JACQUELYN NASH, E-RYT
Jacquelyn's philosophy on yoga is simple: to share yoga is to share peace. As an E-RYT, Jacquelyn is dedicated to making yoga accessible to all people and demystifying the "secret language" of yoga. As the founder of Hudson Valley Wedding Yoga and the co-founder of The Yoga House, a yoga studio in Kingston, NY, Jacquelyn has experience teaching a wide range of students of all levels, and encourages students to be comfortable in their own skin, no matter what level class and no matter what asana they are in. Jacquelyn finds the teachings of yoga everywhere, and draws on life experiences to share the principles of the practice in a relatable way with her students. Her classes present creative and often challenging sequences that draw students inward, but also allow them to laugh, smile, and see themselves in a whole new light. Although a student and practitioner of Ashtanga yoga, Jacquelyn appreciates and incorporates different yoga styles in her classes to create a tailored experience for the practitioners who arrive on the mat.
Yoga found Kelli about five years ago and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. She was searching for some clarity in life and a physical and mental awakening. Turns out yoga was the answer to all her questions! Her love and passion for yoga grew expediently as she developed a relationship with The Yoga House in Kingston and the local yoga community. She decided to take the journey from student to teacher, completing her Yoga Teacher Training in 2016. Kelli enjoys challenging her students while reminding them to remain humble. Her teaching style places emphasis on accepting where you are in your practice as it's exactly where you should be. Kelli comes to her mat to find joy and peace and she hopes to transfer those energies to all the students she encounters.
Mel's classes focus on understanding the fundamentals of asana (poses) through the use of props (blocks, blankets, straps, chairs, bolsters) and movement exploration, while emphasizing the discovery of personal alignment, balance and relaxation. After many years of chronic injuries and pain related to scoliosis (curvature of the spine), Mel has found great relief through the practice of gentle and restorative poses and is passionate about incorporating both into her classes. By encouraging students to respect their physical limitations while exploring what’s possible, Mel aims to help each individual learn how to serve the unique needs of the body. As a former 4th grade teacher, tutor and Director of Eduction for several NY learning centers, Mel’s varied educational experiences have taught her to remain flexible in the face of teaching and learning challenges and receptive to new ways of sharing and receiving information. She is forever grateful to her first yoga teacher, Jill Gnassi, whose expert Iyengar instruction taught her how attending to small details could make a huge difference in life.
Ana is a 500hr Kundalini Yoga Teacher and has been a practicing yogini since 2005 and practiced Hatha Yoga for 7 years before encountering and eventually training in Kundalini. Some of her specialties include Children's Yoga, Pre & Post-Natal Yoga and Mommy & Me. Ana feels very drawn to serving Women, Families and Children as she feels there is so much healing to be done around these groups and the way society views traditional familial roles. She is the mother of two children and enjoys writing, philosophy, design and connecting with the Earth. Ana has a B.A. in Philosophy from Boston College and an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John's College (Santa Fe). After studying Eastern Philosophy and Sanskrit throughout her Masters, she found Kundalini Yoga to be the natural next step for her on her spiritual and philosophical path. Ana aims to keep her classes warm, sweet, and at once calming and energizing- grounding and uplifting!