Nora began doing yoga in 2002, while working towards her master’s degree in Art Therapy. From that first class, Nora knew that yoga needed to be part of her life. Nora shares that yoga has changed her life both internally and externally. Nora grew up playing competitive sports and ran Track and Cross- Country at the Division I level in college. Physically, Nora feels stronger now than while competing in sports. Emotionally, her relationships have grown deeper and more meaningful, as she relates to people with more love and patience, due to her yoga practice.
In reflecting on how yoga has positively changed her life, Nora wanted to share these gifts with others. This lead her to study with Yogafit and she completed her 200 hour certification in 2011. It has been an extremely rewarding experience for Nora to connect with participants and witness the positive growth in their practice, both on and off the mat.
Since 2010, Nora has been providing corporate wellness and yoga classes to local businesses, to improve employee satisfaction, focus and efficiency. In 2013, she became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, to broaden her knowledge of anatomy and nutrition.
Flower City Yoga is also home to Nora’s private practice for Art Thearpy. Since 2004, Nora has been providing therapy to children and families within our community. Nora is trained in a many models of therapy, including; Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Child Parent Psychotherapy, Structural Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Nora partners with clients to process trauma, create effective coping strategies, establish goals and make postivie changes.
Kasia is a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She received her formal 200 hour teacher training at Breathe Yoga and graduated in January of 2014. Her studies have ranged from restorative yoga training to high energy vinyasa flow; the common thread being the idea of moving with awareness and a sense of exploration. She took her first yoga class during a five month Hatha yoga course in 2003. During the final moments of her first class, as she rested on the mat in silence, something happened: She felt more connected to everything and afterwards motivated to try and recreate that experience not just on the yoga mat, but in what can feel like the mundane of the everyday. This idea of allowing the barriers to connection to drop away is what continues to inspire her to share the practice of yoga with others.
Whether you come to yoga for exercise, to maintain mobility, to gain flexibility, or to reduce stress, it can be beneficial. It’s been described as an ancient healing system. Through the vehicle of the breath, it can facilitate connection to and better awareness of our physical bodies. It can give us perspective on our relationship to the world and others. It can help us tap into our inner wisdom. It can also be a lot of fun! Kasia is grateful to be on this adventure and looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm with you.
Amanda is a certified yoga instructor for all ages and body types. Amanda received her children’s yoga teacher training in 2014 with the program Kidding Around Yoga. She graduated from Open Sky Yoga Center’s 200 Hour Essential Yoga Teacher training in 2016. Amanda has been teaching for over three years and has participated in countless workshops, seminars, and mentorships to enhance her personal practice and teaching. Amanda actively studies the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar, Judith Hanson Lasater, and all of her teachers at Open Sky, where her love and depth for this practice was (and still is) nurtured and supported. Amanda was introduced to the Iyengar method by practicing with Monica DiCesare, a local Rochester yoga instructor to whom she owes a great debt of gratitude to for guiding her on this journey.
Years of poor body image, extreme self-judgement and negative thinking led Amanda to seek acceptance and wellness. It was her practice that opened her to the limitless tools available to embody love, gratitude, acceptance, and empathy into daily life. Amanda uses her understanding of the body and yoga asana to create a loving space for her students to explore their bodies without judgment.
Amanda is a student first, and a teacher second, and is hopeful to share a sense curiosity and playfulness in each challenge. She strives to learn from every experience in life, knowing that each perceived struggle and obstacle is here specifically for her growth, and that of everyone around her. Amanda intends to use her teaching practice to invite new learning, new skills, and growth into her life so that she can share her learnings with her students.
With knowledge and a passion for meditation, pranayama, and energy healing techniques, Amanda’s approach to teaching offers her students with the unique opportunity to learn something deeper about themselves in each class.
Er began using yoga with children in her first Preschool class as a way to transition them into nap time. It was these young spirits that inspired her to pursue her yoga instructor certification that led to her creation of her business, Stretching Kindness.
She obtained her degree in Psychology and grew a strong interest in play therapy and the curious mind of a child. She implements play into her daily life, and has made it her occupation to nurture the young creative mind, as well as setting free the creative and playful child in each adult she works with.
Er whole-heartily believes that in order to grow, children need a strong sense of self and a positive body image. When placed in an environment providing positive feedback, love, music, play, movement and more play, children will thrive.
She is a smoothie enthusiast and a lover of writing poetry, blogs, and children’s books.
Her intention for each class is to spread kindness & confidence. Through this, I hope children, teens and adults will develop not only a strong physical core, but an inner one that strengthens their sense of self.