22A Oak Street | Plattsburgh, NY 12901
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Vinyasa For Athletes & Active Lifestyles


This class is taught by:

Emily Cole

RYT 200

Emily began practicing yoga as a way to balance running. She appreciated the many compliments yoga provided to running: increased flexibility, strength and injury prevention, but as her practice became more regular yoga affected her on a deeper more emotional level. After her practice she just felt better, happier and healthier. Her practice soon became a daily mindful ritual. Through breath work and a sequence of postures Emily found peace and calm on her mat and the stresses of daily life became more manageable.

In 2015 Champlain Valley Family Center where Emily is employed , invested in her training to become a certified yoga instructor to implement and offer a prevention based yoga program to their clients. Yoga has been proven to be a very effective healing tool for those in recovery from addiction.

Emily earned her 200 hour teacher certification on May 2016 at Burlington Yoga under Piper Abbott/Candra Prabha. During her training with Piper and her many hours with BY instructors Emily’s passion for correct alignment, breath based movement and cultivation of body and mind awareness grew and her practice blossomed.

Emily is thrilled to share yoga with others. Whether she is teaching those in recovery from addiction, athletes, or anyone that is just searching for a way to de-stress and a quiet mind, her goal is for students to leave class feeling better than when they came physically, emotionally , and mentally..

“In order to realize the beauty of yoga in our lives, we must never forget that the prize is in the process”.
-Baron Baptiste

Melissa Light

RYT 200
 
Melissa's journey with yoga began in 2009 after receiving a new health diagnosis. She was searching for ways to cope with and manage stress, as well as regain her strength. She quickly learned that yoga was more than just a physical practice, as she began to notice changes on a much deeper level. Melissa decided to deepen her personal practice and received her yoga certification in July 2013 through Radiance Yoga Studio located in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia.

Melissa likes to explore fun sequencing and moving the body in different ways, using the physical practice of yoga as a movement in meditation. Classes vary week to week, depending on the focus or theme for the week, as well as, catering to what the students might need. Melissa invites her students to marinate within the breath and the pose - to really embody what is happening internally. She always encourages students to meet themselves where they’re at in the moment and to let go of any expectations. She enjoys using yoga props in class and offers modifications and/or stages to poses, so that students can explore what feels best in their bodies.

Melissa continues to attend workshops to deepen her practice, as she believes we are forever students of the practice. She has attended workshops/trainings with Shiva Rea, Matt Giordano, Justin Wolfer and Dice Iida Klein. She also has participated in a seminar with the Veterans Yoga Project and is trauma informed to offer mindful resilience yoga classes to those that suffer from PTSD and related challenges.

Melissa’s hope in sharing yoga with others is for them to discover their own inner light and to find the peace that’s deep within each and everyone of us, which in turn can be shared with the world.

This class is designed to help athletes and those that lead active lifestyles to develop greater strength, flexibility and mental focus. We will focus on the areas most overused and prone to injury for athletic bodies. Hips, hamstrings, calves and feet will get special attention, though the practice will engage the whole body. Come to class expecting a sequence of asana to build core strength, balance and flexibility, as well as pranayamas to improve focus and de-stress. 
 
Even though this class will target issues that an athletic body faces specifically, it's still a well rounded class that anyone can attend whether an athlete or not.  This class will be a workout, be ready to challenge yourself!
 
All levels are welcome!

Upcoming classes:

  • Sun Nov 26 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Dec 03 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Melissa Light
  • Sun Dec 10 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Dec 17 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Dec 24 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Dec 31 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Jan 07 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Jan 14 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Jan 21 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Jan 28 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Feb 04 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Feb 11 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Feb 18 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Feb 25 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Mar 04 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Mar 11 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole
  • Sun Mar 18 11:00 am - 12:15 pm with Emily Cole