The Yoga House Co-Owner
Leigha teaches breath-centric, artfully sequenced Vinyasa classes that encourage deep body listening. She emphasizes fine-tuning sensory awareness and plugging in to instinctual knowing in an effort to clear the mind, ease the body, and liberate the spirit. She offers dharma snippets, readings, and songs steeped in the traditions of Patanjali’s yoga, Advaita Vedanta, and Tantra, all of which inform her personal inquiry and practice.
Leigha has co-created the comprehensive 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training that she and Jacquelyn Nash conduct each year. She has also been building a library of free online classes on YouTube, amassing over 2 million views and a community of 25,000+ gracious, supportive students across the globe. She and Corinna Ricard-Farzan co-lead Be Love: Return to Intrinsic Rhythm, a meditation and yoga immersion in Tulum, Mexico with a mission to spark and nurture spiritual warriors, super souldiers and selfless servants far and wide.
In deepest gratitude. -LB
The Yoga House Co-Owner
Jacquelyn’s philosophy on yoga is simple: to share yoga is to share peace. As an E-RYT, Jacquelyn is dedicated to making yoga accessible to all people and demystifying the “secret language” of yoga. As the co-founder of The Yoga House, Jacquelyn 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. Jacquelyn finds the teachings of yoga everywhere, and draws on life experiences to share the principles of the practice in a relatable way. 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. Although a student and practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, Jacquelyn appreciates and incorporates different yoga styles in her classes to create a tailored experience for the practitioners who arrive on the mat.
Having experienced injuries, surgeries and pregnancies, Jacquelyn 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.
Jacquelyn also owns and manages Hudson Valley Wedding Yoga, which organizes yoga classes for weddings, bachelorette parties, and special events to help bring peace and presence to life’s joyous celebrations.
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.
Aaron teaches Yoga from a place of sincere gratitude. At a time in her life where nothing else could, the Yogic path brought her real healing, vitality and harmony to all of her systems–physical, emotional, psychological and energetic. Devoting her life to it was the natural response. Her background is extensive and diverse, with nearly 20 years of training in vinyasa, therapeutic and tantric yoga lineages; several years of Buddhist meditation and Shamanic energy work; and a lifetime of immersion in ritual, theater, dance, song and poetry. You can get a taste of her offerings at forevermarvel.com.
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 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 the 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.
Lana Heintjes, E-RYT200, has been an active and passionate yoga instructor since 2009, after she took her incredibly powerful 200-hr Yoga to the People teacher training in NYC. After discovering yoga in high school she felt like she had tapped into her life’s calling and found something that made her see the beauty of the world with clear eyes, and experience life with a healthy body. The evolution of her yoga practice has taken her on and above her mat, indoors and outdoors, and has made her the vibrant and joyful person that she is today.
Lana is certified in Vinyasa Yoga, AcroYoga®, Restorative Yoga and Hot Yoga and is a certified Thai yoga bodywork practitioner with a Bachelors of Science in Music Therapy. She also has 3 years of Aerial Silks apprenticeship from Hudson Valley Circus Arts. She has over 600 hours of training and 4,000+ hours of teaching experience, is the co-founder of Yoga Mountain Retreats, which aspires to lead Yoga and Rock Climbing retreats internationally. She currently resides in the beautiful New Paltz, NY. Follow Lana on instagram @acrolana
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.”
Seth has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2010. He completed his first Hatha/Vinyasa teacher training in Brooklyn, NY in 2009 at Greenhouse Holistic Yoga. In 2013 he received an advanced teaching certification from Yoga Sukhavati, a year-long Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga training based in NYC led by Summer Quashie and Leigh Evans and focused on seasonal yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Meditation.In 2016 Seth completed a 9 month advanced yoga training in Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Injury Awareness and Prevention, Biomechanics and Kinesiology from Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers, led by NYC based teacher Jason Ray Brown. Seth’s own experience with pain has also led him to explore many different practices and healing modalities, most notably Alexander Technique, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Reiki, which have expanded his awareness of the physical and energetic body. Additionally, Seth brings to the yoga community his background as a classically trained musician as he leads chanting and kirtan, provides live music for yoga classes, and teaches harmonium and voice lessons. Learn more about Seth at www.sethyogamusic.com
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.
Kathy has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since the fall of 2001 when she was introduced to the Ashtanga primary series. In the summer of 2003 she had the privilege of studying with Nancy Gilgoff and Christine Hoar at a workshop in Burlington, Vermont, which opened her eyes to the true depths of Ashtanga Yoga.
While living in NYC she practiced at Ashtanga Yoga New York with Eddie Stern as her teacher from 2005 through 2010. She had the good fortune of meeting and practicing with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the fall of 2003 and again in 2005 and 2006. She traveled to Mysore, India in 2005 in order to study at the Ashanga Yoga Research Institute with Sharath Rangaswamy.
In 2010, while pregnant with her daughter, Ruthie, Kathy moved up to Woodstock with her husband, Scott. Kathy has been maintaining a home practice since her move up to Woodstock. She is grateful for the love, support, and wisdom of her teacher, Christine Hoar. Kathy hosts a Mysore style Ashtanga practice group at her home studio in Woodstock. Visit Ashtanga Yoga Woodstock for more info.
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.
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.
Kayleigh was inspired to become a yoga teacher in 2007 by way of recovery and hasn’t stopped practicing since. She specializes in vinyasa, hatha, yin, and yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury Communities. Kayleigh is also a physical performer, and spent many years up in the air as a professional circus artist. Mostly she loves helping people to somatically attune to their physical vehicle in the belief that deeper, and slower, listening to our own intuitive guide has the profound power of allowing us to become our own best healers. Kayleigh has also studied Ayurveda, Western herbalism, and is currently completing her Master’s in Traditional Chinese Medicine to become a licensed Acupuncturist and specialist in Chinese herbs. To learn more see: seedsnutsandleaveswellness.com.
Mela is a RYT 500 and an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, working with holistic-based nutrition and wellness for individuals and with groups for almost 15 years. Mela holds a Bachelor’s degree from Long Island University, CW Post Campus and received additional education from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, studying in person with some of the top leaders in nutrition today. She is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners is a member of the Yoga Alliance. She is currently working toward advanced accreditation from the National Health & Wellness Consortium and the International Coaching Federation. Mela continues her yoga studies with Sondra Loring, having received her 200 hour and 500 hour certifications with Sondra here in the Hudson Valley.
Mela is also a writer and speaker who brings all of her wellness acumen into her teaching and coaching. It is her belief that breath, movement, proper nourishment, rest, service and bringing some joy/fun into each day comprises an extraordinary life. And if there’s a will, there’s a way! Her teaching reflects these beliefs.