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 physical limits. She encourages students to modify, adjust or deepen postures to make the practice suit their body’s 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.
Music and the arts have encompassed Julie’s life since she started to play for various Protestant churches at the age of 10. With undergraduate degrees in Jazz Piano Performance and Music Composition, she found the perfect blend of art and spirituality when she started practicing yoga years ago. In the artistic beauty of the yoga asanas, symbolizing components of nature, and in the vibrational energy of music, Julie found in yoga a way to, as Joseph Campbell would say, “follow [her] bliss.”
Considering herself the eternal student who now wants to teach what she has learned, she is continuing her studies in graduate school so she can teach high school Biology and Math. She continues the spiritual journey of practicing the eight limbs of yoga as well as studying healing arts like Reiki.
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.
has been practicing yoga since 1999, when he tried it to reduce stress from his job. His love of the physical practice soon grew to include a love of the more spiritual and philosophical aspects, incorporating all of it into his daily life. He has studied all kinds of yoga styles, especially Anusara yoga, having completed the three Anusara immersions. He completed his teacher training with Michael Stein at the Ashtanga yoga studio in New Paltz, finding his voice as a yoga teacher by combining his natural attraction to playfulness, open heart, alignment-oriented sequences of poses, while building strength and flexibility, and encouraging self-discovery. He aspires to guide students to come to the same joy and fulfillment that he has found.
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.
Corinna was first introduced to yoga as a little girl when her mom taught her downward dog, child’s pose and the importance of self-reflection. Since beginning a regular practice Corinna has fallen head-over-heels in love with the transformation invoked by the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. While reminding you to treat your body right – if you can’t breathe or smile while holding a pose then back off – Corinna’s classes are meant to challenge you into surprising yourself and to surprise you into shedding the fear of trying something new. Yoga helps us tap into the unconditional love and boundless joy contained within each and every one of us and Corinna’s classes aspire to do the same.
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.