Shiva Das (Jim McCabe) is the Managing Partner of Yoga On Main, which he has run since 2000. Having studied Yoga since 1987, Shiva Das’ influences include the Integral Yoga Tradition of Swami Satchidananda, the Vinyi Yoga Tradition of Sri T. Krisnamacharya and his son T.K.V. Desikachar, as well as work of David Frawley and Eric Shiffman. His primary teacher and Guru is Mata Amritanadamayi Devi, "Amma," Whose primary direct is "LOVE and SERVE". Shiva Das is co-creator of "Inner Fire Yoga" along with his business partner and Founder of Yoga On Main, David Newman. Shiva Das, in collaboration with David and Senior Teacher, Ed Zadlo, has developed Yoga On Main's highly recognized "Inner Fire Yoga Teacher Certification Programs". He has authored several Teacher Training Manuals, and is recognized as one of Philadelphia's premiere Yoga Instructors. He teaches regular weekly classes throughout the Philadelphia area as we as leads workshops and retreats throughout the world.
First schooled in Yoga as a child by her mother who was a mystic, Sati was on the path in early adolescence. She became initiated and certified into the Hatha Yoga tradition of teaching by David Newman and Inner Fire Yoga in 2001. She then went on to become initiated into the Kundalini Yoga tradition (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) and taught by Sada Sat Singh and Kaur in 2003. She is a 3HO certified Kundalini Instructor and a member of The International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association (IKYTA 225). Sati is also a Yoga Alliance certified and insured instructor (RYT 500). She has lived and worked at The Himalayan Institute and received her spirit name ‘Sati’ meaning ‘selfless devotion’ from her beloved Sad Guru Ammachi (www.amma.org). She received the name ‘Yogeshwari’ after being initiated into the Bhakti tradition of Yoga by Bhagavan Das in 2004. Additionally, Sati is certified to provide Vedic Thai Body Work as taught by The Vedic Conservatory. Sati is schooled in Rebirthing Breathwork and completed the 9 Month certification training 4 times as taught through the Kriya Yoga lineage of Shri Haidakhan Babaji Kriya Yoga and taught by Sondra Ray, Tony Lomastro, and Maureen Malone.
Mirella Nicholson has been a prominent member of yoga in Philadelphia for more than 10 years. Currently a director and teacher in a yoga teacher training program at Gateway Bodyworks, her yoga sojourn began at Yoga On Main, one of the oldest and most-respected studios in the tri-state area. There, she successfully completed both the 200 hour yoga and 500 hour yoga/ayurveda teacher training programs. Currently, she is on track to become a certified Ayurveda Lifestyle counselor through the American Institute of Vedic Studies. While she is committed to enhancing her knowledge of yoga, she believes that her biggest contribution has been as a teacher. Since earning her certification, she has taught classes at studios throughout the Philadelphia area. A blossoming confidence in her knowledge of yoga and her skills as a teacher, compelled her to create and lead many workshops in and around Philadelphia. She also maintains a popular yoga blog. 'My life's work is to share what I have learned about yoga and Ayurveda with others in the hope that they will beinspired to use yoga and Ayurveda in a very practical wayto find a state of health and happiness mentally, physically and emotionally.'
Cari has been following her yoga path for 15+ years and fell in love with yoga after her very first class with David Newman. Cari completed her first 200 hour teacher training certification at Yoga on Main in 2005, prenatal certification in 2008, and 500 hour advanced teacher training certification in 2009, all from Yoga on Main under the direction of David Newman, Shiva Das & Ed Zadlo. She has just completed Level 1 of a Yoga Therapy Training program in May of 2013 and will continue on to complete Level II as a Yoga Therapist through the Yoga Life Institute, with a graduation in May of 2014 of 1000 hours training. Cari brings the beauty of Inner Fire, Yin, Slow Flow, Prenatal and Hatha yoga to a variety of students of different levels, ages, and abilities. When not teaching yoga, Cari works for a land conservation organization and her favorite past-times are travel, cooking, gardening and being in nature.
Lucia Gunzel, RYT, believes that the most important gift yoga gives is its attempt to quiet our drunken-monkey-bitten-by-a-scorpion minds. She earned her 200 hour teacher certification at Yoga on Main in 2008 under the tutelage of Shiva Das. Lucia fell in love with yoga a decade earlier while searching for a way to control her anxiety and hasn't looked back since. Her goal for her students is to have them clear their heads and focus on the present moment while strengthening their bodies and their breathwork. Lucia is also the author of the children's book, Cranky Pants (www.crankypants.org).
Sotantar Singh (Greg Bannett)
It began with a childhood curiosity flipping through his mom's yoga book. After many years of intermittent exposure, Greg Bannett (Sotontar Singh) rediscovered yoga in 2004. While taking his first Kundalini Yoga class (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) he immediately felt the transformative inner energy through the vital pranayam breathwork, meditation, challenging kriya exercise sets, and mantra. After six years of practice, he has taken the plunge from student to teacher culminating in the completion of a 220 hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training led by Sada Sat Singh & Sada Sat Kaur Khalsa. He intends to give students a therapeutic relaxing environment to revitalize the body, cleanse away stress, and clear the mind.
Ananda Kaur (Annie Archambault) has been practicing Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 1996. In 2004 she completed her teacher training under the guidance of Gurucharan Singh Khalsa and Hari Kaur. Ananda is a 3HO certified Kundalini teacher and a member of the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. She received her spiritual name (“Ananda” means “bliss”) from Yogi Bhajan before his death in 2004. Ananda taught Kundalini classes in Massachusetts until moving to Philadelphia in 2012. On occasion, she and another teacher co-taught a workshop with yoga and meditation followed by deep relaxation to the sounds of the gong. Ananda eagerly attends Kundalini classes, workshops, festivals, and sadhanas when possible. There is much to learn in this practice, and she believes it has subtly strengthened and supported her through many of life’s difficulties, while also awakening gratitude and joy. Ananda’s teaching goal is to communicate the benefits of this amazing technology to other yoga practitioners, and to see them excel.
Jean took her first yoga class at Yoga on Main in 1997 from the founder David Newman, and the first step of her yoga journey began. After many vacillating years, Jean fully committed herself to the path of yoga. In 2013 she completed 200 RYT with Ed Zadlo and Shiva Das, and immediately began teaching. Since then she finished a 100 hour astanga apprenticeship with Mary Flinn and will complete 500 RYT in 2014. Jean has a daily mysore practice and loves to study, teach, and practice yoga. "This path is an incredible gift that continues to bless my life."
Jessica Golden has been a student of yoga since 2010. She completed her 500 HR Advanced Teacher Certification in 2012 and her 500 HR Ayurveda Program Certification in 2013 from Yoga on Main. Jessica loves to share yoga asana (the physical practice of yoga) with students of all backgrounds and especially to beginners to show that yoga can benefit everyone. Her style is simple and she brings elements of Ayurveda (the sister science of yoga) into all of her classes; leaving Jessica’s class you will feel refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed.
Melanie Toner has been a student of yoga for over 12 years and completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga On Main under Shiva Das and Ed Zadlo. Influenced by over 15 years of lifestyle studies including yoga and health coaching, Melanie aims to provoke thought and meaning for students to ensure they leave class feeling renewed, refreshed and empowered. Her warm and gentle approach allows students of all levels to feel comfortable and confident during their practice. Melanie is a graduate of Temple University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is a sought-after speaker and coach who helps women overcome their struggles and fears to create a lifestyle filled with ease and joy through the use of yoga, mindfulness, coaching and intention. To learn more about her work, visit www.melanietoner.com
Melanie is thrilled to be “coming home” to Yoga on Main where she received her Yoga Teacher Certification in 2004. Practicing yoga for over 25 years, overcoming challenges with body size and image, chronic pain, and limited mobility due to accidents continues to show her the profound benefits that even subtle movements and modifications to yoga asanas (postures) can provide. She felt empowered in this as she trained in the Inner Fire Yoga method at YOM. One of its teachings is that the importance is in the inner experience of a yoga pose more than the external form. Her yoga students are varied; people of size, the elderly, people with disabilities, and others with mobility challenges. She is a Fat Activist who speaks about the importance of dismantling weightism. Melanie is also an Intuitive Healer, certified in Reiki and uses a custom-built massage table to support larger bodies. Melanie shares her knowledge to help others understand their bodies, in whatever form, with loving acceptance. For more information check out her website: www.abundantyogini.com
Erin Brenneman, RYT 200
Heather's approach to health + wellness is simple: it is a continual journey of alignment. Mind, body, and spirit creating harmony and flow through devotion, movement, study and a commitment to growth. Heather's personal harmony comes from her yogic lifestyle, which includes her own dedicated practice, sharing healing energy through Yoga, Dance and Reiki. Experience have given Heather the opportunity to not only connect with Spirit, examine and redefine her personal definition of health and wellness, but also recognize her own opportunity to help guide others on their individual path. Heather has been studying yoga for over 15 years and completed her 200 RYT with Shiva Das and Ed Zadlo at Yoga On Main in Philadelphia, Pa. When not taking journeys of mind, body and spirit, Heather loves exploring new terrain near and far. Heather is a professional photographer living in beautiful Mt. Airy, Philadelphia.