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 Sean 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.
Samantha Barrett is a 500 hr Advanced Vinyasa Yoga Instructor from Bucks County, PA. She received her 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training from Dragonfly under the direction of Alexis Ridge-Simek in 2015. She also studied with Rolf Gates (500hr), Seane Corn, Mas Vidal, Karl Straub, & Maria Garre. Her classes invite the student to explore the body & breath on the mat in a way that deepens awareness, creates flexibility, and awakens true nature. She is a certified Reiki II Practitioner under the guidance of Valerie & Ian Haag and has completed 16 hrs of Thai Yoga Bodywork training from the Vedic Conservatory. She graduated from Temple University in 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and her passion for teaching has lead her into the light of Yoga.
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. Currently Linda is in the 500 hour Advanced Vinyasa Training with Rolf Gates, and nearing completion of her Vedic Thai Yoga Master Certification. In addition to in-home personal training, Linda teaches TRX classes at The Solebury Club and Yoga classes at Dragonfly. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre/Scriptwriting and teaches at Bucks County Community College. Learn more about Linda at www.Ultrabod.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.
Kelly Scotti, CHHC, RYT200, is a silly, curvy, and sassy yogini who trained in the Saraswati River Yoga tradition, and has gone on to study with Shiva Rea, Seane Corne, Ana Forrest, Elena Brower, Cameron Shayne (Budokon Yoga), Leslie Kaminoff, and more. She loves acro- and aerial yoga, teaching kids how to breathe and OM (Childlight Yoga Instructor), and teaching students how to laugh and let go in her class. You’ll find her teaching teaching All Levels and Gentle Yoga here, and in her heart she is a Vinyasa Flow Goddess. Kelly also teaches The GROOVE, a dance class unlike any other, with simple steps coupled with your unique self expression, and good for all ages, sizes, and abilities. When she is not at Dragonfly, Kelly coaches women to get to their happy place through nutritional upgrades, mindset shifts, movement, meditation, and her own personal magic (flyingdragonwellness.com).
Shelby began practicing yoga during her recovery from a life-threatening eating disorder. She found that yoga was (and is) instrumental in her healing process. Shelby’s deep transformation inspired her to share the gift of yoga with others. She earned her 200-hour RYT from Dragonfly Yoga Studio, under the mentorship of Alexis Ridge-Simek. Shelby focused her training on emotional regulation through yoga. She then completed a Y12SR certification with Nikki Myers, empowering her to work with individuals affected by the disease of addiction. Shelby is currently studying Yoga Therapy with Brandt Passalacqua of Breathing Deeply. Off the mat, Shelby is a speaker and a mental health advocate. She works with schools, treatment centers, and universities to spread awareness and hope. Shelby’s intention is to invite others to discover their own healing potential, and to offer them support along their respective journeys.
Corinne believes in practicing yoga to cultivate more joy, compassion, and strength on and off the mat. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Dragonfly Yoga Studio under the direction of Alexis Ridge-Simek, and is currently completing her 500-hour yoga teacher training with Rolf Gates, also through Dragonfly Yoga Studio. In class, Corinne enjoys helping her students to discover their smile, to find stillness in the mind, and to bring balance to the body. Outside of class, she smiles, teaches French, and looks forward to the adventures of every day.
Originally from Wales, Claire has practiced yoga in some form or another for many years, but it wasn’t until emigrating to the USA that her yoga journey really began. In 2008 she moved to Doylestown and met Alexis Ridge-Simek. Drawn to Alexis, Dragonfly Yoga Studio, and the calm and inviting environment, she began her journey through Hatha Yoga. She soon completed Dragonfly’s 200 HR Hatha Yoga teacher training program under the guidance of Alexis and in 2013 she began exploring Ashtanga Vinyasa and the Primary Series. Claire quickly found how this moving meditation has amazing effects on the mind and body and 2 years later completed her 200 HR Anatomy of Ashtanga Yoga under the guidance of Shari Simon. Claire has practiced yoga through two pregnancies, taught her very first class while 8 months pregnant, and has personally seen the benefits yoga can have on all bodies, all minds, and all ages and it is her aspiration to share these benefits with the world.
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. 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.