Yoga has been a part of Heather’s life for over 20 years, and her practice has helped her physically and emotionally, both on and off the mat. Yoga allows Heather to live each moment more mindfully.
After a fulfilling career in special education, Heather felt inspired to bring an inclusive, compassionate studio to the rural area of Phoenix, MD. She opened Razz Yoga and completed her 200 hour training with Lauren O’Brien in 2015. She is committed to being a student of the practice and is currently studying restorative yoga and mindful yoga therapy.
In her classes, Heather seeks to create a warm, safe environment to help you find peace and joy in your practice. Her hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.
Mariana is a passionate yoga instructor, a licensed Behavior Analyst, a graduate student, and a mother. She attended her first yoga class in 1998 and continued practicing under different instructors in Venezuela and the U.S. Mariana had the opportunity to teach Vinyasa yoga during her college years, and that experience deepened her love for yoga and for teaching. Mariana holds a Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification and a Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification after completing 200hr and 85hr trainings, respectively, through Charm City Yoga.
Nilvis is truly living her passion as a yoga instructor. She began her journey more than 10 years ago, purchasing her fist yoga DVD. After many years of practicing at home, as well as many other fitness routines Nilvis wanted something that could deliver everything her body was asking for. Finally she stepped into her first studio experience here in the Baltimore community, and was able to plant roots and grow! After completing her 200 Hour certification 3 years ago, Nilvis has been teaching every since. Currently, Nilvis is in the process of completing requirements needed to receive her 500 Hour certification, but to Nilvis, this is only the beginning. This is a life long journey which will lead her down many roads and she will take every opportunity to grow as a teacher of yoga.
Nilvis brings her love of authenticity and freedom on the mat into every class she teaches. Bringing all of the different styles and elements of the practice together to create a truly unique experience. Teaching Restorative Yoga classes, she has also found an avenue for healing. As a Reiki Master (Usui Liniage), she understands the deep connection between our physical and energetic bodies, and how we can heal ourselves through a practice that feeds mind, body, and spirit.
“Commit to Loving Yourself” is Nilvis’s mantra. She looks forward to helping guide every student who shares that same commitment, or who is just learning to walk down that path.
Erin has been a fitness coach for 10+ years and brings the education, experience, and passion necessary to help you change. She is certified as a personal trainer in Clinical and Corrective Exercise with NASM. She understands the demands of today’s stress-filled schedules but thrives on encouraging people to find balance and create healthy lifelong habits. Erin is passionate about Pilates practice and the benefits it offers, especially to clients with chronic hip and back pain. Pilates is one of the safest and most effective methods to train the core muscles, developing mobility and strength. The focused, mind-body connection used during Pilates practice emphasizes pelvic, scapular, rib, and head / neck posture. It is an integration of all the parts of the body into the core, the anchor and powerhouse of the body. Erin is a wife and mother, but most importantly herself. She believes in authenticity and living life fully. She enjoys anything outdoors and fitness related, especially if it comes packaged in an adventure!
Erin began practicing yoga as a college student and immediately fell in love with the overall sense of strength and peace she felt after each practice. Yoga has been a part of her life ever since. As a former elementary school teacher and counselor, Erin has seen firsthand the benefits of yoga for children, which led her to completing both Level 1 and Baby/Toddler yoga certifications with ChildLight Yoga and Mindfulness for Children in 2014. In 2016, Erin decided to pursue her RYT-200 certification at Razz Yoga under the guidance of Lauren O’Brien. When Erin is not teaching or practicing yoga, she enjoys reading, sewing, being outdoors (especially on the water), and spending time with her husband and two sons.
Beth began practicing yoga to complement her energetic running and spinning habits in the early 2000s. Eventually, yoga became a primary focus of her energy, and the benefits of this practice began to transform her life. Beth’s own practice of many different styles of yoga coupled with the desire to share yoga with her Jemicy School students led to her Radiant Child® Yoga training in 2013. Beth teaches child and family yoga at Razz and in the community periodically. In 2016, Beth began studying under Yogini Kali Gabrielle, of Sri Dharma Mittra lineage. Completing her Hatha Raja Yoga 200 hour training in 2016, Beth is thrilled to lead her students in a classical yoga experience that is accessible and nurturing to all levels.
Balance intrigues me, because it is fluid. We don’t just achieve balance and then forget about it, it is something we continuously adjust towards, and sometimes find. There is a reason, I think, we say we are ‘practicing’ Yoga. It is practice for the rest of our lives – an active metaphor. When we are balancing effort and effortlessness in a Yoga pose, we are practicing bringing the same qualities into our lives. We may not have control over the challenges that come our way in life, but we do have a choice as to how we respond, and it becomes a fluid dance with finding balance. In my Yoga classes, I like to find the sweet spot between science and magic. Anatomy and alignment are crucial to a healthy yoga practice, but there’s art in movement too, and that’s what makes it fun. Again, it’s all about balance; I like balancing a rhythmic yoga flow with a lot of heart and self compassion, so we never lose sight of what practicing is really about: having the courage and contentment to show up in our life as our own authentic, awesome selves. I have a 200-hour Yoga teaching certificate from Yama Studio and a Bachelor of Sciences in Environmental Science, was formerly a nationally certified massage therapist, and am pursuing a Master of Arts in teaching. I am also in love with Ayurveda, which plays a large role in how I plan my classes and in my wellness business, Root & Sky. I have found endless inspiration from all of my teachers, especially Dr. Vasant Lad, Simon Park, and Shiva Rea.
Shariff Roberts began his yoga journey at Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas in 1997. He then began profound and intense practice in Ashtanga Yoga, where he studied under Doug Swenson in 2001. That same year he was introduced to ayurvedic thai bodywork and became a therapist under the guidance of Micheal Buck. Since 2004, Shariff has studied hsing yi chain under Grandmaster Wong and Burmese Bando under Master Mfundishi Massi. Shariff continues to imbue his yoga with creativity and freshness.
Missy is a mom, wife, sister, friend, daughter, and yogi. She believes that yoga is meant for all ages and capabilities. She enjoys using yoga postures, movements, and meditation everyday. Missy believes that yoga is the perfect tool to be used in daily life and should be accessible to all. She holds certificates in Radiant Child Yoga, Yoga Kids, and is a Yoga Alliance 200RYT. Outside of teaching in the classroom and practicing yoga, Missy enjoys spending time with her family, running, hiking and is a GOTR coach.
Lisa Schline, RYT 200
Lisa discovered the joy of yoga 20 years ago when took her first yoga class. She was initially
drawn to the physical challenges of yoga but immediately began to experience its mental benefits and vast healing power. She completed the RYT-200 program at Razz Yoga in June 2016, and has been teaching at Razz since September 2016. Lisa teaches Mixed Level vinyasa flow classes that focus on promoting optimum health and well-being through the connection of the mind, body, and spirit. The goal of Lisa’s classes is to guide students toward a deeper connection with themselves, with an emphasis on creating balanced energy that students can take off their mats and into the rest of their daily lives.
Susan Selckman is a 200 hour RYT who teaches a variety of yoga classes and workshops in the Baltimore area. Since childhood, Susan has had a strong connection to fluid movement, as a former competitive figure skater and later in life competitive rower, she enjoys “finesse” in movement. With a 35 year career in the fitness industry and 20 year career teaching figure skating at the United States Naval Academy – Susan found yoga to be a great compliment to her love of health, fitness, and movement— especially the ability to slow the mind. Learning to use breath to settle into yoga postures and feeling the peace found through practicing yoga Susan wants to share that with others. Susan holds several fitness certifications, and is currently training in Barre. When not practicing yoga, you will most likely find Susan weight training, or walking her dogs Capisce, Piccola & Pazza. Susan resides in Historic Woodberry with her husband Robert.
Mom of three and lover of life. Michelle Stafford came to fitness as a youngster. Never playing any sports other than neighborhood dodge ball, she always had a passion for exercise and healthy living. She began sharing her passion with others just over a decade ago, when she became a personal trainer. Michelle then grew her cache, getting certified in AAAI General Group Fitness, AEA Aquatic Group Fitness, Reactive Neuromuscular Training, Spinal Stabilization Training, NSPA Personal Training, YogaFit Levels I & II/YogaFit Kids, Anusara Immersion, & Patanjali Yoga Levels 1 & 2. In 2011, Michelle was voted one of Baltimore’s Top Trainers by the Baltimore Sun Magazine. Her approach to yoga is a fusion of experience, knowledge and humor.
Elaine Wujcik has been in the the healthcare field for 10 years and for the past 8 years has been shifting toward a more holistic approach to health through the practice of Yoga, Health Coaching, Reiki, and Sound-Massage.
After experiencing the many benefits of deep relaxation, creating space to allow for others to deeply relax and tune in with themselves became a focus for Elaine.
Trained through the Peter Hess® Institute, Elaine is a certified Peter Hess® Sound-Massage Practitioner and sees private Sound-Massage clients in the Baltimore Area, as well as offering drop-in Sound Baths and workshops. Visit www.baltimoresoundmassage.com for more information.
Jenna is a life-long athlete who took her first yoga class in 2005. After a few weeks of taking heated vinyasa classes, she was amazed at how much healthier and stronger she felt – both physically and mentally. Yoga soon replaced her weight training routine and she earned her teaching certification in 2006. According to Jenna, the most important thing about yoga “is being able to share its healing power with others.” As a former field hockey coach, she credits yoga with transforming her hockey players’ performance, both on and off the hockey field. As a working mother and also the chairperson of a local high school English department, she believes in the power of yoga to bring stability and balance to the chaos of modern life.
Jamie Zimmerman, M.S., E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, MMI Certified Meditation Teacher
Jamie discovered the meditation limb of yoga at age 13 through her soccer coach. She loved it so much she borrowed cassette tapes from him to practice! Yes, cassette tapes! Quickly, meditation became a habit for her, a habit she practiced to prepare for each game. After Jamie completed her soccer career at The University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) she finally found the remaining 7 limbs of yoga. Yoga became this beautiful piece of her life that made her feel the way she felt when she was dancing on the ball… free, expressive, and whole.
Since falling in love with yoga, Jamie has deepened her practice first training under Kim Manfredi of Charm City Yoga (now YogaWorks). Then after becoming a full-time yoga teacher, Jamie ventured on a solo journey to Rishikesh, India to complete her Advanced Teacher Training. In addition to being a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Jamie is a Certified Meditation Teacher. She studied under Sarah McLean, author of “Soul Centered” and Founder of the McLean Meditation Institute. Her most recent endeavor is writing curriculum for a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training.
Classes with Jamie are heart felt, inspired, and full of play and surrender. No matter what, expect Jamie to welcome you with love each time you come to the mat, and encourage you to approach your practice with self-compassion and non-judgment.