Parvati Victoria Goodwin, E-RYT 500 | Sacred Empowerment Mentor, Intuitive Healer & Founder of Blissful Yoga
Parvati Victoria Goodwin is a strong believer in the value of a regular personal practice. Beginning in 2000, she found that a consistent regimen of yoga and meditation helped her to manage a chronic pain condition. She has been an avid student ever since, completing her first teacher training program at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2006; Yoga Dance, a yogic study of movement through the Chakras, and continuing on to earn certifications in Vinyasa, 500 Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Trainings, Yin, and Children’s Yoga. A yoga teacher for 13 years, she is also a Spiritual Life Coach,the name of that business is Sacred Empowerment Mentoring and she is an Intuitive Energy Healer.
Her passion and calling have led her to extended stays in India where she has spent undisturbed time in meditation, exploration, and the study of Yoga philosophy and Ayurveda. Victoria describes her trips as “magical”, bringing mind, body, and spirit into a united surrender to faith. Victoria’s yoga classes are a blend of the physical practice of yoga along with the teachings of ancient yoga philosophy to guide each student deeper into themselves to find the magic within. She offers yoga retreats to share these immersive and transformative spiritual experiences with her students and other seekers. Her trips include daily asana and spiritual practice, immersion in local yogic culture, and travel through ancient spiritual centers.
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!
Edie June, RYT-500 (June Yoga Classes)
Edie is a passionate student and teacher of yoga. Out of desire to deepen her own practice, she completed in 2012 a 200-hour teacher training at the Kriplau Center for Yoga & Health in Lenox, Massachusetts. She is currently in the process of pursuing a 300-hour advanced teacher training at the Kripalu Center (to be completed July, 2019) and holds additional certifications in teaching both restorative and trauma-informed yoga. Edie believes that continuing education is paramount and regularly attends workshops and trainings that enhance her skills as both a student and teacher of yoga and meditation.
Reflective of the core values of the Kripalu yoga philosophy, Edie’s approach to teaching emphasizes the importance of breath work and self-inquiry. She urges students to recognize their own bodies as their greatest teacher and encourages them to practice with self-compassion and without judgment. She brings energy and humor to her classes and welcomes students of all ages and physical abilities.
Edie is registered with Yoga Alliance (RYT-200), the national accreditation organization for yoga teachers, and is a member of the Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association.
Christie has loved yoga since taking her first class in 2000. The connection between physical movement, energetic shifts and spirituality inspired her further exploration of the practice.
In 2011 Christie received her 200 hour Vinyasa teacher training certification at Yogawood, in Collingswood, NJ. In the years following Christie practiced with yoga teachers and at studios throughout the Philadelphia area being exposed to an incredibly diverse array of practices including Anusara, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Kundalini, Power Yoga, Restorative, and Yin Yoga which helped her shape her own yogic path and studies.
Since then her education has been ongoing and building speed. In 2017 she finished up a two year study commitment that culminated in a 500 Hour Certification. This advanced program explored in-depth yogic philosophy and support in practical teaching. Soon after Christie completed the 500 hours of “in class” teaching to become an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500). She has been teaching consistently since receiving her first certification in 2011 and has taught over 3,500 hours of yoga to hundreds of students ranging from brand new beginner to more advanced practitioners. Christie has been delighted to co-lead a 200 hour teacher training for the past three years.
Christie draws upon her Vinyasa background to lead a class with breath inspired movement, focused alignment cues, mindful instruction and a generous sprinkle of yoga philosophy and reiki. Her classes offer space to learn how we can utilize our own energy and vibration.
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 and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Bali in 2019. 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.
Elizabeth Barling 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 is certified to teach Yin Yoga, since Fall 2017, as well as RYT-200 certified in Shaktinanda Hatha Yoga, since January, 2019. Both certification programs were completed under the tutelage of Blissful Yoga founder, Parvati Victoria Goodwin. Elizabeth is grateful to be a part of the Blissful Yoga teaching staff and appreciates the spiritual growth and healing she witnesses in the studio. Elizabeth is Reiki II certified and continues to build her energetic and spiritual knowledge, to enhance her yoga practice and offerings. She is currently pursuing a second Bachelor’s, at Rowan University, in Religious Studies.
Bill Ryan, Ph.D., R.N., RYT 500
Bill’s spiritual journey officially began in 1974 when he was initiated in Transcendental Meditation. In 1975 he attended a six-month teacher-training program in Switzerland to become a TM Initiator. In 2014 Bill was initiated into the Himalayan Tradition by Pandit Rajmani Tigunait. After a nearly 30-year teaching career in higher education, Bill retired and moved to the Himalayan Institute in 2015. He holds a Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology and is a registered nurse. At the Himalayan Institute, Bill works at the PureRejuv Wellness Center where he is a certified biofeedback therapist and offers systematic relaxation and meditation sessions for clients. As a graduate of both the 200 and 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training courses at the Himalayan Institute, Bill teaches yoga classes to residents and guests of the Institute. He also teaches anatomy and physiology to students in the Institute’s 200 and 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training courses.
Christopher Szymansky, being raised by hippies, can’t remember not knowing about auras, crystal energy, tarot cards, astrology, or Chakras. Born a musician and seeker, he started his band Jigawatt and discovered Buddhism, meditation, and yoga in his early twenties. After having his Reiki II Attunement in 2018, Christopher was able to develop a consistent yoga practice and found the meditative states induced by Yin yoga uniquely addictive. Wanting to further explore this particular branch of the yoga tree, he earned his Yin Yoga Teaching Certificate at BlissfulYoga in May 2019. Christopher continues to write and play music and also enjoys snowboarding, chess, and hockey. He and his wife, Rebecca, are cofounders of Unity Energy Healers, LLC. They offer Reiki, sound healing, massage, card readings, chakra balancing, crystal guidance, and more.