Sarah started yoga almost 10 years ago with her first class being a hot yoga class. From that day on she was hooked. Yoga brought a challenge that Sarah hadn’t experienced in all her athletic activities.
As she took classes she found that yoga strengthened and relieved much of her lower back pain. Also being a runner, yoga was very beneficial in improving her strength and flexibility.
Yoga has also taught her that it is okay to sit and “just be” – how important meditation and breath is to not only her yoga practice but use in everyday life.
Sarah hopes to bring a fun, challenging class available to all yogis.
Sarah completed her 200 hour teacher training through Twin Cities Collective at Organic Yoga in February 2016.
Sarah is thankful for her many wonderful teachers. Their knowledge, guidance and encouragement has increased her love for yoga.
Sarah is CPR/AED and first aid certified.
Jackie Ashman, 200 RYT
Kate Spano, 200 RYT
Alexis’s love of human movement is what originally drew her to yoga over 7 years ago. She attended her first yoga class for the physicality, but over time she discovered that the benefits of yoga reach far beyond the physical. In more recent years, during times of personal struggle she would find herself turning to her mat. It was there that she learned to find clarity, stillness, and most importantly, love and acceptance of herself. She believes that one of the miracles of yoga is its ability to stay with you when you leave the mat. She has practiced under many teachers, but she attributes the bulk of her personal growth through yoga to the teachings of Jessica Michalek. Alexis’s hope as an instructor is to pay forward the gift of yoga that she has received to her future students.
She earned her certification as a personal trainer in 2006 through The National Personal Training Institute in Orlando, Florida, at the 500-hour level and quickly found deep satisfaction in helping people heal through exercise. In order to expand her knowledge of the field she is currently working toward certification through The National Academy of Sports Medicine. In December of 2014 she completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training through the Always At Aum Yoga School and is registered with The Yoga Alliance at the 200-level.
She is very excited to be offering a donation-based beginner Vinyasa class at the Binghamton Zen Den. Whether it is the physicality that leads you to your mat or your head and heart that seek sanctuary, she looks forward to you joining her as she embarks on the next part of her yoga journey as an instructor!
Alexis Williams, 200 RYT
Several years ago Tina had a health scare and began on the path of taking care of her body through fitness and healthy eating habits. It was the wake-up call that she needed to realize we only have one life and one vessel to live that life in and she wanted to live it to the fullest. Something inside her woke up and ignited her inner fire. What started out as a powerful physical practice to compliment her stand up paddle regimen became so much more within the first 8 months. Tina was able to dig deep within and become comfortable in her own skin and learn to deal with life off the mat with the tools she learned on the mat.
Since February 2013, Tina has completed over 200 hours of training under the guidance of Baron Baptiste and the amazing team at The Baptiste Power Yoga Institute; Level 1, Level 2, and Art of Assisting and is Yoga Alliance RYT-200 certified. Tina continues to expand her Yoga education through trainings with Bryan Kest, the originator of Power Yoga, Always at Aum, Yoga Across America and Connected Warriors to offer yoga to individuals with PTSD, anxiety, depression, and addiction.
Yoga and Stand Up Paddling have become a way of life for Tina and it’s her goal to inspire and share her passion for life with others.
About Tina's SUP...
Southern Tier SUP comes to the Southern Tier through the passion and dedication of Tina Fetten. After experiencing "walking on water" over three years ago, she knew she was hooked. From there it has been her goal to spread the word of all the benefits SUP can bring the community. Being officially American Canoe Association (ACA) Level 2 SUP Instructor, ACA Adaptive SUP endorsed, World Paddling Association (WPA) Level 1 SUP and Paddlefit Level 2 certified, as well as YA RYT200, Tina is able to take your SUP/ SUP Yoga experience to the next level. Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp. is fully insured and with the focus on SAFETY and FUN on the water, Tina will cater your experience to reach your goals and ensure that you have a positive enriching practice; any age and ability.
Tina Fetten, 200 ERYT
A warm and inviting space introducing the positive benefits of yoga to the Binghamton community by nourishing your mind, body and soul through gentle, vinyasa and power yoga.
Offering Beginner, All Levels Vinyasa, Advanced Vinyasa, Yin, Meditation & Restorative, Candlelight Yoga, Yoga with Massage, Children's Yoga, Indo Board Yoga and Free classes for Veterans & Active Military.
Jamie Geagan, 200 RYT
Jamie began her yoga journey in 20009 while living in Philadelphia. Initially yoga was a method of stress release from her job as a special education teacher for children with severe special needs. It didn’t take long before yoga became a release that she craved on a more regular basis. She enjoyed taking time for herself, the quiet, the challenge, and the focus on breath.
In 2016 Jamie completed her 200-hour teacher training with Lexington Power Yoga in Massachusetts. During her training, Jamie enjoyed learning about various modifications for postures to ensure the practice remained safe but also felt good for all of her students.
Jamie continues to seek out professional development by taking, as many classes as she can while cultivating her own practice. She is perusing an additional certification in Curvy Yoga to make yoga more accessible to everyBody. Jamie loves sharing yoga with her friends, family and community. Through her class Jamie hopes her students are able to find breath, space and movement in a supportive and grounding environment.
Jackie is a lover of the outdoors, animals and leading an active lifestyle. Her interests include hiking, biking, paddleboarding, gardening, music and YOGA!! She was drawn to yoga several years ago Initially using it as another form of exercise. Beside making gains in strength and flexibility, she noticed considerable pain relief in her hands, wrists, back and neck all of which resulted from her career in dental hygiene. She began making a powerful yoga practice her focus.....but after a skiing incident left her with fractures and a ruptured ACL, Jackie's yoga practice was forced to change. In fact she thought it would temporarily have to stop. But a close friend and mentor reminded her that the yoga asana is only a small part of a yoga practice. With this insight she began to develop a fuller, richer more meaningful practice that began to place a focus on the mental and spiritual benefits. Regaining strength and function in her leg enabled Jackie to slowly resume her asana practice. Now she has found a true balance between mind and body that has added richness to her practice and life.... "I am intrigued by body movement with power and grace and using yoga as an movement meditation is my passion."
Jackie received her 200 hour RYT certification in Feb 2016 from Twin Tiers Yoga Collective held at Organic Studio in Johnson City . She is excited to share her passion with students hoping to inspire in them a true mind body connection, but also acknowledging that she will forever be a student herself....
Her classes will have an emphasis on breath, alignment, strength, and focus and are for all levels of students. She hopes to inspire a meditative flow that is both calming and energizing at the same time.
Kate began practicing yoga as a teenager in 2000, at her mother's behest. The practice of yoga and meditation has always served as a refuge for her, providing a safe space to navigate life's hurdles. Kate values celebration and commiseration equally, and she appreciates the community that springs up wherever people engage in intentional practices, like yoga. Kate's practice solidified while she lived in Maryland, and she completed a 200 hr hot vinyasa-based YTT under the guidance of Kim Manfredi at Charm City Yoga. This YTT also included instruction in vipassana meditation.. Kate's son was born halfway through her yoga teacher training, and the regularity of practice was invaluable as Kate grew into the role of parent. While in Maryland, Kate taught beginner, gentle, restorative and prenatal yoga (and became a doula) for multiple studios. Kate has studied and practiced yin, Kundalini, restorative, and gentle yoga, and delights in drawing from these styles to tailor classes to the ability and intention of the students. In 2012, Kate completed a training with the Prison Yoga Project, which allowed her to incorporate a trauma-informed approach to instruction. Kate holds a Master's of Social Work, and her social work and yoga practice are likewise informed by the increasingly evidence-based practice of mindfulness. Kate's classes are designed to offer refuge to her students: a safe space to just be."
Sarah Decastro, 200 RYT
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