 10 years ago she read about Kundalini Yoga and tried practicing on her own until she found a class in this area- After one class with a certified instructor, she knew it was the Yoga practice to balance her life- it was life changing. The fire was lit- wanting to know more she took yoga teacher training with Siri Neel Kaur (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) and was certified by the KRI and became a member of the IKYTA . She had no intentions of being an instructor but her passion was to share the experience with others. She has been working on level II and intense advanced classes in meditation and Ayurveda to deepen her knowledge- “we are all students and can always learn more to deepen our practice.”The best part is you need no previous experience in yoga in order to achieve results in the very first class.

Donna’s Philosophy – We do not need to age like our parents Kundalini Yoga is for Every “Body” and
Every Age, Male or Female. Kundalini Yoga has changes my life and I believe it can change yours.”

Donna invites you to her class to share the “Yoga of Awareness”& walk away with a feeling of grace, fluidity and inner and outer radiance. Wear loose comfortable clothes bring a light blanket and a firm pillow.

More information 448-2159
E-mail dgrimw8049@aol.com

Carolyn Harley, RYT 200


Photo: Wanda June Koch Photography

Carolyn discovered the power of yoga accidentally in 2002 by showing up for a class at a community center looking for a stretch for her tight muscles. Little did she realize what was about to happen to her life over the next 8 years. The intensity that she brings to everything she has ever done found a perfect match in the challenge of moving her body into postures she never thought possible.

After years of dedicated asana practice she has moved from practitioner to teacher and shares her hard earned knowledge and understanding of the practice of yoga with all of her students at JPY. Her powerful and elegant physical practice along with her relaxed and fun teaching style allow students to both experience and learn about yoga every time she steps to the front of the classroom.

Yasmin Haut, CYT

Yasmin Haut at Just Plain Yoga Studio
Yasmin is a certified yoga instructor interested in the many ways movement, breath and our intentions can create transformation. Yasmin has studied various yoga styles for over 25 years which include Kundalini, Hatha and Vinyasa. Yasmin is also a clinical social worker and a sufi shaikah (teacher) in the Sufi Ruhaniat International. She leaders the Dances of Universal Peace at Just Plain Yoga Studio and around the US, Canada and Mexico.

Paul Herzer, E-RYT 500

Paul Herzer at Just Plain Yoga Studio

An internationally recognized yogi, Paul is a teacher in the Kripalu-Amrit Yoga traditions and is a senior student of the last living Yoga Master from the 1960s, Yogi Amrit Desai. Though Paul has enjoyed practicing multiple yoga and meditation styles in the past 15 years he is certified to teach Kripalu Yoga, Amrit Level I, Amrit Level II and is a registered Yoga Nidra Facilitator. Paul travels the East Coast deepening his practice through his love of learning and teaching. 

When not teaching or studying with Amrit Desai, Paul can be found chanting with Bhagavan Das, meditating with honey bees or pondering the mysteries of the Universe. He is lovingly grateful for all his teachers both far and near.

 

 

John Kerecz


Taught by John Kerecz
48 years of Martial arts experience.
Author of “How to Start a Stress - Releasing Zen Journey”
Co-Author of “Tai Chi: In the Classroom and Beyond”

Amanda Lease, RYT 200


After receiving her BFA in both Fibers and Printmaking with a minor in Art History from Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in 2001, Amanda Lease decided to leave the big city to return to her rural south central PA roots for a job in her field. During her first yoga class, immediately following her return, she fell in love with this new art form and decide she wanted to teach it. Not knowing if it was a passing fling or something she wanted to do for the rest of her life, she promised herself that if she felt the same way in two years, she would find a way to get her certification. In February 2004, with the spiritual and financial help from her family and two best friends, she headed back to the big city, with a broken toe, and received her certificate from Sara City Workshop.
Since then, she has taught in south central Pennsylvania at yoga studios, community centers, gyms, and women’s’ retreats, as well as privately for individual clients. She is happy to now be a part of the Just Plain Yoga Family. In March 2016, she received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certification through Just Plain Yoga Studio.
Amanda’s classes are balanced, creative, and infused with humor and fun. She is passionate that yoga is for everyone and provides clear cueing and modifications to suit practitioners at any level.
In her spare time, Amanda likes making wine, riding on the back of her husband’s Harley, reading historical fiction, hiking, and spending time with her husband and stepson. Between April and November, you can find her hanging laundry, getting down and dirty in her garden, or taking a walk. Although she lives for yoga, her desire in life is to be a shining example of Christ’s love.

Erika "AMERIKA'' Malorzo, CYT

erika malorzo and kids yoga at just plain yoga studioIn her personal life and professional career, Erika has found the laughter and smiles of others to be the most fulfilling. That is why one of her favorite hobbies is juggling and she refers to herself as Miss Erika Amerika. Having taken every opportunity in her life to inspire people and put smiles on their faces, she began by earning a degree in Sociology and Psychology leading to a career in therapeutic situations and learning environments. In her life studies and employment, Erika has learned that mindfulness and positive thinking are great tools for all. After practicing yoga for many years, Erika recognized that the benefits of yoga could be useful for children in their everyday lives so she became a certified Kids Yoga instructor through Kidding Around Yoga. She is also a certified 200 hour Kripalu yoga instructor. You will find Erika meowing in the Cat Pose; barking in Downward Dog; and Kidding Around with the children in her class (and sometimes with adults).

Suzi Miller, CYT


Suzi began her journey into yoga and meditation about 23 yrs ago. She fell in love with the practice of yoga but didn't realize or understand the power behind it. Along with this she became a fitness instructor and coordinated gyms in the Harrisburg area. Then, once again, she knew she wanted something else so began her search and that's when she walked into a HOT Baptiste yoga class. She thought she was going to die from the heat and the instructor said 'let go of being hot'. She knew this was what she wanted to do and off she went to Maya Tulum, Mexico to train with Baron Baptiste in 2010 for a week long boot camp. It changed her life from the inside out and she finally learned the power from the practice of yoga. The yoga practice for Suzi has been everything and she truly loves sharing it. It has helped though very hard times in her life. Along with the Baptiste training she has taken the Art of Assisting, 40 hr Asthanga teacher training, 40 hrs Hatha training, meditation and chakra workshops. She's currently working toward my 200 hr teacher training with Tina Stroh of Just Plain Yoga.

Darlene Ralicki, BS, E-RYT 200

Darlene Ralicki at Just Plain Yoga Studio

Darlene first explored yoga and meditation in 2008 in an effort to manage stress. This endeavor quickly evolved into an integrated practice of body, mind, and spirit. Her love and passion for yoga inspired her to pursue teaching and share with others.

In 2010, Darlene completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Massachusetts, and continues to be a student of yoga. She is currently pursuing a 300 hour Prana Flow® certification with Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School for Living Yoga. Darlene has studied with Shiva Rea,Tina Stroh, Beryl Bender Birch, Doug Swenson, Tymi Howard, and is certified through Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher. In addition, she also holds a BS degree from Duquesne University and follows a career path in marketing and product development.

Darlene currently guides group Vinyasa Flow classes infused with pranayama, flowing and challenging asana, and an eclectic soundtrack. Practitioners can expect a dynamic, sweaty, and vigorous sequence balanced with grounding warm-ups and relaxing cool downs.

In addition to her passion for yoga, Darlene enjoys whitewater canoing, rock climbing, hiking, gardening, and scrap booking.


Heather Sinsabaugh, CYT

Heather's yoga journey that continues to evolve every time she steps onto her mat. What began as a way to start living a healthier lifestyle has become an integral part of her life.


She is currently enrolled in Just Plain Yoga's 200 hour yoga teacher training program and holds 40-hour certifications in both vinyasa and hatha yoga. She has attended a variety of workshops and specialty classes under the direction of many different practitioners including Beryl Bender Birch, Tymi Howard, Chris Loebsack, Erik Marrero, Dr. Omanand, Ana Hoke, Bhante Sujatha, and Tina Stroh.


Heather holds a BS in veterinary medical technology and is a practicing certified veterinary technician with a focus in orthopedic surgery. When not practicing yoga or comforting her furry patients, you will most likely find her cooking (and eating) in her kitchen or hiking and adventuring through the woods - her happiest place to be.

Heather considers yoga an activity that should be accessible to everyone, so she believes strongly in providing modifications for both beginners and experienced yogis. The best results she has received from her yoga practice are noticed off the mat. They include compassion to self and all others, a balanced life, and mindful gratitude.

 

Ellen Spaulding, CYT


I began a serious and committed study of yoga in 2004.  I was 62 years old at the time, and have continued a steady practice for the twelve years since.  Prior to that, I had enjoyed a casual introduction and intermittent instruction to this activity, extending over a period of  several years, a not-uncommon experience.

In 2010 I was asked to organize and lead a program of classes here at  Just Plain Yoga studio. These classes are open to all levels of practitioner, offered in a relaxed and open atmosphere, without judgment.  Yoga is a non-competitive activity, accepting of all ages and levels of skill.

 You will need to bring a willing anticipation and be able to sit on the floor.


She has studied with David Williams, Beryl Bender Birch, Christine Hoar and the teacher who has probably influenced her most, Tina Stroh. 

Samantha Saultz, CYT

Originally from the Gettysburg area, Samantha grew up traveling the world with her parents and the Air Force. She calls the Harrisburg area her home but knows that wherever she lands is where her home and heart will be. Samantha started practicing yoga regularly in 2000 when she was looking for something more than working out in a gym. In 2002 she started racing heavily as a road cyclist and also coaching for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. At that time she also studied and trained to be a fitness and yoga instructor, teaching boot-camp, circuit training, spin and Hatha yoga. There was no limit to challenging herself as a teacher. She has now married her love for physical fitness with her connection to the earth by teaching yoga regularly. Yoga is what keeps Samantha grounded. While her yoga training was initiated by her physical fitness training, she's found a love for teaching Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga to beginners, intermediate and experienced students alike. 

Samantha received her training through SCW fitness and holds three yoga certifications recognized by AFFA, ACE, AEA, NASM and ACSM.

 

 

Sherra Zavitsanos, RYT 200, B.S. Psychobiology



Photo: Wanda June Koch Photography

Sherra began practicing yoga in 2004 after a friend suggested that it might help her back injury. Conventional treatments had given some relief but still left her with considerable pain and dysfunction. She was uncomfortable taking a yoga class because of her injury and because she had a “non-standard-yoga-body” so she began learning yoga in weekly private sessions with Tina Stroh rather than in a group class. She saw some improvement immediately which led to a year of regular private sessions and a consistent home practice. She recovered sufficiently after a year and enjoyed yoga so much that she became interested in doing a group class.

Her initial foray into public yoga was “Big Yoga” class at Just Plain Yoga studio. Eventually she began taking hatha yoga classes with Carrie Fleming. She continued her private sessions with Tina Stroh and finally stepped into a 90 minute Ashtanga vinyasa class in which she participated for several years.

Sherra believes her yoga practice not only keeps her back happy, but her minor hand and finger numbness has almost disappeared, the remaining arthritis in her spine does not impact her significantly, and she is enjoying the relaxation and presence of mind that supports her spiritual quests. Sherra has completed workshops with Beryl Bender Birch, Edward Clark, David Williams and several others. She has been partaking of the joys and the challenges of Iyengar Yoga classes with certified Iyengar teacher Dale Hails since 2009. 

Sherra has happily retired in the past year, she enjoys volunteering at her church, she swims several times a week, and is an enthusiastic participant of community supported agriculture. She desires to share the wonderful benefits of yoga with people who might not feel comfortable in a ‘regular’ class because of the limitations of weight, inflexibility, age, or injury. She feels strongly about helping make yoga accessible to anybody who wants to try it, and intends to assist them in developing a supportive and effective yoga practice of their own.


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