22A Oak Street | Plattsburgh, NY 12901
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Beginner/Gentle Kripalu Yoga


This class is taught by:

Maureen Marcellus

Maureen has been a yoga practitioner since her early years. Her yoga journey began with her Grandmother who taught her yoga at the age of 10. She first learned sun salutations and shoulder stand as well as how to meditate. Maureen found that meditation helped to relieve childhood anxiety issues and helped her to sleep.
 
Maureen continued to explore yoga, dabbling in various styles and practices in her teens and early adult life. In her 30’s, Maureen turned toward a more spiritual practice with transcendental meditation. By her 40’s, she was facilitating a Buddhist meditation group with friends at the UU Church here in Plattsburgh, NY.
 
As her life continued to evolve she found that as she neared 50 her metabolism changed. It became necessary for her to turn to a more physical practice again. However, the gym and playing sports did not appeal to her, so she turned her focus back to yoga. No matter the types and styles she tried, nothing seemed like it would stick for her and be something she could incorporate daily into her life. Until she found Kundalini Yoga! She has been an avid practitioner ever since. Finding it to be a perfect balance between the physical practice her body needs, the spiritual practice that her spirit craves, and the meditation practice that she has enjoyed since she was 10.

Maureen recently graduated from the 200 hr. Yoga Alliance program at Trinity Yoga taught by Ravi Singh & Ana Brett. Four years after discovering Kundalini Yoga, she is excited to be a teacher of this amazing technology and share its myriad of benefits with others.

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.

Sarah Henley

KYT 200

Sarah has been practicing yoga for 20 years and her practice has helped her to be a better person off the mat. Although, this can be a daily struggle, yoga inspires her to live each moment more mindfully.

Sarah completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Kripalu Yoga empowers people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga. She is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers shared with her.

In her classes, she will combine creative sequencing as well as provide the space for students to gain a better awareness of body, mind, and spirit. Her hope is that this transfers to your daily life in a positive way to deepen your practice both on and off the mat.

Yoga works on the muscular-skeletal systems as well as the respiratory, circulatory, digestive, immune and nervous systems. The regular practice of yoga has been shown to produce physical benefits including reduced anxiety, stress and blood pressure levels, and increased relaxation, flexibility, strength, endurance, and energy levels.

The practice of Kripalu Yoga, which uses the body as a vehicle for accessing spirit, can have a profound effect on the mind and emotions as well as the physical body. As mental disturbances are dissolved, tremendous amounts of prana (subtle life force energy) are released to affect healing. A practice of this depth offers far greater possibilities than could be expected from an isolated physical discipline.

If you're looking to begin a yoga practice, this is a great place to start. This is a gentle class allowing you to learn the basic postures, breath techniques, and methodology of yoga. It will build your confidence and allow you to nurture yourself and grow. This is a gentle class for all levels of abilities. It's also a great way to learn more about Kripalu Yoga if you are new to this style of yoga.


Upcoming classes:

  • Fri Jun 23 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Maureen Marcellus
  • Fri Jun 30 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Emily Cole
  • Fri Jul 07 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Emily Cole
  • Fri Jul 14 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Emily Cole
  • Fri Jul 21 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Emily Cole
  • Fri Jul 28 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Emily Cole
  • Fri Aug 04 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Melissa Light
  • Fri Aug 11 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Aug 18 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Aug 25 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Sep 01 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Sep 08 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Sep 15 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Sep 22 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Sep 29 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Oct 06 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Oct 13 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley
  • Fri Oct 20 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm with Sarah Henley