My best friend was really into yoga 25 years ago, and encouraged me to give it a try. At the time, I was into anything fitness wise that was “faster/harder” and thought she was crazy. 6 months later, I went to my first yoga class and was hooked. I’ve been practicing ever since and received my 500 hour certification to teach in 2002.
Yoga has really had a strong impact on my life. I no longer need to push myself so hard and it’s really taught me how to live my life with more ease and grace. I now welcome (usually) challenges and difficulty as times of opportunity for me to pay attention to what needs changing in my life – it may be simply my perspective, or a big change in what I’m doing or how I’m living.
To me it’s one of the best technologies we have to truly navigate this mystery we call life and learn how to live it to the fullest we can.
I am so grateful to my teachers both living and passed including my students, children, husband, career, and amazing yoga and spiritual teachers I’ve ahd the chance to study with.
My biggest joy is to see students faces when they’ve finished a class. I feel honored to have the opportunity to ignite their inner fire and light, and see them grow into and embrace all they are.
Meghan is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified personal trainer as well as a seasoned yoga instructor. She obtained her 200 hour certification through Yoga to the People and her prenatal yoga teacher training through Om Yoga Center in New York City. In addition, Meghan is certified to teach Women's Special Populations (prenatal, postnatal, menopause, autoimmune diseases, and breast/ovarian cancers) and Movement Skills Development for Children. She has experience teaching men, women, and children of all fitness levels both one on one and in classroom settings. She especially loves working with postnatal and prenatal mothers as well as children. Meghan work as an instructor with Mind Body Fitness NYC has also been featured in American Baby Magazine, Vogue.com, DNAinfo New York, Westchester Family Magazine, and Wee Westchester.
Donna Amrita Davidge has been teaching Kundalini Yoga for thirty years, based in New York City, and had the privilege of studying with Yogi Bhajan, who gave her the spiritual name Amrita.
Amrita has taught thousands of students in varied settings, produced yoga videos and DVDs and has owned and operated a personalized yoga retreat since 1997 in her ancestral home in Maine www.sewallhouse.com which has been featured in much press-
She brings a devotion to yoga, self growth, humor and love of people to her teaching. She has also studied (since 1999) and teaches (since 2003) other forms of yoga based on her immersion and eagerness to remain a student.
Her yoga articles can be found by clicking the top of homepage of her website.
I am a native of Vermont who has just taken roots in Westchester. My background in yoga has fairly new beginnings. I have over fifteen years experience as a massage therapist and started to feel a calling to yoga when my own body needed healing. The healing that took place within me was profound. With encouragement from the yoga community I entered the teacher training program at Laughing River Yoga in Winooski Vermont. I completed my 200hr teacher training in October 2013.
I am certified in Hatha yoga and my background in massage therapy has given me a strong foundation in anatomy. My focus when I teach is to give students a strong foundation in their asana practice and include yogic philosophy during instruction. I encourage students to take what they learn during their asana practice beyond the mat. I also incorporate pranayama and mantra to aid students in meditation and breath work.
I am passionate about yoga and the healing that takes place during asana practice. I look forward to sharing this passion with you.
Jaimie is a certified Hot 26 and Vinyasa yoga instructor, a Certified Reflexologist and Life Coach with a Master's in Mental Health Counseling. She has been practicing reflexology for ten years, working with independent boutique spas and private clients. It is her goal to help others heal through movement and reflexology. Having been recently certified to also teach ballet barre, Jaimie has created her own barre workout suitable for all levels, incorporating fitness, agility, and lengthening stretches in an hour long class. Jaimie currently teaches Yoga and Barre throughout the Westchester area and teaches both group classes as well as taking on private clients. balancing360.com
I love to teach. I learn from teaching. I love learning about the physical body, which houses our most valuable resources and is the entry way into our heart. I believe in a well-aligned body because it fosters our creativity, our strength and integrity in our relationships. My classes provide a safe space to be yourself, work hard and enjoy a process that is as playful as it is precise.
I received my first teaching certification from Kripalu Yoga Center in 2003. I completed an Anusara Yoga teacher training in 2010 and am currently a Registered Yoga Teacher with an Anusara-inspired status. Since 2010, I have been Yoga Program Director at Quick Fitness in Brooklyn, NY; I have been on staff at Equinox Fitness Club since 2008; and I have instructed at some of New York’s most revered studios, especially Virayoga where I also had the privilege of studying under Elena Brower, Zhenja La Rosa and Lois Nesbit. Other notable mentors include Cynthia Fuller-Kling, Jill Miller and Ellen Saltonstall. My private clients are triathletes, musicians, chefs, dancers, corporate executives, and new moms.
With deep respect, I honor my teachers and give profound thanks to my students who continually provide me with inspiration, education and meaning. cassyoga.com
Marguerite dreamed of taking yoga for years, but it wasn’t until a stint in a hospital ICU that she vowed to go and take a class. The rest, as they say, is history. For Marguerite, her yoga mat is an oasis of peace and calm – a place for reflection. She loves to lose herself in her meditation and asana practice, and has felt that way from the first time she stepped onto the mat. It’s those moments of pure joy and the fun of the practice that she hopes to share with her students.
Marguerite received her 200 hour certification from Yoga Haven in Tuckahoe in 2010. Believing there is no end to the learning process, she has gone on to take an additional 30-hour training. She has also received her certification in Prenatal, Mommy & Me, and Restorative yoga. Her goal is to encourage students of all ages, shapes, and flexibility levels to find their inner yogi. “The beauty of yoga is that it meets us (our bodies and minds), without judgment wherever we are on any given day. How perfect is that?”
Joanne is internationally recognized as a thought leader, innovator and key advisor within the pro-social sector. A passionate entrepreneur of sustainable solutions for economic development and social impact, Joanne has led organizations and counseled leadership on all sides of the philanthropy table – non-profit, foundation and business. Her consulting firm, Heyman Partners, guides leaders in social innovation to build organizations and programs that make a real and positive difference in the world.
She began practicing yoga in 2000 when she made the conscious decision to find a physical and spiritual practice that she could do for life. Two years later she participated in a 500-hour teacher training program at YogaWorks. The journey to and on the mat has been a wonderful exploration that continues to provide her with a deep sense of connection and joy.
Jana found her yoga practice about 10 years ago as a way to deal with the physical and emotional stresses of being a newly minted veterinarian. Along the way, she has come to embrace the transformative power of yoga – from body to mind to spirit. Wanting to share her love of yoga, Jana became a RYT-200 certified instructor through Yoga Haven in Tuckahoe in 2013. Watching her students grow and transform reminds Jana of the power of yoga - seeing them explore, challenge and amaze themselves by their own ability to evolve spiritually as well as physically. Her teaching style is vigorous, playful, and graceful, with an emphasis on self-acceptance and gratitude for what each person’s body and mind is able to offer them – on and off their mats.
Amanda Kupillas studied at the Alvin Ailey School and at the University of the Arts, earning her BFA in Ballet. Amanda is a recipient of the AlekSej Judenic Balllet award. She has danced in the Ensemble in Fernando Bujones's Jazz Swing, was the soloist in Eva Szabo's staging of Napoli, and the featured soloist in Les Sylphides, staged by Scott Jovovich. She has worked with Andrew Pap as a soloist in his staging of Paquita, and the soloist of his original work Temps Leve. Amanda was a member of the Seros ballet company, and has been featured in works choreographed by Suzana Stankovic. amandakupillas.com
Mary-Ann has been a student of yoga for 18 years and instructing for 14. She holds 200 hour certification from Tim Miller, 200 hour certification from Alison West at Yoga Union NYC, and Karma Kids yoga certification. She also holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Life Coach through Leadership that Works.
Mary-Ann's main reason for teaching is because she knows that yoga helps people suffer less in the world! She knows that time spent on the mat allows both herself and her students to be more fully present in compassionate, kind, loving ways off the mat! Her classes tend to challenge students physically, mentally and spiritually to be the best version of themselves as often as possible. She loves that yoga has allowed her to embrace her perfectly imperfect self more and more each day! Mary-Ann is the mom of two amazing boys, and lives humbled by, and in gratitude to them, for being her most amazing teachers everyday!
A resident of Hastings from the age of 3, I received my 200-hour yoga certification at Joschi International Yoga Institute in New York City this past summer. After a long love affair with dance starting at the age of two, I graduated from Dickinson College in 2013, where I majored in Dance. I began teaching dance in Cincinnati after graduation and was able to even further uncover my love for bringing dance to others and had the pleasure of working with students ranging from ages four to forty. It is a true pleasure to be able to share something I am so passionate about with young students who are filled with potential and the desire in their minds and bodies to absorb art. I also uncovered how passionate I am for health, wellness, and fitness. It was the combination of all of these elements (my personal yoga practice and its impact on my life as a human being and my experiences teaching and their impact on me as a teacher) that led me to my yoga certification. After my certification I went back to Cincinnati and began building my teaching practice there. I am thrilled to be back in New York and to be joining the Hastings Yoga community and am looking forward to meeting many Hastings Yoga students in classes I teach, substitute teach, or am a student in myself!
Read my yoga blog to learn more about me (and about yoga!) at: www.thumbelinayogini.blogspot.com
Nicole Miziolek L.Ac. Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM)
I am committed and passionate about Chinese Medicine and incorporate many modalities with acupuncture including cupping, herbs, tui na, and herbal plasters. I focus on treating the individual and not just the symptoms of disease. By getting to the root of the imbalance we restore normal dynamics of the body and future illness is often averted
I graduated from Acupuncture at Grant MacEwan University in 2004 and completed my last semester in residency at the Shandong University of TCM in China.
I moved to New York in 2005 and was fortunate to have the opportunity to assist Master Healer Ken Kobayashi where I gained a wide range of clinical experience. I mentored with Frances Goodwin L.Ac. who shared her knowledge of pediatrics, and worked at Work Song Community Acupuncture. Shortly after having my second son I started my own private family practice in Williamsburg Brooklyn.
Wanting to further my studies and passion for Chinese Medicine I attended and completed the 2 year Chinese Herbology program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
I now live in Hastings on Hudson with my husband and two kids, and practice in Hastings and Manhattan.
To book an appointment or to get further info please call nicole directly at:
A yoga student for over 15 years, Tori brings a joy to teaching her classes, and sharing yoga is a passion of hers. Prior to moving to New York, Tori taught numerous classes weekly in the heart of Washington, DC. She focuses on correct alignment and bringing awareness to the body through conscious breathing, stretching and strengthening as well as giving students a greater understanding of the benefits and possibilities through each pose. Tori has trained with Mark Whitwell, Bryan Kest, Natasha Rizopolous, Jason Crandell, and Katja Brandis.
Jody's passion for Yoga began out of curiosity in 2000. She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training in Vinyasa Flow at Yoga Haven under the direction of Betsy Kase in 2011. She then went on to receive additional training in Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga from Jillian Pransky. She is also certified in Prenatal Yoga through Kia Wellness Center, and in children and teen Yoga through Little Flower Yoga. Jody’s classes incorporate these styles, along with her own yoga experience.
In addition to her Yogic and Therapeutic practices, Jody has a profound love for and commitment to her Reiki practice. Jody is a 6th generation Reiki Master, using the Usui System of natural healing. Her innate warmth and nurturing qualities allow her students to feel safe, enabling them to relax and open to the fullness of the healing experience that both Yoga and Reiki has to offer. jodyrasso.com
Lori Rubinfeld has been instructing Kundalini Yoga at Kundalini Yoga East in New York City since 2003. Following a second 200-hour Kundalini Agni program that year, she has since completed all five of the Level Two modules of the Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training, and has begun Level Three.
Lori is a certified Dharma Yoga Level I-II instructor, and continues taking classes with Sri Dharma
Further yoga-related studies include Radiant Child Yoga levels I-III, Anusara Yoga, Sat Nam Rasayan, and End-of-Life Dhula Training.
As well as instructing at Kundalini Yoga East, Lori has worked with Meisner acting students at NYU, visual artists, stroke victims, and DWI offenders. She has been an invited guest teacher of Professor Joanne Heith, relating health and mind to psychology students at LIU, and is presently developing yoga and emotion-related workshops with Dr Mary Hayley.
Sonya Sanmateu is a 500-RYT through Yoga Alliance. She completed her training with YogaWorks, where she studied under the mentorship of Elizabeth Neuse, Paula Lynch and Sarah Bell. Sonya is Certified as a Therapeutic and Restorative Yoga Instructor with Jillian Pransky. Additionally, she has been trained in Yoga for At Risk Youth and Adults with Hala Khouri, and has a daily mantra meditation practice through The School of Practical Philosophy.
Having found yoga during a difficult and transitional period of her life, Sonya had experienced the profound healing effects of yoga; her practice since then has enabled her to recognize aspects of her life with more clarity and presence and has inspired her to share the jewels of Yoga.
Sonya teaches an alignment based yoga flow class with emphasis on the breath, mindfulness and tools for meditation. She has taught yoga to youth in local residential facilities and currently teaches group classes and private sessions in Westchester County and NYC. sonyasanmateu.com
Ali Schechter (R-DMT) is continually inspired by the capacity of yoga to invoke a deeper sense of appreciation, wonder and awe. Her classes offer a unique blend of mindful alignment and fluid vinyasa flow, integrating over a decade of experience studying and teaching movement.
Ali completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training Certificate at OM Yoga Center in 2008, under the guidance of Margi Young and Christie Clark, along with senior OM Yoga teachers Joe Miller and Cyndi Lee. She is a graduate of The Breathing Project's Advanced Anatomy Program and is a Certified Relax & Renew Restorative Yoga Teacher. Ali has taught at a variety of yoga studios and fitness clubs such as OM Yoga Center, Kula Yoga Project, Virayoga, and Equinox Fitness; as well as for Jewish organizations such as Romemu, Hazon, Park Avenue Synagogue and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah. She is thrilled to join the teaching staff at Hastings Yoga.
In addition, Ali has danced professionally for small companies in New York City and San Francisco, and has presented her own choreography in both live performance and film. She holds a BA in Dance & English from Columbia University and an MS in Dance/Movement Therapy from Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, Ali works primarily as a dance/movement therapist at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale with older adults. She maintains a private practice for dance therapy and yoga. Her clients include doctors, entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, and full-time moms. For more info visit: www.movewithali.com
Allison is a 500 hour certified teacher. In addition to teaching at Hastings Yoga, Allison provides “mommy and me” and kids yoga classes in the Rivertowns. Allison's expansive level of education also includes trainings with Jillian Pransky in Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller, and Yoga for At-Risk Youth and Adults with Hala Khouri. After training with the Empowered Youth Initiative with Off the Mat Into the World, Allison is fulfilling her mission to bring yoga and its benefits to at-risk youth.
She currently teaches at Leake and Watts and with Kula for Karma at the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry. hastingsyogatots.com
The first time I stepped onto a yoga mat in 1999, I began to experience the calming nature of breath and its healing powers. Since then, my breathing practice has been a steady and reliable source of strength and grace, in both the happiest and the most challenging moments of my life. Breath has also become a dependable antidote to the damaging impact of stress and an integral part of my path toward continued well-being.
I teach breathing because I love the experience from start to finish - the feeling of sitting together in community, supporting students in their quiet space, noticing the sublime effects of gathering and releasing energy, and then, embracing the incredible peace that arises from the subtle shifts and the gradual softening that this meditative practice brings.
Claudia Jill Stoltman
Claudia Jill Stoltman is a classically trained dancer, visual artist, educator and yoga teacher. She is a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher, where she served on the faculty and Leadership Board. Her teaching and performance credits include Lincoln Center, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Greenwich Academy, the Masters School, Portland Ballet, Brown University, and the United Nations. Additional public service work includes consulting for the education departments of New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation and Lake Placid Center for the Arts. She holds a BA in Art from Brown University, an MA in Dance and Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a published UNICEF artist.
She brings a fluid, thoughtful approach to teaching, encouraging a gentle, self aware approach to yoga based in consistency, depth and clarity of focus through an integration of body, mind and spirit. Her work is classically based, laced with a sense of musicality, integration of breath with movement, sound pacing, clear imagery and self discovery. Her classes are rejuvenating, calming, centering and strengthening, encouraging each student to grow in their facility, confidence, awareness and aptitude.
Presently, she is writing and illustrating a children's ballet story, teaching, dancing and presenting classically based performance and education projects. For further information about her work and background, please visit her website at claudiajillstotlman2.com
Contagious love for life and wellbeing is natural around Jennifer. Her energy is abundant and it comes with a nurturing and intuitive ability to simply make others feel good. Being an expert in the field of health and wellness for over a decade has allowed Jen to integrate mind, body and soul into her classes. Jennifer started her career as a nutritionist and has worked clinically, in cardiac and pulmonary rehab, employee wellness, fitness and the food industry. Jen also holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition through Columbia University, Teacher’s College. Completing her 500 hour ISHTA yoga teacher training only enhanced Jen’s knowledge for living whole. Jen says about her own journey,"yoga helped me personally overcome digestive issues as well as find a balance between pushing myself too hard both on and off the mat. I’m grateful for my teachers every day.” Jen’s teaching style is lighthearted with a blend of philosophy, ayurveda and a focus on human anatomy and alignment creating a safe and comfortable environment for her students. Jen teaches prenatal, hatha, restorative, core flow, flow and restore, vinyasa and hot yoga classes throughout Westchester County and New York, NY.
Her intention is to offer well balanced classes that allow the student to create space through the body using the breath, asana (postures) and meditation. Then using this spaciousness you’ve created to find ease and steadiness in life, which tends to be a natural by product of yoga. jennifervagios.com
Allison Waguespack, RYT
Allison fell in love with Yoga while living in San Francisco in 2000. After five years of sampling all the classes SF had to offer, Allison completed her comprehensive teacher training and certification in San Francisco with renowned Ashtanga Teacher (and personal instructor for the Grateful Dead), Larry Shultz in 2005. Since that time she has attended trainings and workshops with David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Sarah Powers and Jason Crandell.
Her journey began with her enjoyment of all the physical benefits that Yoga had to offer but as she became a teacher and more intimately explored Yogic philosophy, the principles of living Yoga off the mat gave her an even deeper connection to the practice.
In Allison’s classes she offers nourishment for the Physical Body and the Spirit with challenging and creative Vinyasa sequences, dynamic music and real life philosophy that can be applied every day. She hopes to inspire others to live in their Yoga practice both on and off the mat. The Journey is the Joy after all.
Allison resides in Irvington NY with her husband and two children. In addition to teaching classes throughout Westchester, she also created and teaches a Yoga for Actors curriculum in the Conservatory program at Michael Howard Studios, The Professional Acting Studio for Theatre, Film and Television in Manhattan and writes a blog based on her teaching. www.allisonwaguespack.com
Vijai Wilansky has been the Director of the Integral Yoga Upper West Side Center in Manhattan for the past 18 years and also serves on the Board of Directors of the Integral Yoga Institute. He is an instructor in the Integral Yoga Teacher Training Programs including their advanced teacher training program. Vijai has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 40 years and has a wealth of experience and insight into the subtle practices of yoga. He has for the last 20 years been influenced by Rodney Yee and has completed numerous teacher trainings with him, as well as with numerous other yoga luminaries. He is currently influenced by Carrie Owerko of the Iyengar Yoga Institute. He is also approved to teach light body meditation (an intricate and enlightening form of meditation with magical results for everyday life). He has also completed a four year course of study at the Ohashi Institute and is certified as an Ohashiatsu shiatsu practitioner.