Suzanne Accardo – Suzanne is the owner and director of The Yoga Place. She is a registered member of Yoga Alliance, holds a 500 hour Yoga teacher certification from Yoga Life Institute, an additional 200 hours of Yoga Therapy Training and is a certified Life Coach with the International Coach Academy (ICA). Suzanne graduated from Boston University with a Master’s Degree in Education. Classically trained in yoga, she enjoys sharing the healing benefits of yoga with students and clients.
Kathy Brubaker - Kathy began learning Qigong and Tai chi in 2010. Her desire to bring these practices to the local community led her to study at the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi where she earned her certification to teach Integral Qigong and Tai Chi and Tai Chi Easy in November 2012. She also earned her certificate to teach Therapeutic Qigong from the New England School of Tai Chi in Massachusetts in 2013. And she is certified to teach yoga by the Yoga Life Institute. Kathy’s passion is her desire to help people learn about and experience the healing powers of the body, physically, mentally and emotionally, through the practices of Qigong and Tai Chi.
Kim Gockley is a registered nurse and a registered yoga teacher (RYT-500) with the Yoga Alliance. She is currently pursuing a certification in comprehensive yoga therapy. Kim has worked as a nurse in the school setting for the past nine years and has been teaching yoga in both traditional and special needs classrooms for the past 6 years. In addition to working with children with anxiety and attention challenges, Kim has a passion for helping all ages to find wellness and healing through yoga therapy. Kim specializes in helping individuals recover from injuries, manage chronic illness or pain, or learn how to navigate life’s challenges. Kim has a calm and compassionate approach to whole-person health, and she is dedicated to working with you to find a comfortable balance between traditional western medicine and the therapeutic yogic path.
Lynn Keisel - I have been practicing Yoga for nine years and teaching at The Yoga Place since the spring of 2012. I received my 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification from the YogaLife Institute in Wayne, PA. I am a registered member and hold an RYT-200 certification through Yoga Alliance. I currently teach Hatha classes in a warm room with ambient lighting and soft music. My students focus on strength, flexibility and breathing during class. I also have experience teaching Heat and Sun, a Vinyasa-style class which focuses on Sun Salutations in a heated room. I enjoy teaching other classes (Gentle and Vinyasa) at the studio, as well.
I hold a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree from Bloomsburg University, a Master’s degree in Special Education from Millersville University and a Supervisory Special Education Certification from Penn State. I have been working in the field of Special Education for nearly 20 years.
My husband, Dan, and I have family and grown children in South Carolina, Tennessee, California and Colorado and love to travel. I always make sure to take a Yoga class in the cities we visit. We also enjoy kayaking and sporting events.
Coming to my Yoga mat, whether teaching or practicing, helps me find peace within myself.
Beth Martin RYT 500, E-RYT 200, has enjoyed a lifetime love of health and movement. She found yoga in the year 2000 and never looked back. Her over 700 hours of trainings include Alignment Focused Hatha, Power Yoga, Sequencing, Yoga on the Rope Wall, Aerial Yoga and leadership/wellness through Create Karma.
During a trip to Nepal in 2015, she became inspired by the strength, joy and ease exhibited by those she now considers her Nepali brothers and sisters. She brings these attributes to her classes through focused breath, embodied movement, and authentic stillness. She invites each student to personalize their practice in a way that helps them maintain balance and connection.
Phyllis Peters has come to yoga via her career as a physical therapist assistant and fitness background. She has studied with Dawn Mehan and Patricia Cornelius at The Yoga Lifestyle Center in Paolia, PA to complete her 200 hour teacher training program. She continues to be a student of yoga by studying with locally and nationally known teachers cush as Maria Van der Meij, Judy Klunk, JJ Gormley, Lilias Folan, Judith Hanson Lasater, Sara Meeks, Baron Baptiste, Leigh Crews, Robert Sherman, Victor Van Kooten and Stephanie Pappas. The foundation of her teaching style combines structural alignment principles, mindfulness and conscious breathing. it is her hope that students will find a greater sense of peace and balance in their daily lives as a result of their practice on the mat.
Jennifer Faber-Lascoskie – I have been working as the office manager at The Yoga Place since June 2013. In April of 2014 I completed my 200 hour teacher training at Shri Yoga and Wellness Center in West Reading. I was first introduced to yoga when I was about 4 years old and would watch Lilias M. Folan on PBS. Stepping onto my yoga mat always feels like returning home; at home in my body and at home in my mind.
I am a classically trained vocalist, a singer/songwriter and a vocal instructor. I enjoy helping my students discover their most authentic voice and giving them the confidence to use it.
Whether I am teaching singing, or teaching yoga, my goal is always to help students shine with the light of their true nature in loving-kindness and gratitude for this beautiful life. www.jenniferka.com
Regina Usner is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher. Advanced fields of study include anatomy and physiology, classical yoga and psychology, yoga techniques, teaching skills, sequencing for special populations and professional ethics. Regina graduated from the Yogalife Institute in 2013 with her teacher-training certificate and is in the process of completing her yoga therapy certification thus earning her 1000 hours of yoga certification.
Regina came to yoga 10 years ago after her diagnosis of cancer. Not wanting to be in the gym scene anymore, she found yoga to be the answer to finding a safe space to become aware of what was going on within while moving her body in a more gentle fashion.
She has since come to realize that for her and most of the population, we live in a constant state of fight or flight, which can be so detrimental to our mind and bodies. She now understands, through yoga therapy, it is much better to be in the rest and digest system. That part of our body where we slow down and allow all systems to function as they were made to function.
She has learned that all the answers we need for our own lives are within us and is very passionate at helping other people to discover that path as well. She enjoys learning about both the mind and body and applying that in her teaching. Her faith is very important to her and guides her life. She enjoys working with people of all ages. Regina has been working with cancer patients as a Radiation Therapist for the last 32 years and teaches yoga part-time.
Trained with Rodney Yee in New York, Jen earned a 200-hour yoga teacher certification. Additionally she is a certified schoolteacher with a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelors degree in Psychology.
Jen also studied Mindfulness education with Mindful Schools. She enthusiastically taught Yoga and Mindfulness in the town of Montauk as a Health and Physical Education teacher for nine years. A lifelong learner passionate to give , Jen is inspired to teach yoga on and off the mat wherever she goes. She is grateful for all of life’s teachers and is a firm believer that happiness is wishing for the moment to be just as it is.
Nazareth Bedoya began practicing yoga in her early twenties and instantly felt comforted by it. Her love and passion for yoga has continued to grow throughout the years and she loves to share it with others. She has been teaching for two years and became certified in 2016. Nazareth has studied many different styles and draws inspiration from Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, and Restorative yoga. She is fascinated by the body mind connection and considers herself a student first. She is devoted to helping students gain self-awareness and an understanding of their bodies. Her classes are alignment focused, but she does not believe in a one pose fits all style. She believes in empowering individuals by helping them listen to the best teacher of all, themselves. When practicing with Nazareth you can expect a welcoming environment, a physical challenge with plenty of room to modify, self-inquiry, a few laughs, and imperfection is a must. Above all, her intention as your instructor is for you to walk away from your practice feeling whole and
complete, just as you are.