Nora is a Yoga Instructor, an Art Therapist, a Mindful Based Stress Reduction Practitioner, a Personal Trainer and a mother. Nora believes that we are constantly evolving as humans and each connection we experience, aids in this evolution. She brings a compassionate and warm approach to her classes and seeks to create an environment of acceptance and inclusion.
Nora began her personal yoga practice in 2002, while pursuing a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy. The practice of yoga has positively impacted Nora’s life in countless ways; from making her body stronger and more flexible, to deepening her connection/ understanding of herself and improving her relationships. Nora chose to continue her studies in Yoga, in order to deepen her own practice and to share the gift of yoga with others. She began teaching in 2009 and completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2011 through YogaFit.
Nora has a passion for supporting women during pregnancy and through the transition to motherhood. She has pursued many advanced courses, in order to safely and competently guide women through pregnancy and beyond. She received an additional Prenatal Certification through YogaFit, took an advanced Prenatal Yoga Training with Ashville Yoga Center and completed an online Prenatal Yoga course with Carole Westerman. Nora is also trained in Spinning Babies and BirthFit. All of this allows Nora to bring a holistic and centered approach to her Prenatal Yoga Classes, Couple’s Prenatal Yoga Workshops, Baby and Me classes and Yoga After Loss group (for any mother who has experienced the loss of a child).
Nora is also an Art Therapist who provides individual therapy to children, adolescents and adults. Her private practice office is housed within the Flower City Yoga studio. If you are interested in learning more about how Nora can support you through these services, please visit www.supportivehealing.wordpress.com
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. She received her children’s yoga teacher training in 2014 with the children’s yoga program, Kidding Around Yoga. She graduated from Open Sky Yoga Center’s 200 Hour Essential Yoga Teacher training in 2016. She has been teaching for over three years and has participated in countless workshops, seminars, and mentor-ships to enhance her personal practice and teaching.
Years of poor body image and extreme self-judgement led Amanda to seek acceptance and wellness. It was her practice that opened her mind and heart 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 freely. With a love 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.