Corey J. Sokoloff

Pranic Healing


Certified Pranic Healer, Arhatic Yogi, 200HR CYT, accomplished drummer and percussionist, uses yogic philosophy and eastern medicine to help achieve inner peace and physical well being.  Corey's deeply passionate in helping others others do the same. 
In 2008 Corey began his training in art and science of Pranic Healing. This training included the Basic, Advanced, and Pranic Psychotherapy courses. Today, Coreyʻs practice flourishes as a teacher and practitioner, here in the states and internationally.  
His love for sacred music and Bhakti Yoga brought him to perform with David Newman, Jai Uttal, Brenda McMorrow and many more.  Corey shares his wisdom, one-on-one and remotely across the country and abroad on energy anatomy, meditation, yoga and self realization.

To Schedule Pranic Healing® contact Corey Sokoloff: 267-975-2870

 

Albert Fung

Co-Director of Teacher Training, Foundations of Vinyassa Yoga,Precision and Care Vinyassa, and Principles of Alignment Yoga Foundations Workshops

I started practicing yoga in the summer of 2003, looking for a way to get into shape.  Soon, I entered into a life-changing fascination that has occupied me ever since.  
I was first captured by the postures and sequences themselves.  They spoke to me; I was affected by the wisdom embedded in them.  And, I was drawn to the energy of the teachers I met; I had not really known seekers of this kind before.  They would have a lot teach me, about postures and otherwise.  Through Yoga’s teachings, I have come to face fears and find nuanced understandings of my self.
I have taken most of my study at The Yoga Room in New York where I practiced predominantly the Vinyasa and Anusara styles.  I have also practiced Iyengar, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and Bikram, among other styles, in New York and lately in Philadelphia.  I had always been noncommittal with regard to teachers and styles; that was until I found Dawn, Motherheart, and Classical Yoga.  I am grateful to have found a precious and genuine place to practice and, now, teach.

 
 

Anssumane Silla

West African Dance

An accomplished dancer and drummer, Anssumane Silla began performing at the age of 11 in his native Guinea Bissau. He has danced professionally for over 18 years with the National Ballet of Guinea Bissau. He was also a member of the contemporary dance troupe, Africa Estranha. With these ensembles, he performed for ambassadors, presidents and other international dignitaries and for the public throughout Ginnea Bissau. He has also performed in Mali, Senegal, The Gambia, South Africa and Libya.

While working with African Estanha, Mr. Silla performed pieces that address strife and suffering, including abuse of power and inequitable access to clear water and other vital resources, in Guinea Bissau, which has been torn apart by coups and political violence for decades.

Since arriving in Philadelphia in 2008, Mr. Silla has toured numerous states, performing as a dancer and drummer with the African Cultural Arts Collective (formerly Voices of Africa Drum Ensemble). He has been a featured artist for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council Humanities on the Road initiative, and a choreographer for the Kulu Mele African Dance Ensemble. In addition to teaching traditional (Bijagos, Balanta, Fula, and Manjaco) and contemporary dance styles from Guinea Bissau, he teaches a range of other West African dance styles in studios and schools in various Philadelphia neighborhoods.

 

Ryan Stracci
Message Therapist

For the past decade I have dedicated my efforts towards the pursuit of one goal...balance...physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Massage therapy opened that door and has afforded me the opportunity to not only achieve it for myself, but also provide it for my clients.  I attended the National Massage Therapy Institute in Philadelphia and have since enhanced my craft through hands on experiences and additional certifications.  I've been fortunate to offer my services at luxury spas, chiropractic offices and for a variety of job fairs and health care providers.  I was able to share my knowledge as an instructor of massage therapy, guiding students towards their goals.  Along the way I've received training in several modalities, including Reiki, deep tissue therapy and sports massage.  I am nationally certified and licensed in the states of PA and NJ.

 

As I have evolved as an individual and a massage practitioner, so has my understanding of the concept of balance.  It is this understanding I hope to share with all of you.  Our time together will be tailored towards your needs and your goals.  You will not feel rushed.  We will be within sacred walls, so you will feel comfortable.  My unique style, a blend of energy work, assisted stretching and soothing pressure, will be executed through a methodical and thoughtful pace.  I look forward to potentially meeting you all, and would be honored to work with you on my table.  Much gratitude to Dawn and to those that helped guide me down this path, to MotherHeart Studio. 

To schedule Message Therapy contact Ryan Stracci: 267-229-9917

 

Katie DeLorenzo

Strong Yoga flow and Progressive Bodywork

 

Katie has been an active athlete her whole life. She was prescribed yoga during a challenging time in 2011. The months that followed were transformational as she discovered moment by moment to listen to her own needs and wants and take care of her emotional, mental and physical being.  Yoga held a large anchor for her during this time which she has sought to deepen and strengthen over the years, eventually becoming a teacher in 2017 through MotherHeart.

Katie’s teaching style and mission is informed by a lifelong passion for whole being wellness. She holds multiple certifications in nutrition, detoxification and human performance. As an intuitive healer, her mastery as skilled Bodyworker and Reiki Practicioner mirror the same focus on thriving in every way.

 

Michelle Markellos
Kirtan

My journey with yoga began about 10 years ago after a bad car accident left my neck difficult to move and working out became painful. After the first few classes, I found a place that was not only strengthening my neck, but a safe place to go deeper and explore myself within. 

I began to practice with Barb Moeller at Lourdes Wellness in Cherry Hill, NJ, where I went on to study and get my 200 hour certification in Hatha Yoga. Since then, I have done additional study in Kid's Yoga Nidra, The 5 Tibetan Rites, and The Inner Journey Program at MotherHeart. 

The beauty of yoga is that we are all on a journey with our bodies as vessels, leading us to love, forgive, and have patience with ourselves first, so that when we leave the mat, we can do so with others. Every time I step onto the mat is like the first time doing yoga, in that I am never sure where the journey will lead me!

 

Sara Giraldo

Yoga Instructor

Sara is a Certified Yoga Instructor 200hr RYT. She studied with Roe Pietropaula  (The Breathing Room) who taught her ways to make yoga accessible to all body types and needs. Sara has practiced meditation since she was 14 years old after being introduced to this practice by her parents. She became a devoted yoga asana practitioner in 2014, when life challenged her to unexpected and determined changes. She found in yoga peace of mind, and the feeling of being at home, although away from home. Her classes are offered in Spanish (mostly) and English (yoga poses names in English). She creates an environment where students can challenge their bodies in a safety and proprius “close to self” way. 


Sara was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia and has lived in the US for 10 years. She is a beautiful person and compassionate, funny yoga instructor. In her life out of the mat, she is an immigrants advocate in the Philadelphia Area, and enjoys spending time with her little fishtowner family.

 

Christina Gesualdi 
Classical Yoga

I am a Philly-based yoga teacher, dancer, and choreographer. I make experiential  dance work that researches a certain softness and imaginative off-ness in the body. I am in love with the way Yoga makes space for pluralism, subtlety, (and to use poet C.A. Conrad's title) "deviant propulsion" of the self. I have taught Yoga for over 10 years. I am grateful for over 400hrs of Yoga teacher training and have been a curious student under Marie Ireola, Nicole Bindler, and Dawn at Motherheart for teacher training and the Inner Journey Program. I teach Yoga to senior citizens, undergraduates, and students of all levels at various gyms, Temple University and University of the Arts. I've also led embodied presence Yoga classes for kids at Neighborhood Bike Works Summer Cycling Camp and Girl's Rock Philly Summer Camp.

 

Lori Hedrick

Kundalini Yoga

Lori is a teacher of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation. She is KRI Certified and has studied at Kundalini Research Institute in Espanola, NM and Khalsa Healing Arts in Yardley, PA. 

"Kundalini yoga has completely changed my life. It has returned to me an inner strength and personal power I thought I had lost. I am completely dedicated to the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. I share these sacred teachings in order help others open their hearts and find personal empowerment to gracefully navigate in these times of social, emotional and technological over stimulation. "

“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” - Yogi Bhajan

 

​MotherHeart Yoga Sangha is dedicated to initiating and caring for true seekers on the path of Yoga in a skillful and compassionate way.

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