Nancy Jo Rademacker, MA, EYT-500 has been teaching yoga for over 18 years. She received her 200
Hour Yoga Teacher training through the Kriya Temple in Chicago. Her initial training was rooted in an Iyengar approach
to yoga practice which focused on proper alignment and careful attention to detail in the yoga student. In 2008 she trained
with Gary Kraftsow extensively in Yoga Therapy for Back Care. In March of 2013 she graduated from the Kripalu 500 Hour
Yoga Teacher Training with an evolved vision of yoga practice that is rooted in alignment but also offers the student more
individual freedom in their practice to accomodate for things like past injuries and emotion/physical blockages. She
began to use other holistic approaches in her teaching such as meditation, aromatherapy, Ayurveda, mantra, and mudras to help
students return to health--which is to say return to wholeness. Nancy Jo opened Maya Yoga Studio in April 2013 to serve Batavia
and the surrounding areas. It is the place she has called home for her entire life and her intention is to help this
community grow spiritually and thrive physically. She is also a mother of three amazing kids and two dogs. She
also holds a MA in English from the University at Buffalo and spent many years teaching at Genesee Community College. It
is her passion for yoga that ignites her classes and teaches her students that yoga really is for everyone. Nancy is
currently teaching in the South Florida area, but is still offering trainings and workshops at Maya Yoga. To find her latest
classes and locations, please visit her Facebook page Yoga with Nancy Jo.
Josselyn Borowiec is a born and bred Upstate NYer, but has traveled, lived, and studied abroad.
She earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from SUNY Brockport with a minor in English. Hence, her love of
books, literature, poetry, and philosophy. She has studied guided meditation and Hatha Yoga practices for over 20 years
and is currently enrolled in Maya Yoga Teacher Training where she is learning a solid foundation in Iyengar Yoga fused with
Kripalu philosophy and technique. While earning her way in the world, Josselyn has worked with clients, customers, and
owners for decades honing her communication skills, rising to top management with a local company, creating and and implementing
their training program geared toward college-age kids. It also helped her develop a sense of humor about all life has
to offer us. The child of two teachers, Josselyn always felt she would teach one day. Her love of yoga has brought
that dream to fruition. Josselyn is also the Director of Children's Programming at a local library. As well as
being a mother of two school-age children, she has a particular affinity to helping those who want to explore new things,
whether young or young at heart.
Deb Roberts' passion is to share the lessons
of life she has been taught in her 50+ years of living. She began practicing yoga 16 years ago from Gaim Iyengar videos
when her youngest child (of four) started nursery school. Having studied ballet for 20 years as a teenager and young
adult, yoga seemed like a natural choice and something that she had always been curious about. Deb has worked at a variety
of things over the years all involving education and/or service. She lives in Medina on a farm with her husband and
three cats. While working in East Aurora, she was fortunate to find Rose Czyrny of Body Glyphix in Wales Center who
taught classes and mentored Deb. Fate led Deb to Nancy Jo Rademacker of Batavia Maya Yoga in November of 2013 and she
began training with Nancy Jo in February 2014 to be a yoga teacher. Deb continues to study with Nancy Jo and a variety
of resources as she grows in her knowledge of the many aspects of yoga. Her mission is to share the gifts of yoga passed
on to her by her generous teachers and students--whom she thanks from the bottom of her heart, in order for people to learn
to value themselves as they truly are!
Shannon Mellander has been practicing
yoga for ten years and has been teaching Vinyasa classes for the past year at Maya Yoga. Shannon was motivated to become
a yoga instructor after several years teaching local fitness classes and experiencing some physical injuries. Shannon
was elated with her experience reconnecting with yoga as a means of finding a bit of peace in a busy lifestyle. Shannon
is currently studying with Nancy Jo Rademacker and plans to finish her 200 RYT in summer 2018. She has also been
drawing inspiration from other yoga instructors and colleagues including Karen Reisdorf, Debora Roberts, and Josselyn Boroweic.
She is also a certified Zumba instructor currently teaching locally at Next Level Fitness, certified General Fitness instructor,
and taught pilates in the Batavia area for four years. She is a NYS certified Spanish 7-12 teacher and has enjoyed teaching
in the Churchville-Chili School District for the past 18 years. Shannon's classes are inspired by the teachings of Swami
Kripalu as she integrates meditation, breathwork, and mudras (hand yoga). Shannon and her husband John reside locally
along with their three children, dog, and cat. She continues to gather influence from all of the children and adults
she has the pleasure of meeting through her endeavors.
Laurie Taille completed
her RYT 200 at Shakti Yoga in 2015. She has been teaching yoga at Blue Pearl Yoga in Batavia for several years and she
recently took on the Chair Yoga class at Maya Yoga. In an earlier career, Laurie taught high school English, but now
as a retiree, she not only teaches yoga, but volunteers at both Genesee Country Village and Museum and Lifespan of Rochester
where she is a A Matter of Balance Coach. She is honored to be able to continue to teach yoga and is grateful for the
preparation and background she received from all her teachers.