Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts


Blair Brodar seeks to help students discover their inner beauty through pranayama breath, movement and spiritual exploration.  She received her 200 hr training in Vinyasa Flow from Gopi Kinnicutt of Bhakti Yoga and is a Certified Yoga Instructor registered with the National Yoga Alliance.  Additionally, Blair has received her Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Mary Aranas at Pure Yoga in NYC as well as Pre & Post Natal Certification with Annette Lang Education Systems L.L.C in NYC. She completed her Scientific Shoulder Training with Paul Check and The C.H.E.K Institute.  Blair is also a renowned fashion stylist and NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer.

Kathi Burke is a graduate of the 200-hour teacher-training program with Eileen Muir of the Karuna Studio for Yoga and Healing Arts in Northampton, MA, and is enrolled in the 300-hour advanced teacher training. Kathi’s love of learning and the rich heritage of both the philosophy and therapeutics of Iyengar yoga are a perfect match. Kathi brings her ability to organize, execute and plan remediation and instruction from her career as a speech pathologist and adjunct faculty member at the College of St. Rose. Her training in anatomy, dance and certification as a NIA teacher bring her to an appreciation of the detailed intricacy the Iyengar Method affords. Enlightened by the study of the yoga of loving kindness and compassionate living, she pursues ways to share the experience of the union formed with the body, mind, and spirit through the path of yoga with her students.

Cody Gillham received her 200-hour yoga teacher training certificate at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Ayurveda in Stockbridge, MA. She brings Kripalu's guiding principles to her classes, most notably, the cultivation of non-judgemental curiosity and connection to one's body. Another mainstay in her teachings is the emphasis on integrating breath and movement, which has the effect of guiding students inward.  Cody's speciality lies in trauma-informed teaching. Through workshops and self study, Cody has thoroughly familiarized herself with the principles of a trauma-informed class. This can include, but is not limited to, the following: invitational versus instructional language, cultivating present moment focus, practicing choice, building affect-regulation skills and self-empowerment.

Sasha Gorrel (Dmochowski):  Over the course of an 18 year ballet career with Boston Ballet and American Ballet Theatre, Sasha Dmochowski discovered the value of possessing a strong core, as well as the injury prevention benefits of the Pilates method. With the notion that injecting fun and creativity into abdominal strengthening is a necessity, Dmochowski enjoys teaching group classes as well as working one-on-one with clients, honing in on their individual strengths and needs. She holds a masters degree in Psychology from NYU and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the Anderson Weight & Eating Disorder Lab at University at Albany, SUNY.

Meghan Hogan In this age of information, Meghan believes it is beneficial to press pause, tune into the breath, and allow one’s inner awareness to be that which informs for a while. Meghan supports her students in connecting to this core of stillness as they build mind-body strength, balance and flexibility in each class. Classes are geared toward beginners and are appropriate for anyone seeking to explore their edges in a safe and judgment-free environment. Meghan is ever-grateful to her teacher, Lauren Toolin, with whom she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Heartspace Yoga and Healing Arts.

Jennifer Hathaway (Jyoti) has been practicing yoga since 2007. Having a background in dance and movement, yoga came very naturally to her. Delving deeper into the practice and gaining strength, flexibility, and inner peace, she decided to become a teacher to share the many benefits of yoga with the community. Jyoti received her 200 hour TTC in spring of 2012 from the Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. Captivated by this ancient art, she is a firm believer in the well being yoga has to offer to anyone who actively integrates it into their lives.

Andrew Kasius offers yoga instruction to help students strengthen mental focus and awareness, a sense of peacefulness, enhance physical and energetic vitality, and foster an improved sense of connection within ourselves and with the world around us.  Life can be challenging and he sees yoga as a practical tool for leading a more balanced and abundant life.  Andrew completed his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Empowerment Training™ in 2008.  He and his wife Elizabeth own and manage Heartspace Yoga and Healing Arts. 

Sat Kriya Kaur is a KRI Certified Instructor of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan® having completed her 200-hour teacher training program in 2008 at Goldenbridge Yoga in NYC.  She has had the privilege of studying with master teachers Hari Kaur Khalsa, Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa, Nirhbe Kaur Khalsa & Sat Kirin Kaur Khalsa.  Sat Kriya is a caring teacher who ensures every class is healing, challenging and fun.   Inspired by years of study with passionate & authentic teachers, Sat Kriya gracefully serves all with kindness and compassion.

Jeanne Korn Certified advanced Yoga Instructor with over 14 years experience, Jeanne guides all levels through gentle, mindful classes with an easy grace, playful joy and an ever-evolving balance of effort and ease. She is especially passionate about Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga transforming traditional poses into a gentle healing experience, through nurturing variations, props & blankets for support, guided imagery, essential oils and lots of healing touch.  As a Licensed Massage Therapist she brings unique insights on how energy moves through the body, an extensive understanding of Anatomy & Physiology, as well as her gift of touch therapy.  Jeanne has also created her unique Shamanic Restorative Yoga, which combines gentle poses with the ancient healing art of Shamanic Journeying, using live drumming and guided imagery to explore the natural world within our imaginations. An invitation to move energy on a core level, encounter deep inner wisdom, access realms beyond ordinary awareness and to forces in nature that are available to inspire and enlighten.  “Our bodies are vessels for spirit. My commitment is to support my students to release tension, replenish their natural life force and re-align with their true selves

Suzanne Martin "In 2001 I began my yogic journey by studying Buddhist art and philosophy in college. It wasn’t until years later that my physical yogic journey began - one that came naturally with my background in dance (13 years of ballet and modern dance). I discovered the asanas (postures) of yoga in 2010 and later completed the 200 hr. Hot Warrior Yoga Teacher Training with Jennilee Toner along with Yoga Across America training. I am constantly amazed at the number of positive ways yoga has changed my life and the life of my peers, I look forward to sharing these pearls of wisdom and happiness with you."

Bruce (Viveka) McEwen, RYT, PhD. Bruce has practiced yoga and meditation daily since early 1972. He has taught yoga and meditation classes continuously since 1997 and has organized and led numerous weekend yoga retreats. Bruce is a co-founder and faculty member of Ananda Marga Yoga Teacher Training, a Yoga Alliance accredited program that has trained over 100 yoga teachers. Bruce’s training includes intensive study in India that has qualified him to give personal instruction in a progressive series of meditation lessons that incorporate the 8 limbs of Astanga Yoga. Drawing on his professional background as a research scientist with the New York State Department of Health and a faculty member of SUNY- Albany, Bruce takes a rational yet devotional approach to the spiritual science of yoga.

Martha Moscowitz has been practicing yoga since her teen years in Western Massachusetts, where her first yoga-love was Kripalu. Always a fan of exertion, she has since been drawn to the more fiery side of practice through vinyasa-based approaches, but still cares very much about pausing, analyzing, and letting individual poses evolve with the breath. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in March of 2011 at the former Bliss Yoga in Woodstock, NY, where her teachers came from the Jivamukti and Om schools. Martha continues her efforts to reach past the athleticism of yoga and into the energy and consciousness of the Self.

Rosy Mulligan is a Birth Doula and Prenatal Yoga instructor. Rosy, originally from the UK, has travelled extensively worldwide and taught Yoga in a wide range of settings, from children in India to expecting mamas in Manhatten. Rosy has been a student of yoga since 2010 and did her 200 hrs RYT in India in 2012. In 2013, shortly after attending a close friends birth Rosy knew she had found her life calling in serving women at this precious time in their lives. Rosy began her training first as a prenatal yoga teacher at the Prenatal Yoga center in Manhattan and shortly after as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. Rosy continues to be in awe of women's power to grow and birth a child and feels deeply blessed to learn from the women she is privileged to serve.Rosy weaves in childbirth education into her prenatal classes and aims to deepen the connection and sacred bond between mother and baby through yoga, pranayama and meditation.

Emilia Pawlowski.  "I received my BFA from The School of Visual Arts in 2009. Feeling stifled by an office job at an art agency in NYC, I moved to Alaska to work aboard a commercial fishing vessel. Once the season ended I decided to travel and spent a couple of years abroad exploring and working in Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. A friend recommended that I try yoga after sustaining a back injury from snowboarding and the healing aspects were undeniable. Wanting to share the practice with others, I completed a 200 hour certification under Nancy Candea at Purple Om Yoga in New Jersey. Yoga has become a playful escape from the rigidity of my graduate school work and a way to reconnect with my breath. I love guiding students through a lighthearted practice that builds strength, flexibility, and focus."

Nikki Rogers has devoted the past decade of her professional life to promoting the health, and wellbeing of the community of Albany.  She began her personal journey into yoga in 2005 and in 2012 a 200-hour Hatha Yoga teacher training opened the door to her dream of sharing yoga with the Albany community as a pathway to stress relief and a healthy lifestyle.  Nikki's classes could be described as “beginner plus.” She designs her classes specifically to be done by people with little experience with the practice, while still providing a challenge to all skill levels. Linking breath and movement for a relaxing practice, Nikki safely guide students into poses and tailors each session to the individual needs of each of her classes.

Diane Simpson RYT LMTcompleted her 200 hour-certification with Yoga Vermont in Burlington in 2009. Since then she has received certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga from the Boston Trauma Center and Chakra Yoga with Anodea Judith. In addition Diane has trained with Shiva Rea, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Diane is a Licensed Massage Therapist with a strong working knowledge of anatomy, injury recovery and wellness.

Toni Smith, MFA, serves on the dance faculty at Skidmore College, Russell Sage College. Toni Smith choreographed and performed as a professional dancer in New York City with the Vanaver Caravan, Debra Wanner, Jeff Slayton, Joyce Morganroth and others. She is a choreographer and the Artistic Director of Toni Smith and Dancers from 1979 to 1986. She is a founding member of the NYS DanceForce and Partners in Dance: a Consortium of Capital Region Dance Sponsors and was the Artistic Director of the National Museum of Dance. Toni regularly directs dance residencies as the Faculty Advisor for Summer Dance in the Office of the Dean of Special Programs of Skidmore College and is on the continuing education faculty of Hudson Valley Community College. She serves on committees for the Body-Mind Centering Association and the Honest Weight Food Coop. Toni Smith is the originator of Adaptive Yoga for persons with special circumstances at the Center for Disability Services. She maintains a private BMC practice and teaches fundamental BMC workshops in New York State’s capital region with Anna Witt. Toni teaches Yoga at the Troy Family YMCA and the Susan Odell Taylor School for all ages. Toni Smith is a Body-Mind Centering Practitioner, and an Infant Development Movement Educator.

John Smrtic, J.D., E-RYT, Since 2007, John has spent a rare 500+ hours studying directly with his teachers, Jivamukti founders Sharon Gannon and David Life.   Soaked in this direct transmission, John is passionate to convey their teachings and method as purely as possible.  Using these teachings and traditional yogic scripture as a foundation, John blends wit, humor, music and challenging, intelligently sequenced asana from a vinyasa format to make each class a unique experience.  

Alexis Stefanacci "My husband and I met in 2007 and live in Albany, NY with our beloved dogs and cats. I am currently furthering my yogic studies with Meg Horan in a mentorship program and plan to complete the foundations of yin module with Josh Summers in February 2017.Yoga has been a part of my life for many years and has helped me to deal with the stresses of everyday life. Shortly after getting married, I experienced a terrible tragedy in my life, and yoga called me stronger than ever before. I decided to complete my 200 hour certification with Styles Yoga in 2016. Yoga gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge of anatomy and the amazing healing powers that yoga has to offer. I love to express myself by coming up with creative and fun flows on the mat."  Alexis was born and raised in Troy, NY and moved to Albany, NY to complete her Bachelors degree in Biology at the College of Saint Rose.   She volunteers at Whiskers Animal Benevolent League and completed a certificate of study in Animal Advocacy at Hudson Valley Community College.

Lauren Toolin, E-RYT, has been teaching for nearly twenty years and is the fourth person to be certified as a Senior ParaYoga Teacher by Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She was also a long-time apprentice to Rodney Yee. She is an initiate of an authentic Tantric tradition, with wisdom passed from teacher to student for millennia. She is on the editing staff of Yoga Journal and has contributed to other national publications, including as cover model for Yoga International. She travels nationally, offering ParaYoga workshops, and as guest faculty for many teacher training programs. She directs the Yoga Teacher Training Program and many advanced trainings at Heartspace. 

Carrie Will has been practicing yoga on and off the mat for many years. An artist by profession and nature, she finds comfort in expressing her creativity through yoga. Carrie received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from The Kripalu Center for Yoga and health in Massachusetts. She is a compassionate yoga teacher who believes that the gifts of yoga can be found by anyone who seeks them no matter what age or body type one happens to be in. Through yoga, Carrie has found a deeper sense of compassion, confidence and love and finds it an honor to be able to share that practice with others. www.carriewill.com/yoga

Beate Viggiani understands yoga as a system of practices that balance, strengthen, and open practitioners physically, mentally and spiritually. She delights in sharing the joy and benefits of yoga with clear and light-hearted instruction and guidance. As a certified Hatha yoga teacher, Beate is passionate about facilitating a process of self-discovery and self-care that is available and accessible to every body.  She teaches with heart, humor and an unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of all.  Over the years, Beate has been inspired by several teachers and varied styles of yoga. She is particularly grateful for the opportunity to complete her 200-hour teacher training at Heartspace with Senior Para Yoga teacher Lauren Toolin.

Rebecca Volpe hopes to inspire others to live a passionate and creative life. She maintains a thirst for learning and studying and keeping a beginner's perspective.  She strives for simplicity and clarity.  Rebecca welcomes all levels to her class and offers clear direction, simplicity and clarity.   Rebecca has completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and is certified through the Yoga Alliance.   After initial training, she has continued training with Loren Collarile, John Smrtic, Lauren Toolin and Elex DiSanto Scheels here in the Capital District.

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747 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

located in rear of building
on lower level

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10 2nd Street
Troy, NY 12180

located at the corner of 2nd St and Broadway
2nd floor - entrance next to Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar

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