The Yoga House Co-Owner
Leigha teaches playful but challenging classes. She 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. Her classes are fun, but they are grounded in an emphasis on subtler alignment points and in her belief that no single posture really matters more than another. 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 as a means to liberation. Her classes are rhythmic, flowing and promise to challenge each student’s limits. She encourages students to modify, adjust or deepen postures to make the practice suit their unique needs.
Leigha has written about yoga, healing and wellness for Livestrong.com, Elephant Journal and local publications.
The Yoga House Co-Owner
Jacqui Nash began her work of service in non-profits before switching gears in 2009 to become a yoga instructor. She is now an E-RYT 200, with experience teaching a wide range of students and levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners and from prenatal to postnatal women. As the co-founder of The Yoga House in Uptown Kingston and the summer teacher at the Mohonk Preserve, Jacqui draws on the life experiences, the lessons from her teachers, and the yoga texts as she guides students to move in harmony with their breath and to discover the obstacles and opportunities that are waiting to be met on and off the mat. Every time she stands before a class is a chance to assist her students in their journey for self-discovery, peace and balance.
Having sustained multiple injuries and surgeries, Jacqui understands how humbling the asana practice can be but also how important yoga and the teachings are during these times of healing. Jacqui 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.
Jacqui’s recent venture is starting a blog, The Babbling Lotus, where she shares her thoughts on how yoga influences all aspects of her life, including parenting, teaching, cooking, relationships, and more.
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 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.
Cara Costello (RYT 200) specializes in hatha and prenatal yoga practice. Before life brought her to Red Hook in 2013, she taught yoga and ESL in Pittsburgh while completing her yoga teacher training with Joanne Vandenhengel at 3rd Street Yoga. In addition to experiencing prenatal yoga first hand during the pregnancies of her two children, she also trained with prenatal instructors Mary Beth Kelly and Deena Blumenfeld.
A teacher by trade with over 10 years of ESL teaching experience, Cara brings to the mat a love of teaching combined with a passion for yoga. Cara has taught yoga to students aged 3 to 93, and she strongly believes that everyone has something to gain from this timeless craft. Each person’s journey with yoga is unique and she encourages students to find and celebrate their own practice.
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.
Meghan’s pilgrimage into yoga began while living in San Francisco seven years ago. She first practiced for the exercise, but later fell in love with the practice when she began learning the philosophy behind yoga. Having trained and earned her 200 Hour Teacher Training at The Yoga House, she considers it her “Yoga Home”. Meghan believes in the holistic yoga practice: the linking of the body, mind, and spirit. This sacred relationship of those three should be celebrated throughout the practice of yoga. She brings this perspective to the studio and weaves this celebration throughout her classes.
While Meghan teaches Yoga on the weekend, she is an 8th grade English teacher during the weekdays. The students are different, but the practice of teaching and sharing the love for the subject matter is similar. Every part of the yoga practice has transformed her life, and she looks forward to sharing that celebration with you.
As an initial non-believer in the hype, Amy practiced yoga for several years with what bordered on suspicion, thinking it only served to stretch muscles after “real” exercise. But, after a series of injuries in other athletic ventures, Amy stumbled, literally and head first, into a deep and fully engaged practice, finding healing, balance and utter bliss along the way. With this unconventional perspective, she encourages her students to openly and joyfully be themselves and to approach their individual practices with a light-hearted and self-accepting point of view. In her classes, Amy seeks to promote in her students boundless confidence, thoughtful self-reflection and the ability to love themselves into laughter.
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.