Sondra Loring. Photo: Elizabeth Watt

Sondra Loring, E-RYT 500

I fell in love with yoga while dancing professionally in New York City, and then felt impelled to travel to India to study Ashtanga yoga with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. It was a life-changing trip and I continued to study Ashtanga in NYC with Eddie Stern and also began my Iyengar yoga studies with Genevieve Kapuler. Now I study regularly with senior Iyengar teacher Carrie Owerko. My aim is to unite these two forms in my teaching with great respect.

When I moved to the Hudson Valley, yoga was in its infancy! I first opened Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation in Hudson in 2003, and then Satya Yoga Center in Rhinebeck in 2005, with Jessie Montague. I love to teach students all aspects of yoga, included in the teacher training I direct at both Satya and Sadhana. I have returned twice to India to study vedic chanting with M.A. Jayashree, yoga therapy at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, and to visit holy sites with Raghunath and Radhanath Swami. I offer classes that emphasize a graceful flow of movement, a quality of devotion, and a place for people to come together in community.

Adi Carter, 500 Hour

Adi CarterAdi has been a life long student of practicing yoga off the mat in all shapes and forms especially when it involves being outdoors. Her passion for movement and the environment have taken her on countless adventures around the world and she currently travels and teaches as part of the YogaSlackers & created the Redefining Balance series and retreats to share the modalities of shifting perspective through yoga, slacklining, AcroYoga, climbing, surfing, mountain biking and just about anything else you can think to do on the Earth’s terrain. Traveling & teaching often times with her car as a home base, you can find her somewhere in the vicinity of an ocean, climb site, mountain or legit climbing tree as she works with students on and off the mat to discover a new sense of balance, strength and focus in whatever their form of practice might be. adicarter.comCarly Boland

Carly BolandCarly has the rare opportunity of living at the lotus feet of her teachers at the Wild Woodstock Jivamukti Forest Sanctuary, immersed in rich direct teachings from the founders of Jivamukti Yoga. Serving as a co-creator on the compassionate path to enlightenment, Carly draws from her integrative dance, somatic and holistic health background. Her classes offer light on ancient yogic teachings fused with modern application. Carly’s passion for movement is complemented by the Jivamukti Yoga method which is musical, hot, hip and Holy. Her classes are known for bringing heartfelt activism, funky eclectic music, scripture, skillful hands-on assists, and a down to earth, humor-filled approach to yoga. Carly’s ultimate aim in every class is for all who come to practice is to leave class a little more of a vibrant, kind, steady and joyful version of themselves! She is eternally grateful to her teachers Padma-ji Sharon Gannon and Shri David Life for their endless mentorship, generosity, teachings, wit and love.

Danika Hendrickson

Danika HendricksonDanika is trained in the classic tradition, encompassing the complementary arts of hatha yoga, meditation, ayurveda, and astrology. She has over a decade of experience supporting others to move and express themselves with greater joy, authenticity, and grace. Her yoga teaching and private work as an astrologer is both intentional and restorative, emphasizing the development of personal practice unique to each person’s soul journey.

Danika leads workshops at the Omega Institute, Shanti Retreat in Wolfe Island, Canada, and offers her astrological services alongside retreats at Menla Mountain Retreat Center. For more information, visit danikahendrickson.com.

Elle Renaldo

elle renaldoRhinebeck resident Elle has loved and practiced yoga for years. Deepening her commitment, she completed her 200-hour training and is continuing her education at Satya with Sondra Loring, Liz Levine, and Sarah Willis. Elle’s yoga journey sparked a total life shift, where she realized change in oneself is always possible. Rooted in Vinyasa style, her classes encourage reflection, self-discovery, and inner radiance. Her background in teaching and approachability invite practitioners of all levels to participate. She is honored to be teaching at Satya, the studio that has inspired her in so many ways, and is eager to share all that she learns.

Liz Levine, RYT 500

Liz LevineLiz has practiced yoga for over thirty years, beginning in the early eighties when her mom opened a yoga/aerobics studio on Long Island. As a runner and student she realized early on that yoga was the perfect path for her. She is grateful for the fabulous teachers who have guided her deeper into the practice: Beryl Bender Birch, Thom Birch, Jonji Provenzano and more recently Sondra Loring, Jessie Lee Montague, Ragunath Cappo, Paige Elenson and Baron Baptiste.

Since 2008 she has been honored to complete teacher trainings with Sondra, Jessie and Ragunath, and is nearly certified in Baptiste Yoga. Liz’s Vinyasa classes teach students to develop a love for yoga with all that it has to offer. She is a physician who specializes in Internal Medicine and has started a program to teach yoga and meditation to health care providers.

Mela Stevens, RYT-500

Mela StevensMela was drawn to yoga over two decades ago when ISHTA Yoga founder Alan Finger–who literally housed his yoga studio in a brownstone that was also part of a Manhattan-based public relations agency where she worked–would lean in the doorway and watch as she “worked the phones”–harried, muscles tensed, teeth clenched–and quietly and slowly said “When are you coming to a yoga class?” He asked a lot. She finally relented and never looked back as it became a foundation portal for her own transformations.

She found her way to upstate NYC in 2001 with a change in career to focus on holistic wellness. Her yoga classes focus on Svadhyaya, yoga’s Niyama of self-reflection, through a combination of movement and stillness, with balance and fun as primary intentions.

She is a member of the Yoga Alliance and a certified health coach, specializing in nutrition and self-care wellness practices. She is also a performance and business coach and writer, living in Rhinebeck.

Rachel Hyman-Rouse, RYT 200

Rachel HymanRachel has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. She studied with a number of outstanding teachers at Jivamukti Yoga School in NYC before moving to the Hudson Valley where her practice continued at Satya Yoga Center. Rachel completed Satya’s 200 hour Teacher Training course in 2010 with co-directors Sondra Loring & Jessie Lee Montague. Rachel is known for her vigorous Vinyasa style asana class, incorporating chanting, and music to help the student tone the body, quiet the mind and move closer to their center. When she’s not teaching Yoga, Rachel can be found spending time with her daughter or selling real estate in an office down the street from Satya.

Sarah Willis, E-RYT 500

Sarah WillisSarah has been dedicated to her Yoga practice for 20 years and continues to be captivated by its transformational ability to bring about peak health and happiness. She loves Ashtanga and Vinyasa practice the best and also joyfully specializes in Fertility and Prenatal Yoga, Jai Ma! She has been inspired by master teachers: Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Eddie Stern, Richard Freeman, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Manorama and Sondraji!

Sarah has taught at top Yoga centers around the New York area, including Jivamukti, Omega Institute and Sadhana Center for Yoga and Meditation. She co-directs the Satya teacher training program and has led Yoga retreats in Mexico and the Dalmatian Islands. Some of Sarah’s certifications and trainings include: Jivamukti Yoga certification, 2000; Ashtanga Yoga training in India with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, 2001; Richard Freeman Ashtanga Yoga certification, 2002, and two subsequent advanced teachers courses with Mr. Freeman in 2004 and 2006; Prenatal Yoga teacher training, 2011. She has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, and also loves to write and has been published in Organic Hudson Valley magazine, Men’s Health, and curates two blogs, Yogini Cuisine and Svara Yoga.