Class Descriptions and Instructors
Iyengar-style classes taught by David Thurn. The emphasis of this class is on precision and alignment to deepen your experience of your poses and practice; each class also includes some standing/flowing work. Movements are more deliberate and thoughtful in this class than others. This class is open to those with previous yoga experience.
David Thurn began his study of yoga in college with T.K.V. Desikachar. He completed his teacher training under Bobbi Goldin at the Yoga Institute of Miami. He has continued his study of yoga with teachers in the Iyengar tradition, including Kevin Gardiner, Mary Dunn, Carrie Owerko, and Dean & Rebecca Lerner. In his teaching, David combines Iyengar's emphasis on precise alignment and Desikachar's emphasis on tailoring postures to the needs of individual students. He uses the postures and breath work of yoga to explore the connections between mind and body and to help students achieve greater focus, balance, and freedom. David also teaches at simplyYoga. David teaches on Sundays.
Active vinyasa-style class taught by Shivani Rabb. Challenging and very active, flowing sequences are combined with attention to alignment, detail and balance. Movement in this class is faster than in others. Open to all levels of experience.
A native New Yorker born and raised in the village of Harlem, Shivani Rabb started meditating as a high school student, eventually finding a spiritual home in the teachings of Vedic and Buddhist philosophy. Her yoga practice began in 1988 with scriptural study, devotional singing and performing community service. The unity of mind and body in a comprehensive exploration of yoga helped her survive the wilds of corporate America. With a calling to share the practices, she completed her first teacher training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in 2002. Shivani practices Astanga and Insight Meditation daily, and humbly offers thanks to all teachers who have guided her on the path. Shivani teaches on Tuesdays.
Vinyasa-style classes taught by Jimmy Richardson. Each class incorporates attention to alignment, building upper body and core strength, and active, flowing sequences. This class focuses more on strength-building than others. Open to all levels of experience.
James Richardson is a Certified Health Counselor. He received his training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition through Columbia University Teachers College. He is accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practioners. In addition, James is also a Registered Yoga teacher and a Trained Massage Therapist. James began his health & wellness journey 10 years ago with the start of his yoga practice. Studying and practicing yoga led him to a deeper interest in the nurturing and nourishing of the mind and body, which he furthered through his massage therapy practice. He applies this approach in his Health Counseling as well. He integrates his learning and experience from his yoga and massage practices with his health counseling education to create an atmosphere of personal transformation. Jimmy teaches on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Vinyasa class taught by Maria De Noda. Maria likes to combine the principles of proper alignment of Iyengar yoga with the flow and freedom of Vinyasa yoga. Her classes focus on moving with the breath in flowing sequences that will often challenge you. Open to all levels of experience. Modifications offered.
Maria De Noda began her practice of yoga during college in the early 1990s, first with an interest in the philosophy of yoga, and later with the physical practice. In 2009 she completed her teacher training at Simply Yoga in Kingston and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT. Maria believes that you can never stop learning, and is constantly taking classes and attending workshops to better her understanding and her own practice. These have included workshops with Seane Corn, Cindi Lee, Bobbi Goldin, Bobby Clennell, Dean Lerner, Rebecca Lerner, Matt Dreyfus and Judith Hanson Lasater. She loves sharing what she has learned, and continues to learn, with her students and hopes that they will gain as many benefits from yoga as she has.