BLOSSOM YOGA, Newtown, Bucks County - 2324 Second Street Pike, Newtown (Wrightstown Twp), PA 18940
 Teacher Biographies

                                      Andrea Bischoff
Andrea is an experienced, certified yoga and meditation teacher and Reiki practitioner. Trained in many healing modalities, she is passionate about teaching the holistic applications of yoga that integrate but move beyond the physical level. Since her initial vinyasa certification, she has studied traditional hatha yoga at the Himalayan Institute, Thai Yoga Bodywork, restorative yoga, chair yoga and yoga therapy. She is experienced in teaching special populations and conditions, such as seniors, prenatal and kids’ yoga, as well as mental illness, trauma, Alzheimer’s and dementia.
As an apprentice to her teacher, she continues to train intensively in yin yoga, Taoism and Tantric philosophy. Andrea’s knowledge of the Sanskrit language, Eastern philosophy and chanting is sought out by yoga studios for teacher training programs. Currently studying to become an Ayurvedic practitioner, Andrea also enjoys incorporating alternative therapies into her classes. Her students appreciate her in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well as her ability to weave philosophy and spirituality into the physical practice.

In addition to her yoga studies, Andrea’s teaching is deeply influenced by her own practice of meditation, frequent silent retreats, Buddhist mindfulness techniques and volunteer work with nursing homes, hospitals and mental health organizations. Within an atmosphere of light-hearted joy and compassion, Andrea strives to teach her students the tools they need to heal themselves. Her hope is that her classes inspire her students to live a healthier, happier and more peaceful life.”   


                     Rebecca Bartuska
Rebecca first started yoga as a way to keep dance in her life. After dancing through college, the thought of giving it up entirely was terrifying. It wasn’t until the summer of 2014, doing teacher training at Zen Den in Margate, NJ, that she realized yoga was so much more than just a replacement for dance. Meditation and pranayama calmed thoughts, asanas instilled confidence and yamas and niyamas provided a way to evaluate one’s values on and off of the mat. Through yoga, she has grown tremendously as a person and she hopes to share that with her students. Through assisted poses and modifications, she believes each student can achieve the same bliss. With strong Iyengar influences instilled in her through her mentors, Rebecca’s style of teaching focuses on flowing through poses while building towards a peak pose. Proper alignment and meditation are stressed in all of Rebecca’s classes. 

                                          
                                                    Carol Garner                                             
Carol’s yogic journey began more than 15 years ago and has grown into a true passion.  While she is a Registered Yoga Alliance RYT and Certified YogaKids teacher CYKT, she still considers herself a student at heart, as there is always something more to learn from yoga.  Yoga and meditation have taught her how to be humble, grateful and mindful as well as connected to the spirit that lies within.  She has learned that yoga is a process which allows one to experience life with a conscious awareness, growing and manifesting along the way. Yoga has given her the tools to meet life on life’s terms and focus on the present moment. Carol loves to be creative and has a true compassion for people.
Carol offers Vinyasa flow classes that make it accessible for everyone. Her classes range from gentle flow, beginner to intermediate levels with modifications and challenges for all to explore.  Swimming, reading, long walks in nature and getting in touch with her spirituality, are outside interests that Carol enjoys. She also loves teaching Hot Yoga, challenging her students to find their edge.
Carol resides in Bucks County, has three grown children, a husband who supports her on her yogic path and a dog Bailey who adds sunshine to her day.

                                                   Loretta Kane 
Loretta began practicing yoga in 2001 as a means of increasing her strength and flexibility in addition to decreasing stress in her life.  She remembers feeling “2 inches taller” after her very first class!!!  After 12 years of practicing, she knew the time was right to share her passion with others.  With the support and encouragement of family and friends, Loretta began a Yoga Alliance Certified Teaching Training Program in September, 2012 and is now registered with the Yoga Alliance.  She plans on continuing to explore the yoga world by attending conferences, workshops, etc.                  

 
           Rosie Rarich
Rosie was introduced to yoga by a friend in college during a transition from competitive athletics. She found refuge in this sacred space where she found herself working intensely, yet feeling calmer. As an independent study at the College of New Jersey, Rosie researched the benefits of yoga for children with emotional and behavioral needs. Meanwhile, she fulfilled a 200 hour vinyasa teacher training program through Yogasphere in Newtown, PA. Rosie has guided children and adults  in both flow and gentle classes around Central New Jersey and the surrounding areas. She is grateful to be a 6th grade Language Arts Resource teacher in Flemington, NJ. Rosie resides in Titusville with her better half, Derek, and their beloved dog, Dakota.
  

      Ginger Solomon
Ginger began practicing yoga in 2008 during a very stressful time in her life.  She wanted to learn if yoga could quiet her mind and the many thoughts that swirled around if only for that hour.  She also wanted to supplement her existing fitness regimen of cycling and weight training.  Through the practice of Vinyasa Flow yoga, Ginger became aware of the importance of linking her breath and movement together, the cornerstone of yoga, which translated literally means “to join”.  Ginger took the lessons she learned on her mat during her Yoga practice to off the mat and in to her private life. She learned how to live a more harmonious and joyful life through yoga.
 
Ginger completed her yoga teacher training program at Yogasphere in early 2012 and is a RYT-200 certified yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance.  In February 2015, she completed Level One Restorative Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA. Ginger also has a Master's Degree in Anatomy and Physiology which brings great depth and knowledge to her teachings and own practice. Ginger’s passion is teaching new students to yoga the basics of a yoga practice including meditation techniques, chanting, pranayama (breath control) and asanas (poses).  She focuses on the importance of the proper alignment of poses to protect the student while also increasing their strength and flexibility.
 
Ginger lives in Washington Crossing with her husband, Ben, and has a blended family of three children, her son Adam and stepdaughters, Meghan and Sarah.  She enjoys spending time with her family on sailing vacations, tending to her flower and vegetable gardens and walking her dogs Buddy and Cookie Dough. Namaste and Love!
                                                                     
                                                                                                                                       Karen Vanderwall
Karen has long found fulfillment in nature and the outdoors. When she discovered yoga after her first child was born 15 years ago, she began to feel a similar connection with the essence of balance, presence, and sense of interconnectedness.  She also began to realize the grounding and healing potential of yoga.
 
As practicing enriched her life, she decided to pursue further training and share the gifts of yoga with others through teaching. her to teach and deepen her practice.
Karen teaches her classes with a focus on meeting students where they are on their yoga journey and guiding them along the many paths of yoga to find wholeness – their true nature - with the knowledge that when students feel fulfilled the student, community and planet will benefit.
 
Karen earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training program through Yogasphere in the spring of 2012 and has been teaching since then.  She continues to participate in workshops and trainings to enhance her passion for yoga and enrich her classes.  She is blessed with a loving and supportive husband and three teenage children.


                     Brooke Weinert
Having lived in several places and practicing yoga in many studios since 2000, Brooke has always found her place on the mat. Yoga has brought her focus, strength, confidence, and greater self acceptance.

In 2012, she completed a 200 hour vinyasa flow teacher training as a means to re-boot her personal practice, and through that transformative experience, she now teaches several styles to students of all levels. With a strong hatha yoga base, training in Restorative Yoga, and certified in Reiki, Brooke stresses proper form as well as honoring one’s body and limitations.

 
2324 Second Street Pike, 2nd Floor
Newtown (Wrightstown), PA 18940
(215) 416-3252
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