Our Instructors

Donna Porcino, Bodyworks Spa Studios, Bodyworks, Mount Airy Spa, Camelback spa, skytop spa, pocono manor spa

Donna 

One of the things I’ve always valued is health and wellness. I’ve always been health-conscious and taken care of my body and my well-being. This passion of mine drove me to help others achieve the same enthusiasm about health that I have. It is because of this passion I’ve carried with me that I have been able to achieve great success personally and in my career. My twenty years as a massage therapist has given me the knowledge I need to help my clients to achieve a healthier, more positive lifestyle. My longtime love but recent transition from student to teacher in yoga allows me to bring my enthusiasm of crystals and aromatherapy not only to my everyday lifestyle but to the mat as well.

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Val 

I was born in East Stroudsburg and still live local with my husband Bill.  I worked in Healthcare first as an Ultrasound Technician and next moving to Administration.  I retired in July of 2019 from St. Luke's University Health Network, where I worked as a Regional Director.

I found Yoga in 2008 looking for an exercise program.  I soon found out it was much more and is now a true life style for me.  i completed my Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2012.  It brings me great joy helping others find the path of Yoga and improving their health.  I am very fortunate to have gained experience from some very amazing teachers and hope to share that knowlege with my students.

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Elvi

Elvi is a 200 HR Registered Yoga Instructor, Mother, Survivor, Leader and Healer with a passion for Trauma Sensitive Yoga, a therapeutic application of yoga that is designed to be sensitive to the needs of any trauma survivor. We all go through trauma in our lives, the intention is to create a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and supportive space where students can start reconnecting with themselves and feel safe in their bodies. It emphasizes safety, empowers choice, and shares tools for resiliency and self-regulation.

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Jill

Jillian is 200 hr Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance.  She completed her training at the Boundless Yoga Studio in Stroudsburg, PA.  Jillian completed her masters degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Southern MIssissippi and has been personal training and teaching group fitness classes for almost 20 years.  Jillian has dedicated her career to helping others find joy and freedom through movement.   When she isn't on the mat,  she loves to spend time with her husband Matt, their daughter Audrey and their two dogs, Hobbs and Gus Gus.sy.

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Maria

From as early as I can remember, body movement has been a significant part of my life. Starting with dance and gymnastics lessons as a kid, to cheerleading as an adolescent, and then continuing to move into adulthood with various dance/exercise influences, I have tried to make it a life-long practice. But it wasn’t until I began to practice yoga that I found what my body had been truly craving.

 

I had dabbled in yoga before, but was never consistent. I took my first class back in 2000, which to my surprise was actually a restorative practice, and it felt so wonderful, but, surprisingly, I only went back a few times. Then a few years later, I discovered some home videos that combined components of dance and yoga, and I loved it, but after several months, that practice faded away also.

 

Then in 2020, when the COVID-19 global pandemic hit and we were in lockdown, I was reunited with my Yogic practice! Like so many others, I had lost my job. I had been working as a Licensed Behavioral Specialist, which I had been doing for the last six years, and was quite burnt out by it. I needed a break, so I turned to yoga, and I fell in love with it all over again. 

 

After just a few days of practice, I began to notice and feel significant changes in my physical body, but even more importantly, I noticed changes in all aspects of my being. I became aware that the same breath work I was using for challenges on the mat could also be used for challenges off the mat. That was a profound connection for me and it propelled me into an even deeper practice, which then led to my pursuing my 200-hour yoga certification. 

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