The Pura Vida Team

Becky Rondone

Becky is a U.S. Army Veteran, a former Federal Police Officer, and a former Federal Police Academy Physical Training Instructor. Becky has over a decade of experience being a Personal Trainer and is a 200 Hour RYT. She also volunteers as a Fellowship of Christian Athlete (FCA) Character Coach, and is a youth strength and conditioning coach. Becky has also obtained her degree in psychology and is well versed in nutrition and health. Becky embodies a comprehensive skill set geared to enhancing the psychological and physiological well-being of her clients. Becky is a certified Maryland First Responder as well as a Youth Safety Coach through USA Athletics.

Lishamarie Hunter

Lisha is a retired SFC and veteran, who has over 25 years in the United States Army and was trained as a mechanic. She graduated Towson University as an Art Educator with a Bachelors degree in Creative Writing, Art Education, and Art history. In addition she taught 4 years with the Cecil County Public School System. Lisha avidly worked out throughout her military career and has several awards for powerlifting. She wanted to bring depth and peace to her yoga practice so she became a certified 200 Hour RYT in 2017. She also has 19 hours of additional yoga training in Trauma Yoga. She also loves to volunteer at the local Vet Centers providing yoga to Military Veterans.

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Meghan Devine

Meghan started practicing yoga in 2016, combining a weekly practice of Vinyasa and Aerial yoga to combat arthritis symptoms. When her personal healing journey proved to be successful, Meghan realized that the benefits of yoga extended beyond relieving arthritis pain to a deep mind/body balance and self-awareness. Wanting to take her yoga knowledge deeper, Meghan was certified as a 200-hour RYT in 2017. Meghan has been teaching yoga to beginners and advanced alike, and encourages her students to work through postures physically and mindfully to achieve personal balance.

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Christy Weikert

Let’s welcome Christy to the Pura Vida Yoga Family!! Christy received her 200RYT in Power Yoga with Shanti Yoga while she was stationed in the Marine Corps, in Okinawa, Japan in 2007. Since then, she has taken additional teacher training in Baptiste, Mysore Ashtanga, Rocket, and the Nahi Warrior Flow. She has an extensive background in assisting and teaching inversion techniques. Her classes are power and alignment based, focusing on what students are currently working on within their own practice.

Meghan Staley

Let's welcome Meghan to the Pura Vida Family! Meghan started practicing yoga as a form of physical exercise over ten years ago. Over time, her relationship with the practice evolved, as she realized the mental and emotional benefits of yoga. Meghan has been an elementary school teacher for eight years. Meghan is a 200-hour RYT. Her classes utilize physical postures, deep breathing, mindfulness, and music and allow her students to tune in to themselves and to connect with the world around them. Meghan firmly believes that yoga is for everyone, and strives to make her classes accessible to students of all levels

Mary Ellen Ward

Mary Ellen Ward recently retired from VAMHCS at Perry Point where she worked as a Registered Dietitian for the past 28 years. Mary Ellen has been consistently practicing yoga for the past eight years and received her 200RYT in 2014 from One Yoga in Wilmington Delaware. Since then, she has received additional training in yoga for Veterans, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra and yoga doe back care. Mary Ellen has been a Volunteer at the Perry Point hospital leading yoga classes for both inpatient and outpatient Veterans. Mary Ellen strives to meet people where they are in their yoga practice and to assist them in reaching their full potential.

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Kathy Heimburger

Kathy Heimburger took her first yoga class in 2009 and was immediately hooked by the feeling of balance in both mind and body.  The more she continued to practice and learn, the more she wanted to share it with everyone. After moving to NYC in 2013 she had the privilege of studying at Yogaworks for both her 200hr and 300hr certifications. She has taught yoga to adults and children while living in NYC and now living in Maryland hopes to bring her love of yoga to students here.  Come and join her practice to find balance and ease for both on and off the mat.

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