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My love of Yoga began in 1998 while taking my first Hatha yoga class in college. I was majoring in Ceramics at the time and found yoga to compliment my studies and also to be a place of tranquility and great release. After maintaining a personal practice for the last 13 years I decided it was time to share yoga’s virtues as well as my love and passion for this art form with others. My first teacher training was with Tim Miller in 2011, and soon afterward I did my second training with David Swenson and in 2013 completed my YTT200 with Susan Hamadock . My heart lies with Ashtanga yoga, the practice spoke to me the first time I tried it. There is something about the sound of the collective breath in a Mysore class and the silent motion of each student’s personal practice moving at their own pace that fully energizes me. In March 2015 I sold my business of 10 years to pursue my passion of Yoga and Art full time. In January 2016 I completed Khlasa Way Prenatal teacher training at Golden Bridge Yoga with Garmukh Kaur Khlasa. In March of 2017 I Completed Reiki Level 3 ttraining (Reiki Master).
~ Yoga is my world let me share it with you!
Justin has been following his creative side since childhood. He received an Associates Degree in Fine Arts in 1996 and went on to earn a BFA, with a major in Glassblowing and Woodworking, in 2001. He has been pursuing a career as an independent artist since that time. In 2011, with encouragement from his wife, Justin began practicing yoga at home. Shortly after beginning his yoga journey he stumbled onto the Ashtanga Yoga method. It was love at first bend. Though initially drawn to physicality of the Ashtanga practice, it didn’t take long for him to see the benefits manifesting themselves on a more internal and personal level. The aspect of yoga as “moving meditation” became more apparent, and deepened his commitment to his practice. Justin’s passion for the Ashtanga Yoga method led to his taking Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Trainings with Tim Miller and David Swenson. Those were followed up shortly thereafter with a 200 hour certification under Susan Hamadock of the Silver Lotus Training Institute. Justin is hoping to inspire others to spend some time on their mats, getting to know their bodies and minds a bit better. He would like to show his students that by allowing themselves to have the time to practice, with a consistent effort great results can be achieved both on and, more importantly, off the mat. JIn March of 2017 Justin completed Reiki Level 3 training.
Marianne Walch, PhD, ST, E-RYT500
Marianne is Associate Director of the Silver Lotus Training Institute. She is an experienced Svadhyaya Yoga™ teacher, a Senior Trainer with the Tai Chi for Health Institute, and currently serves as Vice President and webmaster of the U.S. Tai Chi for Health Community. She is registered at the highest level with the Yoga Alliance and is a senior faculty member in the Silver Lotus yoga and tai chi teacher training programs. Marianne's special interests include using yoga, tai chi and qigong practices for stress reduction and in recovery from emotional and physical illnesses and injury. She has taught classes for people affected by cancer through the Cancer Support Community of Delaware, and has become known for her ability to adapt practices to fit the needs of almost anyone, regardless of fitness level, body type, illness or injury. In her day job, Marianne is the Science & Restoration Coordinator for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. She also enjoys her cats, photography and art, birding, native plant gardening, hiking and kayaking.
Kara Ann Sullivan
Kara discovered her love for yoga while serving in the Peace Corps in Mozambique. Having lots of down time allowed her to explore the practice. She found that the meditative component helped her to deal with the daily struggles of living in a third world country. She would often show the kids in her village difficult poses in her yoga book and to her delight, they were able to do a lot of them on their first try! When her service was complete, she packed up her love of yoga and took it home with her. She continued with her own practice until she become certified in Svadhyaya Therapeutic Yoga in 2012. Since then, she has been teaching and deepening her commitment to her body, mind and spirit.
My practice of Yoga began one day in 2002 when, at my local gym, a friend convinced me to try yoga to supplement swimming. It was love at first asana. I practiced with many wonderful teachers, in a variety of classes, as I began developing my own personal practice. I have practiced many types of yoga and see the benefits in every style. It’s difficult to describe my practice. It’s kind of a mash-up of Sivananda, Hatha/Vinyasa with just a little Yin thrown into the mix. In the summer of 2007, I completed my teacher 200hr RYT training in Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga with Jaqueline Heisel at Frog Lotus Yoga, North Adams, Massachusetts. The practice of yoga has become a part of my everyday life. There is not a moment when yoga is not on my mind. It is an integral part of me. ‘Things are not always what they seem to be, nor are they otherwise.'
Gini's fitness career began in 1997 in VA as a certified personal trainer specializing in women's fitness. She used her personal training background as a foundation to become a group fitness instructor certified in several formats including cycle, weight training and core. In 2007, Gini discovered the benefits of mind/body fitness and became certified to teach both yoga and Pilates. Gini holds her 200 hour RYT (registered yoga teacher) and is certified under Pilates Method Alliance. Her preferred and specialized yoga teaching style is vinyasa flow. After moving from VA to the DE shore in October, 2013, Gini is grateful to be sharing her passion for health and fitness in and around her new home town of Bethany Beach.
My yoga journey began several years ago, taking classes at a local gym and studio. My practice soon grew into a passion that I knew I wanted to explore further. In January 2013 I began my 200 hour yoga teacher training thru OM My Yoga Academy and graduated in June 2013. I am registered with Yoga Alliance, and continue to build, and practice yoga on and off the mat. I am also a Reiki Master Practitioner, having received certification from Reiki Master Teacher Marian Durnell, Master of Usai , Magnified Healing, Karuna, and Sekhem-Seichim Reiki.
I see yoga as a moving meditation. With many healing and self empowering qualities that I personally have been able to experience. As an active yogi for 7 years and teaching since 2015, I believe that it is more fun and beneficial for one to look at each practice for the experience and not worry about mastering the poses, because in yoga just like in life you never stop learning. During the learning and discovery of how the body talks to us, as we repeat our practice, is where we form the energies and inner tools that bring about the ability to dive deeper into ourself. I am honored to help guide others in finding the feeling of inner peace by being in the present moment which, as a teacher and student myself, brings me the utmost satisfaction. Namaste