Our Instructors

Dedication. Expertise. Passion

At Focus, we are proud to offer a team of experienced and passionate yoga instructors who are committed to helping you achieve your wellness goals. Our instructors bring a diverse range of styles and backgrounds to our studio, but they all share a common dedication to creating a safe and welcoming space where students can explore the many benefits of hot yoga. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, our instructors are here to guide you on your journey towards greater health, happiness, and wellbeing. Get to know our talented team and find the perfect instructor to help you deepen your practice and reach your fullest potential.

Tico Betancourt

I am so happy to be able to share my love for yoga with the community. Yoga has made me more happy in my own body/mind and in the world. Because of yoga I have been able to be more present for my family and clients as well as enjoy all of my physically demanding jobs and hobbies. When I am not working as a contractor or at yoga I enjoy rock climbing, ice climbing, mountain biking, road biking, mountaineering, surfing, and basically any outdoor activity. Yoga has helped me get back into my old body and helps to prevent injury. Also, if i do get injured, I always know that I can fix myself with yoga. I love helping to introduce people and yoga. Please let me know how I can help you on your yoga journey.

Abbie Soroka Chowansky

Abbie is a Main Line Fitness legend and a former owner of pre-pandemic Focus Fitness. She's also an amazing member of our community and teaches her own unique style of Vinyasa that she's curated over two decades of teaching. Abbie also does private full body fitness classes and is a top notch local real estate agent (and momma of two super cute humans).

Leo Eisenstein

The room is dimly lit and hot. As The door opens, and you hear a deep voice softly exclaim “rise and shine my friends”, and the lights come up. Everybody stands up, comes to the edge of their mat and waits as the teacher announces the first breathing exercise. just from the way the teacher looks you can tell this will be something different.Leo is a big bald tattooed, former bartender/hockey player from Philly, that had lived a lot of life before he found in a himself at a crossroads, make a turn for the worse or make a turn for the better. He chose betterHe began his practice in 2002 and hasn’t looked back !Leo Eisenstein has been teaching Bikram Yoga since 2005 and has taught over 17,000 classes over the last 19 years. He teaches from Pennsylvania to Deleware to New York to New Jersey to Maryland, teaching classes and seminars throughout the northeastern states.Leo is also a bestselling author, he is a contributing essayist to the bestselling book “Within…a series of powerful life changing essays on living the life you want” . Authored by Michael Harris and Radjashree Choudhury with 26 contributing teachers from the yoga community.Leo’s seminars focus on the postures and the similarities and differences in the postures to emphasize the simplicity of the technique…albeit acknowledging the difficulty of the execution, in hopes that in the end the practitioner realizes that the goal is to increase the depth of the knowledge of the technique not the visual depth of the posture.Leo’s unique approach to teaching and to the yoga make it a guaranteed good time for all !!!

Whitney Hoffman

As a longtime athlete and runner, health and fitness has always been important to me. I started practicing yoga over 20 years ago and what began as a physical supplement to other activities quickly became an integral part of my daily life. The vinyasa practice has helped me find my breath, alignment and center on and off the mat and I hope to help you find yours through your own practice.

Lizzy Holm

Lizzy fell into Focus through our old budy Ammie Moralez and helped lead the inagural Focus Hot Vinyasa Teacher training program. Lizzy brings a smooth style and seasoned practice that helps her sprinkle in many diferent styles into her patented 60 minute Hot Vinysasa classes.

Elaina Horowitz

IT consultant by day, yoga teacher by night. Enjoy all things active and spending time with my goldendoodle, Boe!

Ciara James

Hi I’m Ciara! I began my yoga journey back in 2016 and became a RYT in 2022.

My goal here is to create a safe space filled with representation, realism, and motivation. Yoga is so much more than movement, and I am honored to share this practice.

Caroline Kane

Caroline started practicing Bikram yoga in 2015 with Leo Eisenstein with hopes that it would help end her dependence on ADHD medication. It was indeed the cure, and also opened her heart and mind to a new standard of living. She completed her 100 hour vinyasa training in 2023 under the direction of Ammie Moralez and is proud to have cultivated an integrated hatha yoga home practice after taking hundreds of classes in studios in the Philadelphia area with so many amazing teachers. She is currently working on her Masters in Social Work at Bryn Mawr College and hopes to introduce yoga to people as a tool for embodiment to get more in touch with their inner thoughts and feelings. It is her honor to teach and be a part of this beautiful community.

Will Maile

In the Fall of 2014 I began practicing yoga for the relief it granted my spine from playing football and lifting weights. The 26/2 practice served as my foundation through the college of Engineering at Temple University as well as my athletic pursuits in lifting, swimming and running. I fell in love with the 26/2 practice through Philadelphia’s rich network of hot yoga studios. The commitment to real instruction, empathy and community is why I am a Yoga teacher today. My goal as a teacher is to share Agape love through lear instruction, discipline and having energy that is worth catching.

Dr. Christina Peruto

Yes, I am an M.D. that now “works” as a yoga instructor. My father always told me to follow my passions and that if I did so, I would never feel like I worked a day in my life. I am an athlete, an artist, a medical doctor/surgeon, a coach, a mother, a spiritual person, and a certified yoga instructor. I am trained in the Hatha style of yoga, which is a style of flow in which breath is linked with the poses, or asanas, in a moving meditation that allows time to deepen into the postures. As an artist, it is really fun to express myself by creatively linking asanas into challenging, dynamic flows. I am also trained in breathwork, meditation, the use of props and the wall for modification and enhancement, the appropriate use of assists, and teaching through a trauma sensitive lens. I have always had an insatiable thirst for knowledge about the topics of neuroscience, psychology, and perception and their interconnectedness with human physiology both biochemically and biomechanically. So, the fact that there is scientific data to support the multitude of health and neuropsychological benefits of yoga and other mindfulness practices really gets me excited.  

I majored in biology and psychology with concentrations in neurobiology and neuropsychology at Cornell University where I played Varsity field hockey for 4 years. Following graduation, I spent a year at CHOP assisting with research on the ketogenic diet as a treatment for epilepsy, which led me to develop a profound respect for and understanding of our food as medicine that affects our brain and body chemistry. After attending medical school at Georgetown University, I followed my passion for athletics into a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Rothman Institute. When I decided to focus on family life, coaching field hockey and lacrosse became my career. As a coach, I enjoyed designing sport specific strength and conditioning programs to improve athletes’ agility, balance, strength, speed, endurance, and mental performance. Teaching Hot Yoga Sculpt has been a natural transition for me that combines my knowledge of strength training, yoga, and love of making playlists filled with upbeat music. 

When challenges in my life sidelined me in ways I never could have imagined, yoga was something that helped me mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It helped me to feel like a strong athlete again. It makes perfect sense that my journey has led me to the study and instruction of yoga, because it is such a beautiful expression and combination of all of my interests. I am so grateful for the opportunity to share the gift that yoga has been in my life with others. My goal is to support you on your journey to increased levels of joy, energy, inner peace, health, strength, flexibility, and FOCUS.

Justin Riley

Graduated from Bikram teacher training 2013 with Yogi award honors. Teaching non stop ever since. Favorite yoga saying “You’re safest under the lions mouth “

Chalise Saunders

I began my yoga journey at the age of twelve at the recommendation from my doctor to treat my scoliosis. I practiced at home to some yoga videos for years until I found my way to my first hot yoga studio. While I didn't enjoy my first class, I decided to come back because of how good I felt immediately afterwards. After two years of a consistent practice, I decided to become a teacher, so I could share this beautiful practice with the world. I believe that yoga is for everyone and I seek to learn all that I can about the different lineages. I am in certified in the Hot Yoga 26 + 2 series, Vinyasa, Yin, e84 intermediate and I lead the 84 classic asanas series as well.

Alana Teran

Over 12years ago I found myself invited to a Bikram class at the Samson street studio downtown. From my first pranayama I was hooked. A few years later in 2014 I attended Bikram teacher training. For the past 9 years I’ve been teaching in and around Boston. Now that I’m back in Philly I’m excited to become a part of the growing main line Bikram community.

Bianca Santini-Dumas