Libby began practicing yoga as a way to incorporate more exercise into her life as she tried to regain her health, but it wasn't long before she learned that yoga was so much more than just an amazng physical workout. Yoga is a way of life. Her practice helped her grow stronger physically and mentally and has made her more flexible both on and off the mat. This practice has inspired her to live each moment more mindfully and with a renewed, nonjudgemental view on life.
She competed her 200 Vinyasa Teacher Training at the The Body Art Barn in Chester, NY. Her love of learning and all things yoga keeps her a perpetual student of her practice and the various philosophies of yoga. She is fascinated with the healing powers of essential oils and often incorporates aromatherapy into the closing of her classes. Her classes combine curating playlists and creative sequences to keep students on their toes.
Libby's classes will leave you feeling refreshed, nourished, and balanced.
Stephanie fell in love with yoga when she moved to the Hudson Valley from Brooklyn. She had always been a "gym rat" but once she hit the mat she knew that yoga was the discipline she needed and craved. As an experienced high school teacher, she jumped at the chance to be able to combine her love of yoga with her passion for teaching. She completed her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hour training in 2013. She is a lover of all styles of yoga!
A forever student of the practice, Julie believes the study of yoga is the study of how we show up on our mats and mirrors how we are out in the world. Learning life skills requires discipline,
Faith, trust and surrender. Classes with her are definitely challenging! If it were easy, what would we learn? We are so much stronger than we know and it's at the edge where we have opportunities to meet our true selves.
Juie was a costume designer for 25 years in the film biz in NYC. For her, yoga started as a workout and opened into a much deeper practice integrating mind, body, soul. She is the former studio owner of NP ROCK YOGA New York from 2012-2016 where she still directs and heads tthe teacher trainings featuring hot, vinyasa, yin, restorative classes.
Her trainings thus far:
Absolute Yoga 200hour Hot training,
Yoga to the People 200 hour Vinyasa,
50 hour advanced Fly training Laughing Lotus,
Continuing Ed with Bryan Kest, Baron Baptiste, Nikki Costello Ivengar practice.
Her mentors? The most challenging teachers she can find to teach her the art of being limitless. All the teachers at Laughing lotus NYC inspire her with their creativity, Nevine Machan at Katonah for her brilliant Taoist teachings and pranayama. For the last 2 1/2 years, I have been immersed in a teacher training 2 hours a week with Nikki Costello.
Her favorite quote?
Goya at 84 said "ayun aprendo" (i am still learning)
Mary Oliver- "what will you do with this precious life"
Delia found yoga in 2008 after agreeing to go to class with a friend who promised this class would be "different" than the rest. The friend was right, it was different, she was hooked, and the rest is history. Delia is a long time student of Michelle Dawson, owner of The Body Art Barn. She completed her 200 hour YTT at The Body Art Studio in 2012 and has been teaching vinyasa and aerial vinyasa ever since. She truly believes in the transformational powers of this practice. We gain strength on the mat so we can take that strength out into the world.
Darryl has been practicing yoga for 5 years and has been teaching vinyasa for 2. He originally started yoga as a physical practice and it eventually turned into a spiritual practice as well. He completed his 200 hour YTT in 2013 with his teacher Michelle Dawson of the Body Art Barn. He has a love for arm balances and inversions and includes them in most of his classes. He believes that you should enjoy your practice and have fun with it.
Alyssa is the owner and operator of Alma Yoga. She discovered yoga 10 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. Her dreams came to life when she took over Alma Yoga in 2014.
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.
Liz stumbled upon her first yoga glass in a gym and decided to “give it a shot.” She was quickly drawn to the benefits of both the physical and mental aspect of the practice. Noticing an improvement in sleeping patterns, a significant decrease in stress, and a more enlightened outlook on life, Liz decided to deepen her practice by taking her 200hr Yoga Alliance Teacher Training with Kelly Kamm at Happy Buddha Yoga. Liz has continued to further her education and has since become certified in Children and Teens Yoga, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Reiki 1. Liz believes that the benefits of yoga are endless. Students can expect a sense of humor and a light hearted and carefree approach, all while learning to strengthen the mind and body to cultivate a sense of peace, balance, and mindfulness that students can carry with them both on and off the mat. Liz is forever grateful for this practice and for all of her teachers and students everywhere.
“As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.” ~ Rumi
Ishia Wilson is a 200 hour certified e-RYT. Ishia has been teaching locally for nearly a decade and is motivated and inspired to teach practitioners of all levels. Prior to becoming a yoga teacher, she received her BFA in Theatre & Dance and had a colorful career performing and producing dance all over the country. Well versed in Vinyasa and Hot Yoga Practices, as well as being Prenatal Certified, Ishia teaches a unique class that fuses all of her past experience into a sweaty, transformative asana experience that is not to be missed.