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.
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
Emily is a student and teacher of yoga based in Beacon, NY. She comes to yoga with a mindful and holistic focus. Upon beginning her practice 15 years ago, she immediately responded to the power of yoga to unite the body, mind and spirit, leaving her feeling physically and mentally at peace. Emily's focus is to help students experience the benefits of yoga through a creative vinyasa flow and meditative approach, which clears the mind and paves the way for inner awareness and spiritual calm. Emily is a 500hr RYT Yoga Alliance certified teacher and Yoga of 12-Step Recovery Space Holder. She is particularly passionate about the ability of yoga to help people living with serious illness, depression or addiction, and focuses her efforts on providing a compassion-centered, trauma sensitive yoga practice to people facing these challenges. Teaching yoga is her way to help others achieve the physical strength and inner peace that she has found from her practice. It is the healing spiritual essence of yoga that she wishes to share with her students.
Mary Rachel Platt has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1971. She is a nationally certified yoga instructor (E-RYT-500) in Amrit Yoga, as taught by Yogi Amrit Desai, and a certified Yoga Therapist (PYT 500) in Integrative Yoga Therapy as taught by Joseph and Lillian LePage. In addition, she holds certifications as a Yoga Ed Instructor and Yoga Nidra Facilitator. In recent years, she developed a love for QiGong as well, and is a nationally certified Qigong instructor by Santa Cruz Chi Center under master Lee Holden. A professional storyteller since 1989, Mary often uses folk tales, myths and poetry to enhance her teaching, especially in her work with children and adolescents. She has co-taught QiGong workshops with her husband, John, at Kripalu Institute in Stockbridge, MA, co-developed teacher training programs for Weight Watchers International, teaches workshops nationally, and works with private yoga therapy clients. Mary and John live in Hyde Park, NY and teach on-going classes in the Hudson Valley.
John has been learning and teaching various Chinese Arts since 1966. In 1991 he began an intense study of Tai Chi Chuan under various teachers, including Shifu Jiang Jian-Ye, and a study of Qigong from Masters Lee Holden and Dr. Yang Jwing Ming. John is certified to teach Tai Chi and Qigong from The New York Central District Tai Chi and Kung-Fu Association. He also holds Level IV Teacher Certification from the Santa Cruz Center under Master Lee Holden and a Level III Advanced Instructor Certification from the National Qigong Association. John has taught numerous Qigong programs at the Kripalu Institute in Massachusetts and has worked with the Weight Watchers Organization, teaching Qigong to clients in various cities throughout the country. He is the author of A Toolbox of Energy: 81 Qigong Exercises for Health, Vitality, and Emotional Balance, as well as numerous manuals for Qigong practice, several of which were used exclusively by Weight Watchers. John currently teaches Qigong and Tai Chi with his wife, Mary, throughout the Hudson Valley.
Since starting my spiritual journey in 2014 I have grown in ways I couldn't have imagined on the path of Yoga, meditation, and energy healing. As a Yoga instructor I want to help my students reach the understanding that inner peace and physical health can be achieved in perfect harmony through the practice of Yoga. I strive to create a nurturing environment in my which students are encouraged to engage their desire to learn for a transformative experience in the wonderful world of yoga. I intertwine the Yoga experience with a passionate interest towards helping others to maintain a sound body and mind along with relaxation and awareness in their daily lives. Certified at the 200-hour level I have learned from and been inspired by Ami Jayaprada Hirschstein and Michael Stein. My devoted path towards holistic wellness and spiritual healing is further enhanced as a Certified Reiki Master and Chakra Crystal Energy Clinician.
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.