Laura LaRosa R.N., E-RYT, Member of International Association of Yoga Therapists
Laura was introduced to Yoga during a traumatic event in her life. After years of competitive athletics and heavy weight lifting, and a genetic predisposition for joint laxity, she developed many joint injuries resulting in surgery and long recovery periods. Through a regular asana practice, she found her emotional and physical states were healing, but she was still searching for a Spiritual connection. After finding her teacher, Swami Atmarupa Saraswati, she was able to begin studying the philosophy and ancient scriptures of Yoga, which brought her to the deeper connection she was seeking. Laura’s classes are physically demanding, infused with the ancient teachings of Yogic scripture, and filled with good humor. She has a strong medical and scientific background, as well as more than 3000 hours of training in various styles of Yoga and therapeutics, allowing her to safely meet the needs of students at any level of practice in public classes or on a private basis. Her main focuses and training have been with Swami Atmarupa and Rod Stryker giving her an extensive knowledge base of Tantric Yoga. She has also studied with Baron Baptiste and David Swenson giving her a thorough understanding of the vinyasa style of Yoga. Laura offers philosophy courses, teacher training, therapeutic consultation, and private instruction.
Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene CYT, E-RYT 200
Director of Nishkama Yoga / Assistant Teacher, Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga
In 2009, Ylonda embarked on her first Yoga class unaware of the transformational experience she was about to have. Immediately after her first class, she intrinsically knew Yoga was the perfect all-inclusive path to wellness for her. As a professional cellist/teacher, she found the profound connection between the breath and flow of her music and that of her Yoga practice. As a Yoga teacher, she offers playful classes geared toward harmonizing strength and flexibility that are centered within openness to all possibilities without expectations. She believes a challenging Yoga practice is available to all who come to Yoga and hopes to assist her students in finding his or her personal edge while providing the space for laughter, happiness, and peace. Ylonda completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Certification in 2009. Ylonda then went on to complete a 200/300 hour certification program at Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga with Laura LaRosa in 2010. She is currently working toward her 500 hour Certification at Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga. Ylonda is currently an assistant teacher in the 200-hour teacher training program at Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga.
Rosey Holman CYT
Rosey has dabbled in yoga for the last ten years. Having discovered yoga could help her with anxiety, she added it to her regular workout schedule but found yoga provided her with more than just exercise.Yoga couldn't have reappeared at a more needed or perfect time for her. She reached a crossroads, dealing with some major life decisions, yoga guided her through. She believes yoga will change the lives of anyone who practices. Her classes provide the real truth of yoga so that it can touch someone's life the way it has touched hers. She strives to teach yoga as a tool for focus and awareness for her students. She believes there is no room for judgement, only progress. Her teaching style is gentle yet stern, and without expectations. Rosey completed her training at Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga in December 2012.
Alicia Hansen CYT, RYT
Alicia began practicing Yoga in college as a part of a newly-found healthier lifestyle. When she started to regularly attend classes at Nishkama Yoga in 2010, she found her Yoga home that provided not only an activity that would help provide physical health benefits; but, one that would help to improve her emotional health, as well. Alicia’s classes provide her students with a well-rounded, complete practice while sharing concepts that can be applied during a yoga class or in the world outside. Alicia earned a 300-hour certificate with Laura LaRosa through Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga.
Angela Hess CYT, RYT
Angela came to yoga after sustaining multiple orthopaedic injuries and surgeries from years of competitive athletics. Her doctor suggested yoga after advising she should no longer run. The first class she attended did not interest or challenge her, but thankfully, she tried again with a different class and fell in love with the powerful practice. It provided her with the same physical and mental release she experienced in sports and running, but on a new level of strengthening and peaceful energy. From that point on, she practiced daily.
Angela is a full-time respiratory therapist for the Cleveland Clinic Marymount in the ICU and ER which has provided her with a useful medical background. In turn, yoga has provided her with an outlet through which to let go of the stress and trauma from her day job.
Angela started studying yoga in 2010 with Beth Trnka and has received her 200 hour certification. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an RYT. She is currently working toward a 500 hour certification with Laura LaRosa at Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga.
Her classes are powerful yet peaceful, challenging yet chilled, with an overall athletic vibe in which each student can discover who they are and become it.
Kevin Jones CYT, RYT
Kevin came to yoga as a result of dropping some old habits. As a smoker turned distance runner, he immediately saw benefits from the physical and mental aspects of Yoga. The practicality of meditation and asana has kept him coming back to the practice for the last four years. In that time, Kevin has studied meditation with Max Simon and completed his 200-hour certification with Laura LaRosa at Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga. Just like his teachers have done for him, Kevin's goal is to offer a practice that is both accessible and challenging.
Jeff Buelow CYT, RYT
Jeff came to yoga due to severe injuries to his back and leg while working as an underwater welder. He has obtained great healing of his injuries which has given him more freedom in his life to enjoy the outdoors. His classes are basics classes focused on the breath and proper alignment. He works hard to cater to injuries so students get the full benefit of their respective practices. Knowing the healing benefits of yoga so intimately, he wishes to provide the same experience to others through Nishkama Yoga.
Jeff received his 200 hour training from Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga. In addition, he serves as an ADCI surface supplied air diver specializing in underwater repair welding repair and demolition, as well as search and rescue.
In the spring of 2012, Beth decided to develop her yoga dabblings into a consistent practice. She had primarily utilized yoga asanas to help her body endure distance running. This time she came to yoga for peace and kindness; some mental respite; a break from the chaos and stress of daily life. She immediately felt at home at Nishkama Yoga and is now completing her 300-hour certification with Laura LaRosa and Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene at the Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga. Beth strives to provide her students with a detoxifying asana practice; the tools to expand breath and energy; and the opportunity to quiet the mind. She personally practices at Nishkama Yoga for the reminders that judgment and expectations are unnecessary and that she is enough exactly the way she is right now—and she’ll be there to remind you that you are, too.
Stephanie Nicklos CYT, RYT
When Stephanie started her Yogic journey in 2010, she never expected to become a teacher. Yoga, for Stephanie, started out as a counter balance to running. After many years of pounding the pavement and a couple injuries, she was looking for a better way to honor her body. Beyond physical benefits, she found gifts from Yoga that she never could have ever imagined including patience, clarity, and calmness. She found a renewed faith in herself and in God. Stephanie says that each person's journey is different and we should embrace and notice the path we are on, both on and off the mat. Stephanie’s classes are challenging and insightful. Students feel supported and comfortable within the space she holds. Stephanie studied with Laura LaRosa and completed the Nishkama School of Yoga 200/300-hour Teacher Training Program and has a 200-RYT certification through Yoga Alliance. Stephanie teaches weekly public classes and is currently an assistant teacher in the 200-hour teacher training program at Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga.
Jessica Pinsky, CYT
Jessica began taking yoga classes in 2002 during college and immediately found yoga to be the balance she needed from a busy lifestyle. As an artist she leads a life full of passion and experimentation and has found grounding in a regular yoga practice. After living in many cities and trying yoga studios around the world, she has found the combination of asana and mediation to be the most powerful and effective practice and teaches this combination in her classes. She received her 200 hr certification from the Nishkama School of Yoga in 2013 and is so excited to be teaching at Nishkama.
Mark’s path to Yoga began with his devotion to his meditation practice. He sought meditation to find balance and peace and to learn to connect more fully with his heart. Through this heart connection and his meditation practice, he was able to grow and learn more about himself. It wasn’t until he felt like his meditation practice had hit a wall that he found the true benefits and beauty of Yoga. Yoga helped to dissolve the wall, and through his practice, he was able to further deepen his connection with his heart and to find more joy in life. Mark’s classes encourage students enhance this connection to joy and to learn to connect with the stillness within. His classes support students where they are and urge them to find their personal edge physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. He received his training through the Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga with Laura LaRosa.
Bethany Thomas CYT, RYT
As her Yoga practice started out of a need for wellness, Bethany was able to find health, laughter, joy, and peace on her mat and in her life. Bethany teaches an array of classes at Nishkama Yoga, including Yoga Basics, Nishkama Vinyasa Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. As a graduate of Nishkama Yoga School of Yoga, Bethany has advanced her training with Laura LaRosa and Judith Lasater while embracing a wide variety of physical activities. Bethany’s classes are informative and fun, and always bring support to students while they find the focus intended for that particular style of class.
Lynn Marie Vitanza CYT, RYT
Developing and nurturing a Yoga practice is, for Lynn Marie, a lifelong endeavor. Practicing and teaching Yoga allows Lynn Marie to share her passion and belief that Yoga is a means to a positive and balanced energy; a dedicated practice nurtures the heart, strengthens the body, and calms the mind. Her classes are a blend of joyful energy, breath, and strength building poses. In a nurturing environment, students can expect a challenging practice that will inspire the soul and bring loving kindness and goodness into their heart center. Lynn Marie received her 200-hour teacher Certification from the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California and is a Registered Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She attends numerous local and national workshops, especially those with the ever-inspiring Max Strom.