Sarah Wnenchak, E-RYT 200, Integrative Health Practitioner, Founder of Truly Yoga
Sarah has been practicing yoga ever since discovering its physical and psychological benefits in 2007. She became a 200-hour certified teacher in 2012 after completing her teacher training with One Yoga. Sarah teaches vinyasa style based yoga, which connects a dynamic flow of postures with breath. She has taught all levels of students and believes that yoga is a practice that can benefit everyone. While Sarah believes in having a dedicated yoga practice, she also wants her students to know that it is important to smile and have fun while on the mat. She thinks that it is one of the best ways to release stress and tension. Sarah's classes focus on developing awareness of one's body and mind, in order to express one's true self and live a balanced/ healthy life.
Sarah developed Truly Yoga because she wanted to provide people with a peaceful atmosphere where they can tune back into themselves. She believes that it is important to challenge oneself, yet also find time to restore. Her hope is that each student's visit to Truly Yoga will ignite a personal sense of motivation even beyond the mat.
"When I first started practicing yoga, I was very intimidated because I could barely reach my toes. As I began to practice, I realized that yoga is a process that goes beyond the physical. Yoga not only strengthens the physical body, but teaches us about ourselves, so that we can more healthfully express our true nature."
Caitlin Reilly, E-RYT 200, RYT 500
Caitlin has been teaching yoga for many years in the DE region and earned her certification with One-Yoga in 2012. She then earned her 500 hours with The Light Within Yoga Studio.
"I began my teaching career informally at the age of 8, leading aerobics for my fellow 3rd graders in the school yard. My aunt had introduced me to a Denise Austin workout tape one day, and it fascinated me. The challenge was rather fun! I wanted to share what I learned about triceps, quads, and counting while you work them. This enthusiasm for fitness continued through the years with sports like swimming, soccer, track, and cross country.
I enjoyed majoring in Writing for Film and Television at Emerson college, and almost moved to LA. Yet, a fast paced life in the city was not for me. I chose a simpler life in Delaware, where, a trip to the gym or a long run could always do the trick--until it didn't. Multiple injuries and chronic pain in 2010 called for physical therapy and rest. I was completely stressed and needed a new approach to life. Somewhere along the way, exercise had become more obsessive than fun. A beginner's yoga course opened my eyes to how a single movement could impact not only the body, but one's mind and ethics. Yoga helped not only refresh my understanding of, and approach to health, but to everyday situations.
Suddenly the little 3rd grade Caitlin popped back up and said "Hey, cool -- let me share this..."
Now I love teaching yoga, and welcome people of all backgrounds to my class. I am not naturally super flexible, so don't worry if you aren't. The "Om" should never "Ow."
Off the mat, Caitlin enjoys art (both classical and all things pop culture), cooking (then eating!) with friends, and the great outdoors. She loves to relax with her husband and their two fluffy cats at home.
Maureen Reardon, E-RYT 200
Maureen is a passionate and enthusiastic yoga teacher who’s own yoga practice is over 10 years in the making. She received her initial 200 hour teaching certification through Now: Yoga and also completed Pranakriya’s Pre-natal Teacher Training. Her own teaching and practice is further informed by an athletic background that includes competitive swimming, collegiate rowing, yoga and aerial/acrobatic arts as well an intensive understanding of body anatomy born from her work as a chiropractor. She loves to work with the human body in all manners of practice, play and rest and looks to share that love and fascination of form with every student she encounters.
As she says, “One of the best things about being an athlete, artist and teacher of things based in flesh, blood and bone is continuously having the opportunity to experience and explore a truth so beautifully expressed by J.M. Barrie's character Peter Pan " Oh the cleverness of me!" “
Within her classes, Maureen’s students will have a chance to discover and explore their cleverness as they move through their practice with power and breath.
Monique Claudio, E-RYT 200, MELT instructor
Monique works in private and group settings as a Holistic Wellness Coach and Movement Specialist. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2004 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in East Asian Studies. As an ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist since 2004 Monique has always been fascinated by the brain’s ability to influence and be influenced by the body, but especially interested in understanding the bigger picture rather than assuming there is only one solution to living our best lives.
She has training in traditional Russian style kettlebells, kickboxing, strength and endurance coaching, nutrient timing and other forms of mainstream fitness/wellness. A desire to work with the more grounded forms of movement led her to earning her 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher certification in 2012 and to becoming an Advanced MELT Method Instructor beginning in 2013. She has increased her understanding in anatomy, fascia, and the connections of our bodily systems through studying the work of Jean Claude-Guimberteau, Tom Myers, and Robert Schleip to name a few. Through her in person attendance of trainings, seminars, and conferences Monique has been fortunate enough to also study with or be trained by: Sue Hitzmann, Cyndi Lee, Frank Mauro, Joe Miller, Edward Jones, Sadie Nardini, Tiffany Cruikshank, Fraser Quelch, Gil Hedley, Dr. Leon Chaitow and many more.
Through gaining more understanding of the mind-body-breath role in wellness, disease prevention and treatment, and living to our fullest potential Monique has been able to refine her techniques to help students, clients, and everyone live the best life they are capable of tapping into. She has learned both the technical and the subtle ways in which we hold ourselves back, or think its harder than it is to really enjoy life and feel great. Monique shares this with others so we may rise up within ourselves and together to brighten our collective light and truly shine!
Sarah Pryor, RYT 200
Sarah teaches alignment based vinyasa blended with mindful sequencing and an emphasis on adapting poses to suit individual needs. Her classes are challenging and yet accessible by allowing everyone the space to practice being themselves. She believes yoga is a natural medicine that can increase strength, balance, and flexibility. Sarah completed her 200RYT training with Yoga Medicine, Tiffany Cruikshank, in February 2014 and is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Tori Dennis, RYT 200
Tori began teaching yoga through the University of Delaware Yoga Club in 2011. When she graduated college, she booked a trip to Costa Rica to get her 200 hour teaching certification through Marianne Wells Yoga School in 2015.
Tori is a passionate yoga teacher who has worked with students of all levels of experience. She believes that the breath is the most important part of a yoga practice and puts a big emphasis on the connection between breath and movement, no matter what type of practice she is leading. Tori believes that anyone can do yoga - that it is so much more than just being flexible - and is dedicated to sharing the beauty of the yoga lifestyle with everyone around her.
Rebecca Barry, Certified Pilates Instructor
Rebecca Barry is a certified pilates instructor and teaches floor pilates at Truly Yoga. Rebecca focuses on strength, flexibility and the mind body connection.
"Through core strength and spinal flexibility all things are possible"
Susan Mapes Guerino, RYT 200; Yin Yoga/ Vinyasa
Susan is passionate about living life to the fullest through movement, wellness, and fun! She brings a unique background to her yoga practice that incorporates eastern philosophies and western medicine. Her journey began in 1990 when she was
first introduced to yoga and meditation as an exchange student in Indonesia. Susan has always known that movement of the body brings health, healing, and transformation to all levels of being - mind, body, and soul! She invites you to experience yoga as both a physical practice as well as an existential experience in her Yin Yoga class and Vinyasa flows. Her yoga practice and teaching weaves together her diverse experience and knowledge as a Licensed Acupuncturist,Registered Nurse, and human.
Susan is a life long learner of wellness and assisting others on their yogic path. After many years of yoga practice, Susan decided it was time to evolve and become a yoga instructor. Susan completed her 200 hour teacher certification in 2017 with Allyson Lienbach and Sarah Wnenchak from Truly Yoga. Susan completed Yin Yoga Teacher Training with Corina Benner at Wake Up Yoga.
Meaghan Gwinn, RYT 200
Meaghan is a 200 hour RYT focused on creating mindful opportunities for breath and movement. Starting her practice for physical aspects, Meaghan quickly learned the benefits of yoga for the mind as well. Personally, Meaghan has used yoga to work through grief and anxiety, giving her peace during the everyday challenges of life. With a passion for teaching vinyasa classes, Meaghan offers classes for all levels that are both physical and alignment based. With detailed cues, she is able to bring awareness to the connection between body and breath - giving her students a well rounded practice in the present moment. Meaghan loves teaching yoga, creating community, and you'll be hard pressed to find a class without some smiles and laughter.
Krista Rothwell, RYT 200
Krista first stepped on the mat in college, 20 years ago, in New York City. Yoga was initially a way to get exercise with limited time to spare throughout art school and early years of working in higher education. During her four years playing roller derby she found Truly Yoga studio which helped increase flexibility and let go of tension. After struggling with anxiety and severe panic disorder, yoga became a lifeline that transformed her ability to process, stay present, and feel empowered. Krista finished her 200-hour YTT at the Truly Yoga studio in 2020. Discovering the yoga lifestyle, Krista knew she wanted to help others heal through movement, meditation and breath.
Off the mat, Krista is an artist, mom, wife, novice vegan cook, and a lover of nature. Krista enjoys curling up with a cup of tea and a good book by the fire, taking a hike in the woods, or watching a movie on the couch with the family. You will often find Krista taking classes at Truly Yoga, one of her favorite places to be.
One day Krista hopes to work full time in her art studio while teaching yoga. Perhaps finding a way to combine passions.
Emily Kauffman, RYT 200
After receiving her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College in 2014, Emily received her 200 hour registered yoga instructor certification from Ishta Yoga under Alan and Sarah Finger in New York City in 2017. Emily has always been fascinated by the mind/body connection and is amazed by how movement can be used to process thoughts, sensations, and emotions. She believes anyone can practice yoga and feel empowered from starting exactly where they are.
Nicole Moldenhauer, RYT 200
Passionate about living colorfully and mindfully through holistic wellness and movement rehabilitation...
Nicole’s biggest nightmare turned into her greatest blessing right before college. After having multiple knee surgeries and no longer having her normal vehicles of exercise, life shifted tremendously.
Through physical therapy and rehabilitation, she initially found a love for this practice on a physically-healing level, like many. Soon after noticing the positive effects on her body and mind, Nicole started to see how much this practice aided on a mentally-healing level through learning more about herself and how to respond to others and the world around her.
With her own personal journey, studying Biology & Exercise Science at the University of Delaware (graduating Spring 2021) and engaging in Disability Awareness roles throughout her entire life, Nicole has always been mindful of creating a more neuro-diverse world through an anatomical and movement-based approach. Her practice has the goal of embracing the connection between our unique brains and bodies, bringing awareness to the parts that bring us discomfort and acknowledging the fact that we are all different.
By moving, breathing and feeling all that is Us; the good, the bad and the uncomfortable, we can come together in an open, harmonious space to practice the beautiful gift of yoga.
Melody Mercadante, RYT 200
Melody is a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and a reiki practitioner. She specializes in teaching gentle hatha and yin yoga at Truly Yoga. Come join one of her classes to experience a sense of peace and healing on the mat!
Jenny Fernandez, RYT 200
Jenny is a yoga teacher, voice teacher, performer, and songwriter from Metro Detroit. She took her first yoga class in 2015 as an elective course during her senior year at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she studied musical theatre. She always had an inkling that she would get into yoga at some point, and this was the perfect opportunity. Jenny was lucky enough to have an amazing first teacher, Jonathan Raiss of Amrita Yoga in Fishtown, Philadelphia. He kept class fresh, interesting, and always with a sense of humor. He always catered the class to the needs of what were mostly dancers in the room, and caused students to think deeper about how they were thinking and moving. After graduating from college, Jenny wanted to keep practicing in an affordable way. She began the Barter Program at Wake Up Yoga, where she cleaned the studio once a week in exchange for classes. This afforded her the opportunity to try out different styles of yoga (vinyasa, yin, restorative) with several different teachers. After almost two years of doing this, her husband said to her “I think you need to stop cleaning the floors; I think you need to start teaching.” This was just the wake up call, motivation, and encouragement she needed.
Jenny completed her teacher training at Motherheart Yoga Sangha in Fishtown, Philadelphia under teachers Dawn Smelser and Albert Fung. The first half of training was called “Inner Journey,” where students delved deep into yoga philosophy and examined how they could relate it to their own lives. This program was deeply transformative for Jenny and taught her not only to be a yoga teacher, but how to be a more connected, intentional person in all that she does. Dawn and Albert are truly special, heart centered teachers and humans and Jenny is so grateful to have trained with and learned from them.
After moving to Jersey City, she landed her first professional yoga teaching job with Manhattan Exercise Company. Through them, she was sent to different luxury apartment buildings to teach their residents. This was a great first teaching job, and helped Jenny become accustomed to working with students of varying levels. Since March 2020, Jenny has been teaching group and private classes to family and friends over Zoom. Jenny is thrilled to join the Truly Tribe!