Teacher of the Month: Diane Sachaczenski

This month, we chatted with Diane Sachaczenski! Whether you’re regular to her class or want to learn a little more about her before taking it for the first time, learn more about her below.

Diane Sachaczenski

1) How long have you been teaching? 

I've been teaching over 5 years.

2) What is your teaching style?  

Vinyasa (Level 2 Alignment based) and Restorative.

3) What do you like most about your practice and teaching others?

I love teaching because I simply love to make people feel good (body and mind).  Yoga is on the rise (especially restorative), and it's a good sign that people realize they need to slow down.

I also like a challenge in my personal practice lately… guess it's time to get out of that damn comfort zone!

4) Tell us something we wouldn't otherwise know about you. It can be anything! 

Most people do not know I was born in Michigan!

5) What is your favorite pose and why?

Warrior II. There is no better pose than Warrior II to put you in the present moment.

We tend to reach forward (fight/flight mode) or reach too far behind (reaching for our past). Think about the present moment. Shoulders above the hips. Crown reaching up, not forward. Center yourself in this pose, physically and mentally land in the present moment.

That’s beautiful. Thanks, Diane!

You can take Diane’s class on Mondays at 7:00 pm for her 75 minuteFlow & Restore Yoga class.

Yoga Teacher of the Month: Miranda Dunkailo

If you haven't had the chance to attend Miranda 's class yet, here's your chance to meet her!

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Miranda has lived in Pennsylvania all her life. She's a big fan of adventures and learning new things. We're thrilled to have her here at Home Yoga & Barre and are excited to feature her as this month's teacher of the month! 

We asked her a few questions so you can get to know a little more about her. 

1) Tell us a little about your background in teaching.

I have been practicing yoga for about 8 years (yikes... has it been 8 years already?!). I fell in love with the practice and the many variations of styles. 

I loved it so much that I decided I wanted to share my love with others and that’s when I made the decision to become certified. I did my teacher training certification though Om My Yoga 4 years ago and I’ve been teaching ever since.

2) What do you like most about your practice and teaching others?  

I love the fact that I get to share with my students, whether they are new to me or have taken my classes before, what I’ve come to learn through my training and my own practice. 

3) What are you looking forward to most about teaching at Home Yoga & Barre?

I am psyched to be teaching at Home! It’s such a super sweet studio, and I’m just excited to continue to be part of the yoga community. 

4) What's the one thing you want people to know about you before coming to your class for the first time?

To not be intimidated or scared and to just try! It doesn't matter if you wiggle around or fall out of a pose... this is how we learn! I love to give my students a challenge, but I also want them to have fun. 

5) What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Love me some arm balances! I guess if I have to choose just one I would have to say flying pigeon! 

You can catch Miranda on Wednesday's for Level 3 yoga at 7 pm.

Yoga Teacher Of The Month: Joleen Gai

This month, we sat down to talk with the ever-smiling Joleen Gai!

She brings her happiness and energy to every class she teaches, and it just spreads like wildfire. Get to know her a little better in this week’s Teacher of the Month post!

Joleen Gai - Home Yoga & Barre

1) How long have you been practicing and why/how did you start?

I took my first yoga class 12 years ago when I was in college. I thought it would be a good way to get the most of my gym membership and maybe tone up a little. I soon realized there was much more to the practice than staying fit!

2) Tell us about your teaching style?

I like to keep yoga light-hearted and fun. We laugh a lot in my classes! I try to encourage students develop a home yoga practice with what they learn in the studio.

3) What's your favorite thing about practicing and teaching?

My practice keeps me balanced and affords me the opportunity to spread a little bit of light. My favorite thing is at the end of class, when everyone is coming out of shavasana, I encourage students to think of something that they are grateful for and a way that they can be kind to someone. Imagine if only one out of every ten students took that advice and performed an act of kindness! Those small acts add up.

4) What do you look forward to most this summer at the studio?

I can’t wait for yoga on the river Sundays at 10:30. I love practicing outdoors!

5) How are you looking to advance your personal practice this year?

I struggle with the idea of “yoga goals.” Development is encouraging and helps keep people motivated to keep practicing so nailing a difficult asana always feels good.

A year or two ago, I might have enthusiastically said “headstand!” but my personal practice now is more focusing on the eight limbs of yoga and applying it to life off the mat.

I want to study more mythology too and learn the stories behind the poses.

6) Favorite yoga pose and why?

Garbha pindasana in the Ashtanga primary series. I love rocking and rolling! It’s perfect to help find energy and direction mid-practice.

If you haven’t taken one of Joleen’s classes, you can find her in the studio on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm for Level 3 yoga and at 6:00 am on Thursdays for Level 1 yoga.

Stay tuned for our next teacher spotlight next month!