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.
Kim began studying and building an understanding of yoga after graduating from Plattsburgh State University with a BA in photography and ceramics. For the last 10 years she has studied alongside teachers and students at Funky Door Yoga, Laughing Lotus, ADK Yoga, Dharma Door Retreat Center and at Laughing River Yoga. In April of 2015 she completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Laughing River Yoga, where she studied along side Emily Garrett and Sofi Dillof. Kim feels that this training left no stone unturned and has given her the tools to help people connect and reconnect, emotionally, spiritually, and physically to life.
Kim brings a wide variety of experience to the practice of yoga. She has studied dance for 23 years at Langlois Racine Dance School and has a diverse background in dance including tap, jazz, and ballet. Alongside her love and study of movement, she also has a musical background including proficiency in piano, song, drum and percussion. Through the discipline of music and movement of the body, she has found confidence, experienced less physical pain, and discovered how to express herself fully in the world.
Kim continually trusts yoga’s ability to heal as it has helped her work through many situations in her own life. She is grateful to have the opportunity to share her knowledge, talents, and personal life experience with others through the practice of yoga.
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.
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”.
Through regular practice of Kundalini Yoga, Michael has experienced transformation, joy, health, insight, and inspiration. In his eyes, these are birthrights of every human being, and through this potent practice he hopes to give people the space to discover their own unlimited creative potential to live healthy, happy, and fulfilled in this life.
In addition to being a devoted yogi, Michael is a gifted musician and gardener.
Donna has been practicing yoga for over 6 years. She is an alumni and former coach for North Country Biggest Loser group. Her first Kundalini Yoga class was part of a winter solstice workshop that she attended and she has been hooked ever since. What really resonated with her from that first Kundalini Yoga class was that she felt very comfortable and accepted. She kept up with her Kundalini Yoga practice and experienced tremendous healing, both physically and spiritually. This experience inspired her to pursue Kundalini Yoga further and she completed her 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training program at Trinity Yoga with Ravi Singh. It is Donna’s deep desire to share Kundalini Yoga with others so that they can learn what she learned through the practice…how to love themselves, how to discover the light that they already have inside. That any body can do yoga! Her focus is on body acceptance and building a positive body image for radical self love, health and happiness.
When Donna is not “Rocking her Practice” she loves to spend time with her husband, children and her two dogs.
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.
Later she found the beauty and heart of middle eastern dance and studied with the dynamic and lovely Lala Hakim in her troupe for over 15 years. While still with Lala’s troupe she began a quest for a deeper link to expressing spirit through movement, studying with Gabrielle Roth (founder of 5Rhythms) and Daniel Levin (a founder of Kripalu DanceKiinetics). Cathryn completed her certification in Daniel’s Shake Your Soul version of Kripalu YogaDance in 2007, continued to study with him, and assisted with many trainings in the Berkshires and elsewhere 2007-2014 including several retreats in Mexico and Canada. Cathryn traveled to southern India in 2009, an extraordinary and life changing experience, studying Yoga and Ayurveda while also teaching dance (and other subjects) at an elementary school there.
In 2012 Ravi Singh and Ana Brett led a Kundalini Yoga workshop in Lake Placid which re-kindled her wish to deepen her knowledge of this joyful practice. She went on to complete the 2016-2017 200 Hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training program with Ravi Singh at Trinity Yoga.
Cathryn also teaches Movement Study, a 3 credit survey and performance course, in the Theatre Department at SUNY Plattsburgh (since January 2010), guiding students as they learn to express themselves through collaboration, cooperation, and delving into the creative process, while studying the evolution of human movement through history, an enriching and rewarding process on many levels. Her other joys include family, gardening, and spending time in nature.
Deb has an extensive background working with children and her credentials are many. Deb holds a Master of Science Degree in Special Education, working as a Cognition Specialist for children with Autism and Developmental Disabilities, and a Masters degree in Elementary Education. In addition to her clinical background, she also is a certified ChildLight Yoga instructor and completed her 200 hour Kundalini Yoga teacher training this February at Trinity Yoga.