Teachers & Subs

Amy, E-RYT
Amy is  the Owner and Director of YogaLove and an Intuitive Healer. In addition to her original 200-hour certification from YL, Amy has fulfilled multiple 100-hour advanced teacher trainings giving her a diverse background within many yoga lineages. Her educational background is in the biological sciences and that theme is threaded throughout her classes. She would describe her classes as part science class, part yoga class, and part comedy show–topped with a ton a LOVE.  Amy is a deep believer that asana is just the beginning of the journey and her heart is dedicated to helping others be brave in finding their authentic voice and some tiny liberations in their days.   Amy teaches soulful and energetic classes in deep Honor of the Divine. She encourages her students to play, explore, and be BRAVE both on and off the mat. Besides being a yogini, Amy is an International Intuitive Healer with clients in 25 countries. Photo by Joelongophotography.com.

Amanda, RYT
Amanda is a Board Certified Massage Therapist, a
Reiki Practitioner, a Personal Trainer and Group Fitness Instructor, a Thai Bodywork Therapist, and an MMA Fighter. “Being an RYT merges well with my avid promotion of functional movement– in addition to my passion for learning and sharing as much as possible about holistic health. Since beginning to practice yoga at the age of 18, I have developed a keen understanding of my physical limits and love to help others develop their own mind-body awareness. In the beginning stages of my yoga journey, I enjoyed a vigorous, flowing power practice to strengthen my mind, body, and spirit. As my physical activities grew, I gravitated toward more relaxing, restorative poses to bring me back into balance. It is my hope to provide an atmosphere at YogaLove that will allow students to safely explore going beyond what they are currently capable of while discovering the many benefits of regular asana practice.”

David, EYRT 500

David Pittenger began his yoga journey in earnest in 1999 upon meeting his teacher the renowned master teacher and yogini of the Maha Bhairavi Yoga and Shri Vidya traditions – Maa Parvathi Nandanath Saraswati. David is a certified yoga instructor experienced in teaching students of all levels. David draws from a 20 year carrier as a professional ballet dancer to help inform his gentle approach to teaching asana. David also teaches in the Saraswati River lineage and brings into his classes elements of meditation, mantra, pranayama, and authentic yoga and tantric philosophy.

David’s interest in Yoga began when he came across the book The Sivananda Companion to Yoga; the asanas he learned helped him to extend his dance career and help heal his body from years of dance injuries and multiple surgeries.

David grew up in Bowie, Maryland and attended the North Carolina School of the Arts, Pennsylvania Ballet and Milwaukee schools. Some of David’s dance accolades include his 10-years as a principal dancer with the American Repertory Ballet and Ballet Austin as well as performing with several other companies such as Lines Contemporary Ballet in San Francisco and the Metropolitan Opera Ballet in New York City.

David’s biggest joy in life is his wife, three children, 6 cats and being graced and honored to offer these teachings in the community.

David also offers private yoga and meditation sessions as well as Thai Yoga massage.

 

Krysti Beym E-RYT
Krysti earned her certification through Savannah Yoga Center, is a member of the Yoga Alliance along with being a certified Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. She has been teaching yoga since 2014, and has attended multiple extensive workshops to broaden her knowledge. Also a certified cosmetologist, Krysti saw yoga as another outlet and tool for self-expression. An avid lover of music, movement, and all things creative, Krysti is fueled by imaginative interpretation.  In a world that seems to be moving quickly, Krysti loves how yoga gives the opportunity to slow down, practice being present and to give space for self-awareness and self-reflection. She feels grateful to share a space for people to come together, to move and breathe together, and to heal and blossom. Her classes are heartfelt and playful, encouraging her students to recognize their own inner joy both on and off of the mat. When not teaching, Krysti enjoys the great outdoors, reading, traveling and consistently finding ways to spark her curiosity and zest for life! 

Rachel, E-RYT
Rachel began her yogic journey as a child, her mother being her first teacher. She was trained at Saraswati River Yoga under the direction of Parvathi Nanda Nath and David Pittenger. Teaching in the Saraswati River Yoga Method, Rachel does her best to hold the space for experience, emotion, and joy in class. Through this lineage tradition, Rachel hopes to share the beautiful life science of yoga with every person she can. When she isn’t practicing or teaching, Rachel loves to write and enjoy life!

 

Tatiana, RYT-200 and Reiki Master
As a former student of martial art, Tatiana was attracted to yoga for its strong mind-body connection. She sought out her first yoga class in 1998 after starting a stressful job. Beyond increasing physical strength and flexibility, her yoga practice allowed her a deeper sense of self-awareness. In every style of yoga she studied (Iyengar, Kripalu, Ana Forrest, Vinyasa), it was always breath awareness that focused the mind on the body and the emotions we hold there. Eventually, she began to study zen and mindfulness meditation. Wishing to share her passion with others, in 2015 she made the life-changing decision to become a yoga teacher. Since her 200-hr training with Julia Vitella, she’s taken advanced Restorative yoga training with Gisele Mogan and Jillian Pransky, and Yoga Nidra training with Rolk Sovik. She loves to teach beginner level yoga, meditation, and restorative yoga. Her asana classes combine careful attention to alignment, commitment to the breath and mental focus to calm the mind. Her students learn a deeper sense of self-awareness in a relaxed and fun environment where they can try something new when they are ready to explore. Being a Reiki master, she incorporates this beautiful healing modality in many of her classes. She’s thrilled to share her students’ yoga journey.

 

Tiffany Cooper, E-RYT 200Tiffany began her journey with yoga in 1997 while living in Santa Monica, California. After moving to Yardley, Pennsylvania she found a supportive community of yoga practitioners and decided she wanted to share the many gifts yoga has given to her with other people. She has a 200-hour certification in both the vinyasa and Bhakti linages.Tiffany lives a life of deep spiritual connection. As a Krishna Bhakta, she has a strong sadhana of studying ancient texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Bhagavata Purana, and Caitanya Caritamrta. She is a Usui Reiki Master and a 300 hour Four Winds trained Shaman who has received all of the Munay-Ki healing rites. As an Energy Reader, she uses her connection to the supernatural world to do readings that help others connect with the energy around them and use it to their benefit. As a Herbalist she uses her abilities to communicate with the natural world and help others lead healthier lives. Her classes are filled with a deep sense of joy, reverence, and love that create an atmosphere of strength and self-discovery. She encourages students to listen to their bodies, makes their practice their own and channels their energy toward positive intentions.

 

Ulla, E-RYT
Ulla is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a graduate of the Saraswati River Yoga Teacher Training Program where she continues to study under Parvathi Nanda Nath Saraswati. Ulla feels that she has found her passion in being able to share this beautiful gift of yoga with her fellow students. Her classes are soft, gentle and filled with Soul.

 

 

Shawn, RYT

Shawn began his awakening and yogic journey in 2015 when a sudden life change helped him discover the gift of meditation. In 2017 he began to share this gift with as many people as possible and took a deep dive into meditation with the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda.

Shawn studied with Ananda Worldwide and became a certified Level 1 meditation teacher in 2018. Later that year he wished to continue that journey and began Yoga teacher training at YogaLove with Amy. In February 2020 he became an RYT-200. Shawn is also a Reiki Master and Qigong practitioner, which he loves to incorporate into class. Shawn’s classes are primarily constructed around helping practitioners slow down and learn to exist more presently. Through a combination of these modalities, he wishes only to help re-discover the “true-self” that exists within all of us.  Outside the studio, Shawn is a proud Dad, musician, hiker and avid homebrewer of beer and kombucha.

 

Ginger Smith, RYT-200
Ginger Smith is an artist, writer, and yogini (200 RYT) who regards her curiosity and creativity as her most trusted dharmic guides. She began her yoga journey in the Iyengar tradition while searching for stillness in pregnancy in 2010. Her practice deepened when she came to fully appreciate how yoga helps to navigate life’s turbulence beyond the mat. In 2018 she completed her first yoga teacher training in the Hatha Yoga tradition and obtained her Reiki I certification the following year.

As a practicing artist, Ginger enjoys connecting art and visual culture to the physical forms of our bodies in asana and she loves sharing the gift of yoga with any willing student. Her classes are a blend of her inherent curiosity for life, focusing on present-moment awareness, our innate human creativity, and the benefits of extending our yoga practice into our daily lives. She encourages her students to love fiercely, let go of fear, and awaken to the spectacular truth of their inner selves