Our teachers come from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, training and guru's from all over the world. Each teacher has a unique story to tell but all have one thing in common their dedication to their craft and their students. Each teachers biography and training is available for you to see. Each teacher is available to answer any questions you may have regarding their professional background.
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Founder of Tadasana Yoga Studio
200 + HR RYT / ERYT-500
My journey began 15 years ago when I decided to take a power yoga class at the local temple. I was blown away by the whole experience. I remember it like it was yesterday because it challenged me physically, emotionally and spiritually.
This led me to my teacher, Wendy Green. Practicing primary series almost every day in her basement, mat to mat. Wendy pushed me and prodded me , she taught me about life.. I learned about commitment and showing up, having faith in my practice and being present.
Some years later I found a Bikram Yoga Studio nearby and really fell in love with the 26 postures and the heat.
At the time I was a Living in NJ and running a Pastry kitchen at a busy seaside restaurant, so getting to my mat was essential for my physical body, and as I found out, my mind got quieter and my heart so full!
This led me to Jimmy Barkan in 2003 for his first Hot Yoga Teacher Training. I followed up with Jimmy’s Level ll Vinyasa. Along the way I attended many Immersions with Baron Baptiste as well as his Level l training. Some other wonderful yogis who I am influenced by are Bryan Kest, Anna Forrest, Sean Corne and Shiva Rea.
It is a blessing to have Yoga in my life and be able to share it with others.
The practice of yoga has made me a better person on every level. My spirit is brighter, my body is healthier, and my mind is quiet and content .. as I move into my 56th year on this planet I know that my physical practice will change a bit and that is okay. I will continue to dive deeper into all that is yoga and move gracefully day to day.
What is your yoga training and background?
Samantha is a physical therapist with a Masters Degree from Quinnipiac University. After completing the immersion teacher training program at Ananda Ashram, she received her 200-hour yoga certification. Combining her medical/orthopedic knowledge and studies with her ashtanga/vinyasa background, Samantha's teaching style is diverse. With alignment and safety being the main focus, Samantha infuses her classes with attention to detail, subtleties in common poses, breathwork/meditation, and lots of fun!
What is one of your favorite poses and why?
My favorite pose is sukhasana, or happy/easy pose. This pose is typically visited at the beginning and end of class, and for me, is the HARDEST pose. At the end of a physical practice, it is the culmination of the energy built by the previous poses. It is the "blossom of the lotus flower", or the fruit of your labor. The ego must be harnessed, the mind must have discipline to slow and quiet down. This is the point at which you receive the true benefits of yoga, which is union with the true Self. As a mother, I am constantly encouraging my 11 month-old son to walk, talk, and "do". As a yogi, I am constantly encouraging myself and my students, to sit down and shut up! After a while of practice, downdog may be easy…it's what comes after that's hard. That is why sukhasana is so challenging, and therefore my favorite pose. "If it doesn't challenge you, it doesn't change you."
What does yoga mean to you?
Difficult to say what yoga means. In words? Listening. Perspective. Silence. Stretching (not just the physical body). Fun. Lifestyle. Friendship. Discipline. Spiritual battery-charger. Physical battery-charger. Respite. Divinity. Oneness. Community. Energy exchange. Love. Challenging. Being. So much more!
What is your training and background?
I first fell in love with yoga when I moved to the Hudson Valley from Brooklyn. I had always been a "gym rat" but once I hit the mat I knew that yoga was the discipline I needed and craved. As an experienced high school teacher I jumped at the chance to be able to combine my love of yoga with my passion for teaching. I completed my Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hour training in 2013. I am a lover of all styles of yoga!
What is one of your favorite yoga poses and why?
Although it's hard to pick one asana, my favorite is vrksasana (tree pose). This pose is so important because it captures the sense of steadiness and grounding that a tree's roots must have along with the ability to be flexible and stand up to the elements. What a beautiful lesson to take off the mat with us. As strong and unwavering as we try to be in our convictions, an element of ease is essential for a happy life.
What does yoga mean to you?
Yoga is a journey; a way of life. It allows a person to understand the connectivity in all things-- every one of us is on this Earth together and we affect each other in ways we may not see or understand. Through yoga, one becomes more in tune to the interconnectedness of all beings and I think that gives life purpose.
Corinna Ricard- Farzan
Corinna was first introduced to yoga as a child when her mom taught her downward facing dog, child’s pose and the importance of self-reflection. In 2011, seeking to eliminate the negative thought patterns and subsequent stress she’d been living with, her regular practice was born.
Having experienced the powerful transformation invoked by both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga, Corinna felt compelled to dive deeper. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2014 at the Yoga House in Kingston, NY and began teaching right away. Now in the process of earning her 500-hour certification from Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck, Corinna continues to immerse herself in the practice, soaking up all the teachings she can from the gurus in her life (human and otherwise).
While reminding you to treat your body right – if you can’t breathe or smile while holding a pose then back off – Corinna’s classes are meant to challenge you into surprising yourself and to surprise you into shedding the fear of trying something new. Yoga helps us tap into the unconditional love and boundless joy contained within each and every one of us and Corinna’s classes aspire to do the same.
Gabriel first became passionate about health and wellness during his last semester of college in a class that studied the Alexander Technique. He gained perspective on the seemingly endless potential the human body and mind have to achieve incredible things if they are treated mindfully, with care and with an understanding of how to best use them. Yoga had come in and out of his life before but now he understood just how important and useful this practice was. Since then he has slowly been working towards becoming a full time instructor so that he can spend as much time as possible learning and exploring this powerful practice. Gabriel hopes to share everything he has learned about healing, growth and the vast human potential of any body or mind, to any and as many of those who are willing to listen.
PhD, RYT – 200
After teaching in the classroom since 1972, I earned my doctorate in 2003 and became an educational leader in special education until my retirement in June 2016. In addition I spent many years in the dance and fitness world since the early seventies, performing, teaching, and weight training variety of populations from children to adults. As much as I loved this work, I wanted to explore a spiritual path and continue my life’s journey as an educator on a deeper level. I began with studying Reiki under the tutelage of a Shaman, and I earned my Master level in Usui system of Reiki.
I continued my passion on my spiritual path Yoga at age 54 when my daughter Samantha gave an intro package to me for Tadasana. I was hooked after my first class with Roberta! Yoga and Tadasana have given so many gifts to me. I began to appreciate myself in stillness, mindfulness, breath, and most of all, GRATITUDE. I engaged in Tadasana in Balance Teacher Training in 2016. It was an incredible experience that created a new life for me! I feel I have much to offer and I am thrilled beyond words to be part of this beautiful family at Tadasana in Balance.
Nikki's classes have been described as a true teaching of the heart and soul. She is a 500 hr RYT Yoga Alliance certified teacher trained with a focus in Bhakti yoga. Nikki studied her 200 hr with Tadasana LIB and her 500hr with Supersoul Yoga at the Govardhan Eco Village in India. Her studies include vinyasa, hot 26, advanced sequencing and asana, sacred literature , chakra healing , ayurveda , satvic cooking , classical music , restorative, prenatal and yin yoga, making her classes truly one of a kind.
Nikki first found yoga like many of us, wandering into a yoga studio to try physical asana. While always being spiritually connected, she instantly found a deeper meaning to her practice. During her 200hr training, she was cracked open in learning the true meaning of yoga and had a yearning for more. She decided then that she had to fill her calling as a spirit soul to holy mother India. After taking the leap of faith to study for her 500hr in the East, she was deeply immersed in the ancient path of Bhakti yoga rituals and traditions, adding a deeper understanding to her service in teaching.
Nikki is humbled and truly grateful to be of service to the community as facilitator of the ancient practice of yoga. She combines her studies in spiritual philosophy, meditation, pranayama and advanced asana to create a dynamic class that will leave you sweaty, smiley and hungry for more. Nikki’s encouraging and upbeat personality with experience in teaching all levels and styles makes her classes for everyone. Be ready for divine discussion, juicy asana and engaging reflection in all her classes.
She is forever grateful and bows to her teachers Raghunath Cappo , his holiness Radhanath Swami, Kaustubha Das, Vasu Dudakia, Janeshwar Das, Madhuri Pura Das, Radha Vallacha, Roberta McGinley, John Smric and Jahnava Sundari.
Laura is tickled to be teaching at Tadasana. She started her yoga journey almost 10 years ago, in Seattle after a friend invited her to try out a Bikram class. Good heavens, she can't say it was love at first sight, but there was something special about the deep heat, the repetition of the sequence, and the healing clarity that came from looking into her own eyes in the mirror. So, she kept coming back to the studio to drip on her mat.
After several years at various studios in NY, it was actually a Hot 26 class at Tadasana, when she couldn't make it to a Bikram studio, that began to shift her way of looking at yoga again. She had started her journey for a more militant, exercise approach: go deeper, hold longer, and try harder! And now, she truly appreciates a more gentle, long-term outlook. When Laura leads a class she encourages self-compassion and will generally share a word or thought to relate to during class. She continues to remind herself as she'll relate to you: Just show up, get on your mat, and try… try easy. For in the end it is the tortoise that wins.
Yoga has helped my life in so many ways, that it became my passion to also help others with my guidance through my yoga teachings. But in all my experience teaching, my greatest teachers have often been my students, and my own continued yoga studies, self-study and meditation practices.
I’ve studied with many incredible teachers since my first Yoga teacher training (TT) in 2002 with Baron Baptiste Level I, 200-Hr TT Be Yoga, 300-Hr TT Yoga Works, Sadie Nardini, Alan Finger, Jillian Pransky, and Yin trainings with different teachers including Jody Domerstad. I also take continuous yoga trainings and workshops to enhance my teachings and my practice. My mantra “I am a yoga teacher and student always”
Ms, CDN, RYT-200
My journey into the world of yoga started well after my career in health and fitness. I spent the better part of a decade studying clinical nutrition, psychology and exercise physiology. I thought I had covered all aspects of wellness.
In 2007, I began my career as a dietitian/nutritionist by day and personal trainer by night. Back then, yoga was only a supplemental part of my routine but somehow I managed to get certified in YogaFit Level 1 Vinyasa and Prenatal Yoga.
Working long and unpredictable hours, I started to feel like I was faking having this wellness thing under control. I was tired, anxious, achy, and always on edge. After over a decade of competitive dance, long-distance running and way too much time in the gym, I felt something was missing. I knew it was time that I started trying new things.
In 2010, I found Roberta McGinley and the Tadasana community. During my very first class I realized that I spent a majority of my existence forgetting to breathe; in those 90 blissful minutes I made sure to breathe slowly, deeply...on purpose.
I left feeling lighter and more energized than I had in a long time.
Yoga has been a much larger part of my life ever since. My practice has helped me become stronger, both mentally and physically, more patient and more present in my everyday life. I believe It has also made me a more compassionate and effective clinician in my day job.
I completed my 200 hour Hot 26 training with Tadasana Life in Balance in 2016. While the formal training was completed that summer, I have been fortunate to teach in a wonderful and warm community that allows me to be a lifelong student of the practice.
In my classes, I love to create a calm and peaceful environment that allows students to both work hard and feel the meditative effect of the practice. My goal is always that when you step off the mat you are feeling as refreshed abnd balanced as I did after my first class.
I fell in love with yoga over twenty five years ago and for the most part, I practiced regularly at home. In 2012, I was able to begin a regular practice in a studio. Over the years, I’ve met several wonderful teachers and have become connected to a wonderful community. It’s been through this practice that my life and who I am, or who I thought I was, has been transformed!
It’s also because of my practice that I was motivated and empowered to actually become a certified instructor and to continue to make changes and move forward in so many different areas of my life.
Now I’m excited to be of service and share this beautiful practice! My hope is that others will receive the same physical, mental and spiritual benefits that I have. In addition to teaching in a studio, I donate an hour of my time once a week teaching at a substance abuse rehabilitation center to the men in the program
Outside of yoga I love spending my time with my husband, our six cats and our 14 year old PitBull.
Beginning life as a classically trained percussionist, Nick has always been interested in the intersection of movement, rhythm and dynamic expression - concepts essential to all forms of yoga. Nick's classes combine these concepts emphasizing a introspective and slow restorative style, linking the rhythm of the body's internal movements with control and awareness of the breath and mind. With 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.
Erin has been athletic and active since a very young age. As a child, she loved to run and bicycle, always preferring to play outside than to be indoors. She was drawn to yoga in her mid-twenties desiring the physical benefits she had been hearing the “buzz” about in the fitness world...she stayed because the benefits she had begun to unlock went way beyond the physical body and started her on a path of growth, self-discovery, and self-love.
In May 2017, Erin completed her 200-hour teacher training at her home studio, Tadasana in Balance in Fishkill, NY. She confidently began teaching right away, but had a thirst for more knowledge and self growth. After learning about a 300-hour training with nOMad Always at Om, she felt so inspired by the teachers and intrigued and excited by the training’s content, she almost felt she had no choice but to apply. Now with 500 hours of training behind her, she feels emboldened as well as highly confident in her ability to share the blessings of yoga with as many people as she can reach.
Erin’s teaching style has been described as thorough, confident, inspiring and compassionate. She utilizes the philosophical teachings of the ancient practice to guide students to stay mindfully present in their asana practice, and encourages taking this practice out into everyday life. She has a strong understanding of and love for anatomy, and places a strong emphasis on the importance of safe alignment before moving deeper in any pose. She asserts that how a student feels in a posture is more important than finding the fullest expression of a pose. With a deep respect for the differences between each student, she is able to hold space for all bodies, and encourages students to observe themselves in their practice with playful curiosity and without judgment.
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