Susan owns rae of light, 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, targeting seniors and students with limited mobility. "miss susan" as she is lovingly called by her students, is well known for her friendly and warm personality, and 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!
nicole is a longtime practitioner, and a 500 hour certified yoga instructor, teaching since 2013. Nicole is currently working as our adult studio coordinator but she also hosts monthly workshops and events here at rae of light. did we mention she also teaches several classes every week here, too! When you talk to Nicole about her yoga journey she says she “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.
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.
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.
While Amy took her first yoga class over in 2005, it wasn’t until the birth of her son in 2013 that she decided to fully commit to a daily asana and meditation practice. Amy loved crafting a practice that allowed her to explore her mind and body at her own pace and in her own space. Amy’s practice led to personal growth in mind, spirit, and body that she never imagined. In 2018 she completed her 200 YTT with nOMad Yoga in the Hudson Valley in a course specialized to the needs of active duty military and veterans (Amy is also a veteran of the U.S. Army). Through her practice and teaching, Amy hopes to lead creative vinyasa flows that integrate aspects of the various schools of yoga to allow students to find their own peace and strength at their own paces and in their own spaces. Additionally, with a background in running and leading strength and high-intensity interval training workouts, Amy is experienced in incorporating yoga into an athlete’s training or in using yoga as a recovery tool.
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.
My journey began in 2014, when i was looking for something to do for myself. I worked part time and was home with my two daughters who are 17 months apart. I decided to take a few Yoga classes at the local studio near me, but it wasn’t until 2015 that i started to take classes 3 or 4 times a week. At the same time i started to eat healthy and live a more holistic lifestyle for myself and my family. Healing from the inside out. The more I learned about Yoga and living a more balanced life i quickly realized working a 9 to 5 was no longer serving me and the path I was embarking on. I took my first Kundalini Yoga class in 2017 and i fell in love after my first expeRience. I knew I wanted to teach this to others. In August 2018 I quit my job as a Medical Biller and left our home in Freeport to move upstate and to finish my Teacher Training at Sat Nam Yoga Spa In upstate NY. I also took my oldest daughter out of public school and I am now currently homeschooling both of them. It has been an amazing journey and transformation in my life since started Kundalini Yoga, it has brought me back to who I truly am. In November 2018 I graduated teacher training and became certified as a Kundalini Yoga teacher. The teachings has helped me get through some really tough times and I am passionate about sharing these teachings with anyone and everyone!
KRistina has been a teacher for 19 years, in a private school abroad and public and charter schools in New York. She began her teaching career in Senegal, West Africa and fell in love with the sense of community and hospitality she found in that country. The love of being part of a community is what has drawn her to yoga. She began yoga over a decade ago but recently decided to extend her teaching career by pursuing certification in Yoga, with Breathe for Change, a certification program built for teachers who are interested in bringing yoga and social emotional learning to their classrooms, followed by a certification program in Kundalini Yoga.
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Rae of Light serves children, adolescents, and adults.
It is our mission to create a transformative yoga experience aimed at physical, behavioral, emotional, and spiritual growth. We place a high priority on providing an environment that supports an unlimited capacity for learning, and we seek qualified individuals who share our passion for improving the lives of those we serve. Generally, we accommodate no more than a dozen clients at a time to optimize individualized attention and provide a high staff-to-client ratio. WE HIRE INSTRUCTORS ON A part-time BASIS with several classes available per week. As an Instructor, you will be responsible to create a curriculum and lead groups through various levels & types of yoga practice.
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