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About Darya (Dasha) Lentz
I grew up in the wonderful land of Siberia where from a young age I was involved in outdoor activities such as rock climbing, hiking, ice skating and many others which developed my love, interest and appreciation for nature and active life. When I moved to the United States several years ago my yoga journey began as I wanted to keep following an active lifestyle. Starting up from attending yoga classes and enjoying the opportunity to learn more about my mind and my body as one complete piece I moved on and started teaching yoga classes and absolutely fell in love with the entire process. I got Yoga Instructor certification with AAAI-ISMA in 2018. In the beginning of 2019, I completed a 200-hour training course in Tantra Vinyasa Yoga in Peru. In March of 2020 I have accomplished an advanced yoga teacher training course in New Zealand for RYT500.
Being a yoga teacher has become an absolutely life changing experience for me and made me feel so grateful for all the benefits that yoga is bringing to people’s life. As a base of my yoga classes I prefer active and energetic flow with attention to breath work. My goal is to help students explore and understand their physical body and mind as a union through their personal practice. I like giving students the opportunity of the challenge. I love seeing people improve and become stronger, healthier and more complete inside as they continue practicing yoga. I truly believe that finding the balance and harmony inside of the self is the key to true happiness and Yoga is for sure a right path to reach this goal.
About Lindsey Hatfield
My journey with yoga began in college where I was an active member of the campus yoga club starting in 2008. Upon graduation, I attended the world-renowned Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica during January of 2010 and received my 200-Hr. RYT certification. I founded the ‘Random Acts of Yoga’ class on Ocean City’s beaches during the summers of 2010-11 and began teaching yoga classes at Pure Family Fitness (then Powerhouse Gym) around the same time. I also taught hot yoga at Soul Yoga Studio in Salisbury, MD from 2015-2019 and at Meta Yoga studio in Salisbury during 2019. I’ve continually expanded my knowledge of yoga practices, attending workshops and training in things like acro-yoga, SUP yoga, psychology of the chakras, arm balancing, and yoga nidra, all of which contribute to a unique blend of what I’m able to offer in my classes. Being a yogi has quite literally changed my life. Through fitness and community, I have grown and evolved alongside the other amazing people that I encounter through yoga.
My teaching style blends vinyasa, ashtanga, and hatha yoga to create a ‘power yoga’ fusion. I believe my practice is an opportunity for self-inquiry and reflection, which in turn leads to breakthroughs and growth on and off the yoga mat. My classes are built upon this foundation. I deeply enjoy the creativity and opportunity for discovery that yoga lends to every human being, and I enjoy helping others tap into potential through their practice.
About Lauren Glick
After losing her father almost 4 years ago, Lauren began yoga as a way of coping with anxiety and my emotions. Coming from an avid runners background, she believes in the physicality of yoga and has lived the benefits that the practice can bring to one’s mental and physical wellness.
Recently, Lauren deepened her practice to incorporate chanting and breath work for a more spiritual practice. Being a professional musician also influenced her addition of chanting and Naad yoga, which incorporates vibrations used for a healing effect. Lauren has studied in pranayama, offered by The Art of Living, obtaining her 200 hour teaching certification, and is experienced in teaching various forms of yoga, including Hatha, Kundinini, and Chakra toning with chant.
About Megan Koester
Mk found yoga during her senior year in college as an outlet to channel her anxiety. Never wanting a traditional desk job, she felt called to teach from the very beginning. In 2019, she took a leap of faith and signed up for her first teacher training at M.Power Yoga Studio in Baltimore.
Mk has always had a strong connection with animals and has been known to rehabilitate strays or care for special needs animals. She strives to practice Ahimsa (non-harming) by obstaining from eating meat or buying products tested on animals.
She received her BA in journalism and public relations from Salisbury University and has dreams of starting her own wellness and self-care brand. Mk incorporates yoga philosophy, intuitive movement, meditation, and astrology into her vinyasa rooted classes to educate her students both on and off their mats.
ABOUT MICHELLE POTTER
Michelle found yoga nearly a decade ago as a means to gain flexibility and stretch sore muscles after workouts. Having grown up with athletics at the forefront, Michelle has always enjoyed the betterment that movement brings to oneself. Though her journey with yoga began strictly for the physical benefits it has expanded into a passion for the deep connection between breath, inner consciousness and movement. Michelle believes it’s this connection that provides physical strength, mental fortitude, a sense of love and compassion for humanity, and an appreciation for both the joys and struggles of life. She completed her 200hr YTT at Soul Yoga Studio, Salisbury, MD in 2018 and since then she’s been striving to bring her passion for the practice into every class; with the intention of helping others to find the gifts of strength, self-love, compassion and contentment within themselves.
“EVERYTHING IS WITHIN. SEEK NOTHING OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF.” -MIYAMOTO MUSASHI
ABOUT ALISHA CARPENTER
After 18 years in banking, Alisha left the corporate world to find balance and health for her family and herself. She studied health and nutrition to become a PN1 certified nutrition coach. Alisha quickly found that she truly loved helping others, and became a fitness coach and a certified fitness instructor in three Beachbody programs: Insanity, PiYo, and Core de Force. She later discovered peace, strength, and passion in yoga and became 200-hour certified under Rebecca Sirman, at YogaVibez. Alisha is currently pursuing her 300-hour yoga certification with Judy Heany and Sadie Nardini at Balance Cape May.
Through her own journey to health, Alisha lost 30 pounds, reduced her stress, and became pain-free for the first time in her adult life. She now shares her learnings online, in person, on the water, and in the classroom.
About Rebecca Sirman
Rebecca first began to practice yoga as a way to counteract inflexibility from years of competitive swimming and long distance running. Wanting to learn more about the discipline, she earned both her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher training certifications with Kim Manfredi at Charm City Yoga (now YogaWorks) in Baltimore, Maryland. She has also completed over 100 hours of advanced study with Jason Crandell, and holds an E-RYT 500 designation from Yoga Alliance.
Rebecca’s classes weave yogic philosophy with asana, pranayama, and meditation. Her teaching and trainings honor the history and tradition of the centuries old-practice of yoga, while also recognizing that we exist in the 21st century. She has been yoga leading teacher trainings since 2018 throughout Maryland and Delaware.
Rebecca has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Washington College and a Master of Arts in School Psychology from University of Delaware. She is an NCSF certified personal trainer. Off the mat, she loves boating, biking, running and paddling, and spending time with friends and family.
As a dancer for many years, I always loved the way I felt after a ballet class. I enjoyed the strength and flexibility that came with practicing ballet. As I got older and stopped practicing, I continued to stay active through different group exercise classes and while I loved how they made my body feel, it didn’t give me that same feeling that I felt after a ballet class. Enter BARRE! After my first class, I loved it and wanted to learn as much as I could about it- how to create choreography, the intricacies of the moves, the beats of the music, all of it!
I received certification in Balletone by Barre Above and training from Barre Intensity in 2020. I love putting playlists together that blend different types of songs from different years to try and create a universal experience for everyone in the class. I hope that everyone who takes my class feels their body start to change the way that I did. My goal is to have everyone leave feeling poised and stronger-I know you’re amazing and I want you to feel that way too!
About Kim Reynolds
I received my Barre Above certification in 2019 and my Barre Intensity Essentials Certification in 2020. I fell in love with Barre because it lengthens and defines the body and gives great results. I’ve been teaching group exercise classes at Pure Family Fitness since 2013 and hope to be for many more years. I enjoy fitness for not only physical results but how it makes me feel on the inside. I hope to inspire others on their fitness journey as well.