Kelly Siegel is the Director of Alma Yoga. She has been practicing yoga for eight years and has found Yoga to be a tool to greater her connection to herself and others. She is a 200 RYT yoga instructor certified under Reflections Yoga in NYC, certified Core Strength Vinyasa teacher under Sadie Nardini and continues to study Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff, author of Yoga Anatomy. Kelly is currently working towards her 500 RYT certification through Reflections Yoga.
Throughout the years Kelly has studied a wide range of disciplines including Ashtanga, Bikram, Vinyasa, and Kundalini. While she is certified as a Vinyasa instructor, she draws inspiration from all styles and primarily focuses on teaching the Principles of Movement as taught by her teacher, Paula Tursi. In her classes she emphasizes alignment while she guides and supports her students through breath, asana and meditation. She considers her most important job as an instructor of yoga to teach people how to “feel,” which she believes to be undervalued in today’s fast-paced, driven society.
Kelly teaches most of Alma’s classes, runs and teaches Kid’s Yoga Programs, and does on-site Corporate Yoga Programs.
Andrea has been practicing yoga for 16 years and teaching for 10. She is grateful to continually study with and be inspired by many great teachers, including Dharma Mittra, Baron Babtiste, Bryan kest, David Swenson, and her Mom, Carol Scott, who has been a yoga teacher for 18 years.
Although she has attended many different classes and trainings, her practice and teaching are influenced most by Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga methods. Andrea's classes blend classic poses, beathwork, and great music into a fun, energetic, flowing experience that will calm your mind, free your body, and liberate your spirit so that you can live a more authentic life.
Cristina Hiller is a 200-Hour and Pre-Natal Certified Yoga Instructor. As a busy mom, she discovered that yoga alleviated some of the stressors that were affecting her health. With a background in education and science, she was intrigued by the many studies showing the healing benefits of yoga.
She found an ability to breathe depper, release stress and grow stronger. With regular practice, it became a way of life. Focusing on understanding the biomechanics of anatomy as well as the spiritual basis of yoga, she trained under the Matkins, whose program aligned with her personal philosophy.
Cristina has been teaching in the Hudson Valley since 2006. Desiring to fill a need in the community, in 2009 she opened Hudson Haven, a women's retreat. It was an honor to provide nutrition counseling and yoga guidance, empowering others to improving their quality of life. In 2011 she needed to focus on her family and made the difficult decision to close the studio. Cristina has been privileged to work with varied populations, ranging from youth to seniors, and physically fit individuals to those with ailments.
Recently, she started a yoga program teaching incarcerated young men. Her classes are non-competitive and focus on breath and movement to open up the body's ability to heal. "Come as you are...and always bring intention."
In 2010, Carla was introduced to yoga, when her amazing mother had the foresight to convince her quite reluctant daughter to join her at Yoga class. Falling flat on her face in her first Chaturanga and taking out the poor students to her right, as she lost her balance in Ardha Chandrasana, a swollen backside, bruised ego and curious Carla returned the following morning for round two.
Carla is an 800 hr Certified Jivamukti Instructor and applies the same level of dedication and drive to her Yogic studies as to providing her students with the necessary support, mystery, creativity and challenge that presents as a result of their individual practices.
Looking forward to seeing you in her classes, Carla hopes to leave each student with a new found conncection to the "Self" and the Divine as every relationship imparts a new wisdom: and impact vibration that reinforces the obvious "OM" Shanti Shanti Shanti
Taura Amaris Rutigliano
Taura Amaris has always been devoted to helping others physically and spiritually, While in college Taura Amaris was introduced to yoga and her world was changed. Becoming an avid yogi for the next ten years, it was not until after becoming a stay at home mom , Taura decided to take her pastime of yoga further. Attending a 9 month program at Jai Mai Yoga Center in New Paltz, NY with Ami Jayaprada Hirschstein, Taura Amaris emerged with radiant life and energy to become a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance.
Substituting and branching out since the teacher immersion in September 2012, Taura Amaris Rutigliano teaches a better understanding of the alignment of poses and energies to advance one's Yoga journey deeper as they search for balance in their lives and lifestyle
My name is Ellen bucciferro. I have been studying yoga for seven years. I have been a yoga instructor for almost four years, receiving my teaching certification in Ahstanga Yoga in New Paltz, New York. I am also a fourth grade teacher in the Newburgh School District.
In my classes, I focus on breath and movement, paying close attention to the alignment of the body. I believe that, in moving the body with the breath, while challenging both the body and mind in the Hatha yoga practice, it will help to build strength and confidence in my practitioners. As confidence increases, and the physical changes are evident, the body, mind and soul come into harmony and improve outlook of day-to-day living and relationships.
For me, practicing yoga is a life-long journey, as there is always something in which one can improve. Listening to what the body is telling you, whether to push a posture, or back off is the key to continuing your yoga practice into your golden years. With all that I have gotten from my own yoga practice, I enjoy, with as much intensity, giving back as a teacher.
Adrienne started practicing yoga several years ago and quickly developed a passion for the countless benefits it provides for the mind and the body. After being injured in a car accident, she started to practice Qigong and later began to practice Hot Yoga and Hot Power Yoga/Vinyasa. Yoga is exercise with therapeutic powere allowing the body to become strong, the mind to become calm and to become self aware.
Adrienne has grown up playing competitive sports, and later went on to receive a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Human Resources from Marist College in New York.
Searching for a perfect balance of body and mind, she enrolled in Fred Busch's residential intensive teacer training at Salamahdi Ranch in Colorado. She received her 200-hour Teacher Certification in Hot Power Yoga/Vinyasa, Meditation, Pranayama, Nutrituion, Healing Sequencing and Prenatal Yoga and is looking forward to continuing her education and practice.
She enjoys the physical challenge and yet the serene energy yoga brings to her life. Adrienne encourages others to fully live in the present, self-improve and lead a healthy lifestyle in order for them to experience compassion and gratitude.
Alyssa discovered yoga 6 years ago after finally agreeing to her best friends plea to accompany her to a hot yoga class. Yoga turned out to be the missing piece to her puzzle. Alyssa began taking hot yoga classes regularly and knew almost immediately that she needed to make yoga a bigger part of her life. The opportunity to become a certified yoga instructor came her way and without hesitation, she enrolled. The training, which taught her much more than just asanas on a mat, changed Alyssa's life completely. After 3 of the most challenging yet rewarding months of her life, Alyssa received her 200 hour Hot Hatha
Certification through Fireshaper (formerly Hot Yoga NJ) in 2011 and has been teaching ever since. In 2013, Alyssa left her job in Corporate America to pursue her dreams of teaching yoga full time.
Alyssa's passion for living a natural, holistic, and happy life shines through in each of her classes. It is easy to see that she has found her passion in the practice and her goal in life is to spread the word of yoga and to allow yoga to empower others the way it has empowered her.