~ Your body exists in the past and your mind exists in the future. In yoga, they come together in the present. ~
Branches of Yoga is a small yoga studio nestled in the heart of Sykesville, MD. Our mission is to invite others to join this small community and for each student to reach their full potential. We offer a variety of classes and levels throughout the week and will continue to add classes as needed.
There are many different reasons that people adopt the practice of yoga. Often they start doing yoga to help battle chronic pain, injuries, illness, anxiety and depression or they are just looking for something different. I believe that no matter what reason has brought us to the practice of yoga, we are all seeking a deeper connection within ourselves so that we can live a full and happy life.
Ideal for beginners or continuing practioners who prefer a slower paced class. Emphasis will be on basic breathwork and alignment in basic seated and standing postures.
Recommended for practioners who have previous yoga experience. Emphasis will be on refining basic poses introduce more advanced postures, deeper breath awareness and build stamina, strength and flexability.
This class is open to all levels of yoga. Clear instruction is given in breathing technique, warm-ups and postures. New students will develop body awareness, posture alignment and core strength in basic poses, while experienced students are encouraged to explore advanced variations in familiar postures. Everyone works to his or her own ability and comfort level.
Yin yoga is often referred to as “the quiet practice” which allows students to move more inward and into a meditative state. Yin poses are a series of long held passive floor poses that mainly work the hips pelvis, thighs and lower lumbar spine. The opposite of a muscle engaged yoga practice we soften all of our muscles in each pose to allow all the fascia (connective tissue), ligaments, tendons and joints to modestly simulate. Yin brings a calm and balancing affect to the mind and body and can help you sit longer more comfortably for meditation.
This class is a challenging and flowing form of yoga that will torch calories, tone your body, and relax your mind. Prior yoga experience is required.
Not a yoga 1, not a yoga 2 but somewhere in between. Ideal for beginners and continuing practioner's who prefer more of a yoga 1 experience.
This class will consist of both a muscular (Yang) practice and a meditative (Yin) practice. We will begin with 45 minutes of slow flow and holding postures to build some heat, stamina and strength ending with 30 minutes of passive seated long held postures.
It is best to practice yoga on an empty stomach. Two hours after you eat it’s okay to practice. If you do need to eat before eat something light such as a banana or yogurt.
This is probably the most asked question. The answer is no. Yoga is more about calming the mind, a spiritual and healing practice. Flexibility is only one part and practicing yoga regularly will help to gain flexblity over time.
Private sessions available upon request.
Class cancellations will be posted on Branches of Yoga website two hours prior to class. You may take another class that is offered at any time during the session to make up cancelled classes.
Class passes expire four months from the date of purchase.
Refunds are considered on a case by case basis. Administrative fee may be applied in the amount of $25.00.
Please inform your instructor of any medical conditions or if you are pregnant.
I've wanted to take yoga for years and finally got up the "courage" to do it when I went to a community class taught by Stacey. Branches of Yoga is the ideal place to start or continue your yoga practice. Smaller classes and the intimate, peaceful setting make it the perfect spot to relax and just concentrate on yoga!! Stacey is a gifted and thoughtful teacher who is tuned in to the needs of her students and is always willing to help in any way you might need. I can't say enough about Stacey and this wonderful studio.Susan
We started taking classes at Branches of Yoga in February with no experience and we're definitely hooked! Stacey's classes are fun and challenging in a relaxing atmosphere. In the four months we've been going, no two classes have been the same. We love the variety. We also love how Stacey makes sure we're doing the poses correctly and that we're comfortable doing them. We never worry about how we look doing the poses either thanks to Stacey's encouragement. We highly recommend Branches of Yoga!Jeremy & Tracy
Our program is designed for those wishing to share the teachings of yoga with others, deepen their own personal practice and/or be part of a small community. We will study the history and philosophy of yoga, meditation, asanas, pranayama, physiology and anatomy to prepare and develop your own teaching skills as well as deepen your practice. This program is perfect for those that seek a small group setting.
Spaces limited to 8.
At the end of this program you will qualify to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200 hour level.
Fridays - 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Saturdays and Sundays - 1:00 - 7:30 PM
$300 Deposit is required and non-refundable at the time of application
$2,300 (after deposit) Early Bird Special - If paid in full by August 1st
$2,500 (after deposit) - Needs to be paid in full by September 1st - Payment plans are available.
Attend all 10 weekends - missed hours can be made up through approved workshops.
Observe 12 classes
Apprentice with the director of the program (12 weeks)
Complete community project and provide a written paper on your experience
Attend a weekly yoga class
Meditation and Practice daily journal
We have met and exceeded the requirements with yoga alliance. Materials to be covered during the 10 months will include:
Practicum - practice teaching in partners and as a group, observing, providing and giving feedback.
Anatomy and Physiology - Anatomy and how it applies to asana, Yoga philosophy, Incorporating Yoga lifestyle into your daily life, study of the chakras.
Teaching Methodology - Theming and sequencing and teaching special populations
Training binder (will hand out the first day of the training)
Retreat weekend at White Rose Farm in Hampstead
1 weekly yoga class at BOY
1 12 week apprenticeship with the director of the program
Required texts are not included. You will recieve a list of the required texts are your application is approved. Books can be purchased on Amazon.
Director, Stacey Swierzbinski
Stacey has been teaching for 6 years, is an E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and YACEP.
Stacey's yoga journey began 9 years ago after having long time struggles with depression and anxiety. Stacey was looking for ways to help with these issues and came across an article how yoga can help and decided to give it a try. Stacey immediately fell in love with the practice and continued to attend weekly classes. In 2012 Stacey decided to take the 200 hour yoga teaching training to deepen her personal practice and played with the idea of teaching but was still unsure. After graduating from Blue Heron Wellness in Silver Spring Stacey began teaching a small group of friends and slowly found the confidence to continue teaching adding additional classes along the way. In addition to the 200 hour YTT Stacey completed 30 hours in Kundalini yoga at Sky House Yoga in Silver Spring. Stacey's teaching style includes meditation, slow flow, building strength, and finding ease while holding and breathing in the postures. Stacey completed her 300 hour advanced yoga teacher training at The Yoga Center of Columbia in December 2017 and is now a registered yoga teacher at the 500 hour level. Stacey is the owner of Branches of Yoga.
Jessica Smith, E-RYT 200, YACEP
Jessica found yoga back in 2007 while working as a personal trainer. She started taking hatha yoga classes offered at the gym to balance out tight muscles from running. In 2010 Jessica stumbled upon a Baptiste style class and has been hooked since. That same year she completed a 200 hour teacher training at M Body Yoga in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to ten years of personal practice, Jessica is certified by the Yoga Alliance and National Academy of Sports Medicine; she brings a strong knowledge of movement and alignment as well as a love of the practice. Jessica encourages students to push beyond their comfort zone on and off the mat.
Crystal Wissinger, E-RYT 200
Crystal began her journey with yoga some 8 years ago after a traumatic knee injury during her stent as a collegiate athlete. Crystal quickly discovered that yoga served to balance her athletic passion and her curiosity into herself, as well as her longing for a deeper spiritual experience. Living well become the primary goal in Crystal’s life, and as a result she went on to become a teacher in the Hatha Yoga style. Crystal teaches a dynamic series of sequenced postures that meld together to promote vitality, awareness, embodiment, and connection to breath. Crystal has had the opportunity to move her work beyond the walls of a studio by bringing yoga to children in camps, children with development and learning delays, and as a training element for collegiate athletic teams. In Crystal’s classes you can expect a mindful vinyasa flow with a focus on graceful strength. She uses the heat that naturally radiates from the body’s movement to open up tight joints and reduce stress stores in the body and mind.
Amy Martin, RYT 200
Amy began her journey with yoga over 7 years ago as another area of fitness, not really understanding at the time all of the many benefits of having a yoga practice. It didn’t take long for her to realize that yoga provided her more than just “stretches and a workout”. Yoga left her feeling peaceful, calm, and nourished in body, mind, and spirit while being energized at the same time. Amy completed her RYT200 training in November 2016 at the Yoga Center of Columbia under Kathy Donnelly and Lucy Lomax. In December 2017, Amy received her Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist (AYS) Certification through the Himalayan Institute. A forever student herself, Amy joyfully teaches from her heart leading students through fun, light-hearted practices with a strong emphasis on proper alignment. She also leads Ayurvedic workshops and provides private Ayurvedic consultations focusing on how to bring students and clients into their optimal state of health and well-being.
Machelle Lee, MA, E-RYT 200, RYT-500, CMT, YACEP, Roots & River Founder and Yoga Instructor
Machelle has 25 years of experience as a yoga teacher, massage therapist, and childbirth educator. She holds a Masters Degree in mythology and depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and recently completed a 500 hour advanced yoga teacher training in yoga psychology. Machelle leads therapeutic movement through Vinyasa Yoga and Yin Yoga in a way that weaves together yogic teachings with modern scientific research on tissue rehabilitation, traditional medicines, and psychology. This approach to the whole person aids one in feeling and understanding the bodymind connection both somatically and intellectually. Specializing in the health and rehabilitation of fascia, connective tissues, and joints, Machelle is committed to serving students in a way that best fits their unique abilities and anatomic structure. Machelle combines storytelling, archetypes, poetry, neuroscience, psychology, and Five Element Meridian Theory across a variety of yoga styles in a way that is always aimed at facilitating a creative and grounded approach to self-development for each participant.
Olga Campora, PhD., E-RYT 500Olga comes with 35 years of yoga teaching experience, presently living in Maryland. She teaches yoga around Howard County and Columbia, MD area. Olga is a YogaAlliance.com registered yoga teacher. She holds a Doctorate in Education from Tomas Garrigue Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. After discovering yoga in her native Czechoslovakia, she augmented her studies with courses at The Sivananda International Yoga Institute in Vienna, Austria, from 1983 to 1989. Her deep respect and love for the Iyengar Yoga is clearly evident in her teaching approach. She also specializes in yoga practice for health and healing, working with clients who struggle with anxiety and depression. Olga is certified as LifeForce Yoga® Practitioner Level 1 at LifeForce Yoga® Healing Institute ~Yoga for Better Mood Management.
Upon completion you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.
If you feel this program is the right fit for your yoga needs please fill out the on-line application on our website (www.branchesofyoga.com) and place your non-refundable deposit of $300. Thank you for considering our program! We look forward to taking this journey with you!