Kraig with a ‘K’, CYT & Spa Reconstructionist
Under the direction of Michael Stein of Ashtanga of New Paltz, Kraig earned his Yoga Teacher Certification with the goal of helping others achieve wellness through yoga. While still recovering from numerous sports-related traumas and debilitating injuries to his spine, he found yoga to be the answer to both physical and mental traumas we sustain.
Karen Abramson completed Yoga Teacher Training with the combined teaching team of Michael Stein and Ami Hirschstein at YogAlive! in New Paltz, New York. The course of study included training and testing Anatomy, Alignment, Asana, Communication, Pranayama, Sanskrit, Philosophy, Class Sequencing, Meditation, Comparative Teachings and Hands On Adjustments. Karen is a Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Registered Teacher and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Karen’s teaching style is generally vinyasa, offering the dance of yoga where one pose flows gracefully to the next, allowing the student an opportunity to connect with their inner voice. Karen also offers a weekly chair yoga therapy class for physically challenged students.
Jacob Friedman, CYT
Jacob received his 200-hour certification as a Yoga Instructor from Kripalu, where he was deeply inspired by teachers Kari Harendorf and Yoganand Michael Carroll. Jacob’s classes provide a non-judgmental environment that is supportive and welcoming to all. Striking just the right balance of stretching and strengthening, challenge and healing, his classes will inspire introspection and connection to your whole self- body, mind, heart, and spirit. Your yoga practice will leave you feeling more alive in the body, more peaceful in the mind, more compassionate and loving towards yourself and those around you. Jacob feels immense gratitude for the all teachers in his life: yoga teachers; yoga students; friends; perhaps wisest of all his dog Maya; and most especially he is grateful for his parents, for their endless love and support. He remains an eternal student. When not practicing yoga, Jacob may be found wandering in music, playing philosophy, stir-frying a forest or reading vegetables.
Mary Platt, CYT
Mary Rachel Platt has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1971. She is a nationally certified yoga instructor (E-RYT-500) in Amrit Yoga, as taught by Yogi Amrit Desai, and a certified Yoga Therapist (PYT 500) in Integrative Yoga Therapy as taught by Joseph and Lillian LePage. In addition, she holds certifications as a Yoga Ed Instructor and Yoga Nidra Facilitator. In recent years, she developed a love for QiGong as well, and is a nationally certified Qigong instructor by Santa Cruz Chi Center under master Lee Holden. A professional storyteller since 1989, Mary often uses folk tales, myths and poetry to enhance her teaching, especially in her work with children and adolescents. She has co-taught QiGong workshops with her husband, John, at Kripalu Institute in Stockbridge, MA, co-developed teacher training programs for Weight Watchers International, teaches workshops nationally, and works with private yoga therapy clients. Mary and John have recently moved to Hyde Park, NY.
Reshkiga, Belly Dance
Reshkiga has been belly dancing over 10 years and loves to continue to learn and explore. She draws inspiration from all forms of belly dance and has adopted a fusion style with elements of tribal, cabaret, and theatrical as well as elements of modern dance. She has enjoyed a range of performance opportunities from dancing at to stage productions. As a reflection of she has experienced within she will be teaching an open level class to bring together dancers of all shapes, and abilities. Each class a short choreography will be taught and adapted to the needs of the individual. Movements will range from the slow and sensuous to dramatic, fast paced and flirty. She looks forward to sharing the workout, artistry and fun the dance offers to all!
Lourdes Cruz, Ballroom, Salsa & Latin, Tango, East & West Coast Swing
She has a 13 dance major, and over 15 years experience teaching social and competitive dance. She is kind and energetic and has experience working individually and in groups with children and adults of all ages. Together with her partners, Ian Cameron (Head Instructor at A.Q.M.A.I.), and John Derick Co (Senior Latin Blackpool Champion 2005) they teach with the understanding that each dance starts by learning to root your steps and in time developing the ability to lead and follow with ease and poise. Each class is approached with fun and ease in mind and carefully allows each student to build on their strengths. Classes benefit from the instructors’ dedication to dance and family, as well as their extensive knowledge of other dance forms and body mechanics.
John Platt, Tai Chi
John started training in classical kung-fu styles in the late 60’s and received a third degree black belt in 1985 from the Kajukenbo organization. In the 1990’s John began to orient his studies to the softer, more internal arts of Qigong and Tai Chi. He began working with such Masters as Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, and Ron Diana of the Healing Tao Association. In 2005 he began a very serious study of Tai Chi Chuan under Shifu Jiang Jian-Ye in Albany, NY, and soon after began a more intense study of Qigong and Tao Yin from Masters Lee Holden and Dr. Yang. John is certified to teach Tai Chi and Qigong from The New York Central District Tai Chi and Kung-Fu Association under Shifu Jiang Jian-Ye. He also holds Teacher Certification, levels I-IV, from the Santa Cruz Chi Center under Master Lee Holden, as well as a Level III Advanced Instructor Certification from the National Qigong Association. John has taught both teenagers and adults in Martial, Qigong, and Tai Chi forms for the past thirty-six years. He teaches workshops nationally, including annual workshops at the Kripalu Institute in Stockbridge, MA, has co-developed QiGong training programs for Weight Watchers, International, and is currently running a QiGong teacher training program in the Midwest. In addition, John has been practicing meditation for over 40 years. He recently retired from a 36 year career as English teacher at various private schools in the Northeast and lives in Hyde Park, NY with his wife, Mary.
Sarah Schopfer, CYT
Sarah had a fire lit within her to teach, sharing with others the joy she discovered and received her 200-hour certification as a Yoga Instructor at the Southwest Institute for the Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona with Monica Page Subia and Laura McKinze. Sarah has found her home teaching Restorative Yin Yoga, slowing down the minutes to rest, breathe and practice mindfulness in each moment. The practice of deep poses coupled with deep breathing, have opened avenues to handle life situations on and off the mat for Sarah. Using props in each pose, all are welcome to join, and will be supported with safe modifications depending on each person’s physical condition and limitations. Sarah maintains a personal practice which creates peace, balance, empowerment of Self and Connection with Source as a needed daily regimen. A student blessed to have the opportunity to guide others.