Meet Your Lead Trainer

E-RYT 500, RPYS, RCYS, YACEP, MA, CAADC

Steph Ball-Mitchell

Steph has 25 years of experience in yoga and movement. Her understanding of yoga and the human body has been influenced by lifelong dancing and holistic health. She found her life’s purpose in helping people become happier and healthier through her own healing journey. Steph assists her students in knowing the joy and wonderment of integrating the mind and body. She encourages an authentic and life-nurturing practice, one that brings greater consciousness to each moment and every movement of the body with a heavy emphasis on breath. With a degree in psychology, Steph brings awareness, acceptance and a down to earth approach to her classes. She completed her second 200-hour training with Nancy Candea at Yoga Impact in New Jersey and her 300-hour training with Chris Loebsack at Boundless Yoga Studio in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. The perpetual student, Steph has studied with Leslie Howard, Travis Eliot, Bryan Kest and countless others. She has extensive training in pelvic floor yoga, restorative yoga, yin yoga, power yoga and accessible yoga. Most recently, Steph was certified as a Grand Master of Meditation through Swami Vidyanand. Steph founded Yoga and Ayurveda Center with her husband. They launched the online training to supplement their local trainings and have recently launched a virtual yoga studio to accommodate the international community of trainees. When she isn’t on her mat, Steph can be found volunteering, enjoying her husband and children, dancing and cooking. She previously enjoyed serving on the Education Committee of Yoga Alliance and places a strong emphasis on inclusivity in her teacher trainings.

Guest Instructor

Our 200-Hour Training Includes Dianne's Workshops on Accessibility & Anti-Racism

Social Justice Activist, Author, Accessible Yoga Teacher, Author, Leader of Yoga for All Movement

Dianne Bondy

Self-Love is a Revolutionary Act. Dianne Bondy is a social justice activist, author, accessible yoga teacher, and the leader of the Yoga For All movement. Her inclusive approach to yoga empowers anyone to practice—regardless of their shape, size, ethnicity, or level of ability. Dianne is revolutionizing yoga by educating yoga instructors around the world on how to make their classes welcoming for all kinds of practitioners. Change Agent in Modern Yoga, Dianne’s commitment to increasing diversity in yoga has been recognized in her work with Pennington’s, Gaiam, and the Yoga & Body Image Coalition, as well as in speaking engagements at Princeton, Duke, University of Buffalo and UC Berkeley on Yoga, Race, and Diversity. Her writing is published in Yoga and Body Image Volume 1, Yoga Renegades, and Yes Yoga Has Curves. You can also find Dianne online at yogaforalltraining.com and yogaforeveryone.tv. Master Yoga Teacher, Dianne is the author of the international best selling book, Yoga for Everyone (DK Publishing, Penguin Random House), co-author of Yoga Where Yoga Are, and a frequent contributor to Yoga International, DoYou, Yoga Girl, and Omstars. She has been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan, Mashable, and People.

Anatomy Instructor

RYT-500, LMT, Author, Anatomy Instructor

Alecia Croft

Alecia Croft began her yoga journey as a way to help heal her body after having children. With consistent practice she experienced relief and was hooked. Not long after, she began her journey to become a yoga teacher. Having been a licensed massage therapist for over a decade she was excited to expand her knowledge and share yoga with her community. Focusing on alignment and helping others understand what happens within each pose, she enjoys teaching one on one personalized sessions. Alecia enjoys helping others learn anatomy with the online yoga school, she has been fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Steph updating the 200 hour anatomy, writing the 300 hour anatomy, prenatal anatomy, and more. She enjoys writing and has published two books on anatomy and yoga.

Mantra Instructor

Yoga/Kirtan Instructor

Sandra Sluberski

SANDRA BOYSEN SLUBERSKI is a 500-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT500) through Yoga Alliance and teaches at both the Online Yoga School through the Yoga & Ayurveda Center, and at The Hochstein School in Rochester, NY. Introduced to yoga in 2010, she began daily practice in 2016 and completed teacher training in 2021 through the Yoga & Ayurveda Center under the guidance of Steph Ball-Mitchell. Her focus is on yoga for musicians; this stems from her 40 years as a professional vocalist, vocal instructor/coach and voiceover recording artist. She is also a Kirtan leader, using harmonium and singing bowls. Sandra also develops themed yoga workshops, and is currently offering: • The Ramayana: an EPIC Yoga Workshop: 2 hours, learning the story of the Ramayana, pairing mudras & mantras associated with the story, & finishing with a yoga sequence in which your body tells the story through asanas • Chanting in Sanskrit: 2 hours, using harmonium & singing bowls, participants learned eight different chants, paired with mudras • Kirtan satsangs/sessions: 1 to 2 hours, these are group call-and-response singing of mantras and bhajans (meditative devotional verses), using harmonium, singing bowls & cajon percussion • The next EPIC Yoga Workshop is currently in development, and will be on the Bhagavad Gita; the format will be the same as the Ramayana workshop She’s sung in concert nationally and internationally, with over 70 opera, oratorio, concert and musical theatre roles to her credit. She holds M.M. and D.M. degrees in voice performance from Florida State University’s College of Music, and is in her 23rd year on the voice faculty at The Hochstein School, where she was honored with the Faculty Service Award in 2013 and the Faculty Excellence Award in 2019. She provides voice-over talent and audition coaching for commercial/media venues through SBS Vocalworx & West Rush Media LLC, and is listed for booking on Backstage.com. The first audio book she narrated, “Stories of Food and Life” by Mariuccia Milla, is available on Audible.com. She’s married to Dave Sluberski, professor of audio recording at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s School of Film & Animation / Magic Spell Studios, and recording engineer for the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. When not behind a mic or a piano, Sandra is on the yoga mat, or enjoying her pet Silkie hens, or is in the garage working on cars with Dave, who enjoys being married to a yogini. Visit her web site at sbsyogaworx.com, and her singing/vocal instruction site at sbsvocalworx.com.

Other 300 Hour Contributors

Meet Our Other 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Instructors

RYT-500

LaToya Cooper

LaToya Cooper is a registered yoga instructor and certified meditation & mindfulness teacher. Although yoga had been a long-time occasional practice, she discovered the healing power of yoga after beginning her spiritual journey in 2018. Determined to find balance and inner peace, LaToya began implementing yoga and holistic wellness practices into her daily life. Her journey led to a place of genuine contentment, self-love & acceptance. In May 2020 she completed her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga and Ayurveda Center. Soon afterwards she started Asanas & Wellness, where she shares tools to help others find their own inner peace. LaToya lives in the RDU area of NC with her husband and three teenage children. She has earned a BA in Psychology and an MBA. In her free time she loves to read, and create home decor crafts with her Cricut.

CYT-500

Steve Urban

Steve Urban is a 500hr CYT yoga teacher with 500 hours of formal training through Yoga and Ayurveda Center based in Easton Pennsylvania. He has training in various traditions of hatha yoga which includes Power Yoga (Bryan Kest lineage to K. Pattabhi Jois) as his main focus but also adept in Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Slow Flow, and Yin styles of yoga. Steve has been teaching for the last five years and has worked in gyms and studios in both Arizona and Texas. Guided meditation is another yogic study he has studied, practiced, offers instruction in. Steve is a certified Level 1 Ayurveda Specialist and offers basic consultation and guidance in Ayurveda. Steve's Philosophy: We, as students and teachers, look to teachers for guidance. Over time there have been several great spiritual teachers, sufis, sages, bodhis, and such - Jesus, Buddha, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr, Bill W, as well as a good many anonymous guides. These teachers all offered the same message but in different words, languages, and at quite different times - they spoke of the suffering and they spoke of The Way. What is The Way? Love, devotion, service, benevolence. They taught us to feed benevolence thereby starving malevolence. How do we do this? Well, the answers are found within ourselves, they are accessed through stillness, self-study, union of body mind spirit, and union with all sentient beings and the Divine Source. Look within, open the gateways to feeding the benevolent traits of the mind, discover the Self and commune with the Universal Divine - this is yoga.

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