Jillian Amodio 200-RYT (owner)
Jillian teaches a flow based Wednesday evening candlelit community class as well as Shakti’s Mommy and Me, class. She is a mother of two and strives to bring a fun and eclectic vibe to her classes. She received her 200 hour from the Richmond Virgina based Karuna yoga program, and believes that yoga should be accessible to everyone regardless of age, ability level, or experience.
Marly Carr 200-RYT
Marly began yoga in 2001 when she was looking for relief from low back pain. Like many, she was drawn to yoga for the health benefits, and stayed because yoga is so much more than that! She has a background as a student of Iyengar and Anusara styles of yoga, with a recent interest in therapeutic yoga. Marly received her Body Balance Yoga 200 hour RYT in 2014 through Jenny Otto. What is so exciting about yoga is we can all do it at our own level and for the rest of our lives! Her goal is for students to feel better when they leave class than when they came in. And that her students will use some of the easy teachniques taught in class in their home practice to live a life they love.
Ellen Quinn 500 RYT, Reiki Practitioner
Ellen began practicing yoga over 25 years ago for help with a medical issue, but soon recognized that healing can happen on many different levels. When Ellen realized she didn’t want to “do” yoga, but to “be” yoga, she found diverse teachers and further trainings to both deepen her own practice and be able to share the peace, strengthening, energy movement, healing and joy of yoga and meditation with others as an instructor.
Ellen is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an RYT 500 after training with Lynn Matthews, is certified by the Himalayan Institute as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, and also certified by the Amrit Yoga Institute to facilitate the Amrit method of Yoga Nidra. When appropriate, she incorporates into her yoga classes her skills and training as a therapeutic riding instructor, and especially loves teaching yoga to equestrians in order to enhance/improve the students’ alignment and balance, and improved communication with their horses. She is also grateful to be able to share healing in others as a Reiki practitioner.
Jan studies under Beryl Bender Birch, Rod Stryker, Rodney Yee, and Anusara Yoga. She is a Certified Tai Chi Instructor for Health and includes Arthritis, Fall Prevention, Low Back Pain, Rehabilitation under the auspices of Dr Paul Lam and Dr Bob McBrien. She is also a Reiki Master Practitioner under the auspices of Annapolis Reiki led by Pat Clarke and Linda Roebuck.
Her phylosophy is and always has been to get up and get going. Whether it is taking a leisurely stroll or attending a yoga class, it is always best to move. That movement includes moving physical energy through healing art modalities. Yoga attracted Jan many years ago when she took her first class and discovered that she could actually connect mind with body. It opened her up to a link that had been missing. This led to studying Meditation, Tai Chi, Gi Gong and Reiki.
“I’ve been in the fitness/mindbody industry for almost 40 years and find I am always seeking new things to learn and to teach. I am inspired to inspire others. Balance is the key.”
Joan Livingston, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Joan began studying yoga in 1999, and she fell in love with the physical and mental benefits it brought to her life. After practicing Kung Fu for many years, she found yoga to be a natural evolution from martial arts for her mind, body and spirit. Joan is nationally accredited at the E-RYT200 and RYT500 levels and has over 1,000 teaching hours.She brings humor and a lighthearted attitude to her classes and supports her students through hands-on adjustment, with awareness and attentiveness to each student’s individual needs. She sees yoga as a sanctuary from the busy rhythms of life and hopes to share this gift with her students.
Linda has always enjoyed many types of physical exercise both indoors and out, along with camping and hiking, and happened onto her first yoga class at hergym in 1999. It was her eureka moment. Working a stressful job and commuting to Washington were taking their toll and she fell flat out asleep in her first Savasana and was amazed how one practice not only made her body feel great, but allowed her mind to slow down. She felt such a physical and spiritual connection to the practice that her life changed from that day on. She began her yoga journey. She felt drawn to teaching and began to attend numerous workshops and yoga conferences. She became a regular at Willow Street Yoga and began apprenticing in 2004. She graduated from Willow Street Yoga Center’s Anusara Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2005 and began teaching the same year at Davidsonville Yoga. She retired (escaped) from the Federal Government in 2009 after 38 years as a Senior Contracting Officer and Team Leader.
The best way to describe Linda’s teaching style is alignment based hatha yoga, combining bringing the body into proper alignment with classical yoga postures along with a sense of fun and adventure, not to mention wackiness. She believes that yoga should not only create a strong body and tranquil mind, but should also be lighthearted and fun because when we can relax and have a good time we can more easily come into ourselves. She continues to study yoga and train whenever possible with her teacher, Lucy Lomax. Her other joys are creating jewelry with crystals, natural elements and repurposed found items along with hand silver casting and silver smithing. She loves Asian design and trains and grows Bonzai trees. When Linda is not at home in Annapolis, she can be found either on her farm in St. Mary’s County or on her Capstone, spending time with her husband Calvin and her puppy Lilly.
Julie came to yoga seeking a change in her regular fitness routine. What she found was not only a revitalized, compelling workout, but also a profound way of healthy well-being for mind, body and spirit. Her approach to the practice is one of loving kindness to what one’s body, mind, and spirit need and honoring these things when we come to the mat. Strength, Peace, and Love areall at the forefront of her teaching philosophy. She truly believes the work done on the mat extends into all areas of one’s life.
Noreen Petersen RYT 200
Noreen began her yoga practice over 10 years ago as a way to manage stress and anxiety. She completed Her 200hr teacher training at Healthy Life Yoga in Midlothian, Va in 2016 and has kept a current fitness training certification since 2010. Teaching has been one of her greatest passions and she loves to be of assistance to students in any way she can. Norren is also one of Shakti’s Reiki practicioners.