Teachers

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Wes Tudor has been practicing yoga since 1992 and became a Himalayan Institute trained yoga teacher in 2006. Prior to that, he studied meditation and biofeedback in San Francisco, while also completing a masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. In 2001, he traveled to India for the Maha Kumba Mela festival and did intensive practices on the Ganges for one month. He teaches in the Hatha yoga style, and brings an expertise in meditation and guided relaxation to his classes. Wes has an undergraduate degree in cello performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of music.

Cindy Harkins began practicing yoga for the physical benefits, but soon the mat became a place of solace, a beacon of balance, and an opportunity for the cultivation of awareness, presence and peace.  After nearly a decade of practice, Cindy certified through Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia. She aims to make the practice accessible as well as to create a space for individuals to come as they are, challenge limitations and foster a lifestyle of compassion and potential.    

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Kathy Revelle completed her 500 hr certification through Yoga on Main in 2012. Her Hatha classes are an artful balance of asanas, pranayama, philosophy, mantra & meditation. Kathy has a gentle style which emphasizes staying present, through the breath, while surrendering to your own sense of calm & relaxation. She is also an artist, works as a nanny, and teaches yoga to children.

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Olivia Padovan was born into a folk dancing family, and has been exploring movement and dance her whole life. She has an accessible teaching style and strives to bestow all her students with a feeling of tranquility and well-being throughout every class. Olivia has a Ph.D. in physics, and is working as a pediatric cancer researcher at CHOP.

Katy Kopnitsky teaches yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices to adults and children. She is trained in a style of Vinyasa Flow with strong ties to the Ashtanga tradition. Additionally, Katy has specialized training in teaching populations outside of yoga studios—from children and adolescents in the school system to adults in the criminal justice system. She completed her 200 hr training at Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia.  

Miles Turner was raised in West Philadelphia, and since discovering Yoga in 2014 has been studying, taking and teaching ever since. He received his 500 hour RYT training at Yoga On Main in 2015/2016, and has taught all over the city. He also teaches now at Penn, Yoga On The Pier, Roots Philly Yoga Project a maintains a free Community class at the Tustin Recreation Center. Miles style has been described as fresh, energetic and innovative, as he crafts his classes for whomever shows up to practice. Om Sri Hrim Klim Glaum Gam GanapataYe Swaha  🙏

  

Emma Shutko is a vinyasa based teacher whose classes combine fluidity of movement with strength building holds, arm balances, and the occasional inversion play.  Her goal is to help people see yoga, their personal practice, and their day to day experiences in a new light. When not deepening her yoga practice, Emma can be found hiking and running the Wissahickon trails, traveling the globe, and working as an artist and designer for Urban Outfitters.

Jill Harig has been deepening her yoga practice since 2010 and completed her 200 hour training with Raja Yoga in the Spring of 2016.  Although she appreciates the benefits of asana, her true passion for yoga lies with its philosophy. She understands that practice may begin on the mat, but it is consistent and enduring. She teaches a balanced and meditative class with an emphasis on breath connection and one-mindedness. Jill enjoys spending time with nature, reading a good book, hearing live music, and traveling whenever possible.

Jess Macaluso began practicing yoga in 2013 after experiencing lower back pain, and found that while bringing healing to her physical body, yoga also brought her community and increased personal awareness making her a more thoughtful person on and off the mat. She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Three Queens Yoga in Queens Village and is excited to share her practice with the Raja community.

Victoria Guidi began seriously practicing yoga in 2005 when in El Salvador.  What began as a very physical practice for her has evolved over time more in the direction of self-awareness, calming the monkey mind, taming the ego, healing, and connecting to something much larger than oneself. Victoria is particularly captivated by breath, sound, and subtle energy. After her 200 hour certification, she continued on and did another 100 hours of supplemental training. She provides a very special space for students to be supported on their journey.

Ashley Renee teaches breath-centered, strengthening vinyasa as well as slow, deep yoga in the style of yin. Sessions with Ashley are balanced– uplifted by playfulness and rooted in mindfulness. In 2014, Ashley completed the 250 hour vinyasa program at Dhyana Yoga, and in 2016, completed Corina Benner’s yin yoga training at Wake Up Yoga. Ashley enjoys birding and being in nature, runs a women’s group, and practices herbal medicine. She and yoga have been studying one another since 2010.

Angi York Crane is a certified Hatha yoga teacher and a Jungian-oriented Spiritual Guide. Her struggle with lupus, an autoimmune illness, was the impetus that brought her to yoga ten years ago.  Through a meditation, Hatha yoga, and pranayama practice, she has learned to maintain her health, embody her presence, and deepen her path of devotion.  Her classes aim to connect body, mind, and spirit, the inner and outer, and bring into consciousness the innate wisdom of the body, and the bravery of an open heart. 

Jessica Martin teaches Vinyasa Flow to all levels. Jessica enjoys a strong vigorous yoga practice combining breath with movement. Jessica loves to travel and when not practicing yoga is a Printed Textile designer at Anthropologie. Jessica completed her 200 hr training at The Inbound school of yoga in Peru and is excited to be teaching at Raja.

Izzy Hamm began practicing vinyasa flow in 2013, and received her 200 hour certification in 2015 from The Prancing Peacock Yoga Studio in Bucks County, PA.  After discovering the benefits of mindfulness, she began to view the practice of yoga as a form of movement medicine.  Izzy is also a Reiki practitioner and completed her Reiki II training in October 2015. She cherishes what she deems as the most important element of yoga practice, which is the synchronization of body and breath.

Mallika Bender has been practicing yoga since she was twelve and still learns something new in every class. She completed her 200-hour Vinyasa teacher training in 2016. An actuary by day, she also enjoys bringing yoga into non-traditional settings like the corporate conference room. Mallika has cultivated compassion for her body and self through yoga practice, and hopes to help her students do the same.

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