Parvati Victoria Goodwin, E-RYT | Founder & Owner
Jean Froese, E-RYT 500
Jean’s journey with yoga began in a gym with no real understanding of the practice other than it was a “workout”. Great teachers and a desire to learn more moved her forward and she studied to become a teacher. She got her 200 hour Hatha Yoga training back to back with a 30 hour Yin training in 2012. She has been teaching steadily since then and has acquired Reiki 1 and 2 attunements, as well as, a level 1 Vedic Astrology certification through the Academy of Vedic Arts and Sciences.
Jean teaches from her own practice and understanding so her personal practice is ongoing and varied. She practices Vinyasa, Ashtanga and most recently Jivamukti yoga, as well as gentle Hatha and Yin. “Teaching is an honor and I appreciate, so much, the opportunities I have to share my practice”.
Mary started practicing yoga in June 2015. She was looking for a new purpose and stumbled upon Blissful Yoga! Her first class was Yin. She felt so good after that first class and was totally hooked from then on. Mary took every beginner class available until August when she challenged herself to Blissful’s 21 Day Yoga Challenge. She continued her practice every day since! Mary spent the entire year taking workshops, practicing yoga and meditation and learning everything she could about yoga. She began Yoga Teacher Training in April 2016 at Blissful Yoga. Her dream when she began was to teach yoga to kids of all ages. Mary went to NYC in August 2016 and received her Kids Yoga certification with Kidding Around Yoga. Now, Mary wants to share the gift of yoga with anyone who will practice with her! Mary is a 200 hr Hatha/Vinyasa teacher, Yin Yoga teacher, Reiki Master and has continued her studies with a 100 hr Chakra Immersion Training.
Mary is also a 3rd grade teacher in Wilmington, DE. She begins every morning with her students doing a meditation, along with positive affirmations. She also teaches yoga to her students and staff. Teaching her students mindfulness and meditation in school has helped her and her students build confidence, focus and the ability to self-regulate their feelings, emotions and behaviors. It creates a fun-loving, peaceful and positive environment for learning. Mary wants to spread her love of yoga to children and adults alike, to help them find their own inner peace and strength. Mary invites you to step into the magic of your true Self in every class, challenging yourself to feel what you are truly capable of being!
Abigail, Victoria’s daughter, has been practicing yoga since her mother introduced it to her when she was just ten years old. She began a personal yoga and meditation practice in 2014. Abigail believes her yoga practice through-out college allowed her to de-stress and manage a full course load while also working full-time. She took 16 weeks of Ashtanga Yoga training in 2017. Though her personal practice is mainly Vinyasa and Ashtanga, she is trained in Reiki, Zumba, and Yin Yoga as well. Abigail is studying Clinical Mental Health Counseling as a graduate student at Holy Family University, and believes yoga and meditation are crucial to mental health wellness. She contributes a regular yoga and meditation practice to improved self-esteem, self-awareness, and overall happiness.
Theresa Parkhill, was stranger to the world of yoga for many years, but enjoyed a love of fitness spending these years at the gym, on a spin bike, with a personal trainer, or perfecting pointe ballet dancing. On occasion she would drop into a yoga class when spin classes were full, or she needed to unwind. She truly had a love for the fitness arena until March 2016 when she injured her sacral bone and hip. Maintaining a regular routine at the gym and with a personal trainer, Theresa decided it was time to find another slower paced practice to keep her life more balanced. After a lot of research and speaking with friends, she decided to try Yin Yoga. A few Yin Yoga classes later, she decided to become a certified Yin Yoga instructor. Which she accomplished in October 2017, at Blissful Yoga. Since that time, Theresa has been teaching Yin Yoga, and is currently practicing and preparing for her 200-hour Shaktinanda teacher training, journey beginning July 2018 at Blissful Yoga. Theresa is also Reiki 1 and 2 attuned.
Sharyn found Yoga in 2013 as a complement to her meditation practice, holistic and plant-based lifestyle. After a few years of practicing she wanted to share its unique way to achieve empowerment, self-awareness, confidence and peace of mind with as many as possible. She first began her teaching journey by becoming certified to teach children’s yoga through Kidding Around Yoga. While teaching to children, the desire to share yoga grew even more, therefore she spread her wings and received her 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2018.
Sharyn is passionate in inspiring others to tap into their inner strength and wisdom. Her classes are a beautifully blended mix of meditation, asana (poses), and pranayama (breath), sprinkled with fun to help students discover their, happier, healthier, loving selves in mind, body and spirit.
Elizabeth Cox previously dabbled in Pilates and yoga as part of her regular workout regiment, as a peaceful way to disconnect from a hectic home and work schedule. However, after emergency spine surgery in the Winter of 2016, she found her path to recovery could not be built on her pre-surgery workouts, which regularly pulled her neck and back out. She decided to give gentle yoga a try at Blissful Yoga, in the Spring of 2017, and fell in love. After steadily attending classes and workshops, her body and spirit felt more at ease and she slowly regained her strength, stamina, and confidence back. She also discovered the unexpected gifts of guided meditation, the ability to tune into and honor one’s own mind and body, chanting, and so many new perspectives that only enhanced her ever-growing love for personal spiritual well-being.
Elizabeth was certified to teach Yin Yoga in the Fall of 2017 and expects to complete Shaktinanda 200 hour teacher training, at Blissful Yoga, in January 2019. She is Reiki II attuned. She is grateful to be a part of the Blissful Yoga office staff, acting as Event Coordinator and Operations Manager, and appreciates the spiritual growth and healing she sees all around her on a day to day basis. Elizabeth also maintains a part time corporate consulting career.
Hello, I’m Emily Turin. Learning yoga has helped me heal a Chronic Pain issue that was truly hindering me from living a fulfilling life, both physically and mentally. Adding a daily meditation practice to my life has helped me recognize self-sabotaging patterns, pains, and hurts that I have been holding onto (emotionally and physically), and has shown me that within stillness, I can bring awareness and healing to my own life. At one point, I feared I may never walk again due to the pain my body was in. Using a combination of stretching, massage, Myofascial Release Therapy, meditation, and the practice and philosophy of Yoga, I now have minimum pain. I hike, dance, work, and move just as I did before. I rarely need anti-inflammatory’s, something I have used regularly since High School.
I decided to teach Yoga because I want to help other learn these self-healing and alternative ways of releasing themselves from pain. I see so many people in pain, turning to a life ruled by doctor visits, prescription drugs and narcotics, opting for surgery, ending up on disability and stuck. Pain does not have to lead to this life. Learning the philosophy of Yoga and the science of the chakra energy system has taught me that most disease in the body is truly an emotional disease of mind and an imbalance of energy. Through practice and research, I have learned that the emotional traumas and energetic patterns we are subjected to as we grow and develop, build up in our bodies, physically, causing pain and disease. This has helped me understand and track the root of my pain and to start healing it naturally from every level. It has become an investigation for me. I am eager to solve the pain crisis. I am eager to share these amazing ideas with others who are suffering and might benefit. By sharing the practices of Yoga and Meditation, I hope to ease the pain in this world.
Emily is a graduate of Blissful Yoga’s 200 hour Hatha/Vinyasa training.
Maryanne Basileo, RYT200
Before I was a yoga teacher, I was and still am a group fitness instructor. Ten years ago, I started practicing yoga simply to stretch and relieve the tightness I often felt after teaching. I received so much more than I bargained for! Not only did my flexibility and balance improve, I also found yoga brought a feeling of peace and serenity I had never experienced. I teach an uplifting yoga that complements other workouts, providing an opportunity to slow down…strengthen and stretch your muscles and connective tissue…feel energized, not depleted…find peace and feel nurtured. My teaching style aims to invigorate, not irritate. I have a special affinity for teaching beginners, feeling so blessed to introduce them to the wonderful world of yoga and its offerings.
I am Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, having completed my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. I also hold certifications in Yin Yoga, Chair Yoga, and multiple fitness certifications including Mat Pilates and Barre. I recently completed my Reiki Level 1 Attunement.
Jonathan Schafer, RYT-200
At a young age Jonathan Schafer developed an interest in how the human body moves – the amazing and wonderful things it can do. This interest first began in the pursuance of a number forms of martial arts over the years the most recent of which (Capoeira) actually led to dance, specifically break-dancing. In early 2018 an old recurring spinal injury took Jonathan out of work for almost two weeks. Once he completed the prescribed physical therapy he realized he needed to do something to keep it from happening again. Jonathan found Blissful Yoga through a current student, attended a few classes, and instantly fell in love with studying this new science that was so much more than the physical activity originally sought. In January 2019 Jonathan completed Blissful’s teacher training and became a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. Jonathan also works full time for a local software company and co-owns a metal fabrication and ornamental iron work business.