The Yoga House Co-Owner
Leigha was introduced to yoga in her mid-teens. The movement, the calm, and the eastern ethos resonated deeply, and the more she practiced the more she felt like she was becoming, somehow, more herself. Over the years, Leigha took interest in many fields, eventually earning a Masters degree in Environmental Literature and teaching literature, communications, ESL, and news writing for local colleges. At some point, she noticed that the more she practiced yoga the more fluidly and easily everything else seemed to flow. In her twenties, her interest grew at an exponential pace and soon it eclipsed all else. She earned her 200-hour teaching certificate with Michael Stein, formerly of Ashtanga Yoga of New Paltz (now YogAlive), admiring the depth, humility and authenticity of Michael’s commitment to the practice. Leigha has also taken trainings in meditation teaching and Yin Yoga.
Leigha teaches breath-centric, physically challenging, artfully sequenced Vinyasa classes that encourage deep body listening, always with empowering support and anatomical guidance. 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. Her Vinyasa and Yin classes weave in dharma offerings, readings, and songs that are 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 — to her continued awe and amazement — 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, 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.
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 is a mother, wife, 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.
Noelle is a lifelong artist, dancer, social activist, yoga practitioner, and a recent graduate of The Yoga House Yoga Teacher Training, RYT 200. Her personal journey has been one of curiosity, recognition, gratitude, and celebration of the discovery of our spiritual experience we call life on earth. Noelle’s desire is to open her students to a greater connection to mindfulness and awareness as she guides them through asanas in a gentle, flowing manner, empowering them to embrace and take full control of their wellbeing on and off the mat. Her decades of work as a Holistic Psychotherapist, is the culmination of her passions, and where she helps lead her clients to optimal awareness and integration of mind, body and spirit. She is a Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress, a Yoga Nidra Teacher, and Breath-Body-Mind Meditation Teacher. Having studied with the experts in her field, she specializes in moving people out of debilitating states of stress and into states of calm and wellness. She is in private practice, is a published writer, a consultant, and has worked in the field and on the Boards of NGOs involved in local, national, and international trauma relief efforts. She is grateful to be in lifelong service to improving humanity one moment at a time. In her words, “My goal is to bring light, levity, and laughter, where there is darkness, constriction, and suffering…. to live life and teach others to live with delight not fright.” Namaste.
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.”
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.
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.
Christina is inspired by yoga to live each moment more mindfully while keeping her body healthy and strong. Her introduction to yoga was a prenatal class she took when she was pregnant with her daughter 18 years ago. Christina has since fallen in love with yoga and she wants to share it with anyone interested in giving it a try. She is committed to making her class engaging and nurturing for all, and more challenging for those up for the task. She finds yoga to be a very personal, non-competitive practice. Instead of looking for a perfect pose, she hopes you leave the mat feeling more nourished and balanced within.
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.
Nydia, who is originally from Medellin, Colombia, came to The Yoga House five years ago looking for a place to meditate and to calm feelings of anxiety she experienced throughout her journey as an immigrant. She realized that in yoga she had an opportunity to pause from the fast pace of everyday life and to enjoy a date with herself. It is in this quiet space that Nydia found she could truly listen to her mind and body. As a yoga instructor, Nydia creates a safe space that allow others to reconnect with themselves and to find a way to feel at home. With her enthusiastic personality and a tremendous sense of wonder, Nydia is passionate about empowering others to overcome their fears and any obstacles that might prevent them from leading the life they desire. Her beginner class is offered in Spanish and she welcomes all new beginners to yoga.
Nydia es de Medellin, Colombia. Hace cinco años llegó a La casa del Yoga (The Yoga house) buscando un lugar para meditar y calmar su ansiedad producto de todos los cambios que estaba viviendo a través de su experiencia como inmigrante en un nuevo país. Ella encontró en el yoga una oportunidad para hacer una pausa de los días caóticos y disfrutar de una cita con ella misma. En este momento de quietud Nydia pudo escuchar lo que su cuerpo y mente necesitaban. Como instructora de yoga, Nydia trabaja para crear un espacio seguro que le permita a otros conectarse con ellos mismos y encontrar una manera de sentirse en casa. Con su personalidad entusiasta y tremenda capacidad para maravillarse de lo cotidiano a Nydia le apasiona empoderar a otros para que puedan superar sus miedos y obstáculos que en ocasiones no nos dejan liderar la vida que queremos vivir. Su clase para principiantes se ofrece en español y está abierta para todos aquellos nuevos al yoga.