Yoga has played a transformative role in Lisa’s life, as it has helped her quiet her mind of the habitual and often negative thoughts that had existed through various stages of her growth. Yoga allows her the awareness to deliberately choose thoughts that are empowering and make her feel a sense of peace and connection with everyone and everything around her.Lisa continues to be a student of Yoga, and considers her 500 Hour training with Srii Dharma Mittra to be most influential. She has also completed 100 hours with Baron Baptiste, and 200 hours with Lisa Taylor and Sarah Gingrich. Additional trainings and immersions with Kathryn Budig, Seane Corn, Gina Caputo, Bryan Kest, Kino Macgregor and Phillip Askew have also been highly influential to her teaching and practice. Lisa’s classes are challenging enough for experienced practitioners, yet simple enough and totally approachable for newer yogis. She uses positive affirmations to create a meditative flow, while still focusing on proper body alignment. She invites you to share her passion for personal growth, physical movement and deep connection with our true selves by practicing with her. Aside from being the co-founder of Dana Hot Yoga, she has completed Doctoral studies in Special Education, and has researched and developed an integrative yoga based program entitled Body Centered Therapy, which is designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Lisa is also an Adjunct Professor in the Graduate Education Department at St. Joseph’s University. She is the proud mother of two daughters, a dog Buddha, and two cats, Dalli and Samadhi.
Dorian MitchellWhile yoga calls to us for many reasons, Dorian started his yoga practice while in the courtship of dating his now wife. He completed the Dana Hot Yoga 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2011, and has continued his studies in the Rocket Yoga method with Amber Jean yoga baby of the late Larry Schultz. He looks forward to sharing acceptance while fostering an environment that promotes the idea of function over form, and most importantly, FUN during his classes! As a Philadelphia native and graduate f St. Joseph’s University there is a soft spot in his heart for the western side of the city. Consequently, when the opportunity arose to launch Dana Hot Yoga with his wife and co-founder he chose Bala Cynwyd, PA. Since 2007 Dorian has served as the Director of operations at Dana Hot Yoga. He finds gratification in sharing with others the bountiful benefits of yoga and is committed to growing our Dana Hot Yoga community one neighborhood at a time.
Jenn NonnemacherJen found yoga in 2010 while training for her first marathon and began practicing regularly as a means to strengthen her body and mind. She instantly loved the challenge of power yoga to allow her mind to stay focused in the present moment and feels it is a wonderful compliment to running. She truly believes yoga is for everyone and the goal should be to encourage us to be a little better than we were before by practicing patience and making an effort, both on and off the mat. Jen completed her 200 hour Hot Vinyasa Training at Dana Hot Yoga and is grateful for the opportunity to continue to learn, practice, and teach in an amazing community. She enjoys a challenging, sweaty, vinyasa/ power class, with an emphasis on variety, fun, and mindfulness.
Katherine fell in love with the practice and philosophy of yoga in 2010 when she first tried a hot vinyasa flow. Since then she has immersed herself in a variety of styles and upon realizing how yoga was impacting her life, she chose to pass on what she was learning to
Katherine fell in love with the practice and philosophy of yoga in 2010 when she first tried a hot vinyasa flow. Since then she has immersed herself in a variety of styles and upon realizing how yoga was impacting her life, she chose to pass on what she was learning to others. She enrolled in a 200 hour teacher training program at Dana Hot Yoga in 2012. Under the leadership of Lisa Mitchell and Rachel Hoppenstein, Katherine deepened her personal asana practice, but also found a profound transformation in her daily life of experiences and interactions off of her mat. Katherine finds fulfillment in sharing with others the incredible power of yoga not just as a way to reach the body’s physical potential, but also as a lifestyle of compassion, acceptance and unity.
Rachel HoppensteinRachel H. began her practice in college, convinced by a friend to try out a class. The energy, sweat, and power kept her coming back and eventually to teaching. In 2008, Rachel earned her 200- hour certification in a month long intensive training at the Kripalu Center in Western Massachusetts. Melding her vinyasa practice with the inquisitive, Inner focus of her kripalu training, her classes are fun and challenging.Rachel insist that yoga not only strengthened her body but stretched her spine- causing her to grow half an inch! She is also an artist and her paintings are present in the studio!
Kate BoydKate is a recent graduate of Dana Hot Yoga’s Teacher Training program and is very excited to be teaching at Dana’s new Glenside location. Kate has always had an interest in moving and healing the human body through exercise and positive lifestyle choices. She took her first yoga class in college, and over the past ten years has enjoyed a mixture of power, gentle Hatha and Astanga style yoga classes. She works as a physical therapist and has a particular interest in human anatomy and kinesiology. She also has studied Buddhist meditation and dabbles in Fung Shui for fun. With Kate’s classes, you can expect a challenging, yet energizing flow with a focus on strength and increasing range of motion.