About Us & The Studio

One ad describes the studio perfectly “Katrin Elia Yoga feels like an Oasis of Peace on the Main Line”. The space is wide open and translucent. The seven chakra colors are set as an accent throughout the studio. The atmosphere is personal and calming. Group classes are smaller to bring more personal attention to each student. The teachers/therapists at the studio have deep trainings with several certificates, as well as a deep practice. The main focus in this studio is HEALING through specially designed yoga classes and workshops. Katrin, for example, activates in most of her classes both energies (Yin & Yang energy) to bring balance both to body and mind. The integration of Meditation, Pranayama (breathing exercises) and sometimes Marma Therapy (ancient Indian massage technique) are used in many classes to promote health. Our mission is “…to bring Yoga back to its roots!” Yoga is not only about the body…Ayurvedic consultation and holistic massages are available.

Katrin Elia

Before Yoga became a passion in her life, Katrin trained since childhood in classical ballet. Chosen for the National Academy of Dance & Music in Hannover, Germany to continue her studies, she discovered and practiced within the world of Joseph Pilates. Yoga, for Katrin, became a natural extension of her practice. Pursuing Yoga for over a decade, she came to realize that classical dance does not evolve “from the inside out.” In order to perform, correction from the outside world, through the use of a mirror or a teacher, is needed. With this discovery in mind, she decided to devote her private time to Yoga only. Katrin’s classes, often very dance-like, are built on one movement flowing into another—with one breath connecting them together. She loves to integrate Yin (passive approach to Yoga) into her more Yang, actice teachings. As Katrin teaches, both Yoga styles are beneficial and balancing for body and mind when practiced together.

Katrin certified in Vinyasa at the (former) Main Line Yoga in Ardmore, Pennsylvania under Daniel Shankin, and in Yin Yoga at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under Corina Benner. In 2009, she completed Erich Schiffmann’s Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, California. Besides teaching Yin and Alignment Yoga, she teaches privates and small groups on the Yoga Wall – a technique that helps student to find proper alignment in yoga poses. She worked intensively with Paulie Zink, the father of Yin Yoga, completed in 2011 Bernie Clark’s Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver, and 2012 her Anatomy Yin Teacher Training (Paul and Suzee Grilley). In 2014 she took a restorative yoga teacher training with Judy Curiel. In 2010 Katrin received her Hormone Yoga Therapy Certification (I, II, III) with Excellence in Montreal, Canada by Dinah Rodriques, the founder of the powerful Yoga Therapy Treatment (that helps to reduce menopausal symptoms). Katrin hold a 500 hour course of study and practice as an Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselor (by the American Institute of Vedic Studied, David Frawley & Ed Zahlo). She studies for many years regularly with Joan White in Philadelphia. In 2016, Katrin was trained by Dr. Lad, The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM in Marma Point Therapy. test

Before teaching yoga on a full time basis, Katrin worked for many years as a Curator for Contemporary Art and Exhibition Manager in New York City. She grew up and spent most of her life in Northern Europe before settling down with her American husband in Bala Cynwyd, PA twenty years ago.

Teachers/Therapists

Katrin Elia

Rena Potok

Tessa (Tess) Sorenson

Jen Andrews

Guest Teachers

Tina Simon

Katrin Elia Before Yoga became a passion in her life, Katrin trained since childhood in classical ballet. Chosen for the National Academy of Dance & Music in Hannover, Germany to continue her studies, she discovered and practiced within the world of Joseph Pilates. Yoga, for Katrin, became a natural extension of her practice. Pursuing Yoga for over a decade, she came to realize that classical dance does not evolve “from the inside out.” In order to perform, correction from the outside world, through the use of a mirror or a teacher, is needed. With this discovery in mind, she decided to devote her private time to Yoga only. Katrin’s classes, often very dance-like, are built on one movement flowing into another—with one breath connecting them together. She loves to integrate Yin (passive approach to Yoga) into her more Yang, actice teachings. As Katrin teaches, both Yoga styles are beneficial and balancing for body and mind when practiced together.

Katrin certified in Vinyasa at the (former) Main Line Yoga in Ardmore, Pennsylvania under Daniel Shankin, and in Yin Yoga at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under Corina Benner. In 2009, she completed Erich Schiffmann’s Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, California. Besides teaching Yin and Alignment Yoga, she teaches privates and small groups on the Yoga Wall – a technique that helps student to find proper alignment in yoga poses. She worked intensively with Paulie Zink, the father of Yin Yoga, completed in 2011 Bernie Clark’s Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Vancouver, and 2012 her Anatomy Yin Teacher Training (Paul and Suzee Grilley). In 2014 she took a restorative yoga teacher training with Judy Curiel. In 2010 Katrin received her Hormone Yoga Therapy Certification (I, II, III) with Excellence in Montreal, Canada by Dinah Rodriques, the founder of the powerful Yoga Therapy Treatment (that helps to reduce menopausal symptoms). Katrin holds a 500 hour course of study and practice as an Ayurvedic Life-Style Counselor (by the American Institute of Vedic Studied, David Frawley & Ed Zahlo). She studies for many years regularly with Joan White in Philadelphia. In 2016, Katrin was trained by Dr. Lad, The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM in Marma Point Therapy. Every year she continues her Ayurvedic studies with Dr. Lad, her main Ayurvedic teacher. 

Before teaching yoga on a full time basis, Katrin worked for many years as a Curator for Contemporary Art and Exhibition Manager in New York City. She grew up and spent most of her life in Northern Europe before settling down with her American husband in Bala Cynwyd, PA twenty years ago.

Rena teaches Hatha yoga, Gentle yoga, meditation, and pranayama (yoga breath). Her students have ranged in age from 10 year-old kids to 75+ seniors. For Rena, yoga is a pathway to stretch and strengthen the body and to calm the mind. Her classes offer a deep physical and spiritual practice with sustained posture holds, rigorous pranayama, guided meditation, and gentle hands-on adjustments.

Rena began her journey toward yoga as a dancer, at age 14. She studied dance and choreography at the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, Temple University, the University of the Arts, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She was the founding Artistic and Executive Director of DanceFusion in Philadelphia. Rena started practicing yoga in 2002, and immediately connected with the spiritual and physical transformations of the practice. She completed the Whole Self Yoga Teacher Training in the Kripalu tradition with Ed Harrold and Rudy Peirce at Comfort Zone Center for Whole Self Healing in Lewes, Delaware. She is currently working towards her RYT-500 with Yoganand Michael Carroll (Dean of the Kripalu School of Yoga, and Dean of Curriculum for the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts), at Wake Up Yoga in Philadelphia. She studies and practices Tibetan Bon Dzogchen meditation with master teachers Gabriel Rocco and Marcy Vaughn, at Contemplative Arts in Bryn Mawr, in the tradition of Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche. Rena is well trained in providing safe and useful assists to her students, to support them in deepening their practice without the risk of injury.

In addition to teaching yoga and meditation, Rena is a novelist and an adjunct professor of English literature and writing at Saint Joseph’s University and Villanova University.

Tessa is a licensed massage therapist practicing in the Philadelphia area. She graduated from the Massage Arts Center of Philadelphia in 2010 where she studied anatomy, physiology, shiatsu, swedish deep tissue, and pre-natal massage therapy modalities. Since graduating, Tessa has worked as a massage therapist managing her own business and working at local chiropractic offices and wellness centers. She sees a wide range of clients for relaxation, wellness, and acute and chronic physical pain.Tess has received specialty training in a variety of areas including perinatal and postpartum massage for expecting and recent mothers and massage for clients with fibromyalgia. She works with all her clients to develop individualized wellness plans to fit their needs.

Tess offers holistic massages @ KEY. Her speciality is a combination of Swedish, Shitasu stretching with Trigger Point.

Jen Andrews is a licensed massage therapist and has been serving the Philadelphia area since 2014. She has worked primarily in a rehab setting, allowing her to focus on the therapeutic aspects of massage therapy. Jen has specific training in deep tissue massage, sports massage, massage cupping, manual lymphatic drainage, and oncology massage. She also has a keen interest in myofascial release and incorporates it into each of her sessions. Jen works with a variety of clients for therapeutic, restorative, and preventative purposes and she customizes sessions to address their needs and goals.

Mary Flinn has been teaching Yoga for 20 years. She has co-directed several yoga centers in NYC including the Kundalini Yoga Center of NY and Satya Yoga Center in Brooklyn, NY. She has run numerous teacher training programs in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga. Her daily practice has been Ashtanga yoga since 1997 and has been blessed by the late Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and his Grandson Sharath Rangaswami to teach the first and second series of Ashtanga Yoga. Mary received her 500 hour Ayurvedic Consultant Certification from Yoga On Main under the tutelage of Ed Zadlow. She has studied Yoga philosophy and Pranayama with Dr. Shankaranarayan Jois in Mysore India as well as the teachers at Ananda Ashram in upstate NY for many years. Mary has taught internationally and was a guest teacher in Japan at the Tokyo Yoga conference in 2007. She co-directed Brooklyns’ ‘Energy Center’ Teacher Training programs in 2004 and 2005. She also directed the training program at Satya Yoga in Brooklyn NY in 2006. She is grateful for the teachers in her life who have inspired her and transformed her life!

Rebecca Hooper is interested in the relationship between the body and the mind, the poetics of the external mirrored within the internal and the integration of yoga philosophy through asana and pranayama. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher under the guidance of Joan White in Philadelphia, and has studied with the Iyengar’s in Pune at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in 2013, and will return in 2015. Rebecca continues to study and practice with her primary teachers: Joan White, Kofi Busia, Carrie Owerko and Edwin Bryant, and assists Joan White in her classes and workshops in Philadelphia and the Omega Institute in New York. Rebecca runs an Iyengar studio in Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, the Yoga Room. She has a background in the Fine Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts Honors Degree from Edinburgh College of Art and also Chelsea School of Art in London.

Regina Dalton: With roots in Buddhism, Regge Dalton taught Hatha Yoga for 15 years in Miami, Florida. In 1997 the discovery of the Dzogchen practice of Tibetan Buddhism revolutionized her understanding of the body/mind connection. This ancient method provides complete and realistic practices for healing and internal awakening. Upon moving to Philadelphia in 2000, Reggie began to explore the Tibetan practice of Yantra Yoga. This deep interest lead to her current teachers, Marcy Vaughn, senior student of Tenzin Wangal Rinpoche. Since 2006, She studied and practiced The Yoga of Tsa Lung and Sound Healing (mantra) with Marcy intensively and frequently has attended retreats and teachings with Tenzin Rinpoche. Tenzin Wangal Rinpoche is a lineage holder in the Bon Buddhist tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.

Michael Carroll is the COO of Global Coaching Alliance and the author of Awake at Work (2004), The Mindful Leader (2007) and Fearless at Work (2012) and over his 30 year business career has held executive positions with Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and the Walt Disney Company. Michael presently coaches and consults with such enterprises as Procter & Gamble, Google, AstraZeneca, Starbucks, RED, and National Geographic Expeditions. Michael has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1976 and is an authorized teacher in the Kagyu-Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He has lectured at the Wharton Business School, Swarthmore College, Virgina Tech, Columbia University, Drexel University, Kripalu, Zen Mountain Monastery, Omega Institute (assisting Pema Chodron) and many other institutions throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Australia.

Rachael Taylor completed her massage training at East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon in 2010 (focused on Shiatsu and Polarity). Since, she has practiced massage full time in Philadelphia and Amerhest, MA area. In November of 2013, Rachael received her certification as an Ayurvedic Lifstyle Consultant from the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Additionally, she studied Ayurvedic bodywork at Kripalu where she began her study of Marma Therapy (Ayurvedic acupressure). Rachael’s approach toward massage is centered within her study of Ayurveda/yoga and focuses upon the whole person – the subtle and material bodies. Rachael’s is proficient using deep tissue/neuromuscular techniques as well to address postural or activity related stress. She considers Western and Eastern approaches toward wellness complimentary and equally invaluable in the process of healing and works with great reverence for these sciences and the innate ability of the human body/psyche to repair.

Tina’s inner journey of personal growth and outer health challenges since childhood led her to Reiki where she is able to use her gifts of intuition and empathy while pursuing her passion for comforting and helping others. Tina is a Licensed Level III Usui Reiki Practitioner who reaches clients at yoga studios and wellness events and centers throughout the Main Line and Southern New Jersey. She has helped people who suffer from issues of joint and back pain, insomnia, digestive disorders, anxiety, depression, and surgery. Her healing arts practice is supported by joyful daily spiritual disciplines including yoga and meditation, as well as her work as a musician and teacher. She will always be grateful to her Reiki Masters Carol Waiters (Devon, Pa) and Annie Klein ( Vancouver B.C.) who helped her to realize her path.