Teachers

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.

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

Felipa Gaudet Felipa Gaudet, The Yoga House, Kingston, NY Hudson Valley

Felipa began practicing with The Yoga House community four years ago after the birth of her youngest daughter, seeking a way to strengthen and reconnect with her physical self while carving out a place from her busy day to cultivate inner peace. Her desire to land the still-elusive ‘handstand in the middle of the room’ has fueled her dedicated, ongoing practice while teaching her to detach from desired results. Felipa completed a 200-hour YTT with the 2015-16 cohort at The Yoga House, where she enjoyed connecting with kindred spirits, with whom she could happily ‘geek-out’ on anatomy and ancient yogic texts. Felipa teaches in an invigorating and fluid Vinyasa style, while encouraging folks to honor their bodies and discover the possibilities within each pose in the way that feels right for them. A Montessori teacher in her other life, Felipa believes yoga can be accessible to all and she offers multiple levels of challenge within various options for poses. In her classes, she enjoys exploring the relationships between poses while steadily building to a fun challenge. Felipa loves the supportive, fun-loving Yoga House community and is excited to be a part of it!

 

Hillary Harvey, The Yoga House, Kingston, Hudson Valley, NYHillary Harvey

Hillary grew up with yoga, but she didn’t realize its power until she
began practicing regularly and discovered her own edge.  Exploring the world through stories as a writer and photographer, Hillary knows that our lives are always in transition.  She feels there’s no life transition that some yoga can’t help smooth. On theHillary Harvey The Yoga House Kingston NY Hudson Valley mat, we discover our pace, grow our range of motion, and claim our own practice.  With a little fun music and a sense of the invitation, Hillary finds that a nice yoga sequence is a lot like dancing.

 

 

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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.

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Hace seis años que Mackenzie encontró a la práctica de yoga y en el seguimiento de aprendizajes, en 2011, empezó la aventura de enseñar yoga. El yoga en su más básico es la unión, y para Mackenzie ese unión es lo más llamativa de la práctica. Ella crea que somos todos parte de una experiencia que muda y cambia sin parar, y con el yoga ella entiende que puede integrar esos movimientos y cambios con algo constante, la respiración. Como cada ser humano ella no puede vivir sin la respiración, entonces a través de la práctica de yoga se intenta explorar y jugar con esta cosa constante que se puede identificar y ejecutar en cuanto sienta abrumado por las situaciones no controlables. Ella quiere compartir este exploración y juego con cualquier persona quien sería interesada, se crea que si está respirando puede hacer yoga.

It has been six years since Mackenzie found the practice of yoga and while following the teachings, in 2011, she began the adventure of teaching yoga. Yoga, at it’s most basic, is union and for Mackenzie this union is the most calling aspect of the practice. She believes that we are all part of an ever changing and moving experience, and with yoga she is now able to integrate these changes and movements with something constant, the breath. Just like everyone, she cannot live without the breath, and so through the practice of yoga she attempts to explore and play with this constant thing that we are allowed to use and can identify when feeling overwhelmed by uncontrollable situations. She wants to share this exploration and play with anyone who’s interested, she believes that if you’re breathing you can do yoga.

 

 unnamedDeb Seche

Yoga has been a passion of Deb’s for many years and the ability to share that passion with others is a dream come true.  What inspires Deb about this forever humbling practice is the integration of movement, breath and the joy of being present into a beautiful dance. Through her teaching, Deb emphasizes the non competitive nature of the practice by honoring how the body feels each time one steps to the mat and by finding mental and physical balance. And she never forgets that the practice should be joyful experience to simultaneously increase strength and flexibility. She encourages her students to find that wonderful balance of peacefulness and energy in each class. With the incorporation of yoga philosophy, Deb also embraces the ever important spiritual lifestyle that a yoga practice can unveil.

In her career, Deb has been dedicated to the non for profit sector, particularly with people who are challenged with a developmental disability which has deepened how I view compassion and equality. She shares her life with her two beautiful children, my partner and his 2 amazing sons.

 

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.
mel toth, yoga, kingston, nyHer 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.

 

IMG_4758Kerri 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.