FELICIA GRAHAM COMISAR
Felicia started practicing yoga in 2000 and noticed an immediate improvement in her well being and happiness. “I attended my first class in hopes of increasing my strength isometrically and to my surprise I became aware of an increased ability to be present, less angry, and enjoy my life as it was unfolding.”
She received her foundational yoga teacher training with Corina Benner, Victoria Ladd, and Julie Pogochefsky at Wake Up Yoga in 2010. Later, continuing her teacher training with Corina Benner’s Yin Yoga teacher training in 2010, Karen Safire’s Restorative Yoga teacher training in 2012, and Jillian Pransky’s Level II Restorative Yoga teacher training in 2016.
Eunmi, a former fashion designer and current fabric artist, immigrated from Seoul, Korea to the United States in 2016 and has since settled down in the Philadelphia region. She began studying traditional Buddhist meditative yoga 15 years ago while in Korea and has now merged those philosophies with the international Vinyasa style. Eunmi is a 200 HR certified yoga teacher. Her style is all her own. It is both instinctive, yet, steeped in the traditional aspects of yoga. Her classes focus on breath, alignment, Flow, and the interconnection between mind, body, and spirit; allowing students to work at their own pace in a safe and empowering environment.
Evan began his yoga practice while attending the University of Georgia in 2003. Through his practice, he has found a natural evolution from a focus on self to one of service. This evolution has taken him through a Vinyasa teacher training at Wake Up Yoga as well as multiple mindfulness meditation trainings. Evan hopes to present the many forms of yoga in an accessible way. He's excited to bring his honoring, pragmatic, and compassionate teaching style to Uprising.
Bally was introduced to the practice of yoga through a friend, attending a class of theirs soon after their graduation from teacher training. Although she was initially skeptical of the benefits of the practice she soon saw the positive effects manifesting in her own life. Yoga has enhanced Ball’s capacity for personal healing as well as creating and holding space for others. When not teaching Vinyasa, Bally applies the principles she has learned through yoga to her career in the mental health field. Bally’s classes offer an exciting synergy of eastern and western philosophies in the arena of wellness.
Sophie grew up in San Francisco, CA and fell in love with Philadelphia after attending Villanova University, where she studied Interpersonal and Organizational Communication and Marketing. "I feel most free in the mountains and rivers of the Pacific coast and have a deep respect for our natural home. Yoga is how I can access that feeling wherever I am." She enjoy's cooking, hiking, camping, ocean waves, playing tennis, horseback riding, music, and watching tv in bed. Her other work and passions are in community outreach and childcare.
Tori’s physical practice began in college, as a way to stay grounded and connected to herself through the bumps and bruises of young adulthood.
She began teaching in 2018 after being trained in the Bhakti Yoga tradition, one of the three primary paths to enlightenment laid out by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. “Through our daily devotion to our yoga on and off the mat, we work to cultivate feelings of unconditional love and connection to the Divine.”
Tori aims to encourage others to be kind to themselves, listen to their bodies intuitively and most of all, to enjoy your practice.
Maggie was first introduced to yoga as a child, watching videos with her mother. She began practicing regularlyin the early 2000's while attending university, diving in head first to the full spectrum of modalities that lie. Maggie views yoga as an essential part of a well rounded life, the lessons it provides both on and off the mat consistently provide her with an appreciation for the resilience of her body and mind, after years of practice she still believes she becomes a better person every time she steps onto the mat. Maggie is a trained dancer and movement specialists and her classes provide a skillful balance of strength and grace.
Carlie began her practice as a college student looking for a way to ease debilitating back pain. At the recommendation of her physician she tried yoga, not only did it ease her physical pain it began a journey that would completely change her perspective on life. “I now see beauty in everything. I have become much more mindful of my emotions and how they affect my body and my actions. I have a relationship with my body now, and understand that it tells a story.” Yoga has changed Carlie’s life in a myriad of positive ways and her classes reflect her deep understanding that each of us has within us unlimited potential for positive change.
Liz began her yoga journey in 2006, intrigued by the physical benefits of the practice, and was immediately drawn in by the introspection and self-awareness the practice offers. Her classes.are informed by her extensive study of anatomy and kinesiology, and inspired by the opportunities our movement practice can offer for self-discovery, reflection, and healing- both on and off the mat. She firmly believes that your mat is your personal space to explore and exercise your autonomy, strength, and compassion, and that the discoveries we make on the mat can empower us to make positive change in ourselves and our communities. She completed her 200hr teacher training at Wake Up Yoga with Corina Benner, Felicia Comisar, and Laura Edoff.
Achola has been practicing yoga for over 11 years and teaching for 2. She recieved her teaching certification under the training of Corina Benner through the Wake Up Yoga training program. Although grateful for all that the yoga/ movement world has given her she is guided by the knowledge that many needs have been left unmet for nontraditional practitioners, this understanding guides her mission to provide true inclusivity in the movement world.