linda3-3Linda Lalita Winnick

Linda Lalita Winnick’s focus is the cultivation of Shakti or Inner Power. A certified yoga teacher, with an M.A. in Ayurvedic Medicine and Yoga Philosophy, Linda’s teaching of yoga integrates her twenty-eight-year experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher with the principles of exercise physiology and the energetics of Ayurveda. Her classes reflect the attunement of time, place, season, and group dynamic. Unbound by a single lineage, Linda has developed creative sequencing of pranayama (breath work), Vinyasa Krama and Shat Karmas (cleansing techniques). This sequencing and her masterful demonstrations promote the growth of flexibility, strength, and efficient alignment. Classes are challenging and at the same time punctuated with laughter at her whimsical commentary. They can be adapted to all levels of ability and individual limitation. Shaping her offering with joy, Linda creates an inclusive space that challenges each person to feel free to do what they can to foster their own strength and wellbeing through the art of yoga.

Linda Lalita is owner of three Shakti Yoga Studios in the Hudson Valley New York. She was a popular workshop instructor at the Omega Institute for a decade. Linda trains yoga teachers in her methods. (200 Hour and Advanced 500 Hour) She is invited to teach in programs around the country and in Europe.

Ali Lazarus



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Barbara Shoenfield    Photo  and bio  coming soon!

Cheyenne  Baer La Bounty    Photo  and bio  coming soon!

Christina Byron-Steen    Photo coming soon!

Deborah’s journey of becoming a yoga teacher was inspired by her desire to deepen her own personal practice. After years of experiencing the transformative benefits of practicing yoga, she completed her 200 hour training at Yoga Vida in NYC in 2014. Deborah continues to study all aspects of yoga through a broadened array of classes and workshops which inspire her teachings.
 Deborah aims to support her students in creating their foundation and facilitate an experience on their mats that is informative, approachable and empowering. She is eternally grateful for her teachers and students.

Kathy Wahlund  Photo coming soon!

Kathy has been practicing yoga for over 15 years.   After practicing for several years with Lalita at Shakti, she enrolled in and completed their 200 hr. training in April, 2016. She completed her Pilates teacher training in 2001 and taught private classes in her NYC studio until moving to Woodstock in 2010.  Simultaneously to completing her Pilates teacher training, she discovered the breath centered yoga of Krishnamacharya as presented in his son Desikachar’s acclaimed book “The Heart of Yoga”.  While teaching Pilates she continued to deepen her yoga practice including a 500 hour Teacher training at The Breathing Project in NYC .  The Ujjayi breath is the precious jewel of her practice, and the union of body, breath and mind the focus of her practice and teaching.   In teaching yoga, her goal is to continue, experientially, to learn how to guide other yoga practitioners in the use of Ujjayi ( breathing technique)  so that they too can benefit from the physical protection it offers when focusing on the quality of the sound while practicing asana and experience it’s deep meditative quality.


Lisa Appolonia    Bio & Photo coming soon!


Louise Bonnanno

Louise BonannoI have been connected to yoga and Buddhist studies (through the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies in Barra, Ma.) for the last twenty years. From this association at the Barre Center and my training at Shakti Yoga I incorporate information about physical movement, the use of asana as a mirror for daily living, and the choices within the practice to incorporate yoga as a lifestyle. I have worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the last thirty years, and in that practice have used many of the things I have studied throughout these years incorporating techniques of compassion, mindfulness, centering, and grounding.   I am a certified Shakti Yoga Level I Instructor and have been working at the Shakti studio in Saugerties since I graduated in 2009. I also provide training and yoga classes for agencies in the community as well as private classes. I am presently in the process of completing my training for Advanced Teacher Certification at Shakti.

Melanie Toth ( Mel)


After many years of sporadic practice, Mel recommitted to yoga after moving to Saugerties in 2011 and discovering Shakti’s sanctuary classes. Two years later, she completed Shakti’s 200 hour teacher training and has been teaching yoga to students of all ages ever since. An educator since 1998, Mel has taught 4th grade, co-authored a strategy book for teachers and served as a tutor and Director of Education for several NY learning centers. Mel’s varied educational experiences have taught her to remain flexible in the face of teaching and learning challenges and receptive to new ways of sharing and receiving information. Her classes focus on understanding the fundamentals of asana (poses) through the use of props (blocks, blankets, straps, chairs, bolsters) and movement exploration, while emphasizing the discovery of personal alignment, balance and relaxation. After many years of chronic injuries and pain related to scoliosis (curvature of the spine), Mel has found great relief through the practice of gentle and restorative asana and is passionate about incorporating both into her classes. By encouraging students to respect their physical limitations while exploring what’s possible, Mel aims to help each individual learn how to serve the unique needs of the body. She is forever grateful to her first yoga teacher, Jill Gnassi, whose expert Iyengar instruction taught her how attending to small details could make a huge difference in life.

Nicole Montera    Bio & Photo coming soon!

Patricia LauferPatricia Laufer

Patricia Laufer began practicing yoga 15 years ago in New York City to quiet her mind and find some peace within the chaos. Her anxiety was high and she immediately felt relief in yoga. She practiced yoga as she built a career in the non-profit sector working with men who were formerly incarcerated and homeless. She continued exploring the limbs of yoga and started a meditation practice as well. Her search for peace eventually brought her to the Woodstock area 10 years ago for a weekend get-away and she kept coming back. She fell in love with the Shakti Yoga philosophy and with Linda’s dynamic classes! In August of 2011 Patricia completed her year long 200 Hour Shakti Teacher Training and is now in the midst of Shakti’s 500 Hour Advanced Course. Patricia loves teaching and feels blessed to be able bring all that yoga has to offer to her students. Patricia now lives in Kingston and teaches yoga full-time.


Patty Moony

Patty MooneyP1000313Patty, a recent graduate of the Shakti Yoga 200 hr Teacher Training program and a long time Shakti student,  embraces the many connections between yoga and the human experience, from creating art to motorcycle riding. Attracted to the philosophy and anatomical details applied in Hatha yoga she has been practicing with Lalita for 10 years, prior to that investigating Ashtanga and Power yoga. With 17 years of experience teaching art at Saugerties High School, she is well versed in the complexities of addressing a class. Patty likes to teach a class that captures the importance of connecting the breath to the movement, emphasizing transition between asanas and adding a little flow and a little vroom……

Selena Reynolds

Selena Reynolds

Selena has been teaching locally since completing Woodstock Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training program in June 2012. She currently teaches at Shakti Yoga Studios, Woodstock Yoga, Chichester Yoga, and Menla Mountain Retreat Center. She completed Shakti Yoga’s 500 Hour Advanced Teacher Training in July 2015, and in addition to teaching, maintains a dedicated personal practice and continues to study all aspects of yoga. She began her yoga journey as a student at Bard College in 1998, and through her practice is gradually becoming more able to make sense of life on this planet and the intricacies of being human.  She finds that the practice of yoga teaches her to stay balanced, open, and joyous, as she strives to act with love in every situation. These situations usually involve cookie dough, handstands, and her three rapidly growing children.

Selena hopes to be an agent of joy, optimism, and reverence for life. Her classes are informative, exploratory, and fun, and designed to leave students feeling nourished, balanced, rejuvenated, and empowered. Her teaching style is light-hearted and playful, and incorporates both intelligent vinyasa flow and held postures with detailed breath and alignment instruction to help students develop stronger connection within themselves through movement and concentration. She believes wholeheartedly that yoga is a vehicle through which we can embody our fullest potential in all areas of our lives, and contribute in an increasingly positive way to our relationships and communities.

Terry Fister



After graduating from college with a degree in Physical Education & Dance, Terry pursued his professional dance career until his body said STOP! He then segued to the fitness industry where, almost 30 years later, he continues to move himself and those willing, in pursuit of integrating one’s body, mind and soul. Terry holds nationally recognized personal training and group fitness certifications from Marymount College, AFAA, ACE, NASM and is a recent graduate of the Shakti Yoga Teacher Training Certification program. He also holds specialty certifications for older populations, pre/post partum exercise, post-rehabilitation exercise and sports conditioning. Terry has also focused on fitness management, where he has acted as group exercise manager, personal training manager and program director for high end health and wellness companies. He was co-founder of CLAY Health Club & Spa, in New York, NY.  His favorite quote is, “Gracefulness is to the body what thoughtfulness is to the mind.