Teachers and Assistants


DSC_0362Erin Gautsche RYT-200, Director of Yoga on the Banks

Erin Gautsche has been a student of yoga for over 10 years, studying widely in Philadelphia. Erin received her 200 YTA teacher training in traditional Hatha Yoga at Shiva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh, India. She currently teaches Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative yoga in Philadelphia at multiple locations, and with the donation-based projects “Yoga on the Banks” and Philly Yoga Factory, offering yoga to all, regardless of income. Erin loves new students (and old!) and is passionate about bringing the transformative power of yoga to everyone. Erin’s other passions include creative, plant-based cooking and eating (www.Veggicurious.com), meditation practice in the Shambhala tradition,  and Ayurvedic self-care.

imageAshley Renée Wagner RYT-200, Director of Yoga on the Banks

Ashley Renee teaches breath-centered, strengthening yoga with an emphasis on alignment and intention in healing. Sessions with Ashley are balanced– uplifted by playfulness and rooted in mindfulness. In 2014, Ashley completed the 250 hour vinyasa program at Dhyana Yoga, and in 2016, completed Corina Benner’s yin yoga training at Wake Up Yoga. Ashley enjoys birding and being in nature, and regularly attends meditation retreats in Maryland with her mindfulness teacher, Tara Brach. She and yoga have been studying one another since 2010.

kaleemaKaleema Poles RYT 200, Instructor

My name is Kaleema I am an Artist, Mother, and Yoga Instructor. My passion is to express myself in a creative way to thrive in authenticity so that I can help others do the same in their own unique way. I have 250 hours Classical Vinyasa RYT, 200 hours Honest Yoga RYT, 90 hours Prenatal Yoga training RYT, and 90 hours Children’s Yoga RYT. I have a background in intensive dance classical ballet, point, jazz, hip-hop, breakdance, African dance, and belly dance. I was brought up with art, music, and movement in my daily life so I feel most comfortable expressing myself through these forms. I hope to share with you creative movement used as a healing tool. My yoga class is a flowing sequence Vinyasa based class, linking the breath with the movement. It consists of a steady paced flow that is vigorous yet relaxing at times. There is a mix of easy, medium, to challenging poses. I like to give plenty of options for modifications for an all levels class. Connecting the mind, body, and soul lifts our energy to a higher vibration so lets rise naturally through yoga!

Katy Kopnitsky, Assistant 200 RYT

Katy has trained in a style of Vinyasa Flow with strong ties to the Ashtanga tradition, and also maintains a regular Bikram practice. Upon completing her 200 hour teacher training she immediately sought to continue her education by enrolling in additional specialized training to teach populations outside of yoga studios—from children and adolescents in the school system to adults in the criminal justice system. Katy’s education in yoga and mindfulness practices is a continuous pursuit. Katy strives to foster equanimity and positivity by guiding people through their practice.

Displaying cohbe1.jpg  Cohbe Berkeley, Assistant 200 RYT

Cohbe enjoys the focus yet openness being on the yoga mat brings her. Her love with both the physical and mental benefits of an invigorating practice led her to complete her 200 hour Vinyasa Teacher Training at The Yoga Garden.   Her curiosity on the mat continues to help her discover new ways to move her body.  New to the team, she’s excited to share her love of yoga with all who come to the Banks!

photo courtesy Tricia Brophy

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