Parvati Victoria Goodwin, E-RYT 500 | Sacred Empowerment Mentor, Intuitive Healer & Founder of Blissful Yoga
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 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.
Bill Ryan, Ph.D., R.N., RYT 500
When Stacey first tried Yoga, she found the philosophy freeing and felt like she finally came home, in a sense. The exercises left her sore, though. Sometimes for days. So she started taking the soft and gentle classes. This way she could get the philosophy and participate in some of the physical, too. She took the teacher training (RYS 200 at Yoga Center of Medford) to learn more about all of it, never intending to teach. As time went by, though, she found more and more people in the same situation as her. Curious about the philosophy, meditation, stress relief and life wisdom, but not quite able to physically withstand a more active practice. She has spent the last few years working on ways to understand how to make poses and activity available for all types of people, so they can gain the other benefits in a Yoga class. The newest chapter in teaching seems to be taking her in a few different directions. Since beginning RYS 500 with Barbara Paulson at Yoga Inspired in Pitman, Stacey has been honing her skills in a more therapeutic style of teaching, as well as learning how to help people into new challenges in a way that is available to them.
Cristopher 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.