Ylonda Rosenthal-Greene (Lead Teacher)
The Founder of Awake to My Soul, Ylonda is a certified yoga instructor as well as a classically trained cellist who has been performing for over 20 years. After discovering yoga in 2009, she completed her first 200 YTT in 2010, followed by a 300 Hour YTT in 2011 and a 500 Hour YTT in 2015.
Through her studies of yoga, Ylonda fell in love with many of the traditional aspects of the practice and its philosophies. On a soul searching trip to India in 2014, she discovered how to combine music and art into her yoga teaching. She has since studied sound healing in the U.S.A, India and Mexico. By using a number of instruments for sound healing, combined with her voice and vinyasa yoga, Ylonda's class is geared toward finding fluidity in the body and harmonizing strength and flexibility. She infuses her story telling abilities with spirituality and her training as a professional musician to create a dynamic yoga journey for each student.
Candy Koslen (Ayurveda Practitioner/Reiki Master)
Candace Koslen is a certified practitioner of Ayurveda. She is also a licensed massage therapist, reflexologist, registered yoga teacher and reiki master.
In 2007, during her first yoga teacher training, Candy was introduced to Ayurveda and immediately felt drawn to it's ancient healing practices. It wasn't until 2014, after getting into a car accident, that she dove deeper into using Ayurveda for recovery. During her studies at the California College of Ayurveda, with the support of Ayurveda, Candy was able to heal the injuries of her accident. Today, she manages her own PTSD and migraines with the practices of Ayurveda and Yoga, forever humbled and grateful for their teachings. She is dedicated to supporting others on their journeys into themselves.
Debi Darnell (Yin Yoga)
Debi Darnell has been teaching movement for ten years. She began as a group fitness instructor and then became a personal trainer in 2009. Lifting weights for years lead her to yoga as a means to stretch. She took her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2012 at Cleveland Yoga. She added the study of the Yin tradition with Joe Barnett.
Yin is special to Debi because "In Yin, we move minimally, which can appear easy. We hold poses for a long time, which can sound daunting. However, Yin is this beautiful blend of challenge and release, ease and effort." In Yin, she blends her love of anatomy and alignment with her understanding of people as unique individuals to teach intuitive movement. Learning to balance the traditional Yang practices of Vinyasa yoga, with Yin practices can help people physically feel and become stronger, as well as help them become mentally stronger.
Shaun Sterling (Pranayama/Breathwork)
Shaun has over 20 years of experience training in martial arts, as well as over 14 years of experience in strength and conditioning. Shaun is a Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher(E-RYT 200) through the Yoga Alliance and Certified Personal Trainer. He has been working with a variety of clients from kids to adults for the last 14 years. He has been certified under Steve Maxwell(voted one of the top 100 trainers in the USA by Men's Journal) as a Maxbell Kettlebell Instuctor, Bodyweight Trainer, and Certified Fundamentals of Human Movement Specialist. Shaun enjoys working with people that are motivated to get results through the use of strength training, yoga, martial arts, meditation, etc… Having had years of experience Shaun is very mindful in taking a safe approach to helping everyone reach and exceed there health and fitness goals.
Deanna Black (Anatomy/Prenatal Yoga)
Deanna has been in the fitness industry since 1985, teaching group and individual exercise, cycling, and yoga classes throughout the Midwest and internationally. With a BSBA in marketing-management and a minor in athletic training from Missouri Southern Sate College and later undergrad and graduate coursework in advanced exercise physiology and psychology from Iowa State University, my education continues to be diverse in dance, martial arts, Pilates, yoga and massage therapy, as well as a variety of certifications and workshops by ACE, AFAA, AIFE and T.R.Y. for Life. Since 2004 I have been and continue to study with Shiva Rea and her Prana Vinyasa teacher training.
Atmarupa Saraswati (History of Chanting/Mantra Yoga)
Swami Atmarupa is the Founder and Director of the Atma Center, an award winning SATYANANDA YOGA® center that opened in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1997. She is honored to be one of the founding Yogacharyas of the Yoga Vidya Council of the International Yoga Fellowship Movement at the Bihar School of Yoga in India in 2015. She is also the Education Director of the Yoga Academy of North America, the sole provider of Yogic Studies and Teacher Training courses in Satyananda Yoga in North America.Swami Atmarupa has taught internationally in Australia, Colombia, Mexico, and India as well as presenting programs at the Omega Institute and at Yoga Alliance conferences.