About Our Teachers
Chris Dormaier, M.S., CYT, ERYT 500 is Director of SoundYoga and a Certified Teacher Trainer in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. She also holds a diploma from the American Viniyoga Institute as a yoga therapist. Chris is also the author of the DVD Strong Bones Yoga and the co-author of Why Yoga Works & How It Can Work For You with Fran Ubertini And Robert Birnberg. Chris continues her studies with Sonia Nelson in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a yoga therapist Chris applies yoga principles in developing yoga practices that support and meet the needs of individuals who strive for better health and a happier, well-balanced lifestyle. Chris has helped many people with arthritis, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, heart conditions, MS, and other health concerns find yoga practices to maintain and improve their health.
Karie Bloxton, CYT 500, draws on 500 hours training in the Krishnamacharya tradition as well as 800 hours in the Feldenkrais Method to create a space where students can safely explore all the possibilities and joys of movement. Her yoga classes are crafted to leave you relaxed, yet engaged, with a greater feeling of ease in your body. Her passion is helping yoga students learn to inhabit their body, be playful and most of all, move. Karie is a Certified Yoga Teacher in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and a Feldenkrais Practitioner.
Shelly Aaron, beat breast cancer in 1995, but that battle resulted in her gaining weight and leaving her with an aching back and pained knees. Today Shelly is a yoga teacher, certified personal trainer, nutrition coach, and a licensed massage practitioner. With 16 years of experience she understands the unique challenges and roadblocks of transforming one’s health and fitness goals. Her passion and unique style motivates and inspires her clients to take charge of their lives once and for all.
Virginia Abrams has studied Vedic chant with Sonia Nelson, a longtime student of TKV Desikachar, for more than 10 years and yoga with her and other teachers for more than 30 years. Vedic chant has been an important addition to her personal practice, a source of strength and stability through challenging times. She wants to offer others the opportunity to discover its gifts for themselves.
Maria Mannisto, ERYT 200, is passionate about the powerful combination of yoga and sound. Having chosen in 2003 to make a career out of her lifelong love of singing, she discovered yoga a few years later and quickly incorporated it into her daily life as an essential counterpart to her voice work. In 2013, she completed the 200 hour teacher training program at Samadhi Yoga under the guidance of Kathleen Hunt and Steve Davis. Maria’s classes combine asana, pranayama, meditation, and mantra, with a goal of clearing the way for the recognition and authentic expression of the true self.
“I was directed to this studio by a retired physician; a serious student and teacher of yoga. This studio is as careful as they should be with their student’s. Before each class (there’s a question from the instructor to each student: “How are you today?” The class is then directed by the results of everyone’s issues, pains, comfort, etc. and we all get a great session.”