"Then the looker resides in his own nature." 1:3
Through practice, we come to rest in our true Self, a sort of "witness" consciousness which is revealed as separate
from our usual mental activities and assumptions.
This "own nature" is realized by each individual and in their own time; as the myriad mistaken identities (perpetuated by old habits, ego, doubts and attachments), are recognized and let go.
Stephanie Graf - In the fall of 2009 I took a six week yoga class at Jefferson Community College led by Jeff Rule. I had never tried yoga, and even though I felt like I had the flu the next day, I loved it.
Thus my yoga journey began, finally leading to the completion of a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, in December 2014. I started to teach a vinyassa flow class immediately and soon thereafter a Seniors Yoga Class at Ives Hill.
I became 1 of 5 trainers in the country for the 4-H "Yoga for Kids" curriculum developed
by the University of Arkansas. I earned a certificate in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga and recently trained in Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater. My philosophy is to never stop learning new skills.
Nadia Garib - I started my training as a dancer when I was 15 years old, and I started teaching when I was 19 years old. My formal education in dance extends from jazz to modern such as Cunningham, Limon, Graham, and Horton techniques to name a few. I also studied ballet with Cuban and Russian teachers in Caracas and New York City for many years.
I made a transition from dancing to physical fitness and advanced my knowledge of body movement and became a physical trainer. I have taken workshops in Indian dance, Thai chi and I have begun studies in yoga. My adventure with yoga started when I found Jeff’s classes and fell in love with yoga all over again, after studying for more than a year I felt the need to share what i know.
I blended my previous knowledge of dance and physical training with my experience in yoga. I am here to teach what has been taught to me and also what I have discovered with kindness, focus and breathing.
Clancy Cox - I am an Integral Yoga instructor and registered with Yoga Alliance RYT 200 and member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association. I began practicing yoga in 2007, searching for relief of spinal pain after a car accident. Little did I know the hugely positive impact yoga
would have on the rest of my life!
I received my Integral Yoga teacher training at Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA.
I have also completed Elemental Vinyasa training with Shiva Rea.
Before moving to the North Country, i taught yoga for women with eating disorders
at Prosperity Wellness Center in Herndon, VA. I am a classically trained Soprano,
and love to combine the healing power of yoga and song.
Jean Tabolt - My passion for yoga and dedication to community wellness led me to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Ma. I received my yoga teacher certification in 2013. Shortly after, I began teaching yoga at Satyana as well as at the middle school where I've worked as a prevention counselor for nearly 20 years.
I am devoted to sharing the many benefits of yoga with the community and
in addition to teaching, bringing yoga education through community and
state presentations including the 26th Annual CNY Prevention Conference in May of 2014.
Barb Eldridge - My yoga journey started 14 years ago by taking classes here and there. Then I discovered Jeff Rule’s studio and I was hooked. Practicing Ashtanga yoga with both Jeff and Kathy Falge was when yoga became an important part of my life. I realized the transformative effects of yoga on and off the mat. I learned that yoga heals your body and your psyche.
Through the desire to share yoga with others I went to teacher training at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Heath for my 200 hour certification. I continue to attend training workshops. As a yoga teacher I try to keep my classes somewhere between accessible and challenging. I want my students to feel comfort in their movements so that the movement can become a catalyst for discovery and healing. Above all I want my students to find comfort in their own skin.
Kathy Falge - HI! I have been a student, practitioner and teacher in the Ashtanga tradition since 2003. In 2007 Jeff and I took our first trip to India to study Ashtanga Yoga at the source, KPJAYI in Mysore. This was memorable because we had the honor of practicing directly with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then, I have returned to Mysore four more times to continue to study with my teacher, Sharath. In 2014 Sharath gave me his blessing teach the Ashtanga yoga method with level 2 authorization. I am honored to be able to share this beautiful and transformative yoga method with others.
Additional yoga studies include two month-long teacher intensives with Richard Freeman, a year practicing and apprenticing with Christine Hoar in Bristol, VT, and certification as an Integrative Yoga Therapy teacher (200-hour level). I’m a NYS licensed Massage Therapist and hold an MA degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University.
Of course, your own practice is the best teacher. Listening to your breath, studying your body's alignment and observing
your thoughts are really how we learn, but a good teacher can speed up the process.
A good teacher has experienced many of the same challenges that each student faces and can help to navigate these pitfalls.
On this page you can meet our teachers and learn a bit more about them. Please drop in on their classes and find
some inspiration, encouragement and assistance to help you feel at home and support your own practice.
Rugmani Kutty - I grew up in a family of ayurvedic practitioners who prescribed yoga and ayurveda for treating all kinds of illnesses. Since I was a child I was exposed to ayurvedic treatments such as body massage with herbal oils and yoga for healthy living, peace and happiness.
I became very much interested in yoga practice and decided to share my knowledge in the field of yoga, meditation and ayurveda. I believe simple yoga and meditation techniques will allow you to relax your mind and body. I learned diverse yoga styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kripalu and Kundalini yoga.
It is my mission to conduct conferences and workshops to spread the benefits of yoga, meditation and ayurveda to energize our bodies and lead a healthy life style. I am interested in sharing my knowledge on Vedic Yoga, Yoga Sutras, Mudras, postures with Sanskrit meanings, Indian culture, Indian food, and other topics of interest.
Jeff Rule - I discovered yoga in 1973 when I found a commentary
on the Yoga Sutras and a copy of Be Here Now by Ram Das. For many years I practiced at home,
using these books for my teachers, until taking my first class in the mid '80s. It was
there where I found a like-minded and supportive colony of yogis and yoginis
whose lineage and heart-filled practice was the perfect incubator.
The pursuit of this practice has led me to many different and
wonderful studios around the world, and to the home of ashtanga yoga in Mysore, India.
A lot has changed since college and I recognize that my definition of yoga is still evolving.
For myself, it's not rigid but open to experimentation and there is always more to learn!
Kendra Philhower - I first started practicing yoga in college and was immediately hooked. In the fall of 2014 I took the plunge and completed an 8-month yoga teacher training at Savannah Yoga Center in Savannah, GA and I haven’t looked back since! My classes are fun and relaxed, infused with creative sequencing, hands-on-assists and music of all kinds. I hope to see you in class!
Nova Schenk - I began practicing Yoga in 2008 after the birth of my third child.
My practice began as a supplemental exercise to my work as an aquatic fitness instructor
and my love for running. Along the way, Yoga has transformed into a modality to find calm and balance as a woman, military spouse, and Mother.
In 2015 I became a 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher, and in 2016 became Certified in SUP Yoga. I continue to learn every day from my fellow Teachers and Students, and feel honored to carry on the role. My focus as a Yoga Teacher is to help my students feel good about who they are, to help create a sense of balance and peace, and to facilitate a sustainable practice that is fun, supportive, and challenging throughout the lifespan.
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