Hummingbird Community

Linda Geraghty, LMT, E-RYT

Owner/Studio Director

Specialties: Addiction/Trauma Recovery Yoga, Deep Tissue Massage, and Myofascial Release.

Linda is both a yoga teacher and a massage therapist, as well as the founder and owner of Hummingbird Healing Yoga and Massage.  Both modalities – yoga and massage – have been fundamental aspects of her life for many years, and she is honored to share them with the Hummingbird community. Read more...

Christina Alden, RYT

I discovered yoga while coping with postpartum depression after the birth of my son.  I longed to find something to anchor me. I fell in love with the asana practice, the movement and flow, and the stability and strength that yoga provided for me.  As a former school teacher, I realized that teaching runs deep in my blood, and my heart ached for the opportunity to teach and touch lives again. I completed a 200 hour vinyasa yoga teacher training in May 2015 and began teaching a wide variety of asana movement at multiple studios.  Eager to dive deeper, I completed the 300 hour teacher training at Main Line Yoga Shala in December 2019 entitled “Agni Moksha”. The translation from Sanskrit is “fire of liberation”, where I was challenged to examine my strengths and my shadows while exploring the vast and rich ancient texts, pranayama techniques, asana practices, and philosophical concepts that fully encompass what yoga is. 

  In my journey, I have been fortunate to study with over 50 various teachers throughout the Philadelphia area and I continue to draw inspiration from various teachers, taking classes and workshops whenever I can.  I enjoy guiding students mindfully through safe and responsible movement using body and breath awareness, allowing students to journey within. I find it is important to empower students to follow their hearts as they journey in their movement practice and noticing that in all things, we find that freedom, that liberation, to burn away the old beliefs and stories that limits our personal growth.  While I believe in living a life filled with joy and gratitude, I find it is equally important to embrace the dark shadows of our lives, as these too, are teaching moments. All of these experiences, both on and off the mat, inform and guide my teaching and my practice, which then allows me to focus on helping my students better connect to themselves, how they perceive their surroundings, and starting to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Maureen Berry, RYT

Specialties: Foundation Poses, Breath Awareness, and Gentle Sequencing​

“Everybody’s middle way is a different middle way; everyone practices in order to find out for him- or herself personally how to be balanced, how to be not too tight and not too loose.  No one else can tell you. You just have to find out for yourself.”
~ Pema Chodron, The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness

Maureen discovered a path to her “middle way” in the fall of 2006 when she attended her first yoga  Read more...

Colleen Bertrand, RYT

Specialties: Alignment yoga, vinyasa yoga, pre and post natal yoga, restorative yoga
and meditation.


Colleen teaches in the vinyasa flow style with a focus on healthy alignment. Her nearly
20 years of personal yoga practice and life experience are the foundation of her
teaching. Her classes provide a safe, affirming environment for students to grow,
connect and recharge. Read more...

Val Boyko, E-RYT500, YACEP

Specialties:  Healthy Aging, Lower Back Care, Returning after Injury or Surgery, Yoga Teacher Mentorning, 
Restorative, Mind-Body-Spirit Connection

Val is an Advanced Kripalu Yoga Teacher and loves what she does!  She started her yoga journey in her 40's at East Eagle Yoga in Havertown, where she took her initial 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training.  Val is a life-long learner with a passion to teach what she has learned with others. Read more...

Sara Burns

In 2015 when Sara became serious in her journey to recover from addiction, she started making homemade natural soap and created the company “Kiss My Soul.” The next natural step in her recovery journey was adding meditation and yoga practice for mind-body wellness.

Sara found the breathing, balancing, and stretching of yoga was very centering and empowering. She discovered a new awareness of her feet touching the ground and her newfound energy connection with the Earth. Sara has also noticed that body acceptance is often a barrier for some women accessing yoga. Creating a welcoming environment and offering modifications for curvy bodies became her mission.

In 2017, the next step in Sara’s spiritual journey was to receive training and attunements for Reiki I and II energy work. Then in 2018, she enrolled in Yoga Teacher Training at Hummingbird. Sara’s goal for her Community Class is to create a welcoming yoga space for all levels and all bodies with the intention that students leave with a freer and more open mind, body, and spirit. Sara Looks forward to offering Restorative Yoga to the Hummingbird Community.

Christopher Caltabiano, LMT

Christopher is a graduate of Cortiva Institute Of Massage Therapy.  He specializes is sports massage, deep tissue, and Swedish massage.  He has participated in sports since he was 5 years old.  He was a pitcher for his college baseball team and had a shoulder injury which required surgery, followed by physical therapy and massage.  Christopher found the healing benefits of massage and gives credit to massage for getting him back on the baseball field as a player and as a coach!

 

Christopher is interested in helping other athletes with injury prevention and pain management, as well as helping all humans to experience the many benefits of massage.

Deb Brownstein, CYT

Deb found yoga in 2008 while struggling with post-traumatic stress from pregnancy-related events.  It was through her practice that Deb found perspective, allowed to just "BE" in whatever state she was in, the weight of life shifted and became lighter, leaving behind clarity.  
 

The yogic path of healing revealed, she began her teacher certification in 2009 in Ashtanga.  In 2011, she found Alignment-based training and in 2012 Pre- and Post-natal training.  Read more...

Deanna Marshall

Deanna discovered yoga when she was a teenager. She has continued to practice as a way to acknowledge life’s ups and downs. She worked as a public school teacher and turned to yoga to deal with the grief, stress, and trauma experienced by both her students and herself. Deanna is teaching laughter yoga at Hummingbird on the last Sunday of each month. Check our class schedule for times and specific dates.

Gabrielle Cipollone, Certified Reflexologist

Born and raised in East Germany, Gabi started rowing at the age of 13. As a result of hard work and dedication to the sport of rowing, she participated in the 1976 and 1980 Olympics and came home both times with a gold medal.
 

After high school, Gabi studied at the University of Dresden Civil Engineering and worked as a Construction Manager until 1995 when she moved to the U.S. with her two sons to marry her husband Mike. Read more...

Myra Clemens, LMT

When asked why she became a massage therapist, Myra says, "I am a healer in my heart."  Myra wants to help people to enjoy the best quality of life possible. She believes that therapeutic touch is a necessity for optimal health and general well-being. Further, she believes that most people are deficient in giving and receiving therapeutic touch and wants to help change that.  Read more...

Rebecca Damia, E-RYT-500, YACEP, AAS, AS, AHC

Rebecca's journey with Yoga began in 1999 with a self-study (Svadyaya) of classical yoga through the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the 8 Limb Path, breathing practices (pranayama), meditation (Dhyana), and yoga postures (asana). She became interested in Yoga as a teenager to help pacify anxiety & panic attacks. Ayurveda found its way into her life in 2005 while on a mission towards a happier & healthier lifestyle. Becoming fascinated by its healing properties, she has used Yoga & Ayurveda in her life helping her through many experiences ranging from anxiety as a teenager and most recently cancer as an adult. Having experience with both wellness and illness Rebecca’s main focus on health is finding happiness in all she does while assisting holding space for others while they are working towards finding peace in their own lives. Rebecca teaches Yoga at Fitness Centers, Yoga Studios, privately at one’s home, and at Delaware County Community College. She has taught Ayurveda for West Chester University's Trans-cultural Health Class. She has been a guest speaker on Ayurveda for Philadelphia Day of Yoga 2016. She is currently educating the public on Ayurveda privately, as group lessons, and workshops. Most recently Rebecca was a part of a clinical study, using yoga postures to test adhesive strength of medical devices placed on the body.

Lisa DePaul, RYT

Lisa found yoga while looking for a way to cope with stress. She not only fell in love with the
physical, mental and spiritual practice of yoga, but also developed a newfound sense of love and
compassion for herself. From a deep appreciation and gratitude for yoga, she is inspired to share the
healing benefits of yoga and wisdom of the mind-body connection with others. Professionally, Lisa
has been working as a therapist in the field of addiction since 2013. Read more...

Katie DeSanto

Katie discovered yoga in college as a source of relaxation and exercise. After a car accident ten years ago, it became her daily respite and a healing practice for an injured back and mind. That very year, Katie sought her 250 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Dhyana Yoga. Her classes are alignment-based vinyasa yoga, full of breath and laughter. Katie is also a full-time 8th grade English teacher and a mom to two lovely and lively little girls!

Rachel Dougherty

After having my son, I felt I needed a place and space for myself. I found that I loved the movement andpeace that yoga provided me. Then life got busy and I stopped going to yoga. A friend of mine beganteaching a Recovery Yoga class that I attended, which reignited my desire to practice.Yoga has helped me make space for myself as a wife, mother, human, and recovering woman. I havelearned strength, perseverance, and peace in my practice. For me, yoga is taking time from life torecharge and renew.I have found power in persevering through self-doubt and will share that with my students. I also have apassion to share yoga with the recovery community, and I look forward to offering Recovery Yoga on Friday Evenings at 7:00 PM at Hummingbird!

Holly DuBois, LMT, Reiki Master

Holly is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Reiki Master. Her unique services incorporate her intuition and extensive training in therapeutic massage and medicinal aromatherapy from the Institute of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork in Chaddsford, PA as well as, her hands-on healing energy work she acquired after being Reiki-attuned to Master/Teacher level by William Lee Rand. Read more...

Israel Gonzalez, LMT

Israel Gonzalez grew up in a community where touch was an integral part of his culture. Even as a young child, Israel helped to relieve the stress and overworked muscles of his parents. He would continue to massage his friends and family throughout his life. Read more...

Shanna Graziani

​Shanna took her first yoga class in 2011, thinking it would just be an easy PE credit in college. That semester, she saw incredible changes in the way she moved, breathed, and thought. Over the following years, yoga remained a favorite, if infrequent, activity. In January of 2017, she turned to yoga as a sleep aid. Once again, she got more than she bargained for.  Along with sweeping changes to nutrition and lifestyle, Shanna watched yoga begin to transform her health, as well as the health of her husband.  She found Hummingbird and deeply connected with the people and philosophy.  With the encouragement and support of her family, Shanna decided to begin the journey towards becoming a yoga teacher.  She is excited to share the healing power of yoga with others.

Steve Gunther

Steve was introduced to Yoga in 2015 while undergoing treatment for addiction.  He was drawn to Yoga philosophy/psychology, and the sense of balance the practice of asanas and meditation left him feeling. In order to deepen his practice and expand his knowledge of Yoga, he joined the 200 hr yoga teacher training program at Humming Bird.  Since completing the training, Steve has continued to practice asanas and meditation and works to integrate Yogic principles in his everyday life.  In his free time, he enjoys studying the history and philosophy of Yoga. 

Noelle Hammerbacher, MS, RYT

Operations Manager

Specialties: All Levels, Vinyasa, Proper Alignment, and Relaxation.

At the urging of a friend, Noelle took her first yoga class about 15 years ago and was totally captivated.   She was fascinated with the fact that, by simply focusing on her breath, she could empty her mind of its complex web of thoughts and just be present in the moment.  When she noticed that the physical and mental benefits Read more...

Aparna Kumar

When I attended my first yoga class in 2003, the first thing I noticed was how friendly everyone wastowards me. I quickly realized that I was sitting on the teacher’s mat when she arrived. Oops! And, Ithought…”Sure, why not. I could teach.”What struck me the most about yoga was that it was a community of people, not just an exercise class. Ifound this sense of simply being with people very powerful.Through regular practice, yoga has allowed me to bring laughter and joy into my life and to others’ lives,even in the darkest moments. Over the years, I began to see that I could also bring the pauses present ina yoga class into my daily life.I have practiced regularly at one or two studios in the Philadelphia area, but also consider home DVDs abig part of my yoga experience! I have learned that you really can do yoga anywhere. In the spring of2018, I completed a children and teen yoga training with Kidding around Yoga. This led me to pursue a200 hour teacher training at Hummingbird Yoga in 2018. In the future, I hope to share yoga especiallywith children and teens struggling with any sort of mental health issue.Yoga for me is a way to bring out the light that is within each one of us. We all struggle with our innerbattle between lightness and darkness. My goal is to help people find that inner light, even when theyfeel that it is not possible.My community class will be a reflective, gentle flow class, suitable for all levels of yoga practice. Laughs, jokes, and lightness are invited!

Andi Lieberman

Andi’s initial involvement with yoga began with the interest in complimenting her running withthe mental focus of yoga along with the physical aspect of the poses. At first, she was hesitantto try yoga, because she had the common misconception that one had to be flexible. However,as she grew in her practice, she came to learn that it is the intention for the pose that is thetrue path. Andi also discovered, much to her delight, that the focus on the breath and the mind-breath connection gave her a way to find balance in her life off of the mat. Using what she haslearned about breathwork in yoga has helped bring calmness and clarity to challenging lifesituations.Andi sees yoga as a connection between body and breath, physical and spiritual self, and life onand off the mat. The goal for her Community Class is to bring balance between movement andstillness on the mat so that it can serve as a bridge into the world outside the studio. Andi graduated from YTT 200 in June 2019 and is so eager to share her yoga journey with others. Andi is so grateful to have found Hummingbird, a warm, welcoming, and supportivecommunity. Namaste

Erin McCaffrey

I have been practicing yoga on and off for 20 years, making it a priority in 2008 to focus on nurturing inner changer.

My yoga practice gives me a time and place to put everything else on hold, to quiet my mind, and to connect to my inner being. The heightened awareness I experience is what continues to draw me to my mat.

My passion is to share the effects yoga has had on my life with others seeking a journey to their inner self.

I look forward to offering Recovery Yoga on Friday Evenings at 7:00 PM at Hummingbird!

Lynn Owens, LMT

Specialties: Stress Reduction, Relaxation, and Cancer Treatment Support

Lynn was initially introduced to the importance of health and wellness while working for one of the nation’s leaders in the health insurance industry.  Under high levels of stress in corporate America, Lynn found relief through regular massage treatments.  So, when her corporate path changed direction, she decided to put her time and energy into the thing that had made the biggest difference in her life - massage. Read more...

Beth Ann Rush, CYT

Specialties: Hatha Yoga, Parkinson’s Patients, and Middle School Children

 

Beth Ann began practicing yoga in 2005 on her path to a healthier lifestyle.  At first, she was looking for the physical benefits that gentle stretching would provide.  She started out attending classes once or twice a week, as time permitted. Read more...

Ellen Sanders, RYT

Specialties: Addiction/Trauma Recovery Yoga, All Levels, Restorative

Ellen discovered yoga in 2003 when she was seeking a better, healthier way of living.  While at first yoga was primarily a form of exercise, it quickly became a way for Ellen to slow down enough so she could just be.  It then became the foundation for spirituality in Ellen’s life.  From early on in her practice, Ellen knew she wanted to become an instructor, but it wasn’t until becoming a regular practitioner at Hummingbird, Read more...

Nichole Seidell, RYT

Nichole tried her first yoga class 5 years ago after the birth of her daughter, having been on bed rest for many months. She fell in love with the mindfulness that the practice provided but more importantly, she connected on a personal level with her first teacher. Nichole believes yoga is about more than perfecting a fancy arm balance Read more...

Lisa Wilson, CYT

Specialties: Ashtanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga

When a friend invited her to attend at an Ashtanga Yoga class, Lisa found herself immediately hooked...and she went on to practice for the next 20 years.  Throughout motherhood, she found herself drawing upon the principles of yoga to help her children, her husband, and herself handle the exhilarating roller coaster of life. Read more...

Katie Winton, CYT

Katie's yoga journey began over nine years ago when she took her first yoga class outside at a park.  She was instantly attracted to the physical and spiritual practice, and how radiant and open she felt afterwards.  To this day, she still enjoys practicing outdoors any chance she can get. Read more...

Hannah Wood, LMT

Hannah recently graduated from Cortiva Institute for Massage Therapy. She also graduated from Elizabethtown College with a BA in Psychology and a Minor in Biology.

Hannah discovered the beautiful healing power of massage after injuring her back at age 13. Hannah has danced since she was 4 years old and has experienced her share of injuries. Getting massage was life changing and she hopes she can help others get back to doing what they love. She understands the importance of continuing your activity even when some people advise you to stop.

Hannah specializes in deep tissue and therapeutic massage. 

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Hummingbird
Yoga and Masssage

940 Haverford Road, Suite LL2
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010


610-955-3328

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