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.
Jeniya’s lifelong love of learning and community wellness have set a strong foundation for her teaching style. She carefully crafts classes that pair the philosophy and physicality of yoga in a fun and accessible way. She believes that her dedication to her own practice has been an indispensable tool in her efforts to cultivate presence in her own life. As a teacher, she aspires to use her voice to give others the tools to help them reap the benefits of the practice of yoga and live fully in their own individual experiences.
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. "Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that's what we are." -Mickey Hart
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. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” -Lao Tzu
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.
Chelsea first began taking yoga classes in college although it was years later before she truly dove into her practice. Like so many of us Chelsea rediscovered yoga during a difficult period in her personal life. At the time she was just hoping to dedicate some time and energy to healthy pursuits to offset the uncomfortable areas of her life but she soon found herself drawn to the physical changes created by consistent practice as well as the mental shift that was beginning to blossom within her. Chelsea’s teaching is as joyful, beautiful and energetic as she is. She understands that the physical aspects of yoga are only a small part of the journey. The true gifts are found when we begin noticing how our interaction with our world is changing. “Be gentle, everyone suffers” -Unknown
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. "Even if the wait carries on another year, I will not get where I'm going without first learning to be here." -Morgan Harper Nichols