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, Restorative 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
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.
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.
Joyce San Pedro RYT 200
“How you do anything is how you do everything.”
Yoga has helped me approach anything and everything with a calmer spirit, a more open heart, and a quieter mind. I found yoga while on vacation back in 2007. A seed was planted, and as soon as I returned home I immediately started studying as much as possible with Bryan Kest, Jerome Mercier, Jay Co, and Vytas Baskauskas. Raised with the travel bug and often traveling for work, I’ve had the fortune of studying with various teachers and multiple styles throughout the US as well as Brazil, Bali, England, Italy, Canada, and New Zealand. I recently returned to my roots in NY and completed my RYT 200-hour training at Hudson River Yoga. I have a current focus on Ashtanga yoga, but also teach Vinyasa flow, Yin / Restorative, and Yoga for Seniors. I believe that when it comes to yoga, our bodies and our breath are our own best teachers, and I serve as a guide for my students on this internal journey by way of breath, asana, and mindfulness.
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. 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
Danielle Deppen RYT 200
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
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
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
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.
Jacob Friedman YT 200
For Jacob, unconditional love is the goal, and yoga is the path. His classes provide a non-judgmental environment that is supportive and welcoming to all. He guides you safely through practices designed to cultivate introspection, physical development, and concentration. Through asana (postures), pranayama (breathwork), and meditation, you will experience challenge and healing, and deepen your connection to yourself. By mindfully turning inward and uncovering your own inner light, you will leave class feeling empowered and open to a deeper love and compassion everywhere in your life.
Jacob trained at the Kripalu Yoga Center with Kari Harendorf and Yoganand Michael Carroll. He feels immense gratitude for the all teachers in his life: yoga teachers; school teachers; friends; perhaps wisest of all, his dog Maya. He is especially grateful for his parents, for providing a foundation of endless love and support. He remains an eternal student. When not practicing yoga, Jacob may be found wandering in music, playing philosophy, stir-frying a forest or reading vegetables.