About Sama


The Sama Center is a holistic health, yoga, and wellness center.


The intention of the Sama Center is to support western and alternative medicine by facilitating spiritual, emotional, and physical health. We are dedicated to providing our clients with an affordable alternative that helps them create well-being and balance in their lives.


The Sama Center offers a full schedule of events, yoga therapy, and movement classes for all levels. We also offer several varieties of massage therapy, sound therapy - Tibetan singing bowls, esogetic colorpuncture, applied kinesiology, reiki and other energy work, ayurveda, nutrition, raw living foods and juice therapy.  


We have been serving the community for nearly twenty-four years, and in 2013, our space underwent a complete renovation, including a new yoga studio. The Sama Center is fully accessible to persons with handicaps, and we offer student and senior discounts. 



Your Instructors


Paula Sam | Founder and Director


Paula is known for her warm, dynamic, and intelligent approach to teaching yoga, with a strong foundation in alignment. She is skilled at modifying poses to accommodate injuries and physical limitations. Her unique approach as a teacher has guided hundreds of students in their discovery of yoga and its effects on their bodies.


Paula began her yogic journey at age 16, and at 19 she was certified to teach by yogi Hari Sharana Zandler. Yearning for more knowledge, in her late 20s, she began to study Iyengar yoga with Theresa Rowland. Paula feels blessed to have studied with senior teachers from the lineages of Iyengar, Anusara, Kali Ray Triyoga and Saraswati River Yoga.


She has also received certifications from Michael Lee, founder of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy; Yogini Kaliji, founder of Kali Ray TriYoga; and Stott Pilates. Paula continues to study with Maa Parvathi Nandanath Saraswati in the Tantric methodology on the path of the Bhairavi or Tantric Adept. Paula enjoys the ancient texts and her in-depth studies and loves learning from all lineages of yoga. 


In addition to her extensive knowledge and practice of yoga, Paula is a licensed massage therapist, Esogetic Colorpuncture practitioner, Stott Pilates instructor, Raw Juice practitioner, and a Wise Earth Sadhaka practitioner, having trained at Wise Earth School of Ayurveda with Maya Tiwari. Paula continues to study and is working towards certification in Restorative Exercise with Katy Bowman, M.S. a biomechanics scientist who teaches how to reverse disease process through correct alignment and movement. 


Paula is grateful for the vast knowledge of the many teachers who have guided her over the years and for the amazing students who teach her daily. 


Paula shares her life with her son and her six other feathered and four-legged children.


More information about Paula


Paula's Certifications: American Heart Association: CPR AED, Infant CPR | Hatha Yoga Teacher Training | Kali Ray TriYoga Teacher Training Basics to Level 2 | Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist | 1995-2006 East Coast TYI Senior Teacher Trainer | Stott Pilates Mat and Reformer Basics to Advanced 


Maria del Rosario Evangelista (Charo) | Instructor


Maria del Rosario has been teaching yoga to children, adults, and seniors for the past 15 years.

Her path has involved discovering joy in all she does and taking every moment as a learning experience, a new adventure, or a new beginning. Her life mission is to help others connect to the light of love within their hearts.

Yoga was an instrumental part of Maria del Rosario's self-discovery and awakening. Maria del Rosario studied with many wonderful teachers, her teaching became a fusion of the different disciplines she’s practiced throughout the years. In her classes, you will experience the TriYoga flows, which unite posture, breath, and focus―or asana, pranayama, and mudra―as well as mantra and meditation.

Maria del Rosario trained with Paula Sam to obtain her certification in TriYoga Basics, and to receive her Reiki Mastership Level. She is an Access Bars facilitator, AromaTouch therapist and a meditation instructor. She also leads trips to her native Peru to study with Master Willaru Huayta.

More information on Charo

Maria del Rosario lives in West Chester with her husband, Fran; and her puppies, Austin and Daisy.

Maria del Rosario's Certifications: Certified Tri Yoga Instructor | Reiki Master | Access Bars Practitioner | American Heart Association: CPR AED, Infant CPR



Howard Hoctor | Instructor


Howard has been practicing yoga for nearly 40 years and has been teaching for the last 17 years. His first class was with a teacher who taught Kripalu yoga, then he moved on to Iyengar yoga before finding Paula Sam and taking teacher training with her to receive certification in TriYoga Basics.

As he has traveled through the yoga landscape, Howard has picked up a lot of yoga techniques, but because yoga is a growing and learning journey, he finds there is always more to learn and experience.

He also feels that yoga is a cumulative process, but from day one, it delivers its calming benefits. In his words, “If you are closed, it will open you; if you are open, it will nurture you; if you are nurtured, it will allow you to grow.” Howard’s classes are gentle, with the goal of getting you completely relaxed.
Howard is a graphic artist and a sculptor. Now retired, he has worked in television and at educational institutions. 


Howard's Certifications: Certified TriYoga Instructor 



Steven Inghram | Instructor

Steven is a forever learner, teacher, musician, yogi, and empath, who has studied and practiced yoga as a living/breathing philosophy since college. He believes that yoga not only has the capacity to bring about positive change, it has the power to transform all aspects of our lives for the better. 

Steven earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Moravian College and graduated with a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health. His intro into yoga began at a point in college where he was experiencing severe anxiety which eventually led to panic attacks. Ultimately, this is what led him to seek a better way of living. Initially, his practice was very athletic in a form referred to as Baptiste Power Yoga which is reminiscent of Ashtanga yoga.

He has taught various classes, workshops, and retreats around the United States and works with yoga therapy clientele in the Philadelphia area. Steven is also a Reiki Master in the Usui Reiki tradition which is a form of energy healing.

His personal mission is to educate individuals and groups how to integrate these ancient practices and philosophies into their daily lives so they may truly live with greater ease and well-being.


Bonnie (Bharati) Keyser | Instructor 

Bonnie has been a TriYoga teacher since 2001. She is certified in Basics and Level 1, and is interning in Level 2. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. Bonnie’s Sanskrit name, Bharati, is an alternative name for Sarasvati, goddess of knowledge and art.

In addition to teaching yoga, Bonnie has worked in public education and, more recently, in IT Technical Support. She enjoys working with people of all abilities. Meeting Kaliji and being immersed in the world of TriYoga has been one of the most wonderful experiences of her life. She also enjoys music, cats, travel, vegan cooking, technology "whispering" and laughter. 

Interesting facts: Paula Sam was Bonnie's first yoga teacher and TriYoga Teacher Trainer on the East Coast.



Steve Thoman | Instructor


Steve was hooked on Svaroopa® Yoga from his very first class in 2001, when he felt a deep inner release and shift.  After attending regular classes, he began studying and teaching Svaroopa® Yoga in 2003.  In 2006, Steve became a Certified Svaroopa ® Yoga Teacher (CSYT).  He has trained extensively with the originator of Svaroopa ® Yoga, Swami Nirmalananda Saraswati at Master Yoga Foundation and completed the advanced Svaroopa ® Yoga teacher training.
Steve has a calm, compassionate, and gentle teaching style that is a perfect match for either the newcomer to yoga or an experienced yogi searching for a deeper experience.  He enjoys teaching all different levels of Svaroopa Yoga including beginner, continuing, and deeper.  

Steve's Certifications: Certified Svaroopa Instructor | Embodyment Yoga Therapist | Certified Pranic Healer 


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