Hannah Allerdice Bricker (Ph.D., E-RYT 500, YACEP), Trainer in Residence
Hannah has been studying yoga for 18 years and studying with Sri Dharma Mittra for the last 12 years. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and has taken her 200, 500, 800, and 1000-hour trainings with Sri Dharma and serves on the teaching staff of Sri Dharma Mittra’s Life of a Yogi Teacher Trainings in New York.
Hannah earned her Ph.D., from Syracuse University. She has been studying and practicing conflict resolution and Non-violent communication for 15 years and is currently in the process of becoming a certified NVC trainer.
Venessa Bowers (TCTSY-F, 500 ERYT, RCYT, RPYT, YACEP), Studio Manager Venessa is a licensed certified social worker (clinical), a certified clinical trauma professional, yoga instructor, a Registered Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master Teacher, and a Karuna Ki Reiki Master. She specializes in working with children and adults who have been affected by traumatic experiences. Venessa is the manager of both Lotus Yoga Studio and the Blooming Lotus Project Yoga Studio and her approach uses the Karmic path, which is the “yoga of action in the service of others.”
Venessa is leading a 2022 research study entitled: Blooming Lotus Project: An interdisciplinary study of Trauma Center- Trauma Sensitive Yoga’s Impact on Behavioral Health Outcomes in Children and Adolescents with Dave Emerson, Co-Director of the Center for Trauma and Embodiment.
Venessa completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 and her 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2020 with Michelle Young, her 95-hour certification in children’s yoga with Radiant Child Yoga’s Lana Reed 500ERYT, and her certification in Trauma Center-Trauma Sensitive Yoga’s facilitators 300hr training in the 2020-2021 global cohort, a second 300hr training for her. Venessa is now the only TCTSY facilitator on the Eastern Shore. Venessa completed her 85hr certification in prenatal yoga with Nectar and Nurture Yoga’s Ryah Dekis, 500 ERYT; a 75hr restorative yoga teacher training with Lucia Seglie, 500 ERYT; 30hr Yin Yoga Teacher Training, and 30hr Ayurveda teacher training with Ryah Dekis, 500 ERYT. Venessa is currently working on a 100hr certification in Yoga Philosophy with Shyam Ranganathan, Ph.D.
Marta Bhairavi Cain (200 RYT; Children’s Yoga) Marta Bhairavi Cain holds a B.A. in Psychology from Georgian Court University. She has been practicing yoga since her freshman year of college and went on to earn her 200 hr. certification in Sivananda yoga from The Freehold Yoga Center in NJ in 2016. She teaches both adult and children’s yoga classes and values the importance of both physical and mental well-being.
Dele Clark-Shaw (African Dance, children’s yoga) Dele is a performing artist who leads classes in movement, dance, and children’s yoga in studio and in the community.
Veronica Correa (200 RYT), Studio Owner
Veronica is a licensed certified social worker (clinical), yoga instructor, life coach, and certified hypnotherapist. Veronica earned her master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Maryland and she holds a license as a certified clinical social worker from the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners. Veronica has 22 years of counseling experience and her work focuses on providing guidance for people to break through physical and emotional pain, as well as inspiring them to make healthy choices and to achieve their dreams. Veronica uses innovative, alternative approaches—such as clinical hypnosis, Reiki, and energy therapy—as well as traditional counseling. Her approaches have proved to be a good complement to modern medicine, empowering people to get well faster. Veronica has added mindfulness, gentle yoga, and yoga nidra to help people connect with the joy and deep inner peace that resides inside their hearts.
Ryah Dekis (E-RYT 500, YACEP), Trainer in Residence
Ryah is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, YACEP, Reiki 2 practitioner, and labor, birth/postpartum doula. Owner of Nectar and Nurture Yoga, a Registered Prenatal Yoga School through Yoga Alliance (RYS), Nectar & Nurture Ayurveda & Wellness, and the creator of “Natural Mystic” organic reiki infused products and jewelry. A spirited women’s health educator, self-care specialist, and Nectar & Nurture Doula Support couples birth workshop leader. She’s been passionate about prenatal yoga for over a decade.
Kylene Shupe (Family Yoga, Yin Yoga) Kylene is a reiki master and yoga instructor who completed 30 hours of Children’s Yoga training with Radiant Child Yoga’s Lana Reed, 30 hours of Yin Yoga training with Ryah Dekis, and will complete her 200 hr yoga teacher training with Michelle Young.
Bridget Strama, (B.S., M.A. E-RYT 200), Trainer in Residence
Bridget founded Child’s Heart Yoga in 2014, after a long public school teaching career. Bridget believes that the natural curiosity, radiance and joy of children should be celebrated. She is also the founder of Survive to Thrive Mamas and a Hoop Yogini Master Teacher Trainer.
Kristen Wood (200 RYT)
Kristen has been practicing Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan since 2006. In 2010, after a year of intensive study, she became certified as a 200 hour Kundalini Research Institute Level 1 Instructor. In 2013, Kristen became certified as a Kundalini Conscious Pregnancy Instructor. She has found Kundalini Yoga to be deeply transformative and healing for the mind, body and soul. It has helped provide the tools to successfully navigate and manage every aspect of her life ranging from personal to professional. Kristen hopes every student will leave the class feeling more deeply connected with themselves and with the world around them.