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Erin Schifferli

Erin Schifferli,  500 hour RYT

Yoga Practice came into Erin’s life in late adolescence as a young mother, college student, and wellness advocate. She began experimenting at home with DVD’s from the local library, in studio classes when she could afford them, and with self-study of the theory, history and philosophy of Yoga.  She became more and more intrigued by the combination of the movements, the flow of breath, and the mind-release it all offered. Later in life came the call to further explore meditation and the stillness it offered.

She is ever grateful for the experiences that these practices have presented her and those around her. Each day, on or off the mat, Yoga, Meditation and moment-by-moment Consciousness continue to offer learning opportunities. Erin has discovered so many natural ways to bring these lessons of sweetness and centering into life. The simple appreciation of an open field or the majesty of the first winter snow has taught her the gift that can be received when Present Awareness is practiced. Through Yoga & Meditation, Erin continues to work on remaining present, remaining connected to herself, the environment around her and all living beings. She is zealous about sharing the practices of Conscious Union Yoga & Meditation, which she describes as a way of seeing the world as it is, and appreciating all its merits, no matter what they may be. Practicing this way allows us to meet the world with an open and fluid attitude. Rigidity has no place in our lives once we become consciously connected.

Erin is thankful to all the teachers and seekers of the past, present and future. She especially shares her thanks for her experiences learning with Yatra Yoga, The Kula Collective, YogaFit Systems Worldwide, Kripalu Yoga Center, Elena Brower, Swami Sadasivananda and the Ontario Vipassana Center. As she continues to learn and grow every day, she remains humbled by the efforts of all who choose awakening and openness. She believes there are many ways to practice Yoga or connectedness, both on and off the mat. She encourages all students of life to continue pursuing the Spiritual action of being aware.

To chat with Erin about any of the above, or to schedule some Yoga & Meditation time together, contact the JoyWheel Yoga School 716.655.2060 or book an appointment online

Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves.

Chief Seattle (also Sealth, Seathl or See-ahth)

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Adam Schifferli

Adam is abundantly grateful for all the teachings and teachers he has been blessed to learn from. As a Yoga Teacher (500hr), Reiki Master Teacher, and Meditation coach, he utilizes individualized blends of Yoga, Meditation and Reiki in order to tailor classes and private sessions to meet people’s various needs. Adam invites students to become more aware of sensations, internal feelings, blockages and old habit patterns in order to discover the healing power of living presence. 

Adam is a storyteller at heart, with his English degree and years of experience working in the combined communications and tech fields, he loves to share these therapeutic practices by weaving stories into his offerings. He believes that sharing our own biographies (which become our biology) with others helps to spread living wisdom as we all walk towards wholeness. Through a commitment to daily practices, Adam continues to learn the importance of connection -- to self, family, and purpose in each and every moment. His offerings are driven by a deep desire to share this consciousness of life with others. He encourages students to learn how to listen to their own innate knowing, one breath, one practice, one day at a time.

Adam is thankful for the teachings of Ashtanga and vinyasa yoga, yin yoga, SN Goenka and Vipassana Meditation, as well as the Usui, Karua and Lightarian Reiki Traditions. 

He feels blessed to be married to Erin Schifferli, an amazing and inspiring woman, and father to four dynamic children, who are the greatest of teachers and sources of learning. Together we share the desire to offer health, wellness, and meditation all who seek it. We, as a family hope, to create a safe, sacred space for all to practice, learn, and grow in – both internally, and together. We are continually inspired by the local community and are very grateful to be a part of it.

You can reach Adam, to find out more and start your own path.

I salute the light within your eyes where the whole universe dwells. For when you are at that center within you and I am at that place within me, we shall be one.

-Chief Crazy Horse

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Rachna Clerici

Certifications & Training:

  • 200 hour Essential Yoga Teacher Training with Francois Raoult  2010
  • Relax and Renew Restorative yoga teacher training  2008
  • Continued teacher training workshops – ongoing
  • Rainbow Kids Yoga  2011
  • 200 hour Essential Yoga Teacher Training with Francois Raoult  2016
  • Studying Reflexology 2016
  • Reiki Master Level 1 2016

In Sanskrit, the meaning of Rachna is creation. For Rachna, teaching yoga is pure JOY, it is an inherent passion and inspiration to share the gift of yoga with children and adults alike. I find delight in the nurturing aspect of teaching yoga and assisting others in finding their inner peace and mind body harmony.

Outside the studio Rachna enjoys cooking, preparing her specialty homemade Chai tea, creating mandalas, and other free forms of art. Rachna has a love of nature and enjoys discovering the world around her. She loves most being “Mommy,” and is constantly inspired by her family.

Rachna brings her serene and nurturing personality to the studio, taking students through motivating classes with joy, peace, and safety. She focuses on alignment and injury prevention and emphasizes mindfulness, breath awareness, and creating harmony within. Her specialties are Hatha yoga (Iyengar inspired), Restorative Yoga, and children & teen yoga.

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Ashley Strazzella

I discovered Yoga during my years in University. As a stressed-out, over-worked student, I began yoga as a form of exercise. As I continued my practices I realized what I had discovered was far more than just exercise. I began to notice myself handling the pressures of university better. My attitude improved, my stress-levels decreased, my outlook became more positive, I slept better, and my grades even improved. As an analytically minded Biophysics student, I began to look more closely at this practice and I found that my background in Biology and Physics lead me to a deep understanding of the biological and energetic processes of Yoga. After Graduations with a B.S. in Pre-medical Biology & Physics, I devoted myself to my studies the arts of Yoga and Natural Energy healing.

In 2014 I left for India, the birth-country of yoga, to continue learning with traditional Yogis & Healers. I now travel and teach internationally in India, Asia and USA. Thanks to the grace of my teachers I am practicing as a Certified Reiki Master Healer under the Traditional Usui System of Natural Healing and the Karuna Reiki tradition (Reiki of compassion). I am a Hatha Yoga and Meditation teacher trained primarily under the Bihar School of Yoga Tradition. My specialty is teaching Yoga Nidra, “Yogic Sleep” or “Dream Yoga”, a practice of deep relaxation, healing, and psychic exploration. I also teach yogic cleansing practices and advanced meditation techniques on request. I’ve found Reiki Healing to be a beautiful compliment to the practices of Yoga & Meditation. I offer Reiki Healing Sessions and Coureses by Appointment.


My experiences living in Ashrams and communities in India and Southeast Asia have given me a great understanding of alternative lifestyles. As a Healer and a Teacher I believed in the holistic middle-way approach to life, healing, and practice. We can’t all be Yogis’ living in caves in the Himalayas. But we can all find some practices and lifestyle choices to integrate into the lives we have created for ourselves and our families. My teaching is about finding balance in our lives, our bodies, and our beings. Through the simple yet powerful practices of Yoga, Meditation & Reiki, we can learn to how to live with a sense of bliss and purpose.

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Jane Schmitt

Jane  earned her 200 hour certification in 2011 but felt the need  to continue on the educational path and in 2015 completed her 500 hours.

She has been teaching yoga in East Aurora through community education for eight years and has met many wonderful people in the community. Recently she began teaching for community education in her own town of Lancaster. Her training is in the Vinyasa style which focuses on connecting movement with breath.

One of Jane’s favorite part of being a yoga instructor is having the privilege to introduce the practice to somebody brand new. While the practice has many physical health benefits ,it is the spiritual connection that reaps the greatest reward. Yoga will not take away our problems but will help us find the strength and peace within to cope and carry on.

She is looking forward to joining the JoyWheel  community to continue her calling to share her love of yoga with all who cross her path

  • 500 hour RYT through Yoga Alliance
  • YogaFit 100 hour Warrior Certification

Heather Binkowski

I first discovered yoga about 11 years ago, when I accidentally happened upon a Power Flow Vinyasa class at my hair salon.  I was immediately hooked.  Finding awareness in my body, my breath, and my soul opened up sense of clarity and confidence that I never knew I could feel.  Each time I came to my mat it was like coming home.

Oh a whim, I decided to start teaching at the Buffalo Athletic Club, where I did most of my exercising.  I received an International Sports Conditioning Association Instructor Certification through Yoga for Life, and started teaching immediately.  Not long after that I became pregnant and continued teaching throughout my pregnancy.  Yoga brought me peace, awareness, joy, and strength while growing my baby and I truly believe it was what helped me have two natural and beautiful birth experiences.

Becoming a mother moved me to blossom into a more whole and happy person.  I always knew I wanted to be a mama…but I never knew what it would awaken in me.  I became very passionate about natural alternatives in pregnancy, childbirth, and child rearing.  I earned a Holistic Health Coaching Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and decided I wanted to help pregnant and new mamas on their path to wellness.  It wasn’t until I became pregnant with my second child that I received my prenatal yoga certification through Yoga Fit – big belly and all!

Connecting with others and myself through the practice of yoga is my passion and brings me such joy.  I love sharing this practice with others and growing and learning from all that our community and the world has to offer.  Namaste!

 
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Libby Kershner

Libby Kershner is an enthusiastic yogi who teaches from the heart with playful elements.  Yoga has helped Libby improve her own life and health and she is passionate about sharing with others the healing powers of yoga.  Libby is a pediatric occupational therapist and has been trained to teach children’s and family yoga through Kidding Around Yoga and Every Kid’s Yoga programs.  Libby’s unique perspective and creativity combined with her high energy make every children’s and family yoga class a fun and enriching experience.  You’ll leave Libby’s class with a bounce in your step and a smile on your face!