Maryann Zigoris, Co-Owner, RYT-200
Maryann graduated from Ursinus College and has lived in the Collegeville area for many years. She first started practicing yoga in 2009 as a way of de-stressing after a busy day at work. Soon, she and her husband Dean started attending classes together and found a common passion! In 2013, they both knew they wanted to open a Yoga studio but did not fulfull that dream until January 2016 when YYS held it's Grand Opening. Maryann has found a soothing calm in Yoga that has helped her in many difficult situations. She started to notice a difference in her mind, body and spirit.
In May 2016, Maryann received her RYT Yoga Alliance Certification after attending Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja California, Mexico. Her studies included yoga philosophy, meditation and asana practice. She continues to learn everyday and loves being on this Yoga journey with others. When she is not practicing Yoga, she loves spending time with her husband, two children and two dogs. For Maryann, Yoga has been transformational and she hopes it will be for you too!
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training-Graduated 2016-Yandara Yoga Institute, Baja California, Mexico
500 Hour Advanced Teacher Training - Currently Enrolled (The Yoga Garden, Narberth, PA).
Dean Zigoris (Co-Owner) RYT-200
Dean has been interested in the Hindu and Yoga tradition for many years and eventually had the privilege to live in India in 2006. In the last few years he has intensified his practice, attempting to go deeper on the inside. On October 2016, Dean began his official Yoga training with Moondog Yoga Studio in Quakertown, PA, a Himalayan Institute Affiliate. He completed his RYT-200 Yoga Alliance certification in July 2017. Yoga Certificate in process. Dean teaches every Saturday morning at 10:00 AM!
Michelle Mahmood, RYT-200
Yoga has been a part of Michelle’s life for over 10 years. It was when Michelle was pregnant with her first son that she began to practice prenatal yoga regularly and wanted to pursue her yoga passion in a different direction by becoming a Yoga Instructor. Michelle graduated with her 200 hour teacher training certificate in March of 2015 from Gateway bodyworks in Phoenixville Pa. She teaches various forms of yoga bringing a playful spirit to class. Michelle strives to connect you with your inner voice and provides you with a safe space to create your own journey on the mat. The way we move on our mat is a reflection of how we act off the mat. Come jump on the mat with Michelle Monday nights at 7pm and Thursday mornings at 6am to connect with your inner voice and move in a way that feels right to you.
Tina Miller, RYT-200
With middle age firmly in place, Tina knew she needed to do something to enhance her overall sense of well-being. With this in mind, she decided to try yoga. As it turns out, it was a perfect fit. Soon after beginning her personal practice, Tina made the decision to become a yoga instructor. In March 2015 she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Gateway Bodyworks. As a practitioner and teacher of yoga, Tina would like to share what she has learned with others. She wants people to know that yoga meets you where you are. Yoga is for everyone! As of August, 2017, Tina is also a certified Reiki Master Teacher.
Joanne Konschak, RYT-200
Joanne Konschak, RYT-200, has been teaching Hatha Yoga in the Limerick area for over 10 years. She studied with Kate Healy at the former Village Yoga in Saint Peters, PA, where she also studied Vinyasa and therapeutic yoga styles. Joanne works full-time in the Information Technology field, is a licensed Massage Therapist and loves travel, music and spending time with family and friends.
Brenda Carter, RYT-200
Brenda Carter Yoga Alliance RYS-200, Aerial Yoga VaihAyasa Certified
Brenda came to yoga back in the mid 90’s when while suffering from insomnia and anxiety. She found such relief without medication through yoga, breath and meditation that she felt compelled to share these benefits with others and so began the journey into teaching.
Brenda comes from a collegiate athletic background with a degree in Psychology. Since then she has continued to work with bodies and minds as a personal trainer and later as a C.H.E.K. Practitioner, Holistic Corrective Exercise and Health Lifestyle Coach.
Brenda loves teaching a variety of populations from kids to seniors and offering a variety of classes from aerial, vigorous vinyasa flow, yin, restorative and chair yoga. Brenda has been certified in aerial yoga since 2012. She was drawn to aerial especially for its spinal benefits, the nurturing nature of the hammock, and the muscular balance it brings as complimentary practice to the mat.
As an instructor Brenda aspires to foster personal empowerment and a deeper understanding of our bodies innate ability to know what it needs to heal ourselves when we listen. Brenda encourages an explorative mindset on the mat reminding her students of the possibilities for discovery and growth every time we practice.
Kris Heffner, RYT-200
After the loss of Kris’s parents, Kris was introduced to and started to practice Yoga. Kris found that when she was on her mat, she was able to cope, settle her mind, and find peace within and a sense of spirituality. Being a busy Mom of 2 young boys Kris knew she had to be strong for them. Yoga became a way of life for Kris. This is when her journey began. Kris is an RYT 200 hour yoga teacher and is a member of Yoga Alliance. Kris’s main goal is to provide her students the amazing benefits yoga has given her over the years! With the focus and power of breath, meditation and guided asanas, Kris leads her students thru a safe and rewarding practice.
Jana-Kent Dewald RYT-200, E-RYT-200
Jana Kent-Dewald, RYT200 & E-RYT200
Jana’s joy and passion for yoga are palpable and infectious. Her style brings together elements of strength, flexibility and balance, encouraging students to break through their perceived limitations both on and off the mat.
Her classes offer strong, vigorous sequencing grounded in the breath and intention, and always leave room for playfulness and fun.
Drawing from her 35+ years as a Fitness/Dance Instructor, Jana believes that when brought into greater alignment, the mind connects with the body more fluidly and with less effort.
* Baptiste Affiliated Studio: Power Yoga Works’ Teacher Training - October 2016 (RYT 200HR Certified)
* Baptiste Institute’s Advanced Art of Assisting – April 2017
* Baptiste Institute’s Power Yoga Teacher’s Certification – February 2019
* Wall Vinyasa Level 1 Certified - June 2017
* CPR and First Aid Certified
* AFAA Certified Group Fitness Instructor
Marcela Kraft, RYT-500
Marcela started her yoga journey in 2017 after battling multiple concussions which she got practicing Brazilian Jujitsu. She has used Yoga as a tool to heal the physical body from the concussions and anxiety. With Yoga, she is gaining back the balance in her physical body. But most importantly, through her breathing practices, meditation and movement she started healing from within and finding balance in her life.
Marcela is from Brazil where she graduated from the University of the City of Rio de Janeiro with a degree in Industrial Design and also has a degree in Interior Design. Her studies were focused on ergonomic designs that helped people with physical limitations and how to make their life better through universal design. That same passion of helping others has been carried in to her yoga practice where she focuses on the integration of breath, movement and mindfulness to work through our mental and physical limitations. Marcela’s new learning passion is Psychology as she looks to understand the depths of human thinking and behavior so they can be their own tool of healing, she is pursuing a degree in the field. Marcela loves her dog Bella and cat Cheetoh, which her husband constantly tries to steal from her. She also loves travelling, meeting new people, living outdoors and being in contact with nature. This love of yoga and nature evolved into a goal to go back to Brazil and start a farm to table yoga retreat center with a bed & breakfast. So, anyone is welcome to send her good vibes and energy to the fruition of this project. Marcela is passionate about learning more and more. She believes that Yoga is a therapeutic tool to find the deep connection and strength in the mind, body and spirit. A tool that has helped her heal from her own darkness and limitations. In living Yoga, Marcela connects with herself in a physical, emotional and spiritual level. She looks forward to sharing and teaching her Yoga style by bringing a smile and a tiny drop of sweat to her classes.
Certifications: 200H Certified Yoga Teacher - 2017
500H Certified Yoga Teacher YogaLife Institute - 2018
Comprehensive Yoga Therapy YogaLife Institute – In progress (Summer 2020)
Kendra Pieninck, RYT-200
Kendra began practicing yoga in 2015, immediately falling in love with the flows that brought together mind and body. She enjoys a mix of vinyasa and Power, and looks forward to bringing that same style to the classes she teaches. She completed the Svadhyaya 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2017 with Kate Goodyear and Allison Sobel. Her teaching style is designed to share her love for yoga, and help others feel the way her teachers have- empowered, strong and confident, both on and off the mat. Kendra resides in Gilbertsville with her husband, daughter and dog. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, cooking, reading and working on the board of the Garrett the Grand charity.
Carol Custer RYT in process
Carol has been practicing yoga off and on since the 1960’s and will have her RYT200 certificate from YogaOne in January. She is a graduate of Ursinus College and has lived in the Collegeville/Oaks area since 1966. She has found yoga to be most helpful in coping with fibromyalgia and connective tissue disease as well as aiding in the loss of 80 pounds during the last 5 years. Yoga not only improves bodily health, but mental health and well-being also. The improvement in balance is also a huge benefit which becomes so important in later years.
Her main focus in teaching yoga is to concentrate on proper form to prevent injuries, and to gain the full potential of each pose. She hopes the practice of yoga brings as much joy and fulfillment to her students as it has to her.