Our Yoga Teachers
Katie Idell – Yoga and Meditation Bio
Katie was first drawn to yoga and meditation in 2007 when she found teachers who invited her to take a self-compassionate stance, and this felt revolutionary! She has been walking the path of building self-awareness and self-compassion since then. Katie teaches yoga with a gentle, restorative, and mindful approach, with the intention to let the body and mind slow down and find more stability, space, and ease. She assists students in bringing compassionate awareness to thoughts, feelings, and sensations that might arise when we slow down and make space. Katie also teaches mindfulness meditation classes, which focus on bringing awareness and grounding to the breath and body. Katie was certified as a vinyasa yoga teacher in 2011 at Yogawood in Collingswood, NJ, and trained as a restorative yoga teacher in 2011 through Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia. Katie is also a psychotherapist, and she brings a trauma-informed lens to her teaching.
She strongly believes that yoga is beneficial for every age, body and mind and loves the chance to spread her enthusiasm on the subject! She is an artist, musician, nature enthusiast and “mother of chaos”, having four children and lots of animals at home!
Carol’s classes range from gentle flow, beginner to intermediate levels with modifications and challenges for all to explore. Swimming, reading, long walks in nature and getting in touch with her spirituality, are outside interests that Carol enjoys.
After more than 10 years as a personal trainer, Pilates and fitness instructor, Cindy was diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and was forced to take a giant exhale. It was then that she took her first yoga class and immediately fell in love with the mind, body and spiritual component of the yoga practice. She became certified as a yoga teacher through AFFA in 2006 and wanted to continue on this journey, knowing she had found her path. She then completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Vibhuti in 2012. Also graduating advanced 300-hour yoga teacher training in 2016 from Yogasphere and 500 RYT certified. Cindy is a Reiki Master Teacher and a wellness advocate for Do Terra Essential Oils. “I teach out of a deep love and respect for a practice that has wildly and wonderfully enhanced my life. The yoga life is a constant reminder of self-love, acceptance, empowerment and the joy of community. The Divine Light that resides within me honors and respects the Divine Light within you. Keep on shining!”
Jen received her 200 Hr Yoga Alliance Certification in 2017 from Yogasphere. She also received a 24 Hr YogaKids certification in 2017. She has been practicing yoga as a student for 16 years, and brings this long love affair with yoga into her teaching style. Her children have also been a great influence on her style of teaching children. Her athletic teenage daughter has stress the importance of balancing stretch and breath with a vigorous sport schedule. Her autistic son has taught her unlimited patience and the benefits of a grounding practice for an energetic youth as well as the importance of the breath in the ability to gain focus in challenging situations.