Sarah 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 Jamilla 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 has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for more than 12 years. He has experience in various styles of Yoga – Sivananda, Ashtanga, Vinayasa, Jivamukti among others and practices Vipassana Meditation. He offers a fun blend of asana, pranayam and meditation with focus on alignment and breadth. Amit completed his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training through Heartspace and is a Registered Yoga Teacher through the Yoga Alliance.
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.
Deborah Guilfoyle—Qigong Instructor
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.
John 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.
Dhyana Houghtaling started practicing at home and at a local gym in 2007. Due to a car accident, she had suffered major trauma in her hips and lower back and sought out yoga as a means to alleviate the pain. Not only did she feel the immediate physical benefits of yoga, she enjoyed the mental and spiritual aspects as well. Dhyana has practiced many types of yoga, in search of the perfect sequence to reduce pain and increase space in her heart and her physical body, which she refers to as her vessel to connect the one true being within and without….. She dedicated herself to her own personal home practice for years.
In August of 2014, Dhyana found herself across the globe studying Hatha Yoga in Rishiskesh, India; on the banks of the Ganga (Ganges) River, the birthplace of yoga! There she felt a connection to the land, the people and developed a deeper understanding of yoga as a spiritual practice and as a “way of life.” Studying under the guidance of Roshan, Deepti, Guari and Hammanchu of Rishikesh Yog Peeth, she was able to bear witness to authentic yogic practices and complete her 200 hr. Yoga Alliance approved teacher training.
Dhyana practices yoga on a daily basis, whether it is Asana, Pranayama, Bikram, mindfulness, or even sitting in asana at her desk at work. Her days include practicing all types of yoga, chanting, daily meditations, workshops, readings pertaining to yoga and the eastern practices as well as exploring through travel, meeting new yogis daily or just simply guiding individuals deeper into themselves. She is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in Holistic Health and Wellness. Dhyana believes that practicing non-attachment, forgiveness, and compassion sprinkled with gratitude while giving back is her expression of true love for all human existence. Her love for yoga has opened her up to a higher spiritual plane of existence. She invites you to come share in the love.
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’
Dagmar Rita Myslinska took her first yoga class 20 years ago, to help alleviate lower back pain and reduce stress. Yoga has done both for her, and much more, leading to emotional cleansing, increased focus, contentment, mindfulness, better self-awareness, and greater respect and kindness toward other people, animals, the planet, and herself. Since then, she has practiced various styles of yoga, including Ashtanga, Anusara, Vinyasa, Jivamukti, Bikram, power yoga, hot yoga, deep stretch, restorative, and slow flow. In teaching, her focus is on correct alignment and breathing. She feels fortunate to have taught in places as varied as New York City and Japan. Her goal is to offer a motivating, fun physical and spiritual practice. She draws her own inspiration from the ancient Yoga Sutras, as well as from modern teachers like Sharon Gannon and Shiva Rea. She tries to live yoga off the mat on a daily basis, and seeks to bring that gift to her students’ lives, while teaching them to be comfortable in their own bodies. Aside from being a yogi, she is a legal academic, and enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and doggie companions, teaching, cooking vegetarian delicacies, traveling and exploring foreign cultures, volunteering, reading, writing, and always challenging herself.
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.
Gabby Saulsbery When Gabby began a relationship with yoga at 18, it was just a fun, relaxing way to facilitate a calming weekly powwow with friends in a free class offered at her university. It wasn’t until after college when she entered Kripalu’s six month volunteer program—on her mother’s suggestion and as an experiment, really, because she didn’t get the big city job she wanted after college—that this casual relationship turned into an all-out love affair. After some time of immersion at Kripalu, yoga transformed in Gabby’s eyes from a stretching workout to a meditation in motion and a way to create a much deeper, more forgiving relationship with her body and mind. She returned to Kripalu in December 2013 to complete her 200-hour certification and has since been blessed to share her yoga with friends, family, and strangers alike.
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.