Our Teachers

" When you're inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your conciousness expands in every direction; and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person than you ever believed yourself to be." -Pantajali,

 
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Nerissa Sparkman

I’m a little bit gypsy, a little bit hippie, and a little bit rebel. For the past twenty years you could usually find me with a camera in one hand, my passport in the other and yoga mat strapped to my back. I in fact never intended to be a yoga teacher and I definitely didn’t plan on owning a yoga studio. I first got into yoga in my late teens/early twenties. I suffered from insomnia and for whatever reason was drawn to Eastern Philosophy. The books I read late into the night kept referring to yoga and meditation, and I thought, “So where do I get some of that?” And so my yoga journey began. I’ve practiced all over the world, with a ton of different and wonderful teachers, for many years. I’ve played with a number of styles and explored everything from Iyengar to Mysore, but Skanda Yoga is my yoga tribe and Anand KF von Roenn III and his partner Sadhana are my teachers. Skanda is a lovely practice and has changed my life more than I could have ever known. I am lucky and fortunate to be able to share my experience and love for yoga with others. I never planned on being a yoga teacher, but I'm really am thankful that I am. Come practice with me. Come play. There is a very good chance that we will do things that you’ve never done before, that you’ll feel pushed and possibly even uncomfortable, but you’ll leave feeling empowered and stronger and lighter in both body and spirit. Skanda isn’t for everyone, and I don’t expect it to be. Some people love arm balances and inversion and handstands, and if you’re one of those people, YOU WILL LOVE SKANDA. Iyengar once said, “Yoga releases the creative potential of life. The light that yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things. It transforms the person who sees.”

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Amberly Fox

Amberly has studied and practiced yoga since she was a teenager but decided to transition into teaching in 2012. She has completed studies in Hatha, Yin, Restorative, Kundalini, Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga, and Reiki. She trained in Yin yoga with Bernie Clark in Vancouver, BC and is now working toward her 300hr training there at Semperviva Yoga School. Her teaching style incorporates the gentle and nurturing aspects of Hatha and Reiki healing as well as strong breath work to build internal heat and help bring balance back to the body. She creates a calm, safe space for students to flow deeper and more thoughtfully, incorporating proper alignment and breath in creative ways for a stronger, more balanced practice. She resides in Crescent Hill with her significant other and a menagerie of cats and dogs. "Yoga is not merely touching your toes, or standing on your head, or folding yourself into a lotus pretzel. It's about how you do what you do, and how you live your daily life on a moment-to-moment basis." Eric Schiffmann

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Monica Hanofee

Growing up as a performer, Monica Hanofee was drawn to creative expression and movement. She fell in love with yoga on her artistic journey, seeking connection between body and mind. Monica trained at the Om Factory NYC, where she received her RYT-200 hr certification and later became a Certified Yoga Tune Up® teacher at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. In her classes Monica honors the breath, and with a playful spirit invigorates her students through the cultivation of embodied awareness and anatomical integrity.

 

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Lee Schardein

Lee first discovered yoga in 2005 while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Dance at Indiana University, Bloomington. After being in a serious car accident in September 2011, Lee’s yoga practice began to deepen as she practiced Bikram yoga for two years, as a way to combat back/neck pain and anxiety. Her passion for yoga increased even more when she started to study Vinyasa Flow. Through Vinyasa Flow, Lee discovered a way to pair breath and movement into a dancing, moving meditation. Lee completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yogaia in Fall 2015. Lee loves being a student and has studied many styles of yoga including: yin, Kundalini, restorative, Bikram, Skanda and power vinyasa. Lee is a licensed professional clinical counselor working in the community mental health field with children and adolescents. Yoga and meditation have become Lee’s primary source of self-care, and she encourages her students to find a consistent practice to combat stressors and improve their overall wellbeing. She also encourages students to take the lessons from the mat and into into their daily lives. Lee is the proud mama of two pugs and a cat.