Shannon Murphy

Shannon began the study and practice of Yoga in 2001, receiving her basic teacher training and Raja Yoga training from Swami Ramananda of the Integral Yoga Institute in 2006-2008. She has participated in and staffed numerous trainings and retreats with senior disciples of Sri Swami Satchidananda since then, including basic, intermediate, and advanced Integral trainings, Meditation teacher training with Swami Karunananda, Yoga for the Special Child with Sonia Sumar, and many Integral Yoga 10-Day silent retreats. Shannon is a mesa carrier in the Pachakuti Mesa tradition. 

Nikki Lewitan

Nikki has been serving as the Director of Ananda Ashram's Yoga School since 2008 . She has lived and taught at the Ashram since 2007 while studying the yogic scriptures in the original Sanskrit and practicing meditation with several teachers who have deeply influenced her life. For many years she further continued her study of Yoga in the winter months with travels to yoga centers in India, including Yoga Vidya Dham/Yoga Point in Nasik, Patanjala Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shala in Mysore and Santosh Puri Ashram in Haridwar. Since 2011 has lead an annual 10-day yoga retreat to Peru.  For more information on the retreat to Peru please visit:     

Phoebe Miller

Phoebe received her BFA in Modern Dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she studied technique, anatomy, kinesiology, and pedagogy. Her yoga studies began with teachers, Elizabeth Andes-Bell, Alan Finger, and Carrie Owerko. She earned her 500 hour Certification (ERYT500) at YogaWorks in New York City under the guidance of her mentor Jeanmarie Paolillo from YogaWorks and Restorative/Therapeutics training with Jillian Pransky.

Phoebe's journey of teaching began in 1997 when she was offered to teach modern dance at Pennsyvlania School of Ballet's summer program. Since then, she has taught yoga, dance, and Pilates at various studios/programs in New York City, the Hudson Valley and around the world. In 2014, she founded nOMad always at OM, a community that brings new experiences on and off the mat to yogis at nOMad's Online Studio, on yoga retreats, 200/300 hour yoga teacher trainings, and at other community events. Her mission through nOMad is to give her students the tools to live a fuller life with more joy, gratitude, confidence, and connection. To learn more about Phoebe or nOMad, please visit their websites.

Joelle Van Sickle

Joelle Van Sickle began practicing Yoga in 1991 at the Iyengar Institute in NYC. A former professional modern dancer with both BFA and MFA degrees in Dance, she fell in love with Yoga as a means to both center her for performing and to help prevent injuries. Later, her desire to share the benefits of Yoga with others led her to become 200-hour certified from the Kripalu Institute in 2000. She next received her 500 hour/Yoga Therapy certification from Yoga Mountain in 2011. She also holds certifications in Children’s Yoga, Yoga Wall, and Aqua Yoga, and most recently she has begun studying Chakra Yoga with Anodea Judith. Joelle’s classes focus on alignment, breath, and mindfulness, and meet students where they are on any given day. With an emphasis on Svadhyaya (self-study), her classes help people to achieve healthy movement patterns and to release the tension that inhibits them from finding freedom of both physical motion and thought. Through a solid understanding of anatomy and the energy body, along with a deep respect for her students’ personal journeys, Joelle seeks to help each individual utilize these ancient teachings to promote healing and to open up to their fullest potential.

Amy Soucy

A yoga and movement ­junkie and devout student of the mind-­body connection, Amy is a NYC and Hudson Valley-­based instructor known for her authentic and accessible approach to the art of awareness. With training in both the Integral and Anusara methods of hatha yoga, and committed study of movement and meditation practices including Feldenkrais, functional movement, Vipassana and mindfulness meditation, she brings her extensive skills and experience to a diverse array of students in a variety of settings: from studios to schools, colleges to corporate offices, and public parks to private homes. As a mindfulness educator and advocate for youth, Amy has collaborated with an array of schools and community-based organizations to create yoga and mindfulness classes for children, wellness programs for teens, and professional development workshops for teachers. She is proud to be a staff teacher with Lineage Project, sharing mindfulness practices with incarcerated and vulnerable youth throughout NYC, helping them manage stress, cultivate compassion, and find alternatives to violence.  Amy also facilitates movement and mindfulness experiences for group events and conferences — including the New Museum's NEW INC Retreat (at Garrison Institute), TEDxLongDock, and Social Venture Institute / Hudson Valley (at Omega Institute) — and leads annual yoga retreats in the Hudson Valley and internationally. She believes strongly in the transformative nature of these practices to nurture and encourage people of all ages to become self-aware, empowered, engaged human beings.

Emily Wilson

Emily is a student and teacher, of yoga in the Hudson Valley of New York. She comes to yoga with a mindful and holistic focus. Upon beginning her practice more than 10 years ago, she immediately responded to the power of yoga to unite the body, mind and spirit, leaving her feeling physically and mentally at peace. Emily’s focus is to help students experience the benefits of yoga through a creative vinyasa flow and meditative approach, which clears the mind and paves the way for inner awareness and spiritual calm. She is particularly passionate about the ability of yoga to help people living with serious illness, depression or addiction, and focuses her efforts on providing a compassion-centered, mindful yoga practice to people facing these challenges. Teaching yoga is her way to help others achieve the physical strength and inner peace that she has found from her practice. It is the healing spiritual essence of yoga that she wishes to share with her students.

Sara Hart

Sara Hart is fine artist-yogini who is grateful to have found a lifestyle that supports her creativity & spirituality, as well providing a professional holistic healing practice in the United States. Originally from the a small area outside NYC, Sara has traveled and studied Yoga in many places to help heal her own mind and body from complications of injuries, ptsd, and to gain better clarity and awareness in herself. Combining a Fine Art Degree and over 15 years of Yoga & a Crystal Healing practice,Sara is humbled and inspired to share this practice with others. She combines her studies in meditation, pranayama and spiritual philosophy with her study of asana and art to create a challenging and comprehensive asana practice that caters to creative professionals, athletes & trainers, teachers & leaders, and those healing from addiction and illness. Working with Sara you will experience inspiring words of wisdom for living in today’s world and a nurturing hands-on approach to alignment and energy healing with aromatherapy ad crystal energy healing to nurture and relax the mind bod and soul.

Linda Sparrowe

Linda Sparrowe, former editor of Yoga International and Yoga Journal, has been teaching and writing about yoga for more than 20 years. She has authored several books, including A Woman’s Book of Yoga and Health and the award-winning Yoga At Home and contributes to many online offerings, including and YogaUOnline. Linda teaches vinyasa yoga and yin yoga classes and workshops nationwide. She sees yoga as a way for us to wake up to our true selves moment-to-moment using a combination of open-mindedness, lighthearted humor, and a sense of adventure.

Erin Bendenbaugh

Erin’s teaching style has been described as thorough, confident, inspiring and compassionate. She utilizes the philosophical teachings of the ancient practice to guide students to stay mindfully present in their asana practice, and encourages taking this practice out into everyday life. She has a strong understanding of and love for anatomy, and places a strong emphasis on the importance of safe alignment before moving deeper in any pose. She asserts that how a student feels in a posture is more important than finding the fullest expression of a pose. With a deep respect for the differences between each student, she is able to hold space for all bodies, and encourages students to observe themselves in their practice with playful curiosity and without judgment.

Sarah Capua

I am a yoga therapist and meditation teacher, a student of Buddhism and classical yogic practice, and a caregiver.  

The heart of my practice is rooted in the tradition of T Krishnamacharya and TKV Desikachar, who emphasized individualized practice and believed that yoga should be adapted to foster self inquiry and personal transformation. I have been lucky to study deeply in this tradition at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, in training with my teacher Danielle Tarantola, and with many senior teachers of this lineage.

I also study meditation and Buddhist teachings with Michael Stone, as well as contemplative caregiving at New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, where I serve as an end-of-life doula. My contemplative practice is also linked to my artistic practice as co-director of contemporary dance company a+s works.

I live in Beacon, NY with my painter husband Eric, and I teach throughout NYC and the Hudson Valley. I am also currently in post-graduate training in chaplaincy under the supervision of Zen Buddhist Reverend Trudi Hirsch.

Cristina Roy

Cristina is a dedicated Iyengar yoga practitioner with a passion for helping her students achieve equanimity and ease through yoga.  Her classes are thorough and purposeful, guiding students through a safe and systematic succession of poses.  She works with people with varying concerns and aims to make yoga accessible for every age, body type and fitness level.  It is her hope that everyone will carry yoga beyond the class with deeper mindfulness to experience life. Cristina is a graduate of the BKS Iyengar Yogamala Teacher Training Program where she trained with senior teacher Patricia Walden in Boston, MA and is trained in Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis through Yoga Union in NYC.  To learn more please visit

Jonah Young

Jonah "Drumming Wolf" Young began his conscious journey as a healer in 2016, with a Shamanic healing circle based in Los Angeles, “Kambo Healing Me”. Jonah was asked to collaborate on workshops where he taught indigenous initiation rituals & meditative practices. He was introduced to Kundalini Yoga at these workshops, and the experiences resonated with him until finding his own steady Yoga practice. It was then that he realized the parallel between Yoga and Shamanic healing. Following his truth, he obtained certification to teach yoga and began teaching. Jonah has taught yoga and hosted kirtans at various studios around the Hudson Valley  including: The Inn & Spa at Beacon, Stone Wave, Vitality, and Dutchess Yoga. Focused on the gentler aspects of yoga and the inward journey, Jonah received his certification in Yin & Restorative Yoga. Rishikesh, India was the next step for Jonah, and off he went for a 200 hour immersion course in Kundalini Yoga, Tantra & Meditation under the guidance of Guru Ji Vishnu Panigrahi at Samadhi Yoga Ashram. Jonah's gift of song and healing vibrations are very present in his practice which he enjoys sharing in class, and at occasional Kirtans which he hosts. He is a Reki Master Practitioner & Teacher and uses all of his healing skills to hold a safe & peaceful space for all.

Corinna Ricard-Farzan

Corinna’s classes have been called deeply intentional, all-inclusive, poetic and supportive. She creates an atmosphere in which students are encouraged to attend closely to sensation and breath. Her instruction empowers students to cultivate dialogue with their own bodies for a practice in service of healing and function rather than aesthetic or postural achievement. Corinna offers a healthy dose of alignment cueing while supporting students in self-exploration of posture and movement. All bodies are different and no asana is one size fits all. That being said, expect the unexpected. Corinna’s classes are playful, challenging and crafted to surprise students into shedding fear of trying something new.
The physical practice is just the tip of the iceberg. Breath-work, chanting, philosophy, poetry, and plenty of humor are sprinkled throughout for a comprehensive and transformative experience. Corinna has most recently plunged into the wondrous world of yin yoga which has quickly stolen her heart and shifted her approach to yoga’s physical practice.
Certified at the 500-hour level, Corinna has studied with and been inspired by many of the incredible teachers in New York’s Hudson Valley including Sondra Loring, Leigha Butler, Jacquie Nash, Kelly Kamm, Raghunath Cappo and Will LeBlanc among others. Certified at the 500-hour level, Corinna has studied with and been inspired by many of the incredible teachers in New York’s Hudson Valley including Sondra Loring, Leigha Butler, Jacquie Nash, Kelly Kamm, Raghunath Cappo and Will LeBlanc among others.

Marika Blossfeldt

Marika Blossfeldt comes from a visual and performing arts background, having been a painter in the late 1970s in Berlin and a soloist in the New York dance scene in the 1980s and 1990s. She conceived and choreographed multimedia dance works and toured internationally in the Americas, Asia, Australia, and Europe.

In her late thirties, she purchased a farm in her native country, Estonia and turned it into an art and wellness center, where she conducts yoga, wellness and cooking retreats during the summer months. As a passionate natural foods chef, she grows her own herbs and vegetables and personally oversees the quality and tastiness of all meals served to her guests.

Marika is the author of the awards winning cookbook/nutrition guide “Essential Nourishment, Recipes from My Estonian Farm”.

Fall through spring Marika spends in Beacon NY, where she offers wellness workshops, vegetarian cooking classes and one-on-one health coaching with a focus on integrating natural wholesome foods with a personal lifestyle that supports the whole being. She also develops online nutrition programs for her readership around the world.

 While living in NYC she took up a practice in Kundalini Yoga and studied to become a yoga teacher at Kundalini Yoga East. She has been teaching nationally and internationally for over 20 years.