Faculty

 

Pat Clutter, RYT 500, Studio Director

Pat became acquainted with yoga while taking modern dance classes years ago, and she has studied a variety of styles with a number of renowned yoga teachers. Her hands-on, progressive approach to teaching often focuses on a philosophical or anatomical theme. Physical alignment of the body is a very important component of her typical class. Along with her gentle, encouraging presence, she is known for mindful sequencing and bringing fun variations to her classes. Pat completed her 200-hour and 500-hour yoga teacher certification with Donna Dyer and is a registered yoga teacher (RYT 500) through Yoga Alliance.  She has also completed the Anusara Yoga 100-hour Immersion.

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Amy Root, RYT 200, Studio Coordinator

Amy comes to Soma Movement Arts with a strong background in dance and gymnastics.  After meeting Lani Weissbach through dance theater collaborations, Amy tried one of Lani’s yoga classes and she loved it.  Amy followed Lani to SomaErie and became an integral part of the studio in spirit even before joining Pat as studio coordinator.  She is a graduate of the SomaErie Yoga RYS 200-Hour Teacher Training.  Amy is a Pediatric Home Care Nurse.  She works with special needs children.  Amy shows great compassion for her clients which she also carries into her role at SomaErie.

Amy is a very enthusiastic yoga practitioner.  She practices meditation and is skilled at some of the more challenging asanas.  Some of her favorite yoga experiences have been in workshops with Desiree Rumbaugh, Todd Norian, and Alexandria Crow.  When teaching Amy enjoys using inspirational quotes to incorporate into the class theme.  Her mindful sequencing encourages the students as they progress during instruction, possibly toward a peak pose.  She uses gentle hands-on adjustments during class and she enjoys teaching students of all levels.

 

 

Lisa Oesterling

Lisa is an avid runner with a background in group fitness, teaching various aerobic classes.  Being an exercise enthusiast, she dropped in on a yoga class and fell in love with it.  She found yoga a great compliment to her running and was profoundly affected by the mindfulness it brought to her life connecting mind, body, and spirit.  Lisa is an elementary teacher by day so teaching yoga was a logical jump.  She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training through Satya School of Yoga with instructors Stacey Orr and Soña Hernandez.  She realizes the importance of yoga being nonjudgmental and hopes to guide others to that realization as well.  Lisa is passionate about her yoga practice and her teaching, inspiring others to explore the pathway to their own inner wisdom and growth.

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Mary Federovicz, RYT 200, NCC, LPC

Mary’s passion for Yoga became apparent 5 years ago when she met her trainer, Karthick Natarajan (RYT), at a ballroom dance. He shared with Mary that he was a Yogi and wanted to know if she would be interested in taking a Yoga class.  Although Mary heard of Yoga she never thought to practice because she had some back issues and was prone to injury.  Mary gave in and took a Yoga class and since then became hooked.  Mary’s back improved greatly, her outlook on life became more positive and she decided to take Karthick’s Adhyatma 200-hour Teacher Training.  She is now a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT.)  Since then, she has immersed herself in the teachings of Yoga and is thrilled to be able to share her knowledge with her students.

Mary earned her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Gannon University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She works as a Counselor at The Department of Veterans Affairs.

Maura Powers-Moulton, RYT 200

Maura is passionate about both yoga and dance. She started dancing at the age of 13 and continued to study ballet and modern dance at Mercyhurst and Penn State, graduating with a degree in dance. After raising her family she found her way back to dance and also began studying yoga in 2012. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2016 through Satya School Yoga with Soña Hernandez.

Maura has had a lifelong struggle with depression but has found great healing through the practices of yoga, meditation and creative,  expressive movement. It has become her passion to help others find self awareness and self expression through movement and to encourage others on their own journey.

 

Jay Huff

Jay’s yoga journey began in 2007 with an almost accidental appearance in a yoga class. After many yoga classes and handful of yoga retreats he landed in the Amazing Yoga teacher training course in April 2014. Jay used that experience to deepen his own practice also teaching intermittently at various settings. He has found yoga teacher training to be a great compliment to his medical anatomy & physiology teachings as a certified registered nurse anesthetist.

Jay is also a professional soldier having served 21 years in the US Army Reserve. This background gives Jay a unique perspective that is obvious in each class he teaches.

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Christina Iacobozzi

Christina began avidly exploring yoga and meditation in 2012 and was soon developing a rich personal practice.  During this time she was a stay-at-home mom while her child attended school in the home. Faced with challenges, she was led to the peace and personal transformative powers that yoga awakens within. She developed a deeper connection to Source and firmly believes in the continuous evolution of self that yoga harnesses and fosters with persistent and diligent practice.
She completed a 200-hour immersion yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in June 2015 under the guidance of Jurian Hughes and Jennifer Reis. Christina is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) through Yoga Alliance. Her intention for her teaching is to promote and enrich personal growth and transformation in the spirit, mind, and body.

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Kate began her journey on the path of Yoga during a period of deep grief following her mother’s death in 2011.  By practicing asana in a heated studio, she experienced profound healing and an integration of body, mind and spirit that had previously been missing from her life.

Kate is grateful to the many teachers who have influenced her growth and personal transformation. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from the Satya School of Yoga with Soña Hernandez and Stacey Orr in June 2013.   She has also been influenced by master teachers Erich Schiffmann and BKS Iyengar and attributes her recognition of joy and freedom in the present moment to the many youngsters she has known over her 30 years as a child development supervisor. Her continued study and practice of the eight limbs of yoga has led Kate to the study of Ayurveda which now guides her outlook on health and wellness.

Kate’s classes incorporate breath and sound into a deep, gentle flow in the spirit of self-exploration and discovery.  She also emphasizes the importance of developing a daily practice as a way to cultivate care and compassion for self and others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angela DiFiore, RYT 200

Angela McDonough DiFiore has over twenty years experience in the field of dance as a performer, choreographer, and educator. She holds a BFA in Dance from New World School of the Arts and an MFA in Dance (Choreography and Performance), from Florida State University. Angela has presented her choreographic work in performances at FSU’s Days of Dance in Tallahassee, Florida, the Florida Dance Festival in Miami Florida, Florida Dance on Tour, Gainesville, Florida, Broward College,  Ft Lauderdale Florida, Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida, College of Central Florida, Ocala, Florida, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, Mt San Jacinto Community College, Mt San Jacinto, California, and Pro Danza Italia in Montescudaio, Italy.

From 1998-2003 Angela served as co-director of the dance program at Broward College in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. At Broward College she had the opportunity to teach Ballet, Modern and Jazz as well as choreograph for the BCC Dance Ensemble, direct concerts, develop dance program curriculum and mentor students.

She has performed throughout the south Florida region with such groups as Dancesynergy, Corps Chameleon, Millennium Dance Syndicate Ballet Flamenco La Rosa and Kokoflux, Fuzion Dance Artists, and other independent artists. While completing her MFA in dance at Florida State University, Angela had the opportunity to dance in the work of choreographers such as Lynda Davis, Terry Creach, Susan Marshall, and Brendt Schneider. She was also an active member of Dance Repertory Theatre, as a performer, rehearsal director and company assistant.
While living in New York City, Angela performed with The Ugly Company, directed by Tennille Lambert at various performances at the Cunningham Theatre Space, Movement Research, and Dance Theater Workshop. She also taught for FSU in NYC (a dance program in NYC through Florida State University, designed for undergraduate Seniors and Masters students), leading the Movement/Studio element “Class as a moving body”. Angela worked closely with Dr. Sally Sommer to connect the studio element with the history and research portions of the FSU in NYC experience.                                                 Recent creative projects have included choreographing and performing a solo titled,“Kindred Memories” with original music composed by her husband Richard DiFiore. “Kindred Memories” was reconstructed for a University of Florida dance major in performances during 2014 and 2015. She also reset her solo “Lilac Wine” for dance students at University of Florida and Mt San Jacinto Community College. Angela also recently created a work titled “Dances for Will McLean”, commissioned by the Will McLean Foundation and the College of Central Florida. In addition to dance, Angela has a great interest in yoga and has cultivated her own personal practice since 2003, and is a RYT certified yoga instructor and a member of Yoga Alliance since 2010. She created a Yoga course designed specifically for dancers, at the School of Theatre and Dance at the University of Florida in 2011. Angela has taught dance and yoga at Santa Fe College, University of Florida, the College of Central Florida and Perry Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp. In April 2016 Angela had the pleasure of being involved with the National Water Dance Project “The Ripple Effect” in collaboration with Mercyhurst University. Angela currently lives in Erie, Pennsylvania with her family, and is so grateful to be part of the faculty at Soma Movement Arts.

 

 

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