Debbie Stirsman, RYT
Debbie is the owner/director of Inner Dance Yoga Center and is a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance.
Always fascinated by the body/mind connection, Debbie has spent most of her life exploring movement and the bio-mechanics of the body. After 25 years of performing, teaching, choreographing, and directing her own dance company, in 1999 she made a shift toward the healing path of yoga. This transition continues to be an inspiring discovery of ways to create more life, love, energy and expression in and through the body, mind and spirit.
Debbie has been a dedicated student of the ever – evolving work of master teacher, Doug Keller for the past seventeen years. It is with heartfelt gratitude that she thanks Doug and all of her teachers and with joy and creativity shares the practice with others. Her classes are based on integrating alignment and intuition, strength and fluidity, and meditation and motion. While she provides a format for the countless benefits of physical exercise, Debbie prefers to offer an exploratory “work-in” rather than a simple “work-out”.
Mari Jo Sellers, RYT
Mari Jo loves connecting with women during their pregnancy journey. This natural time of introspection allows women with the right support to hone their intuition and find their own power so they can discover themselves in new ways, to identify their strengths, and find balance in all things, throughout their pregnancy and into motherhood.
Mari Jo is certified as a HypnoBirthing, the Mongan Method, childbirth instructor as well as a prenatal yoga instructor.
After a challenging natural birth with her first child, Mari Jo sought out HypnoBrithing for her second birth. The combination of techniques and positive birth environment she was able to create through the tools provided through HypnoBirthing enabled Mari Jo to not only have a beautiful natural birth with her second, but to feel energized and empowered entering motherhood the second time.
With a type A personality, Mari Jo believes her discovery of yoga led her down a path of self discovery, healthy living and balance she might not otherwise have chosen, a path that allowed her to achieve a natural pregnancy and delivery of her son, in 2010 after a long infertility struggle. Mari Jo currently teaches the prenatal yoga class at Inner Dance Yoga on Wednesday evenings.
Mari Jo has two children, ages 8 and 5 and lives in Oakwood. She loves baking, walking, reading, discovering new recipes, making pretty things and a great beach vacation. A Stay-at-home mom, Mari Jo is a freelance writer and operates her own marketing consulting business by day and teaches HypnoBirthing and yoga by night.
Cathy Hackett, RYT
Cathy is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.
After several years of taking yoga classes, a yearning to discover more led Cathy to The Shanti Yoga School and yoga teacher training. Along the path of her yoga journey, Cathy hopes to share the peace, the calm, and many other truly wonderful benefits of yoga through her classes and in life.
Becky discovered the benefits of yoga practice about 13 years ago after moving back to the Dayton area once completing college. Becky has always loved being around babies and working with children so after utilizing her teaching degree for several years it made sense to start a family of her own. Becky continued her yoga practice throughout pregnancy participating in a prenatal class and was amazed with the ease of childbirth that seemed due to the strength and breath control of her yoga practice. When Becky decided to be a stay-at-home Mom she was thrilled to be able to continue her practice in a Mommy and Me yoga class. The class quickly became an important part of the week with friendships made and the community feel. Becky feels honored to keep the Mommy and Me class part of Inner Dance Yoga Center and promote a piece of a healthy lifestyle to both children and other Moms.
Dana Penn, RYT
Dana first embarked upon her yoga journey in 2006 on the advice of her physician who recommended yoga to ease the stress and anxiety associated with her work for a large corporation. But Dana found so much more than a stress relief tool. She began to notice that her perspective on life, her relationships with others, and most of all, her relationship with herself became more mindful, more peaceful, and more joyful. Dana completed her 200 hour Teacher Training at Inner Dance Yoga Center in 2014.
Upon retirement from corporate life in 2015, she was free to pursue her passion to bring the practice of yoga to those who feel that yoga is something they could never do — due to age, a physical limitation, or simply lack of confidence. Dana teaches chair yoga at Inner Dance Yoga Center. In addition, she teaches chair yoga and facilitates other wellness activities at local senior residential communities.
Please join Dana on Fridays, 3:00pm-4:00pm for Chair Yoga for Strength and Balance!
Meredith first found yoga through prenatal yoga when she was pregnant with her first child 21 years ago. After pursuing various other physical pursuits including running and Pilates, she returned to a regular, dedicated yoga practice a few years ago. Having experienced the tremendous benefits of yoga, Meredith decided she wanted to share yoga with others and enrolled in a 200-hour teacher training to become a yoga teacher. Meredith hopes to share her love of yoga with her students and to walk alongside them on their own unique journeys. Meredith is an active community member in Oakwood serving on the Board of Education and volunteering in various ways through the Oakwood School District. She enjoys reading, walking, treading and water aerobics, and watching sports, especially the University of Dayton Flyers.
Leslie Dworkin, RYT, MFA
Leslie Dworkin, RYT, MFA, is a professional dance artist and educator, and has been teaching in the field of movement for over 20 years. She is both a certified yoga and qigong instructor, having studied with two of America’s most celebrated qigong teachers–Lee Holden and Master Li Junfeng. Relaxation-in-action, meditative flow, integration, and fluid movement are stressed in her classes. She maintains a private practice in the form of bodywork called the Trager™ Approach.
A mindful and compassionate yoga instructor, Lee trusts her instincts and follows her heart as she shares the teachings that have come from a life lived fully, openly and consciously. Always a seeker of balance and meaning, Lee has explored numerous styles of yoga, meditation, and other spiritual practices for over 25 years. Lee is grounded in a deep wisdom that allows her to integrate many influences from her own yogic and spiritual experiences into unique teachings and insights that can be applied on and off the yoga mat. Always open to discovery, Lee’s yoga and meditation classes provide a safe haven for self-inquiry and exploration.
In May, 2014 Lee earned her 50 hour certification in Yin Yoga from Bernie Clark in Vancouver, Canada.