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DANIELLE MERRILL - Studio Owner / Ballroom Dance Instructor

Danielle began dancing at the age of three in her hometown, Norwich New York, under former Broadway Performer Bernie Windsor.  She began Tap Dancing only a few years later and fell in love with rhythm. She tapped and competed over the course of the following ten years.

After attending Cazenovia College and receiving a degree in Communications, she began her professional Dance career with the Fred Astaire Franchise.  Danielle now instructs Ballroom, which includes a large array of dances, rhythms, and stylings from all over the world including:

Foxtrot, Rumba, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Cha Cha Cha, Samba, Quickstep, Meringue, Viennese Waltz

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PRISCILLA AUCHINCLOSS : Associate Director, Continuum Movement Arts and Yoga Instructor

Priscilla Auchincloss has been seeking to understand how the world works - the “bare bones of what things are” - for most of her life. She spent her early twenties studying modern dance and ballet in New York City. She then studied physics, earning a Ph.D. in that field, and spent many fruitful years in academia investigating, among other things, the role of gender in the culture of science.

Her questing spirit eventually led her back to the realm the body and to movement as a way of both knowing the world and healing the modern soul. Leaving the university, she established and ran Physikos, a studio dedicated to the art and science of movement, from 2008 to 2013. 
 
Priscilla completed teacher authorization in Continuum with founder Emilie Conrad in California, and earned certification in Iyengar-style yoga with Francois Raoult at Open Sky Yoga in Rochester. Other key influences include Olivia Corson’s BodyTales and Augusto Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed. She is associate director of Watermark Arts, a project exploring the ways somatics inspires art, learning and community. 

Understanding movement as the foundation of daily life, she practices, writes and teaches with a sense of open inquiry and delight in discovery.  She lives in Rochester with her two children and a dog named Mousse.


KASSANDRA BAGGS: Dance Instructor

Kassie, a native of Boston Massachusetts, is a dance teacher and performing artist, who holds a Bachelors of Science in Dance from SUNY College at Brockport.  From a young age she took interest in the art of dance and began studying Ballet at a local Gymnastics Center.  She continued to pursue her passion in dance and, while in high school, studied Jazz at the Rochester Academy of Performing Arts, and took several modern dance classes at the Park Avenue Repertoire Dance Company.  As a senior in high school, she taught a semester-long Hip-Hop/Jazz class to fellow students in fulfillment of her senior project requirement.  

While in undergraduate at SUNY College at Brockport, Kassie majored in dance studying a wide variety of dance genres and discovered a love and passion for Contemporary Dance and African Caribbean Movement.  As a college student, she was an active member of the Menzeko Dance Company, directed by Patrice Ann Mead.  

After graduating, she attended Garth Fagan Dance, for several years, as a scholarship student and received extensive training in Fagan Technique.  Kassie also holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the Greater Rochester Collaborative MSW Program.  Having experience working with youth for over 12 years in conjunction with the Rochester City School District, she has a passion for young people and a strong desire to see them succeed. Kassie taught Dance Fusion for a local youth development organization in February of 2009 and, during the fall of 2012.  

Kassie’s most recent accomplishment was the design and implementation of a dance curriculum for the Young Women’s College Prep School, where she taught Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary Dance, and African Caribbean Movement from August 2012-February 2013.  Kassie also has a love for the dance ministry, where she ministers the gift of dance through praise and worship.    

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LAURYN BATES - Zumba Instructor

Lauryn has been a Zumba instructor for about four years, and absolutely loves it! She took her first Zumba class in her hometown of Weedsport, NY and was immediately hooked. As a lifelong dancer, becoming a Zumba instructor seemed to be a perfect fit. Lauryn studied dance at the New York Institute of Dance and Education, and was later a choreographer for the Roberts Wesleyan College dance ministry teams. She is also involved in various musical theater productions in the Rochester area. 

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MARISSA BLAND - Yoga Instructor

Marissa found yoga during college 4 years ago as a self-taught yogi. During this time she became involved with Yogis In Service, a non-profit organization that brings yoga to communities that have little or no access. She has taught ages 2 to 85 years on Buffalo's East Side every weekend for over a year and a half with Yogis In Service, and has watched yoga transform the lives of the individuals she gratefully serves.  Marissa has taught children's yoga for at-risk populations, and is trained in trauma-sensitive yoga. She went on to graduate Grad school as a licensed and registered occupational therapist. She currently lives in Rochester, and works as an early intervention pediatric therapist for ages birth to 4 years on the west side.  She specializes in sensory processing disorders, and incorporates sensory yoga into every therapy session.  Marissa enjoys teaching whenever and wherever she can- from donation-based park yoga, to helping host hundreds at yoga special events.  Marissa is beyond grateful to join the Nu Movement family and is so looking forward to meeting you and your little ones.

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LISA CONTINELLI - Yoga Instructor

Hi, my name is Lisa and I am a recent graduate of Breathe's 200 hour teacher training program.  I found yoga two years ago in February 2015 when a friend invited me to take a class with her at Breathe.  It took only a few weeks and one eleven class pass for yoga to find me. I was hooked. My passion for this practice has deepened ever since and I find myself constantly wanting to do more and to know more.  Practicing yoga daily, on and off the mat, has become a way of life for me.  My yoga practice has created a profound shift in my vision of how I view myself, others, and the world I live in.  It came to me at a time when I needed it most and provided me with an outlet to relieve my mind and body of any stress, negativity, or sadness I encountered daily and a way to sort of "reset" myself.  Through the combination of yoga asanas and self inquiry, I have learned the importance of mindfulness and being present wherever you are in order to get the most out of an experience and simply to maintain the health of your body and mind.  

Most importantly, yoga introduced me to a community of endless love and support and a place I feel most at home. For that, I am forever grateful for this practice. I believe I was called to teach it to others and share my experiences and love of yoga so that I might inspire people to seek out the best version of themselves through their own yoga practice. What I love about power vinyasa yoga is that it is accessible to everyone - every age, every body type, any limitations, etc - through modifications and by listening to what your body needs and giving it just that.

I am so excited to begin my teaching career at Nu Movement and I look forward to seeing some new and familiar faces on the mat! Namaste :)
 


HEATHER FARQUHAR - Barre Fitness & Dance Instructor

Heather Farquhar found her love for dance at age two when she participated in her first ballet class, and since has developed into a passionate and accomplished dancer, performer and teacher. With more than twenty years of training and performance experience, she has studied many different styles of dance including Ballet, Tap, Modern (Graham and Limon technique), Highland, Jazz, Burlesque, Hip Hop, Acro, Lyrical and Contemporary. Heather received Honours on her Intermediate R.A.D ballet examination and completed her B.A.T.D Teachers Associates in Dance and is a NCCP Level 1 gymnastics coach. She also attended the National Ballet School of Canada Summer School Program. Heather opened and operated her own dance school for multiple years in Chatham, Ontario to students ranging in ages from 3 to 16, offering a variety of styles. 

Heather attended York University in Toronto and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance with Honours majoring in ballet and modern. She danced extensively in different dance companies in Toronto giving her an abundance of opportunities to perform in various industry events, music videos, commercials, on Much Music television and many corporate events throughout the city. She also was part of the performance team selected to travel to Dubai to dance in a month long festival. 
She was a member of the Toronto Rock Cheerleading Team from 2014-2016, performing at all homes games in front of crowds of 10,000 plus. She also worked as one of the teams choreographers. 

Heather is also certified personal trainer and a Level one Pilates Mat instructor. 

Heather has recently made the move to Rochester, NY and is excited to start her teaching career at Nu Movement. 
 


NICOLE GILBERT - Yoga Teacher

Since the first day I took a yoga class, I became excited about the idea of teaching yoga. I love teaching and inspiring people to find their best and fullest potential. I believe in the power of teaching and learning.  For over fifteen years I coached ski racing as a certified alpine race coach, I teach online classes as an adjunct teacher and train student employees working in university dining. I received a MS degree in Instructional Technology and MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology. As a recent graduate of Yoga Teacher Training with Breathe studio and a registered 200-hour yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, I look forward to guiding you in your yoga practice.
 
I have practiced yoga for over ten years now, starting my practice to alleviate back issues. Through regular practice, I found that yoga not only helps my back feel better, but also creates space for me to consciously listen to what makes “me me” in a deeper way. I realize yoga is not just an activity, but also a way of life. As I continue to benefit from my yoga, I am increasingly passionate about sharing my experience and knowledge. What I love about yoga, it’s accessible to everyone looking for balance in their life and connection with their body, through intentional work one breath at a time.


LINDA BAYER LAWRENCE - Yoga Instructor

Linda rediscovered yoga 5 years ago and has been a devoted yogi ever since.  An artist and art educator, Linda chose yoga for its physical benefits but mostly as a way to bring peace, calm and mindfulness into her busy life. She also uses yoga in her artistic pursuits as a method of opening to creative possibilities.  The mind, body and spiritual connection that yoga offers is similar to the art making experience. 

Linda completed her 200hr certification in 2016 followed by a certification in teaching yoga to children. She also became certified in Hikyoga in July under Nicole Kasimer. This summer Linda has taught yoga classes outdoors at I-Square in Irondequoit and hosts Hikyoga events around Rochester. Linda is excited to be part of the Numovement community and looks forward to leading you in a sweet vinyasa flow class linking breath and movement. 

In addition to teaching and practicing yoga, Linda is an art educator in the Greece Central School District to k-5th grade students. She sells her glass beads & jewelry at galleries, boutiques and festivals in New York and elsewhere.

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MEGAN LORIA - RYT

My journey in the holistic arts has evolved over the years, rooted in healing touch as a licensed esthetician. My passion for health, wellness and living the best life imaginable naturally evokes the same in others.
 I completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Marianne Wells Yoga School, a Yoga Alliance Registered school, in Costa Rica.

It was an honor to learn from Marianne, a teacher so deeply rooted in traditional Yoga. As a student of B.K.S. Iyengar, real, authentic yoga with the emphasis on spirituality was the focus of my training. 
I was at crossroads in my life when I decided to immerse myself in the yogi lifestyle. The weeks I spent in the Jungles of Costa Rica changed the trajectory of my life forever. What I thought would be adventure for myself evolved into my soul’s purpose on this earth. Sharing authentic yoga and the teachings of the past with my community is my passion. 
In my classes, you will experience Yoga as it was meant to be. Non-judgmental and perfect for both beginners and the most advanced practioners.

"Yoga does not just change the way we see things, It transforms the person who sees”
B.K.S. Iyengar


LESLIE MACDONALD, MSC., RAD-TC, Certified Pilates Matwork Instructor

Leslie started her long life in dance in 1967 at the age of 5 at the  National Ballet School in Toronto, Ontario on Saturday mornings, then studied  as a teenager at the Lois Smith School of Dance, and in the George Brown College dance program in Toronto. After extensive training as an adult under Patricia McLeod and Linda Godwin at the Royal City School of Dance in Guelph, Ontario, she passed the required executant exams then  successfully undertook the Teaching Certification examination of the Royal Academy of Dancing, passing with honours. More than 10 years of teaching students of every age followed. Her Pilates teacher training began soon after at Pilates in Guelph, with certification as a Mat Specialist completed at Body Harmonics in Toronto.  Studies at Dance Theatre David Earle in Guelph sparked a strong interest in modern dance, and a deep respect for mature dancers in general, and for Martha Graham in particular. After moving to Rochester in 2009 she was privileged to have studied with and taught for Christine Fendley of the Park Avenue Dance company, and recently for Elizabeth Clarke.

She has also worked with students of trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and at brass player’s symposia, applying the principals of Pilates for improved breathing, posture and increased confidence while performing. In the fall of 2016, retiring after a 30 year career in biological sciences research, Leslie is now focused full time on exploring teaching opportunities working with dancers, musicians and athletes and playing a lot more trumpet in local orchestras and small ensembles. After an intensive 100 hour Pilates retraining and recertification program with Body Harmonics in Toronto in the fall of 2016 Leslie is delighted to be a member of Nu Movement and the possibilities it offers for teachers and students alike.  


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RAPHAELA McCORMACK: Qigong Instructor

I grew up in the West of Ireland and I come from a family of three generations of physicians and surgeons, so of course Western Medicine was integral part of my early life. I have always known deep within me that there had to be more to health and wellness than just the Western approach, and so my long journey began towards a more holistic practice. Becoming a vegetarian and studying T'ai Chi in my early twenties, eventually led me to discover Qi Gong.  

In 2001 I began my studies in Qi Gong and immediately knew I had found my passion and what to me, was a way to bring health and wellness to the body AND mind.  It gives me great joy to share what I know and what I have learnt.  When I am not giving Qi Gong treatments and teaching T'ai Chi and Qi Gong, I am in my art studio.  I am a sculptor, making vessels from abaca fibre and mixed medium.  I have exhibited my art work both nationally and internationally. Isee a deep connection and balance between Qi Gong and art. In my life they bring me joy and keep me in a more balanced state of mind and body. I believe life is a journey filled with many lessons to be learned along the way and we are given opportunities to embrace these teachings if we quiet the mind and open our hearts.

I am a certified Qi Gong Therapist, completing  studies with Master Lisa B. O'Shea, at the Qi Gong Institute in Rochester NY,  in 2004 and with Master Robert Peng, at the Elixer of Light Healing School of Qi Gong, in 2008.  I have been a student of Qi Gong since 2001, and practicing as a therapist and teacher in the greater Rochester area since 2004.  I have given talks and workshops on the benefits of Qi Gong and works with cancer survivors on a regular basis. I look forward to sharing the benefits of a regular Qi Gong practice with you!

Website: www.raphaela.abmp.com  / Art Website: www.raphaelamccormack.com


LEAH QUESADA: Yoga Instructor

Someone asked me: “When did you find Yoga?” and “When did Yoga find you?”  I found Yoga 8 years ago in my early 40’s when I innocently thought that Yoga only helped prevent osteoporosis. 

A year later, Yoga found me while I was in half pigeon pose, a hip opener pose.  Hips, they say, are where we quietly store our unresolved emotions.   I cried not knowing why but later, I understood why.  I realized how through my life, the busyness of things consumed me, giving little time to truly relax, restore, and practice self-love.  I cried because of this raw truth. 

Eight years of Yoga practice have given me physical strength and a better body, mind and spirit connection.  It is in this well connected present space that our minds become clearer and our sensations heightened.  The inner teacher in us emerges with insights of how to live our lives better, creating our own possibilities.

Imagine a world where we can be naturally strong and inner peace abounds… and we share the practice that helps achieve this.  Imagine all good things coming. I am honored to share this practice with you!

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KATHRYN LORRAINE PELKEY - Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Leadership Coach.

Kathryn is a Spiritual Leadership Coach as well as a Yoga & Meditation Teacher. Her style weaves together esoteric and modern wisdom, intuition and uninhibited movement. She guides her clients into lasting transformation, showing them what it means to be truly alive, inspired and thriving in every part of their lives. 
  
Introduced to yoga at a young age Kathryn has dedicated her life to this practice and the wisdom it holds. She has trained with powerful teachers all over the world, and has studied in depth the various forms of meditation and yoga, yogic philosophy, leadership development, psychology and the groundbreaking Souluna Life Coaching model. After teaching in Australia, Boston, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Washington D.C. she feels a great passion for bringing her work back to her hometown of Rochester.

Through her teachings she empowers her clients to live the life they desire by:

  • Getting to know who they really are - what it means to be authentic and aligned
  • Forming a deep and loving relationship between spirit, mind and body
  • Finding stillness and inner peace, breaking away from the stresses and negative chatter of the mind
  • Embodying a practice that heightens life’s experiences - more energy, confidence, and clarity all with a positive mindset
  • Expanding their practice to reach new heights of awareness, flexibility and strength in all aspects of life

Kathryn currently offers a monthly women’s workshop - Roc Women's Spiritual Leadership and a weekly yoga class at NU MVMNT. She is available for private coaching and yoga sessions upon request.

To learn more about Kathryn and her work visit www.kathrynlorraine.com

To contact her and receive a free consultation:
Kathryn@kathrynlorraine.com
(585) 267-6030
FB: www.facebook.com/kathrynlorrainepelkey
Insta: www.instagram.com/kathrynlorraine
 


DANIELLE RINALLO - Yoga & Dance Teacher

Danielle fell in love with yoga in California, where she had moved for a corporate job at age 22. After  climbing the corporate ladder, Danielle found herself less than satisfied and questioning what might make her feel more fulfilled. Since then, yoga has become a deep source of inspiration and guidance in her life, and she derives such joy and purpose from sharing and coaching other’s in the practice. Danielle is known for her compassionate and engaging teaching style; she is committed to creating a safe space for any student to roll out their mat and explore the benefits of the practice. She’ll meet you “where you are” on your personal journey, and whether you’re interested in the physical, mental, or spiritual benefits, you are welcome in her class.

Her teaching style emphasizes deep, mindful breathing and incorporates fun, challenging sequencing. Her intention is to teach practical and inspiring classes that support students in their overall wellness, fulfillment and satisfaction in their lives. Danielle is also passionate about mentoring current and aspiring yoga teachers, supporting them as they bring about their “purpose-full” work in the world.

Yoga Alliance Designations Include: 200hr E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) and YACEP (Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider)

When Danielle isn’t practicing or teaching yoga, she is dancing, enjoying live music, attending a film or the theater, spending time with family and friends, planning her next travel adventure, or brainstorming some other way to connect fully with life and one another. <3

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VESNA SANDERS:  Yoga Instructor, Gong Practitioner & Om Chanting Coordinator

Vesna has been a devoted yoga student for over twelve years and part of Nu Movement since almost it’s very beginning! Her yoga practice began with faster (Ashtanga Vinyasa) yoga styles, but she later naturally transitioned into a slower and more alignment-based practice.  She became a certified yoga teacher, (CYT) in 2012 through Shakti Yoga in Geneseo, NY. Vesna obtained her Prenatal yoga teacher certification, (CPYT), through Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, MA.

She offers Gong Sound Healing classes and is grateful to have had the legendary Gong master Don Conreaux as her teacher. She is also the only certified OM Chanting Coordinator in Rochester, NY and leads regular OM chanting circles.
 
Vesna’s teaching style is intuitive but precise, caring and non-judgmental, and her focus in always in creating more awareness – in our practice and in our lives. Her goal as a yoga teacher is to help students find their own inner truth, and to awaken to inherent possibilities they may not be aware of.
 
Vesna has taught yoga in both Europe and the US, and currently lives in Rochester, NY with her husband Paul and their six-year-old son Teo Levi. In addition to Hatha yoga, she is a devoted Atma Kriya Yoga practitioner and she enjoys photography (www.vesnasanders.com), walks in nature and, of course, a good book. 

“Just Love.”

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LIZA SAVAGE-KATZ - Yoga Instructor

Liza (pronounced Leeza) Savage-Katz has been teaching yoga and fitness at premiere health clubs, fitness studios, retreats, corporations and privately since 2002. She has taught yoga in Los Angles, London, Thailand, and New York, designing unique programs for each individual. Her students range in age from 2 to 92 (literally). She has worked with professional athletes as well as children and adults with special needs and those recovering from addiction. Liza transforms bodies and lifestyles using her dynamic expertise as well as her infectious, motivational personality. Ms. Savage-Katz’s intention is to support everyone that enters her life to realize their best selves. She has trained extensively receiving teaching certifications in Kathmandu, Nepal, New York City, Los Angeles, and Rochester.

Liza currently resides in Rochester, New York and is a yoga instructor at Nu Movemnt and the JCC of Greater Rochester. She is a Certified Movement & Mindfulness Curriculum Trainer for Move with Me Yoga Adventures and teaches yoga enrichment at Trinity Montessori as well as facilitating professional development workshops and retreats for teachers. 

Ms. Savage-Katz is the founder of a small productions company that produces wellness and fitness content. In 2015, she launched an exhibit call Embrace Every Angle. Embrace Every Angle is a multifaceted project celebrating our origins while encouraging acceptance for ourselves and our ever expanding tribe. It is a community-based collective movement facilitating artistic expression, transforming it into financial support for both the artist and various charitable causes. In addition, its versatile platform promotes personal empowerment, planet sustainability, inclusion, community and collaboration. In addition tothe Embrace Every Angle Exhibit, Liza is also developing a children’s program called Kaleidoscope MEKaleidoscope ME is a social and emotional educational series with a fitness component, co-created with Leah Kalish, founder of Move with Me Yoga Adventures. Liza has served as faculty of the Center for Movement Education and Research since 2003 and was the talent and choreographer for their Kid’s Get Movin’ DVD. She is also a wellness coach and fitness expert and has written articles and been featured in Yoga JournalSELFRochester Woman’s Magazine, and Healthy Edge Magazine. She works with DoTerra Essential Oils, and has started a signature essential oils line called LOVE… A Little Goes a Long Way.

Liza has been a competitive rower since 1998, rowing at Sons of the Thames and Tideway Scullers School. She is presently a masters rower and rowing coach. She started rowing while living in London where she was a Senior Art Director in advertising, working on accounts such as Disney, Coca-Cola, Vidal Sassoon and L’Oreal.

Liza’s greatest accomplishment is being a Mother to her son, Zuma. Come join her Monday through Saturday for her Morning Practice at Nu Movement.

To learn more about Liza and her projects, please visit websites listed below or her pages on Facebook, Instagram and, LinkedIN: Lizasavagekatz.comembraceeveryangle.com / move-with-me.com/liza


ANNE SKIVINGTON-SIMES - Yoga Instructor

Anne Skivington-Simes has been a practitioner of yoga since 2008. Her yoga journey brought her to Bodhi Tree Yoga in Penfield, NY, where she began to learn the importance of getting into poses safely; and continues to learn and explore the philosophy of yoga. In January 2016, she completed Yogafit Warriors Trauma Sensitivity 100 Hour RYT. She completed her 200 RYT teacher training in December 2016 at Shakti Yoga in Geneseo, NY.  

Currently, in addition to Nu Movement, Anne teaches yoga sessions at a local Inpatient Chemical Dependency Facility, where she has been working for 22 years. She began teaching weekly classes to the clients in 2015.  She has been a practitioner of  Tae Kwon Do since the late 1980's, beginning with Genlee's Tae Kwon Do.  Anne is excited and honored to be a student at Master Kim's Tae Kwon Do Institute, where she is currently training to earn her 3rd Degree black belt. 


MARAH SMITH - RYT, Pilates Instructor and Craft Kombucha Brewer

Marah was born in South Africa and left for New York in 2003. After attending Touro College in NYC and receiving a degree in Business Management she began her professional fitness career with the Bikram Choudhury Franchise. During the years of teaching fitness, Marah opened and ran her Kombucha brewery in Johannesburg, South Africa for 3 years. Marah settled in Rochester, NY a year ago and has created an online platform to support you in natural wellness. Her classes incorporates Pranayama Breathing and carries a flare for all her passions in natural wellness. The Inferno Pilates technique focuses on core stability. 

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TARA SULLIVAN - Jivamukti Yoga Instructor

Tara Sullivan started her professional life as a soprano, and after graduating from Sarah Lawrence College with a Music degree she sang sacred and secular music professionally in and around New York City.  Her profound experiences as a student of the Alexander Technique led her to complete the rigorous three-year teacher certification program at the American Center for the Alexander Technique (ACAT) in 1998. She then became a member of the Music faculty at Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus for several years where she taught the Alexander Technique as an integrated part of the Music curriculum. Her nearly twenty years teaching the Alexander Technique include an extensive private practice as well as a host of settings including universities, retreats, and community centers.  

Tara has lived and worked in New Zealand, Central America, Woodstock, NY, and most recently Berkeley, CA.  She is a graduate of the yoga teacher training at Samadhi Yoga in Sydney (now Jivamukti Yoga Sydney) and the Jivamukti Yoga teacher training at the Omega Institute with Sharon Gannon, David Life, Yogeswari, and Ruth Lauer Manenti.  Tara has studied natural vision improvement and the Eyebody Method extensively with Peter Grunwald, including organizing all his work in the United States for over a decade, as well as responsibility for his English language printed and recorded matter, and editing both editions of his book, Eyebody - the Art of Integrating Eye, Brain and Body (2008).

While the Alexander Technique has always been her touchstone, Tara taught yoga extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the yoga philosophy portion of Square One Yoga's teacher training program. She brings her love of Jivamukti's rigor, beauty, musicality and depth to not only her Jivamukti classes but also pre- and post-natal, corporate, and most recently gentle yoga classes. Nearly 10 years of daily home practice have yielded experiences that are her motivation to share the teachings with others.  

Above all, Tara is grateful to have had amazing and generous teachers in her life, without whom she would be lost. Among these are Ruth Golden, Daniel Singer, Sandhi Ferreira, Sharon Gannon and David Life, as well as the work of Paul Watson and the music of Mark Deutsch. She is solo mother to a young feral boy, who she is raising vegan, anti-speciesist and punk rock.


MARY TOPIAN - Yoga Instructor

I came to yoga for the physical aspect after I had stopped running due to an injury.  I fell in love with power vinyasa and became committed to getting on my mat as often as I could. Over time I began to notice changes in how I approached my life off the mat, my awareness was heightened, I found myself coming from a place of gratitude even in the darkest moments and I was able to give and receive more openly in my life. Something had shifted mind, body and soul and it was from this place that I wanted to learn more. I became certified to teach yoga in 2015.  It is my hope that I can be your guide on your own journey both on and off the mat. Namaste. 

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure" 
                 ~Marianne Williamson

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