Alexis is the founder and owner of Dragonfly Yoga Studio, which she opened in 2005 with the goal of making yoga accessible to everyone no matter what their body type or health condition. From its humble beginnings, Dragonfly has grown into a thriving yoga community, hosting both 200 and 500 HR teacher trainings, nation-wide retreats, and internationally-known yoga teachers.
Alexis completed a 350-hour Hatha Yoga certification program at Eight Limbs Yoga in Chicago in 2003, studying under Gabriel Halpern, Per Erez, and Miguel Latronica. Alexis continually looks for inspiration and information to share with her students. She also has studied with Rolf Gates (500-hour Advanced Vinyasa) and Brandt Passalacqua of Breathing Deeply (Yoga Therapy and Peaceful Weight Loss Through Yoga).
Alexis has over 1,000 hours combined professional training in yoga and mediation, including a certification in teaching Prenatal Yoga from Sweet Pea’s Studio in Chicago. She has studied Vinyasa Yoga under Shiva Rea and Seane Corn and Thai Yoga Massage with Mukti Michael Buck of the Vedic Conservatory. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management from Arizona State University.
Joe Simek is a Certified Yoga Therapist, 500-Hour Level Yoga Teacher, and Co-owner of Dragonfly Yoga Studio. Joe has been practicing yoga for more than a decade, using the wisdom of the teachings to lose weight, get sober, and abandon the corporate grind. In 2012, he formalized his yoga education, completing Dragonfly’s 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training. Joe went on to study Yoga Therapy and Peaceful Weight Loss Through Yoga with Brandt Passalacqua of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy (where he is now a Teaching Assistant) and Advanced Vinyasa Yoga with Rolf Gates. In 2016, Joe co-founded The Fiaria Project, a non-profit organization that aids foster children. He is also the frontman of Destroy It Up, an indie rock music project inspired by yoga philosophy. Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Arizona State University. Listen to Joe’s full story on an episode of J. Brown’s Yoga Talks Podcast.
Samantha Barrett has 700+ combined hours of training in Hatha, Advanced Vinyasa, and Yin Yoga with both locally loved and world-renowned teachers. She completed various trainings through the Off the Mat Into the World organization focusing on Yoga, Purpose, and Action, Chakra Intensives, and Trauma-Informed Practices. Sam graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She aims to make her classes truly accessible and inclusive for all. Meet her on the mat and you will find a practice that stays true to the 8-limbed path of Yoga by honoring philosophy, movement, breath, and meditation. Her classes offer resources for self-regulation and balance, allowing students to move from thinking to feeling. In each class she creates an environment that is authentic and safe, empowering students to hold space for the light and darkness within. Sam lives in Dublin, Pa with her partner Will and their two puppies Navi and River.
When her younger brother died from complications with obesity, she made it her mission to help anyone willing to take the first step to better health. She went to school for a year to become a certified personal trainer and nutritional counselor. Linda believes in a balanced approach to health and wellness, incorporating yoga, weights, stability, and functional movement into her classes and individual clients. She is also CPR/1st Aid certified for humans and animals. Linda graduated the 500 hour Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Training with Rolf Gates, and is nearing completion of her Vedic Thai Yoga Master Certification. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre/Scriptwriting and teaches at Bucks County Community College. Learn more about Linda at KingFitnessTraining.com.
Christina D. Walker, 500 HR CYT, LMT completed her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Certification from YogaLife Institute (2005), in Wayne, PA and her 500 HR Yoga Training with Rolf Gates. She is a graduate of Health Choices Institute and Holistic Massage School, in Hillsborough, NJ. She has completed both Basic Studies and Advanced Degrees, with over 1200 hours of bodywork training. Christina also graduated from Holistic Health and Nutritional Counselor Training from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (2004), in New York City.
Adi was introduced to yoga at the age of 16 in her homeland, Israel. It was an unforgettable encounter filled with Sanskrit words and unusual posters which left her curious and mesmerized. It took her a few years to realize that encounter wasn’t coincidental. Yoga found her again at the age of 23, and has been her anchor and sanctuary throughout life’s adventures ever since. After serving as an officer in the Israeli army and traveling the world, she met her husband and settled in beautiful Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where they live happily with their 3 kids. Adi had received her degree in Graphic Design, and felt there is more to life than sitting in front of a computer. She then decided to revisit her love of yoga and take it to the next level. Adi had received her 200-hour certification from Dragonfly Yoga Studio in Doylestown, under the mentorship of Alexis Ridge-Simek and Joe Simek. She is currently pursuing a 500 hour yoga certification from Dig Yoga studio in Lambertville, NJ. Adi was also fortunate to deepen her studies and attend inspirational workshops with Rolf Gates, Seane Corn, Aadil Palkhivala, Max Strom and other renowned yogis. Adi thrives to bring light heartedness, thoughtfulness, and humor into her classes, and take the participants on a self exploration on and off the mat.
Tim believes that a dedicated yoga and meditation practice can enable us to live an authentic life, be the best version of ourselves, and honor this lifetime. He feels that the benefits of yoga and meditation should be available to all, and looks to provide an atmosphere of inclusion that serves everyone in order to inspire, empower, and cultivate community. Tim completed a 200-hour Hatha Yoga certification program under the tutelage of Alexis Ridge-Simek, and studied pranayama and meditation under the guidance of Joe Simek at Dragonfly Yoga Studio. He has completed a Mentorship Program for Teachers with Rolf Gates, and has trained with the Love Your Brain foundation to provide yoga and meditation to individuals that have experienced a traumatic brain injury and their caregivers. Tim is currently enrolled in a Yoga Therapy program with Brandt Passalacqua of Breathing Deeply, as he continues to grow and broaden ways to serve his community.
Kate Wilcox Tarr is a 200HR Registered Yoga Teacher from Bucks County, PA. She received her certification at Dragonfly under Alexis Ridge-Simek in 2019. Kate uses her experience as a dancer, mother, writer and yogi to help others center themselves and reap the benefits of living a strong, balanced and connected life on and off the mat. Kate has practiced yoga in all forms since she was 15 years old and has used yoga to ease all of life’s transitions. She graduated from New York University in 2009 with a bachelor’s in Journalism and Spanish. After working as a reporter telling the stories of people from so many walks of life, Kate knows everyone can benefit from some brain-body-breath connection.
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Stephanie began her yoga journey in search of relief from anxiety, wanting to further her connection between body and breath. After some time, she decided that she had more to learn, and more to offer. After completing her 200-hour program at Dragonfly Studios in early 2018, under the direction of Alexis Ridge-Simek, she knew her calling was more of a grounding practice. To accept surrendering, letting go, and being able to create a quiet, healing space for the mind, body, and soul. Growing in her own personal journey, Stephanie has studied Paranayama under Joe Simek, completed her 30-hour Restorative Training with Rachel May, and is a certified Divine Sleep Yoga Nidra instructor. She recently completed Goddess Chair Yoga Training with Darla Lux & Debbie Wenclawiak. She is currently in a 500-hour Teacher training. Stephanie’s soothing voice and guidance throughout her practices are not only helpful to those she teaches but has become an extremely therapeutic tool for her own personal growth.
Vibha was born and raised in London, UK with Bhakti yoga and Mantra chanting as part of her everyday life. Her keen interest in the human body led her to graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Brunel University. After moving to Pennsylvania, Vibha secured a position in HR at the County of Bucks, where she was the Wellness Coordinator for all 2,000 employees. She completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in July 2019 under the guidance of Alexis Ridge-Simek and Joe Simek at Dragonfly Yoga Studio. She also completed a course in “Mantra and the Dynamics of Sacred Sound” at the Himalayan Institute. Outside of Yoga, Vibha teaches Bollywood dance, allowing others to experience their own joy through movement. She is a certified level I Reiki practitioner, under the direction of Valerie Haag at Rainbows of Healing. Vibha has learned and taken comfort in spiritual and religious teachings from around the world. In her journey in life, she has found that yoga has supported her immensely in aligning with her true path.
Juli has intuitively involved yoga in her various jobs teaching children music and movement before completing her 200 hr. certification from Dragonfly Yoga Studio with an extra 50 hr. emphasis on Ayurveda. She got her 45 hr. children’s yoga certification in NYC, then trained in anatomy and myofascial release before completing a chair yoga certification and is currently working toward her 500 hr. certification. She strongly believes that yoga is beneficial for every age, body and mind and loves the chance to spread her enthusiasm on the subject! She is an artist, musician, nature enthusiast, and has four children and lots of animals at home!
Andrea’s love for yoga has been her passion for years. She enrolled in the Yoga Teacher Training to grow her personal practice and to deepen the understanding of yoga. It wasn’t too long into the program that she realized her passion and knowledge needed to be shared. Andrea completed her 200-hour RYT from Dragonfly Yoga Studio, under the guidance of Alexis Ridge-Simek and has competed her 30-hour Restorative YTT. She has trained with Rolf Gates, Shiva Rae and Seane Corn. Currently, Andrea is continuing her yoga journey as a student in the Yoga Teacher Therapy Program with Brandt Passalacqua of Breathing Deeply Yoga Therapy, under the direction of Joe Simek. She guides her classes with a compassionate nurturing style, which is her true nature as a mother and grandmother. Her yoga philosophy is when we link our breath to the movement, we will calm our minds, open our hearts, and connect all human beings to their true selves.
A mother, a wife, and a lover of life. Taking a playful approach to life, she has a passion for all things. Jenni is a true believer that Yoga is a practice of every second, of every day. As much as Jenni enjoys her role of being a teacher, she knows that ultimately, one is always a student of Yoga and Meditation, first and foremost. She has completed two different 200 hour teacher trainings, a multitude of different trainings and continuing education immersions, is regularly immersed in Sadhana, acquired her Reiki II Certification, and has merged all of this with her passion of leading a healthy, compassionate, and spiritually driven life. Rarely finding her without a smile, she will most likely be outdoors or at the gym, cooking, teaching about Essential Oils, or spending time with her family when she is “off the mat.” She believes that connecting with your inner child and finding the joy and love in all things, is the best way to feel gratitude and to BE happiness.