Sophie Tashkovski is a graduate of Jamesville DeWitt High School and William Smith College. She began a dedicated yoga practice as a repose from her stressful corporate lifestyle in Boston, MA. Practicing at studios throughout Boston, Sophie was exposed to several different yoga styles and many amazing teachers.
Yoga helped Sophie get better balance in her life, and when a downsizing occurred at work, she completed her 200 hour teacher training in Boston at Charlestown Yoga. The training was a conduit for change; after 13 years in Boston, Sophie returned to Central New York in 2011 and currently teaches Yoga full time while completing her 500 hour Advanced Yoga Training with Tiffany Cruikshank's Yoga Medicine program.
Sophie teaches all styles of Yoga, focusing on Anatomical Vinyasa and Yin, all while ensuring students are practicing safely and learning proper alignment. Prepare to smile while you sweat, and laugh while you balance, all while listening to an eclectic mix of music. You will leave class relaxed and renewed.
Patrick DiBello considers himself a student of movement, and he explores yoga, calisthenics, and AcroYoga as his primary methods of training. His personal training certification and food and nutrition specialist certification are through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Patrick is an Elite Coach with the World Calisthenics Organization and competes at Battle of the Bars, a freestyle calisthenics competition where participants compete and display strength using only their bodyweight.
Patrick has been a student and teacher of body weight movement for four years and is passionate about helping people start and grow their journey to increased functional movement. He is a personal trainer and owner at MIM Athletics in East Syracuse, NY.
Paige Brodock has lived in Central New York her whole life, graduating from Whitesboro High School and then receiving a Bachelors Degree from LeMoyne College. Paige received her 200 hour Yoga certification from Boston Yoga School. Her strong dance and athletic background sparked her interest in practicing yoga. Paige has been regularly and actively practicing yoga for many years, and has favored alignment-based classes in her personal practice. Although being a teacher is an important position, Paige never wants to stop refining her own practice and journey. She believes it's vital to keep learning and growing to pass her knowledge on to her students. Paige aspires to share the physical benefits as well as the mental, spiritual and energetic benefits of yoga to her community, and to encourage people to practice their yoga on and off the mat. She teaches all types classes, focusing on alignment and presence in the body. Check out her website at www.paigeyoga.com.
Katrin Naumann, MFA, QGT, VH, is a lifelong student of inquiry and self-realization. She has been a practitioner of Yoga for 23 years and teaching for 12 years. Katrin holds Essential & Advanced Certification in Hatha Yoga in the Iynegar Tradition (E-RYT 200) from Open Sky Yoga, where she has studied primarily under Senior Iyengar Teacher Francois Raoult, Laura Antelmi, Eleanor Goldfarb, and Rick Lynch. Lara Warren, Rodney Yee, Patricia Walden and Judith Lasater have also greatly influenced her teaching and practice.
Katrin is known for creating a tapestry of varied and dynamic classes, the warp and weft of which are breath expansion and precision of alignment, threaded through with practical spiritual and life guidance gems. Her compassionate, grounded presence, as well as her attunement to her student's needs, create a safe space for exploration. This ultimately provides opportunities for greater growth and evolution at all levels of being. Katrin is Director of Inner Balance Life Works in Manlius, NY.
Rebecca Alexander is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with 75 hours of continuing education instruction in vinyasa flow. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and 500-Hour Yoga Instructor certification at the Kripalu School of Yoga. She has practiced for over a decade and has taught since 2014. Rebecca is also a grant recipient of Kripalu's Teach for Diversity program. Her classes blend yoga postures, breathing techniques, meditation, philosophy, and spirituality. Rebecca is passionate about her practice and dedicated to sharing challenging, introspective sequences with each class. She draws from her experience as a student of the musculoskeletal system, art and philosophy to create unique classes designed to invite students to peer within. In addition to studying and teaching yoga, she is an artist involved in activism for elephant conservation.
Jean Marie Russo
Yoga has been a part of Jean Marie's life for over 10 years, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires Jean Marie to live each moment more mindfully.
Jean Marie completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow training with East Street Yoga and spent 6 months living, working and studying yoga at Kripalu Yoga Center. She will always be a student of the practice and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with her.
Jean Marie loves to combine creative sequencing and a spirit of playfulness-after all Yoga should be fun and feel good!
Catherine Nolan is a graduate of Siena College in Albany, NY where she studied psychology. She is currently enrolled at Utica College's nursing program. After practicing for years, she was certified to teach by Justin Wolfer in Saratoga Springs, NY. Catherine's practices are dynamic vinyasa flows focusing on alignment and exploration of what our mind and bodies are capable of! With focus and relation to the yogic philosophy, her classes offer a balance between stimulation and calm.
Trained in Vinyasa principles under the guidance of Tiffany Cruikshank and Mandy Lathan, Jennifer is a former Broadway performer who initially turned to Yoga to aid with injury prevention and stress and anxiety reduction. After enduring some personal heartaches, a dear friend gave her two months of unlimited yoga classes. It transformed her life and Jennifer realized that she wanted to share this gift with others. She received her 200hr RYT certification with Yoga Medicine in 2013. Jennifer teaches with simple, specific cues for the anatomy to encourage proper alignment in a way that does not seem overwhelming to the student. She also teaches with simple, specific cues for the mind and spirit so that the student can gain a sense of calm and confidence. Jennifer encourages students to find their space on their mats and in this world and to claim that space with boldness and compassion. Jennifer is also a private voice teacher, a life-long lover of theatre, and outdoor explorer with husband, Brian, and kids, Sophie and Felix.
Allison Rutherford is a Central New York native, having graduated from Liverpool High School and the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. She started her yoga practice over a decade ago while living in Hawai’i, and received her certification in the Iyengar tradition from Open Sky Yoga. The emphasis in her training was on alignment-based postures and restorative techniques, which she integrates into her classes along with breath and body awareness.
Allison attributes her yoga practice to the fullness and ease with which she experiences life. Her classes provide a foundation for students to enrich their lives with healing relaxation, mindfulness, and grace. In addition to teaching yoga, Allison is a perennial landscaper, organic gardener, and photographer.
Katherine Sargent connected with yoga in 2012 when her love for fitness and self-care became a part of everyday life. She is from Central New York, a graduate of East Syracuse-Minoa High School, and completed both undergraduate and graduate school at SUNY Oswego. Katherine is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and runs a small private practice in North Syracuse- Branches of Growth, LLC.
Katherine completed her 200hr Yoga teacher training at Grounded By Yoga in Bloomfield, NY and currently teaches with both Connected Warriors and is Hikyoga certified. She has dedicated her life to health, wellness, self-care and healing for both herself and those around her. Growth, healing and change involve all parts of self including the mind, body and soul.
Susan George came to yoga 8 years ago and never turned back. She received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training from East Street Yoga in Syracuse and continues to learn from her guru/teacher Carla Olla of Love Yoga Center in Naples, Florida.
While Susan always had an appreciation for fitness and flexibility of the physical body, the practice of yoga introduced it’s counterpart: fitness and flexibility of the mind. She invites everyone to enjoy the physical practice of yoga to strengthen one’s body and improve flexibility in addition to a mindful practice to find peace and connection with one’s breath and body.
Ashley is a Syracuse native with her undergraduate degree in Human Development. She first came to yoga nearly a decade ago seeking emotionally therapeutic refuge in her practice, eventually completing her 200-hour teaching certification from Lotus Life Yoga Studio in 2016. She holds additional certification in Yin Yoga Foundations and is currently working on certification in Yoga for 12-Step Recovery Leadership with the goal to better serve those coming to the mat who are impacted by addictive behaviors and trauma.
For her students to experience the full potential of their practice, Ashley believes in shifting emphasis away from creating a "one-size-fits-all" shape toward deepening the awareness of the sensations cultivated in the body and mind to explore one's own body safely and appropriately. As a student, you can expect a light-hearted class where all are encouraged to travel within the self and find YOUR potential, on and off the mat.
"You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step." -MLK Jr."
Rebecca Degeilh grew up on Long Island and moved to Central New York six years ago with her husband and three daughters. Rebecca enjoys working with people, adults and children, using the practices of intenSati, yoga, and mindfulness to help them recognize and develop their own strengths. She walks alongside the whole individual - body, mind, and spirit – towards self acceptance, confidence, and compassion towards others.
In 2008 Rebecca trained with the founder of intenSati, Patricia Moreno, and became certified as an intenSati leader. Since that time she has been leading intenSati classes for all ages. After many years of a personal practice, Rebecca completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training with Driftwood Yoga this past year. This last piece of the puzzle has both opened Rebecca up and grounded her in purpose.
It is Rebecca’s belief that through mindful movement, positive affirmations, and practiced stillness, we can learn to clear through the clutter of media, peer pressure, and the expectations we place upon ourselves to attain a deeper sense of self awareness. It is this self awareness and true ownership of our gifts that leads to more colorful, better functioning and stronger communities.
Jane Janis grew up in Wilmington, Delaware and came to Syracuse to attend Syracuse University in 1970. She has had a variety of jobs from CENTRO bus driver, waitress, screen printer, systems coordinator, and city school elementary librarian. She took her first yoga class in 1973 and has been practicing, in one way or another ever since. She also enjoys hiking, skiing, swimming ... basically anything outdoors with her three grown children. Her dear husband passed away in 2015.
Jane has been thrilled to see the evolution and availability of yoga classes over the years and constantly seeks the opportunity to experience new teachers. She attended Yoga Teacher Training in Montezuma, Costa Rica at Anamaya in January 2017 where she studied with Paula Tursi from Reflections Yoga of NYC. While originally intending to only deepen her understanding of yoga she found her training to be so thoughtful and inspiring that she is compelled to teach. The peace, joy, and sense of well being she has found in yoga is something she wants to share with everyone. It is her endeavor through proper alignment and thoughtful queues to provide a safe nurturing environment where all may find ease with their minds and bodies.
Susan Richardson has been teaching and practicing Yoga for over twenty years and is the founder of Driftwood Yoga and Aerial LLC, which oversees a 200 and 300 hour Yoga Alliance teacher training. Susan also runs annual international retreats with her sister company High Peaks Yoga. Susan’s training background includes a 200 hour Bhakti Yoga (Mandala Yoga) training, three years Anusara Yoga, a 500 hour training with Rolf Gates, a 300 hour training with Rebel Monk, two years meditation training in NYC with David Nichtern, and two years antigravity training at OM factory. Susan taught Yoga for two years in the men’s prison system and is an ordained minister a result of being mentored while teaching there. As if that wasn’t enough interesting information, Susan has two weird dogs and a lot of kids.