Robin first discovered yoga in 2002, after entering the U.S. Army. Along with the physical demands of the military, she would often become injured from over training. Yoga helped her heal and strengthen her body to prevent injuries. Yoga came back into the picture in 2013, during her deployment in Afghanistan. This time she used meditation and breathing techniques of yoga to help with her insomnia. She realized the best way to control her monkey brain is to do meditation in the form of vinyasa yoga by moving slowly and using her breath with the movements.
Robin received her Master’s in Physician Assistant Studies and is an Army Physician Assistant (PA). Her time as an Army PA made her see not only the physical wounds that the war has caused, but also invisible wounds. Robin became passionate about sharing yoga as a healing method to others and completed her 200-hour teacher training at Hawaii Yoga Institute in 2014. Robin is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Public Health at the University of Hawaii, where her dissertation focus is looking at how yoga can help others that may be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Robin currently teaches yoga to Team Red White and Blue in Honolulu, the Marine Wounded Warrior Detachment in Kaneohe, and the Western Oahu Vet Center in Kapolei.
Liz discovered yoga in 2008. She served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years. Liz had been fooled by the stereotypes of yoga and often stated, “I am a Marine, I am not doing yoga,” when many would suggest that she try yoga to help with the anxiety, muscle tension, and insomnia she had been experiencing since returning from Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2005. With nothing else “working,” Liz attended her first class and became captivated by the practice: “I felt like I was back in control of myself.” Liz earned her 200-hour yoga teaching certification in Boston, MA, and embarked on her journey of bringing the benefits of yoga to other Veterans.
Liz emphasizes the use of breath and mindful noticing in her classes in order to help students connect with the present moment and transfer the experience to everyday life. Liz incorporates many choices into her teachings to allow students to find their own comfort during class, whether the choice is to be with the breath, without movement, or to alternate between a yoga practice in the chair and on the mat.
In addition to her yoga practice and active work with several Veteran causes, Liz teaches math part-time at Lehigh Carbon Community College. Liz resides in Hellertown, PA with her husband and rescued dog.
Deb is a yoga instructor and Psychology professor. She began practicing yoga nearly 20 years ago to bring balance to a stressful lifestyle and her Type A personality. Though it was not love at first sight – she was accustomed to handling stress by moving faster, not slower – she soon experienced first-hand how simple movement and breath can shift and transform nearly every experience.
She received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification and began teaching yoga to veterans in 2011. She also completed several advanced trainings, including the Veterans Yoga Project, the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program; Mindfulness and Yoga for Transforming Trauma; and Yoga for 12-Step Recovery. Deb’s classes are breath-centered and suitable for all fitness levels and ages. She uses kindness, persistence, along with hefty doses of compassion and bad jokes, to create a space for practitioners to tap into their own strength and resiliency.
Susie Guckin is a Warriors At Ease certified trauma-sensitive meditation teacher with advanced training in military combat stress, trauma, post-traumatic stress, and resiliency. She began practicing meditation to help herself overcome the symptoms of post-traumatic stress due to sustaining two brain injuries following car accidents she was in. After sharing her positive, personal experiences with meditation with the soldiers at the Fort Dix Warrior Transition Unit where she volunteered for over eight years, the troops encouraged her to get certified to teach people just like them. She then opened Peaceful Warriors where she is dedicated to helping others learn about the benefits and practice of meditation from a trauma-sensitive perspective.
Laura Beth has been practicing and studying yoga and mindfulness for more than twelve years. She found her way to yoga and meditation in an attempt to heal from loss and to rediscover acceptance and compassion for herself and others. She found that she was better able to live life in the present moment, and less in the past or future. While her journey is ongoing, Laura Beth is honored to share nuggets of her learned practices with others, in hopes that it can help them find contentment, peace, and acceptance, moment-by-moment.
Laura Beth received her yoga teacher certification through YogaDharma in 2011. She has also received training in trauma-informed yoga teaching through The Veterans Yoga Project.
Kimberly has studied many traditions of yoga since 2000, and she has been teaching yoga since 2007. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Saraswati River Yoga in New Hope, Pa.
Kimberly discovered yoga after years of lifting weights and in hopes of having a more stress-free life prior to starting her family. As time passed, Kimberly decided to move into teaching. Along with raising her two children, teaching has been her passion. Her intention is to offer the practice of yoga in a fun, sincere, and inspiring way.
Along with a career in corporate change management, Patty has turned her nearly 40-year practice of yoga into a second career, becoming a yoga instructor in 2009. In October 2015, Patty became an owner of Newtown Yoga in Newtown, PA. Her passion is offering therapeutic yoga practices to veterans, children, and teens navigating high stress situations, and to individuals dealing with body image issues. Patty brings optimism, passion, and a positive perspective to her yoga students based on her belief that in life and on our mat, every challenge we face is an opportunity to learn and grow. Patty delights in supporting others as they discover the wealth of opportunity hidden in the challenges they face, and in developing the tools they need to embrace those opportunities.