Her History: Brenda was first introduced to yoga more than ten years ago, and became serious about her practice while searching for relief from chronic back pain. The yogic tools and methodology she learned literally changed her life. She is eager to share her knowledge with students and uses her background as a Professor of Theatre and professional actor to effectively, creatively, and safely build a solid yoga foundation appropriate for every student. With an abundance of positive energy and welcoming presence, Brenda`s objective is to empower practitioners with tools that will enrich their lives on a daily basis both on and off the mat. Through exploration and connection of mind, body, breath and spirit, practitioners will be able to bring yogic balance to all aspects of their lives—-ultimately enhancing their health and well being in every respect.
What to Expect: Brenda easily modifies asanas (postures) for students in her classes through clear and precise verbal instructions. Students will discover that Brenda adapts a yoga practice to the individual, focusing more upon the journey than the destination.
Favorite Quote: You are your own stories and therefore free to imagine and experience what it means to be human without wealth…. And although you don’t have complete control over the narrative, you could nevertheless create it.
Guilty Pleasure: Wanderlust.
The Facts: Charity Castner teaches yoga classes at H2L Studio. She’s certified in tradition Hatha Yoga.
Her History: After having her first child, she fell in love with yoga to help her relax, recharge, refocus and get mentally and physically prepared for being a mom. Charity has been certified since 2009 and teaching ever since. When she isn’t teaching, running around showing houses as a Realtor or chasing kids, you can find her reading, hanging out with family and friends or whipping something up in the kitchen.
What to Expect: During Charity’s gentle classes you will focus on your breathing and slowing down, learning to enjoy the moments of stillness and quiet. During her Vinyasa class, get ready to get that heart rate up and sweat a little.
Favorite Quote: “I drink and I know things.” – Tyrion Lannister
Guilty Pleasure: Cereal! Mainly Capt’n Crunch and ice cream
The Facts: Deborah Kearns teaches Pilates, Yoga, and Cycling classes at H2L and as a Reiki Master Practitioner, also offers private Reiki sessions. She is certified through Peak Pilates (mat and equipment), a 200RYT with Yoga Fit, a Schwinn Cycling Instructor,and has received Reiki training locally with Rickie Meryl Freedman, and in New York City and Asheville, NC with Allison Hayes.
The Facts: Irene Clauser teaches Yoga classes here at H2L Studio. She received her 200-hour certification through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and is also certified in Child Light Yoga. She teaches vinyasa flow, yin, and restorative yoga.
Her History: Irene is a Penn State graduate and former Domestic Violence Counselor/Advocate who recently became a new mom. She first discovered yoga as a teenager and later became a dedicated student as a young adult. Her study of yoga initially began as a physical practice and later flourished into a study of yogic philosophy, spirituality, and the inner self.
What to Expect: During Irene’s class you can expect to build some heat with a meditative flow while working on physical and mental strength and flexibility!
Favorite Quote: “The highest spiritual practice is self-observation without judgment.” ~ Swami Kripalu
Guilty Pleasure: Anything with chocolate!
The Facts: Monica Foster teaches Yoga and Cycling here at H2L. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 hours certified and Schwinn certified.
Her History: Her yoga practice has developed and grown over the past several years on and off the mat. With a transformed understanding of how to unite the body, breath and mind; she brings an enthusiastic energy to teaching and enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with others. She believes everyone could use a little yoga in their lives and that the benefits go far beyond time spent in the studio.
Yoga has been a part of her journey for many years… cycling, however, is a new adventure. Monica loves the balance between a good butt kicking cardio ride and building strength/flexibility through asanas (yoga poses). The Ying and Yang aspect of Cycling and Yoga keep her passionate about teaching both styles of class.
Through teaching, she hopes to encourage others to celebrate their own personal journey and always be open to new discoveries. Monica enjoys reading, going out to eat and spending time outdoors with her husband and daughters.
What to Expect: In Monica’s classes, you can expect to hear a variety of music, from AC/DC to Michael Jackson or totally releasing with Trevor Hall in Savasana. There will be hill climbs, planks, upper body strengthening, warriors, sun salutations, breathless intervals, lots of energy and fun… certainly not packing that all into one style of class, so come out to Yoga and Cycling to get it all!
Favorite Quote: Each moment is an opportunity to make a clear choice of right action.
Guilty Pleasure: Oreos and reality T.V.
Her History: Susan went to Cumberland Valley HS and then Penn State Harrisburg for a degree in Humanities. Susan’s mom took her to her first yoga class when she was a teenager. Yoga was an on/off hobby until she started seeing yoga as a self-care practice. Eager to share the benefits of de-stressing and relaxation she found on the mat, Susan completed yoga teacher training at Om My Yoga Academy in Camp Hill in spring 2014.
What to Expect: Susan’s students love her calm presence and how she breaks down the Vinyasa flow of yoga poses in an easy, approachable way. Expect to feel relaxed and ready for your day after her Wednesday and Friday morning classes.
Favorite Quote: Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Van Gogh
Guilty Pleasure: Wendy’s chicken nuggets. Growing up, Susan could walk to Wendy’s from her parents’ house. The habit stuck and she even requested a stop at Wendy’s between her wedding and reception!