All Is Within
This beautiful sangha (community) of experienced practitioners has graciously offered to share their deep knowledge of the science of Yoga in the Satya Yoga Studies Program with an emphasis on safety and ethical practice. Their journeys began as far back as 1999 and encompass a wide variety of studies, including formal training, personal practice, retreats, reading, self-reflection, and devotion. Collectively, they have over 100 years of Yoga experience to share! Their Satya (truth) is evident in how they represent their experiences, walk their paths, and serve all beings. Each yogi will represent true unconditional love for all through their teaching.
Our community of instructors are certified in many aspects of yoga – together holding certifications in 240-hour teacher training, 500-hour teacher training, Gentle Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Seniors Yoga, Meditation, and more. All teachers in our community are certified with Yoga Alliance. All the modules in the Satya Yoga Studies Program are all registered individually with Yoga Alliance as Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Many of our instructors hold YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider) credentials, so instructions on logging CEU hours will be provided to participants for each module. Read more about Yoga Alliance here. All of our instructors continue to study and gain knowledge by which to represent the true meaning of Yoga. A teacher never stops learning, but always remains a student, learning through experiences.
When you learn, you grow. When you grow, you teach. When you teach, you help to bring peace to all the suffering. That’s yoga – that’s our sangha!
Leslie Blackwell, E-RYT 500, YACEP, Certified Yoga Therapist
“Whatever your path, always be strong and true. God dwells within the cave of your heart, where freedom and peace can be found.”
Leslie is a spiritual yogi with a passion for what is good and right in the world. She loves all things that are inspirational and positive. Her yoga teaching and therapy work are an extension of her own spiritual journey. Her experiences as a mother, grandmother, wife, and friend have taught her lessons of strength, fortitude, and gratitude.
Leslie began her work in the area of health and well-being when she started teaching step aerobics in the 1990s. For many years, she served as a personal trainer and taught group exercise classes. She accomplished one important personal and fitness goal for herself by completing the Disney Marathon!
Leslie began her intensive study of yoga in 2005 and since then has completed advanced training in classical Hatha yoga as well as specializing in Gentle & Restorative Yoga, Children’s Yoga, and Senior’s Yoga. She recently earned her Yoga Therapy Certification, which allows her to assist students in private sessions using yoga based physical therapies.
Leslie shares what she loves and what she has learned with everyone, with the sincere hope that her students will go on to inspire others.
Maria Pramaggiore (she/they), E-RYT 500, YACEP, Certified Meditation Teacher (The Veda Center), Reiki Master
“If we seek to embody ahimsa, we commit to actively working to protect all beings from harm.”
Maria has studied movement, spirituality, and ancient wisdom her entire life, from yoga and reiki to tarot, meditation, and Jyotish. She began teaching yoga in 2008 and has spent the last 13 years working with students of all kinds in a variety of settings in Europe and the US.
A teacher on and off the mat, her highest purpose is to support anyone seeking knowledge and to help them advance along their self-chosen path. For Maria the most transformative lessons of yoga involve the principles of ahimsa, the prevention of harm, and vairagya, non-attachment.
Jenn Marks (she/her/hers), E-RYT 200, YACEP
“My intention as a teacher is to create inclusive, welcoming spaces for all bodies at all stages of life where the wisdom embodied in the yoga teachings can be experienced, shared, appreciated, and nurtured.”
Jenn first encountered Yoga as a PE elective in college. Given her aversion to running and sports which require catching or hitting things, it seemed like the right path toward fulfilling graduation requirements. Under the steady and kind direction of David Beadle, a seed was planted. Some 10 years later, time and life experiences tilled the soil for that seed to take root and begin to grow, and she found her way back to yoga.
She began a regular practice in 2006 and began teaching in 2011. In addition to her yoga teacher certification, she has completed advanced training in Anatomy & Therapeutics, Pre-natal and Post-natal Yoga, Gentle & Restorative Yoga, Children’s Yoga, and Advanced Spiritual Studies. Jenn has taught a variety of students in myriad settings including dedicated yoga centers, the YMCA, corporate offices, outdoors, and online.
Megan Colon, E-RYT 500, YACEP
“Yoga is for everyone. I am honored to bring yoga to anyone who would like to practice.”
Megan began her yogic journey in 1999 as an antidote to a stressful university engineering curriculum and has been practicing ever since. Yoga has carried her through many transitions, including into parenthood, and she believes Yoga has remarkable benefits for all embodied beings.
After spending several years focusing on her personal practice and study, Megan completed her 240-hour training and began teaching Hatha Yoga in 2006. Her commitment to bringing Yoga to everyone is reflected in her teaching experience and in her active approach to continuing education and development. For the past 15 years, Megan has taught people of all ages and abilities and pursued advanced trainings across a range of areas, including Prenatal Yoga, Restorative and Gentle Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Blissful Kids Mindfulness Training, and Embodied Activism. She has also worked with experts in other modalities to offer Yoga to neurodiverse communities, as well as communities with varying physical abilities.
Her aim has always been to bring the remarkable benefits of Yoga to everyone who would like to practice.
Celeste Pearson, RYT 200
“We are meant to be amazing, successful, and happy.”
Celeste first discovered yoga in 2008, at a point in her life when she desperately sought a sense of self. After several years of guided practice and identifying her strong desire to help others experience what she had learned, she completed her first teacher training and began teaching in 2011.
Celeste stepped away for several years to find clarity about her yogic path and to focus on personal healing, a process that led to incredible transformation. This experience strengthened her rootedness in and reverence for the love-based discipline of yoga. She also found for herself a sense of self-love and humor about the journey of life we all find ourselves on. Inspired by these experiences, she has returned to teaching to share the magnificent power and joy of yoga with others.
Dawn Ferguson, E-YRT 500, YACEP
“Our own inner knowing holds the highest truth. The real teacher is within.”
Dawn has had a lifelong passion for health and wellness. Her career as an RN has led her to work with people across the entire lifespan – from the newly born to the oldest old and has helped her to gain a more profound understanding of what it truly means to be healthy and well – physically, mentally, and spiritually.
She began her yogic journey in 2007 and has taken a deep dive into the study of movement, scripture, breathing, meditation, Ayurveda, energy and sound work. It is her heart’s desire to share what she has learned with others from a place of authenticity and truth.