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


Melisa Casses - Director of Yoga Teacher Training

Melisa Uchida Casses has been teaching yoga and healthy living for nearly two decades. Her lineage is from the Ashtanga tradition. She loves the focus and discipline required in Ashtanga. But decades of practice, three children, injuries and just plain old aging, led her to create various sequences to meet different stages in life. Yoga asanas are not one-size fits all. As a teacher, she constantly observes, evaluates and adapts asanas and sequences to determine what is appropriate for her students on any given day. 

Her sequences are inspired by Pattabhi Jois, DKV Desikachar, Matthew Sweeney and others.

She is strict, yet approachable and makes learning fun. Expect challenging, yet accessible classes. She gracefully weaves traditional and contemporary approaches to hatha yoga.

Melisa created the MaKa Movement yoga teacher training
program to provide quality teacher trainings in an industry where learning is often diluted. Small class size, superb curriculum and Melisa’s experience make these courses the best available. 

200 and 300-hour courses are certified by the Yoga Alliance. 
Limit 12 participants.

Melisa has a Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Journalism from Boston University and Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Hawaii Pacific University. She is author of YOGA: A Comprehensive Guide for Teachers and Practitioners. Her articles appear in Bare Essentials-Australia, Towson Patch, Oahu Island News, MidWeek and other  print and online publications. Melisa lives in Towson with her husband and three children. 

Contact Melisa at makamovement@gmail.com

Laurie Badolato M.Ac. L.Ac. - Acupuncturist

Laurie has been helping others since 1988 by giving away the gifts of healing she has received herself, she says. As a Fitness Professional, Laurie has trained athletes, seniors, children, and many people recovering from illness or surgery. She assists in offering a variety of lifestyle tools to achieve balance in all areas, and in 1991 began teaching yoga. As a Licensed Acupuncturist, Laurie offers healing in a physical, mental and spiritual manner.

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 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.


Yael Turkel (RYT 200, REIKI 1 & 2) - Yoga Instructor

Yael Turkel is a dedicated yoga teacher having practiced yoga for the past 20 years.  Her love for Yoga inspired her to share her experiences, and she completed 200 hours of Instruction with Malisa and now teaches at ZenLife Yoga.  A true teacher at heart she still teaches 2nd graders and has for the last 18 years.  With a Masters in Education, Yael brings her joy and passion to her classes.  Her calming voice and gentle touch are trademarks of her classes.  While certified to teach Vinyasa Yoga she is always watching out for her students and tailors her lessons to her students.  

Susan Stanley (RYT 200, REIKI 1 & 2) - Yoga Instructor 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.

Susan Stanley (RYT 200, REIKI 1 & 2) - Yoga Instructor

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.

Margaret Cox (RYT 200) - Yoga Instructor

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. 

Nate Casses (E-RYT 200), Yoga Instructor

Nate was a hardcore endurance athlete.  In 2011, he injured his knee while training for a marathon, forcing him to take some time off.  That’s when he reluctantly stepped into his first yoga class, and hasn’t stopped since. “Through yoga, I was able to find that same meditative state and discipline that running provided, and heal my body.”  Nate began his journey as a yoga teacher in 2013, teaching Power Vinyasa style classes while sharing the healing effects of yoga. He is excited to bring his style along side the other amazing & innovative yoga teachers of GreenLife Yogi.  Nate is also a lead teacher in MaKa Movem ent/GreenLife Yogi’s 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program.


Edith Sakura Small - Yoga Instructor

Edith Sakura Small - Yoga Instructor

Mary Theresa Genetti - Yoga Instructor I came to yoga with the hope to heal both my body and my spirit. I came to quiet my mind. I came to connect with the divine spirit within me and to remember that I share that spirit with all living beings. I came to yoga to connect with others and to build a community with those who share some of my most treasured values. I have been practicing yoga for over ten years and am a RYT 200 certified teacher. I offer public and private vinyasa classes. I love creating a space for others to come home to their bodies, minds, and souls in the midst of a busy world.  

Mary Theresa Genetti - Yoga Instructor

I came to yoga with the hope to heal both my body and my spirit. I came to quiet my mind. I came to connect with the divine spirit within me and to remember that I share that spirit with all living beings. I came to yoga to connect with others and to build a community with those who share some of my most treasured values. I have been practicing yoga for over ten years and am a RYT 200 certified teacher. I offer public and private vinyasa classes. I love creating a space for others to come home to their bodies, minds, and souls in the midst of a busy world.
 

Maya Semans - Yoga Instructor Maya is inspired by Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions of yoga as well as Yogic Philosophy. She studied with Banyan Gallagher in Costa Rica to obtain her 200hr YTT credential in May of 2017. She practices yoga to nurture and heal her mind body and spirit and to keep her connected to her truth. She started yoga while teaching high school English in the inner city. Overwhelmed by 2nd hand trauma and exhausted by the demands of the day to day, yoga provided her a space to connect and cultivate strength and awareness. She was trained to teach mindfulness and began using mindfulness and yoga in her high school classroom, to provide students with tools to deal with stress and anxiety. Inspired by the positive impacts that mindfulness and yoga had on her students and within herself, she decided to become fully certified so she could share yoga with more people. She teaches yoga to hold space for others to connect with the healing benefits of conscious breath and movement.  She has an alignment based, vinyassa style and brings a nurturing and supportive energy to her classes. She aims to support students to tune in to their mind, body and spirit connection through asana and breath work. She is currently enrolled in a Masters program in Science of Integrative Nutrition at the University of Maryland School of Integrative Health and is excited to begin to incorporate holistic nutrition as an additional tool for healing people and helping people to live their healthiest and happiest life. 

Maya Semans - Yoga Instructor

Maya is inspired by Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions of yoga as well as Yogic Philosophy. She studied with Banyan Gallagher in Costa Rica to obtain her 200hr YTT credential in May of 2017. She practices yoga to nurture and heal her mind body and spirit and to keep her connected to her truth. She started yoga while teaching high school English in the inner city. Overwhelmed by 2nd hand trauma and exhausted by the demands of the day to day, yoga provided her a space to connect and cultivate strength and awareness. She was trained to teach mindfulness and began using mindfulness and yoga in her high school classroom, to provide students with tools to deal with stress and anxiety. Inspired by the positive impacts that mindfulness and yoga had on her students and within herself, she decided to become fully certified so she could share yoga with more people. She teaches yoga to hold space for others to connect with the healing benefits of conscious breath and movement.  She has an alignment based, vinyassa style and brings a nurturing and supportive energy to her classes. She aims to support students to tune in to their mind, body and spirit connection through asana and breath work. She is currently enrolled in a Masters program in Science of Integrative Nutrition at the University of Maryland School of Integrative Health and is excited to begin to incorporate holistic nutrition as an additional tool for healing people and helping people to live their healthiest and happiest life. 

Stephanie Misanik ( INHC, RYT-200) - Yoga Instructor My name is Stephanie and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, and mom of three young kiddos.  As a working mom of three wee ones, I know how challenging it is to juggle work with the seemingly never-ending list of parental duties.  I also know what it feels like to completely lose touch with the you that existed before the kiddos. With an education in over 100 different dietary theories and coaching techniques from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as well as the experience of my own personal health transformation and 100 pound weight loss, I help busy parents connect to their own personal path of health and wellness.  I will show you how to incorporate simple lifestyle and dietary changes that work for your whole family to improve your health, lose weight, improve your mood and energy levels, and feel amazing in your body.  Let me help you cultivate an unshakable confidence and be an example of self love to your children.

Stephanie Misanik ( INHC, RYT-200) - Yoga Instructor

My name is Stephanie and I am an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, and mom of three young kiddos.  As a working mom of three wee ones, I know how challenging it is to juggle work with the seemingly never-ending list of parental duties.  I also know what it feels like to completely lose touch with the you that existed before the kiddos.

With an education in over 100 different dietary theories and coaching techniques from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as well as the experience of my own personal health transformation and 100 pound weight loss, I help busy parents connect to their own personal path of health and wellness.  I will show you how to incorporate simple lifestyle and dietary changes that work for your whole family to improve your health, lose weight, improve your mood and energy levels, and feel amazing in your body.  Let me help you cultivate an unshakable confidence and be an example of self love to your children.

Michelle Rohosky Goodman - Meditation 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.

Michelle Rohosky Goodman - Meditation

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.

Sophie Smelkinson - Yoga Instructor After years of playing sports and weight training without truly stretching, Sophie went to her first yoga class with the intention of becoming more flexible, but it wasn’t long before she fell in love with moving meditation. She felt that yoga allowed her to feel free, both physically and mentally. Sophie has been fortunate to have traveled to China, Thailand, and India, where she gained a deeper understanding of the history and culture behind yogic philosophies. She always tries to incorporate philosophy into her 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. Through her strong flows, she encourages students to take on challenges and try something new. Sophie's goal is to help you feel strong, balanced, and accomplished!

Sophie Smelkinson - Yoga Instructor

After years of playing sports and weight training without truly stretching, Sophie went to her first yoga class with the intention of becoming more flexible, but it wasn’t long before she fell in love with moving meditation. She felt that yoga allowed her to feel free, both physically and mentally. Sophie has been fortunate to have traveled to China, Thailand, and India, where she gained a deeper understanding of the history and culture behind yogic philosophies. She always tries to incorporate philosophy into her 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. Through her strong flows, she encourages students to take on challenges and try something new. Sophie's goal is to help you feel strong, balanced, and accomplished!

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. 

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. 

Charlotte Nagey- Yoga Instructor PYTT 200H (Power Yoga Training) Charlotte Nagey recently received her 200 hour yoga certification and can't wait to hit the mat with you.  She feels yoga is a way to let go of stress, thoughts, worries, and calm the body down through flowing to upbeat yoga tunes with good vibes. She has a passion for power yoga, believing fast-paced sweaty yoga is best to detox the mind, body and spirit. So come sweat it out, zen out and have a good time with Charlotte. 

Charlotte Nagey- Yoga Instructor PYTT 200H (Power Yoga Training)

Charlotte Nagey recently received her 200 hour yoga certification and can't wait to hit the mat with you. 
She feels yoga is a way to let go of stress, thoughts, worries, and calm the body down through flowing to upbeat yoga tunes with good vibes. She has a passion for power yoga, believing fast-paced sweaty yoga is best to detox the mind, body and spirit. So come sweat it out, zen out and have a good time with Charlotte. 


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