Philly Power Yoga

This class is taught by:

Simone Lavine

Simone has been practicing and sharing yoga since 2008, and received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training from YogaWorks NYC in 2014. She teaches a vigorous, dynamic flow in a safe, supportive environment. Her classes provide detailed instruction on proper asana alignment and modification options for all skill levels. When she's not practicing or teaching yoga, Simone studies Human Development and Childhood Mental Health at Temple University. Her passion for emotional wellness comes through in her yoga classes where she will encourage you to reconnect with yourself, listen to your body, and find balance on and off your yoga mat.

Troy Jackson

Troy was looking for a positive change in his life when he found Philly Power Yoga and began training with Steve Gold. Through his daily practice on and off the mat, Troy created the positive change he sought. Through the tutelage of Steve, attendance at Baron Baptiste Level One Teacher Training, and various other workshops, Troy has deepened his knowledge of yoga and shares this with the Philly Power Yoga community. Troy invites students to find their own inner power through a vigorous class that will make them sweat and inspire change at the same time. After earning his Masters Degree in Social Work at Bryn Mawr College, Troy continues to inspire change within the community in his work as a licensed therapist in Philadelphia. 
“Troy brought me to the mat. He made me understand that the practice is about you and not anything or anyone else. Being in his class has changed my life. His guidance and caring is priceless.”
-Jeff Palmer
"A mini Yoga Boot Camp"
-Julia Bringhurst.
“Troy inspires his students with a challenging workout and compassionate approach. I always know I will leave Troy's class having strengthened and stretched my body and mind."
-Hally Bayer
“I have had the good fortune of having Troy as my Yoga instructor for some time now. Troy's teaching philosophy is based on two points. First, take your practice seriously but don't take yourself seriously. Secondly, the practice of Yoga can be a unique experience for all participants. As a result, Troy reaches the perfect balance in his teaching method: Classes are physically and mentally intense and challenging but are always in context of a very relaxed, positive, and comforting atmosphere. Furthermore, while Troy gently pushes students to their physical limit, he always stresses safety and encourages students to modify their poses whenever needed. As Troy likes to say (while all of us are sweating profusely on our mats!) "Even if you just come here and quietly meditate on your mat, you are practicing Yoga." There are other qualities Troy holds that are not as quantifiable as his high degree of professionalism and his deep knowledge of his craft - He's just a cool guy to be around that makes one feel comfortable practicing Yoga.”
-Max Fisher

Nikki Campion

Originally from outside Boston, Nikki started practicing yoga in High School to compensate for her sports injury that left her on the sidelines. From that moment on, yoga became an important aspect of her everyday life.

Moving to Philadelphia in Fall 2011 brought her to PPY as a work-study student, learning the inner-workings of a yoga studio. Steve then took Nikki under his wing to teach her the philosophy of PPY and the classes that are so important to the PPY clientele.

Nikki has been teaching at PPY since the Summer of 2012, a nice balance from her day (and night) job as a full-time graduate student. She enjoys every minute in the studio, whether sweating it out or teaching others.

If you would like more information about Nikki or have questions/comments about her teaching, you can contact her


Ella Cuda

Ella loves to fuse her knowledge of traditional dance technique, breath inspired movement and yoga to create an invigorating and smooth flow to each style of class she offers. Ella received her BFA in Dance from The University of the Arts in 2015; her love of moving and years in dance class inspired her to pursue her Barre teacher training certification with Kelly Love. On the contrary, she discovered yoga’s physical and mental healing capacity after sustaining an injury while dancing years ago; since her initial introduction to the practice her passion for yoga has flourished. Ella graduated from Beyond Asana RYS, completing 200 hours of Vinyasa study, as well as the 48- Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Intensive with Brittany Policastro and a Postpartum Teacher Training Certification with Lara Kohn Thompson.  Most recently Ella graduated from the 450 Hour Drexel Pilates Program.
All forms of movement allow Ella to “let go” of limiting inhibitions; she strives to offer a class that allows others to also release into their potential and enjoy their physical practice in a safe and supportive environment. She believes in sustainable growth (on and off the mat) and strives for students to discover a unique, individual movement style that will continue to serve them far into their future. She feels drawn to working with a broad population, from those who have never stepped foot on a yoga mat or into a Barre class, to expecting mothers, families, and the experienced mind-body practitioner.   Ella recently assisted for The Art of Yoga Project pilot program in west Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that uses art, yoga, and journaling for early intervention to help at-risk and sexually exploited girls prepare for a positive future. She is an Eat Breathe Thrive- Yoga for Eating Disorders certified Thrive Tribe facilitator. 
Ella organizes the Karma Yoga Classes at the studio, establishing partnerships with other businesses in the community to create events to benefit organizations in Philly and other areas. You can find Ella assisting with general studio management from ensuring emails are answered to posting photos to social media and keeping the studio running smoothly.   She splits her time between her home in South Carolina and Philadelphia, equally missing each when away.  She is an avid tea enthusiast, nature lover and devoted sister.

Melissa Green

Thrive Nutrition and Health Coach

Melissa Green is a certified Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Coach and received her education and training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). Melissa began her career in the fashion industry; however, after five years she discovered her enthusiasm and drive for the industry faded, leaving her feeling discontent, stressed, and unfulfilled. Melissa realized that she always had a personal interest in nutrition and exercise, and it wasn't long until she decided to combine her passion for health and her career aspirations in pursuit of holistic health and Integrative Nutrition.

This career change was the key that opened Melissa's eyes and heart to a happier, healthier, and more positive lifestyle, which she hopes to spread to each client she touches. Through her self-discovery process, her personal experiences, and the educational tools she learned from IIN, Melissa provides support and success to each client.

Services with Melissa:

As a Health Coach Melissa helps young women achieve their health and life goals with step-by-step improvements and by incorporating natural food choices and positive habits that work for each individual. Above all, Melissa supports her clients by providing them with tools they need to create balance in their busy schedules, reduce stress and increase energy. Through this process, the young women Melissa works with achieve pure happiness, beauty and confidence from the inside out.

These gradual, fun, and lifelong changes help her clients produce positive results and help ensure each individual is living their best self!

About her Method:
As a Health Coach, I create a supportive and comfortable environment for you to focus on and achieve your specific health goals. I have studied all the major dietary theories and use practical health and lifestyle coaching methods. I will guide you to find the food and lifestyle choices that work best for you and help customize a plan that is specific to your own health, lifestyle and personal needs, as each of us is different.

I will teach you how to nourish your mind and body through incorporating natural foods, practicing exercise and movement, focusing on self care, and making healthier choices every day. Through these changes you will reduce stress, increase energy, lose weight, and create pure happiness, balance and beauty from the inside out.

Appointment Availability:
Monday: 6pm-9pm
Friday: 8am-9am, 11:30am- 1pm
Sunday: 5pm- 7pm

Contact Melissa:
Via Email: melissagreen@liveyourbestself
Via Phone: 609-707-5988

What People Are Saying:

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Melissa for support and guidance through achieving my weight loss and health goals. From the beginning, I felt very comfortable around her and felt confident that she would be able to provide me with the help I had been looking for. Melissa is very knowledgeable and knows a tremendous amount about nutrition. Melissa showed her care and commitment to me by being flexible and was able to create a healthy meal plan for me to follow in order for me to feel comfortable. I would definitely recommend Melissa to my friends and family for help with their health goals!
-Liz Cameron

Melissa is passionate about helping her clients and takes pride in helping them change their lifestyles for the better. She is a wealth of knowledge regarding healthy food choices, appropriate diet plans, workout routines, wellness, and one's overall well-being. Her effective communication skills make her a joy to work with as she has a special ability to understand people and make them feel comfortable with opening up to her, while providing the support and tools necessary to succeed in improving their lifestyles. I would without a doubt recommend Melissa Green as your health & wellness professional.

Melissa Green is an exemplary, unique, and poised health & wellness professional. Her approach and method is unique regarding how she communicates with clients by personalizing a program specific to the individual. Melissa stresses the importance of leading and maintaining a healthy lifestyle; effectively getting this message across to clients by building a program specific to them and one that allows them to eat the foods that they enjoy without guilt or stress. She emphasizes the importance of eating natural, whole foods, incorporating physical activity, and taking time to nurture one’s relationships to achieve an overall healthy and satisfying lifestyle. I have personally worked with Melissa to improve my eating habits and step up my time at the gym. She guided me toward having well balanced portioned meals, and even led me to broaden my horizons with healthy snacks and deserts that would have never crossed my mind. Melissa also taught me how to create healthy versions of some of my favorite less than healthy foods and encouraged me to splurge every now. The results have been extremely rewarding as I have slimmed down and toned up, while I now eat much better and have an overall better well-being

Ewa Zeljazkow

Yoga Instructor

Yoga found Ewa in 2001. The challenges she faced on her mat reflected very much on where she was in her life at the time.  Ewa realized how much of a positive impact yoga has on her everyday life , on and off the mat. She continually seeks to grow as a teacher and student of yoga. She decided to share her love for yoga by getting her Certification in Power Vinyasa and is E-RYT 200,YACEP  (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Continuing Education Provider) Certified with Yoga Alliance.

Ewa encourages students to move towards their potential in the physical postures and guides students to understand that yoga is not just about the physical practice, but also about a commitment to a positive, life-altering experience. She hopes that students will find a sense of self-discovery, with a deeper aim of self-realization.

Lisa O'Rear

Lisa first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2009, and by 2010 completed her first 200 hour teacher training. Lisa has been teaching at Philly Power Yoga since 2010. Her desire to continue to grow both on and off her mat led to her complete 200 hour teacher training at DIG yoga and to date she has completed over 400 hours of training. Through alignment, she challenges students to realize both their inner and outer strength. Her classes are creatively sequenced, challenging and heartfelt. She is so grateful for her teacher and mentor, Mariel Freeman, who continues to inspire her to find her authentic voice, teach from her heart and never stop participating in the conversation of yoga.

Originally from Miami, Lisa now resides in South Philly. When not on her mat, she can be found either running, spinning or getting together with her friends and family.

Lisa has taught several of our amazing Yoga Fundraiser classes including most recently for Students Run Philly Style and the National Stroke Association.


Colleen Kropp

Yin Yoga Instrutor

Colleen is originally from the Greater Philly Region, but just recently moved back in 2010 after spending time in Manhattan, where she earned her BA in English Lit from NYU and later worked in the city while prepping for the grad school life that would bring her back in Philly. She is currently a doctoral student of 18th c. English Lit at Temple University. She maintains both a very active and restorative yoga practice and has been a member of the PPY family since May 2012.
Colleen is one of the Yin instructors at PPY, having received her certification in 2011 from Wake Up Yoga in South Philly. Besides reading 18th c. novels and practicing yoga, she enjoys biking and walking around the city with her Shepherd-Rottweiler, Sappho. 
Let our expert instructors take you to your edge and beyond with a unique sequence of flowing asana's (poses) linked together by breath. In a room heated to 90 degrees, this Power Yoga is guaranteed to increase strength, cardio-vasular endurance and flexibility. Bring a mat, towel and water, 'cause you're gonna sweat!

Upcoming classes:

  • Tue Dec 18 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Simone Lavine
    at Philly Power Yoga
  • Tue Dec 18 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Kelly Seng
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  • Tue Dec 18 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Kelly Seng
    at Philly Power Yoga
  • Tue Dec 18 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Troy Jackson
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  • Wed Dec 19 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Nikki Campion
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  • Wed Dec 19 9:00 am - 10:00 am with Ella Cuda
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  • Wed Dec 19 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Ella Cuda
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  • Wed Dec 19 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm with Melissa Green
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  • Wed Dec 19 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm with Ewa Zeljazkow
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  • Wed Dec 19 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm with Ewa Zeljazkow
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  • Thu Dec 20 6:30 am - 7:30 am with Lisa O'Rear
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  • Thu Dec 20 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Troy Jackson
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  • Thu Dec 20 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm with Ewa Zeljazkow
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  • Fri Dec 21 7:00 am - 8:00 am with Lisa O'Rear
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  • Fri Dec 21 9:30 am - 11:00 am with Troy Jackson
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  • Fri Dec 21 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm with Colleen Kropp
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  • Fri Dec 21 4:30 pm - 5:45 pm with Alexandra Gallo
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