TEACHERS

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Justicia DeClue

Justicia DeClue (E-RYT 500) is delighted to be living her dream by sharing her love of yoga. A native of St. Louis, she has been teaching since 2005 and is the owner and director of Maha in Philadelphia. When she found yoga in college, it was the most challenging thing she had ever tried, and every pose was exhausting. She built strength steadily under the guidance of amazing teachers, and is now sought after for detailed alignment instruction and her openhearted teaching style. Justicia teaches from her steady personal practice, offering classes that are challenging and playful, fun and accessible. A formerly Certified Anusara Yoga instructor, she has a deep commitment to the therapeutic potential of yoga, and its relevance for each practitioner at every skill level. She offers deep gratitude to all her teachers, especially Zhenja La Rosa.

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Joan Gordon

Since leaving a professional non-profit career in New York City, Joan has immersed herself studying yoga and training with expert teachers. She completed her first Anusara teacher training at Yoga Montclair with Certified Anusara teacher, Vishali Vega in 2006 and completed continuing education workshops with renowned teachers including John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga, Todd Norian, Sianna Sherman, Christina Sell, Desiree Rumbaugh and Zhenja LaRosa. Joan continues to study with Professor Douglas Brooks, Ph.D. a world leading scholar of Hindu School of Tantra.

In her teaching, Joan creates an environment and pace that are both challenging and safe for students at all levels of ability and experience. Joan shares her desire for yoga to guide students to a transformational place where a radically positive shift can take place in body, mind, and heart. Joan describes the teaching of yoga as a divine privilege. Each student is a gift!

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Chae Yang

Chae Yang Bullock ERYT500, RYT500, RPYT.YACEP and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist has been practicing yoga since 2,000 and teaching since 2005.  Her deep connection to yoga philosophy inspired her professional trainings to complete her 500 Hour training through Prana Vinyasa with Shiva Rea in 2008.  She continued uninterrupted practice and studies in Anusara, Subtle Anatomy, Sadhana, Yogic Scripture, Physical Anatomy, Prenatal-Postnatal Yoga, Yoga for Aging and Ayurveda. She offers gratitude to her many teachers: especially, Shiva Rea for introducing the essence of Sadhana, Michelle Synnestvedt for showing the necessity of self inquiry, Shari Friederickson for her loving teachings and support.  She continues asana studies with Christina Sell, Carrie Owerko, Desiree Rumbaugh, her colleagues in her local yoga community and subtle body studies through Sadhana and Ayurveda with esteemed teachers globally.

Her informative classes fuse the gross and subtle body and offer challenge, laughter and compassion.

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Zhenja La Rosa

Zhenja La Rosa’s teaching encourages students to explore the vast potential of their own hearts and bodies by emphasizing the transformative and therapeutic aspects of the practice of yoga. In her classes, Zhenja joyfully shares the insights from her dedicated personal practice and the revelations of everyday experience. Known and sought after for her precision, clarity, and delight in detail, Zhenja is a true teachers’ teacher who has mentored and trained many yoga teachers over the years. Zhenja is strongly influenced by her 10-year sadhana in Anusara Yoga.

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Katrina Atkin

Katrina Atkin is a yogi, dancer, and choreographer hailing from Chicago, IL. She came to yoga as a young dancer for its restorative and conditioning properties. After a series of dance related injuries, it became her daily practice. She decided to deepen her studies by attending Maha Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2015, and began teaching shortly thereafter. In her classes, she strives to focus on strengthening our inherent mind-body connection, with a strong emphasis on injury prevention, movement, and a commitment to creating a comfortable, encouraging environment.

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Jill Ivey

Jill Ivey believes that the profound benefits of yoga should be available to everyone, regardless of body type, level of health, physical fitness, or financial ability. She is particularly passionate about the ways in which a regular yoga practice can help heal the body and promote peace of mind, and credits her regular practice to her ability to both get through most days relatively pain free, and to focus on non-yoga related tasks.

A former dancer who practiced yoga on and off for a decade before deciding to make it a constant in her life—first as a practitioner and then as a teacher—Jill completed her teacher training here at Maha in 2019. In addition to her alignment training, Jill regularly practices Iyengar yoga, which has given her a healthy appreciation for the use of props in her practice and teaching. Many thanks to Justicia, Gabi, and Lucy for the yogic inspiration.

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Mamie Guidera

Mamie Guidera has been practicing yoga for 15 years. She completed the Maha Teacher training in 2015, and has been teaching adaptive yoga for people with physical disabilities ever since. She is an avid rower and bicyclist but finds that yoga is essential for maintaining quality of life with Parkinson’s Disease.

No experience is required for her class, but a sense of humor is helpful.

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Jess Macaluso

An athlete growing up, Jessica needed to find something physical to supplement her new sedentary lifestyle after graduating college. She found yoga in 2013 after experiencing lower back pain and while bringing healing to her physical body, yoga surprised Jessica with a physical challenge, an inspired heart and a more settled mind. She moved to Philadelphia from New York in 2015 and completed her 200 Hr teacher training which helped her build community in her new city. She thanks her teachers Justicia DeClue, Alex Holmes and Mariel Freeman for making Philly feel like home and for continuing to challenge and inspire her to become a more intentional person. Jessica offers an athletic, alignment-based class, focused on linking the mind and body through breath.

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Julie Price

Julie brings a refreshing enthusiasm to her classes as she is excited to share some of the nuanced ways she has come to understand safe and effective alignment. Along with these straightforward cues, her teaching is characterized by lots of questions that ask students to explore the subtle realms of sensations throughout their own bodies. Through this practice, she wants students to leave feeling more centered, balanced and mindful. She is both grateful and thrilled to participate in this community and join her students and fellow teachers on this never-ending journey of understanding. Currently a student of acupuncture, she combines what she knows of Indian philosophy with what she’s learning in Chinese medicine to inform her teaching.

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Anisha Chirmule

After a long relationship with dance, Anisha came to yoga within the past few years and immediately received the benefits, both physical and mental. She dove into completing two teacher trainings, Ashtanga and Anusara / therapeutic based, and dug further into the study and exploration of yoga. She loves practicing and teaching with people and sharing those moments to open a new facet of the practice.

In class, she hopes you gain a new sense of your capabilities. and always with a sense of lightheartedness and laughter! She is so thankful for the Maha community of students and teachers who allow for the practice to thrive.

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Alan Foran

A lover of movement in many forms, Alan found Yoga in their early 20’s and found its ability to create ritual and self transformation a great compliment to their active lifestyle. After a string of injuries, Alan was invited to Maha Yoga leading them to pursue a more anatomy focused and therapeutic approach. Alan aims to use breath led movement to better understand the workings of the mind, body, and heart in hope that it will bring us closer to equanimity. Alan would like to thank all the teachers before them for their copious amounts of support and wisdom, and dogs for being the literal best.

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Nadia Mansoor

Nadia uses the healing power of breath to guide movement that is both based on strength and alignment. She applies these practices both on and off the mat to create a holistic approach to yoga that transcends the physical. By letting the breath be a guiding light, Nadia is able to create a relaxed environment to expand her students’ perspectives – while keeping the practice light-hearted and fun. Nadia has been practicing yoga for the last 12 years and received her certification at Maha Yoga with Justicia DeClue in 2019.