“We have never arrived. We are in a constant state of becoming.” Bob Dylan
Nora is an Art Therapist, Yoga Instructor, Personal Trainer, Mindful Based Stress Reduction Practitioner and a mother. She is a lover of nature, music and people. She is an open spirit who enjoys building relationships and a strong community.
Nora began doing yoga in 2002, while working towards her master’s degree in Art Therapy, and from that first class, she was hooked. She began teaching in 2009 and completed her 200 hour teaching certification with Yogafit in 2011. Nora specializes in Prenatal Yoga and has taken advanced Prenatal Yoga trainings at Ashville Yoga Center and with Carol Westerman.
In 2016, Nora became a mother and everything changed. With the birth of her son, came a love that rocked her world and also challenges that she did not expect. From those challenges, a deeper layer of herself and her yoga practice emerged. This journey has ignited a passion in Nora, to support women through pregnancy and beyond. This passion was always there, but it has grown tremendously.
Nora offers a holistic approach to wellness. She became certified in Mindful Based Stress Reduction in 2016. Nora utilizes all of her training and knowledge to encourage participants to build awareness and connection within both mind and body, This can lead towards finding release and peace in all parts of one’s being.
Nora also provides 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. She grew up playing competetive sports, ran Track and Cross-Country at the Division I level in college and competed after college, including the Boston Marathon. Nora has felt, firsthand, the physical impact of hard training and the releif that comes from practicing yoga regularly. She is committed to sharing this with others.
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. To learn more about Nora’s Art Therapy Practice, visit her website at https://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. 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.
Erin Moriah R. Wafer
“You have to keep breaking your heart until it opens.” – Rumi
Er moves through life as a Certified Yoga Instructor, Writer, Daycare Director, Teacher and Learner. She is interested expanding our hearts and re-arranging our thoughts, to create more room to move, breathe, live and most importantly, to love ecstatically.
Er began using yoga and breath technique 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 first business, Stretching Kindness. From here, she obtained certification for Baby & Me, Children’s Yoga and Adult Yoga.
With a degree in Psychology, Er 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. Her classes are an invitation to play, to express, to be and to rest in our bodies. She offers a space to lovingly return to the root of ourselves.
Er is captivated by the sky and loves a good cup of chai tea as she marvels at this infinite and ever-changing painting we are gifted to live under each day. She feels we are all artists, and the most fascinating art we can continue to make and create together, is the art of loving.