Meet the Teachers
Ellen's work is based on over thirty years of experience, practice and study. Her journey towards health and holistic living started after she lost her mom to cancer at age 15. She leads workshops which include conscious nourishment and awakening the creative spirit, through yoga, art and mindfulness. She has an eclectic teaching style with a strong focus on the healing effects of the breath on mind, body and spirit. She combines playfulness and positive energy to inspire students to find balance and harmony in daily life. Ellen's therapeutic approach comes from a deep commitment to the ancient healing art of yoga as a vehicle to cultivate awareness and restore balance for the individual and the planet. E-RYT500 yoga teacher, C-IAYT yoga therapist, holistic lifestyle educator and owner - director of PranaMoon Yoga.
Kristi became curious about the untapped strength within her body as she prepared for the birth of her daughter. She discovered that yoga afforded her a way to appreciate the journey toward the goal of a healthy baby. As a mother and a story-teller Kristi offers classes that challenge beginner yogis and seasoned practitioners alike. She embraces a student-centered philosophy which puts the goals, needs, and development of her students ahead of any prescriptive method of instruction. She is also committed to sharing the full experience of a complete practice rather than limiting her teaching to just the physical poses. Her high-energy classes will take you on a journey of self-discovery using music and movement to stimulate the outer body and connect students to a deeper inner awareness.
Betsy has been a yoga practitioner for years and is a RYT certified yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour teacher Training with Devarshi Hartman and Jovinna Chan at the Omega Institute in the Prannothan Style of Yoga, which is rooted in the ancient yogic traditions. Elizabeth is inspired to bring the joy and transformation of yoga to others and is excited to be leading Community Yoga in Peekskill. Elizabeth feels that improvement of the body is just icing on the cake with yoga practice. A regular yoga practice can be a transformative experience on your whole being!
Jamie has spent the last 20 years studying the human body and how complementary therapies and wellness practices can serve us holistically throughout our lifetime. She views Yoga as an endlessly adaptable practice that is accessible to all bodies at any age. Jamie’s personal practice and teaching draws from various yogic paradigms including Iyengar, Vinyasa and Yin. RYT 500, CHES.
Having started her lifelong movement journey in ballet at the age of 4, teaching and learning is Jennifer’s greatest joy! She teaches a Vinyasa Flow mindfully connecting movement with alignment and breath work. Students are challenged to go to their edge, not beyond, and leave class refreshed and rejuvenated. In 2011 after an Achilles rupture, she took to her Yoga Mat as a safe harbor rebuilding the atrophied leg. The depth of Yoga’s healing potential began to take root, using the practice to regain strength. Subsequently, the emotional and spiritual seeds of Yoga started to sprout. It became evident teaching was the next step. Jennifer received her RYT 200 with Carla Zilka, Justin Tang, and Greg Barringer in 2016. A regular student of Charles Matkin’s with additional training's including Trauma Informed Yoga with Hala Khouri. Classes are lighthearted, exploratory, challenging for multiple levels and fun!
For over 20 years Lela’s love of yoga and devotion to her own study and personal practice have inspired her work as a teacher and massage therapist. In 1999 she became a certified Prana Yoga instructor, and ten years later completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training in India with the dedicated and brilliant staff of the Himalayan Institute. Lela continues to teach and pursue her studies as well as lead international yoga meditation retreats combining her love of travel and nature with yoga. Lela’s classes are a blend of yin yoga with creative slow flow vinyasa sequences, designed for all levels of experience. Her intention is to support our precious bodies in releasing stress and growing stronger and suppler, while also promoting self-inquiry and spiritual development ~ one of yoga’s greatest gifts! Lela is very grateful to have discovered the yogic path that so enriches her own life and is deeply humbled and honored to share this age old transformational wisdom tradition with you. E-RYT 500, LMT
Neva became enamored with yoga in the mid 90’s. She originally practiced Yoga for relief of lower back issues, and has since brought the physical, spiritual and philosophical aspects of Yoga into her life. Neva felt the urge to share her love of yoga with others, and became a Yoga instructor through the training at Satsang Yoga in Garrison in 2005. She completed her 500 hour level of training in 2008 at the Birchwood Center in Nyack. Neva teaches a Vinyasa (flow) style, heart opening class, with a focus on breath and proper alignment. Neva provides a sense of comfort in a supportive atmosphere, while her students learn to advance their practice on the mat and incorporate the gifts of yoga into their lives. She offer her students the opportunity to increase their sense of connection to the world around them, which she has learned through her love of travel. Leaving her class, students feel an increased sense of peace in body and mind.
Through steady and progressive sequencing, clear and precise cuing, and anatomical and energetic awareness, Kristen's classes combine strength and ease while moving with intention and fluidity. Her teaching is most notably influenced by her time studying and practicing with Alison West of Yoga Union in NYC (300TT and 100-hr Comprehensive Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis Certification) and Amy Matthews (Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology: Bones & Ligaments course). A practitioner since 2005 and a student of many teachers, Kristen enjoys weaving elements of vinyasa and alignment together to show how each style can complement the other in a enlivening and dynamic way. "She combines empathy and precision, humor and extensive understanding of the body." - R.Z.
Karen D. Faulkner
Karen D. Faulkner RYT 200 from Westchester NY, & mom to two amazing sons is a certified Vinyasa yoga Instructor. Karen D's love of yoga has led her down the path of self discovery, self love, self acceptance, and self care. Karen D's yoga classes are designed to connect the breath with movement, strengthen the physical body, as well as to quiet and ease the mind. All are welcome to join Karen D. on her journey through this thing called life. Come with an Open Mind and leave with a Full Heart.
Marisa has been teaching yoga and self-care methods for 15 years and became a practitioner of Thai Yoga Therapy, Aroma Acupoint Therapy, and Reiki along the way. She draws from ancient and modern teachings she learned from each modality she practices and integrates them to support her students' holistic health. Skilled as an intuitive healer, Marisa integrative approach helps people activate and sustain their inner wisdom as well as satisfy their intellectual curiosity about their bodies and minds. Her sensitivity and skillfulness puts people at ease and gives them the safe space and tools to have deeply healing shifts in the body, mind, and soul. While she teaches with warm soulfulness, she brings playfulness and humor as well as depth and refined knowledge into each class.