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Chris Somers has worked in the fitness and wellness industry for the past 28 years. She has worked as the General Manager and Director of Marketing for several privately owned facilities. She has also owned and operated her own Marketing firm. It was her dream to be able to open her own studio and offer the community the services and programs that she is passionate about.

In 2001 she was drawn to yoga for the physical benefits. She quickly realized that the more frequently she made it to her mat, the better prepared her mind and body became at responding to the challenges of daily life. Yoga has taught her about what balance means on and off the mat. Her hope is to help others discover or re-discover these wonderful benefits. Helping everyone feel a bit more connected, empowered, and energized. The offerings at Purenergy are designed to engage and reward each person, young or old, beginner or advanced.

Everyone is passionate about something in life & for Debbie, her passion is health and fitness. Since a young age, she has enjoyed exercise, living and creating a healthy life style for her and her family. She has owned and operated several successful businesses over the past 30 years. She has found exercise to be the solution to the difficult things in life when all else fails. 9 years ago she began working in management for a privately owned health and fitness club. It was there she found her fit! Helping people become stronger, healthier and happier! For Debbie, getting involved with her partners and friends has been the ultimate dream – Doing what you love with those that share the same passion
Teaching fitness since 1988, Valerie is an international presenter at Fitness conferences, a 500hr RYT with the Yoga Alliance in addition to holding the prestigious PMA (Pilates method Alliance) certification as well as AFAA, ACE, Pink Ribbon Breast Cancer Rehab, TRX, Aerial Yoga and Pilates for Golf certifications. She is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and a CPR/First Aid instructor for the American Red Cross. Valerie’s specialty is taking the esoteric tenets of The Feldenkrais Method to the fitness world, sharing practical tips for both the group fitness and personal training market. She was voted Best Posture Coach in Philly Magazine 2010 for her unique approach to blending optimal function based upon each individuals specific physiological abilities and or limitations.
With over 20 years in the fitness industry, Suzanne possesses a broad background and expertise as fitness club owner, fitness education conference producer & educator in the fitness arena.

Suzanne owned clubs in the Washington DC and Richmond, Va area for 10 years, Contours, known for outstanding group exercise programs. Co-founder/owner and producer of DCAC Fitness Education Conferences in Washington DC, Richmond, VA & Houston, TX for 17 years, Suzanne has extensive fitness program knowledge. ACE, AFAA certified, Suzanne has traveled on a national basis presenting fitness education workshops and as an AFAA Certification Specialist and Trainer. Additionally, Suzanne has studied the Pilates Method for 10 years with various training organizations and is a fully certified instructor with the Body Precision Pilates training program. She has also written several fitness articles featured in American Fitness,Shape Magazine and is Fitness Blog Editor for Also, Suzanne has starred, presented and created programs for several fitness workout videos/DVDs.

Presently, Suzanne resides in the Philadelphia area with her husband and triplet boys where she was employed as Group Exercise, Barre and Pilates Director at Club La Maison Health and Fitness Center. Currently, she is looking forward to a growing role as Training and Program co-director at Purenergy Fitness Studio in Paoli, Pa. In her spare time, Suzanne is a competitive USTA tennis player and co-captain to two USTA national teams.

Brenda Elko is AFAA certified & has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry managing & instructing group fitness programs in Milwaukee, Connecticut, & locally from Great Valley & Paoli Health Clubs, The Edge in Frazer & Exton, Volant in Downingtown, & most recently Fairmount Athletic Club.

As a competitive swimmer in high school in Rio de Janeiro, Brenda has always loved athletics, but coincidentally began her passion for fitness classes at Suzanne Olson's studio in Washington, DC. Upon moving away from the DC area, she managed several group fitness programs in the Milwaukee area while obtaining a master's degree in Human Resources from Marquette University & a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University.

Brenda holds certifications in: Pilates Full Equipment & Mat, Zumba programs, Bokwa Dance Fitness, PowerStrike Kickboxing, Atletica, Barre Fitness, Yogafit, Crossfit, Spin Star 3, Aerial Yoga, Core Align, Aerial Yoga, Body Pump & has developed many other programs throughout the years.

Her previous career of 15 years was with the Central Intelligence Agency where she worked for Ben Affleck's character in the movie Argo. She was undercover traveling to many parts of the world during most of her Agency career until her last assignment in Human Resources where she managed the diversity program.

Brenda has been married for 31 years & enjoys traveling & the outdoors with her husband & 2 dogs. She looks forward to this amazing opportunity to create, develop, & co-direct the Purenergy Fitness Studio program in Paoli, PA.

Certified RYT 200 hr. – Yoga Alliance Certified Aerosling Instructor
“Yoga connects us and separates us at the same time. It grants us the ability to discover where we find our supreme energy as individual and to express that energy in a way that feels best for us.”
I started yoga to find balance and strength in my life both mentally and physically. After teaching aerobics for a few years in college and outside of college I discovered yoga and fell in love with the practice. I have enjoyed practicing yoga in a variety of styles for 15 years . Lisa is a graduate of the Verge Power Yoga/Empowered Yoga teacher training program and has been teaching yoga for over 5 years. She has experience teaching beginner and advanced classes as well as corporate classes for GE and classes for athletes at the high school level. She has a passion for sharing her enthusiasm for the practice and the benefits it brings to all levels of fitness.
She enjoys spending time outdoors staying active, hiking, biking, playing tennis with her husband Mark and sons Mason and Rhys.



Bob first came to his yoga mat in 2007, to regain some of the flexibility that he had lost over the years. He learned that yoga is much more, with movement and breath providing many other benefits, including the ability to de-stress and find a deeper peace of mind. Bob took his first aerial yoga class in August 2012, and was immediately hooked. "Aerial yoga makes me feel like a kid again. It's a great workout, and it is so much fun that time flies by so fast and you barely know you are working out." Bob completed Level One and Level Two Aerial Yoga Teacher Training at Transcend Wellness and Yoga in 2013. He tries to make each class challenging and fun for his students, allowing them to grow their practice and build self-confidence, all while having a great time.

In the corporate world, Bob has worked for the same IT company for 39 years. He also enjoys cooking, is an avid runner, and a workout junkie. Bob has been married for 35 years, with 2 children and 3 granddaughters.

Yoga Instructor
ERYT-200, RYT-500, CYT, is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, and a Certified Yoga Therapist. She completed her 200 hour teacher training program at Verge Yoga in March 2012 and began teaching at Verge Yoga in June 2012. In May, 2014 she completed level one of the Comprehensive Yoga Therapy training at The Yogalife Institute in Devon. Yogalife Institute is nationally recognized and certified by the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Dawn has a particular interest in the restorative practice of yin yoga, and has completed teacher trainings in both yin and restorative yoga. In addition to her yoga teacher trainings, Dawn has studied depth psychology, or psychology of the soul, with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes at her Archetypal and Cross-Cultural Studies Institute in Colorado, and enjoys bringing those teachings into the yoga classroom.
Nikki Blagden, Pilates instructor and Restorative Exercise Specialist (in progress)

Nikki completed her comprehensive Pilates certification through Body Precision in 2009. Since then, she has taken many hours of continuing education ranging from Anatomy Trains to master Pilates teachers Luis Bravo and Rebecca Leone. She is currently finishing her second year of study to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist under biomechanist Katy Bowman. Nikki has practiced yoga since 1995 and discovered Pilates in 2004. She considers Pilates an insurance policy for the body, and strives to take her clients through all ranges of motion safely. Her specialty is using alignment markers to problem solve through movement and help release areas you may currently be feeling “stuck”. Outside of the studio, you’ll find Nikki spending time with her husband and two children, as well as walking, hiking, hanging from trees, practicing yoga, playing paddle, being the oldest person in ballet class, or walking on her slack line!

Holly Brinton-Bomba became passionate about Yoga when she sustained multiple injuries while delivering her fourth child. These injuries left her unable to walk, sit or stand for long periods of time without experiencing pain. Holly was fortunate to have a Physical Therapist introduce her to specific Hatha Yoga postures, to be practiced daily to alleviate her discomfort. Holly became hooked and sought ways to deepen her practice physically as well as spiritually.

After several years of practicing on her own she knew it was time to follow her new, found passion to the next level. In 2009 she began Classical Yoga Teacher Training and has never looked back. Holly is an E-Registered Yoga Teacher and Certified Children’s Yoga Teacher specializing in Hatha, Children’s Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Kundalini, PreNatal & Yin Yoga. Holly is also a Reiki ll and is presently studying Ayurveda. When she is not teaching or studying Yoga, Holly is spending time with her husband, four children and two lovely Granddaughters.

Ed Brown has had a regular yoga practice for over 17 years and completed a 200 hr. Teacher Training in 2012 for Iyengar influenced Hatha Yoga at Simply Yoga in Kingston, NJ. An accomplished collegiate and masters swimmer at the national level, Ed transitioned from an early Ashtanga based practice into a more deliberate focus on alignment and therapeutic application of yogic principles. He is grateful for his mentors in teacher training David Thurn and Carol Cook and the inspiration provided by countless teachers over the years including Jasmine Lieb, Rebeca Hooper, Zhenja LaRosa and Joan White. He believes that yoga is an effective medium utilizing the illusion of the body to reach the truth of the spirit.
Growing up, Janipher always had a big passion for dance – especially when it came to hip-hop, funk, and ballet. Her love for dance continued on throughout her college career and into adulthood where she spent 3 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles Organization as an NFL Cheerleader. In addition to the many domestic and global appearances she participated in during those years, she also spent the majority of her time on the squad learning, rehearsing, and perfecting various dance techniques and styles under the direction of Choreographer Suzy Zucker and Cheerleading Director Barbara Zaun.

It was shortly after she moved back to Pennsylvania that she discovered Barre and absolutely fell in love with it. It combined her love of dance technique with the fitness-loving lifestyle she acquired during her pro-cheerleading days.

Janipher loves to share her knowledge of form and technique during class, which she believes is at the very heart and foundation of Barre. She understands that executing the exercise properly with correct form produces maximum results without having to overcompensate with additional repetitions – although, she will still push you to the point of muscle fatigue for an amazing workout! Janipher stays up to date with the latest trending exercises attending different barre studios throughout the NYC metro.

Desiree Cipolloni is a graduate from Thomas Jefferson University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Cytotechnology (1996), which has afforded her the opportunity to nurture & strengthen her skills to work independently, as well as in small groups as she was employed in both the private laboratory and hospital settings. She has recently taken courses in Communications and Theology at Immaculata University and is currently considering a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration on Social & Emotional development through Neumann University.

Being a full-time Mother of two has truly inspired her to stay curious, creative and determined to keep growing on all levels. She considers herself an “Eternal Student” to the core and continues to challenge herself by taking classes in yoga, meditation, cooking, piano… even swimming and all at the age of 40! To her, there is no greater reward than learning something new and passing it on to others. “Pure Inspiration Book Club” was born through her passion for learning more on all topics that truly matter. By exploring the works of the current spiritual teachers & authors of our time, she has created an opportunity for community building and bonding in what she calls her “Mat-Chat’s”. There is nothing that excites her more than experiencing major “A-ha” moments together as a group & watching the Book Circle discussions grow on many levels…one conversation at a time. Desiree is motivated to organize more book club gatherings and classes to come & to also create spiritually themed workshops and retreats in the future.

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