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. Listen to Joe’s full story on an episode of J. Brown’s Yoga Talks Podcast.
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. 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.
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).
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.
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 was 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.
Janine Boland is an ACE certified Mind/Body Specialist, fitness instructor, master trainer, and creative consultant, working in the health and wellness industry for 25 years. She has worked as a Fitness Director for Norwegian Cruise Lines, a Group Fitness Manager with Equinox health clubs located in NYC, and as a Master Trainer for Reebok. Although she has extensive experience in the fitness industry, her love of movement started at the age of 4 when her parents enrolled her in the Eleanor Durkin’s School of Dance on Long Island, where she was raised. Janine’s adventurous side made her eager to travel in her 20’s and while working on a cruise ship in Alaska one summer, she discovered yoga and began her journey to connect dance, fitness and mindfulness into her work. The influence of all three is evident in her approach when designing and teaching her method. And her joy of movement is contagious.