Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts


Adam Buck, RYT, provides a welcoming environment for all students to explore and learn about the art and science of Yoga. His classes incorporate a blend of asana, breath work, and meditation, to help foster physical, mental, and spiritual health. Adam strongly believes that with consistent daily practice everybody can – and should - experience the transformative power of yoga.

Ashley Colloton has explored a variety of training: 500 hour teacher training at YogaVermont, Elissa Cobb's Phoenix Rising 650 hour yoga therapy training, Manju Jois' Ashtanga teacher's training and most recently, the 650 hour Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant training at the Kripalu School of Ayurveda. She invites all levels to join her, as students will be encouraged to adjust the practice for their own personal needs. To find out more you can visit www.ashleycollotonyoga.com

Loren Collarile is a certified Yoga Educator and Fine Artist. She was first introduced to the practice of yoga about ten years ago while living in New York City where she was studying Fine Art at the School of Visual Arts. Yoga instantly became her way of life. In 2008, she went on to complete an initial yoga teacher training with YogaWorks in New York and later that year relocated to South Florida to seek a second training. Loren has studied with world renowned teachers including Seane Corn, Jason Crandell, Kino Macgregor, Chrissy Carter and Desiree Rumbaugh.

Lisa Ginsburg-Battisti MS, RD, RYT completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Empowerment Training through HeartSpace and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.   As a Registered Dietitian she does nutrition counseling and nutrition seminars in the area.  She believes that yoga, fitness, and healthy eating can help improve quality of life and help one reach their fullest potential. In addition, she is a Certified Personal Trainer and certified in PiYo and Turbokick.www.Get-Fit-with-Lisa.com

Amanda Gyves, RYT, began her yoga practice in 2005 as a way to find balance to a busy work schedule and recovery from a vigorous running and lifting routine. While the challenging physical aspects were rewarding, it was the mental peace and calm she experienced that helped her fully enjoy her yoga practice. Certified in Vinyasa Flow by Stephanie Keach, of Asheville, NC, Amanda enjoys the creativity, strength and grace of synchronizing breath with movement. Having completed her 200 hour certification at Heartspace with Lauren Toolin, she strives to provide an intelligently sequenced class that takes you on a purposeful journey in a welcoming atmosphere. Students are encouraged to start where they are and grow through practice.

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.

Andrew Kasius offers a fun and challenging blend of asana, pranayama and meditation to help strengthen mental focus and awareness, a sense of peacefulness, enhance physical and energetic vitality, and foster an improved sense of connection within ourselves and the world around us.   Andrew draws from his experience with diverse teachers and styles of yoga and seeks to offer classes that suit the needs and capabilities of each student.  Andrew completed his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Empowerment Training™ through Heartspace and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance. 

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 NYC.  Sat Kriya has had the privilege of studying with Master Teachers Hari Kaur Khalsa, Mahan Rishi Singh Khalsa, Nirbhe Kaur Khalsa and Sat Kirin Kaur Khalsa. She currently studies with these & other Masters at various Kundalini Yoga centers throughout the US.  She is a caring and down to earth teacher who ensures every session is deeply healing, challenging and fun. Inspired by years of study with passionate & authentic teachers, Sat Kriya gracefully serves all with kindness and compassion.  For more information, please visit satkriyakaur.com.

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 life.

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.

Tracy Pearce is a 200 hour certified Hatha yoga instructor trained under the teachings of Lauren Toolin, and currently working towards her 500 hour certification.  Studying advanced meditation, and therapeutic yoga, Tracy incorporates decades of yoga awareness, having practiced on and off since the age of 13, with the social awareness that comes from bartending for 15 years.  She helps bring peace to anyone who seeks it, and has a dynamic way of presenting it.  We all have tough times, having yoga to turn to in these times make a huge difference in the quality of life.

Sarah Peters is certified with Beth Shaw’s Yogafit™ and has been teaching throughout the Capital Region since 2007.  Her teaching style ranges from powerful athletic moves to deep stretches.  She is also involved in several sports, including triathlons and rowing, and has incorporated her knowledge of these sports to help athletes improve their performance and recover from injuries.  Sarah originally began yoga as a grad student to help release stress but soon fell so in love with the process and benefits of yoga that she decided to teach in order to pass this joy on to others.  She hopes that through the practice and teachings, students will find a centeredness that they can carry off the mat and into their lives.  

Beth Phillips, LMSW, RYT has been practicing Yoga for 18 years. She had the privilege and pleasure of completing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher training with Lauren Toolin at Heartspace Albany in 2012. She has also studied restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater. Beth has a dedicated daily practice and strives to "Live her Yoga" everyday. In Beth's classes one can expect threads of Yogic philosophy to be interwoven into the practice to help the student connect their experience on the mat with aspects of their day to day lives. One can expect a good dose of humor as well! However Beth promises not to make you laugh too hard while practicing balancing poses! Check out Beth's Facebook page at Upward Cat Yoga with Beth Phillips or feel free to contact her at upwardcatyoga@gmail.com

Lynne Ogren has a 200-hr. certification in Integral Yoga from Satchitananda Ashram, Yogaville.  She began her yoga teaching career with YogaKids in 2005, and later, Yoga Ed, in after-school and recreational settings, as well as in her Spanish classroom.  Lynne's ecclectic style originates from teaching Integral and Kripalu yoga, as well as her 20-year personal practice in a variety of vinyasa styles.  In addition to teaching yoga, Lynne offers yoga and mindfulness workshops for educators to use personally and with their students.  

Nancy Polachek has more than 600 documented hours of yoga teacher training. Her certifications include: 300+ hours Jivamukti Yoga, 200+ hours Kripalu Yoga, and 100+ hours Ashtanga Yoga. She has been practicing yoga since the early 1980's and teaching since 1995. As the Capital District's first teacher of Ashtanga Yoga, in 1999 she founded and directed Albany's Washington Park Yoga, now Heartspace Yoga. In 2008 she received the great blessing of acceptance into the Jivamukti lineage by her luminous teachers David Life and Sharon Gannon. She shares the wish of her beloved teacher Lady Ruth Lauer Manenti in hoping to be "a link on the chain of all teachers who have inspired students to be kind."  Visit www.facebook.com/nancy.polachek

Nola Royce is a certified Yoga Teacher, registered with the National Yoga Alliance.  She has an extensive background in Iyengar Yoga and studied with Robert Cuozzi and Lauren Toolin, during her teacher training, gaining an appreciation and love of Vinyasa.  Nola is also a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor, with a background in education. She brings all these skills and interests to her teaching.  Her classes focus on postural alignment and using the breath to move the body.  With Nola, the beginner series will take you through basic yoga postures, let you experience how using the breath can help you achieve freedom and ease while working your muscles, and discover ways to relax and rejuvenate

Diane Simpson completed 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.

John Smrtic, J.D., RYT, is the Capital Region’s first 300 hour certified Jivamutki Yoga teacher.  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.  John was the assistant at the 2007-2008 Yoga Teacher Empowerment Training (YTET) at Heartspace Holistic in Albany, NY, and the Assistant Director of the YTET in 2008-2009 under Senior Para Yoga teacher Lauren Toolin.  He also ran a yoga program for at-risk, homeless youths through Safe House in Schenectady, NY.   John currently practices law part time around the Capital Region, in addition to teaching Jivamukti Yoga.

Tracy Swanson  RYT, has a dedicated personal practice and has been a student of yoga for nearly 15 years. She completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Empowerment Training through Heartspace and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She is eternally grateful for the guidance, love, and inspiration provided to her by her teacher Lauren Toolin. Tracy is dedicated to helping others realize their potential and the divine spark they possess. Her passions include working with teenagers and children. She enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with at-risk youths. She has a warm and easy-going personality which is reflected in her teaching. Her classes are accessible to practitioners of all levels and modification are always provided.

Carrie Will has been practicing yoga on and off the mat for several 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



Albany Heartspace:

747 Madison Avenue
Albany, NY 12208

located in rear of building
on lower level

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10 2nd Street
Troy, NY 12180

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2nd floor - entrance next to Lucas Confectionery & Wine Bar

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