After working in the fitness indudtry for 14 years as a group fitness instructor, Brenda added Power Pilates to her repertoire of certifcations in 2004. She has worked with and instructed many diverese groups of all levels, ages and abilities.
Brenda continues her Pilates education with countless workshops and seminars. Some of these include intensives in Pilates props and equipment, working with special populations, proper spotting and placement technique, and Pilates bootcamp.
As the love for Pilates grows among those who participate, Brenda will continue to teach each class by combining her own love of fitness and fascination with Pilates movement.
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.
Christina is a 200 Hour Certified Yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She has an extensive background in dance, where she has performed in the US and Canada. As a performer she learned how to take care of her body, which led her to yoga. Originally starting out as a Bikram student in NYC, she eventually discovered all styles of yoga. She teaches her students to use proper alignment, while exposing them to new sequences she has created. Whether she is teaching a Hot 26 Class or Vinyasa flow, Christina has a passion for yoga she hopes to share with her students!
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.
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
Chelsea's yoga journey began in 2009 when she was introduced to world of vinyasa yoga and meditation, and was instantly hooked.
After taking over a year break from yoga to further her education, she was quickly reminded of the profound effect yoga and mediation had on her life and her need for change.
During this new chapter in her life, Chelsea reconnected with her daily asana and chose to deepen her knowledge and practice by taking on a Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training. After 9 life-changing and magical months, Chelsea received her 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training Certification from The Body Art Barn.
She encourages her students to push beyond their normal limitations to strengthen their minds and bodies, using the synchronization of the breath and movement (FLOW). Each of her classes are filled with love, hard work and a killer playlist!
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
Alyssa is the owner and operator of Alma Yoga. She discovered yoga 8 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.
Kelly Siegel 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.
Ron’s first yoga class was at the urging of a friend over 11 years ago. It was quite common to see him falling out of poses, during the first few months. What began as a part of his physical fitness activities evolved to include a more spiritual and emotional component. Ron enjoys exploring a variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, Iyengar, hot and Meditative. Finding this true passion of yoga and sharing it with others, has proven to be one of his greatest gifts and he is honored.
Ron received his 200 hour Yoga Alliance Certification at Ashtanga of New Paltz in June 2013. He has been influenced by many great teachers including Michael Stein, Maggie Heinzel-Neel, Adam Vitolo, Carol Scott and Andrea Parker
Mary began her Pilates journey last May, when she started attending classes with instructor Shelley Gilbert in Garrison, NY. After realizing the benefits of regular practice, she decided to take her interests further by becoming a Certified Mat Pilates Instructor last winter with Juliet Harvey at Beacon Pilates. While Mary has always enjoyed yoga, Pilates provided a different set of challenges and allowed her to build greater core and leg strength. When Mary is not practicing yoga or Pilates, she is usually running and just completed her first half marathon.
With the influence of yoga prevelant in her approach to Pilates, Mary believes in teaching students the importance of proper alignment over a fast pace when transitioning through various poses and exercises. Mary was taught this methodology by her instructor and uses this approach when teaching her own students.
By teaching, Mary hopes to not only impart her passion for both practices, but to also provide a challenging yet rewarding class for her students.
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.