Teacher Bios

Anita Romero       

Anita began practicing yoga in 2006. Regular practice became a path that led her to discover things she hadn’t known about her body, mind, and spirit. The ensuing transformation has supported Anita to live a more authentic and joyful life.

Her many years in pediatric nursing complement her yoga practice as well as her approach to teaching. Her commitment to wellness and health inspired her to share this life-changing practice with others. Anita believes that everyone can benefit from and should have access to yoga. She has offered yoga classes at community centers, to women in homeless shelters, and yoga studios.

She hopes to motivate and guide every student–from beginner to advanced–to build confidence, deepen awareness, and increase physical strength and flexibility through healthy alignment-based asana sequences with a strong focus on breath work. She creates classes that are intended to feel joyful, supportive and inspiring while encouraging students to question their limitations and explore the boundaries of their comfort zones.

Anita is grateful for her teacher, Beth Filla E-RYT and Yogawood for an amazing 200-hour teacher training, which she completed in April 2012.

Melissa Bandock

When a friend asked Melissa to go on a yoga retreat to Cost Rica in 2011, she had never practiced before but was intrigued with the journey and decided to go. What a life changer!!! Practicing in the rainforest next to toucan’s, hummingbirds, and hearing hollering monkeys was a life changing experience. In 2013, Melissa expanded on that journey and became a RYT-200 yoga instructor. Keeping the mind and body healthy and active is something Melissa feels is important for her students. Expect an energetic, fun, flowing vinyasa class while focusing on breathwork.

Danielle Burnham

Danielle_Burnham_Yoga_techer_photoDanielle Burnham, MA, ATR-BC, RYT, took her first yoga pose in her living room in 2001. Having received a prenatal yoga DVD as a gift, she thought it would help her stay flexible as her body was transformed by her pregnancy. Yoga did that & so much more. She felt an openness & ease in her body & mind that was completely new to her. It gave her a unique connection to others, the world & herself. This was something she wanted to maintain. Over the years, Danielle continued to explore & practice different styles of yoga-Kundalini, Hotha, Vinyasa & Yin. Her desire to learn more & be able to offer this practice guided her to Yogawood’s 200 hour YTT program, taught by teacher/owner, Beth Filla. In 2013, Danielle received her RYT & has had the joy to teach ever since. Her consistent yoga practice compliments her active lifestyle. As working mom & longtime cyclist, yoga provides her with the physical, mental & spiritual balance & expression she needs to feel & be her best self. Danielle is an activist for wellness. Having worked as an art therapist in the field of mental health for over 18 years, she has been integrating the use of creative expression, yoga & meditation in psychiatric settings. It’s her passion to encourage & support people on the journey towards well being. In her classes, you will have the opportunity for self exploration & reflection through yogic readings, creative asana flows, breath work & meditation.

Lynn_Horan_Yoga_techer_photoLynn Horan

Lynn is YogaTree’s owner and a Kripalu-trained yoga teacher. Her own practice began more than 20 years ago. In 2009, Lynn fulfilled a long time dream attending 200 hour immersion teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Initially studying to deepen her own practice, after the training, Lynn felt drawn to teaching so she can share the joy yoga brings to her.

In her classes, Lynn provides a welcoming, comfortable environment for students to enjoy both the fun and the power of a consistent yoga practice. She provides options so each person can discover the balance of challenge and ease in their practice; helping them foster a deeper connection to the wealth of strength, peace and bliss within.

Lynn is deeply grateful for the guidance of her teachers, Devarshi and Sudah, her fellow students at Kripalu, her dedicated friends and family, Beth Filla for her guidance and for developing yoga roots in Riverton, and last but not least, the amazing YogaTree community.

Maria Lodge

Maria Lodge, PT, RYT has always been interested in wellness & exercise. In her 30 years as a Physical Therapist she has studied body structure, breath & movement. She began practicing yoga at a gym over 10 years ago. At that time she enjoyed the physical practice & the stretching that yoga provided to compliment more aggressive exercise. In 2012 after her father died of a prolonged illness she joined a yoga studio to get in shape & realized that yoga is so much more than a physical practice. The vigorous physical practice, along with breath work & medication allowed for peace in body, mind & spirit. She began using yoga as a modality in her Physical Therapy practice & saw how it benefited her patients in many ways. She is most thankful to have been able to attend Yoga Teacher Training at Vida Asana Yoga School in Costa Rica in the summer of 2017 & thanks her teachers, Alejandra Torres & Rosemarie Gonzales Gainza. Maria is proud to be a Resisted Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She is very thankful to Lynn Horan the owner of YogaTree for her support, guidance & for asking her to join their teaching staff. She strives to offer approachable, safe & fun classes to students of all levels. She enjoys swimming, traveling & practicing yoga with her husband, sons & their families!

Sara Alven

Sara began her yoga journey in 2008 as a sophomore in college when she took yoga as a required gym class. This sparked her interest resulting in a regular yoga practice trying many different styles of yoga showing Sara that yoga is much, much more than a gym class. In 2018, Sara enrolled in Blissful Yoga’s Shaktinanda YTT 200 hour course. Sara is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a Masters degree in Social Work. Professionally, Sara is passionate about working with trauma survivors, individuals in crisis, and those coping with persistent mental illness. Sara believes in merging the fundamentals of yoga with psychotherapy in order to help her clients gain the mind body soul connection for overall mental well-being. When taking one of Sara’s classes you will experience a blend of gentle physical practice, internal focus, and an invitation to be mindfully present. In her free time, Sara enjoys the simple things in life such as being in nature, traveling, laughing with family and friends, and quality time with her husband, Sean, and their German Shepherd, Ziggy.

 Erin Gupta                           

Erin began practicing yoga since 2006 and has loved the journey ever since. Yoga has helped her increase flexibility, strength, and compassion both on and off the mat. As a singer and music teacher, yoga has helped her keep her composure and find calm in performances. Erin completed her 200 hour YTT program at Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia in February 2018 under the tutelage of her teachers John Vitarelli, Diana Vitarelli, and Bruno Circolo in the Ashtanga Vinyasa Style. Erin loves the community of teachers and students at YogaTree, Riverton and is deeply grateful to Lynn for the opportunity to share her passion for yoga. Her classes offer a fun and welcoming space to flow together, be present, and explore! Erin’s main goal in teaching yoga is to meet people where they are, as they are.

Randee Sperling-Mateo

Randee first discovered yoga in 1998 when her son suggested she check what “the moms were doing” at his karate school. Randee quickly fell in love with yoga, and believes practicing has transformed her life. Inspired by the Yogawood community in Collingswood, Randee completed her teacher training in April 2017.

Randee uses her knowledge of anatomy from her background as an Occupational Therapist to help students align proper form with mindfulness and breath work. Her classes are accessible to everyone and help students apply the principles of yoga on and off the mat, for strength in body and mind.