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 solo and the one I now co-direct with TJ Macchiaroli at 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.
Kavitha 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 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.
Michael Schweppe, RYT 500
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 am a Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher. 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 assist at yoga teacher trainings and teach anatomy workshops around the country. I serve as a mentor for the Africa Yoga Project.
I live in Rhinebeck with my wife, two children (two others are out of the house), six dogs, five cats, an alpaca, six sheep, three goats, ten chickens and assorted fish. More information about my orthopedic surgery practice is available at www.orthoadc.com.
Liz Levine, RYT 500
Liz 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.
Sarah Willis, E-RYT 500
Sarah 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.
A native of Brazil, Juliana moved to New York in 2000 where she was introduced to yoga, and a new passion was born. Her yoga teacher trainings include Ashtanga Yoga (2001), Forrest Yoga (2006), and “Life of a Yogi” with Sri Dharma Mittra (2012). In 2015 Juliana completed her 800 hours “Life of a Yogi” teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra. Juliana considers herself to be a lifelong student who is lucky enough to share and teach her lessons learned on this sacred science with all those who wish to receive it.
She has taught in New York, Florida, California and Bahia & Below Horizonte, Brazil for the past 12 years, and has recently been leading classes in the beautiful Hudson Valley. Juliana believes yoga is the “house of no judgement” where one of the best things a student can do is to practice as often as possible and never give up.
Her teaching style comes from a belief in empowerment of the higher self and observance of the yoga ethical rules on and off the mat. She tailors her classes to fit all experience levels so everyone in her class receives the maximum benefit from their time spent on the mat. Blending her artistic experience with her love of yoga, Juliana creates a unique space for self-exploration and discovery through the practice and power of yoga.
Rachel Hyman-Rouse, RYT 200
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.
Barbara Eichin, RYT 200
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 her Etsy shop.
Julian is a RYT since 1999, and has been teaching in the Hudson Valley since 2003. His certified Yoga Alliance trainings include Yogaworks of Santa Monica, Satsang Yoga of New York, and Piedmont Yoga of Oakland. He holds an international certification from a 2-year program in India, where he practiced and taught under the tutelage of several internationally revered teachers, including Bharat Shetty, Shashi Kumar, Sri K. Venkatesh, and Sharath Jois. He is eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to teach the practice of yoga, but he will always consider himself a student of the practice. He teaches a playful, uplifting and heat-building class with much attention to alignment and isolating moments of dharana (concentration).
Carly 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.
Julie is a healer who practices yoga to feel connected with the world around her. She finds that being a musician and Reiki Master allows her to help others on an energetic level when teaching yoga; this is aligned with her main intention which is to promote better health in mind, body and spirit. Having a background in cellular biology and mathematics, she firmly believes in the ‘science’ of yoga that provides therapy for the people who practice it.
Julie has studied under Michael Stein of Ashtanga of New Paltz whose main focus was on anatomy and alignment, and Dana Trixie Flynn of Laughing Lotus NYC who brought creativity and play into the sequencing of asanas. Julie is grateful to teach at Satya because she can continue on her spiritual and humanistic path by being of service and connecting warmly with the people who go there.
Julie is currently a graduate student at SUNY New Paltz and is studying to receive her masters in humanistic and multicultural education. She received her 200-hour certification at Ashtanga of New Paltz and her 500-hour certification at Laughing Lotus NYC. In her spare time she studies astrology and composes music.
Mela Stevens, RYT-500
Mela 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.