Our Teachers

" When you're inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds. Your mind transcends limitations; your consciousness 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. In fact I never intended to be a yoga teacher and I definitely didn’t plan on founding 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. Yoga has changed my life.  I am lucky and fortunate to be able to share my 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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Emily Stalmack

Emily has been studying and practicing yoga since ending her career as a diver at the University of Louisville over three years ago. She immediately fell in love with the practice because of it's non-competitive atmosphere, especially when she learned she could truly just be on her mat, with no one watching and judging her for once! She decided to take her practice to the next level and complete her first 200hr training with Breath for Change when she learned their training was designed specifically for schoolteachers (her day job). After a two week intensive in Austin, she began integrating mindfulness into her daily practice and classroom. Eventually, she decided to complete a second 200hr training with Tiny Buddha Yoga in Ann Arbor, Michigan. There, she studied Ashtanga and Vinyasa, learning to incorporate "flow on your own" time into her classes: a chance for students to explore the connection between breath and movement in a moving meditation. Emily strives to create a safe space for students to "work into” their bodies, try new alignment and postures, and to play with new edges, both on and off the mat.

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KC

KC has treated people suffering with pain and movement dysfunctions with her doctor of physical therapy degree since 2011. She began consistently practicing a variety of styles of yoga after a hip injury in 2007 and found beauty and effectiveness in combining physical therapy and yoga for her own rehabilitation. In 2017, she wanted to better learn how to use yoga in the healthcare field and decided to pursue her certification through the Professional Yoga Therapy Institute. This education opened her eyes to the value of all the limbs of yoga and how they effect our nervous system, gastrointestinal system, memory, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, as well as our strength, flexibility and postural control. Her goal through teaching classes is to dive a little deeper into the full spectrum of yoga with her students, in order that they may learn more about their own unique body and circumstances and develop the knowledge and capacity to heal and thrive in our community.

 

 

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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 well being. 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.