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-five-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 and co-owner of Woodstock Yoga. 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.
Alison has been teaching for over 12 years and loves helping people remember inner space and a free body. She received her first teacher training certificate in 2001 in NYC and continues to be influenced by many master teachers from assorted traditions. She is a senior teacher at both Woodstock Yoga and Kula Yoga in NYC. Her classes are breath and heart centered with deep, intelligent sequences that secretly make you work. She incorporates humor, kundalini and devotional intention. Alison leads and co-leads retreats all over the world. Her favorite and most popular is her Goddess retreat that create a transformative, inclusive, healing space for women. Her spiritual path also includes South American mysticism, Indigenous plant medicine and energetic touch. She lives in the woods with her intuitive hubby, Anton and magical munchkins Violet and Joseph.
Denise is a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley. As a small business owner and a single mother, she sought out a way to find calmness and bring balance into her life. When a friend took her to her first yoga class, it stirred something deep inside, and her journey began. The exploration of yoga and its ancient philosophies and traditions have opened Denise’s eyes to experiencing life in a different way. While the winding path has taken her on exotic retreats as far away as Panama and Peru, Denise found herself back home to undertake Shakti Yoga Teacher Training in 2013. Denise looks forward to sharing her love of yoga to help others experience the union of body, mind, and spirit.
Diane Bethune is a certified Shakti Yoga Teacher and a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher. She has been teaching Level I classes at the Shakti Yoga studio in Saugerties for 5 years. Rapidly approaching senior citizen status, Diane favors a slow, steady, gentle approach to teaching, and enjoys working with beginners, especially those “of a certain age.” Her classes focus on honoring these bodies we inhabit through attention to alignment and breath, while developing steady, grounded inner focus and awareness. Diane has a B.F.A. in Art Education and a Master’s Degree in Art Therapy and Creativity Development. She is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor and a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist. She is also certified in Detox Acupuncture. Diane is looking forward to pursuing further training and experience in yoga for trauma survivors.
Diane Davis, M.Th, C.M.T. brings a lifetime of athletic involvement, dance training, movement analysis and teaching to her yoga classes. At the Muscular Therapy Institute, she completed a demanding 3 years studying the body physically, emotionally and spiritually. Upon graduation, Diane joined the faculty where she undertook teaching and training future bodywork professionals. During her tenure she spent time creating the curriculum that would ultimately result in the school being nationally accredited.
Diane, now a master bodyworker, has created a unique form of treatment and education for her clients, weaving together deep massage, Chinese medicine, gentle energy work, Alexander table technique, zero-balancing, shiatsu and yoga, at her private practice in Woodstock.
Although Diane “loves” all styles of yoga,Yin Yoga has become closest to her heart and healing philosophy. With it’s sustained poses and soft, slow yielding quality, it allows a safe foundation for the beginner or injured student, yet allows the advanced student time for deeper exploration.
Heidi fell in love with the movement and culture of yoga and became a Shakti Yoga teacher after the birth of her 1st child. Also a teacher of Pilates, Heidi’s classes emphasize strengthening abdominals and lengthening the spine. She works in classes and privately with people of all ages and abilities finding teaching to be an opportunity and a gift. Heidi continues to steadily grow as a student and teacher through regular study of authentic Pilates, Iyengar Yoga and Gyrotonics. Her classes are challenging, educational and inspiring so that you can take what you learn off of the mat and into your life. Heidi acknowledges the uniqueness of each body and encourages students to do their best, always believing that practice is about one’s state of being. She also makes Love Heidi pure healing oils.
Julia teaches a variety of populations and views Yoga and Pilates as ways to help the body heal, which aligns with her Reiki practice of healing the subtle body. She has recently found that combining her talents of movement and Reiki help her students to come to their full state of oneness, and is looking forward to exploring more ways to create peace and healing from within. Yoga and music continue to help her find her rhythm day to day and she shares this with her students. She enjoys helping people find their own potential in each posture, which envelops the ideas of strength, ease, and openness. Julia has a strong background in Dance and Music studying Vocal Performance in college. Her melodic voice is soothing despite the intensity of her sequencing!
For the past decade, Kandy has been in love with yoga and is excited to finally fulfill her long-time dream of becoming a yoga teacher through Shakti’s Yoga Teacher Training program. She was born and raised in Alaska, and in 1998, she graduated with a degree in Classical Voice Performance from the prestigious University of Michigan School of Music. Since then, Kandy has worn a variety of career hats, including English teacher, musician, actor, secretary, and Karaoke hostess, before finally settling into her true calling as a full-time writer, mother, and movement enthusiast. Kandy focuses her yoga practice on quieting her busy mind and feeling powerful in her body, and, as a yoga teacher, she hopes to help others realize their own inherent strength. When Kandy isn’t teaching yoga or writing well into the wee hours from her home office in Saugerties, you’ll find her improvising vegetarian cuisine in the kitchen, playing Scrabble with her super-genius daughter, Madeline, or helping her fiancé record music in their home recording studio.
In 2010 Leah Katz became the first certified Iyengar Yoga teacher in the Hudson Valley. A student of Iyengar yoga since 1989, Leah studies regularly with senior Iyengar Yoga teachers Joan White and Carrie Owerko. In Spring 2010, she had the honor of studying with Dr. Geeta Iyengar at the first teachers’ convention on Iyengar Yoga therapeutics, and is continuing her study of yoga therapeutics.
Leah’s background is in Pilates, which she embraced in 1987 under master teacher Romana Kryzanowska.Leah has helped train and certify many Pilates teachers, both in New York City and locally. She has worked with professional dancers, including members of New York City Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, and Dance Theater of Harlem.
Leah has shared her love of movement and bodywork with hundreds of students over the years. Her knowledge of anatomy and the human body make her a trusted and gifted teacher who creates an environment that promotes and enhances health and healing .While her class is challenging, Leah honors each student’s uniqueness. She places strong emphasis on alignment and safety, yet the ultimate aim of her class is meditation through motion. Leah’s devotion to the practice of yoga helps people claim their highest potential, with every cell of their being enthusiastically engaged in the powerful process of self discovery.
“My vision is to provide an experience of movement that is healing, challenging and ultimately transformative, allowing each person to know himself or herself more deeply through their physical bodies and to feel freedom from within.”
I 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.
Yoga has always been a place to go for me. The practice supports my love of journeys and adventure by traveling to new places within myself. I do not recall what lead me to begin in my twenties, perhaps an interest in eastern religions, being drawn both to the spiritual and physical aspects of the yogic tradition. After 25 years of living and working in NYC & Italy, Marie decided it was time for a better quality of life and relocated upstate, opening an art studio to continue her work as a painting conservator in Kingston’s historic Rondout. She began taking yoga classes with Shakti teachers and immediately embraced their personal, engaging and challenging style. Now as a Shakti teacher herself, she continues to lead students through yoga asana focusing on alignment, building strength and increasing flexibility. Classes are designed around a reflective theme incorporating movement with breathing practices, balancing effort and ease to bring stability to the body and calmness to the mind. Marie has a particular interest in working with a mature population as well as people with special needs, recognizing how supportive the effects of asana, meditation and pranayama are in helping one through difficult times. When Marie is not teaching and studying yoga or working in her studio, she is walking along the Hudson in the woods with her boxer, Kit.
Olivia’s goal ,when it comes to teaching, is to always be interesting and informative. She is fascinated by the capabilities of the human body and consistently challenges herself to learn and reach her body’s fullest potential. Aside from her yoga practice, she has recently begun training in Olympic Lifting…stretchy and strong!
She takes pride in teaching her class as an “all level” class. She feels it is important to have beginners and new comers to the mat feel comfortable and secure. At the same time , she like the ability to challenge more advanced students to take their practice to the next level. She is very dedicated to a holistic approach to well-being. She hopes her classes serve as a valuable tool for improving quality of life, both in the studio and out. Olivia is a Certified Shakti Yoga teacher , a pastry chef assistant , and works in an antique gallery.
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.
Selena took her first yoga class as a student at Bard College in 1998, and graduated from Woodstock Yoga’s Teacher Training in June of 2012. During the intervening years, Selena began the adventure of raising a family with her soulmate, Jim; they currently live in the Chichester, New York, with their three wild mountain children, Morgana, Bella, and Dylan. Selena most recently taught preschool at School of the New Moon in Mt. Tremper, NY for nine years, and when not practicing yoga, can generally be found in her kitchen concocting some kind of magically delicious baked good, or volunteering at her children’s school. She finds that her yoga practice is teaching her to stay balanced and open and joyous, as she strives to act with love in every situation. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to teach the practice of yoga, and hopes that her classes will allow her students to access their space within, from which they can truly enjoy inhabiting themselves as human beings.
Tara was first introduced to yoga on Long Island and immediately felt a connection.after completing her teacher training Tara moved upstate and continued to learn and deepen her own practice. She competed her 500 hour teacher training with Linda Winnick at Shakti Yoga in Woodstock.Her teaching reflects her love of the different practices she strives to bring an open heart, a sense of humor, and a love for yoga to all her classes.she hopes to help students achieve a deeper awareness and connection to themselves.
Beginning a yoga practice in 2004, Victoria knew she would one day become a teacher of the practice. After moving back to the Hudson Valley, she completed the rigorous Shakti Yoga Training in Woodstock, NY and earned her RYT 200 through the Yoga Alliance in 2012. Victoria’s classes are athletic, holistic and designed to develop a stronger and calmer practice. She loves to teach a challenging class and see her students rise to the challenge.
Victoria is also a Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and a self-proclaimed foodie. She understands the importance of balance in food, fitness, and everyday life.