Darlene Vanasco Co-Director,
200 E-RYT, YACEP, BAI CD, MS Education. Darlene is a 200 E-RYT Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and a Trained Transformation Yoga Project Teacher. In her teaching she hopes to inspire students through the practice of yoga to connect with the wisdom of their mind, body & spirit. Her creative and balanced sequencing links movement with breath to create an invigorating and calming flow.
Darlene’s practice of 16 years began in Brooklyn NY, coinciding with the start of her work in the New York City Public Schools, and as a way to inhabit her body and be of greatest service to her students. Darlene has worked as both a Family Advocate and as an Elementary Classroom and Visual Art Teacher in NYC’s first full inclusion model school, PS 372, where she regularly brought yoga and mindfulness into her classroom. Most recently trained with Mindful Schools.org, she brings Mindfulness and Yoga Practice to the children of Philadelphia.
Darlene’s compassionate & intuitive focus is on joyous personal progress. Her work as a yoga teacher and a Doula invites an open-hearted vulnerability within safe space, to connect more deeply to ourselves and ultimately to the world around us.
Blakey Hastings Co-Director, RYT500,
Blakey’s mother took her to her first yoga class in 1987 and she never forgot the sense of quiet peace she felt in her very first svasana. Throughout her life she kept returning to her mat and the vedic philosophies that inspire the practice. In 2006, she came back to yoga to deepen her recovery from drug addiction and improve her health. In the last 10 years, the spiritual practices of the 12 steps and yoga have interwoven to create a way of life for her. Through these practices, Blakey has come to believe that the body is a communicator, a barometer and assistant to the spiritual condition. Her teaching is guided by lightheartedness, a down-to-earth attitude, and the hope that students will experience the power and comfort of their own true selves. She has been honored to be grand parented in to the second wave of Yoga Therapists by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Tony Boris Co-Director. Tony is a former president of the Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia (TBC), where he also serves as one of the center's senior teaching students. Since hitchhiking to the West Coast at the age of 17, Tony has studied many of the world's faith, healing and humanist traditions, and has spent time in retreat and received teachings and empowerments from some of the great living masters of our time. He is also a published composer, lyricist and photographer with a background in law and non-profit service, including co-founder of the animal welfare nonprofit, Philadoptables. And he is a husband and stepfather of two awesome young adults now 19 and 22 years of age, who help (or at least try) to keep him relevant. He brings to his work a wry wit, a sincere heart, and the hard earned wisdom of fatherhood. You can also visit him on his website, here.
Chelsea Roach, RYT200 Chelsea discovered yoga in 2009 while going through some major transitions in her life. Yoga was a way for her to find serenity during a chaotic time. In 2010 Chelsea went on a yoga retreat in Costa Rica, reaffirming the transformational power of yoga.
In 2014 Chelsea graduated from Arcadia University with her BA in Art Therapy. Later that year she completed her 200 hour yoga training at the Amma Center. Chelsea is Reiki Level 2 and has a passion for bringing holistic elements to her classes. She is currently pursuing her Master Degree from Maryland University of Integrative in Health & Wellness Coaching.
Chelsea’s classes have an emphasis on alignment of mind and body while nurturing the soul with inspiring asanas and music.
Dana Phelan, RYT200 I am so grateful and honored to be a part of this community. I was introduced to yoga about 10 years ago at my local gym and decided to try it because I was looking to get more toned. I liked it but it only had a "purpose" for my body. As the years went by, I went in and out of trying yoga as my interest turned to increasing my flexibility...again, yoga served a new purpose. I let my yoga practice slip because I was only focused on fitness and wasn't connecting to the mindfulness aspect of the "sport". It wasn't until I started back again on a referral from a friend to try out a new studio that I started to hear the words of the teachers in a different way. I was still challenging myself but I connected to something new. I learned that yoga was becoming a place and space for me to connect with myself, close my eyes, go inside which I never did before. I learned to expand my breath, calm my mind, and flex my belief system. I continued this journey and let yoga be my space for reflection, which is what lead me to taking Yin Yoga and shortly after became certified in teaching Yin and Restorative Yoga. I create a class that allows my students to rest, restore, and be still. I use music, poems, mindfulness statements, breath work, and essential oils to nurture my students. Come join me on your mat... to feel lighter and more connected to you!
Rupal Rathore (CYT 200) I started practicing yoga 4 years ago. Initially I joined a yoga class in my neighborhood for weight loss. I had gained weight during my pregnancy and was hoping to lose it. After attending few classes I realized I was getting something more than weight loss. I was strengthening my mind-body connection. I developed more purity in heart and clarity in mind. I felt so relaxed and calm and it became an everyday tonic for me. I became interested in Yoga Teacher Training to help people find the benefit of yoga mentally and spiritually.
My favorite pose is triangle pose and warrior pose. I thank kind hearted Blakey for giving me an opportunity at Darvanayoga to help spread joy and happiness in people through the practice of yoga.
Hannah Morrison, RYT200. In my early twenties I was feeling anxious and out of sorts. My mom signed me up for a 6 week yoga intro series. I was hooked! I took weekly classes for about two years before I signed up for the teacher training. My goal is to be the vessel that helps others find peace of mind and enjoy the simplicity life has to offer. Hannah Received her 200hr certification in Hatha Yoga from Yoga on Main.