Mariel Freeman, Owner, E-RYT 500
Mariel began practicing yoga in 2001 while studying at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In 2004, she discovered her philosophy teacher, Dr. Douglas Brooks, and completed the first of many teacher trainings with Todd Norian in Massachusetts. In 2006, Mariel moved from from Sarasota, Florida to her hometown in New Jersey to study closely with her mentors, Sue Elkind and Naime Jezzeny.
In her teaching, Mariel inspires students to directly access and celebrate the intelligence of embodiment through precise alignment and Rajanaka Tantra philosophy. As a life-long student, she shares the great wisdom and generosity of her teachers in all of her classes. Noted for her collaborative teaching and organizing, Mariel has partnered with Be Well Philly, The Kimpton Hotels, Lululemon and others, to celebrate diversity and empower sustainable community. She founded Three Queens after the three Goddesses in the yoga tradition; Kali, Saraswati, and Lakshmi, who represent dissolution, creation, and sustenance.
Mariel currently resides in Philadelphia, where she co-owns Shot Tower Coffee. She is dedicated to revitalizing the Queen Village neighborhood by building businesses that draw the community together. Mariel's classes can be found here.
Erick DuPree, Operations Officer
Erick brings 10 plus years of non-profit and marketing management to Three Queens, and oversees the studios operations and programming, as well as client relations.
In addition to his behind the scenes skill, Erick specializes mindfulness and in restorative yoga. His philosophy, ‘restored is the new advanced’ is a maxim that even the strongest bodies need to pause, and recommit to rest and renewal. His teaching is a holistic approach to building strength while finding ease through carefully crafted personal instruction that offers support and access, while cultivating deep relaxation.
Erick trained with Mariel Freeman and Sue Elkind and is certified in Levels 1 & 2 Therapeutic Restorative Yoga with mentor, Jillian Pransky, and currently studies with Judith Hanson Lasater. Erick is a trainer in MBSR, and completed his Mindfulness Professional Training with Drs Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.
ALison Mungan, Community Relations Manager
Alison inspires, engages and motivates combining her training as a social worker and dedication as a yoga teacher to lift up students and community every day. She manages the day to day front desk of the studio, as well as community partnerships such as lead teacher for the popular Yoga @ the Hotel Monaco. A spokesperson for Three Queens, Alison has taught yoga for Greenfest: The City of Philadelphia's Council on Clear Air, Be Well Philly Magazine's Summer Yoga Series at the Comcast, and Resolution RX.
Grateful to her teachers, Mariel Freeman and Sue Elkind. Alison teaches from a place that shines light and love everyday. Her teaching schedule can be found here.
Melanie Smith, FACULTY
Melanie is a renowned teacher, award winning actress and spiritual entrepreneur, who has not only spent many years speaking and presenting to thousands, but she has also graduated well over 1,000 teachers from her educational programs. She works with spiritual talent on a daily basis helping to transform their lives and businesses and moves them into the most realized and abundant experience of life.
She is trained in many forms of coaching, entrepreneurship, Health and Wellness, Chakras and Bioi-energetics, Behavioral Finance, grief and Loss Recovery, All performance arts, Positive Psychology, and was a founding fellow of Harvard University’s institute of coaching. She is an ERYT 500 and a Professional Certified Coach.
Melanie was the founder and director of one of the countries most respected yoga and wellness centers and has been the face of many international wellness brands. She has written for several national magazines and has been at the center of some of Televisions most memorable and funniest moments.
Alexandra Holmes, Faculty
Alexandra Holmes has been teaching yoga since 2003. Her Dynamic Flow classes are some of the most sought out and noted throughout the Philadelphia area for being thoughtfully sequenced, holistic, and innovative.
Believing that breath, alignment, and flow are some of the most transformational aspects of yoga, Alex considers herself a student first, and credits her teachers as inspirations. Alex’s teaching pulls from her varied studies in yoga, anatomy, movement and choreography; she holds a B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is E-YRT 200 certified
Alex is faculty in our Immersion and Teacher Training at Three Queens Yoga offering Applied Anatomy and Sequencing modules, as well as her own advanced trainings and Dynamic Flow Immersion. Learn more about Alex here.
Adriana began practicing and studying yoga in 2011 after taking her first Bhakti Flow class in Oakland, CA. An athlete growing up, she was first drawn to the physical challenge of the practice but quickly delighted in the equanimity it brought to her mind and spirit. Adriana believes life is a conversation and is constantly surprised and inspired by the answers found on her mat- and the questions which come from those answers.
After moving to Philadelphia, Adriana completed the 200 hour teacher training at DIG Yoga in alignment-based hatha yoga, with her teachers Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny, Nikki Robinson, and, mentor, Mariel Freeman. Adriana’s relaxed, conversational teaching style invites students to honor and relish the present moment in whatever form it takes, be it effort or ease. Through clear alignment cues and thoughtful sequencing, she encourages, supports, and empowers students to cultivate a deeper connection with their breath and body, creating a sustainable yoga practice to carry throughout life.
Chelsea is a classically trained ballet dancer having studied at the prestigious Rock School for Dance Education and graduating with a certificate in Dance. She has guested with the Pennsylvania Ballet, joining the company in 2006. After leaving professional dance, Chelsea completed Pilates certification in New York at True Pilates NYC, with master teachers Sari Mejia Santo and Cynthia Lochard, and with Romana Kryzanowska, Joseph Pilates protege student, at her advanced seminar.
Chelsea is also certified in vinyasa flow style yoga, and is passionate about learning and continues to strive to be a better teacher daily. Her love of teaching and practicing is shared in her classes. She encourages her students to push their mind and body to their fullest potential.
Daniel is a popular yoga teacher & massage therapist throughout the Philadelphia area & owner of the healing sanctuary & creative space, Palo Santo Wellness Boutique. His teaching interests lie in a creative and vigorous vinyasa style, beginner’s and those “intimidated” by yoga, especially men. His journey towards a healthier body, steadier mind, stronger spirit and more open heart has drawn Daniel to not only study yoga asana, but yoga philosophy and ancient yogic texts – especially bhakti yoga, or the yoga of devotion. Daniel has pursued this interest by studying continuously with renowned teacher, Raghunath – most recently completing this teacher’s Pilgrimage to India.
An avid fan of mantra, singing, and meditation, he is also informed through his massage & bodywork practice via the knowledge of various types of bodies and via the awareness of just how important yoga can be to those dealing with stressful lives, hunched backs, and cluttered minds. He continuously offers workshops, teacher trainings (with renowned Philly teacher Alex Holmes), and retreats locally, nationally & internationally.
Katie is a yoga teacher, personal trainer, athlete, actress and musician. She completed her first 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training in 2009, and quickly gravitated toward alignment-based yoga for its therapeutic and strength benefits. She has worked as a fitness professional and yoga instructor in Philadelphia and New York, studying human movement, strength programming, and corrective exercises to help people meet their fitness goals.
In addition to her yoga training, Katie is a proud member of the inaugural class of the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance - a three year MFA in devised physical theater. When she's not teaching, you'll find her creating performances with her theater company Lightning Rod Special and writing on her fitness blog. She is grateful for every moment spent in the beautiful studio on Monroe street and for every person who has given her the opportunity to share her knowledge and wisdom
Larry Mele is an N.A.S.M. certified personal trainer, E-RYT 200 hour certified yoga instructor, owner of SōMA movement & therapeutics, and a dedicated practitioner of practical human movement. Larry's multidisciplinary approach to fitness fuses the alignment principles of yoga with body weight strength training and cardiovascular endurance, to create a dynamic blend of conscious exercise.
By helping clients obtain a deeper awareness of their movement and a conscious connection to their mind-body, Larry gives students the tools to approach fitness in an intelligent way that increases results while decreasing the risk of injuries. Larry has extensive experience working with clients of different levels, ages, injuries, and backgrounds. As an avid cyclist, yogi, and surfer he is specifically interested in healthy biomechanics and restoration from sports and movement related injuries. Larry's playful, inspiring, and down-to-earth style along with his genuine commitment to educating his clients to achieve their goals, creates an environment that is supportive, friendly, empowering, and fun.
Lisa first stepped onto a yoga mat in 2009, and by 2010 completed her first 200 hour teacher training. She came to DIG in the fall of 2012 in search of more alignment in all areas of her life. Her desire to continue to grow both on and off her mat led to her complete DIG's 200 hour teacher training. Through alignment, she challenges students to realize both their inner and outer strength. Her classes are creatively sequenced, challenging and heartfelt. She is so grateful for her teacher and mentor, Mariel Freeman, who continues to inspire her to find her authentic voice, teach from her heart and never stop participating in the conversation of yoga.
Originally from Miami, Lisa now resides in South Philly. When not on her mat, she can be found either running, spinning or getting together with her friends and family
Nathaniel took his first (and very hesitant) step onto a yoga mat in the summer of 2004. He is always surprised, even ten years later, how yoga delights the mind, challenges the body, and inspires the heart.
Nathaniel graduated DIG Yoga's 200-hour teacher training program, and delights in witnessing practitioners heal from injury and connect with their most authentic wisdom. Nathaniel is trained in Prenatal yoga with international expert Sue Elkind, and continues his study of therapeutics under the mentorship of Gina Stickney-Weddle, Nikki Robinson, and Jillian Pransky.
Always a mover and a shaker, Stacia was an athlete and a dancer until a knee injury from a soccer game. After several surgeries repairing her torn ACL and meniscus she had to put her passion for movement on hold. In her recovery process she started taking yoga classes as part of her therapy and it definitely struck a chord. Yoga gave her strength in body and in mind. It gave her tools to manage stress and anxiety that were a presence in her life as well as loving the healing process. She pursued yoga teacher training to dig deeper into her practice and in turn felt a call to share what she learned with others. She completed her 200 RYT in 2010 and has been continuing her education since. She completed a 50-hour Dynamic Flow training with Alex Holmes, 50-hour Yoga for Golfers training with Katherine Roberts and 50-hour Aerial Yoga training through Aircats Circus School, 25- hour Yin training and presently finishing her second 200 RYT hour training at Amrita Yoga and Wellness. She is always trying to broaden what she can offer her students and allow her students to love themselves fully as they are.