SARA BECK, director
Sara Beck became a devoted yoga student nearly twenty years ago when it became clear that her body, after years as a competitive athlete, needed to be given a new kind of attention and care. Her subsequent formal and informal studies of various schools of yoga including Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Kundalini yoga as well as her practices of meditation and energy work have brought a level of spaciousness and ease to her life that she never thought possible. She is grateful for the teachings she has received from many master teachers who have deepened her understanding of alignment, mindfulness, intelligent sequencing and breath. A yoga instructor for ten years, Sara teaches private lessons and group classes in a vinyasa style that is rooted in the breath and choreographed with alignment in mind. It is her desire to help students tune in to and honor the unique dialogue within their own bodies and minds - that whispering communication between breath, movement, and stillness – and to discover the lightness and balance by which she herself was so transformed.
Sara also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and has published her work in the New York Times as well as a variety of literary magazines. You can read some of her writing on this website's blog. A recent transplant from Brooklyn, a midwesterner by lineage and upbringing, and a mountain baby at heart, Sara is thrilled to be living in this beautiful place with her son and holding space for growth, self-inquiry, transformation, and joy.
Jennifer Kjos is a movement teacher with a strong foundation in Pilates that started over 25 years ago. Jennifer is also certified in Gyrotonic and brings many modalities and years of somatic investigation to her teaching practice. Her early years of ballet training led her to Pilates, and she has practiced it herself without interruption since her early teens because it works. With a focus on neuromuscular training, fine attention to detail, and plenty of positive reinforcement, Jennifer moves her clients toward a rich relationship with their structures, into good function, and away from pain. As a professional dancer she is continuously fascinated with movement at all levels. Current goals for her clients include better hip joint function, overall circulation, and empowerment around chronic injury. After teaching in New York City for 20 years, she is excited to bring her skill set to a new population.
Christie has been practicing yoga in this space for over ten years and has been teaching for three. She teaches with a passion for detail and an aim towards offering techniques for healing injuries. Beginners as well as creaky people will find her classes welcoming, nonjudgmental and accessible. Christie is in the process of becoming a certified yoga teacher, currently delving deeply into the study of Ana Forrest's style of yoga. Christie is also a painter. You can find her work at www.christiescheele.com.
Ricarda O'Conner is an experienced yoga instructor and metaphysical healer whose practice is located in the Catskill Mountains near Woodstock, NY. Her modalities include Yoga, Sound Therapy, Matrix Energetics, Reiki, and Hypnosis. Whether in the yoga studio or the healing studio, Ricarda provides an expanded, loving and safe environment where people can quickly access their power to heal and transform every area of their lives. For more info visit ricardaoconner.com.
Rae Broderick is a Stråla Yoga Guide, Applied Astrologist + Holistic Health + Wellness Coach. She is the founder of Root. Yoga + Wellness based in Woodstock, NY. Rae's yoga journey began sixteen years ago with Rodney Yee VHS tapes + a used yoga mat. Rae has completed over 500 hours of training with Stråla Yoga + has led upwards of one thousand people at Yoga Journal's Yoga in the Park Series in Bryant Park in New York City among various other events throughout the U.S. Rae has been featured in on-line publications such as Yoga Journal + The Sweat Life. Rae is a graduate of The Institute for Integrative Nutrition + supports individuals by creating attainable + maintainable health + wellness goals through the exploration + practice of nutrition, mindful movement, meditation, relationships, career happiness, yoga + astrology. Rae's classes leave you feeling refreshed, calm + energized. Her clear + encouraging guidance makes people feel safe + supported. She is always interested in the people around her + makes everyone feel welcome + at home. Rae continues her exploration + growth as a yoga guide through daily practice + the nurturing + supportive community she lovingly creates with Root. Yoga + Wellness.