OUR TEACHERS AND THEIR STYLES
Use this page to help learn about our teachers and to help choose which class you'd like to experience. There are many different teaching styles and class levels to choose from. If you'd like help choosing a class, feel free to call us. We'll be happy to help guide you.
Darlene DePasquale, E-RYT
Darlene has been studying and practicing yoga for more than 25 years. The foundation of her training began as a resident at Kripalu Center in Lenox, Mass. and continued to her being in residence at a Sumneytown, Pennsylvania yoga ashram. It was during her very first yoga class at a local high school that she had an awareness of coming home to herself. This is the moment she realized that she had found her niche. Throughout the years she has studied with teachers of various styles of Hatha yoga including: Kripalu, TriYoga, Bikram, Svaroopa, Iyengar, Yin, and Vinyasa. And for the last 15 years Darlene has closely studied Self Inquiry Meditation (Jnana yoga) with Dr. Bhagwan Awatramani. During this time she has traveled to various countries to nourish this practice in silent meditation seminars led by Dr. Awatramani. Darlene brings a meditative awareness into her classes which comes from her love and understanding of the depths of yoga. Personal Thought — Trust is my path.
Pam Babli, RYT
Pam's interest in yoga started several years ago during a time of physical discomfort & dealing with life’s everyday challenges. Her personal yoga practice began to minimize her physical pain & gave her new tools to be able to make a difference within herself & those around her. Yoga has became her passion. Her intention is to inspire others to “look-within” for self-awareness, wisdom and inner peace. To inspire others to overcome obstacles & move through life with comfort & ease. To experience life & the practice of yoga with mindfulness & playfulness. I teach yoga because I believe that healing can come to everyone. Attending class is just the beginning of the journey and I want others to know that they can take what yoga has to offer and change the quality of their lives moment by moment and breath by breath. I teach from my heart with gentleness. I am passionate about bringing joy into the lives of those I touch. Pam has completed the Foundations Course from the Master Yoga Teacher Institute allowing her to incorporate Svaroopa Yoga into her teaching practice. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour training level and has received her training through the Deeper Studies of Meditation & Yoga. Personal thought –Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life ~ BKS Iyengar
Heather Cooper, RYT
Heather started practicing yoga to "get in shape" in 1997 and instead realized it was shaping who she was to become. In 2004, she completed her training under the Kripalu style while also studying the Astanga tradition. She completed the Deeper Studies teacher training in 2009 and her practice evolved into becoming a true way of living. She gives the gift of yoga to children of all ages since 2007; (including her own) as well as those with intellectual disabilities. She also holds her certification in prenatal yoga. Heather has come to witness the changes in her life, living in each moment with peace and gratitude. Personal thought – No step upon this path is ever wasted, and no dangers are found, and even a little progress is freedom from fear — Bhavagad Gita
Sheila McCool, E-RYT
In Sheila's all-levels class, she invites students to find the rhythm and flow of their own body and to use the yoga postures as a way to relax and strengthen the body, release chronic tension and develop self-awareness. She is greatly influenced by teachers in the Kripalu Yoga tradition, which speaks to the heart and then flows out to work the body.
Andrea has been practicing yoga and meditation since 2004 and is a graduate of the Deeper Studies of Meditation and Yoga teacher training program. Andrea`s style of teaching connects spontaneous movement with natural breath, allowing postures to flow from a meditative awareness.
In addition to studying and teaching yoga, Andrea is also part of the Yoga Center staff. Personal Thought — Let the beauty we love be what we do. - Rumi
Tori has been dancing for her entire life and fell in love with it at a young age. Having a teacher who focused on anatomy and kinesiology, Tori soon found both topics fascinating. She received her BA in Dance from Muhlenberg College where she further studied the body and it's movements. To deepen this love she attended The Haddonfield Yoga Center's teacher training. She now uses this knowledge to help individuals understand their own body. She realizes that your body, her body, and the body of the person next to you is different in both it's strengths and difficulties. She approaches each class with this understanding and a love for yoga.
Kemm Sarver, CSYT, RYT-500
Kemm has been teaching Svaroopa® yoga since 2005. She received her training from Master Yoga Training Institute in Exton, PA, and is now a Leading Teacher with Master Yoga. Kemm began her yoga practice to reduce stress that was affecting her physical health. She experienced profound changes in her body, and corresponding shifts in her awareness. Kemm shares this opportunity with her students, helping them to move beyond perceived limitations to new awareness with easy humor and compassion. Kemm also teaches Prenatal Yoga and provides Embodyment® and private yoga therapy.
Nita Speilberg, RN, E-RYT
Nita has been practicing yoga since the 1970s in the Iyengar tradition, first with Connie Fernandez in the Philadelphia area and most recently with Ed Dailey in the Iyengar- influenced style. Her Kripalu studies with Barb Moeller, with whom she was certified, Billy Gold and Yoganand Michael Carroll have strongly influenced her individual practice. Also a nurse, she is on faculty of the Yoga Teacher Training programs at both the Haddonfield Yoga Center and the Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies. Classes are intended to improve strength, flexibility, stamina and coordination through a combination of instruction in alignment in classical postures and through a flow of meditative poses. Students of all levels are invited on the journey toward finding a vital body, a balanced mind and a loving and peaceful spirit.
Joan Doherty Magee, RN, RYT, Pranakriya Prenatal Teacher
In addition to being a registered nurse for more than 30 years, Joan is a graduate of the 200 hour Deeper Studies Meditation and YTT program as well as a Pranakriya Prenatal Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing yoga for 16 years and is very excited to be teaching prenatal classes at the studio. Joan's goal is to empower women in pregnancy by helping them find comfort and ease in their changing bodies, connect to their babies and prepare their bodies for labor and birth. Personal Thought: If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete. Buddha
Terrance's life completely changed after his initial experience with yoga. He initially went to his first yoga class at a gym to increase his body's flexibility. Since that first class in January 2010, he has dramatically increased his flexibility, graduated the 200 hour teacher training program at Lourdes Institute of Wholistic Studies, and entered the 500 hour program. At Lourdes he studied under some phenomenal and inspirational teachers, one being Haddonfield Yoga Center's own, Nita Spielberg. This teaching and Terrance's own life experiences have shaped his yoga style. His classes are meant to relax the mind, channel awareness inward, and challenge the body by holding of poses. Personal Thought: May you feel at peace, be filled with love, and receive blessings.