Teachers

The Yoga House Teachers Kingston NY

 

HHP YogaHouse_0429Jacqui Nash, E-RYT

The Yoga House Co-Owner

Jacqui’s philosophy on yoga is simple: Share Yoga. Share Peace. As an E-RYT, Jacqui is dedicated to making yoga accessible to all people and demystifying the “secret language” of yoga. As the co-founder of The Yoga House, Jacqui has experience teaching a wide range of students of all levels, and encourages students to be comfortable in their own skin, no matter what level class and no matter what asana they are in. Jacqui finds the teachings of yoga everywhere, and draws on life experiences, podcasts, news stories, books, yogic texts, and even product taglines to share the principles of the practice in a relatable way with her students. Her classes present creative and often challenging sequences that draw students inward, but also allow them to laugh, smile, and see themselves in a whole new light.

unnamed (1)Having sustained multiple injuries and surgeries, Jacqui understands how humbling the asana practice is and encourages students to be sensitive to the needs of their minds and bodies, allowing the practice to help reinstate mental and physical balance and recovery. Every time she stands before a class is a chance to assist her students in their journey for self-discovery, peace and balance.

Jacqui is a mother, wife, yogi, foodie, student, teacher, outdoor adventurer…. and you can learn more at her site, The Babbling Lotus, where she shares her thoughts on how yoga influences all aspects of her life.

 

Leigha Butler YogaLeigha Butler, E-RYT

The Yoga House Co-Owner

Leigha teaches playful, challenging, rhythmic, intuitively sequenced classes that draw heavily from her unconventional home practice which makes use all sorts of surfaces — from kitchen counter tops to park benches to stairway banisters and moss-floored forests. She respects traditional yoga asana but also loves blasting past convention and kicking the mat aside in favor of a wider range of motion, outdoor environments, and little daily ecstasies.

Leigha Butler Yoga Dancer NatarajasanaShe takes joy in bringing students out of the realm of fear and into the realm of adventure, often turning things upside down and inviting practitioners out of their comfort zones, but always with strong support and extensive application of anatomical guidance. Her classes are joyful and grounded in an emphasis on slowing things down, observing subtler alignment points, and becoming your own best guru. Within each asana, she finds a metaphorical insight for living an open, meaningful life of conscious presence. She believes in asana as a celebratory art and in yoga, on and off the mat, as a means to spiritual ascension. She encourages you to modify, adjust or deepen postures to make the practice suit your unique needs.

My greatest goal is to guide students as they free themselves of obstruction–bodily and mentally–on the mat and in life–creating space for freedom, love, vibrancy, and little daily ecstasies. ~LB

Read more at LeighaButlerYoga.

 

 Julie Colton, RYT 500julie colton, the yoga house, kingston, ny

Julie Colton is a mystic and a healer who practices yoga to feel connected with the universe around her. She finds that being a musician and Reiki Master helps her to help others on an energetic level while teaching yoga; this is aligned with her main intention when teaching which is to have people feel better after her Vinyasa Flow-based classes than when they began. She considers herself to be very blessed to have studied under Michael Stein of Ashtanga of New Paltz whose main focus was anatomy of the human body as well as alignment and Dana Trixie Flynn of Laughing Lotus NYC who brings creativity and lila (play) not only into the sequencing of yoga asanas but also into the teaching of yoga. Julie feels she has finally found a home in Kingston, NY, where she is able to connect in a personal way to the community of people who come to The Yoga House. She is also very grateful to The Yoga House for letting her share with the Kingston community the creative and progressive evolution of yoga through music and the arts.

Julie Colton, The Yoga House, Kingston, NY

Julie is currently a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz and is studying to receive her M.A.T. so she can later teach mathematics and biology to high school students. She received her 200 hour teacher training at Ashtanga of New Paltz and her 500 hour teacher training at Laughing Lotus NYC. In her spare time she studies astrology and composes music.

 

Sally Delmerico

Sally teaches Restorative Yoga at numerous yoga studios throughout the Hudson Valley. A certified teacher, she has continued her training at Kripalu Center for Wellness and Health in Massachusetts. Sally is also a certified Les Mills instructor in Body Flow incorporating yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. She holds a brown belt in Aikido and has been a student of the martial art for 10 years.

Her Restorative Yoga classes provide a peaceful atmosphere  to allow the body, mind, and spirit to rejuvenate itself. Props (blankets and blocks) are used in such a way as to prevent stress on the body. The mind finds space through the breath to be open to new ideas and patterns. Balancing the body and mind through the breath allows the nervous system to relax and the immune system to function better. When you leave a class you will feel at ease physically and emotionally.

 

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Scott has came to yoga in middle age as part of a lifestyle change and spiritual quest.  He first practiced with his brother, an actor in LA and gradually broadened his practice.  He completed his Teacher Training at the Yoga House. Along with having been a MetLife Insurance professional at his office in Kingston for 35 years; Scott is also a Ski Instructor at Belleayre Mountain in the winter, Crew Coach for the Kingston High School Varsity Crew, Rowing Coach for the Rondout Rowing Club and a Cycle Instructor at the YMCA of Kingston and Ulster County.

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He finds yoga to be liberating and fun on it’s own but also loves the feeling of strength, flexibility and balance it allows him to bring to his other athletic endeavors.  He enjoys offering the practice to people of all ages and believes it can be especially beneficial to those of middle age who want to return to a higher level of activity or continue to be active throughout their lives. “Yoga should be practiced in a spirit of lightness and fun! Like all of life, Yoga is a practice, not perfection.”

 

 

Jessie MontagueJessie Lee Montague, E-RYT 500

Jessie has been studying and teaching yoga for nearly two decades. She was co-founder and co-director of Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck NY From 2005-2013. Her original studies brought her to Neyyar Dam INDIA where she received her first Teacher Certification. Upon returning back to the states she dove in head first with another Teacher Training Program in Woodstock NY and became one of the first core staff members at Bliss Yoga Center (now Woodstock Yoga). Jessie continues her studies in The Yoga Anatomy Advanced Studies Program through the Breathing Project based in NYC, with teachers Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Mathews.

Jessie teaches in the vinyasa tradition from the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya and emphasizes an exploration of the breath within the postures, and how the breath both informs alignment and creates a continuous Jess new side crowthread between the postures. Jessie has a non-dogmatic approach to teaching and believes that yoga is an exploration of our entire being: body, breath, mind and spirit. She comes to these practices with joy first and foremost. The intention is to gently navigate our bodies into these beautiful postures which reflect the natural world so that we can better explore our deepest potential and connection to each other and to our planet with grace and lightness of heart.  Jessieleemontague.com

 

Amy Reed, The Yoga House, Teacher, Yoga, Kingston, NYAmy Reed, 500+ RYT

B.K.S. Iyengar wrote that health “is a state of complete equilibrium of body, mind and spirit.” With this intention, Amy bases her free-spirited classes on an Ashtanga-based, Vinyasa-style of yoga that is inspired by the teachings of Patthabhi Jois and alignment principles of B.K.S Iyengar. Understanding the importance of integrating all aspects of oneself to achieve true wellness, Amy’s classes are dynamic and comprehensive: Harmonium playing, chanting, meditation, and pranayama are all seamlessly incorporated, and woven with thoughtful passages from the Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, poems and affirmations. The result: A rich and invigorating class designed to endure long after the student leaves the studio.

But what is most compelling about Amy is her warmth and sincerity. With a near-tangible appetite for self-study and a gentle sense of humor, Amy immediately makes those around her feel welcomed, valued, and inspired to action. She is as accessible to her students as are her classes. This fosters a safe and encouraging environment where students are moved to approach their individual practices with a light-hearted and self-accepting point of view.

 

Mel Tothmel toth, the yoga house, kingston, ny

After many years of sporadic practice, Mel recommitted to yoga after moving to Saugerties in 2011 and discovering Shakti Yoga’s sanctuary classes. Two years later, she completed Shakti’s 200 hour teacher training and has been teaching yoga to students of all ages ever since. An educator since 1998, Mel has taught 4th grade, co-authored a strategy book for teachers and served as a tutor and Director of Education for several NY learning centers. Mel’s varied educational experiences have taught her to remain flexible in the face of teaching and learning challenges and receptive to new ways of sharing and receiving information.

 

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Her classes focus on understanding the fundamentals of asana (poses) through the use of props (blocks, blankets, straps, chairs, bolsters) and movement exploration, while emphasizing the discovery of personal alignment, balance and relaxation. After many years of chronic injuries and pain related to scoliosis (curvature of the spine), Mel has found great relief through the practice of gentle and restorative poses and is passionate about incorporating both into her classes. By encouraging students to respect their physical limitations while exploring what’s possible, Mel aims to help each individual learn how to serve the unique needs of the body. She is forever grateful to her first yoga teacher, Jill Gnassi, whose expert Iyengar instruction taught her how attending to small details could make a huge difference in life.

 

Ashley TownsendAshley Townsend, The Yoga House, Kingston, NY, yoga instructor

The first time Ashley practiced yoga something awakened deep inside of her. She knew yoga would always be a guiding force in her life. Ashley’s classes are inspired by a flowing Ashtanga style, with a focus on breath, alignment, and mindfulness. Offering hands-on adjustments and a consideration of each student’s needs, she provides a safe and inviting space that allows for a deep exploration of mind, body, and spirit. When not teaching yoga, Ashley is studying to become a nurse, hiking, gardening, crafting, and spending time with loved ones.

 

Kerri Wilks

After years of battling Lyme Disease and it’s debilitating joint and muscle pain, Kerri discovered the healing power of yoga and it’s therapeutic relief from movement with breath. Inspired by her yoga teachers, she sought to deepen her practice and completed the 200 Hour Teacher Training Course at The Yoga House. She became enchanted with yoga’s sacred teachings and brings these philosophies to her class of gentle flow. Kerri believes that students of all ages and levels can heal and transform their mind, body and soul through the practice of yoga.

Kerri is both a mom and a wife and has been a practicing attorney for over 20 years. Along with yoga, she enjoys hiking and traveling.

 

 

KayCee Wimbish Acro Yoga The Yoga House Kingston NYKayCee Wimbish

KayCee is a grower of vegetables, a body mover, an outdoor lover, and a people connector.  The Yoga House is one of her very favorite indoor places to be!  She believes we should all be moving our bodies more and connecting more with people.  Acro Yoga enables people to do both of things at once while also having fun and doing amazing things with one’s body!