Our ZenLife Karma Krew accomplishes a lot together! 


Dena Leibowitz,
Founder of ZenLife 

MS LCADC, CHT, 200 E-RYT, 500 RYT

 

Licensed Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Yoga Instructor, Meditation Facilitator, proud mom, and perpetual student of Life . 

Her journey developing healing programs began in 1996, introducing cutting edge ideas to the very western psychology field.  Over time Dena integrated more Eastern approaches to treat depression, anxiety, and Addiction. Her hard work, passion for learning and love of Yoga, Reiki & Kabbalah fuel her soul. Dena lives a spirit driven life on and off her mat. She believes that living compassionately and courageously, and allowing the journey of self discovery,  is the best self-investment one can do. Dena's work and home life are grounded in the same loving principles. She loves her students, clients, friends, 3 beautiful daughters, puppy, husband and parents who are all in Maryland. 

 

 

WE ARE DEDICATED TO SERVING YOU TO MEET YOUR HOLISTIC NEEDS

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Brian Dougherty M.Ac. L.Ac. - Acupuncturist

Brian Dougherty is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.  He is also currently a doctoral student of Oriental Medicine at Maryland University of Integrative Health with a projected finish of Winter 2018.  In 2002 he earned his undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.  Following his undergraduate studies Brian served 4 years as an officer in the United States Air Force.  After the military Brian worked a number of odd jobs until he had an amazing healing experience with Chinese Medicine.  He now wants to share his love for this medicine with the world.  Brian is a father of three, and in is extremely limited spare time enjoys to read and listen to live music.

Brian has specialized interest and clinical success with all types of pain, women's health/fertility, thyroid issues, auto-immune disorders, ophthalmology, mental health, Lyme Disease, IBS, and more.  He treats adults of any age, children 1 year and older, and even pets!  Make an appointment for a free consultation or treatment session today! Enjoy Dr. Brian's Monthly blog in our News Letter Titled From the Doc's Desk! 

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Susan Weis-Bohlen Arthur, Ayurvedist, MeditationTeacher

Susan Weis-Bohlen is the former owner of breathe books and breathe bookstore café in Hampden. After 10 years of running the shop, Susan decided to close her business in 2014 to focus her energies full-time on her Ayurvedic practice. Susan received her first certification in Ayurveda from the Chopra Center for Wellbeing in 2008. Since then she has studied with many teachers in the US and India, including Amadea Morningstar and Dr. Vasant Lad. She has certifications in Marma Therapy and Pulse Reading and Ayurvedic cooking and is a speaker on Ayurveda at conferences, businesses and Universities. Susan has also taught Ayurveda to medical students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  In addition Susan has been teaching meditation since 2009. She also leads retreats and international Sacred Site tours which incorporate yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, primarily to India and Bhutan.  She has participated in many Yoga Teacher Trainings, showing prospective teachers how they can use this ancient Indian health practice to benefit themselves and their students. Susan’s book, Ayurveda: A Beginner’s Guide, was published by Althea Press, in February 2018. She lives in the woods Reisterstown,Maryland, with her husband Larry and three dogs Ella, Shadow and Joonie, a rescue from India.

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Katie Thorworth is an E-500 RYT, YACEP and a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant . She started teaching yoga in 2000, and has taught thousands of classes and helped launch hundreds of yogis’ teaching careers over the years. She has taught in many studios, and is in high demand for private yoga sessions. She has participated in several 200/ 500hr yoga teacher training programs, including Yogaworks, MD, University of Maryland, Gogo Guru and Yoga Tree and specializes in the anatomy of movement. 

Katie is well known in the Baltimore and DC complementary and alternative medicine community; she attends numerous trainings and seminars every year and brings the best of these modalities to her yoga instruction. What makes Katie’s teaching so unique and sought-after is her understanding of how yoga and physical therapy share many therapeutic principles. She finds joy in creating functional fitness programs through yoga that address individual-specific training and rehabilitation goals. Treating injured athletes, highly involved neurological patients, and Baby Boomers facing the challenges of aging alike – Katie is adept at bridging the gap between yoga and integrative medicine. A gifted teacher, she excels at explaining health and healing in a way that is accessible, enjoyable, and has the benefit of being rooted in the best that contemporary research has to offer. She was recently published in the Yogic Way magazine. 

Katie believes in putting the responsibility and power of one’s health back into a person’s own hands. Skilled at functional anatomy, she will teach you how not only to do asana on the mat, but to bring healthy movement to every aspect of life. 

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Heather Keller (RN, BSN, eRYT500, CHTP) - Wellness Coach

Heather lives by her core message that when she trusts in magic, there is grace!  This is the experience she is dedicated to share in her work with teaching others to tap into their divine source of light within.  She currently tours the US working in healthcare while developing and caring for others in their own spiritual paths providing coaching and workshops for breakthrough results in living a life full of grace! 

She has spent her professional career bridging the gap between holistic and allopathic methods of healing. She has assisted in initiating and growing integrative programs to provide people with the direct experience of their own healing capacity. Her personal development includes holistic nursing, yoga and energy therapy, ontological coaching, not to mention the best teachings of overcoming everyday life triumphs. 


 YOGA INSTRUCTOR -  Susan Stanley (RYT 200, REIKI 1 & 2)    Susan Stanley teaches to share her love of yoga. “My hope is to spread the passion and happiness I get from yoga to every person I meet on the mat,” she says. Susan took her first yoga class in 1997, but didn’t get serious about it until 2010 when she started practicing several times a week for exercise. Quickly, she felt the benefits beyond the physical practice. The emotional and spiritual openings guided her towards the life changing exploration of teacher training with MaKa Movement. Susan teaches vinyasa yoga, connecting breath to movement, which is appropriate for all-levels.  She provides a safe space where all can turn inward to take a mindful vacation from the outside world. She emphasizes the practice of awareness, acceptance, focus, and energy on the mat extends to support us in our everyday lives.

YOGA INSTRUCTOR - Susan Stanley (RYT 200, REIKI 1 & 2) 

Susan Stanley teaches to share her love of yoga. “My hope is to spread the passion and happiness I get from yoga to every person I meet on the mat,” she says. Susan took her first yoga class in 1997, but didn’t get serious about it until 2010 when she started practicing several times a week for exercise. Quickly, she felt the benefits beyond the physical practice. The emotional and spiritual openings guided her towards the life changing exploration of teacher training with MaKa Movement. Susan teaches vinyasa yoga, connecting breath to movement, which is appropriate for all-levels.  She provides a safe space where all can turn inward to take a mindful vacation from the outside world. She emphasizes the practice of awareness, acceptance, focus, and energy on the mat extends to support us in our everyday lives.

YOGA INSTRUCTOR - Margaret Cox (RYT 200) 

Margaret is a 6th generation Washingtonian but fell in love with the City of Baltimore, moving here 6 years ago. Margaret is by blood Native American and has always felt a strong connection to the earth and animals around her from a young age. Always being sensitive to others’ energies, she feels this is a direct link to those who traveled before her.  Over the past 4 years, she has helped hundreds of family members enter treatment and begin their healing processes.  Beginning her journey at ZenLife in the Maka Movement’s 200 Hour Teacher Training, Margaret’s practice, appreciation and knowledge of yoga has been brought to a whole new level. 

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MEDITATION TEACHER

Michelle Rohosky Goodman 

Michelle is an Empowerment Coach, who helps women, especially Moms, get out of overwhelm and stress to Redesign a life, on their terms, they are ready to live.  Thru the tools of mediation, learning your core energy, and dynamic mindset shifts, she’s helped hundreds of women redesign their life that empowers their passion, purpose, and ignite play back into their life.

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Edith Sakura Small (RYT 200) 

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Sophie Smelkinson - (RYT-200)

After years of playing sports and weight training without really stretching, I was extremely inflexible, so I went to my first yoga class with the intention of becoming more flexible. It wasn’t long before I fell in love with this moving meditation that allowed me to feel free-- physically and mentally.

Yoga also resonated with me because of its Eastern philosophical and spiritual origins. When I was in seventh grade, I picked up a book about Buddhism and I immediately became consumed by the idea of mindfulness and compassion. I have been so fortunate to have traveled to China, Thailand, and India, where I gained a deeper understanding of the history and culture behind such a beautiful way of thought. I always try to incorporate philosophy into my classes in some way to invoke thought and to help students make a connection between the asana and the emotions that may arise with each movement.

It's incredible that so much can happen on our yoga mat. We grow, we change, we cry, we laugh, and we start to realize our truth. We have everything we need to be fulfilled within ourselves, and that is why I teach yoga. I want to help others reach their full potential from within. My goal is to provide a class that allows students to flow freely in their bodies and to feel comfortable on their mat while also not being afraid to take on challenges. I’m here to make you feel strong, accomplished, and stress-free!

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SYBIL MEYER (500RYT)

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MARISSA LOFORTE  (200-RYT)

Marissa turned her passion for yoga into a full-time career.  In her spare time, she enjoys acroyoga, weightlifting, and running 5k and 15k races.  Marissa is a native of New York and moved to Baltimore in 2015.

She recently completed the certification requirements for Thai Yoga Massage, Personal Trainer and Barre Instructor.

Marissa designs her yoga class for all levels of experience and keeps the awareness on the breath allowing her participants to let go of expectations and competition, and to fully live and enjoy the present moment.

Marissa’s beautiful energy and positivity fills the room. She will always remind you to live in the present moment and believes positive change is always possible if you believe in yourself.

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