Ellen Bucciferro has been practicing yoga since 2005, and has been a yoga instructor since 2009. She received her teaching certification from Ashtanga Yoga in New Paltz, New York. Recently retired, Ellen was an elementary school teacher for thirty years.
In Ellen's classes, a lot of focus is on breath and movements in asanas, paying close attention to the alignment of the body. Ellen feels that focusing on the asanas with the breath, while challenging both the body and mind in the Hatha yoga practice, is instrumental in building strength and confidence in all practitioners. Her philosophy is that "as a student's confidence increases, and the physical changes are evident, the body, mind and soul come into harmony and improve the outlook of day-to-day living and relationships."
For Ellen, practicing yoga is a life-long journey, as there will always be something on which to improve. Listening to what the body is telling you, whether to push a posture, or back off is the key to continuing a healthy yoga practice into your golden years. With all that Ellen has received from her yoga practice, she enjoys, with as much intensity, giving back as a teacher.
Sara Hart is fine artist-yogini who is grateful to have found a lifestyle that supports her creativity & spirituality, as well providing a professional holistic healing practice in the United States. Originally from a small area outside NYC, Sara has traveled and studied Yoga in many places to help heal her own mind and body from complications of injuries, PTSD, and to gain better clarity and awareness in herself. Combining a Fine Art Degree and over 15 years of Yoga & a Crystal Healing practice, Sara is humbled and inspired to share this practice with others. She combines her studies in meditation, pranayama and spiritual philosophy with her study of asana and art to create a challenging and comprehensive asana practice that caters to creative professionals, athletes & trainers, teachers & leaders, and those healing from addiction and illness. Working with Sara you will experience inspiring words of wisdom for living in today’s world and a nurturing hands-on approach to alignment and energy healing with aromatherapy ad crystal energy healing to nurture and relax the mind bod and soul.
Ami founded and directed two New Paltz Yoga studios: Jai Ma Yoga Center from 1999-2015 and YogAlive 2015-2017. When Ami first started Yoga in 1991, her life fundamentally shifted. After she completed her first Teacher Training in 1995, Ami was asked to teach and has been teaching ever since. Her journey led her to receive teaching certifications as an Anusara and Kripalu Yoga Teacher and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist. Ami is a Certified Ayurvedic Health Counselor with the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She belongs to the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Ami has been leading Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2001. She specializes in therapeutic yoga, teaching her students how to come into alignment, eliminate pain and deepen their practice. Her classes inspire and empower students to embrace life more fully. She works with clients to create balance and health through diet and lifestyle. Ami is the author of “108 Yoga Poses” and her articles been featured in several publications, such as Mountain Bike Magazine. Ami has studied meditation, Ayurveda, energy work and various forms of Yoga throughout the US and India. Her current practice focuses on Hatha Yoga as well as Bhakti (devotional) Yoga and the study of philosophy and Sanskrit.
HariPrakaash teaches Kundalini Yoga, Meditation and Gong Sound Healing. In 1996 she began her practice in Woodstock, New York. She has been a teacher of Yoga since 2006. Her training in Kundalini Yoga began with Harijiwan, that relationship, which continues to grow, expands her devotion and gratitude to these sacred teachings. Her Sadhana (personal practice) and classes benefit from her love for music, creative spirit and connection to planet Earth. Her prayer is that the teachings continue to flow through her accurately and authentically. She is deeply grateful for her teachers, the teachings and the energy that flows through her. HariPrakaash brought Kundalini Yoga and the "Gong Movement" to the Hudson Valley of NY in a very grass roots way, by teaching out of her living room. She has inspired and guided dozens of people to take KRI teacher trainings and become teachers themselves. She continues to inspire and uplift the individuals she teaches daily. You will find HariPrakaash at various music, yoga festivals and retreat centers. She also teaches out of Private Locations and Yoga studios in the Tri-State NY area as well as Los Angeles, CA. She holds an International KRI certification in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. HariPrakaash has attended and is certified in dozens of KRI Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 trainings. She is also a certified Hatha Yoga teacher.
Gabriel first became passionate about health and wellness during his last semester of college in a class that studied the Alexander Technique. He gained perspective on the seemingly endless potential the human body and mind have to achieve incredible things if they are treated mindfully, with care and with an understanding of how to best use them. Yoga had come in and out of his life before but now he understood just how important and useful this practice was. Since then he has slowly been working towards becoming a full-time instructor so that he can spend as much time as possible learning and exploring this powerful practice. Gabriel hopes to share everything he has learned about healing, growth and the vast human potential of any body or mind, to any and as many of those who are willing to listen.
Nikkis classes have been described as a true teaching of the heart and soul. She is a 500 hr RYT Yoga Alliance certified teacher trained with a focus in Bhakti yoga. Nikki studied her 200 hr with Tadasana LIB and her 500hr with Supersoul Yoga at the Govardhan Eco Village in India. Her studies include Vinyasa, Hot 26, advanced sequencing and asana, sacred literature , chakra healing , Ayurveda , satvic cooking , classical music , restorative, prenatal and yin yoga, making her classes truly one of a kind.
Nikki first found yoga like many of us, wandering into a yoga studio to try physical asana. While always being spiritually connected, she instantly found a deeper meaning to her practice. During her 200hr RYT she was cracked open in learning the true meaning of yoga and had a yearning for more. She decided then that she had to fill her calling as a spirit soul to holy mother India. After taking the leap of faith to study for her 500 hr, she was deeply immersed in the ancient path of Bhakti yoga rituals and traditions, adding a deeper understanding to her service in teaching.
Nikki is humbled and truly grateful to be of service to the community as facilitator of the ancient practice of yoga. She combines her studies in spiritual philosophy, meditation, pranayama and advanced asana to create a dynamic class that will leave you sweaty, smiley and hungry for more. Nikki’s encouraging and upbeat personality with experience in teaching all levels and styles makes her classes for everyone. Be ready for divine discussion, juicy asana and engaging reflection in all her classes.
She is forever grateful and bows to her teachers Raghunath Cappo , his holiness Radhanath Swami, Kaustubha Das, Vasu Dudakia, Janeshwar Das, Madhuri Pura Das, Radha Vallacha, Roberta McGinley, John Smric and Jahnava Sundari.
Mindfulness has transformed Elisa's life and she is very grateful for the opportunity to introduce these practices to others.
After completing the MBSR practicum at UMass Medical Center, Center for Mindfulness, Elisa continued her studies and is currently receiving mentorship from Diane Reibel through the University of California San Diego, Center for Mindfulness. She is a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Elisa has a Master of Education with a focus on mindfulness curriculum. She is currently engaged in a doctoral program.
Elisa lives in the beautiful Hudson Valley with her daughter. She has a daily meditation practice and enjoys the challenges of yoga.
Liz Torres has been teaching Yoga throughout the Hudson Valley for the past five years. Holding certifications in Vinyasa, Children & Teens, Yin, Advanced Restorative and Reiki 1, Liz believes Yoga is truly a healing practice for any and everybody and you’re never too young to start. Liz’s passion is working with kids to help them learn tools to cope with everyday life stressors in a healthy way, thus changing the world one breath at a time. Students, of all ages, can expect a challenging class with a sense of humor, light hearted and carefree approach. Students will learn to strengthen the mind and body to cultivate a sense of peace, balance, and mindfulness to carry both on and off the mat. Liz is forever grateful for this practice and for all her teachers and students everywhere. To learn more about Liz, visit www.mindfulyogawithliz.com