Susannah Grange - Director E-RYT 500
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
Maureen Benedict E-RYT 200
Her Mission: to empower others, through the practice of yoga, to live to their fullest potential, to have the courage to allow the true light of their own uniqueness shine completely.
Once Maureen was introduced to yoga thirteen years ago by a teacher influenced by both Ashtanga Yoga and Power Baptiste Yoga; her life would never be the same. Raising three sons and becoming a prodigal yoga student taught her how critical her yoga practice was to maintaining balance and peace in her own life. So, she committed to sharing this life transforming practice full time.
She is a 200-Hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher. In addition to being a certified Hot Yoga Instructor, she has completed four trainings with the Baron Baptiste Power Yoga Institute including: Foundations in Action, The Art of Assisting, and Level 1. Maureen continues her training in the Baptiste methodology, working toward her 500hr certification. She will be attending Advanced Art of Assisting in February 2015 and Level 2 in July 2015. Her classes will leave you sweaty, smiling, and with a great sense of accomplishment.
Amy Reed RYT 500
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.
Gina Luna E-RYT 500
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.
Lua Guzewski CYT 200
Hello, I’m Lua and I love sharing yoga with our unique, transitioning teens. Yoga for teens is a powerful tool for self-exploration and awareness. Many changes are taking place at this age and yoga positively supports this transition. A regular yoga practice during these years can help to balance the body's chemistry, physiology and will undoubtedly benefit the mind, body and soul.
When I first started practicing yoga, my goal was to rid my body of daily, severe chronic pain I incurred from a motorcycle accident. Shortly after beginning my practice, not only was I striving through my days pain-free but I felt less anxious about events beyond my control & more in tune with what my body & mind needed. I first became yoga certified in 2014 and have been working with youth through art & drama instruction at several summer camps in the Orange County area since 2000. Each experience has given me a deeper appreciation & respect for our upcoming generation. It was so humbling and meaningful to me to once hear a student say "When we practice yoga, we're having so much fun, it doesn't feel like hard work (even when it can be challenging).”
Sign your teen up online to reserve a spot or walk-ins are always welcomed!
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.
Nick Middlebrook RYT-200
“True happiness is when the love that is within us finds expression in external activities.” ― Mata Amritanandamayi
Beginning life as a classically trained percussionist, Nick Middlebrook has always been interested in the intersection of movement, rhythym 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.
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
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.
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