Debbie Stirsman, RYT
Debbie is the owner/director of Inner Dance Yoga Center and is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Always fascinated by the body/mind connection, Debbie has spent most of her life exploring movement and the bio-mechanics of the body. After 25 years of performing, teaching, choreographing, and directing her own dance company, in 1999 she made a shift toward the healing path of yoga. This transition continues to be an inspiring discovery of ways to create more life, love, energy and expression in and through the body, mind and spirit.
Debbie has been a dedicated student of the ever – evolving work of master teacher, Doug Keller for the past seventeen years. It is with heartfelt gratitude that she thanks Doug and all of her teachers and with joy and creativity shares the practice with others. Her classes are based on integrating alignment and intuition, strength and fluidity, and meditation and motion. While she provides a format for the countless benefits of physical exercise, Debbie prefers to offer an exploratory “work-in” rather than a simple “work-out”.
Shari Bowman, RYT
Shari Bowman is a Registered Yoga Instructor, teaching in the Dayton area for over 8 years. Shari has studied extensively with John Friend, and Sianna Sherman, studying both Asana and Yoga Therapeutics. Most recently Shari attended a workshop with Judith Lassiter that focused on the Anatomy and Kinesiology of Yoga postures. Shari has also studied with many well known teachers, including: Shiva Rea, Baron Baptiste, Rodney Yee, Doug Swenson, and Cindi Lee from Om Yoga Studio. She is the only certified Yoga for Golfers instructor in Ohio.
Shari brings an athletic spin to her Yoga practice, incorporating core and strength training into a heart inspiring class. Hatha, Anusara, Vinyasa and Ashtanga blend together seamlessly as the class unfolds. Each class is designed to challenge the body, open the heart, and inspire evolution.
Mari Jo Sellers, RYT
Mari Jo has been practicing yoga at Inner Dance Yoga Center since 2005 and currently teaches the prenatal yoga class on Wednesday nights.
With a type A personality, Mari Jo believes her discovery of yoga led her down a path of self discovery, healthy living and balance she might not otherwise have chosen, a path that allowed her to achieve a natural pregnancy and delivery of her son, Micah, in 2010 after a long infertility struggle.
Through sharing the practice of yoga, Mari Jo hopes to give other women the opportunity to discover themselves in new ways, to identify their strengths, and find balance in all things, throughout their pregnancy and into motherhood.
Mari Jo lives in Kettering with her husband Jeff and their two-year old son Micah. She loves baking, running, reading, discovering new recipes, making pretty things and a great beach vacation. A Stay-at-home mom, Mari Jo operates her own marketing consulting business by day and teaches yoga by night.
Cathy Hackett, RYT
Cathy is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.
After several years of taking yoga classes, a yearning to discover more led Cathy to The Shanti Yoga School and yoga teacher training. Along the path of her yoga journey, Cathy hopes to share the peace, the calm, and many other truly wonderful benefits of yoga through her classes and in life.
Richard Biehl’s interest in yoga spans more than 40 years. He bought his first yoga book in the late 1960’s when he was 14 years old. After initial early exploration of yoga in his teens and early twenties, he became a martial arts practitioner for more than 15 years, obtaining a Fourth Degree Black Belt in Tae Know Do. He competed in martial arts tournaments regionally, nationally and internationally. During this time he also was a competitive powerlifter and obtained certification as a Class III powerlifter in the United States Powerlifting Federation.
Richard began regularly practicing yoga in 1992 when experiencing a severe bout of depression. He attributes his yoga practice as the principal means of recovering from depression and continues his practice to this day. He recently completed a chapter for book publication, entitled “Trauma – In the Theater of the Body” – that describes the healing effects of movement, breath, and mindfulness for persons suffering from traumatic illness.
He has studied with Beryl Bender Birch, Mukunda Styles, Mark Whitwell, and currently is studying Shin Somatics with Sondra Fraleigh. He currently teaches a somatic yoga class at Inner Dance Yoga on Monday evenings at 5:45pm.
With a graduate degree in economics, Jennifer enjoys the physical aspects of yoga to dial the brain down. She came to IDYC many years ago on her recovery path from PTSD, through the use of breath and body awareness she now enjoys life symptom free. When she became a mother for the first time in 2012, she started practicing yoga with her son when he was just weeks old. Small moves to match his little body and deep breathing while holding him close. Now a toddler, her son joins her Family Yoga class and can be seen, usually at home, doing poses like down dog, happy baby and twists. Speaking from her experience so far, while the babies and toddlers may not seem interested in the moment or during class, they are watching and learning…lets give them tools of awareness and relaxation to use for a lifetime!
Stephanie Peterangelo, RYT
A mindful and compassionate yoga instructor, Lee trusts her instincts and follows her heart as she shares the teachings that have come from a life lived fully, openly and consciously. Always a seeker of balance and meaning, Lee has explored numerous styles of yoga, meditation, and other spiritual practices for over 25 years. Lee is grounded in a deep wisdom that allows her to integrate many influences from her own yogic and spiritual experiences into unique teachings and insights that can be applied on and off the yoga mat. Always open to discovery, Lee’s yoga and meditation classes provide a safe haven for self-inquiry and exploration.
In May, 2014 Lee earned her 50 hour certification in Yin Yoga from Bernie Clark in Vancouver, Canada.
Karen McGinnis, RYT
Karen has always been fascinated with the body, how it moves, heals and functions. She has been in the health and fitness field since graduating from college with a B.S in Physical Education and Health and has been a Certified Personal Trainer ACE for 15 years as well as a Group Exercise Instructor ACSM.
Being a highly active person she was intrigued with the wonderful sense of calm and peace she felt at the end of each yoga class. She also noticed how this carried over into her personal life and relationships. What a wonderful, positive difference yoga has made in her life. She enjoys sharing the journey with others; discovering not only all that is yoga, but better understanding oneself, others and our beautiful thread in this universe.
Karen enjoys Paddle Boarding, Water Skiing, Hiking, Swimming, Yoga and/or any Sport.
Leslie Dworkin, RYT, MFA
Leslie Dworkin, RYT, MFA, is a professional dance artist and educator, and has been teaching in the field of movement for over 20 years. She is both a certified yoga and qigong instructor, having studied with two of America’s most celebrated qigong teachers–Lee Holden and Master Li Junfeng. Relaxation-in-action, meditative flow, integration, and fluid movement are stressed in her classes. She maintains a private practice in the form of bodywork called the Trager™ Approach.
Dana Penn, RYT
Dana first embarked upon her yoga journey in 2006 on the advice of her physician who recommended yoga to ease the stress and anxiety she was experiencing in her work for a large corporation. After several months, Dana was well on her way to learning wonderful tools that did indeed significantly decrease her level of stress and anxiety.
Dana found so much more than a stress relief tool. As her yoga practice progressed, she began to notice that her perspective on life, her relationships with others, and most of all, her relationship with herself became more mindful, more peaceful, and more joyful. With a desire to dedicate herself to learning more aspects of yoga, Dana began a 200 hour Teacher Trainer course which she completed in January 2014.
Dana retired from corporate life in September 2015. Her passion is to bring the practice of yoga to those who feel that yoga is something they could never do – due to age, a physical limitation, or simply lack of confidence. Dana has been an active volunteer at a local nursing home since 2009. As she settles into retirement, she hopes to expand her teaching beyond the studio and into local retirement communities. Dana is also certified as a Laughter Yoga leader.
Yira Bales, RYT
I found Yoga to be exactly right for me after knee surgery.
Being the kind of person who can’t stay still, yet needing to feel centered and grounded, I found Yoga to meet every need that my mind and body craved. All in one! With my caring and loving trainers from RYT 200 at Inner Dance Yoga Center, I understood that nourishing the soul and body and inspiring others to live life mindfully were just a few of the reasons why I wanted to share my practice with everyone.