Leanne Matullo, Founder
Leanne Matullo, founder of Yoga Dear, is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Pre/Postnatal Yoga Teacher, and Yoga Educator. She believes surpassingly in the power of yoga to transform the way we live in our bodies, and ultimately our lives, and brings her expertise to the studio.
She’s a lifelong dancer and yogi who has studied under some of the best practitioners in the country, combining an array of multiple disciplines and styles. She draws on her dance background to teach classes that are as elegant as they are encouraging.
She intimately knows the benefits that yoga can bring, as she learned during her fertility struggles. It taught her that women need a place of safety and welcoming during the childbearing years, no matter their parental status, so she created that in Yoga Dear. Here, women have a place to reconnect with their bodies and nourish their souls as they step onto the mat and into the community of the studio.
Leanne is, at her core, a person of warmth and inclusion. She loves to know her students by name and her nurturing spirit fosters a sense of vibrancy and community within the studio. E-RYT-200. RPYT - Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga. MA Human Development. YoKid Certified.
Lauren Cavallaro Wicklund
Lauren loves to inspire and support others to become the best they can be. She trained in Houston, TX at Big Yoga, specializing in power flow classes. Lauren believes that yoga can create a world of possibilities for you and those around you. "I hope it becomes a game changer for you just as it has for me." Lauren is the Associate Athletic Director for Leadership Development at Bucknell University and spends her days helping student athletes become champion leaders in all facets of life. She's also an avid runner and has served as a marathon coach for several, different running communities. She loves spending time with her husband, Eli, and two crazy fun loving dogs - Peyton and Lombardi. "I truly believe that ANYONE can do yoga and I can't wait to see you on your mat!" RYT - 200.
Rebekah DeLong, Studio Manager
Rebekah began attending yoga classes regularly at Yoga Dear in the winter of 2017. From the first day Rebekah stepped onto the mat, she realized she had found a home. The connections that started in the studio led to a path of self-discovery and a love of healing physically, mentally, and emotionally. She discovered both a practice and a community she loved. As Studio Manager, Rebekah values connecting with Yoga Dear clients and teachers, and supporting them with an open and compassionate heart. She believes in the power of mindful
movement and self-love and seeks that out in her own yoga practice.
Ariel has been a dedicated student and teacher of yoga for the past 14 years. She has studied various styles with many gifted and knowledgeable teachers. She teaches a creative vinyasa class with a strong emphasis on the human anatomy and intelligent sequencing to open and strengthen the body, preventing injury. She holds her MA and is a licensed Somatic Psychotherapist as well as a certified massage therapist. For more information on Ariel you can go to arielhowland.com.
Johanna began practicing yoga in 1998 while studying at Syracuse University, where she earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance and Music Industry. You might have heard her performing around town as part of the duo, Runaway Stroller. She enjoys continuously deepening her knowledge and understanding of yoga history and philosophy, while strengthening her physical practice of the yoga asana. Being a singer/songwriter and guitar player, Johanna knits a love of music into her classes as inspiration. We're pretty sure you'll fall in love with her positive energy and accessibility in her classes as she confidently incorporates all benefits of yoga for the mind, body and soul. RYT-200. Aerial Yoga Certified.
Prior to developing his own unique yoga practice, Eugene dabbled in the art of picking up heavy weights and putting them down, also known as power lifting. About six years ago (and after some serious convincing from his wife), Eugene took his first yoga class. After a few years of personal practice, Eugene apprenticed with Leanne for over a year prior to teaching his first class at Yoga Dear. Eugene teaches a creative flow style class and is known for having a pretty good playlist or two as well. He encourages his students to get grounded in the moment, really tune in to the quality of the breath and bring a deep sense of intention to every aspect of the asana practice. And, he does it with a healthy sense of humor
Keris trained with Zuna Yoga in Bali, Indonesia. As a former professional athlete and physical education teacher, Keris believes that yoga gives us the opportunity to relax and heal our bodies, from the inside out. With a background in Hatha, she teaches a flow that focuses on, alignment and attention to breath. Keris’ aspiration is to encourage a mindful and peaceful experience in each class. RYT-200.
Katherine’s classes are designed with you in mind. She believes that yoga is for everyone from the skeptic to the beginner to the most passionate student. With a background in Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga, Katherine teaches classes that focus on the connection between movement and breath, mind and body. Katherine believes that transformations on the mat can lead to transformations off the mat, by incorporating yoga philosophy paired with asana, poses and movement. She likes to get to know every one of her students so that when you come to the studio it is a space where we can learn, laugh and do yoga together. You can find Katherine on Instagram @_namaste_bae. RYT-200.
Sierra has been a student of yoga for close to 20 years. She has practiced and studied vinyasa flow, kundalini, yin and restorative styles of yoga, as well as self-massage and energy medicine, and she loves them all! She has completed teacher trainings with YogaFit, Sadie Nardini (Evolution Teacher Training) and Yoga TuneUp (The Roll Model method) and is in the process of obtaining her Reiki master certification. Sierra's classes incorporate aspects from all of her trainings, personal practice, and focus on alignment and breath. Her goal is to free the body of physical tension, move blocked and stagnant energy and leave you feeling physically and emotionally balanced and strong. RYT-200.