Ashley Colloton Ashley has completed her 500hr teacher training at YogaVermont, Manju Jois' Ashtanga Primary Series teacher training and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy training. Her background includes a wide variety of workshops and exposure to different teachers/traditions. Ashley encourages yoga students to adjust the practice for their own personal needs.
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, enhance physical and energetic vitality, and foster stillness and peacefulness. 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.
Jennifer Hathaway Jenn (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.
Buffy Owens I am a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner® (G.C.F. P.) in the Capital Region. I specializes in helping women prepare for pregnancy, labor and childbirth, and in working with children with special needs. My passion for the mind-body field date back more than 15 years ago when I began my studies as a massage therapist. As I began my studies in the anatomy and physiology of the human body, I simultaneously began to explore the spirit that moves the form through my meditation and yoga practice. Since then, I have pursued academic studies in Kinesiology, Psychology & Neuroscience and completed an extensive four year professional training in the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education. I now merge my practical training in movement education and academic studies with my passion for pregnancy, birth and early child development to create a learning environment that empowers women and their families.
Sarah Peters is certified with Beth Shaw’s Yogafit™ and has been teaching throughout the Capital Region for 4 years. 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 class poses and teachings, students will find a centeredness that they can carry off the mat and into their lives.
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
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.
Lauren Strait, RYT, completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Marianne Wells in Costa Rica during the summer of 2010. Her passion for yoga is continuously growing and evolving through the teachings of Radhanath Swami, Sharon Gannon and David Life. Lauren is passionate about conveying to her students what yoga has to offer...limitless and infinite possibilities and a life unbound, as we use our breath, body and mind to reconnect to the inner radiance existing within each one of us. Lauren is committed to her students' growth and her individual growth through her students and her fun-loving, goofy and compassion-filled personality add another element to each class.
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.
Heather Tice completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Empowerment Training through Heart Space Holistic and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance. Through her classes she strives to teach others how to balance body, mind, and spirit in their everyday lives. She thanks her teachers Lauren Toolin and John Smrtic for sharing their depth of knowledge and heartless dedication to yoga with her. Currently Heather is studying to be a Natural Health Consultant and hopes that through this and teaching yoga she will be able to help and transform the lives of others.
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