Kilkenny Tremblay, is the owner and director of Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness (E-RYT 500), one of the East Coast’s most influential yoga studios that is leading the way with meditation, mindfulness and alignment based yoga.
She has been steeping in the practices of yoga & meditation since the age of five. Growing up learning from some of the foremost asana, philosophy & meditation teachers in the world gives her teaching layers of deep profundity and richness on the levels of body, mind & heart.
Her alignment based classes spark insights within the postures and her signature style is highly creative with her threading of mudra, mantra, myth & mindfulness on the garland of tantric yogic philosophy. Kilkenny’s cutting edge teaching is magical & highly infused with both Shakti (energy) & Bhakti (devotion) leaving her students feeling grounded, empowered and uplifted. Also known for her potent sequencing, eloquent theming & authentic style, she is a teacher’s teacher, who has trained hundreds of teachers with her fluency in the yoga tradition and earth based practices.
She is fiercely committed to developing creative technologies & techniques that make the lessons, philosophies and poses of yoga accessible. As a mindfulness and meditation expert she is most passionate as to how the revelations of alignment and yogic teachings can be leveraged off the mat or cushion, and integrated into day-to-day life and teaches how to do just this.
She has taught workshops & trainings for over 15 years up and down the East Coast and can often be found presenting at national festivals including several times at the acclaimed Wanderlust Yoga & Music Festival and Namas Day in her hometown of Philadelphia.
Practicing yoga in Philadelphia for over 10 years, Andrea has a deep love for the physical practice, alignment, philosophy, and subtle body awareness. She is continually growing in her own practice of self awareness and understanding, which she offers back to students in an empowering and light-hearted way. She was certified in Anusara yoga in 2011 and is inspired by the teachings of Michelle Synnestvedt, Darren Rhodes, D.R. Butler, Sally Kempton, life, and her family. Andrea is a doctor of physical therapy (DPT), certified yoga therapist (C-IAYT), registered experienced yoga teacher (E-RYT 500), and holds a master’s degree in school counseling. She brings together the traditional practice of yoga with evidence-based practices of physical therapy to therapeutically serve students.
Chae Yang Bullock ERYT500, RYT500, RPYT. YACEP and Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching since 2005. Her deep connection to yoga philosophy inspired her professional training to complete her 500 hour training through Prana Vinyasa with Shiva Rea in 2008. She continued uninterrupted practice and studies in Anusara, Subtle Anatomy, Sadhana, Yogic Scripture, Physical Anatomy, Prenatal-Postnatal Yoga, Yoga for Aging and Ayurveda. She offers gratitude to her many teachers: especially, Shiva Rea for introducing the essence of Sadhana, Michelle Synnestvedt for showing the necessity of self inquiry, Shari Friederickson for her loving teachings and support. She continues asana studies with Christina Sell, Carrie Owerko, Desiree Rumbaugh, her colleagues in her local yoga community and subtle body studies through Ayurveda with esteemed teachers globally
Her informative classes fuse the gross and subtle body while offering challenges, laughter and compassion.
Brian Swope, RYT-200, is a certified alignment-based hatha yoga teacher with a decade of practice.
His journey of yoga started in a gym class through asana, but as the benefits beyond the body began to show themselves, his interest and direction grew inward. It is from this place - from body to mind and back again - that Brian has developed his teaching voice and perspective. With the continual understanding of being a beginner after 10 years of practice, his classes reinforce foundation and skillful alignment while encouraging students to explore their own journey on and off the mat.
Off the mat, Brian works as a private practice couples and sex therapist in Philadelphia, his adopted hometown.
Clio has a deep appreciation for beauty and heart-based qualities. She began her yoga journey in 2008, and over time found deep flexibility and healing from injury through yoga. She completed a 200-hour Teacher Training at DIG Yoga Philly. As a non-profit communications professional, Clio knows that life can be stressful, and it is precisely in those moments that we most need to connect to our breath, our hearts, and our bodies.
Clio is deeply grateful for the practice of yoga in her life and especially for her teachers, Kilkenny Treblay, Mariel Freeman, Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny, Nikki Robinson, and Gina Weddle who have guided and supported her throughout. She is honored to guide students in a spirited and strong alignment-based practice. Outside the studio, Clio loves the outdoors, especially the ocean, creating and appreciating art, cooking healthy meals, and dreaming of Italy, where she has studied, worked, and lived.
Teagan is an arm balance lover and renaissance woman. She has been a passionately dedicated yoga teacher in Philadelphia for 10 years. She also has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and researches food in Philadelphia in the 19th century. She attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. And she is a lifelong dancer. She teaches yoga teacher trainings, workshops, and classes around the city.
Matt has been practicing yoga since 2011. An avid runner since youth, Matt found healing through the practice following an injury. In 2015 Matt completed his 200 hour training at Dig Yoga under the guidance of teachers Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny, Mariel Freeman, and Kilkenny Tremblay. He deepened his studies in an advanced vinyasa training in 2016 under Alex Holmes and Daniel Cordua, and has since obtained his NASM personal training certification.
Matt brings a fire to the mat that combines the flow of vinyasa with the biomechanics and alignment of anusara. He accomplishes this by weaving core and body weight training into the practice of asana. He feels the practice of yoga has changed his life in dramatically positive ways, and delights in sharing it with others.
Valentina started her yoga practice several years ago when she arrived to the United States. Born and raised in Russia, she moved to the US on her own to start a new life at the age of 19. Being a dancer and an athlete, she always was looking for a new way to find her place in a strong, healthy community and explore her inner self. Valentina went through 200-hour training in the Anusara tradition, followed by 80-hours of aerial yoga teacher training. Inspired by her great teachers Justicia DeClue, Teagan Schweitzer and Jake Panasevich, she strives to better herself and share with others.
She believes that yoga opens people’s hearts and allows them to find the source of light, love and kindness within themselves. Valentina is dedicated to spreading the idea that everyone can make a difference in this world and each one of them is a gift to this universe. She sees asana as a dance of the soul, a beautiful expression of mind and body connection, which enhances with yoga. Building her class as a strong, fun, empowering yet accessible practice, Valentina invokes people to show up on the mat as they are.
Valentina finds expression through arts and crafts, design, and has a passion for talented creative people. She expanded her knowledge through Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness’ Infusion program led by Kilkenny Tremblay and Andrea Barberio, which has opened up a more spiritual and meditative aspect of yoga that she is thrilled to share with her students.
Margaret began her yoga practice as a way to bring balance into her life. As a mother with a demanding career, yoga allowed her to become more centered, physically and mentally. She appreciates how the practices help calm a racing mind by stilling and focusing the body, and how tranquility and balance arise through aligning both the breath and body. Margaret's intention is to help others find this restful state of mind, and to share her knowledge with the Sanctuary community. She graduated from Sanctuary's 200 Hour Teacher Training in 2017.
One of Margaret’s favorite aspects of yoga is practicing and teaching in community which is also one of the reasons she is on the council of her local community garden. She incorporates the mindfulness that she finds with both of these practices into her everyday life, as she goes to work at the University of Pennsylvania and spends time in her South Philadelphia neighborhood with her daughter, husband, and dogs.
Lisa Miracchi loves sharing the powerful practice of alignment-based yoga with others. She started studying and regularly practicing yoga in 2012 and completed her RYT-200 hour training in 2015 with Julie Dohrman in Brooklyn, NY. She completed the 55 hour Infusion at Sanctuary Yoga with Kilkenny Tremblay and Andrea Barberio in 2018. Yoga has thoroughly transformed her life, and it helps her live with more joy, purpose, and integration every day.
Also a philosophy professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Lisa is an active researcher in philosophy of mind, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and epistemology. She advises graduate students and teaches a variety of courses, including a Freshman Seminar on Yoga and Philosophy. She is passionate about the power of yoga practice to help us deepen our relationship to ourselves and live in better harmony with others, especially in environments that can be busy or stressful.
Her yoga classes provide a supportive environment for students of all genders, sexual orientations, colors, bodies, and backgrounds to explore, challenge themselves, heal, and grow.
Alex began to practice yoga in 2010 in hopes that it would help her regain the self-confidence and self-worth she had lost post college graduation. She noticed a shift almost immediately and developed a regular practice. She strongly believes that through meditation and asana self-love and awareness can be realized. Alexandra completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness under Kilkenny Tremblay and Andrea Barberio.
She is amazed by what happens when body and breath are connected and wants to share that amazement and feeling with others. Alex hopes to pass on the asana and mindfulness meditation tools that continue to transform her life. She loves being a part of the Sanctuary Tribe and Philadelphia yoga community.
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JULIA MAURO BUMKE
Julia Mauro Bumke is a yogi, theater and opera dramaturg, and nonprofit strategist who’s been practicing yoga regularly since 2013. Alignment-based yoga continues to offer her grounding, structure, and strength amidst her artistic career, and she is passionate about sharing its transformative qualities with her students. Julia deepened her practice through Sanctuary’s terrific yearlong RYT-200 training program, where she studied with Kilkenny Tremblay and Andrea Barberio.
Julia’s dramaturgical work is all about storytelling. She collaborates with playwrights, composers, and librettists to craft singular world premieres, bringing them back to their founding intention for their projects as a combination of editor, advocate, and trusted confidante. She has created award-winning premieres and workshops at Opera Philadelphia, Curtis Institute of Music, American Repertory Theater, Music-Theatre Group, Lincoln Center Theater, PlayPenn, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, B.A.M. Next Wave, and PEAK Performances, among others.
This emphasis on story and intention in Julia’s creative work extends directly into how she teaches yoga. She loves applying themes into her sequencing, and threading art, literature, and yogic liturgy into her classes.
Brian entered a yoga studio in Baltimore, MD where he fell in love with the practice. After developing a structured yoga practice, Brian began to incorporate meditation into his practice, as well. As a marathon runner, yoga and meditation have played a vital role in Brian’s life. Upon moving to Philadelphia, Brian gravitated toward Sanctuary Yoga and Mindfulness due to having both alignment-based yoga and meditation offered in one place, the amazing yoga community and the insightful teachers. He received his 200-RYT certification with Kilkenny Tremblay and Andrea Barberio. His background in alignment-based yoga has helped strengthen and deepen his practice.
Born and raised in Sea Isle City, NJ, Brian’s classes will put your mind, body, and spirit on vacation at the beach. His goal is to integrate a positive, relaxing, yet powerful flow throughout the class.
Brian also works for a software development company in the city. When Brian is not practicing yoga or meditation, you can find him running throughout the city, attending various concerts, relaxing on the beach, or doing water sports on a boat.
R.T. Savage is a 200 Hr. Registered Yoga Teacher with an educational background in both electrical sciences and psychology (Applied Behavioral Analysis). He completed his teacher training at Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness in 2019, under the tutelage of Kilkenny Tremblay and Dr. Andrea Barbario. While he earns his living in the field of electricity, his passion has always been rooted in the intricacies of the human brain, body, mind, and behavior. For over 20 years he has dedicated himself to counseling and teaching, and has observed a daily spiritual and mindfulness practice. He has also been a practitioner of traditional Japanese Jiu Jitsu for the past 10 years.
He journeyed into Yoga after sustaining back injuries from an auto accident. Whenever he was not bedridden, he often had to crawl or use a cane to move about. With the aid of a dedicated practice of Alignment Based Yoga, he regained correct posture and mobility..He has continued his yogic journey by pursuing training in myofascial release using therapeutic balls with Dinneen Viggiano, Yin Yoga with Bernie Clark, and Chakras and the Energetic Body with Kundalini Yogini Kia Miller.
His classes are a fusion of mindful breath, anatomical alignment, and gentle flow. His objective in every class is to share his personal practice of balancing the conscious MIND with the energetic BODY and the liberated HEART.
Megan found yoga while looking for a new “hobby” in 2012 after moving from NYC to Philly. What started as just something to do on weekends quickly turned into a passion for the physical and mental benefits yoga provided. With a degree in physical therapy she was drawn to alignment focused practices and the grounding stability they provided on and off the mat.
Following a thoughtful process on when to undertake a teacher training she found the perfect match at Santcuary Yoga & Mindfulness. She graduated the 200 hour teacher training under the profound teachings of Kilkenny Tremblay and Andrea Barberio.
With a specialty in pediatric physical therapy she enjoys incorporating playful features into her classes reminding us all of the joyful benefits of play.
When not practicing or teaching yoga you can find her exploring physical movement through all types of exercise or traveling the country finding inspiration from the mountains to the ocean.