About

“Water is fluid, soft, and yielding. But water will wear away rock, which is rigid and cannot yield. As a rule, whatever is fluid, soft, and yielding will overcome whatever is rigid and hard. This is another paradox: what is soft is strong.” Lao-Tzu 600 B.C.

Vision

Water and Rock Studio’s vision is to cultivate a balance of strength and fluidity in our clients, empowering them to achieve their optimal mental and physical wellness.

Mission

Water and Rock Studio’s mission is to provide our clients with the knowledge and tools to optimize their health and fitness through:

  • comprehensive individualized health and fitness plans using proven and innovative techniques
  • whole body personalized training
  • specialized instruction in a variety of modalities:
    • functional fitness and mobility
    • mixed martial arts
    • self defense
    • yoga
  • nutrition coaching
  • lifestyle coaching
  • coordinated care with other health and wellness professionals

IMG_0640Japheth Brubaker

All of his life, Japheth has been involved in activity, athletics, and fitness, from doing chores on the farm in Lancaster County where he grew up, to playing on multiple sports teams at a local Philadelphia high school, to winning national and international medals in martial arts.

After receiving his MBA, Japheth followed a logical path of pursuing a career utilizing his degree. However, after working for years in various desk jobs he found out first hand the negative impacts they had on his physical and mental health. Despite his continued involvement in activity and fitness, he had chronic year round allergies. He gained weight, developed high blood pressure, and was told to go on blood pressure medication due to his sedentary work environment. He also was diagnosed with thyroid disease, which caused weight gain and low energy.  As a result of this suffering, he made the decision to turn his passion for health and fitness into his career, and he never looked back.

In 2008 Japheth began managing a CrossFit, mixed martial arts, and yoga center, where he was able to incorporate his business background and his love of teaching. From here he went on to become a personal trainer and manager at one of the largest fitness clubs in the country. Through many personal nutrition, lifestyle and training changes and working with an integrative doctor, Japheth was able to bring his blood pressure to within the optimal range, eliminating the need for medication, and to significantly improve his allergies and energy level.

Through his own personal experiences, Japheth discovered the importance of using a whole body approach with his clients, no matter the age or skill level. Japheth’s unique teaching style began to set him apart from other trainers and instructors, and he soon realized that to truly follow his passion he needed to leave the confines of corporate fitness and start his own studio. Water and Rock Studio was born.

Japheth is passionate about sharing his love for health and fitness and getting his clients results. He lives with his wife Suzanne and daughter Quinn and son Xavier in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia.

Credentials:

  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) (recognized as one of the top trainers in the country by the regional director of one of the largest publicly traded fitness companies in the United States)
  • Featured on CBS and FOX News
  • CrossFit Level 2 Trainer
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu purple belt under Royce Gracie (holding multiple national and international medals)
  • Muay Thai Coaching Certificate under Kru Sean Douglas
  • Israeli Krav Maga and Adaptive Close Quarter Combat Yellow Belt/Instructor Level 1 Certificate under Sean Stoopman (Moshe Katz)
  • Working towards 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with master teacher Beryl Bender Birch
  • Certified Reiki Shoden Level I Practitioner under Reiki Master Micha Rhodes (Usui Reiki Ryoho)
  • Trained:
    • CEOs of international corporations
    • University Presidents
    • Leaders of fortune 500 companies, federal and local government, and non-profits
    • Television personalities
    • Award winning vocalists and artists
    • Elite runners, obstacle course racers, hockey players, and race car drivers
    • National Football League (NFL) players and employees
    • Mixed Martial Arts professional and amateur fighters
    • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu medalists at the local, national, and international levels
    • Military and law enforcement:
      • Police
      • SWAT
      • Marines
      • Secret Service
      • FBI
      • Coast Guard
  • CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Marymount University
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in English from the University of Pennsylvania
  • Decorated multisport Germantown Friends School high school athlete and collegiate athlete

IMG_0641Suzanne Brubaker

Suzanne Brubaker discovered her passion for helping others at a young age. She worked as a school psychologist for 10 years, helping children of all ages and ability levels, as well as parents, navigate the emotional and academic struggles that come with childhood.  During this time, Suzanne discovered her love for the mind and body benefits of yoga and felt drawn to it. Fitness, mental, and emotional health has always been a part of her life. Yoga was a natural path for Suzanne and her teaching evolved from this organically. Through yoga, she began developing a stronger awareness of self and environment and became passionate about integrating physical and mental health and wellness.

Suzanne quickly fell in love with the Astanga yoga system and incorporates aspects of the primary and secondary series into her classes. She teaches a variety of styles, including vinyasa, power, flow, prenatal, kids, and parent and tot yoga.

Suzanne is grateful for the benefits of yoga and fitness in her life and is passionate about sharing this with others.

Suzanne completed her yoga teacher training with Beryl Bender Birch, nationally and internationally recognized as one of the pioneers of power yoga in the western world.

Yoga teaching experience

  • head yoga instructor at multi-location studio
  • yoga studios
  • fitness centers
  • after-school programs
  • performing arts center
  • community center

Experience with children

Suzanne has worked with hundreds of children in over two decades in these settings:

  • Private yoga work with children
  • Yoga classes for:
    • Preschool
    • Elementary
    • Pre teen
    • Teen
    • Mom and tot
    • Church nurseries
    • Day care centers in the US and abroad
    • Child development center
    • Pre school, elementary, middle, and high Schools
    • 20 years of babysitting
    • private tutoring
    • yoga in elementary schools

Suzanne lives with her husband Japheth and daughter Quinn in Chestnut Hill Philadelphia.

Credentials:

  • 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT)
  • YoKid Certification
  • Certified Reiki Shoden Level I Practitioner under Reiki Master Micha Rhodes (Usui Reiki Ryoho)
  • CPR, First Aid, and AED Certified
  • Master of Arts/Certificate of Advanced Study (MA/CAS) in School Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Psychology and Management