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L A U R I E   G A R R E T T
Laurie has been practicing yoga since 1994. She has been teaching yoga in Lancaster, PA since 1997 and opened The Yoga Room in 2002.  In 1997 she graduated from White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara, California where she studied with Ganga White and Tracy Rich.  She continued her study with Erich Schiffman, Rama Birch and Rodney Yee.  Through years of standing back, observing and becoming aware of how students live in their bodies, she decided to broaden her understanding of anatomy and the systems of the body.  Her observations brought her to the Lancaster School of Massage, in 2000, where she received a certification in Massage Therapy.   Still curious she traveled to Sedona Az, multiple times, to study with John Barnes, PT, learning a type of bodywork known as Myofascial Release and Unwinding.  It is Laurie's intention as a teacher and bodyworker to bring an awareness to her students through yoga and bodywork. 

Laurie teaches a Vinyassa style yoga as well as a Gentle Restorative class. Vinyassa means to flow from posture to posture linking breath and movement.  Her Vinyassa classes are offered at three levels.  Level I for the new student, Level II for the seasoned student and a All Level class that allows the new student to challange themselves and the seasoned student to slow down a little.  The Gentle Restorative class is just that.  Laurie urges you to  move slower, stay longer and encourages the use of blankets, blocks and bolsters to assist in restoring the mind and body.  She loves to keep it plain and simple. It is not her intention to twist and turn you into a pretzel.  Her classes are based highly on alignment, core awareness and breathing.  The only prerequisite is that you show up, be patient and trust that soon you will master moving with breath, balancing with strength, and being flexible and calm.  It is said that as you master this concept in class on your yoga mat it will transform you and your life.

M I C H E L E   Z E R B E Y
Michele came to yoga via her 8 years training in martial arts.  In 2001 Michele was certified as a Kripalu Yoga teacher and registered through National Yoga Alliance.  She has additional training and certification to teach pregnancy yoga.  She taught yoga and it's stress management techniques for the Dean Ornish Program for reversing heart disease here in Lancaster, PA.  Currently, Michele teaches Pregnancy Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Yin Yoga.  Michele is influenced by a variety of traditions.  Her teachings combine structural alignment principles with the contemplative aspects of yoga.  Believeing strongly in the healing and rejuvenating powers of yoga Michele cultivates a nuturing and supportives environment in which students can explore pranayama, asana, yoga nidra, and meditation.  Michele hopes students will find a greater sense of peace and balance in their daily lives as a result of their practice.  Michele teaches our Pregnancy Yoga classes at The Yoga Room and also teaches at Women & Babies Health Campus in Lancaster.  www.michelezerbeyyoga.com


J E N N I F E R   V I L L E L L A
Jennifer is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher through The Living Yoga Program and is registered through Yoga Alliance.  She has been teaching yoga for 10 years and is also certified in Thai Yoga Therapy in the Nuad Bo-Rarn tradition.  Through Jennifer's teachings, the new and advanced student can enjoy practicing at their own pace with guided modifications, posture variations and hands on assistance.  With this approach her class becomes physically dynamic, mentally stimulating and theraputic for the body.  She emphasises breathing, alignment, focus and mindfulness. Jennifer weaves the student and teachers energies together with playfulness, joy and fun, to reap all the benefits yoga has to offer.


M I C H A E L A  S H A R P
Hello, my name is Michaela Sharp. I am originally from Germany.  My Yoga practice
began around December 2007, when I began going to the gym for cardio and weight training; but I found myself more and more drawn to Yoga.

I completed training with NESTA  (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) in 2012 to become a Sport Yoga Instructor.  In 2013, I trained (150 hrs Yoga apprenticeship) with Felicia Mason (Agni Yoga Studio, Clarksville/TN) studying Yoga philosophy, benefits, techniques and modification of various yoga postures and pranayama. In February of 2014, I graduated a  200 hour, Power Yoga Teacher Training Course taught by Hot Yoga Plus of Nashville/TN and I am registered through Yoga Alliance.  Other workshops/trainings completed: Yoga philosophy workshop and Hot26 training.

Bringing the student safely into and out of the correct posture is very important to me. Helping the practitioner to experience their own mind & body and leave their Yoga practice refreshed and ready to share their peace, love and happiness with the outside world.

My personal mottos are: There is no shame in modification, Yoga like Life is a learning process.  Celebrate happiness and positive thoughts.



R O B E R T A   S T R I C K L E R 

Roberta’s teaching style is a playful practice that emphasizes individual alignment and heart-opening themes, based on her ten years of studying Anusara Yoga. Her first teaching certificate was earned at Kripalu in 1995 and she has been teaching continuously since then.  She has taught yoga for golfers, for cross country skiers and for cyclists.  She studies Yoga  as Therapy with Doug Keller (DoYoga.com) and teaches private lessons to improve body alignment in daily life activities, as well as workshops about knees, shoulders, eyes, and more. 

Roberta created a yoga program for breast cancer survivors and then taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as one member of a wellness team that coached students on nutrition, psychology, health and yoga.  She is a 500-Hour yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and currently studies Iyengar Yoga in New York City. 



M I C H E L E   P A T T E R S O N
Michele has a BS in Health Policy and Administration from Penn State. Michele always loved yoga and practiced on and off for 10 years. With facing some challenges in her life,

Michele came back to a consistent practice of yoga and found the benefits to be amazing. She wanted to share that with others. She is an RYT200. She has certifications in Power Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Chair Yoga, and Restorative Yoga. As one of her former teachers told her “You got bit by the yoga bug!”.
When not practicing or studying yoga, Michele enjoys cooking, vacationing at the beach, spending time with her husband and their 2 rescued dogs, and volunteering.

T I N A   F R U C H T E R
Tina has been practicing yoga since 1981, when she first encountered the Kripalu Yoga Center.  Over the years she has also practiced Bikram, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Anusara and Kundalini styles of yoga.  After a 30-year career in the art gallery world of Soho, New York; Tina has relocated to Lancaster,discovering the joys of a slower-paced life, gardening, and devoting more time to yoga.  In 2008, she was certified as a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, and member of Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association.  As a plus-size, 60ish yogini, recovering from recent knee surgery, Tina says to everyone: 

"If I can do this, and enjoy it, so can you". 

She encourages people of all ages, shapes, and sizes to discover the health benefits, serenity, and profound joy available through yoga. 

"I promise I won't ask you to stand on your head".





THE YOGA ROOM is located in Lancaster, PA