Grounded Teacher Directory
The list below represents the Grounded “Kula” or community of teachers that have completed Grounded training(s). The directory can be filtered by using the drop down category menu to select the level of training teachers have obtained. Level indicates the following:
- Grounder: Successfully completed one Grounded training module
- Elevating Grounder: Actively pursuing certification.
- Certified Elevated Grounder: Successfully completed the requirements for 95 hour Yoga Alliance Certification
Use the search box to further refine the listing. For example to find a teacher in a particular state, enter the state name (ie. Georgia) in the search box.
Fun, Energetic, Compassionate
Sophia’s hope is to guide others through embracing imperfection, and believing in the gentle strength of our higher selves. Sophia’s classes integrate compassionate centered philosophy, non-judgmental teaching style, and fun to guide others through mindfulness.
Melanie Sharp, Bachelor of Science-Early Childhood Education, RYT(200), has worked with children in many capacities, including teaching elementary school for 20 years and serving as Director of Children
Elisha is the founder of laughing heart yoga, yogi, wife, mother of two children with a mission to guide kids to empower themselves from within. Elisha’s innate ability to connect with students of all ages and backgrounds stems from her creative, exhilarating and sensitive style of yoga – she makes yoga approachable and accessible. She focuses on building confidence in a loving & safe environment that accepts their challenges and encourages exploration of inner wisdom and strength.
Working at summer camp with at-risk youth in Texas at Promises for Families, compelled her to continue to do more with this population. Moving to New York, she sought additional opportunities to continue working with at-risk youth and began volunteering at Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She worked in a Rapid Intervention Center (RIC), a 21-day residential mental health crisis intervention program for boys and girls aged 5 to 17 years who experience acute behavioral or emotional problems that place them or others at risk.
Currently, Elisha is expanding laughing heart yoga to include the Art of Yoga Project’s (AYP) yoga and art-based curriculum to help girls recover from trauma. Participants in this program, named The Crossover Yoga Project, will benefit from AYP’s evidence-based curriculum by gaining self-regulation, self-control and self-awareness. Girls are led to be more accountable for themselves, for others, and for their community by gaining insight, skills, and practical tools that help them change their negative behavior to positive.
Elisha’s personal yoga practice of over 20 years has provided her the strength, knowledge and drive to commit to this work, as it has grounded her throughout her life. Attending college, living in Paris, working as a grant writer and fundraiser in the Florida art scene in the late 1990s, obtaining her Master’s from the University of Arizona in African Art History, and raising a family.
Elisha is a RCYT, (Registered Children’s Yoga Teacher) and RYT-200, (Registered Yoga Teacher, 200hour) with Yoga Alliance. She began teaching in 2000, after her yoga training with Darren Rhodes, John Friend, and Noah Maze of the former Anusara Yoga tradition. Inspired by the heart opening focus of this training, she developed a healing and receptive teaching style. Her original teaching style developed from her variety of certification programs including Hatha & Prenatal yoga, and training with top teachers in children’s yoga: Mary Lynn Fitton/Art of Yoga Project, Marsha Wenig/YogaKids, Jennifer Cohen Harper /Little Flower Yoga, Street Yoga. Additionally, she is a Master Level Certified Storytime Yoga Instructor with Sydney Solis of Storytime Yoga and continues her studies with Erin O’Malley of Circus Yogaand Cheryl Crawford of Grounded. Her teaching experience also includes working with Hope’s Door’s youth programs, and she initiated the yoga/health program at Open Door Medical Center for the prenatal, HIV and diabetes populations.
Her ambition is to always be a student and a teacher. Her inner child is always present, ready to play, laugh, connect, breath and empower her students. She has a beautiful daughter, adorable yet ironic son and loving husband that provide her with inspiration, laughter, and love she brings naturally to her teaching.
Marianne discovered the countless benefits of yoga and meditation around 2003, and has enjoyed practicing and learning ever since. Marianne has worked as a Pediatric Physical Therapist Assistant servicing Children with Npecial needs since 1999. She was trained as a Children’s Yoga Teacher in January of 2014 with Kidding Around Yoga, and began teaching Children at Blue Pearl Yoga Studio in Batavia, NY. In July of 2014, she furthered her training with Radiant Child Yoga, then completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Radiant Child/Family Yoga. She also trained with Zensational Kids, and was honored to implement their Educate 2-B program as well as a weekly yoga program for the 2014/15 school year at KidStart Preschool in Livingston County. Marianne enjoys teaching Kids, Adult, and Family Yoga Classes.
In November of 2015, Marianne became the new proprioter of Blue Pearl Yoga, and enjoys connecting with the local, vibrant community in Batavia and the surrounding areas. She feels that the studio is a natural place for peaceful people to connect.
In September of 2016, Marianne was trained as a Labyrinth Facilitator through Veriditas. She discovered, from participating in labyrinth walks herself, that there is a great amount of tools for comtemplation and personal growth.
Marianne recently took the Step 1: Ground Yourself In Children’s Yoga, and is excited to bring this awesome curriculum to her community. It brings her great joy to share her unique experience and training with anyone who has a curiosity about the blissful, peaceful side of life.