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, 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 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, Yogawood’s role in developing yoga roots in Riverton, and last but not least, the amazing YogaTree community.
In 2005 Christine attended a yoga class for the first time and was immediately drawn in by the physicality of a yoga practice. Over time, it became clear that a yoga practice is not limited to the physical asanas, but extends beyond the mat and body. Her style of teaching is a Vinyasa flow paired with a focus on alignment, breath, and mindful movement. Christine completed the Yoga Garden Teacher Training Program in 2014 under the tutelage of Mark Nelson and Chae Yang, and continues to be a student of yoga.
Tracy found yoga through a life-long love and expression with a career in dance and movement. Vinyasa, Hatha and Bikram Yoga not only complimented her performance but prevented injury. Vinyasa flow felt like home as it has a dance-like sensibility, which is the reason she gravitated toward that being her foundational practice. Every one of her classes is unique. The classes develop organically; depending on the students’ needs, experience level, and overall energy of the group. The students will feel the importance of integrating the spiritual and philosophical teachings of yoga while mindfully synchronizing breath and movement. She encourages her students to work towards their ‘edge’ on the yoga mat, which motivates them to work towards their goals off the yoga mat. She prides herself on making her classes accessible for everyone. She offers a slow and deep practice for beginners, yet challenging to even the most seasoned practitioners. Tracy uses inspiring music to help move the practice through a seamless, graceful flow. She is constantly learning and absorbing yogic life through the eyes of other. She is grateful for all the workshops, nationally recognized teachers, students and self-practice allowing her the opportunity to create a life on and off the mat for herself. Her teacher training certification from Wake Up Yoga of Philadelphia influenced her attention to proper alignment and truly honoring your own body, mind and spirit as one. Yoga had the power to transform Tracy’s life and beliefs and sharing yoga has become one of her greatest joys. Expect to leave her class feeling stronger, more flexible, balanced and most importantly, uplifted! Come tend to your soul.
Yoga is brand new for me every time I step onto my mat. It has been this way for me since 1994, when I walked into my first Kundalini yoga class. I was blessed to practice with/study under the amazing Krishna Kaur for Kundalini yoga. I was further blessed when, a couple of years later, I began studying/practicing Hatha/Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea. I felt like I’d found my yoga home when Vinnie Marino subbed her class one day a few years later. I knew that I had only touched the very surface of all that yoga is when I studied/practiced at Sivananda’s ashram in Delhi, India and at other ashrams throughout India while I lived/worked there. I only hope that I flatter all of my many teachers when I feel inspired to imitate/invoke them. I am ever grateful to/for Beth Filla of YogaWood for guiding me on the journey toward receiving my 2nd teacher training certificate.
I have offered space for (taught) yoga in Los Angeles, Brazil and at my workplaces in Philadelphia. I am honored and humbled by the opportunity to join the incredible teachers here at YogaTree.
Yoga found Michelle by chance in 2011 through classes at her local gym in Chicago. Seeking improved flexibility, she started taking gentle classes each week. It wasn’t long before she observed changes beyond the physical, which she attributed to this sustained, mindful practice. Thankful for instruction which allowed her entry and supported growth, she now strives to make yoga practice accessible to all students at any point in their development.
By using smooth flow with structural integration, Michelle strives to provide space for transformation and growth in her gentle and advanced Vinyasa classes. She began her studies at YogaNow in Chicago, taking gentle, vinyasa, Forrest, and bhakti classes. She is thrilled to have received her Yoga Alliance 200-hour certification from Yogawood under the tutelage of Beth Filla and Maiga Milbourne, and a certificate with Unite for Her, through which she offers private instruction to women recovering from breast cancer. She designed a new series, Yoga for the Performing Artist, which debuted at the Rowan University in the fall of 2016. Michelle is also a musician and former educator working in Philadelphia’s nonprofit cultural sector.