(Yoga Parkside Owner and OWM Studio Manager)
Megan's sacred path begain early in life. She knew as a young child that she was meant to be a healer and teacher. She loves to work with people to help them become more connected to and aware of their bodies’ innate wisdom and potential. She found her way to yoga as a young teen ago to help with a serious physical condition, and continues to be amazed and humbled by what is discovered on the mat. She has been teaching for over ten years and has studied many forms of yoga including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Kripalu and Integral, as well as Pilates, the Andrei Droznin method, and the Michael Chekhov Technique. She is also a Reiki Master-Teacher, musician, and energy worker. Her Vinyasa classes are a lovely way to explore building strength and confidence: opening bodies and hearts with compassion and gratitude, working at letting go of goals and expectations, and discovering peace. Megan combines her philosophy of energy work into her classes, working with compassion and love as the universal life force is strengthened and balanced. Her classes also often include chanting, unique sequences and self-inquiry using yogic and buddhist principles.
(OWM Studio Manager)
Jessica’s fascination with the human body led her to pursue her degrees in Exercise Science and Clinical Nutrition at University at Buffalo. While working on her Masters degree, Jessica was drawn to yoga for its stress relief and physical benefits. She quickly fell in love with the asana practice and knew it would be an integral part of her life forever. Over the last year, Jessica has dedicated herself to the practice of yoga as a lifestyle and has been blessed physically, emotionally,
and mentally by its gifts. Yoga has made her more flexible, patient, loving, and fearless both on and off the mat. Her conscious decision to exist in Divine Love has brought her much joy, fulfillment and appreciation of the present moment.
Jessica completed her 200-hour training at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico in 2015. Her teaching style reflects her personal practice. She provides a playful environment where she promotes growth in ones practice by offering different variations, while providing a compassionate setting for all levels of practice. Jessica believes that a supportive community is a fundamental aspect of yoga and is extremely excited to join us at Yoga Parkside!
Elizabeth has been practicing various styles of yoga for several years, but it was in 2006 that she found her practice within Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. She has attended various workshops with both authorized and certified Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga teachers, and has spent much of her personal time traveling to work with these teachers one on one.
Elizabeth has been teaching yoga since 2008. She loves creating and developing led classes, and her true passion is seeing the progress her students make through discovering their practice. Although her practice is Ashtanga, she took some time in June 2009 to receive RYT 200 certification at Kripalu, and has studied with various Vinyasa and Anusara Yoga teachers since 2002.
Annie Scherer Allen
Annie Allen’s style of massage therapy and yoga instruction has evolved over that last 23 years of practice. Drawing from the wisdom of several modalities in which she has trained including Swedish Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Palliative Massage, Mindfulness Meditation, Anusara Yoga and Reiki, each session, or cycle of sessions creates deeper self awareness in the recipient. Though interventions and techniques may differ from session to session, the goal is always the same: teach the individual how to find an expression of anatomical neutral, neutral spine as well as refine movement and postural patterns to maintain balanced muscular action for optimal functionality, well-being and good health. When the body is grounded in optimal physical alignment newer healthier movement and thought patterns emerge as older less beneficial patterns dissolve revealing greater mental clarity, focus and vitality. Annie is also certified in Contemplative End of Life Care and works full time with Hospice Buffalo providing massage interventions and interpersonal support for terminally ill individuals and their families.
Kathleen Ashwill first discovered Kundalini Yoga while traveling in Colorado in 2006. She has since been practicing regularly, and began taking Siri Narayan Kaur Khalsa’s classes in 2008. She began the Level I Teacher Training program with Siri Narayan in Fall 2009 and received her certification in August 2010. She also took the Y.O.G.A. for Youth training with Krishna Kaur in Toronto in Fall 2011, receiving a certification to teach at-risk youth. She taught at Uncoil Buffalo and was also a featured teacher at the Wellness Weekend Festival held at the Sanctuary at Crowfield Farm (August 2012 & 2013). She was an enthusiastic participant in the Buffalo Yoga community of teachers from April 2013 until the studio closed in October. She also substituted Kundalini Yoga classes at Healing Waters Yoga in East Aurora. She gives private sessions on occasion as well.
Spencer believes yoga is a powerful vehicle of direct personal experience for both physical and spiritual transformation, acknowledging the guru within each of us as the driver.
Spencer first came to yoga in 2008 as a stressed out student at Erie Community College who needed one more credit hour to qualify as studying full-time. He immediately knew he made a life changing decision and fell in love with the practice. Since then his practice has taken many forms and many intentions, from practicing hot yoga to successfully losing and keeping off over thirty pounds, to practicing vinyasa and hatha yoga to recover from a long-standing running injury. In 2015 Spencer completed his 200 Hour Classical Hatha Teacher Training in the lineage of Sri Ramana Maharshi at Kaivalya Yoga Ashram in San Marcos, Guatemala. An intrepid world traveler, he has taught yoga to other backpackers throughout Latin America as well as to children with critical medical needs and their families as part of his work with the SeriousFun Children’s Network of summer camps.
Spencer’s teaching style reflects his own practice of finding stillness in every asana and his belief in making yoga accessible to all people and helping them reconnect to a higher sense of Oneness. A passionate advocate of experiential education, Spencer continues to educate himself through yoga workshops, believing in the mantra of Yogi Bhajan “If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.”
Katie is a Registered Nurse on a Neurology Unit. She is currently in the process of changing paths to a more holistic approach to healing. She is a Level II Reiki practitioner and has a fond appreciation for hiking, traveling, animals and encouraging others. Katie has chosen to keep her classes donation based to help contribute to her community and keep yoga accessible to others.
Monica has been practicing yoga for 10 years. First stepping onto the mat when she lived in Sarasota, Florida as a way to combat the anxiety of living in a new environment. Fast forward a couple years, she found herself back in Buffalo, NY settled nicely into East Meets West Yoga's Ashtanga and Vinyasa programs. Fascinated by hands-on assists and verbal alignment cues, she decided to learn more about the human body and enrolled in Massage Therapy school. She graduated from NYIM in 2012 and is a Licensed Massage Therapist.
She received her 200hr YTT from East Meets West Yoga in Buffalo, NY 2015. Her knowledge of the physical and energetic bodies allow her to create alignment focused, slow flows & embodied movement. She is a forever student, always searching for new ways to explore the mind body soul connection. Monica is currently pursuing Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification through the Himalayan Institute. She is grateful for all of the wonderful teachers and students she has met along her journey.
Amanda has grown up living and loving the community surrounding Buffalo. She loves attending local festivals, sporting events, and outdoor activities. She married her loving, understanding husband in September 2013 and they look forward to beginning a family to fill their home with love and laughter. She works full time for People Inc. in the Self-Directed Services Department, which helps to provide services and support to people with Developmental Disabilities.
Amanda is always on-the-go. She has run many marathons (17) including Boston, Buffalo, Cincinnati, and Disney World. She is a regular on the local 5K race scene as well. She loves to be in motion and finding new ways to challenge herself physically.
Amanda began dabbling in the yoga world in 2008. She tried many different styles and was really unsure of herself. She had always been able to put her mind to something and achieve it rather quickly, but with yoga, she had to be patient both mentally and physically. Poses were challenging and breath awareness was unsettling. Amanda’s yoga practice has also given her the opportunity to learn and grow mentally. Every time she steps on the mat, she becomes aware that she is a different person than the last time she practiced and may find new struggles or new successes.
Amanda completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Rising Sun Yoga in March 2015 with the support and guidance of Michael Sutton, Aphinya Deley, and Tracy Draksic.
Sue started practicing yoga in 2004 as counterpoint to running long distances. What she did not expect was that what she gained would be so little about physical benefits and so much about understanding herself. A process improvement specialist from 9-5, Sue had always thought she would be a teacher. After teaching some impromptu yoga classes for friends and family, she realized that she could combine her love of yoga and her wish to teach. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2015 at East Meets West Yoga in Buffalo, NY.
Sue's classes focus on balance both physically and emotionally. She loves to help her students find the grace in the transition between poses as much - or even more so! - than performing the pose itself. Her hope is that every student leaves class feeling that they made a connection between their intentions and their actions.