Liberty Yoga Teachers:

Co-Owners: Christine Shaw and Erin Sweeney Detwiler

Other Instructors: Shelley Best, Ashley Carter, Monique ClaudioGail Gerace, Gwen Gerety Hays, Kathleen Joraski, Laurie Leone, Aleksandra Slijepcevic, Sarah Mester, Andrea Boulden

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Christine Shaw, ERYT200hr

Christine teaches FLY! Vinyasa®  & Alignment

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I have been practicing Yoga since 1998 and teaching since 2004. I began my love of fitness in the 80′s when I was an aerobics, step and strength training instructor. In 1995 I became  a certified Personal trainer and owned “Lifestyle Fitness” personal training and trained with clients at their homes.

I began my certifications for Yoga with YogaFit in 2004 and received my 200-hour RYT certification in 2009. I studied with and became certified by Sadie Nardini, founder of Core Strength Vinyasa; a series of flowing asanas that help you to move from your deep core line to make all poses more possible so you can burn more calories, gain strength, flexibility and self-awareness. I am a E-RYT and have taught over 3000 hours of  Yoga at a variety of studios, workouts at businesses and schools, at the YMCA, for  kids and even for the swim team. I enjoy teaching and learning from every student and designing dynamic flow classes to suit the needs of each individual on that day! I specialize in FLY! Vinyasa® a Vinyasa flow class that I developed. It’s the best way to add strength and balance in your life on and off of the mat. It helps you to move your body in the correct way adding flow and freedom to all of your movements!

Learning the proper alignment principles is the key to a healthy body. We hold all of our lives in our bodies from stress to any accidents or injuries or just overuse of the joints and muscles that we need to learn the best way to take care of ourselves. I found that Yoga is the best way to do that! My FLY! Vinyasa® Classes will help you progress in your practice from beginner to fully confident yoga practitioner!

Classes with me are designed by setting an intention on a personal development theme as well as a physical theme and then moving through a fun, dynamic, balanced class for all levels!

Enjoy a community of  Yogis and friends in this lovely space as we engage our journey together on and off the mat!


Contact Christine: 302-367-5074 or [email protected]


Erin Sweeney Detwiler, M.S., ERYT200hr

Erin teaches Alignment Yoga

Hello!  I’m Erin! I teach Alignment Yoga.

I guess it’s time for me to update this introduction!  I’ve had a page here for over three years now. Thank you for coming to find out more about yoga classes at Liberty Yoga, about our teachers and about me.  Three years ago it was only Christine and I teaching at Liberty Yoga.  Now we’ve grown to have over 10 wonderful instructors teaching at our studio.

I’ve been teaching since 2008 and I have over 3000 hours teaching experience.  This makes me an e-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher).  This means I’ve seen a lot and I can help you make modifications when needed.  Odds are if you are experiencing something that limits your motion, I’ve seen it before.  All yoga done with an understanding of functional movement is therapeutic.  The focus of the alignment classes at Liberty Yoga is to correct non-functional movement and non-ideal posture through improved awareness and fitness.   Knowledge learned in these classes will be very helpful in your vinyasa practice and in your life!

Why do I teach?  Because I really believe yoga makes a difference in people’s lives.  It helps them feel stronger, healthier, and happier!  I figure that’s about as good as it gets in anything.

What’s special about me as a teacher?  First of all, I love teaching senior citizens and any people who need modifications.  This is why I gravitate to therapeutics.   I really am good at helping you learn to move through positions if you are tight or recovering from injury.  I started out yoga relatively inflexible.  I can help you make gains and modify things as needed and I know anatomy.  I also love to have fun!  I like to play around, joke, tell stories.  Sometimes we sing, sometimes we count in Erin Sweeneyfrench, sometimes we do silly moves or laughter yoga.  Also, I love to try new poses with a class.  No two of my classes are ever the same.  And, finally, I demonstrate with my body.  Visual learners really love this.

I certified in New Jersey at Simply Yoga.  I also trained with Bobbi Golden in Miami – she was trained by Mr. B. K. S. Iyengar himself.  These two training centers specialize in therapeutic adjustments using methods of teaching how to modify poses when needed! Since this original post I have also trained extensively with local teacher trainer Susan Smith through One Yoga and with Lara Heimann, a physical therapist from Princeton, New Jersey whose business is called Yoga Stream.

For three years I taught anatomy and physiology at Delaware Tech.  Teaching anatomy means I know where your muscles are and what they do.    This is helpful in finding trouble spots and addressing them with specific poses.  Most human beings have similar trouble spots.  In terms of aches, it is low back and neck.  In terms of joints, it’s the knees, hips and shoulders.  Your body is designed to heal itself but habits and posture can impact healing.  If you correct your habits and strengthen postural muscles your body will heal and this will seem like magic!  Hereditary issues are often a factor. Yoga can support you in facing these and I will support you in keeping your smile on while we strengthen your body and relax your mind!

Contact Erin:  302-300-0977 or [email protected]



Gwen Gerety Hays, ERYT500

Gwen teaches Vinyasa and Alignment Classes

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About Gwen:

Gwen’s interest in yoga began as a pre-teen, when Richard Hittleman aired a yoga practice on television, many years ago. She began seriously practicing as an adult, to complement marathon running and weight training, about 15 years ago.   After receiving a certification as a personal trainer in 1998 from ACE (American Council on Exercise), she took her first teacher training course primarily as continuing education for her certification in 2005 with Yogafit™, a Vinyasa style of yoga, and began teaching yoga the following summer in a small studio in Redondo Beach, California.  She completed her 200-hour certification with Yogafit™ in December 2008 and completed 500 hours certification in 2013, having had over 1,000 hours of teaching as of 2010.  Yogafit™ includes a Yoga Therapy program with training in: Therapy I, Therapy II, Pranayama, Ayurveda I (Indian Nutrition), Anatomy II, and YogaBack.

Born in Manhattan, a business opportunity brought her and her family to Brussels, Belgium at age 13 where she completed high school.  After spending a year on her own traveling across Europe, Israel and Turkey, she settled in Danbury, Connecticut where she earned an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences from Western Connecticut State University.  After five years of working in a local bank, she was hired by Union Carbide Corporation and relocated with them to Chicago, IL, as a credit manager.  While in Chicago, she earned an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University.  Thereafter, she was transferred to Los Angeles, California, where she spent 17 years working in credit and then in sales for Union Carbide and, after a merger, with Dow Chemical.  She took up scuba diving in California and traveled to Belize, Mexico and Palau for this sport.  In 2006, her junior high school love (whom she met in Brussels) reconnected with her via e-mail, which resulted in her move to Delaware to marry said sweetheart and begin personal training and yoga instruction on a full-time basis.

Yoga is Gwen’s passion.  She enjoys reading and sharing yoga history and philosophy.  For her, yoga is more than physical exercise but a spiritual journey.  She loves to share the spiritual dimension of the practice in her classes and invites students to participate in this deeper sense of what yoga truly is:  union, with one’s self, with every human being and with the Spirit that unites us all.

Laurie Leone, RYT 200hr

Laurie teaches Alignment Yoga and Vinyasa classes


About Laurie:

Laurie has recently completed her 200-hr training with Susan Smith of One Yoga at Serenity Yoga in Middletown, DE.  She has studied with many teachers in several styles of yoga, including hatha, Iyengar, vinyasa, hot yoga and now alignment yoga with Erin at Liberty Yoga.  She loves teaching beginners and helping experienced yogis find that beginner’s mind that is clear of preconceptions, expectations and attachments.  She believes passionately that the benefits of yoga are accessible at any fitness level and that in each and every one of us there is a true yogi or yogini just waiting to emerge!

When you practice with Laurie, whether doing Vinyasa, alignment yoga, or chair yoga, you will work hard, learn to relax and let go (truly let go) and hear much about the philosophy of yoga as it relates to both practice life.  Before long you will find yourself taking your yoga “off your mat” and into your life, bringing with it confidence, clarity, joy, and peace.  Lean silhouettes and strong muscles, flexible bodies and healthy joints are all products of a consistent yoga practice.  In Laurie’s eyes, however, they are merely side effects compared to the central rewards of yoga:  a clear mind, a peaceful heart, and a sense of wholeness.

Laurie’s yoga journey began about 9 years ago.  After birthing, nursing and (endlessly!) carrying three children in 5 years, a sore lower back and  a feeling that she was too old to have to crawl out of bed in the morning, sent Laurie to her first gentle yoga class.  Over time she discovered that the true problem was a tight right hip (right where the babies sat!) and that her body and her spirit were just as much her (it turns out, more so!) than her mind.   That first teacher taught her so much about the power of intention and non-judgmental connection to her body. She learned to just be where she was with her body for the first time. Laurie still strives to bring that same spirit of mind-body connection without judgement to every class she teaches.  She believes that while a yoga class should stretch and strengthen your muscles, it should also clear your mind and nourish your soul.

Although Laurie earned a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and continues to adore mathematics, she is a philosopher at heart.  It is that love of philosophy and fascination with the “big questions” in life that first drew her to yoga for so  much more than just exercise.  Yoga is a way of seeing, a viewpoint that we choose to take that will spread from simple asana practice into the rest of our lives. Through yoga and constant effort to observe ourselves and others without judgement, we can reconnect to who we truly are, in body, mind and spirit.  Then we can know what we truly need.

Aleksandra Slijepcevic, RYT 200hr

Aleks teaches Vinyasa Yoga


About Aleks:

     Aleks is a 200-hour YTT-certified instructor who teaches a lovely, invigorating, and empowering Vinyasa flow class that caters to every practitioner on their yoga journey. She first stepped on the mat in her living room, next to an Elena Brower DVD, five years ago. Initially, yoga was an exercise regimen that she used to stay fit and active, while working at an office job. However, over the years, she came back to her mat with a clearer mind and a gentler intention, focusing her breath on the present moment and guiding her body to where it needed to go. She’s taken classes from a variety of teachers, her very first class being a vigorous Vinyasa. While she watched students pop up into inversions and bend themselves with grace and humility, she fell in love with the sequence and has been practicing it since.
     Through her practice, she has had the great honor of working with strong and humble teachers, both at Liberty Yoga and beyond, who have taught her to always listen to her body, no matter what. She has taken Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Alignment yoga classes, which have enriched her yoga practice tenfold.
     Off the mat, Aleks can be found scribbling notes and typing up her new blog posts. She is a contributing writer for Sivana Spirit, Elephant Journal, and her very own blog, IDB Blog, where she lets her uncensored, crazy mind wander in hopes of connecting with like-minded individuals, and sharing her love of yoga, life, and travel. One day, she hopes to make it as a traveling hippy writer who teaches yoga. She is deeply connected to her family and friends, and is an avid animal rights activist, specifically in the field of elephant conservation. She believes that love is the question and answer to everything in life, and that loving yourself first is the best gift you can give yourself.


Ashley Carter, RYT 200hr

Ashley teaches Vinyasa Yoga

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About Ashley:

Ashley is currently finishing up her 200 hour YTT certification with Susan Smith at Liberty Yoga and is also certified to teach Core Strength Vinyasa, which is a flow designed to help you hug into your core  for a calorie burning workout that warms you up from the inside out.

She first discovered yoga in 2005 while in college, but utilized it strictly for fitness.  She was reunited with yoga once more in 2011 when she was diagnosed with chronic migraines.  Her neurologist insisted that she add yoga to her wellness plan and she has never looked back!  She has found that a regular practice of yoga and meditation helps relieve stress, tension and chronic pain.  Because of her chronic migraines and a wrist injury, Ashley is a firm believer (and advocate) of listening to your body and taking modifications to adapt a flow to your body.

Another unique perspective Ashley brings to our studio is over 7 years of martial arts experience.  She has studied Aikijitsu, Aikido, Tai Chi and Iai Batto-ho and since she began her yoga practice, she has noticed many parallels between the two worlds.  Ashley also has a master’s degree in forensic sciences and is a forensic chemist.  Some of her other passions are: collecting vinyl records and photography.  Oh… and she LOVES yoga leggings!!!

Monique Claudio, RYT 200hr

Monique teaches MELT Method & Vinyasa Yoga


About Monique:

Every breath is a gift, every living thing a companion on the path, every moment getting to do what you love is a gift. Monique Claudio lives a life of gratitude and joy, always finding the way to remain awe-fully. She came to yoga on a very circuitous path. Graduating with a degree in Psychology from the University of Delaware, with a minor in East Asian Studies, she has always been captivated by how science, nature and culture can come together to influence the inner workings of the mind, aging of the body, and health. Wellness, quality of life, communication, these were the focus.

It wasn’t until she quit working in a clinical psychiatric setting and took on being a personal trainer and group fitness instructor full-time, as an ACSM Health Fitness Specialist and AFAA certified professional, that she began to realize the true impact she could have. By addressing the needs of her students and clients’, mind, body, and spirit, did she begin to find her true gift.

After some time, knowing there was something missing, she began to practice yoga as a stress-reliever, to cross train from her half marathon training, weight lifting and to have an outlet for her spirit to really soar. During this transition she also took up barefoot running as a hobby. Beginning to spend more time in her beloved nature, she became a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, Core Strength Vinyasa Teacher, MELT method Instructor and happy vegan. Monique’s ability to celebrate the simple joy of moving, and realign to the precious divine gift of the present moment delights one’s soul and gives her fuel for the fire of inspiring others and bringing out the best in them.

Always geek-ing out on the latest research in to mental well-being, nutrition, stress management, relationship nurturing and recovery techniques she now helps clients as a Holistic Wellness Coach, putting all of her training, education, skills and zest for living one’s best life into a well-rounded program. Monique’s ability to infect you with her smile, her ability to see the best parts of people they may not even be able to see, and her fervent passion for pushing you to your own edge, finding an even brighter horizon, is what she is known for.

Monique continues to spend as much of her days in nature as she can, enjoying surfing, acro-yoga, slackline yoga, trail running, barefoot running, bike-riding. She is happy to announce she will be certified in aerial yoga fall of 2014. She is looking forward to combining the wellness offerings she has learned and created with those of DYLN inspired. The technology behind line, feel of the fabric and fluid look are timely. The benefits this line offers coincide with Monique’s mantra of living the best life one can, while nurturing the body-mind.

Kathleen Joraski, RYT200hr

Kathleen Teaches Vinyasa Yoga

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About Kathleen:

Kathleen is currently finishing up her 200 hour YTT certification with Susan Smith at Liberty Yoga. She first starting doing hot yoga about 10 years ago. She has been a student of wellness, health, nutrition, and fitness her entire life. She has practiced yoga in between the other physical activities she enjoys (field hockey, biking, running, kayaking, hiking, gardening), but got hooked on yoga about 3 years ago. She loves the way yoga and meditation brings all aspects of life, mind, body, and spirit, together. Practicing the 8 limbs of yoga is transformational. She signed up for the teacher training to enhance her personal practice but felt drawn to helping others find their inner strength through yoga.

Sarah Mester, RYT200hr

Sarah Teaches Vinyasa Yoga


About Sarah:

Sarah Mester completed a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through One Yoga in May 2015.  Sarah was drawn to yoga as a stressed out college student and began taking classes at the University of Delaware and continued taking classes at the Delaware Rock Gym.  She maintains a personal practice at home and at Liberty Yoga.   

Sarah leads an active lifestyle.  A mountain biker and nature lover, much of her free time is spent in nature.  On the mat, she emphasizes calming the mind through breath to connect with the body and spirit.  Through Vinyasa style classes, Sarah offers modifications and suggestions to deepen your practice physically and mentally.  She hopes to inspire her students to apply the experiences from their mat to everyday life. 

Andrea Boulden, RYT 200hr

Andrea teaches Health and Healing

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About Andrea:

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