Neil began studying yoga in 1976, and after six months in teacher training at the Iyengar Institute of San Francisco, he started teaching in 1981. He has attended workshops in a variety of yogic traditions, and is certified in the tradition of Anusara Yoga from Willow Street Yoga in Washington, D.C. Since 1988, Neil has attended Vipassana Meditation retreats, and studied meditation with Shinzen Young. Neil is also a certified Rolfer, and is co-founder and co-director of the Awareness Center. Neil applies his extensive knowledge of the body learned from Rolfing and yoga and his meditative experience to create healing yoga classes with an emphasis on meditation.
Michael has been practicing yoga for over 40 years and has taught yoga in the Wilmington and Newark areas since the mid 1970s. In addition to studying with Bob Davis and Kathleen Wright, since 1994, Michael has been in the teacher training program of Joan White, one of only seven senior-level Iyengar instructors in the U.S. Michael's classes emphasize the essentials of Iyengar yoga -- focused attention on breathing and precise postural alignment -- in a supportive and fun atmosphere. As Michael says, "A yoga practice should be joyful!"
Leslie has practiced yoga for over 30 years. She began teaching in 2004 and was registered with Yoga Alliance in 2006 at the 500 hour training level (RYT-500). Additional certifications include hands-on yoga therapy, Yoga Ed, Trance Dance, Kripalu YogaDance, Reiki, therapeutic massage, Touch-for-Health, and Tae Kwon Do. Her studies inform her precise and compassionate yoga instruction. Students consistently find her classes deeply effective and relaxing. Leslie teaches gentle yoga at the Awareness Center. For more information please visit her website:
Amala began studying yoga in 1973, with Bob Davis. After moving to California, she studied at the Institute for Yoga Teacher Education (IYTE), and studied Vinyasa with Richard Miller. While in Maui, she studied Vipasana Meditation with Joseph Goldstein, and Ashtanga with David Williams. After her return to Delaware, Amala began teaching Hatha Yoga, and studying with Joan White, one of the country's senior-level Iyengar instructors. Amala also completed a 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training with Todd Norian of Ashaya Yoga. Through her experience with diverse styles of yoga, Amala has developed a deep appreciation of the mind/body connection. In her teaching, she emphasizes the smooth flow from one posture to another.
Ann Schneider-Meisel has been a yoga student since the opening of the Awareness Center in 2001. Ann recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training with Alyson Leinbach of Serenity Yoga and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. Ann teaches a gentle vinyasa flow class with an emphasis on breath and meditation. She has attended vipassana meditation retreats and practiced meditation since 1989. Ann's yoga practice is also informed by her work as a psychotherapist.
Trish is a lifelong student of yoga. She completed her Yoga Teacher Training at One Yoga and her Chakra Teacher Training with Anodea Judith. Trish combines breath, movement, music and universal truths in all of her classes. Her classes are for everyone! Trish brings 35 years as a psychotherapist and music therapist to her yoga teaching.
Bryan began studying T’ai Chi Ch’uan in 1982. His primary teacher is Ray Hayward, adopted son and disciple of Master T.T. Liang. He has been certified to teach by Sifu Hayward. He has been teaching at his own school Shuang Liao T’ai Chi Ch’uan for 30 years. In addition to the Yang Solo Form, Bryan has learned all of the traditional weapons of T’ai Chi as well as learning Ch’i Kung, Pa Kua, Hsing-I, and Praying Mantis. He also obtained a Black Belt in Taekwon-Do. His classes cover all aspects of T’ai Chi from the meditative to the martial, focusing on breath, balance, relaxation, and function.