Teachers

 

 

Leigha Butler, The Yoga HouseLeigha Butler, E-RYT 200

The first time Leigha took a yoga class, she felt she had somehow become more herself. Since then, she has observed that yoga has the power to align practitioners with their noblest intentions, their best selves. To share yoga, she believes, is to share joy and peace. 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 bodies’ unique needs. She especially loves guiding students into inversions and arm balances.

Leigha has written about yoga, healing and wellness for Livestrong.com, Elephant Journal and local publications. When she’s not in the studio, she might be cooking up a vegan pot pie, chillin’ with her Love & two little ones, or exploring the world on her kayak, in books, or on foot with her dog Huck.

 

 

Jacqui Nash, E-RYT 200

Through her teaching, Jacqui is inspired to help people find that same connection she felt upon her first yoga class.  As an instructor, Jacqui weaves together mindfulness, alignment, and strength with softness in her flowing sequences.  Finding inspiration in everyday life, 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. Having sustained injuries and multiple surgeries, Jacqui knows how humbling the physical practice can be and encourages students to be sensitive to the needs of the their bodies and minds.

Jacqui also teaches the outdoor summer yoga program at the Mohonk Preserve. When Jacqui is not teaching yoga, she is enjoying life’s adventures with her loving husband, faithful dog, and sweet, new daughter.  You might run into the four of them hiking in the mountains, or just strolling through the Hudson Valley.

 

 

Stephanie Rose BifolcoStephanie Rose Bifolco, E-RYT 200

is a Certified Anusara-Inspired Yoga Teacher and a nature-based Nutrition and Lifestyle Specialist. Her vision is to teach yoga, diet, and lifestyle based on the principles of nature for individual, community, and planetary healing. Her yoga classes are a mixture of hatha and vinyasa styles of yoga, with a focus on breath to calm and cleanse the body and mind and alignment to awaken the heart and spirit. Stephanie blogs about nature, yoga, and healthy eating on her website www.stephanieroseyoga.com.

Stephanie’s love of nature, passion for living sustainably, and desire to serve the yoga community led her to live and teach yoga full-time in the Hudson Valley. Originally from New York City, Stephanie lived in Peru for over 2 years as a Peace Corps volunteer, and later worked for over 6 years as a Social Worker and advocate of workers rights, women’s rights, and immigrant rights in cities throughout the East Coast and Mexico. A lover of travel, yoga, and health, Stephanie sees being in nature and doing wellness in community as a necessary step to achieve positive social change on the planet.

 

 

 

Julie ColtonJulie Colton

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 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.

 

 

 

 

Michael Gould at The Yoga House, Kingston, NYMichael Gould

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.

His “Yin Yang Yoga” class grew from his learning of the yin yoga principles as taught by Paul Grilley, making it a part of his own practice. He incorporated the ideas of Sarah Powers’ “Insight Yoga” practice into his teaching, which combines the yin yoga practice in the beginning of the class, progressing to the yang practice for the majority of the time. The yin yoga practice focuses on accessing the connective tissue in the joints, the bones, the cartilage, and ligaments, while the muscles are still cold, and doing it safely and therapeutically. This creates more space in the joints and freedom of movement, preparing the body for the very active, more muscular, faster-paced yang portion of the class. The inevitable results are a fit body, calm mind, and the connecting of the practice on the mat to our lives off the mat.

 

 

Craig Milano

In his practice, teachings, and in life, Jivamukti instructor Craig Milano tries to be as direct and straightforward as possible, searching for the most effective way of getting where he wants to go or needs to be. This search has led him to the practice and teaching of yoga, which he appreciates for its potential to help build awareness of body, mind, and of the world around and within us.

Much like Vinyasa yoga, Jivamukti offers a full and well rounded experience. You can expect from Craig’s class a fair amount of hands-on assists and a fair amount of rock ‘n’ roll playing for inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Teachers

  1. I am trying to find the address of your studio? I may have missed it, but could not find it anywhere on the web page? Could you please send it to me?

    Thank you,
    Sam

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