A sojourn is a temporary stay, a journey that ends creating an opportunity and space for a new beginning. 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 increase, stress and tension subside. Our practices at Sojourn Yoga aim to create an inquisitive and mindful approach to movement and being, supporting self-care, self-love and connection with our community. We are unique and our bodies are ever changing; as we sojourn through those changes, we find many possible layers within ourselves. The practice of yoga gives us the ability to explore these layers and awaken awareness. Our goal is to create a space to increase strength and flexibility in the body, to better understand the power of your breath, to question limitations and possibilities, to expand your mind and support an understanding of the practice of yoga, realizing your personal sojourns.
Liz Shanefield ERYT 500, 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. Metered hours: Monday through Saturday 9am to 6pm.
Liz Shanefield ERYT-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. Liz is an experienced registered yoga teacher through Yoga Alliance.
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.”
Dan Thompson ERYT-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 200
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.
Joe Starecky, RYT 200
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 has taught yoga at Villanova University.
Nancy Hammond, RYT 200
Nancy recently retired as a nurse for 40 years. She graduated from the 2017 Yoga Teacher Training program at Sojourn Yoga and hasn’t looked back.
“Seven years ago I was looking for an exercise program that would sustain me for the rest of my life. I found so much more at Sojourn Yoga.”
Hannah Wolfe, RYT 200
Hannah has practiced yoga since 2016. She completed the 200 hour yoga teacher training at Sojourn Yoga in 2020 and began teaching soon after. As an instructor, her mission is to help students discover their own unique practices.
Hannah often packs a backpack and lives in the woods for days at a time. Other passions include food, words, and travel. An avid (slow) runner, she ran the Philadelphia Marathon in 2018 and the Broad Street Run several times. She is currently pursuing a career as a speech-language pathologist.
Hannah lives in Drexel Hill with her fiance, Bartholomew, and two cats: Voldemort and Mona Lisa.
Lauren Fleming RYT 200
Lauren completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sojourn Yoga in 2020. Yoga has taught her to have a more in depth relationship with her breath, mind and body, and in return has lead her on a path of enlightenment and peace. Lauren’s goal is to help inspire others by the power of yoga and all its benefits
Evie Shanefield, RYT 200
Evie completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sojourn Yoga in 2020. As a college athlete, she used yoga to increase flexibility and help recovery. She continues to practice yoga to support a balanced and overall healthy lifestyle. She is currently an elementary school teacher in addition to sharing her love of yoga with the Sojourn Yoga community.
Barbara Whitson, RYT 200
Barbara joined the Sojourn family in 2016, looking to find a mental and physical outlet. Completing the inaugural class of YTTs in 2017, was for Barb an amazing gift of an inward journey as well as an outward expression of her beliefs and abilities.
“The importance of breath is at the core of all we accomplish in yoga, I strive to remind my classes to feel each pose and use their breath to flow into another. Each student brings to class a very different approach, a very different background and a very different ability. We as instructors need to guide everyone to accomplish their personal goals. As a senior myself, I encourage everyone, at any age and physical ability to find this balance of inner peace and physical expression.”
Kate Matthews RYT 200
“I have been a life long student of yoga. In 2019, I decided to take my yoga study to a deeper level and took the yoga teacher traing course at Sojourn Yoga. Soon after the completion of the YTT course, began my yoga teacher career. I have found the benefits of yoga to be life changing.”
Kate brings a steadfast energy to our community making all students feel welcome in the studio. Her classes allow students to find their own way in postures with variations, a bit of humor and encouragement.
Areal Bell RYT 200
Areal joined our Sojourn team in 2022 after completing her 200 hour training at Sojourn in 2020. She has a dance background and brings a deep understanding of the way a body moves and facilitates mindfulness and focus in her classes.
Dana Reed RYT 200
Dana completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Sojourn in 2021 and joined our Sojourn team in 2022. She has a bright, fresh and cheerful way of welcoming all students to her class. As an instructor, she has an ability to support and encourage students to remain present in each posture and breath with a confident and steady energy. In addition to yoga, Dana is a registered nurse at Methodist Hospital in Philadelphia making good health and lifestyle choices a part of her yoga journey.
Please come visit our studio located at:
4211 Ferne Blvd, Drexel Hill, PA 19026