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.

 

 

 

Beckie Galick   has been practicing yoga and meditation for over 4 years. She earned her yoga teacher certification at Yoga Lily in Clifton Park in June 2017.   She describes herself as a typical Type A personality, and credits yoga and meditation with helping her to be more mindful, as well as reducing her stress and anxiety and helping her maintain a healthy spine after a spinal fusion surgery in 2008.  With an MBA in Finance, she is a finance yogi by day, as a Finance Director at a local not-for-profit working to end poverty.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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

 

 

 

Jennifer Gough is an elementary school teacher who specializes in English Language Learners and loves the challenges and joys of teaching.  Teaching has been a constant in her life with yoga as the one physical activity she kept coming back to when life’s road became a bit too curvy.  As her physical practice became more consistent, she discovered the importance of the breath and the many ways it benefits all aspect of one’s life.  As a breast cancer survivor, yoga, and the breath of yoga, changed her life in so many positive ways that she realized that the next logical step would be to combine teaching and yoga.  Jennifer completed her 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga training at Studio 4 with Michelle Pollard in June 2017.  She gained an understanding of the anatomy of yoga, the importance of creating a safe class as well as the deeper meaning of yoga as a way of life led by gratitude, compassion and community.
As a yoga teacher, her goal is to create yoga classes that are accessible for every body with a focus on the breath as an essential part of the practice.  She is excited to be able to share her love of yoga with the hope of helping others find their own inner peace and calm.  Namaste!

 

 

 

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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’

 

 

 

Shelby Moskowicz   began practicing Vinyasa yoga as a way to gain strength and flexibility in the off seasons from collegiate sports. Little did she know yoga would become the dedicated practice that would define her life.  In 2015 she completed a 200 hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training through Styles Yoga.  Her teaching and practice aims to focus on proper alignment as well as fun and challenging flows.  She believes that anyone can benefit from yoga mentally, physically, and/or spiritually.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary Clare      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

 

 

 

 

Kristin Paul is a certified RYT-200 Hatha yoga instructor who found yoga as the perfect outlet for stress when completing her 4 year degree and working in the marketing world. After a couple years of regular practice, she made the decision to journey to the mother land, India to complete her 200-hour training in a fully immersive program. Kristin is an aspiring holistic nutritionist who one day hopes to bring together the foundations of yoga and the importance of a holistic and well-balanced lifestyle. As a yoga teacher, Kristin hopes to bring each student into a space of compassion, gratitude and peace. Her hope is to give each of her students a time and space to clear their minds and focus on their breath as well as the mind-body connection.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

 

Chelle Pean  found yoga as a stress relief during grad school as she studied to get her Master’s in Social Work. During her work as a mental health therapist, she found that physical movement and a sweaty savasana can be SO healing for the body and mind. She received her 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga certification from Yoga to The People in NYC, and studied trauma informed yoga with the Prison Project. Rachelle’s classes are a place to challenge yourself, explore your edge, and tune into your intuition. She seeks to use thoughtful sequencing and attention to the breath as tools to practice self care and develop your intuition, flexibility, and strength.