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.
Geralyn Dantz came to Yoga as a way to get back into shape. What she found was so much more than an exercise program. Yoga became a guiding force offering balance in her life. She completed her 200 hr. Hot Warrior Yoga Teacher training in February of 2014. Geralyn’s love, kindness, and patience come through in her classes. Students leave feeling relaxed, balanced, and more flexible.
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.
Douglas Goodbee is a proud parent of five beautiful children and two grandchildren,and a very beautiful supportive wife who act as his business agent/adviser. Douglas is very honored to be asked to lead the opening, as well as the closing for The Creative Arts Therapies Conference for the second consecutive year. He has been teaching yoga locally and is beginning to get involved with teaching children in schools in addition to his other classes, he can do so with his recent Kripalu Yoga Teachers in the High Schools certification. Douglas is excited to welcome you all to come breath, smile, and flow, with him as well with like minded people.
John Horan has been teaching yoga in the capital district since 2005. He is a Kripalu 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. Don’t miss the Friday Happy Hour Harmony Vinyasa!
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.
Lauren Nicole believes that each of us holds an innate ability to awaken a connection within ourselves. After practicing for several years, she was able to recognize the healing power of yoga through unifying body, mind, and spirit. This passion led her to Woodstock, NY to complete her formal 200 hour teacher training. It was an enlightening experience that has changed the way she sees her life and future.
For Lauren, yoga is a lifestyle. Ancient Hindu and Buddhist philosophies are what inspire her to live by Satya (truth). With a strong sensitivity to energy and nurturing nature, Lauren is able to accommodate all students on the mat. She leads her classes with an open heart, while striving to provide a healing atmosphere to practice. Lauren invites her students to relax, be playful, and awaken their inner knowing.
Marcus Rogers is Assistant Director of The Dance Program at Union College, where he also serves as a professor of dance. Growing up, Marcus studied in New York City on a full scholarship with the Joffrey Ballet School, Studio Maestro, and Peridance Center. Some of his professional credits include the national tour of Sesame Street Live, the national tour of Bear in the Big Blue House Live, touring Europe with Jean Ann Ryan Productions on the Norwegian Dawn (Norwegian Cruise Lines), and performing many principle roles with the Northeast Ballet and the Albany Berkshire Ballet Company. He has also worked as a guest artist, teacher, and choreographer with the Schenectady Light Opera Company, Park Playhouse, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the National Museum of Dance, R.P.I., the Dance + Festivals, Proctors Summer Broadway Camps, CRC Irish Dance Camp, Sun King Dance and Spotlight Management. In 2013, Marcus had the great honor of serving as a judge for the 2013 Distinguished Young Women New York State Scholarship Program. Marcus is currently working as choreographer of a brand new musical “Cassandra, The Musical”, which will take place on Proctors Stage in September 2014. Marcus is a graduate of Soluna School of Yoga (a registered school with Yoga Alliance) where he received his 200 hour teaching certification. Marcus feels honored and blessed to be on staff at Yoga Bliss and would like to thank his mentoring teacher, Nancy Polacheck for all her support and guidance.
I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul. ~ by Rumi
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.