Justine Bacon - Owner
Fusion Flow, Yin, Vinyasa, Sculpt & Flow, Cyclist's & Runner's Yoga
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 & 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. 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
Julia has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching for 5, all thanks to the synchronicities she has found guiding her to her true path. In 2014, she received her 200hr Vinyasa Yoga training through Sonic Yoga in NYC. Her teaching style is nurturing and intuitive, and her goal to create a space for students to find their own mind/body/spirit connection. She works closely with women and children, and weaves divine feminine energy throughout her classes. When not practicing yoga, she can be found somewhere collecting seashells or making herbal potions!
Sivananda Hatha & Hatha Flow
Melissa is a wanderer of the world who finds a reason to smile and laugh at life's every turn. She is a lover of learning and moving. Melissa took up a meditation practice while in college, finding joy in studying Eastern religion and philosophy. When an elder relative of her's shed light on the Path of Yoga in 2013, Melissa knew it would become an integral part of her life. Since then, she has practiced several schools of yoga in cities across the United States. In 2016, Melissa served and studied at The Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Northern California, diving deep into the classical teachings of yoga. During this time, she realized the powerful healing effects of a strong yoga practiced and has since wanted to share this with others. Melissa earned her RYT-200 certification in 2017 and has taught a variety of asana classes including power, vinyasa, hatha and gentle. Melissa's classes are energetic yet grounding, centered around breathing and healing physically, mentally, emotionally and energetically. Students are encouraged to connect deeply to themselves during class and carry their practice with them to the external world. Melissa finds inspiration for teaching through self-care by spending time in nature and listening to music.
Wake & Flow
Yoga to me is about the way you feel during your practice and how your mind, body and spirit align. Personally, yoga has helped and continues to help me maneuver through a very complex journey we call life. I have learned to embrace the good, understand the bad, face fears and find grace in it all. In my practice, yoga is symbolic to life. How I confront a difficult pose is how I confront a difficult experience. I sit longer, with more peace.
As a marriage and family therapist and yoga instructor in Philadelphia, my purpose is to help others find this same solace. I began teaching yoga in 2014 after becoming certified to teach through the Sadhana Yoga School in Bali, Indonesia. After returning home, I started a private practice in Center City and for over four years, I have been integrating mindfulness, meditation, yoga and psychotherapy into a unique treatment modality. Through my ongoing studies and personal practice, I have landed comfortably in the Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga yoga styles. I pay attention to the physical body and assist with alignment, injuries and adjustments that deepen the practice. However, my best work arises in the energetic body. My goal is to help you release any struggles you may be having physically, emotionally and spiritually. To find peace within difficulties.
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.
Align & Flow
Kacey found yoga in 2014 when she was at some major crossroads in her life. During her first class, she quickly realized there was something deeper present than just a work out-- and with curiosity and commitment, she developed a relationship with the subtleties of her body and her breathing that she did not even know could exist. Since then, she has gone on to study under multiple teachers and lineages, making her teaching style diverse and accessible. Kacey owes her deepest gratitude to her teachers that empowered her to find her own unique voice: Coby Kozlowski, Avani Gilbert, and Justicia DeClue. In the classroom, Kacey focuses on accessibility, meditation-in-movement, and the power of intentional breathing. She hopes you can leave class feeling lighthearted, and like the greatest most empowered version of yourself. Kacey is certified in Alignment-based Vinyasa, Yin, Baptiste (power), and restorative.
Melanie found yoga and meditation nearly 10 years ago due to a “dark night of the soul” experience that caused her to confront deep childhood wounds that were not healed in her body-mind. Yoga taught her that she could breathe and stay present, even in the most trying circumstances, and that the happiest, strongest people are those who have seen the darkness, but choose to bend toward the light. She believes that the breath is the bridge that connects life and consciousness, and that staying present with the breath during our practice deepens inner awareness, facilitating transformation and healing.
She earned her 200-hour certification in Ashtanga-based Vinyasa at Dhyana Yoga, where she studied with John Vitarelli, Bruno Circolo, David Hem, and others. She continues to deepen her studies by practicing Ashtanga in the traditional Mysore style, attending workshops and additional trainings, and reading lots of books! She also has an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts, and when she’s not doing yoga she loves to write, create performance art, and ride her bicycle all over the city.
Open Levels Vinyasa, Align & Flow w/ Aromatherapy
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 & Open Levels Vinyasa
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.
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.