(YT200, Reiki Level 1, PCC 500hr Certified Life Coach)
Yoga was a big part of Eliot’s journey toward choosing happy. After losing weight, he felt like doing something active with his body. That’s when he found yoga, and he’s been practicing ever since. Upon graduating yoga teacher training, his teacher named him “Margubandu,” which means “friend on the path” in Sanskrit. And that’s exactly who he is. The founder and owner of Why Weight, he’s dedicated his career to guiding others to be the driver of their own choices and detach from the illusion that we can’t have it all. Teaching yoga is another way he fulfills this dharma.
(YT200 , Reiki Level 1, ACC 250 hr Certified Life Coach)
Claire practiced yoga at Naturally Yoga for several years before pursuing yoga-teacher training, which she completed in 2018. She spends her days with Why Weight, helping people transform their lives. In her private practice as a life coach, she helps clients move their lives forward, so they can find the fulfillment, success, well-being, and happiness they want to achieve. The teachings of yoga have become a powerful part of Claire’s arsenal, whether she’s promoting transformation in students’ lives on the mat or in clients’ lives off the mat.
Erika’s first exposure to yoga was with her Girl Scout troop in elementary school. She’s been drawn to the practice ever since, but it wasn’t until a blessing in disguise ended her college athletic career that she began to practice yoga regularly. Around the same time, a mentor asked her a life-changing question: “What do you want?” Erika answered, “To be calm.” This set her on the path toward becoming a yoga teacher. She loves helping others find their calm in her classes like all her incredible teachers did for her. Books, traveling, and games are her other loves.
If it wasn’t for Nick’s best friend, he wouldn’t have experienced the physical and mental transformative powers of yoga that hooked him from the start. After practicing for three years, Nick decided it was time to explore yoga more deeply in order to learn and absorb the life-enriching lessons that yoga teaches. Yoga teacher-training helped Nick see his inner light that all who know him have always seen, and he’s happy to share that light with you in his classes. Outside of yoga, you can find him on the football field and spending time with his family and friends.
(RYT200, Reiki Level 2)
Bernadette took her first yoga class in Woodstock about ten years ago and fell in love. She has studied at Integral and is a recent graduate of Naturally Yoga’s Teacher Training, where she was given the Sanskrit name Raddhi. The translation of Raddhi is “pure love,” which is what Bernadette brings to the mat. She likes to help students find and practice self-love through her gentle yoga flow. Off the mat, you will find Bernadette often hiking, camping or kayaking – being “one with nature.” She also has a deep passion for animals and loves taking adventures with her two black labs! Bernadette is also a volunteer for Kula for Karma.
(RYT200, Reiki Master, CSW)
After finding her way into a beginner’s class at Naturally Yoga, Karen began to truly discover the path to peacefulness through yoga, meditation, and Reiki. Completing a course in MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) enriched her love of mindfulness and meditation practices. During the week, she works as a social worker with disabled individuals, their families, and their caregivers. She is grateful for the teachers in everyone she meets. In 2018, Karen completed Yoga Teacher Training at Naturally Yoga. She was given the name Padma by her teacher, which means Lotus. She strives to help others reach deeply to bloom, while continuing to find balance in her own life. Outside of Yoga, Karen loves to be with loved ones, spend time in nature, and find perspective through photography and reading.