Yoga, Meditation & Rolfing
Neil began studying yoga in 1976, and after six months in teacher training at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco, he started teaching in 1981. He has attended workshops in a variety of yogic traditions, and is certified in the tradition of Anusara Yoga from Willow Street Yoga in Washington, D.C. Since 1988, Neil has attended Vipassana Meditation retreats, and studied meditation with Shinzen Young. Neil is also a certified Rolfer, and is co-founder and co-director of the Awareness Center. Neil applies his extensive knowledge of the body learned from Rolfing and yoga and his meditative experience to create healing yoga classes with an emphasis on meditation.
Leslie has practiced yoga for over 30 years. She began teaching in 2004 and was registered with Yoga Alliance in 2006 at the 500 hour training level (RYT-500). Additional certifications include hands-on yoga therapy, Yoga Ed, Trance Dance, Kripalu YogaDance, Reiki, therapeutic massage, Touch-for-Health, and Tae Kwon Do. Her studies inform her precise and compassionate yoga instruction. Students consistently find her classes deeply effective and relaxing. Leslie teaches gentle yoga at the Awareness Center. For more information please visit her website:
Amala began studying yoga in 1973, with Bob Davis. After moving to California, she studied at the Institute for Yoga Teacher Education (IYTE), and studied Vinyasa with Richard Miller. While in Maui, she studied Vipasana Meditation with Joseph Goldstein, and Ashtanga with David Williams. After her return to Delaware, Amala began teaching Hatha Yoga, and studying with Joan White, one of the country's senior-level Iyengar instructors. Amala also completed a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training with Todd Norian of Ashaya Yoga. Through her experience with diverse styles of yoga, Amala has developed a deep appreciation of the mind/body connection. In her teaching, she emphasizes the smooth flow from one posture to another.
Michael has been practicing yoga for over 40 years and has taught yoga in the Wilmington and Newark areas since the mid 1970s. In addition to studying with Bob Davis and Kathleen Wright, since 1994, Michael has been in the teacher training program of Joan White, one of only seven senior-level Iyengar instructors in the U.S. Michael's classes emphasize the essentials of Iyengar yoga -- focused attention on breathing and precise postural alignment -- in a supportive and fun atmosphere. As Michael says, "A yoga practice should be joyful!"
Bryan began studying T’ai Chi Ch’uan in 1982. His primary teacher is Ray Hayward, adopted son and disciple of Master T.T. Liang. He has been certified to teach by Sifu Hayward. He has been teaching at his own school Shuang Liao T’ai Chi Ch’uan for 30 years. In addition to the Yang Solo Form, Bryan has learned all of the traditional weapons of T’ai Chi as well as learning Ch’i Kung, Pa Kua, Hsing-I, and Praying Mantis. He also obtained a Black Belt in Taekwon-Do. His classes cover all aspects of T’ai Chi from the meditative to the martial, focusing on breath, balance, relaxation, and function.
A Rhode Island native, Zoe has been teaching children's yoga since 2011. She first fell in love with yoga while working as a camp counselor, realizing it was love at first pose. Zoe completed her children's yoga certification through Karma Kids yoga in 2012. Zoe founded "Om Shanti Kids Yoga" her mobile children's yoga company in 2015 allowing her to spread her love, and the benefits of children's yoga all over Delaware.
Zoe is excited by the energy and flow of children's yoga. She enjoys being a child herself while mooing in cow pose and barking in down dog. Zoe strives to provide children with the opportunity to stay physically active while combating the stresses of everyday life and competitive sports. She enjoys filling her classes with music, crafts and laughter, allowing children to benefit mentally and physically while continuing to act and enjoy being a child.
Barbara Ley has been teaching children's yoga and mindfulness for more than a decade. She obtained her Level I and II teaching certifications from Child Light Yoga, and she received further certifications from Every Kids Yoga (yoga for special needs), Yoga4Classrooms, Street Yoga (trauma-informed yoga for youth), and Mindful Schools. Her classes, workshops, and private sessions are geared toward children of all abilities, parents, and teachers. She has particular interests in bringing yoga and mindfulness to adoptive families, children with physical disabilities and other therapeutic needs, and children in classroom settings. Barbara's teaching emphasizes how yoga and mindfulness, combined with creative movement, storytelling, and play, nourish the "whole child" and help children flourish in all areas of life.
Trish is a lifelong student of yoga. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training at One Yoga and her Chakra Teacher Training with Anodea Judith. Trish combines breath, movement, music and universal truths in all of her classes. Her classes are for everyone! Trish brings 35 years as a psychotherapist and music therapist to her yoga teaching.
Ann Schneider-Meisel has been a yoga student since the opening of the Awareness Center in 2001. Ann recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Alyson Leinbach of Serenity Yoga and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Ann teaches a gentle vinyasa flow class with an emphasis on breath and meditation. She has attended vipassana meditation retreats and practiced meditation since 1989. Ann's yoga practice is also informed by her work as a psychotherapist.
Tai has been influenced by yoga throughout her whole life. Both of her parents are yoga teachers and held weekly meditation groups in her childhood household while she was growing up.
She began her own yoga journey approximately 10 years ago, and has practiced in many different styles during this time including: Kripalu, Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Restorative, and Yin Yoga. She recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Alison Donely at The Light Within Yoga Studio.
Tai has an educational background as a psychotherapist, and enjoys learning new tools that combine her passion for yoga and helping others. She has studied "Life Force Yoga" and is certified as a “Let Your Yoga Dance” instructor with “Special Populations" through Kripalu.
Based on her Life Force Yoga training, Tai incorporates energizing and soothing sound into her yoga classes to meet students' moods and energy. Additionally, she emphasizes the importance of breath in movement, and allowing one’s breath to direct the depth of each asana during a practice. This lends itself to allowing students of all levels to participate in class, while feeling strong and steady in their practice.
Tai frequently spends her time outside of the studio gardening, running, or hiking with her husband and dogs.