Meet Our Instructors

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Bill Henry, Sr. is our Hot Yoga Instructor and Co-Owner of The Twisted Monkey. He has over 25 years of experience teaching yoga… proving yoga is for any body and any age. He is passionate about meditation and hot yoga and created his very own sequence of poses designed to give you a full mind and body workout. Bill opened his doors in 2002 and introduced N. E. Philly and the ‘burbs to Hot Yoga. He’s got everyone hooked! One class with him and you will understand what makes The Twisted Monkey so unique and everyone’s favorite Yoga Studio.

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Daniella began taking hot yoga classes in her hometown of L.A. back in 2005. Once in PA, she continued her practice and became a Yoga Instructor in 2012 and co-owner of The Twisted Monkey by 2016.  Daniella is a full time school teacher, as well as a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, mother to a beautiful teenage daughter, and a wife. She has found that these different roles are not just connected through yoga, but in her desire to help others achieve peace, confidence and empowerment. Daniella is passionate about spreading yoga’s message of non-judgement and love.

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Natalie Hodak was bit by the yoga bug when she started attending The Twisted Monkey in early 2009 with friends…she’s been hooked ever since! She graduated from our very first Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in 2015 and currently teaches on Wednesdays. During both of her pregnancies, Natalie loved teaching our Prenatal Yoga classes! When she is not attempting to put her leg behind her head (which still hasn’t happened) or perfecting her eagle, Natalie spends time with her husband Jason, their two kids Lily and Jacob, and their dog Beau.
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Stephanie started attending classes at The Twisted Monkey in 2013. Her journey began in hopes of finding something to help release stress form her high demanding job in outside payroll sales. After the first class, it was clear that yoga was going to become a huge part of Stephanie’s life. She is someone who has always been athletic and active. Yoga offers more than just physical fitness, however. It offers her an opportunity to learn more about her body, breathing techniques, and spirituality. This passion led Stephanie to become certified in 2015 through our Teacher Training, along with teaching our “Hot Vinyasa Flow” class on Tuesday nights and Vinyasa on Thursdays. She really enjoys sharing the things she has learned with others and loves the fact that in yoga the learning never stops. For fun, Stephanie loves spending time with her husband and son, along with their fur babies.

sarahSarah McIntyre completed her Yoga Alliance teacher training and certification at The Twisted Monkey in 2015. Through her formal work as an Accounting Director, Sarah found that yoga is her personal source of balance. She enjoys sharing the techniques that help her unwind, detox, and find calmness in daily life. Sarah believes yoga is a journey to become a healthier, more patient, and all around better person. Yoga is more than the study of perfection in a pose; it is about finding yourself along the way. When she is not teaching, Sarah is a wife and full-time mom to a beautiful little girl.

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Kimmy Kash has been attending The Twisted Monkey since she was a teenager and her love of yoga eventually led her to join our Teacher Training program in 2015. She is passionate about helping students reestablish the connection between mind, body and spirit, as well as with the Earth. Kimmy also has a background in dance and gymnastics and working with children. When she’s not teaching, you’ll find Kimmy  and her daughter Vivian in the garden with their hands in the dirt. Once a seasonal organic farm worker, she also loves anything health and fitness related. Kimmy and her husband Rob are expecting their first son this Fall.

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As a personal trainer, and health fanatic, Ashley believed that yoga was one of the puzzle pieces missing from her resume which brought her to The Twisted Monkey’s teacher training in 2015. She shows her passion for helping people by sharing her experience of holistic healing and teaching others how to find their own path and become more self-aware. You will find her yoga classes largely focus on proper body alignment and simply “being present” in each asana (pose). She is also a certified Surfset Ambassador and Master Trainer and a CrossFit Coach. Ashley is a mom of 2 kids (and 2 dogs!) and in her free time loves running and spending quality time with friends and family.

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A natural klutz, Nina first tripped down The Twisted Monkey stairs (true story) for a Hot Yoga class in 2012.  Inspired by Bill and the eclectic, affirming community, she knew she found her home.  The self-study that yoga inspires on and off the mat has led Nina to seek a more conscious and dynamic lifestyle (and yes, a little more physical coordination).  Now she strives to help others explore mindfulness through movement, and find empowerment, resiliency and healing in their own bodies.  Nina is immensely grateful to Bill and Daniella for the opportunity to teach, and for cultivating a lighthearted environment that epitomizes Bill’s philosophy of progress, not perfection.

 

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Jennifer began practicing yoga right here at The Twisted Monkey. She came to the studio hoping to relieve her symptoms of anxiety. She definitely found that…and so much more! She had been practicing for four years when she decided she wanted deepen her practice and share her love of yoga with others. Jennifer completed our teacher training program in June 2018. She became certified with Yoga Alliance and loves teaching adults as well as kids. Being a full time elementary school teacher and a mom of 3, Jennifer appreciates how yoga helps her to relax and destress.

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Alex Cifelli has been a committed student of yoga since May 2016 and finished training as an instructor at the Twisted Monkey in June 2017. During the day he works as an electrical engineer, but when he’s not working, or doing yoga, you can probably catch him trying to live out his rock dreams with a guitar. Before diving into a physical yoga practice, eastern philosophy always struck Alex’s interest. Over time he realized he could benefit from learning more about the depth of yoga and its many limbs. He started joining in on yoga classes and discovered he loved being able to embark on a personal practice while sharing the same space with friends. When leading, he likes to embrace diversity by giving different pathways for single asanas, oftentimes connecting breath with movement. Through practicing together, Alex hopes to walk with you on the journey, and cultivate the peace and growth we are granted each and every day.

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After moving to Rockledge in 2016, Daphney stumbled upon The Twisted Monkey and found her second home and community. She experienced comfort and relief at the studio while going through several surgeries and other health challenges. Daphney decided to sign up for the 200-hour certification program at The Twisted Monkey in 2018 to share her love of yoga and meditation with others suffering through chronic illness. Additionally, working as a high school teacher, she provides a safe haven for her students to practice meditation and pranayama techniques during the school day, and runs a yoga club with students after school. Daphney appreciates Daniella, Nina, and Sarah for all of their wisdom and guidance, and sends love to the Subaru crew for being her yoga family!

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Roya discovered the practice of yoga and meditation about 9 years ago while going though a difficult and transformative time in her life. After realizing all the amazing benefits of a regular yoga practice, she decided to become certified to teach and share with others. That is when she found the Twisted Monkey Studio and obtained her teacher cert in 2015. Roya strives to connect with each student personally and share with them the multitude of benefits that yoga, mindfulness and breath work bring to the body and the mind. Her focus is linking the breath with movement to restore, relax and bring positivity to each individual. Her classes are filled with warmth and gratitude. Roya is thrilled to be part of the wonderful community at the Twisted Monkey.

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Matt comes to The Twisted Monkey after being a fitness trainer for over 15 years. In 2005, he began a daily meditation practice which he credits with changing his life. In 2014, he came to explore yoga through Transformation Yoga Project, primarily as a way to deepen his dedicated meditation practice. He immediately began incorporating yoga into his daily practice and soon after completed his 200 hr training with TYP. Matt teaches recovery yoga and continues his work with Transformation Yoga Project in mental health and addiction facilities throughout the Philadelphia area. His personal practice focuses primarily on breath focused meditation and restorative yoga.

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An on again off again yogi and former studio hopper, Pam came back to the mat and joined the teacher training program at The Twisted Monkey in 2017, where she finally found a home. Pam found her love for yoga after college as a way to get in shape and relieve stress from her day job as a clothing designer. She decided to pursue teacher training years later to learn more about the practice and to help others find balance in life. When not on the mat, you can find Pam teaching Crossfit and HIIT classes. Pam is a mom to her son Liam and daughter Josephine (and to her cat and dog!), enjoys all things DIY (though only finishes half her projects), and loves to taste test her husbands home-brewed beer and wine.

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