Sojourn is a temporary stay, a journey that allows an end to unfold creating space for a new beginning. Yoga is union of mind, body, and spirit. The time spent on your mat is temporary, a sojourn. Once you step off your mat and into your daily activities, the possibilities of the practice are endless. The physical benefits affect our state of being; as your strength and flexibility increases, stress and tension subside leaving confidence and self love to create an inquisitive and mindful approach to movement and being. This is different for each individual and our bodies are ever changing; as we sojourn through those changes and awakenings, we find many layers. The practice of yoga gives us the ability to explore these layers and awaken awareness. My goal is to create a space to explore the physical practice of yoga, to increase strength and flexibility, to question limitations and possibilities, and expand your mind as you develop an understanding of the practice of yoga, realizing your personal sojourns.
Liz Shanefield ERYT, owner Sojourn Yoga
Sojourn yoga opened the doors in June 2013. The studio is located at 4211 Ferne Blvd. For 2 years proceeding our studio opening, we shared space with MKA Karate in Drexel Hill. Our studio and schedule provides an opportunity to establish a consistent daily practice. Our goal is to provide a space to explore the practice of yoga. Our teachers are committed to helping you in your personal journey & sharing their knowledge of yoga. Sojourn Yoga offers classes to accommodate beginners and advanced yoga practitioners. Please review our class and schedule pages for our latest practice information.
Metered parking is available directly in front of the studio. Meters require quarters Monday through Saturday 9am to 6pm.
Liz Shanefield RYT-500
Liz Shanefield began Sojourn Yoga in 2011 to build a community of yogis in her neighborhood and share with as many people the benefits of a yoga practice. She started teaching yoga in 2007 after a few years of practicing sparked a curiosity to discover more about the practice, it’s history and philosophy. She has developed an approach of teaching and practicing through immersion in study, retreats and workshops on yoga and meditation.
In 2017, she completed a 500 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Himalayan Institute. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Verge BodyMind and also completed 100 hours of Yin training at Omega Institute.
Along with her beloved teachers at the Himalayan Institute in Pennsylvania, some influential teachers are Cara Bradley from Verge BodyMind, Johnny Gillespie from Empowered Yoga, Biff Mithoefer from biffmithoeferyoga.com and Greg Walsh from Samadhi Yoga in Dublin, Ireland.
Prior to opening Sojourn Yoga, Liz taught yoga and fitness for Villanova University, LA Fitness and as a freelance yoga instructor throughout the Delaware Valley.
“Yoga is not just a class I teach or attend but a part of my daily life and weaved into my whole being. Yoga has given me the strength to embrace challenges, take pride in accomplishments and be more present in my relationships and experiences. As a result of my yoga practice, I can appreciate every breath taken and every moment this beautiful life offers to find joy and compassion. I am privileged to be able to share my practice and knowledge of yoga with others.”
Jean Hopkins M.Ed, E-RYT, Reiki Master
Jean Hopkins has been teaching yoga since 2003. She is an adjunct professor at Neumann University where she teaches yoga as a credited course. Her styles are influenced from studying Kali Ray Tri Yoga, Power Yoga, Anusaura Yoga, and Bikram Yoga. She has taken meditation workshops with Beryl Bender Birch, Curt Woolford, David Nichtern, and David Dorian Ross. She has studied yoga with Kali Ray, Beryl Bender Birch, Seane Corn, Donna Farhi, Scott Cole, Simon Park, Shiva Rea, Jimmy Barkin, and Rolf Gates. She has also taken chakra workshops from Deana McLaughlin.
Jean is involved with studying yoga and its effects on the body. She utilizes the wisdom of her masters and shares it with students of all levels and ability, offering modifications. She has taught a wide range of ages from teenager to octogenarian. Her style is always evolving, reflecting the influence of her teachers and the needs of her students.
Jean has also been teaching Pilates for since 2004.
Dan Thompson RYT-500
Dan Thompson began following his yoga path in 1998, and has been teaching yoga since 2000. He received his 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification through the combined Empowered Yoga/Verge Yoga Center teaching program in 2005. He received his 500 hour certification from the Himalayan Institute in 2017. He also has 100 hours of yin training at the Omega Institute.
In addition to teaching at Verge since 2005, he has also been a Yoga Teacher Training facilitator at Verge Yoga since 2006, helping dozens others to begin their own yogic path. Dan considers himself very lucky to have studied with such teachers as Beryl Bender Birch, Rolf Gates, Doug Keller, Simon Park, Donna Debs, David Nichtern, Scott McBride, Cara Bradley, and Johnny Gillespie among others. He has studied and taught various yoga styles, including hatha, Iyengar, Ashtanga and Yin yoga.
Prior to beginning his yoga path, Dan studied martial arts for over 18 years and was a teacher of karate for over 16 years, reaching the rank of fifth degree black belt in Shotokan karate. Besides Shotokan, he also studied Aikido, Tai Chi, Jujitsu, self-defense and fencing among other martial arts disciplines.
Whether the path be yoga or martial arts, Dan believes that mind, body and spirit are all connected and can be fully developed and experienced using the power of breath.
“I believe the lessons we learn on our yoga mats and through our practice are the true lessons each of us need to grow as human beings, individually and collectively.”
Dan also teaches at Verge Yoga in Wayne, PA. vergeyogacenter.com
Marilyn Firchow, RYT
Marilyn Firchow has been in the Fitness Industry for over 25 years & now adds to her passion as a certified and registered vinyasa flow yoga teacher. She believes in inspiring her students to grow in their practice at their own pace while connecting the breath to the movement.
Marilyn discovered the mind, body, and spirit connection in vinyasa flow yoga made her a more centered, focused, and compassionate person. The joy and calmness that flowed into her personal life was her impetus to give back as a yoga teacher. Marilyn completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification in March 2014 and now teaches a class where the body and spirit feel energized, joyful, and balanced.
Marilyn is also a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant practicing in an out-patient clinic and a retirement center, utilizing traditional therapeutic exercise with yoga to progress her patients.
As a yoga teacher, Marilyn is able to fulfill her desire to share the gift of the mind, body, spirit connection with others. Marilyn believes in the transformative power of yoga and enjoys sharing the remarkable benefits in a way that is accessible for all students.
Christina discovered yoga while coping with postpartum depression after the birth of her son. Feeling lost and detached, she longed to find something to anchor her and breathe new life into her sails. Christina fell in love with the asana practice, the movement and flow, and the stability and strength that yoga provided for her. As a former school teacher, she realized that teaching runs deep in her blood, and her heart ached for the opportunity to teach and touch lives again. In May 2015, with the encouragement and support of her teacher, Liz Shanefield, studio owner of Sojourn Yoga, Christina completed a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher training and has been happily teaching yoga ever since.
Christina enjoys guiding her students through safe and responsible movement while offering the ability to find freedom, peace, and joy in their yoga practice. She hopes her students can take all these insights and gifts with them as they step off their mat and embrace his or her life journey with more compassion, openness, and love.
“Yoga is a beautiful gift that we can continue to open and discover something new and unique about ourselves each time we step onto our mats. When we acknowledge and embrace all those beautiful discoveries as we move and breathe, then we have created space within ourselves to become more understanding, patient, compassionate, and loving. Imagine the possibilities and how glorious our world would become!”
Joe Starecky, RYT
Joe began his journey in 2008. He read a few articles of the benefits of yoga and wanted to incorporate stretching into his workouts. Joe was a little hesitant at the time because he did not know any men taking yoga classes. He signed up for a 4 week beginner class and has never regretted it. Joe completed the Verge Yoga teacher training in 2015 and looks forward to sharing his practice and knowledge with others as a part of the Sojourn Yoga team of teachers.
“The experience of being able to calm my mind with my breath is like no other, and the physical benefits are amazing. When I am on my mat, the magic happens and believe my enthusiasm to share this feeling with others brought me to teaching.”
Joe also teaches yoga at Villanova University.
Brittany Kelly, RYT
Brittany first became interested in yoga as a way to gain flexibility and alleviate back pain. After a few classes she began to feel the physical and mental benefits of the practice. After a few months Brittany began to see positive changes in both body and mind. She experienced more openness in her body and less pain in her low back. She gained strength (emotionally and physically) that helped to support her throughout the practice and in the poses. She had a calmer mind and developed a lightness in heart and spirit. Brittany knew that she needed to share this with her family, friends and community. Brittany completed her 200hr teacher training at Enso Yoga Studio in Media, PA. She strives in continuously deepening her knowledge and personal practice to be able to offer as much as possible to her students. Being aware of their personal needs and goals. As well as supporting their growth and development throughout their yoga practice.
“Yoga has given me a way to let go of heaviness. To reconnect with myself and a way to feel empowered. We work so hard in our everyday lives. We all deserve a safe space and time that is our own. A space where we can let go, breathe and move in the ways that are most beneficial to our individual needs. I very much look forward to sharing this practice with my students and community. In hopes that we can all create a little more peace within ourselves and share that peace with others around us.”
In addition to yoga, Brittany’s passions include; hoop dancing, painting and creating and being in nature.
Liz Nicastro, RYT
Liz is a graduate of the Verge Yoga Teacher Training Program and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. In addition to teaching at Sojourn, she has taught yoga at Villanova University for Verge Yoga. Originally drawn to teacher training as a personal exploration of the physical and mental properties of yoga, Liz is eager to encourage beginners to share in the many benefits of yoga, both on and off the mat. In her own practice she has found that, in addition to the many physical benefits of yoga, she is enjoying more calmness and compassion in her everyday life.
“Practicing yoga has transformed every area of my life. The physical practice has made me stronger and more flexible and has challenged me to go beyond my self-imposed boundaries. The mental practice has made me a better person in every aspect of my life. As a result of doing yoga, I am more at peace with myself and others.”
Away from the studio, Liz is continually encouraging her husband and two teenage sons to participate in yoga so that they, too, can reap its benefits. She recently earned a Master’s degree from Villanova University and works in television production.
Ellen O’Connell, RYT
Bloom where you are planted!!
My first exposure to Reiki came through a close friend of mine who knew a Reiki Master who did treatments for friends and family. I felt like I was out of whack and went to see her. The treatment was nice but was a hands-off approach. I was still experiencing a lot of lower back pain at the time. I from there discovered yoga at Sojourn in 2011. I loved the practice of it, and plus it was a good workout. I still continued to experience a lot of lower back pain and that would hinder my going to not just yoga, but other workouts and daily activities. I started to discover more and more the mind/body/soul connection and that led me into work with past lives and reincarnation. I believe that there are things we carry with us through our incarnations. As I learned more of the metaphysical and esoteric arts that surrounded these ideas my journey brought me closer to Reiki. I was encouraged by a patient (I’m a dental hygienist by day), to pursue Reiki training, she thought it would complement my skillset nicely. I was then attuned to the Usui/Holy Fire tradition of Reiki in March of 2015 and a fire was ignited.
This attunement has set me on the path of not only just healing, but helping people in mind, body, and soul. Reiki is the utilization of life force (rei) energy (ki) and can be applied hands-on, hands-off, or distance (whether physical or past life). My primary mode of utilization is very hands-on. I have a passion for utilizing Reiki in the magical and the mundane. Reiki can be used not just for physical pain, but emotional and past life issues as well. Reiki can be used for chakra balancing and clearing which I do with the help of gems/stones and a pendulum.
Cam will continue her Reiki ART/Master Teacher training and hopes to spread the healing and transformative life energy to others. She will be available at Sojourn for special classes and private sessions.
Please come visit our studio located at:
4211 Ferne Blvd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026