Kavitha Rao is the co-founder of Common Fire, which helps create intentional communities ranging from cooperative houses to village-scale projects, that empower people to create the more just, sustainable, loving and joyful world they dream of. She facilitates trainings around the world for young adults and social change leaders focusing on issues of nonviolence, privilege and oppression, and sustainability with such organizations as the Fellowship of Reconciliation and the Center for Whole Communities.
Through all her work, yoga has been a constant—helping to fuel and sustain her activism even during the most challenging of times. She was brought up by a mother that infused yoga and vedic philosophy into growing up. She has studied Kundalini, Hatha and Iyengar yoga in Rishikesh and Kathmandu, and Bikram and Sivananda yoga in San Francisco. Kavitha moved to the Hudson Valley in 2001 and has been thrilled to discover the joys of a Vinyasa practice. She had the honor of going through a two-year teacher training with Jonji Provenzano of River Cloud School of Yoga, and informal training with Alex Auder of Moksha. Kavitha has been teaching yoga at Sadhana in Hudson, Half Moon Yoga Barn in Millbrook, and Moksha/Satya since 2003, and teaches yoga at retreats for activists and service workers.
Danika Hendrickson 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.
I came to yoga for the exercise, and stayed for the life-changing benefits that unexpectedly arrived. Yoga provides me a framework for a life of wellness, self-study and spiritual growth. I received my 200 and 500 hour certifications at Sadhana Yoga in Hudson with Sondra Loring and Raghunath, both of whom I honor as my friends and guides.
I love Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga! This style is a natural evolution from the strong calisthenics I participated in as a West Point cadet and later as an army officer. I am a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, and I see practicing and teaching yoga as natural extensions of a life-long study of anatomy and physiology. I am in ongoing training with Baron Baptiste and assisted him at Level One teacher training in August 2013.
I live in Rhinebeck with my wife, two children (two others are out of the house), four dogs, four cats, one llama, two alpacas, six sheep, one goat, ten chickens and assorted fish. More information about my orthopedic surgery practice is available at
Liz Levine 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 and Baron Baptiste.
Since 2008 she has been honored to complete teacher trainings with Sondra, Jessie and Ragunath, and Level 1 training with Baron Baptiste. 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.
Sarah Willis is dedicated to her Yoga and meditation practice and captivated by its transformational ability to bring about peak health and happiness. She is the founder of Svara Yoga. She has been a practitioner of Yoga and a student of Sanskrit since 1997, and has been inspired by and bows down to Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, Eddie Stern, Richard Freeman, Sharon Gannon and David Life, and Manorama.
Sarah has taught at top Yoga centers in New York City, including Jivamukti, and has volunteered with the World Education Endeavor’s youth and senior fitness programs. She was the director of teacher training at Nava Yoga Studio in Zagreb, Croatia from 2008–2010 and has led Yoga retreats annually to Maya Tulum in Mexico since 2009. 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.
Rachel 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.
Will began his study of yoga after 15 years of professional classical ballet dancing to heal and rehabilitate. He studied Sivananda and Kripalu yoga in 1990 and did a 500 hour yoga teacher training at the Bikram Yoga College of India in 2003. He was the owner/director of Bikram Yoga Amherst for several years. In 2005 he “fell in love” with Yin Yoga, and completed a 100 hour YTT with Paul Grilley and a 60 hour YTT with Bernie Clarke.
Barbara was introduced to Hatha yoga while in college and returned to a regular practice years later while raising her sons. She resumed yoga classes at Moksha Hudson Valley Yoga where she practiced Forrest Yoga until 2005 when Jessie Lee Montague and Sondra Loring opened Satya Yoga Center. Barbara expanded her study of yoga with the amazing instructors at Satya for the next 7 years before beginning teacher training there with Sondra and Jessie. She completed the 200 hour Vinyasa style training program at Satya in June 2012 and began teaching yoga in Tivoli the following September. Barbara continues to study the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga in various classes and workshops, most recently with Iyengar instructor Karin Stephan. Barbaraʼs teaching is inﬂuenced by Vinyasa and Iyengar principles. She thanks her many teachers over the years and is honored to be teaching at Satya. Barbaraʼs art and refashioned vintage jewelry can be viewed at https://www.etsy.com/shop/OscarAndAliceShop