Lynn Slocomb RYT® 200 w/ Yoga Alliance
Lynn took her first yoga class in her mid twenties. At that time, she was the health and fitness director for the YWCA in Lancaster, PA and the quintessential gym rat, teaching group exercise for almost a decade. Yoga was just too time consuming and she couldn't figure out how sitting and breathing could accomplish anything. Little did she know. She tried to "fit it in" here and there throughout the years whenever she could "justify" the time away from work in the corporate world and being a single mother. After battling stage III breast cancer, several surgeries, and significant weight gain, high-impact workouts only led to one injury after another. In addition, life became busier and busier as her family of two grew to seven when she married her husband and they relocated to Landenberg. It was here where Lynn found Unite for Her, a program "committed to helping women diagnosed with breast cancer navigate their way through treatment by providing complimentary therapies designed to promote physical and emotional wellness." These complimentary therapies led her to The Light Within. Lynn has practiced at The Light Within since 2012. She loves Ashtanga, but NEEDS Restorative and Gentle classes for balance. She has also learned to love herself where she's at and to make time for her own practice. She is currently teaching Gentle Restorative and Gentle Evolving Level classes. Lynn believes the breath should come first, movement next, and always lead with your heart. She believes the guiding principle of Yoga is "do no harm," and lastly, but certainly not least, Yoga is for everyBODY. Off the mat, Lynn runs a nonprofit, The BucketWish Foundation, and enjoys hanging out with her family, throwing pottery, and cooking. Lynn purchased The Light Within Yoga Studio in October, 2017. Her vision is to provide a safe space that serves the community and continues to carry out the vision that is The Light Within.
Margaret Bodine E-RYT® 200 w/ Yoga Alliance
Margaret loves yoga for the joy and peace it brings to her life. She very much enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with her students. She appreciates the ability of the breathing,meditative and physical practices to help us to de-stress and to actually create health.
Margaret began her study of yoga 30 years ago while living in California. She studied the TriYoga Flows system with Kali Ray, the creator of this system. She is certified in the TriYoga Basics Level and Level 1. When she moved to Pennsylvania in 1994, she founded the yoga program at the Jennersville YMCA and taught TriYoga there for 8 years. Margaret completed the Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 with Alison Donley at The Light Within.
Through this teacher training and ongoing classes, she continues to deepen her understanding of the philosophy and practice of Yoga and is grateful to share this with her students.
Julia Byrem E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500 w/ Yoga Alliance
Julia found a deep personal resonance with the religious and spiritual philosophies of the East as an undergraduate student in 2002, and began practicing yoga in 2006 when she became pregnant with her first child. The synthesis of knowledge and experience immediately ignited what seemed to be a latent passion for the practice; it felt like “coming home.” Each day since has brought Julia the opportunity to experience the profound impact the practice has on body, mind and spirit, and she believes that Yoga is for everyone. The freedom that she is finding through her own practice informs her teaching and her studentship. Julia completed her 200 hour training with Empowered Yoga and her 300 hour at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Ayurveda and Yoga. She has had the honor of studying with such teachers as Dr. Scott Blossom, Larissa Hall Carlson, Yoganand Michael Carrol, Dr. Rosie Mann, Dr. John Douillard, and Joseph LePage. In Julia’s classes, students can expect to find a simple and balanced yet motivating practice incorporating mantra, alignment, mudra, and meditation. Julia takes each day as an opportunity to live a balanced life, and is passionate about learning and sharing what she learns.
Alison Donley E-RYT® 500 w/ Yoga Alliance; Faculty, WCU Kinesiology Department; Wellness Advisor and Yoga Teacher for Unite For HER www.uniteforher.org, and former owner of The Light Within Yoga Studio
Alison Donley discovered her love for yoga when, at the age of 16, she discovered B.K.S. Iyengar's Light on Yoga in the library of the small town of Waynesboro, PA. While she continued to practice yoga asana throughout the next 4 years of NCAA competitive gymnastics, the real journey began when the competition ended, and the true practice of Yoga began. Alison has been practicing yoga for 37 years and teaching for 33 years. She started yoga programs for 2 large health clubs in the West Chester area, and opened The Light Within Yoga Studio in November of 2004 after she and her husband Dean, and two children, Rachel and Trevor, moved to Southern Chester County. Alison created two 3-credit electives (Yoga I and Yoga II) for West Chester University, where she has been teaching since 1998, and continues to teach full time. In addition, she and Pamela Walsh, owner of The Spirit of Yoga studios in West Chester and Downingtown, co-created a Yoga III course and a 200 hour yoga teacher training program at West Chester University.
Alison has completed numerous teacher-training and certification programs through the years, including guidance and training from Tim Miller, Richard Freeman, David Swenson, Beryl Bender-Birch, and Jon Kabat-Zinn. Recent guidance from A.G.and Indra Mohan have proven to be an incredible inspiration.
Alison is the author of Yoga: A Path to Wellness, published in August, 2010 and 2015 by Kendall-Hunt Publishers. Alison has presented yoga-related topics at the county and state level for West Chester University at local in-services, the Pennsylvania Athletic Training Society State Convention and AAHPERD. She is an advocate for yoga in schools. She is a member of the Advisory Board for Unite For Her www.uniteforher.org as the Yoga and Meditation teacher for the foundation's Wellness Days for Women with breast cancer. She contributes articles on Yoga and Wellness for the foundation as well. Alison was a hospice volunteer for 6 years and also spent a year volunteering for a child-abuse prevention program.
Alison believes that her strongest quality as a teacher is her passion for sharing yoga and her love for her students. The Light Within Yoga Studio was featured in the October 2005 issue of Yoga Journal magazine, as part of Omtown Heroes, an article about small town yoga studios. She is infinitely grateful for the love and support of family, friends, and students and for the ability to share this ancient (and AMAZING), system of self-care.
Tracey Eltringham RYT® 200 w/ Yoga Alliance
Gwen Fancy RYT® 200 w/ Yoga Alliance
Gwen began practicing yoga over 15 years ago when she was expecting her first child. She found the body awareness and calming focus techniques to be very helpful during the birth of her children and throughout the challenges of parenting.
She has dabbled with various styles of yoga over the years including
Iyengar, Kundalini, and Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. While yoga has been an important component of her physical fitness and management of day to day stressors for many years, she has increased her dedication to her practice since discovering The Light Within Yoga Studio.
Gwen decided to pursue yoga teacher certification so that she can share her love of yoga with others. She is also a science teacher and school librarian and is particularly interested in sharing yoga with members of the school community.
Mary Garrett RYT® 200 w/ Yoga Alliance
Patty Jacobs E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP® w/ Yoga Alliance
Patricia has been a proud member of The Light Within Yoga "commUnity" since the studio opened in 2004. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Alison Donley in 2012 and is currently working towards her 500 hour teacher certification.. She feels blessed to be able to share yoga with others- especially the young and those with special needs. In addition to being a register yoga teacher, Patricia is a Special Education teacher, with over 20 years of experience. She feels honored to have been awarded "Teacher of the Year" recognition for 2016 for the John G. Leach school.
Patricia was first drawn into yoga, as a way to exercise when the cold winter weather dissuaded her from riding her mountain bike. But, since her very first class at The Light Within, she has been drawn even deeper into yoga, as a way of experiencing so much more than physical postures. Patty appreciates all that yoga has brought into her life both on and off her favorite orange mat.
Currently, Patricia leads Family Yoga and Tweens/Teens and Gentle Beginner classes, and offers a summer Yoga camp program. Adults and children alike respond to her positivity, warm smile, and soothing spiritual energy. When not teaching or practicing yoga, she enjoys photography, gardening and spending time with family, friends and her 2 dogs.
Michael Kahn E-RYT® 200 w/ Yoga Alliance
Michael has been practicing yoga at The Light Within for over ten years. He completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the studio. Michael is currently leading the Monday 5pm mixed level ashtanga and Sunday 8am mixed level ashtanga classes.
A photographer by trade, but a yogi by heart, Michael has discovered first hand the healing power of yoga both for the mind and the body. He is continuing his studies by reading yogic philosophy books, and studying vinyasa variations, as well as working on his own Ashtanga practice. Incorporating yogic philosophy in his daily life, he has learned to slow down in a world that is going too fast, to let go, and to take better care of himself by really listening. He and his wife Christine are constant supporters of the yoga studio, with the hope that others can benefit just as greatly as they have. You can see Michael's photography at www.michaelkahn.com.
Julia Kline stepped in to her first Nia class in 2008 and immediately sensed the joy in her body in this fitness fusion class that blends the dance arts, the martial arts, and the healing arts. With a background in classical ballet and jazz, and as a practitioner of yoga, she was curious about what Nia was and during that first class she discovered more than a workout. She found the connection where mind, body and spirit meet. Over the next eight years she traveled to Baltimore, Albany, Boston, and Denver, immersing herself in the thriving Nia communities there, knowing that one day she would like to bring Nia home to her community. In October, 2016, she completed the first step of that journey by obtaining her Nia White Belt, and then teaching Nia classes in the community where she resided at the time. A recent transplant to Landenberg, she is excited to teach Nia classes here at the Light Within Yoga Studio and share the joy! When she’s not practicing Nia, she expresses herself at work through her other passion as a garden designer. She also loves to spend her time sharing delicious meals with family and friends, hiking her dog on the local trails, and gratefully experiencing life through all of its ups and downs.
Tracy Sadler Machalek has been performing and teaching dance for over 25 years. She danced professionally with the Corpus Christi, TX Ballet Academy from the age of 10 and in highschool was selected from thousands of dancers to perform in the World’s Fair in Brisbane Australia. While acquiring her B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin, she was selected to perform at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. After her B.F.A., she went on to perform with Mark Dendy at ADF and Micheal Foley in NY. She has also danced professionally with Andrea Ariel and Toni Bravo. Currently, she performs with Sally Jacques’ aerial dance company Blue Lapis Light. She teaches ballet, tap, jazz, Zumba, Zumba Kids, Yoga, Pilates, Barre and her own Ballet Fit and Yogalates class creations. She loves to share the joy of expression through movement. Her goal as a dance/fitness/yoga instructor is to create a fun, warm, loving environment where students of all ages and all levels feel confident in their progress and have a blast moving!
Pat McKeon RYT® 500 w/ Yoga Alliance
Pat has been practicing yoga for many years. She began her practice with Alison Donley, following her from the local Y to AGRA, the recreation association, to the current studio. She has been an active participant in all of the studio’s endeavors and opportunities since its beginning. She believes yoga provides a means to integrate all aspects of the body, mind and spirit to improve health and wellbeing for all individuals.
Pat is a lifelong learner and teacher, who worked for the Avon Grove School District for more than 30 years as a teacher and an instructional coach. She completed the Yoga Teacher Training course at the Light Within, is a Register Yoga Teacher, 200 hours, with Yoga Alliance and is currently teaching Gentle and GEL classes at the studio. She has completed her 300 hour certification at the Light Within. She is eager to share the her love of yoga with students and practitioners at the Light Within. Pat is currently teaching a Gentle class on Tuesdays, and sharing the the Gentle Beginner on Wednesday nights and the Gentle GEL class on Sundays with other TLW teachers.
Pat lives in New London with her husband, David. She has two grown children, Erin and Ryan. Pat is following in the footsteps of her daughter, Erin, who was an instructor at the Light Within for several years when the studio first opened.
Kara Patti RYT® 200 w/ Yoga Alliance
Caitlin Reilly RYT® 500 w/ Yoga Alliance
Caitlin has been teaching yoga for four years in the DE region. She earned her certification with One-Yoga in 2012 and is currently earning her 300 hours with The Light Within.
She began her teaching career informally at the age of 8, leading aerobics for fellow 3rd graders in the school yard. Her aunt had introduced her to a Denise Austin workout tape one day, and it fascinated her. Moving the body in new ways was amazing! She wanted to share what she learned about cardio and strength training. This enthusiasm for fitness continued through the years with sports like swimming, soccer, track, and cross country.
She majored in Screenwriting at Emerson college, and almost moved to LA to work in television. A series of life events brought her to DE. After recovering from an illness, yoga entered the picture. A beginner's yoga course opened her eyes to how a single movement could impact not only the body, but one's mind and ethics. Yoga helped refresh her approach to health and problem solving. Suddenly the little 3rd grade Caitlin popped back up and said "Hey, cool -- let me share this..."
Now she loves teaching yoga, and welcome people of all backgrounds to her class. She is not naturally super flexible, so don't worry if you aren't. The "Om" should never "Ow."
Off the mat, Caitlin enjoys art (both classical and all things pop culture), cooking (then eating!) with friends, and the great outdoors. She loves to relax with her husband and their two fluffy cats at home.
Jenny Wood RYT® 200 w/ Yoga Alliance