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Teachers

SarahSarah Best has been learning Tribal fusion belly dance since about 2007. Shortly after being introduced to this wonderful dance form, she began to and continues to study under Ms. Tina North. She has trained and performed with Belly Dance Superstar, Petite JamillaSarah in the summer of 2013.  Sarah enjoys taking as many workshops as she can from other dancers, such as Ansuya, Sabrina Fox, Nathalie Tedrik, Serpentessa, to expand her dance repertoire. She has been teaching this dance form since 2010.  Sarah is also an artist off the dance floor mainly working in pencil, paints, and pastels as well as creating belly dance costume pieces.  She has made costume pieces for Belly Dance Superstars as well as custom veils for Petite Jamilla and other dancers.


Amit Goel 
is originally from India and has been teaching at YAmit_photo_1_JPG_Crop2oga Bliss since 2014. He has experience in various style of Yoga  – Sivananda, Ashtanga, Vinayasa, Hatha and Restorative. He practices Vipassana Meditation and has been to several 10 day silent retreats and maintains his daily practice. He offers a fun blend of asana, pranayama and meditation with focus on alignment and breath. He has also taught Yoga at Siena College and volunteers as a Yoga Instructor at the Albany Hindu Community Center. Amit also  has a 200-hour YTT certification, attended various workshops, wanderlust yoga festival etc. and is currently pursuing his 500-hr teacher training at Kripalu


Samantha Gowan
started practicing yoga six years ago, to find stress relief from a hectic work schedule.  After just one class she was hooked.  Yoga helped Sami manage her stress and find a healthy work life balance.   She believes in sharing what you love with others.  She graduated from Philadelphia’s top yoga school Dhyana Yoga with a 250 hour Vinyasa certification and a 50 hour prenatal certification in January 2013.  Sami is grateful to be teaching and sharing her passion for yoga.  With a BFA in Acting, her practice is founded in her strong vocal and emotional training.  With over eighteen years of dance and movement study coloring her practice, she shares yoga with a heightened body awareness and grace. She loves the stability found on the mat, it will always be there for you and you can always go to it with all your problems.

March of 2013 Sami gave birth to her first child Gretchen.  She practiced during her entire pregnancy and completed her teacher training while pregnant.  She believes in the physical, mental and spiritual healing powers of yoga.  As a mom she is passionate about all aspects or pregnancy, parenting, baby and leading a sattvic lifestyle.  Sharing her yoga practice with her daughter has been one of her greatest joys.
“It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity” B.K.S. Iyengar

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Deborah Guilfoyle—Qigong Instructorqigong photo
At a young age I was intrigued by the many ways people express their relationship to spirit/god/self/universe. That curiosity continues today as I approach 50. I have been a student of yoga in many different styles: Hatha, Kripalu, Ashtanga, Yin and most recently Sivananda. Several years ago I received Reiki I & II attunements in the Usui tradition with Master Linda Thompson. Recently, my path has led me to Qigong. I attended the Qi Revolution, a 4 day intensive seminar with Jeff Primack. The experience was so profound that I began teacher training and earned certification in Supreme Science Qigong Level I & II Healing Forms. My wish is to share the tools for physical, emotional and spiritual growth that I have found through the practice of Qigong. Other activities that I enjoy include gardening, knitting, cooking and hiking with friends.

 

JohnJohn Horan has been teaching yoga in the capital district since 2005. He is a Kripalu 500hr. teacher who draws from his experience as a massage therapist to help people develop more therapeutic awareness as they cultivate alignment and freedom in their body, heart and mind. 

 

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Kathleen McDermott completed the Chair Yoga Sitting Mountain Series with Lakshmi Voelker at Kripalu School of Yoga and Health in 2006. She completed Restorative Yoga certification in 2011. Kathleen has over 1,000 hours teaching experience.

“I love Adaptive Chair Yoga and how it opens the world of yoga, and all the benefits it has to offer, to everyone. I have a few of my own physical challenges and through ACY I have a complete and joyful yoga practice.”

Kathleen is also a certified Stress Management & Lifestyle Coach. She is the founder of Yoga Inspired Life Coaching for Women. She drives a school bus part time, enjoys Spinning, reading, volleyball, and of course, spending time with her twin sons when home from college.  Namaste’

Mary Clare      Mary Clare O’Connor

Mary Clare O’Connor has been studying yoga on and off the mat for close to a decade. Her study began in Philosophy and the workings of the mind and then shifted into movement in the body through sound, asana and dance.  She seeks to integrate an appreciation for the wisdom found in the body into conscious everyday living.  She earned a 200 hr  Kripalu Yoga Teachers Certification in July 2011 and is also certified as a Kripalu Yoga Dance Instructor.  Studies and certifications include:

  • Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification 2011
  • Kripalu Yoga Dance Instructor Certification 2009
  • Studied philosophy, cosmology, and consciousness @ California Institute of Integral Studies

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Jo Page began practicing yoga in her kitchen in Boston 1997 using the vintage Richard Hittleman’s Yoga: 28 Day Exercise Plan. Shortly after that she discovered Ashtanga yoga and felt immediately at home with this deeply meditative, but vigorous style. She has benefited from compassionate and committed teachers who include Nancy Polachek, Richard Freeman, Todd Norian, Tom Gillette and David Swensen from whom she received her teacher training in 2000.  Also certified at the 200-hour level from Soluna Yoga School, Jo’s classes are carefully guided to promote strength, flexibility, alignment, laughter and they always include a meaningful closing reading.

An ordained Lutheran pastor for twenty years, Jo is also a columnist for The Albany Times Union. Her “Reckonings,” columns for Albany’s alternative newsweekly, Metroland, are archived at www.metroland.net. Her memoir, Going Out, is forthcoming from SUNY Press in 2015. She has a black Labby named Jack. Her daughter, Linnea, is a vegan baker extraordinaire (www.hazel-and-honey.com). Her daughter, Madeleine, is starting her yoga teaching training in September 2014 in Montreal.

Reed Vasilakos

Reed Snyder started doing yoga about three years ago, looking for a workout she felt connected to. She found that yoga became a safe space to gain clarity and understanding of herself. Her passion for helping others and the blessing of yoga in her own life teamed up and she completed her 200 hour vinyasa training from Gopi Kinnicutt, founder of Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs, NY in January of 2015.  Reed seeks to help others gain understanding and insight into themselves, give them a safe place to process, mull over and get rid of any nonsense weighing them down or blocking the flow of traffic in their life.