Teacher Bios

Apryl Larkin

Apryl came to yoga as a runner wanting to avoid injury, but quickly fell in love with the practice. She really fell in love with yoga in 2011 when she moved to Omaha, Nebraska, and met an amazing teacher there who told her that she knew one day Apryl would teach. That planted a seed that came to fruition in 2015 as Apryl enrolled in the 200-hour teacher training program at Laughing River Yoga in Winooski.

Apryl loves the ability yoga gives to build strength in the body and enjoys a Vinyasa practice, powerfully linking breath with movement. She enjoys inverting and arm balancing, but also holding poses to build strength and flexibility. She is so grateful for the many teachers and students who inspire her on a daily basis.

Beth Blair

Beth came to yoga while pregnant with her second child. An avid runner who never stretched, Beth immediately saw the benefits of yoga. It quickly turned into a passion and before her son’s second birthday she was enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training at a studio in North Carolina. Beth has been teaching since 2011 and has had the opportunity to study with some of her favorite teachers: Raghunath, Kreg Weiss, Coral Brown, and most recently Clara Roberts-Oss and Nico Luce. She takes inspiration from these teachers, leading sequences that flow in a moving mediation.

Christina Fornaciari

It took some time for yoga to “stick”, but after discovering the right teachers and class environment, yoga has deeply impacted Christina’s overall wellbeing. After several reconstructive knee surgeries, yoga has helped her reconnect with and build confidence in her body. Christina creates an inclusive and non-judgmental space for students to explore the embodied experience and create spaciousness in the mind and heart. Her style balances effort and ease with a focus on cultivating self-acceptance, patience, and joy both on and off the mat.

Through Laughing River Yoga in Burlington, VT, Christina has earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification as well as completed the Teacher Enhancement Program. She is working towards the remainder of her 300-hour yoga teacher certification with Laughing River Yoga as well.

Emily Souliotis

Emily has been practicing and teaching yoga for five years. She earned her 200 hour teaching certificate through Yoga Vermont in Burlington, and is currently working on her 500 hour certificate. Although Emily loves teaching many styles and levels, her favorite class is a challenging vinyasa! When she’s not teaching, Emily loves spending time with her husband, two little ones, and boxer pup.

Emma Delphin

I fell in love with yoga after taking my first class in the fall of 2010. Practicing power yoga over the next five years gave me the space to navigate the pain of leaving an unhealthy relationship and helped me to heal after the death of my father. Over the next five years, yoga class became a refuge where I could find the mental space to make sense of life challenges (with the wonderful benefit of helping me physically unwind after a long day as a elementary school aide, nanny or bartender/server). As yoga became a more and more important part of my life, I decided to enroll in a 200 hour teacher training led by Tricia Philpott through Empower Yoga in Beverly, MA. In 2015, after graduating the training, I began teaching yoga.

I primarily teach alignment focused warm/heated vinyasa, often called power yoga. I often focus on guiding students through class with precise alignment cues so that each individual has the support and freedom to find the variation of the pose that is most beneficial in their body while strengthening and lengthening with intention. My hope is that students will find the sense of calm that accompanies linking breath and movement while focusing on the placement and engagement of the physical body so that they can continue to practice for as long as possible. It is this sense of calm and awareness of the present moment that I want students to be able to take off the mat and into their lives.

In addition to the 200 hour training in 2015, in 2019 I completed a 300 hour teacher training through Down Under Yoga in Boston, MA with Natasha Rizopoulos as a lead teacher. I have completed Inferno Hot Pilates level 1 and barre teacher trainings as well. I have more intensely studied and participated in weekend intensives focusing on yoga therapy, inversions, arm balances and assisting. I love planning and teaching workshops and special classes specifically focused on inversions, arm balances, backbends and restorative yoga and more.

Jared DeBarra

Jared found his passion for Yoga in 2015 while training and competing in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Over the course of his training he suffered several injuries and Yoga became essential for recovery as well as injury prevention and improvement of overall mobility. He later discovered the benefits of the meditative and philosophical aspects of Yoga and began to read the sutras, incorporating their teachings for a deeper Yoga practice. After finding so much personal benefit from his Yoga practice Jared began teaching Yoga at MMA gyms so that other fighters can experience the same benefit. In 2017 he completed his 200 hr YTT with Himalaya Yoga Valley in Cork City, Ireland and has been teaching ever since, combining elements of Ashtanga with dynamic flows for an energetic yet steady practice.

Jennifer Martel

Jennifer Martel went to her first yoga class after years of hearing about how amazing the practice of yoga was, but was hesitant to try because of her lack of experience. After that first class, she was hooked. The physical benefits and complexity of the poses drew her in.

After developing a daily practice, she discovered the additional benefit of mind and body connection that regular practice nurtures. For Jennifer, yoga became about understanding what the body needs and then taking care of it mentally, physically, emotionally, and nutritionally. After struggling with anxiety for years, she found that she could make it through a day without the need of other medical interventions with daily yoga practice. She noticed that she could stop, take a breath and collect her thoughts to calm her mind.

Jennifer recently obtained her 500-hour certification from Honest Yoga in South Burlington, VT and cannot wait to continue with her Yoga Journey as an instructor. After gaining so much from her trainings, she is excited to share her passion for this beautiful practice with everyone!

Off the mat, Jennifer currently works full-time at Dealer.com. She previously spent several years working in research science, primarily focusing in laser protective eyewear for soldiers. As a native Vermonter, Jennifer loves spending time with her family and friends, skiing, boating, hiking, and enjoying this beautiful state! When she isn’t outside enjoying the fresh air, you can find her Netflix binging (who doesn’t love a good show?). She cannot wait to meet you on your mat!

Jenny Kalanges

Jenny has been practicing yoga and meditation for 15 years and completed her 200 hour teacher training through Laughing River Yoga. She began practicing in college as a way to counteract anxiety and tap into mindfulness and self compassion. Jenny’s teaching style is non-judgemental and nurturing, creating an opportunity for students to come back to themselves; to find the balance between effort and ease. Her intention is to create a space where students can find clarity, calm, and joy in the present moment.

Jenny Sugar

Jenny Sugar (you can call her Sugar!) took her first yoga class in 1999 and has been teaching ever since. With a background in Ashtanga, her true passion is for Vinyasa-style yoga because of its playful, energetic, fluid, and challenging nature.

Sugar’s vigorous classes use the connection of your breath to your movements to deepen the connection you feel toward others and to the world. You’ll strengthen and open every inch of your body, and are encouraged to move at your own comfort and ability level, to explore new, challenging poses, and above else, to have fun!

Kelsey Reed

Kelsey first came to yoga during high school as a way to prevent injuries from other sports, but she quickly realized the benefits of yoga beyond the physical aspect. The physical movements combined with the breathing techniques have been crucial for her stress management. In the summer of 2018, she decided it was time to learn how to share her passion with others and completed her Yoga Alliance certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Health Yoga Life in Stratton, VT. Kelsey is also a registered nurse and appreciates using the various aspects of yoga to help her patients achieve mental, physical, and spiritual well-being.

Kim Horton

Kim was first drawn to yoga when taking a pre-natal class in 2001 at Yoga Vermont in the Chace Mill. Following this introduction Kim began weaving yoga and mindfulness into her work as a school counselor with children, teens and school staff over the past 20 years. Kim transitioned out of her school role this past year and followed her passion to teach yoga and share all things related to health and wellness with others. Whether taking a restorative or gentle flow class with Kim you will be sure to find a warm, supportive, lighthearted environment. As a native Vermonter Kim and her family know how to live fully here~you can find them on Lake Champlain all summer long or skiing in the Green Mountains in the winter. She looks forward to sharing the many gifts of a yoga practice with the SoulShine community.

Laura Neal

Laura became interested in yoga when she was majoring in religious studies at University. She studied many Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism and learned about meditation and yoga from these ancient traditions. She did her first 100 hour YTT course in Rishikesh, India in 2017 and fell in love with the practice and philosophy of yoga. She completed her 200 hr YTT at Yoga Vermont in 2019 where she practiced ashtanga and vinyasa. She is also passionate about meditation and sharing it with others through her teaching of yoga. She believes that yoga can be a metaphor for many things in life. If we challenge ourselves by holding poses through sensation, we gain strength not only in our bodies but in our minds so that we can breathe through difficult situations in life gracefully. Yoga trains our bodies to be flexible so we can move through life with flexible minds, living and breathing the practice of non attachment. Off the mat she loves to travel and experience new things, always looking to gain inspiration as well as continue to learn and grow. She also enjoys expressing creativity in the form of jewelry, art and dance.

Malaika DosRemedios

Malaika DosRemedios (E-RYT-500, and YACEP) is a full-time teacher of the Tantric Tradition of Hatha Yoga, group fitness instructor and personal trainer in the Burlington, Vermont area during the late spring to mid fall and lives in Key West, FL during the winters. When not in Vermont she is traveling and teaching all over the globe. In the recent years, Malaika has lead Intensive Immersion Teacher Trainings in Bali, Indonesia and clinics for students and teachers in Sydney, Australia.

She enjoys working with communities, inspiring others into their best selves. She is a community partner, and consultant with other yoga communities globally, helping to fine tune their vision and creates collaborative partnerships with other teachers and studios involving yoga retreats, teacher trainings and events throughout the world. Her life is dedicated to this work and she always feels as though it is just beginning. She and her beloved Yellow Lab “Teddy,” who is a certified Therapy Dog of Vermont, like to volunteer in their free time unleashing smiles to folks in need of personal visits.

Noelle Davis

Noelle Davis has practiced yoga for the last 16 years and completed her 200 hour teacher training through Yoga Vermont. Her vinyasa classes focus on being present, listening to the breath as the voice of the body, and having fun. The connection that we all make through breath, movement, and our minds is what inspires Noelle to get on her mat everyday. She believes that through the physical mind we can free the mental mind. Noelle is grateful to be here sharing her love and adventure for yoga, for her teachers who inspire her daily, and most especially for her family, as it is their love that makes living her life blissful.

Patti Wicks

Patti earned her 200 hour and 300 hour certifications from Honest Yoga Center. Her training has a strong focus on alignment, safety, and assists. After a recent injury, yoga has provided the strength, stability, and balance — both physically and mentally — to heal. Patti is a mother of seven, whom she homeschooled. She keeps bees and raises chickens. Patti is additionally certified to teach Yin yoga and children’s yoga.

Rachel Cowan

Rachel found yoga over fifteen years ago, beginning with the fundamental Ashtanga sequence and exploring many other disciplines since. She fell in love with yoga, the union found in practice, one’s ability to quiet the mind, focus on breath, challenge the body, and most of all have fun!

Rachel teaches Vinyasa flow yoga with creative sequencing that will work all areas of the body, focusing on opening the heart and undoing the ways in which we’re hard on ourselves in our day-to-day lives. Rachel hopes that through mindful practice each practitioner will cultivate a sense of awareness and awe within their individual practice, taking time to enjoy. Rachel enjoys intertwining music and philosophy into her teaching, while never taking practice too seriously. When Rachel is not in class practicing yoga, she enjoys being on the water, hiking, art, writing, live music, food, and finding new adventures.

Rachel Lacourciere

Rachel is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years. She currently teaches group classes in a wide variety of venues, as well as privately. Rachel specializes in teaching to the needs of the individual, bringing to SoulShine an energetic vinyasa practice designed to improve each student’s flexibility, strength and overall well-being.

Rebecca Lascolea

Having spent the majority of her life in Colorado, Rebecca’s interests were drawn towards endurance activities like trail marathons and ultra races. It wasn’t until she found herself trying to stay awake with her infant son over 11 years ago that she discovered pilates (who knew a random infomercial at 2am would change her approach to how her body could feel and gave her a sense of empowerment she had not known before!) Despite having spent endless hours training for races (mountain biking, trail running), Rebecca was amazed at how a 30 minute Pilates class strengthened her body and helped her with the other outdoor pursuits she loves.

Rebecca’s athletic drive led her to discover Inferno Hot Pilates. Rebecca is drawn to moving with breath in challenging, high energy classes. And so begins her journey in blending both yoga and pilates into classes that will move, inspire, and challenge.

Rowan Beck

I was drawn to yoga 20 years ago to improve my mental and physical health. The yoga mat was the perfect refuge for me to find the patience and centeredness I was seeking to navigate single motherhood and a very busy lifestyle. In 2016, I took my 200 YTT to find my voice as a teacher and completed my 500 YTT in 2018. As a lifelong learner, I am on a quest to share how a healthy combination of yoga and endurance sports can help free the mind. In my class, I focus on opening and expanding my students’ hearts, bodies and minds. My teaching helps to both strengthen the muscles and release any tension you may have allowing your body to find its way back to center. In some of my classes I play an eclectic mix of music which is integrated into my vinyasa flow sequences. I also try to bring lightness and humor to my classes. Outside of the studio, I am a mom, athlete and energy worker. I look forward to meeting you on the mat – let’s get centered.

Sarah Quinttus

Sarah was first exposed to yoga in the spring of 2011 and quickly fell in love with the practice and its teachings. Growing up playing competitive sports, Sarah endured several injuries which resulted in 5 reconstructive knee operations. Yoga was the only form of rehabilitation that made a lasting impact, and she attributes her daily practice to being able to remain active outdoors, whether it be skiing, biking, hiking or kayaking. 

Although Yoga started as a mostly physical practice for Sarah, it has grown into a way of life, both on and off the mat, and has become deeply spiritual and healing for her. Through living her yoga she has learned the power of intention, positive thinking and remaining present. In Sarah’s class you can expect to be physically challenged, play with your edge and find space and serenity in the mind. Sarah has been inspired by many wonderful teachers on her path and is excited to share the traditions of this beautiful practice with her own students. Sarah is currently working towards her 1,000hr IAYT certification in Yoga Therapy.

Shanya Stratton

Shaynas interest in yoga was sparked when she began attending the University of Vermont, working at the university’s gym she was able to take as many yoga classes as her heart desired. She quickly realized the importance of her breath and body awareness, and the importance of the instructor to hold space for the students. She headed to Nicaragua in 2016 to complete her 200 hour training at Ashtanga Yoga Nicaragua. Upon returning back to Burlington she found Yoga Vermont, and began teaching ashtanga classes and working towards her 300 hour training. She also teaches vinyasa classes, restorative yoga, paddle board yoga, and group fitness classes.

She believes in an all-inclusive space for students to come, have fun, and connect to their breath. You can expect a strong vinyasa flow with an ashtanga twist ,with both the beginner and advanced student in mind. Shayna hopes to inspire her students to appreciate their bodies, stretch their limits, and never to take themselves too seriously.

Stacey Sadowsky

Stacey is an avid runner and volunteer running coach who was told by her massage therapist if she didn’t’ find a way to stretch the body, she would not be able to continue running. That comment led her straight to yoga! Though her body calls for a heated, vigorous practice with arm balances and handstands for strength, her passion is teaching beginners who think they can’t “do yoga”. She loves to inspire, encourage and unite through yoga, breath and meditation.

Stacey completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2019 and will graduate with her 300 hour teacher training in January 2021. She is also a certified chair yoga teacher and volunteer teaches at a local senior center. She is also certified in Dharma Wheel and Yin practices.

Tara Mayo

Tara believes in a non-judgmental and all-inclusive environment for students to feel grounded, balanced, and connected to their breath. Her classes focus on strong alignment, safety, empowerment, and connection to oneself. From beginner to experienced practitioner, Tara leads a practice that is well rounded and mindful of each student’s needs.

A student of 20 years, her practice has evolved from purely physical, to the connection with emotion, body awareness, breath, and the intellect. She is also certified in yin yoga, restorative, sound healing, and dharma yoga wheel. Off her mat, Tara can be found running, hiking, and continuing her lifelong journey as a student and lover of all that yoga has to offer.

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