Elevate Yoga Studio

25 N. Walnut Street

West Chester, PA 19380

Tel: 484 - 887 - 0976


Michele Fort

Owner, Yoga Instructor

In 1999, Michele wandered up the stairs of her gym one evening and came upon a candle lit room that was being prepared for a yoga class. She took that class and yoga has been changing her life on and off the mat ever since. For Michele, it was during a difficult time in her life that she truly found the healing benefits of a daily practice. She is now dedicated to helping others find transformation through the ancient practice of yoga. Over the past 20 years, Michele has studied different styles of yoga and has practiced in different studios throughout the U.S., Mexico and Costa Rica. Michele feels as passionate about learning today as she did when she first started and wants to share that enthusiasm with her students. Michele completed the 200 Hour YTT and Yin Yoga Immersion at Prana Das Yoga Therapy and Healing Arts Center in July 2019 and the 300 Hour YTT in March 2020. She is also Reiki 2 certified and continues to study energy healing modalities as well as the chakra system, breath work, meditation, aromatherapy and the teachings of Ayurveda.
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees." -B.K.S. Iyengar

Jessica Pucci

Yoga Instructor

I am a certified yoga instructor and previous owner of Tulaa Yoga Studio in Wilmington, Delaware. I've been practicing yoga for 21 years, teaching for over a decade, certified numerous teachers since 2012, and more recently have been studying to become an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Through my holistic approach to well being, I have learned that total wellness involves nourishment on the inside as well as the outside and I am passionate about helping others create that balance. I specialize in vinyasa, hatha flow, yin, and restorative yoga and welcome everybody to my classes regardless of age, body shape, or experience. My style tends to be a grounding practice mixed with mantras and meditations. The intention is to offer you a combo of physical and mental space to clear your heart, awaken your spirit, get you rooted to the earth, and still cultivate the fire within. In addition to asana classes, I lead various women’s circles, retreats, and specialty workshops.

Desiree Borusiewicz

Yoga Instructor

I have been in the fitness industry for over 13 years, with experience as an athlete, personal trainer, group instructor, and gym owner/operator. I have a teaching certification in Health and Physical Education as well as a Master’s degree in Exercise Science. Throughout my career I have worked in many capacities, with a variety of ages and ability levels, within both education and fitness environments. My minor was in Adapted Physical Education and I have a passion for working with individuals with disabilities. I have practiced yoga on and off for many years.  However, I found yoga during a time of life’s turmoil while looking for balance, guidance, and stress relief. I am a forever student with a love of change, adaptation, and reinvention. I received my RYT-200 certification through Prana Das Yoga Therapy and Healing Center in Haverford, PA (an Ashtanga Based Program). Yoga has inspired me to live more gratefully and to focus on the simple beauty of this life. I am an empathetic and compassion driven person with a calming presence. I hope to inspire all my students toward growth, whether that be physical, emotional, or spiritual.

Marissa Rose

Yoga Instructor

Marissa is a Yoga Instructor, Life Coach & Mindfulness Teacher. She's a Reiki Level II practitioner and has been teaching yoga for 9 years across the United States. She's taken mindfulness and wellbeing courses through both Yale and Jon Kabat Zinn's Mind Body Stress Reduction program and is an advocate for wellbeing and self care. She's also completed two 200-hour yoga certifications in both hatha yoga and power vinyasa at CorePower Yoga. Marissa was a studio manager and lead teacher trainer at CorePower Yoga in Southern California, training over 80 yoga instructors in how to teach power vinyasa. As a Coach and Teacher, her mission is to equip and empower individuals to tap into their personal power by overcoming negative beliefs, self doubt, and insecurity by integrating mind, body, and soul.
"Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable." - Mary Oliver 

Heather Marquette

Yoga Instructor

Heather has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. When her 20 year hairdressing career started to go stale she decided to explore what she could do with her other Yoga has been an outlet for Heather, a way for her to cultivate her abilities to stay present and positive. She has used her practice not only to create a healthy body but a healthy mind free from anxiety. She wanted to share what she has gained through yoga with others through teaching. Heather became a RYT 200 yoga teacher in August of 2016.She further her education with a 300 hour training program and received her RYT 500 accreditation in March 2020. When asked why she teaches classes and trainings she replies,"My goal as a yoga instructor is to touch people's lives in such a way that I can help them feel physically and emotionally healthier so that they have the strength to continue their journey with positive mindful intentions and love toward not only others but themselves." Heather's soothing yet firm voice helps to carry you through the flow of yoga in a relaxing yet energetic way. Heather will do her best to help, modify and encourage everyone so that they can accomplish their yoga goals!