Justine Bacon - Owner
Cyclist's & Runner's Yoga, Yin Yoga w/ Aromatherapy, Vinyasa, Sculpt & Flow
Justine is an explorer with a deep passion for our natural world. Teaching on land and on the water on her SUP board, Justine believes yoga is for anywhere, at anytime and for everyone. Students know her best for the intentional and breath driven nature of her fusion style classes, her specialty cyclist and runner classes and her stirring playlists. Aside from studio classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings (on land & on the water!), Justine has taught large events and festivals such as Yoga Journal’s Live Be Yoga Cross Country Tour Wanderlust108 & Greenfest! She has taught runner's yoga at the Philly 10k, the Broad Street Run, Oddyssey Half Marathon, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis, the Run for Clean Air, and the annual Be Well Philly Bootcamp, to name a few. She has also taught Cyclists at the AACR indoor cycling fundraiser, Revolutions for Research.
Her yoga journey truely began in 2011, after a profound and humbling month in Guatemala volunteering for Whole Planet Foundation After her return home, she found her first teacher, Becky Dawson, and completed a five month internship in 2012. At the end of her 200HR teacher training in 2013, Justine Co-founded Philly Yoga Factory, Philly's first pay-what-you-can yoga program, offering classes every single day of the week ( a program that still exists in Center City today!). After having taught for many studios in Philadelphia, 5 years later in 2018, she pursued her long held dream of opening her very own studio, Yoga Brain in East Falls. YB reflects the passion Justine has of studying many traditions, enjoying diversity and placing the breath at the center of practice. It embodies service to community and environment and has a collaborative nature. YB is for the explorer of mind, heart and world. Justine is a proud Pro-Ambassador for local Yoga company, Jade Yoga .
Justine holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Temple University. She is a 200HR certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance with the E-RYT and YACEP designations and over 3,000 teaching hours. She also holds certifications and continued education credits in Yin Yoga, The Embodied Yoga Teacher Advanced training course with Brittany Policastro, SUP (Standup Paddleboard yoga) Yoga & SUP Level 1 with Aqua Vida (Standup PaddleBoarding) as well as Power Yoga, Hot Yoga fusion formats, Chair Yoga & Reiki Level 1. Justine has had the pleasure to contribute to the Philly Area Yoga blog and the honor of being featured in Philadelphia Magazine's Be Well Philly annual print edition 2015-2016 for her cyclist and runner's classes. She writes a monthly column for The Local (the Northwest Philly Newspaper serving East Falls & Germantown) called Live Free or Die and she also serves on the board of the East Falls Farmer’s Market. In her free time she enjoys hiking, jogging, biking, writing, & spending time with her best boys- her boyfriend Jeff and their pup Marty, their kitty Bings & their bearded dragon Elvis.
Previous retreat locations include:
Mount Hood, Oregon
Maderas Village, Nicaragua
Koh Samui, Thailand
Finger Lakes (Cayuga Lake) in Upstate NY
Sound Bath Meditation
A dynamic musician, Jeff Alexander is a local Guitarist & Vocalist from Philadelphia. His personal influences & individual flare deliver recognizable favorites that are splashed with his stylized perspective.
His performance presents a musical experience that is groovy, funky and overall enhanced.
Jeff's performance portfolio is diverse and swings with character! His experience includes and is not limited to:
-Weddings, Birthdays & Private Events
soundtrack creation & performances
-Live music for yoga events
-Large Funk Ensembles
Following his love of jazz, he is currently involved in several original projects, a wedding band, and working on a solo record
For more information or to inquire about your own special events, connect with Jeff at through instagram @funkandvibe or email at:
Tom is a professor at both Temple and Jefferson University in Philadelphia where he teaches classes on religion and environmental ethics. His academic research focuses upon the intersection of animals and religion, particularly bovine veneration, with his dissertation concentrating more specifically on the role of religion in cow sanctuaries across the United States. Alongside his academic and animal advocacy work with the non-profit Kinder Pastures, Tom is also a Kundalini Yoga instructor, and is currently teaching classes with us at Yoga Brain. He has been practicing and teaching Kundalini Yoga for over 10 years, and accredits the practice to his happy, healthy and holy perspective on life.
Thursday Lunch Flow (Power Vinyasa)
Patty took her first yoga class while living in Ireland in 2002. She remembers stepping on her mat ready to relax, but was instead surprised by the physical challenges that appeared. Although she grew up as an athlete, (visual) these challenges were different and additionally encouraged her to notice her breath, perhaps for the first time. After several years of exploring her own practice, Patty completed a 250 hour Teacher Training, a 50 hour Advanced Teacher Training with Alex Auder and a Kids Yoga Teacher Training through Child Light.
Patty strives to create a safe space and light-hearted environment for students to explore their own individual practice, simply slow down and be. Depending on the class, you may encounter challenging flows and asanas or gentle movement and meditation. Either way, you are encouraged to go-inward, quiet the mind, allow self-exploration and build awareness, all while practicing self-compassion. Patty offers gentle hands-on assists throughout class that may encourage proper alignment or a deeper exploration of the pose.
Cat has been practicing yoga on and off since a young age. As time passed, she became a serious athlete and competed through college, but continually returned to yoga in her off-seasons. She's always been captivated by the connection of spirituality and physicality that she has come to find through her practice.
Cat completed her 200-hour certification in Yin, Vinyasa, and Power Yoga in Carlsbad, CA, after living in Hawaii for a year. She strongly believes that the energy cultivated through movement, breath, touch, and connection facilitates deep healing and growth within us all. She hopes to guide, inspire, and support her students on their own journeys- wherever that may be.
When she is not teaching yoga, Cat works full time at the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she loves trying new local restaurants, traveling, and spending time with her family at the Jersey Shore!
Open Levels Vinyasa
Hallie completed her 200 Hour YTT in December 2016 at Moyo Yoga in Schwenksville, PA under the mentoring and leadership of Maureen Priest. In her teaching, Hallie focuses on the importance of anatomy, form and safety while leading her classes in traditional Vinyasa and Hatha style asana as well as pranayama practice. She hopes to educate others in the importance of yoga and mindfulness but not lose site of the fun and playful aspect of yoga that she has been taught. Hallie has been practicing yoga for many years but didn’t take her practice too seriously until a back injury introduced to her to a deeper and more meaningful practice a few years ago. Through this deeper practice, Hallie has taught herself the importance of the physical and mental practice both on and off the mat and she tries to be mindful in her day to day activity.
Maggie Mae Gallmann
Yin-yasa w/ Aromatherapy
Maggie Mae is a Yoga Alliance 200-hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) trained in Vinyasa yoga with strong ties to the Ashtanga tradition. She has also been certified in AromaFlow Yoga, is a TYP Trauma Informed Instructor, and has a strong passion for teaching Hoop Dance and Hoop Vinyasa. As a young dancer with a yoga teacher for a mother, she has been practicing yoga on and off since she was a child, and completed her 200-hour YTT in 2013 at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY under the direction of David M. Hollander. In 2014, Maggie sustained severe tendonitis in her wrist which made it hard to put any pressure on it. Even Cat/Cow became painful – forget about Down Dog and arm balances! This injury forced her to get creative with her yoga sequencing, and through a regular Ashtanga practice and daily stretching and strengthening, she is now virtually pain free.
In her own practice, Maggie has found that yoga has helped her to relieve anxiety, find self-confidence, heal injuries, gain strength, and open up to the opportunities she believes the Universe is constantly creating. Having experienced the state of Flow in her own practice, she wishes to impart the knowledge & wisdom needed to help guide others into this meditative state.
Expect a session with Maggie to be rhythmically and meditatively informed, using the breath as a tool to both create space in the body and find unity between Body and Mind. Modifications will be offered for injuries and current limitations, allowing you to heal and open up gradually. You can also expect to break down any mental barriers currently holding you back from achieving your goals, and learn the tools necessary to take your practice “off the mat.”
In addition to practicing yoga and hoop dance, Maggie enjoys playing music with her band Maggie Mae, learning about holistic nutrition, sharing essential oils, and creating jewelry & clothing.
Hatha Flow & Fundamentals Flow
Kate began practicing yoga in 2008 as this was the only practice that relieved pain from a prior knee surgery years earlier. After developing a consistent practice, she found there was so much more to yoga that the physical asana. Being on the mat created a feeling of liberation and contentment, even after class was over. She loves rereading the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita puling themes from the text into her classes. Kate hopes you leave her class feeling more expansive and energized. She is excited to create a loving, welcoming community at Yoga Brain. When she is not practicing yoga, she is working full time as a research Nurse Practitioner.
Liza is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She completed her training at the Amma Center and School in October of 2015, under Bridget Yanni. Liza found a love of yoga in August of 2012 when she was recovering from back surgery. The practice of yoga has taught Liza strength, flexibility, confidence, power, patience, self-love, and balance. Liza works to challenge her students both physically and mentally on their mats while incorporating the breath and proper alignment in each class she teaches. Liza believes the practice of yoga is accessible to all. When Liza is not teaching you can find her practicing on her mat, traveling the world, jumping out of planes, going to concerts, and spending time with loved ones. Liza is a graduate of Ithaca College with B.S. in Sport and Exercise Sciences.
Dismantling Racism, 2019
Adaptive Yoga Teacher Training, 2019
Wake & Flow
Ashley grew up with strong values in being an advocate for your own health and well-being. So when faced with overcoming a stress and anxiety induced auto-immune disorder, initially, she looked to embrace yoga’s calming elements into her taxing lifestyle. She added the physical practice as a complimentary workout to her regular fitness routine and quickly became deeply connected to the mind-body experience. Not only did she feel the benefits of the practice, connecting breathe and movement, on and off the mat, but she instinctively wanted to teach and share the healing powers of the practice. After a year of practicing, Ashley began her yoga teacher training and finished her 200 RYS certification at Prana Das Yoga in September 2017. She is incredible grateful for the experience during this training where she not only felt a positive transformation in living with intention and calmness but also an empowerment to bring these healing elements to others. With great enthusiasm and every growing knowledge Ashley encourages students to explore their thoughts and actions on and off the mat. When she is not teaching, Ashley can be found hanging out with loved ones, traveling, and volunteering.
Joe Longo, Photographer / Kundalini Yoga / Vinyasa and Meditation instructor. Joe began his yoga journey in 2002 after taking his first Kundalini class and falling in love with the practice. In 2004 Joe completed his first vinyasa training with Dhyana Yoga in Philadelphia. In 2011 Joe completed his 220 hour Kundalini yoga training with Sada Sat Kaur & Sada Sat Singh at Yoga on Main in Philadelphia, PA. Two months into Kundalini training Joe decided to leave his day job to follow his bliss and passion for yoga and photography. Most recently Joe completed a 100-hour advanced yoga training with Alex Holmes and Daniel Cordua at Palo Santo Wellness Boutique in Philadelphia, PA
Joe’s mission is to demystify and show the accessibility of yoga to enhance your everyday life. Joes classes are perfect for all levels, and if you like to laugh and have a good time then Joe's class is for you.
Dynamic Flow & Power Flow
Johnathan Raiss is a teacher of Yoga, and practitioner of postural diagnostic work. His love of movement began early in life with competitive athletics and martial arts, and was transformed through the necessity of finding practices capable of rebuilding, strengthening, and optimizing body and mind. Johnathan’s classes focus on the complementary nature of fluidity and precise alignment, as they can best serve an individual to find ease in motion and stillness. His practice is heavily informed and influenced by the teachings of Nevine Michaan, who he has studied with since the fall of 2012. Johnathan is a certified Katonah Yoga(r) teacher, and leads workshops, classes, and private sessions utilizing this methodology. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience from teaching as a professor in the dance department at the University of the Arts from Fall 2012 to Fall 2019, and has also taught and worked with dancers and general students at Princeton University. In his current practice, Johnathan brings wellness initiatives into the corporate setting, helps athletes to optimize performance, and works with a diverse range of businesses and organizations to help others unlock the benefits of a functional practice. He is a skilled practitioner of yoga therapeutics and restorative flying techniques, which he frequently practices with individuals and groups.
Yin Yoga w/ Aromatherapy
Mykola is, first, a life long student of yoga and then a teacher. There is no life without yoga, yoga is life. This is something Mykola believes wholeheartedly and strives to share with those that meet themselves on their mat while practicing with her. Mykola holds a strong belief that through the breathe we can do all things and in the stillness and quiet of the breathe is where self growth and exploration begin. As a budding Yoga LifeStyle Coach Mykola’s soothing voice and smooth grooves will allow the therapeutics of this healing practice to give you whatever it is that you need. Mykola’s background of travel and living in Costa Rica while working at a Yoga and Wellness Retreat Center has allowed her to serve all different types of people from all over the globe. She brings this international spirit to her classes and to all who she meets. Since returning to the states Mykola lives a life of constant self study and with her little guy Blaise who is her reason and inspiration for all that she does.
A class facilitated by Mykola will move the body through a vibrant and strong yet tranquil and soft asana that allows the body to give effort and then surrender to the healing affects of a well rounded yoga practice.
Marty McFly- Studio Pup
Kissing, Jumping, Tug of War
Marty is a muscley, smiley love bug! With the energy of the sun, this boy brightens up every space he bulldozes into. Aside from his full time job of cuddling, he is proud to be the Studio Pup because the position highlights his social skills and flirting with the yoga babes. He is also the official tester of the studio’s scratch resistant floors ;) Marty met his mom at ACCT Philly, where he was adopted in 2015. Because of his experience, he is an advocate of animal rescue and adoption. In his free time, he loves chillin’ with his cat brother Bings, going on long long walks & hikes with his Mom & Dad and chewing bones.