Susan is the owner & children's yoga instructor at rae of light yoga studio. susan is a certified children's yoga instructor and truly loves what she does. in addition to running the studio & teaching our school age students, she also teaches our chair yoga class. "miss susan" as she is lovingly called by her students, is well known for her friendly and warm personality, her teaching style is just as authentic. susan effortlessly keeps children engaged and makes practicing yoga fun for them. while teaching yoga fundamentals, susan is also always planting seeds to help students navigate through stressful lives. susan's chair yoga classes are for adults of all ages and abilities. susan encourages her students to do their best & always listen to what their body is telling them!
Stefanie Vidal began her journey with yoga & meditation in 2008 in order to help manage anxiety and stress. Little did she know it would help transform her life after undergoing chemotherapy about a year later. In 2012, Stefanie graduated from the "Awaken Your Inner Warrior" 200 hour training program at Bodhisattva Yoga in Brooklyn, NY. She is enthusiastic about helping others learn about the stress relief and overall positive health benefits that yoga can provide, especially at the basics level.
after receiving her 200 hour teacher training at happy buddah yoga in goshen, new york, jennifer fell in love with the poetic language, mantras, asanas, and the stories of yoga. jennifer is committed to deepening her studies, growing as a teacher & guiding her students along the path of self discovery. she teaches a fun flowing, upbeat vinyasa class. expect to have some fun when you take jennifer's class.
nicole is a longtime practitioner, and a 500 hour certified yoga instructor, teaching since 2013. nicole was initially drawn to yoga as a physical practice, but over time, her personal practice deepened & became a solace built into the day to day stresses of a hectic personal & professional life. she truly believes that yoga is for everyone, once you find your path to the practice. she is passionate about helping you explore on your own journey. in class with nicole, you can expect a slow flow with lots of props and hands on assists. she offers a lot of attention to alignment and engaging fully in each pose. practicing with nicole, you will be safe, challenged, & refreshed.
dennis was first drawn to yoga to improve flexibility, balance, and his overall wellness to complement a recreational lifestyle. as he learned more he began to experience more awareness in his practice, and became more interested in linking the breath with movement. in his practice and in his classes, these are the areas he hopes to learn more and explore, and perhaps help others do the same. Dennis holds hatha style classes, typically they include a gradual progression and sometimes a vinyasa sequence if appropriate. dennis works to provide a safe environment where students can let go and are free to explore their own bodies.
leslie has been practicing yoga for more than fourteen years. she lost the ability to walk in 2003. after emergency surgery and an extremely long rehabilitation and recovery period, she found a new love; yoga! yoga helped her come back to the fitness world, which was always part of her life prior to her injury. it is because of yoga that she was able to not only recover physically, but also mentally & spiritually. Leslie completed her 200 RYT at firefly hot power vinyasa studio & continues to attend training programs to grow as both a student and a teacher. her classes are baptiste inspired, and focus on the five pillars; drishti (gaze), ujjayi (breath), bandhas foundation (hands, feet, core), tapas (internal heat), and vinyasa (flow), as well as true north alignment. leslie's training included the art of assisting, which allows her to work with students hands on.
Lauren is a native to the hudson valley and has been practicing yoga for almost six years. lauren began attending yoga classes during an extremely difficult time in her life, after the loss of her father, who was her best friend, in hopes of feeling whole again. she fell in love with the practice and benefits of connecting with your body and breath. lauren quickly realized the benefits of not just the asana, but especially the sense of relaxation and peace that only yoga has allowed her body to settle into while on the mat and long after class ends. lauren received her 200 hour hatha vinyasa teacher certification in lake aernal, costa rica, under the guidance of the inspiring and beautiful, Lori Myles-carullo, and alongside her long time friend, kaylan, who also teaches at rae of light. you can expect a balance of sthira (steadiness) and sukha (ease) in lauren's classes. lauren mixes up a fun playlist of music to help the class flow through more challenging postures, and weave in the breath & relaxation necessary to help the mind settle, & let life become a little bit sweeter.
Kaylan's love for yoga started when she took her first class in high school on nantucket island. years later, after attending a yoga retreat in costa rica, she made a promise to herself to follow her heart, deepen her practice, and return a year later to complete her 200 hour teacher training at mystic yoga academy. kaylan's intention is to teach a gentle practice, to create healing through physical, emotional, and spiritual awakening. she believes in the power of aromatherapy, and incorporates it into all of her classes. kaylan's classes will leave you refreshed & mindful. join kaylan & allow yourself to let go, breath by breath, creating space for your soul.
Taura Amaris Rutigliano
Taura has always been devoted to helping others physically and spiritually. While in college Taura Amaris was introduced to yoga and her world was changed. Becoming an avid yogi for the next ten years, it was not until after becoming a stay at home mom, Taura decided to take her pastime of yoga further. Attending a 9 month program at Jai Ma Yoga Center in New Paltz, New York, with Ami Jayaprada Hirschstein, Taura received her 200 Hour CertIFICATION, registered with the Yoga Alliance. Substituting and branching out since the teacher immersion in September 2012, Taura is spreading the yoga wealth across the Hudson Valley.
joyce was introduced to yoga two years ago, by our very own, susan. while working as a manager of a senior apartment complex, where susan's mother lives. she began taking classes regularly and immediately loved what it did for her mind & how it made her feel. joyce then wanted to take her practice further, enrolling in a 200 hour teacher training at alma yoga here in the hudson valley. joyce enjoys teaching all forms of yoga and loves getting to know her students & their individual needs of their practice.