Teachers

About Fiona

Precision. Intensity. Frequency.

My endeavor is to be a non-judgmental witness to your evolution. I am here to humbly hold a mirror up for you. I want you to go anywhere in the world and feel right at home inside yourself. I want you to remember that you are unrepeatable and irreplaceable. And that this world would not turn exactly the same way, or as well, without you in it. I not only want you to open the door inside of you where you hold your faith, love and power…I hope you blow the hinges straight off.

My mission is to simply reserve a space for you to open your mind and to free your body.

You will discover this openness and freedom through the yoga and pilates. While vastly different techniques, both Bikram Yoga and Pilates Methods focus primarily on the health of the spine, which then radiates well-being throughout the body mind. These intelligent movements will translate into living your life more mindfully with reduced pain and stress. You will be wide awake in your life.

We will work hard and smart together. I’ve learned that water memorizes everything it touches and that it collects nutrients from every 1/4 turn it makes on its long winding way down a mountain…made up mostly of water, you too will gain knowledge about yourself from the fearless twists and turns, ups and downs, ins and outs you allow yourself to make.

I never want you to underestimate yourself again.

Bikram Hatha Yoga

Student since 2002
Certified Teacher since 2007
(Bikram Yoga College of India)

Bikram Pregnancy Yoga

Certified Teacher since 2014
(Kripalu, Rajashree Choudhury)

Pilates

Student since 2007
Certified Teacher since 2013
(Body Precision, Bryn Mawr, PA)

Kathi Lex

Kathi started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2005 and graduated from Bikram Yoga College of India in Spring 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. Kathi loves to teach and has fun doing it – you’ll always crack a smile and sweat in her class.

Kim Cermak

Kim has been a dedicated Bikram Yoga student since 2000, and with each passing year her appreciation and gratitude for this practice grows. In the Fall of 2010, she graduated the Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in San Diego, CA. Kim received her teacher re-certification in Thailand in 2014.

James Pfeffer

James is one of the most prolific Original Hot Yoga instructors in the Tri-State area. He has more than 10,000 documented teaching and taking Original Hot Yoga classes. James will provide insight into the practicality of what you’ll need to feel cool and confident in class. He has also spent over 200 hours outside the classroom studying basic anatomy so as to facilitate a more immediate understanding of students. James believes health of the body, mind and spirit is the basis for how well someone practices the class. Peace of mind is the byproduct of a steady and coherent practice.

Candance Gordon

Candance has been practicing yoga since 2007 and teaching since 2015. She took her first class after the birth of her third child when she was suffering from depression and searching for an exercise that would help her heal inside and out. She found it! She completed her Bikram Teacher Training in Phuket, Thailand in 2016. Candance is so happy to be teaching at Blue Butterfly.

Scott Gordon

Scott started practicing Bikram Yoga in 2011 and graduated from Bikram Yoga teacher training in June 2013. He was always curious but skeptical yoga wasn’t for guys. Scott believes the moving mediation helps prioritize his stress in a way that helps overcome obstacles and manifests goals/dreams. An Equestrian who loves to train young horses, he finds riding compresses the spine and puts stress on the body. His yoga practice helps keep his body open and aligned and his mind focused. Since that first day, his family and friends knew that the answer to many questions and problems were …..YOGA! See you in the hot room.

Gina Tally

Gina experienced her first Bikram Yoga class on December 28, 2009. A lifelong athlete, she realized that yoga was delightfully different: a healing, meditative experience that focuses on mindfully moving the body. Gina graduated from a teacher training program with Jimmy Barkan in Ft. Lauderdale, FL in April 2007. Further, she completed a Barkan Method Level ll/lll Vinyasa Teacher Training (100 hours) in October 2017.

Michelle Ballard

Michelle likes to move and fills her free time with multiple recreational activities with a big focus on bicycling, hiking and swimming. Recognizing that over time her body acquired a bit of damage and habits that caused her pain, she was referred by a friend to Bikram Yoga in 2006. She came to yoga for the physical therapy, but after a while recognized that the practice dramatically enhanced her psychological well- being and made her more resilient to the stress of a challenging career and life in general. In 2013, Michelle attended Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in Los Angeles, along with several other workshops and retreats hosted by Joel Pier, Mary Jarvis, Emmy Cleaves, Rajashree Choudhury and Esak Garcia to name a few. Michelle is a scientist and is always trying to figure out how yoga works, but she will often acknowledge that at times it’s just magic.

Linda Schellenger

Yoga transformed Linda’s view of life and the beauty that surrounds all of us. Linda has been a practitioner since 2004 and a teacher since 2011. Linda is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and holds certifications in: 26/2 Hot Yoga and Advanced Series, RYT 200, Hot HITT and yoga for Trauma and Addiction. Gratitude and compassion are her guiding lights.

Jyll Freimanis

Jyll became a certified Bikram Yoga instructor in 1999 and a Classical Yoga Instructor in 2004. She has been studying and practicing yoga for 22 years and has a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. Jyll uses a warm and heart-centered approach in teaching and encourages others to use their breath to help deepen into their practice and into their connection with mind-body-spirit.

Nicole Alfieri

Back in 2010 I realized that I feel best in life when I maintain a consistent Bikram Yoga practice. It is something that can’t really be explained, only experienced. That led me to teacher training in Khao Lak, Thailand Spring 2015. I started teaching that July in Austin, TX and now back in the Philadelphia area for the last 4 years. This practice is for everyone which makes it truly amazing. Since 2016, I have also been teaching a Hot HIIT class that incorporates principles of Pilates with the Tabata method of HIIT in a low impact environment that compliments the yoga practice and is a killer workout. Life off the mat involves time spent with loved ones, travel and my 2 pugs.

Jennifer Borrowman

Jen’s Foundations of Ashtanga Yoga classes are for learning and fine-tuning all the fundamental poses of Ashtanga Yoga, with respect for the lineage passed down through the centuries. Her aim is to teach Ashtanga Yoga so it feels both invirorgating and therapeutic. Respect and kindness towards yourself and your body is part of the first Law of Yoga: Ahimsa. Foundations of Ashtanga is about finding the space where we are challenging ourselves but not forcing. Practicing at the edge of the comfort zone creates resilience, awareness and spaciousness. Ashtanga Yoga liberates us from unhelpful habits and cultivates a deep curiosity and compassion about how our body is functioning right now.

Jen always demonstrates and teaches many different modifications and variations of the poses to prevent injury. She has 20 years of experience working in the UK as a Chartered Physiotherapist (Physical Therapist). She has been teaching Foundations of Ashtanga Yoga for 10 years and practicing for 16 years. She has trained at numerous workshops with certified Ashtanga Yoga teachers: Manju Jois, Nancy Giloff, David Garrigues, Kino MacGregor and David Swenson.

Jen’s goal is to make Ashtanga Yoga accessible to everyone, regardless of age, body-type, lifestyle or time available. Heal and strengthen yourself with Yoga practice, patience and with listening to your own body.