Yoga Instructors

Bass, Colleen
Gelburd, Anita

Nerbecki, Chandra
Owen, Erin
Ruckenstein, Paula

Sadashige, Jacqui
Shriver, Katherine

Yoga Instructors

Adamu, Fatima:  Fatima grew up in Nigeria, West Africa as an active child who ran track and played soccer. As a city planner and urban designer, she spent three years helping to beautify the central business district of Philadelphia with Center City District. She discovered yoga in 2002 and received her 200-hour yoga-teaching certification by studying with Ana Forrest in 2010. She began teaching at PennRec in the Fall of 2011 after hearing awesome things about the yoga program at Pottruck and has fallen in love with her students here.


Childress, Traci: Traci Childress has been a student of yoga since 1998. A visionary, writer, teacher, consultant, and mama, she excels at creating space for personal exploration and community. In addition to her own practice, her formal yoga training has consisted of a two year apprenticeship; an Iyengar Yoga teacher training program with Patricia Walden; a month at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in India; and many hours of classes and workshops. She believes that everyone should feel welcome to the practice of yoga and seeks to support this in her classes, as well as in her other work in the world.


Gelburd, Anita: Certified Yoga instructor since 2006, Anita enjoys opening up students to benefits and the enjoyments of yoga. You can find Anita teaching Vinyasa yoga, a moderately paced flowing practice that includes plenty of strength building postures and breathe work. However, when she’s not teaching yoga, Anita takes pleasure in reading novels, learning about history, traveling, and singing in a barbershop quartet!


Nerbecki, Chandra:  Chandra is certified in teaching children's/pre &post-natal/adult yoga. She is a theater arts adjunct professor at Arcadia University, teaching yoga and advanced yoga courses. She is formally a school teacher who taught in the Philadelphia school district for seven years.  Chandra has served as a yoga consultant for PBS Kids Sprout Network for the last 3 seasons.  She teaches yoga at the Main Line YMCA, Roxborough YMCA, Seva Retreat at Elkins Estate and Yoga on Main. She also teaches yoga at special events such as the annual Verizon Fun Run held in conjunction with the Philadelphia Marathon.


Ruckenstein, Paula:  Paula has been teaching Vinyasa Flow Yoga since September 2010. For Paula, yoga is her passion and she loves to share it with others. She gets joy from students sharing the impact yoga has on their lives. Paula loves to be active and in addition to yoga she loves to lift weights. “Ask, believe, receive,” is a quote she likes to live by. Paula hopes to be this active when she’s 90!

Sadashige, Jacqui:  Jacqui currently teaches Spinning, BODYCOMBAT, and various types of Yoga for PennRec. Jacqui loves being able to share what she loves with groups of enthusiastic and positive people. As an instructor, she enjoys helping people live life more fully, delight in their bodies, and just have fun. Other actives Jacqui enjoys include world travel, global culture, dance, and film. Jacqui wants to live well into her "golden years." She hopes to be just like her Mom, who still sweats it out at her gym at 80+ years old!


Shriver, Katherine:  Katherine has been teaching Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga for seven years. She is one of four teachers in Pennsylvania who is qualified to teach Sri. K Pattabhi's traditional "Mysore style" yoga. For Katherine, yoga practice is a poetic and self-healing and has a positive impact on daily life. Katherine offers a traditional yet personable style with Sanskrit counting, hands-on adjustments, and spoken cues to help students focus and feel good alignment, good flow and good fun. Katherine also studies Sanskrit and devotional chanting as well as energetic and vibrational healing techniques.


Stortz, Michelle:  Michelle Stortz, CYT, CMT, MFA is a Yoga Therapist, Massage Therapist and Movement Educator. She specializes in Yoga Therapy for Cancer and began working with survivors in the Philadelphia area after her training from Jnani Chapman, RN at the Integral Yoga Academy in Virginia. She has also trained and taught in the Vinyasa style for over seven years. Michelle teaches contemporary dance at Bryn Mawr College and received a Master of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a Texas native.