We are a community of teachers, trained in the Kripalu yoga tradition, which embraces the union of mind, body and spirit.
Dr. Patricia Bloom is a physician who has been involved in academic medicine for the past 35 years. Currently she is a professor at the Icahn Medical School of Mount Sinai, whose major interests include integrative health and health promotion, stress reduction and Mind Body Medicine. The link on our class description page was created for the class she leads at the Asia Society in Manhattan. Watching will give you a good idea of why Dr. Bloom is such a special teacher.
Linda Caldwell's positive, therapeutic approach offers students the opportunity to gain flexibility and strength, as well as mental focus using meditative techniques. She wishes for all her students to enhance the spirit in daily living. Linda has been practicing since she was 12 years old and is a 500 hr. certified yoga teacher. She has additional specialties in PreNatal, Restorative, Adaptive MS Yoga, and Positional Yoga Therapy, and is a Reiki Master. "Yoga practice connects us all, creating a deep inner peace and allowing me to share my joy with my students."
Patricia Castimore came to yoga in 2000 after a long and fulfilling career as a high school dance educator. She felt a calling to yoga throughout her career and upon retirement began her practice and studies. She completed her first yoga teacher training in 2003 and has been teaching yoga ever since. Her certifications include: 200 and 500 hr. certifications in Journey Into Yoga with Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds, staff teacher trainers at Kripalu Yin/Yang Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu; Advanced Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training at Nosara Yoga Institute with Don and Amba Stapleton; and a Reiki Master Degree in the Usui System of Reiki with Brahmani Liebman. "Yoga has become a very rich practice. It continues to teach and lead me deeper in all aspects of my life."
Suzanne Cohen has been a teacher of meditation and yoga for over 35 year, including 18 years teaching in a local adult continuing education program. She is a 500 hr. teacher and member of the Kripalu Yoga Association. Suzanne has completed the Yoga for Seniors Teacher Training course and focuses her continuing education by attending workshops and trainings in mindful styles of hatha yoga. “The reason I first began teaching yoga was in order to share the experience and the resulting feelings of well-being these practices give rise to naturally. I'm excited that now the medical community confirms the health benefits of both meditation and hatha yoga!"
Dr. Celine Daly is a sound weaver and accomplished Native American-style flute player based in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She has studied sound healing at The Center of Lights, Biosonics, New York Open Center, Sage Academy of Sound Energy, and the Sound Healing Academy. Celine is also trained as a yoga teacher and is a longtime meditator. She has studied Craniosacral Therapy and is certified in Medical Acupuncture. she plays flute and other traditional instruments in the Heartwood band.
Lani Donlon LCSW, a member of our yoga community for 24 years, is a psychotherapist and teacher with over 35 years of experience bringing together western and eastern psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience, and making these teachings easily accessible. She was trained in “Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction” by Jon Kabat Zinn in 1993, has studied with master teachers of Buddhism and Nonduality. She has taught meditation and practical coping skills in numerous venues, including to staff and patients at Montefiore Medical Center and to psychotherapists for themselves and for those with whom they work.
Chris Glover was certified at the New Age Center with master teacher Tao Porchon Lynch. She has taught yoga classes and workshops throughout Westchester and Rockland County since 1990. A former professional modern dancer and circus performer, her training includes Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Kripalu techniques. She is an E-RYT 500 and has received Level II Reiki Attunement. She is a certified gymnastic and circus acrobatic instructor. Chris’s lifelong exploration of movement has given her insights into the body as a vehicle, but it was yoga – the connection of all the different aspects of our selves – that completed the connection. "It is a blessing to share the joy, light, and peace of yoga with all beings. The body is the vehicle to understand and direct life on all levels."
Deborah Gorman says, “I wish for my students what I have found – transformation through yoga. Yoga slows us way down, teaches us to pay attention to the moment, helps us find a deep connection to caring and respecting our bodies, the planet and all life. We learn to stretch and strengthen our minds, bodies and hearts and to let go of what no longer serves us. Together, we bring our consciousness to our breathing, warm ups, postures and meditation. In so doing, we will release stress, promote greater spiritual and mental health and awaken to our own light and grace.” Deborah has been teaching for 17 years and is a RYT-500.
Julie Harris is an award-winning Native American-style flute player who has studied Sound Healing at the Sound Healing Academy. She is a graduate of the Music for People leadership program founded by David Darling, Grammy Award-winning cellist. She is an ICRT registered Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki® Master, a minister in the Heart River Center for Intuitive Healing and is certified in the IGM®- Isabell Gatto Method of Intentional Wellness. She is an accomplished drummer who performs with master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor and his West African drumming and dance band, Sankofa. She plays world flutes, didgeridoo and percussion in the world fusion ensemble, Heartwood.
Beddy LoBalbo has been a medical massage therapist for 20 years, after leaving her corporate speechwriting career. She became a yoga teacher in 1997, training with Yogiraj Alan Finger at Yoga Zone. Since then, she has continued her yoga training at Kripalu with various teachers including Anodea Judith; at Princeton Yoga Center with Larry Payne (Prime of Life Yoga Teacher Training Level I and II); and the Yellow Springs Yoga Center with Erich Schiffmann. She also became a certified Pilates teacher in 2006 with Kelly Kane at the Kane School in New York City (now called Kinected). Beddy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her teaching.
Phil Lynch began practicing yoga diligently in 1998 and completed his first training in classical Ashtanga at Mt. Madonna in California, under the direction of Baba Hari Dass (YTT’98). It was there that he learned the slow flow, mudra, meditation and breath techniques that remain the foundation of his classes. His second training was at the KaliRay TriYoga Center in Santa Cruz, where he began teaching in 2000. He continued his studies in Los Angeles, completing his third training at Sacred Movement (Max Strom, Shiva Rea). He has been teaching for the past 20 years and is still amazed at how teaching is always fresh and new with each student and situation. He plans to continue practicing and sharing all aspects of yoga, tailored to suit the individual and their specific needs.
Marianne Petitbon came to yoga out of a desire to heal her own body. She was initiated into the ISHTA lineage of yoga by Yogiraj Alan Finger in 1994. Instantly hooked, the combination of pranayama, asana, and meditation, yoga proved to be profound and healing. She has taught in NYC and Westchester, practicing yoga and meditation for over 20 years, and is also certified in teen yoga. Marianne is a Reiki Master who loves the benefits of Reiki and Yoga in daily practice! “My teaching stems from a desire to support others in the journey of transformation and self exploration.”
Kristin Prevallet is a writer, educator, and mindbody coach. Since 2010 she has taught guided visualization and trance workshops at a variety of places including The Open Center, Naropa University, Poet's House, Manhattanville College, and Spalding University. She is a certified consulting hypnotist and an integral health coach certified through the International Association of Counselors and Therapists and the National Guild of Hypnotists. She is the author of five books of poetry including I, Afterlife: Essay in Mourning Time (Essay Press) and Everywhere Here and in Brooklyn (Belladonna Collaborative) as well as two non-fiction books about healing and the unconscious mind: Trance Poetics: Your Writing Mind, and Visualize Comfort: Pain Management and the Unconscious Mind. Aside from working with private clients through her office in White Plains, NY Kristin is a professor for Bard College's Prison Initiative. website: www.mindbodystudies.com blog: www.trancepoetics.com
Athina Pride obtained her professional level yoga certification (E-RYT 500 hours) at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, MA and has been teaching yoga for the last 20 years. Athina’s specialty training includes Yoga for Skeletal Health, Thai Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. She is a Reiki Master and former owner of Infinite Yoga Center in Larchmont, NY. Her approach to yoga is one that links awareness and breath with experience, while cultivating the witness consciousness which is typical of the Kripalu style of yoga. She is conscious of the need to experience and feel the body in its most subtle level, allowing students to explore what they feel in a profound and safe way. She guides students with compassion and care through the 8-limb path of Raja Yoga.
Sandra Socastro began her Yoga journey over 15 years ago, while working as a Management Consultant. Early on, she discovered the stillness that can be found on the mat. While living in India for three years, Sandra studied with Sri Prasad Rangnekar at YogaPrasad Institute. Under his guidance and teaching, she completed her 200-hour teacher training and became certified in classical Hatha Yoga. Sandra has also studied Restorative Yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater, and Anatomy with Jason Ray Brown. Sandra has come to embrace yoga as the science of self-discovery. Her belief is “that sadhana, the practice, is a time to connect with the body, mind, spirit and the sacred. It is a time to take a pause, and allow discovering that moment ‘in-between’. It is in these moments, that inspiration and insight have the space to speak to us, so that we can gain some clarity without judgment”. As a teacher, Sandra hopes to hold a space for others to tap into their inner stillness – a place where they can slow down, move within, and connect with their true spirit.
Christine Tergis recognized from the very beginning of her yoga journey, that yoga is a powerful way to relieve stress and quiet the mind. Since then, her love for yoga has grown exponentially each time she shares this precious gift with someone new. Drawing inspiration from both the ISHTA and Kripalu yoga lineages, her classes are fluid and alignment based, providing a safe and compassionate space to connect with the "calm within the storm." Profoundly impacted by a three month stay in India, Christine enjoys making the ancient practices of yoga and meditation accessible to all. "Combining breath awareness with playful exploration of the one true home we have (our bodies), yoga helps people relax and reconnect with the stillness that resides within."