Seva Power Yoga, Director
Colleen’s love of yoga began in 2001 and she has been teaching since 2004. She is certified to teach Power Vinyasa Yoga and holds the ERYT 200 hour certification recognized by Yoga Alliance.
Colleen has completed Level 1 and Level 2 Teacher Training with Baron Baptiste and is certified through the Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. Studying with Baron and other Baptiste certified teachers reinforces her belief that this practice has no limitations. “Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga opened my eyes, my mind and heart to the power that we have to be our best selves, on and off the mat. We come to yoga for many reasons, we stay because it not only sculpts our bodies but awakens our spirit. The only requirement is an open mind and a willingness to grow.” Her teaching style and philosophy have been influenced by additional in depth training with Bryan Kest., Colleen is the director of Seva Power Yoga since 2010. She believes in the healing power and therapeutic benefits of a regular yoga practice and has witnessed the transformation that a dedicated practice has brought to her life as well as the lives of others. Colleen is a yoga and meditation consultant with Unite for HER, a non-profit organization that empowers women diagnosed with breast cancer to embrace additional healing modalities in treatment plans.
Additionally, she is involved in the Transformation Yoga Practice and spreads the light of yoga to those affected by trauma and addiction, veterans and others within the criminal justice system. Each day she is inspired by her students and is grateful for a practice that continues to be a source of inspiration, joy and growth.
Seva Power Yoga, Instructor
My first experience of yoga was a Hatha class in the 90’s when a friend and I went to a small studio in Kimberton. It opened my eyes to a new way of being in the world. She moved and I drifted away. In 2000 a friend introduced me to a ‘power flow’ class and I slowly made my way onto my mat every week. I found it to be healing, lending me focus and presence. In 2010 I made the decision to try teacher training and see where it would lead. It has been incredibly expansive. My teaching experience has deepened my own practice as well as allowing me to gently introduce yoga to new students. Something magical happens when a new person walks into class. They stay, they sweat a bit, they wobble, they laugh at themselves, they love savasana, and at the end they ask when they should come back. Being a part of their journey has filled my life in a way I did not expect. I am so grateful to have an opportunity where I get to see and feel the magic.
Seva Power Yoga, Instructor
Brantlee was introduced to Power Yoga by a fellow martial artist and found herself searching for more time to explore the practice. A black belt in Korean martial arts, Brantlee discovered a refreshed outlook on movement and mindfulness. Yoga brought a new found stillness, deeper concentration and greater discipline. In 2011, Brantlee continued a committed yoga practice throughout her pregnancy, while her instructor Colleen DeVirgiliis guided her to trust her intuition and modify poses to maintain a practice just right for her. She completed yoga teacher training at Seva Power Yoga shortly after her son was born.
In 2015, Brantlee obtained the Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist certification from the Himalayan Institute under the direction of Kathryn Templeton and is continuing her studies in the ayurveda discipline.
Brantlee travels globally as part of her professional work as a nonprofit executive and appreciates that yoga and martial arts are transportable; they can be taken and applied anywhere and when internalized, live within the soul at all times in mind, body and spirit. Brantlee also enjoys training for mountaineering climbs and nature-filled hikes.
“When I let go of expectations, I am rewarded with a sense of peace and grace. When I follow my curiosity, I find practice extending into all branches of my life, connecting myself to others in my professional work and in serving my family and community. The beauty is in the journey, and I love to share what I learned to help others develop a greater potential along their own paths.”