Our Teachers

 
 

Susannah Grange - Director E-RYT 500

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Susannah completed her 200 and 500 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training at Satya Yoga Center with her teacher Sondra Loring. She is also certified in Prenatal, Yin Yoga and Yoga As Therapy. Susannah has deep gratitude for all her teachers and the great lineage that came before them. Susannah helps guide, support, and empower her students to build strength, balance, and flexibility from the inside out, through creative and playful exploration with attention to alignment. Using humor and compassion she encourages her students to honor where they are in their bodies, and is of the firm belief that Yoga really is for everyone. If you can breathe you can do Yoga!

“To know oneself is to know one’s body, mind, and soul. Yoga, I often say, is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” –B.K.S. Iyengar


Amy Reed E-RYT 500

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B.K.S. Iyengar wrote that health “is a state of complete equilibrium of body, mind and spirit.” With this intention, Amy bases her free-spirited classes on an Ashtanga-based, Vinyasa-style of yoga that is inspired by the teachings of Patthabhi Jois and alignment principles of B.K.S Iyengar. Understanding the importance of integrating all aspects of oneself to achieve true wellness, Amy’s classes are dynamic and comprehensive: Harmonium playing, chanting, meditation, and pranayama are all seamlessly incorporated, and woven with thoughtful passages from the Sutras and Bhagavad Gita, poems and affirmations. The result: A rich and invigorating class designed to endure long after the student leaves the studio.

But what is most compelling about Amy is her warmth and sincerity. With a near-tangible appetite for self-study and a gentle sense of humor, Amy immediately makes those around her feel welcomed, valued, and inspired to action. She is as accessible to her students as are her classes. This fosters a safe and encouraging environment where students are moved to approach their individual practices with a light-hearted and self-accepting point of view.


Toni Farkas E-RYT 200

Toni Lacativa Farkas, a former professional dancer and dance teacher, began studying yoga 15 years ago and finds it essential for staying youthful, flexible and healthy. She has been a natural foods cook and student of alternative healing for the last 40 years. She recently completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course at West Hartford Yoga and always counts strokes when brushing her teeth.


Nick Middlebrook RYT 200

“True happiness is when the love that is within us finds expression in external activities.” ― Mata Amritanandamayi

Living life as a classically trained musician, Nick has always been interested in the intersection of movement, rhythm and dynamic expression - concepts essential to yoga.  Nick's classes combine these concepts emphasizing a playful vinyasa flow style, linking the rhythm of the body's dynamic movements with control and awareness of the breath. With intelligent strength building combined with restorative and meditative sequences and a healthy dose of humor, Nick's classes aim to create space in the mind and body to allow the truest version of ourselves to illuminate outwards.   

Nick received his 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training from Hudson River Yoga in Poughkeepsie, NY. He is eternally grateful for all of the exceptional teachers who have given their effort and love so that he can be of service to all his students as they progress throughout their yoga journey.


Gina Luna E-RYT 500

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Gina Luna, ERYT-500, has been teaching yoga in the Hudson Valley for the past 15 years, and her expertise is in Yoga Therapeutics, Yoga Alignment and Restorative Yoga. Gina leads a fun and playful yoga class, and finds creative ways to bring your body back into alignment through her knowledge and understanding of anatomy and yoga therapeutics. She finds the perfect blend for every body type and weaves her experience of Yoga to gently guide and uplift your practice. She received her YTT 200 hour through the Nosara Institute, at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, N.Y. in 1996. Gina has also earned her Pranassage Certifcation in 1998 and YTT500 in 2003 from the Nosara Institute in Costa Rica, Pilates Mat Certification from the Kelly Kane School of Core Integration, and Yoga Alliance ERYT-500 in 2004. Gina is forever grateful to her teachers and the teachers before them for their guidance and sharing of their teachings of this amazing practice of Yoga.


John Orcutt E-RYT 200

John (The Yoga Guy) began his journey into the amazing field of yoga about 7 years ago.  John has always been active, running, swimming, racquetball, golf, but after attending his first yoga class he realized the wonderful benefits yoga offered. Increased flexibility and strength along with movement, better breathing techniques, and a better mind/body connection, which are all foundations of his yoga practice. He believes in and embodies the maxim that yoga is for everyone, and considers himself  proof that it is never too late to start the practice of yoga.

John completed his 200 hour training and continues working towards his 500 hour certification with Asheville Yoga Center in N.C.  He studies several different styles of yoga, such as Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, and has completed numerous training workshops such as Yin Yoga, The Art of Teaching, Hands on Adjustments, Alignments and Cues, to name a few.  John's classes are fun and challenging with a mix of styles and sequences to strengthen, energize, tune and revitalize the body and spirit.


Cait Van Damm E-RYT 200

Cait Van Damm is a person who empowers bodies. Currently in her final year of school, Cait is pursuing a doctorate in occupational therapy. Her specialty is in pelvic health and non-pharmaceutical management of chronic pain – something she realized she loved as a yoga teacher!

Cait has been teaching yoga for five years, and continues to love the intricacy of bodies and the miracle of how they work. Her classes are playful, joyous, and alignment-oriented experiences. She thrives on creating classes that are sequenced in a way that each student can feel welcome in their own body and practice.

Cait received a 200-hour training from Yoga Sanctuary in Northampton, MA, and is currently working on her 500-hour certification at Shakti Yoga in Woodstock, NY. She has completed multiple specialty trainings, including Levels I-III of Little Flower Yoga (NYC) and Leslie Howard’s 20 hour Pelvic Floor Yoga Teacher Training.


Vince Sauter

 Vince Sauter has been studying Qi Gong and Tai Chi for the past 12 years.  Starting with classes at the Omega institute with Michael Craft and later on studying “I Liq Chuan” with Master Sam F.S. Chin.  In 2013 he studied with Roger Jahnke, Director of the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi and was certified as a Tai Chi and Qigong Practice leader.  In 2014 he studied with David Saltman at the Omega Institute to gain more knowledge on “Therapeutic  Qi Gong and Tai Chi . 

 Vince has been sharing his knowledge of Qi Gong and Tai Chi With Students in the Hudson valley area for the past 4 years including  private  students as well as general classes. In 2014 Vince started working as a faculty instructor at the Omega Institute in Rhinebeck N.Y.  Vince Also teaches at Dutchess community college as part of the Phys ED. Department.

Vince tries to focus on keeping the cultivation of Qi accessible to everyone by presenting  “Tai Chi Easy “ developed by Dr Roger Janke as a foundation for learning. This form integrates gentle movements with mediation and self-massage that will help to reduce stress, improve balance, and improve overall health and well being.  This foundation can then be expanded upon so the student can develop a long lasting personal practice of Qi Gong and Tai Chi. 


Anne Riehl RYT 200

Anne began practicing yoga when she noticed she was losing some of her mobility, and getting a few aches and pains in her  back. When she began yoga it was for its physical benefits but turned into much more. The practice of yoga not only gave back her mobility and flexibility,  but also gave her an unexpected benefit of a clear and focused mind. The more yoga that  was practiced the calmer and more attentive she became with her husband, children and work.

Anne’s classes are energetic and fun. She injects her quirky sense of humor throughout and will leave you feeling invigorated and ready to take on your day.

Anne has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and has been a member of the Hudson River Yoga family since 2012. She was part of the Hudson River Yoga inaugural Teacher Training class and has  received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certificate.  

Sutra 1.1 - Atha Yoganusasanam.  "Now the exposition of yoga is being made."   -  Patanjali


Teri Newman RYT 200

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Hi, I’m Teri and I feel privileged and grateful to introduce myself at Hudson River Yoga.  I am passionate about supporting people in all stages of their yoga journey.  My journey has taken me from seeing yoga as a way to ease a sore back to a way to ease life’s more challenging tasks:  self-acceptance and self-love. In February of 2018 I took a restorative yoga teacher training with Jillian Pransky, and received my level 1 certification. 

I am proud and honored to say I earned my 200 hour yoga alliance teacher training certificate here at Hudson River Yoga.

“Remember, it doesn’t matter how deep into a posture you go - what does matter is who you are when you get there.”  Max Strom


Theresa Skelly RYT 200

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Introduced to yoga by a friend 15 years ago, Theresa first came to the practice for the physical benefits.  While it wasn’t love at first savasana, she gave it another try at Hudson River Yoga in 2012 and here is where she found a home.  

With time Theresa found that yoga reached far beyond the physical body and offered lessons that inevitably carried over into life off of the mat.  Yoga offers a higher quality of living, showing us how to better treat others, how to better treat ourselves, and how to find the best “you” that you can be.

Theresa completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training at Hudson River Yoga (Poughkeepsie, NY) in 2017.  Her background as a physical therapist and surgical physician assistant allow her to bring vast knowledge of anatomy to her teaching style.  Classes focus on mindfulness, with a foundation grounded in empowerment, breath, and alignment for injury prevention.  

“The light that Yoga sheds on life is something special. It is transformative. It does not just change the way we see things; it transforms the person who sees.” – B.K.S. Iyengar (2005), Light on Life.


Danielle Deppen RYT 200

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Danielle started her yoga journey almost 10 years ago, practicing on and off at a few different studios before finding her home at Hudson River Yoga, where she recieved her 200 hour training.  Danielle teaches what she practices, and strives to help all practitioners accomplish the full benefits of a yoga lifestyle - physically, emotionally and spiritually.   Her classes incorporate challenging yet accessible sequences that flow through your body and soul, and will leave you feeling blissful and complete. Flowing with your breath, focusing on your breath, meditation in motion, it all helps to clear the mind and help make a better you!

"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured."
- B.K.S. Iyengar


Courtney Colella RYT 200

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My name is Courtney Colella and I am a 200hr Kripalu certified yoga instructor. 

I began my yoga journey while studying Ecology Conservation at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. I was drawn to yoga for its praised benefits on a tight and stiff body, one that I have always had to work with as a competitive horseback rider. What kept me going to yoga classes, was not only the physical benefits I was noticing, but also the space that the practice allowed me to create for myself; mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. With that new space I noticed I now had room for beautiful sensations of clarity and wholeness. My goal as a teacher is to provide a safe space for students to explore what yoga has in store for them on their unique journey through life. I focus my classes on balancing effort and ease, with a strong foundation in using the breath as a vehicle to guide my students into finding their own truest alignment for each posture.


Lynn Verhagen RYT 200

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Lynn has been practicing yoga for just over 10 years, and it has served as a touchstone in her life through the tumultuous years of early adulthood. Like so many others, Lynn has found a community at Hudson River Yoga, both as a student and as a teacher, after completing her 200 hour certification there. In her life outside Yoga, Lynn is a Physics teacher and a Mom, both of which have informed her practice in unique ways. Lynn is excited to see you in class; to encourage and welcome others as they seek to begin, continue, return to, or deepen their yoga practices!


Morgan Degan RYT 200

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6 years ago, I was in search of a vigorous physical challenge. After taking my first class at Hudson River Yoga, I was bitten by the yoga bug. I quickly discovered, in addition to the physical benefits, yoga cultivated a mind body connection that none of my other workouts did.

Much like a close friend, yoga has guided me through the joys and difficulties of life. Sharing the gift of yoga and all its offerings is a privilege and opportunity which I will forever be grateful for.  In my classes, I strive for accessibility, discovery and a little bit of laughter (or a lot). 

When I’m not teaching or on my mat, I’m chasing my 3 kiddos with my hubby.