Founder and Owner of YMS.
My philosophy is that move our bodies is necessary both to survival and to happiness. I believe that most of our intelligence is generated from physical experience and therefore physical practice is woven inextricably into spiritual, intellectual and religious practice.
I spent my time as an undergraduate studying comparative religions because I was interested in getting to the core of what it means to be a good person. In my studies I found that religion is about much more than a set of beliefs and doctrines, that it is fundamentally a way to return to the source. At the same time I was beginning to practice yoga and understanding that a physical practice could do the same.
I see the body as the fundamental connection to the natural world, both to the organisms of nature and to the nature of our mind which is inherently intelligent, warm and useful. When I teach yoga and other forms of movement, my underlying desire is to help reconnect my students with the nature of their bodies and the nature of their minds. In order to do so I draw from a variety of traditions which include but are not limited to:
- Hatha Yoga
- Vinyasa Yoga
- Zen Meditation
- Tibetan Style Energy Work
- Movement Games and Improvisation
My training has been quite diverse. The most depth has been with yoga since 2004 and teaching since 2009. My most significant yoga teachers include Will Walter, Kim Manfredi, Dharma Mittra, Nevine Michaan, Alex Auder and Marcy Vaughn.
Other forms that I've learned have been transmitted to me by Ido Portal through Johnny Sapinsoso, Zack Finer and Joseph Bartz. I’ve also done intensive work with Tom Weksler, Ron Wood, Vince Johnson, Lin Junming, Andy Taylor, Stany Mallet, Yann Hnautra, Rafe Kelley and Yuri Marmstein to name a few.
I encourage anyone who is interested in sincerely pursuing growth and freedom to join me for a class.
Having grown up a dancer, movement has always been a big part of my life. In college I explored yoga as a means to not only feed my physical body, but the mental and spiritual as well. In 2017 I graduated with a B.S. in Public Health and yearned to expand my knowledge through yoga teacher training. I completed my RYT-200 with Transformation Yoga Project and the Temple Inside-Out Center in May of 2018. Transformation Yoga Project provides yoga through a trauma-sensitive lens to individuals who are impacted by trauma, addiction and incarceration. Through the Temple Inside-Out Center I was able to train alongside folks incarcerated at a prison called SCI Chester. I aim to create a safe space where participants feel empowered to reach their potential and gain skills that can help them navigate their daily lives. I am continually exploring ways to enhance my teachings and practice and am enrolled in the 250 hour YTT with YMS.
Ashley has been practicing for almost 20 years and her practice and philosophy have grown with her. Her curiosity in yogic philosophy and theory led to multiple trainings, including a 200HR Training at Amrita Yoga and Wellness in Fishtown, as well as an alignment-based 200HR and 500HR training at Three Queens Yoga in Queen Village. She also holds a few trauma-informed yoga certifications from Transformation Yoga Project and a 95HR Kids’ Training from Grounded Kids Yoga. Ashley is now an assistant trainer at Three Queens and public/private teacher in the Philly area. Through accessible, meaningful and fun classes, Ashley empowers yogis to move in ways that remind them how powerful, flexible, and capable they are so they can get back out there into the world, off the mat, feeling and being their best.
A violinist, turned yoga instructor, Noah Julian's experience with numerous movement modalities including various forms of yoga-asana, dance, martial arts, gymnastics, acrobatics and weightlifting has taken place well over a decade of serious study. In large part prompted by a crippling battle with rheumatoid arthritis, Noah began an education and comprehensive practice of self-study, movement, meditation and self-optimization. Noah continues his lifelong study, and daily practice, of these subjects and more while teaching movement, yoga and violin to students ranging from age 5 - 85.
Yoga to me is about the way you feel during your practice and how your mind, body and spirit align. Personally, yoga has helped and continues to help me maneuver through a very complex journey we call life. I have learned to embrace the good, understand the bad, face fears and find grace in it all. In my practice, yoga is symbolic to life. How I confront a difficult pose is how I confront a difficult experience. I sit longer and listen with more peace.
As a marriage and family therapist and yoga instructor in Philadelphia, my purpose is to help others find this same solace. I began teaching yoga in 2014 after becoming certified to teach through the Sadhana Yoga School in Bali, Indonesia. After returning home, I started a private practice in Center City and for over five years, I have been integrating mindfulness, meditation, yoga and psychotherapy into a unique treatment modality. Through my ongoing studies and personal practice, I have landed comfortably in the Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga styles. I pay attention to the physical body and assist with alignment, injuries and adjustments that deepen the practice. My goal is to help you release any struggles you may be having physically, emotionally and spiritually. To find peace within difficulties.
Yoga to me is harmony between body, mind, and soul. It is also about the path to finding that harmony. Yoga found me when I needed it the most when I was 15 and I have been in a deep romance with it since. I continue to immerse myself in yogic texts and philosophy, and take new opportunities to expand my perception in yoga whenever they present. I attended my first teacher training at Yoga and Movement Sanctuary 2019, and as of recently have had the pleasure of sharing what I've learned here in classes. In my classes I aim to hold a safe space for people of all levels in yoga, from beginners to more seasoned practitioners to have a fun, potent and empowering class that leaves them feeling harmonious and capable!