About Our Staff
Chris Blades – Co-Owner
Chris has pursued an active research career in observational astrophysics in Britain, Spain, Australia, and the United States. For 25 years, he worked on the Hubble Space Telescope as a senior scientist involved with Hubble servicing missions. Seeking a radical life change, Chris left academia in 2009 to grow his entrepreneurial endeavor, Charm City Yoga, with his wife Kim Manfredi.
Allison Korycki – Director of Operations
Allison joined the Charm City Yoga community in May 2009 as the Towson Studio Manager. There, she fell in love with the exceptional instructors, compassionate staff and devoted students. She began teaching at CCY in December 2010, after completing Kim Manfredi’s 200-hour Teacher Training Program. She first discovered yoga while studying Sacred Space abroad in India. In 2008, she received a B.S. in Political Science and a B.A. in Philosophy from East Carolina University. She currently lives in Charles Village and enjoys practicing yoga, hooping, and seeing live music. Everyday, she is grateful to have an occupation that supports so many Baltimoreans on their paths to enlightenment.
Theresa Mulqueen – Manager of our Midtown Studio
Theresa started practicing yoga to improve a hip injury from a car accident. She joined the Charm City Yoga community when she enrolled in Kim’s teacher training program in September, 2011. After experiencing the incredible benefits of yoga, she decided she wanted to share it with as many people as possible. She left her current job to take the management position at CCY Midtown. She wanted yoga to be a big part of her life. She married her high school sweetheart and is raising two children. Yoga has helped her find balance in her life. She feels very blessed to be a part of such a warm, inviting community.
Margo Coruzzi – Manager of our Towson Studio
Margo has been managing our Towson studio since April of 2011. She has taught at Charm City Yoga for over two years and she is thrilled to be able to contribute even more deeply to the community by meeting and greeting so many of our students. She has a background in the Non-Profit world and believes that ‘taking care of people’ is the highest mark of success for any company. She looks forward to taking care of you when you visit our Towson studio!
Lindsey Falbo – Manager of our Federal Hill Studio
Lindsey found yoga during her studies at the Peabody Conservatory, where she is a recent graduate in French horn performance. When she joined the CCY community, she immediately fell in love with the emphasis yoga places on breath. She also found that yoga helped with performance anxiety as well as alleviating the back pain she experienced from practicing an instrument several hours each day. Lindsey felt called to share her love of the practice with others, and in the Summer of 2011, enrolled in Kim’s summer intensive teacher training. Lindsey now teaches at CCY. Her classes emphasize mindfulness and the development of a personal practice, but keeping it light-hearted with eclectic music and her witty personality. When Lindsey isn’t at the studio, your can usually find her playing in dirt.
Kara Volpe- Manager of our Fells Point studio
Kara is a recent transplant to the city of Baltimore and is happy to become a part of the Charm City Yoga community. She is a student at the University of Baltimore and a runner. She loves the balance that Yoga brings to her running and her studies.
Kristi Allen – Manager of our Pikesville studio
Kristi Allen first joined Charm City Yoga as a work-study at the Federal Hill branch. After working and practicing yoga at CCY steadily for a year, it seemed obvious to take the commitment to the next level. Kristi is very excited to join the family as the studio manager at our Pikesville location. Recently, she started back at school after a long hiatus to study social work. It is her hope to blend the practice of yoga into her career as a social worker. She believes that outreach, selflessness, and mindfulness are key components of both yoga and social work. In her free time, she practices yoga, plays music, makes art, and rides her bike.
Kristina H. – Yoga Advisor See our Yoga Advisor Page.
Kristina embraced yoga at the age of 15 in her home town of La Plata, Maryland. After moving to Baltimore, she quickly found a yoga home at Charm City Yoga. She understands the importance of being balanced not only on the mat, but in life itself. Kristina is very happy to help you along your yoga journey!
Jayne Levinson – Floating Studio Manager
Jayne first became familiar with Charm City Yoga three years ago after taking Kim’s Beginner Series at the Federal Hill Studio. Over the next few years she practiced here and there but really found her yoga niche in 2011. After putting in time as a work study, Jayne became CCY’s Floating Manager working at each of our locations. Yoga has become a staple in her every day life and she is grateful for all of the benefits that come from the practice. When she isn’t working for CCY, Jayne is a working artist and an avid music fan.
Kate Hasz – Director of Design
Kate recently joined Charm City in April. She will be graduating from Towson University in May of 2013 with a bachelors in Mass Communications, and a minor in Art. Kate began practicing meditation daily to help cope with the demands and responsibilities of college courses. She is also a member of the Kadampa meditation center in Baltimore. She has recently began incorporating yoga into her schedule to improve her health and increase her meditation skills. She is excited to be apart of an enlightened community that shares her passions and values.
Natalie Markland – Severna Park Studio Manager
Natalie is a native Annapolitan with roots 4 generations deep. Natalie moved to Florida for a few years but soon realized that Annapolis is her home. Natalie has been fitness oriented her entire life and has always enjoyed trying the new and adventurous. A friend introduced her to yoga and she started occasional practice a little over a year ago. After a personal tragedy, she turned to yoga on a more consistent basis and it has helped her reconnect with her conscious mind, find balance, inner peace and healing. Natalie’s excitement and enthusiasm of the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga have become a personal passion that she applies to every aspect of her life and enjoys sharing with others. Natalie has now found Charm City Yoga and is excited and thrilled to be part of such an amazing community.
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