Where we trained
Kripalu. Yoga Medicine. Himilayan Institute. Evolation. Healing Waters. Baptiste Power. YogaFit. David Oliver. Yogis in Service. Shine Yoga!
What we teach
Gentle. Vigorous Vinyasa. Pure Vinyasa. Slow Flow. Hatha. Restorative. Anatomy-based. Yoga Basics. Yoga 101. Meditation Techniques. Inversion Workshops. Arm Balancing Workshops. Laughter Yoga. Sun Salutation Workshops. Yoga Therapy. Posture Clinics. Yoga and Stress. Yoga and Pain Management. Mindfullness. Home Practice. Trauma-informed. Body Love.
What we believe
Movement is medicine. Movement is joy. Stillness is important. Understanding how your body works gives you power and control. Your practice is yours. Yoga helps you be more courageous. Yoga helps you be kinder to yourself and the world. Yoga can change your life.
Together, we offer 35 classes per week because we each teach the style that they love the best. The joy and commitment our teachers have to the studio and to yoga translates to the best class for you. Each of us also has something particular that we love about yoga, which dictates the way we teach and our class plan. Even if we are teaching the same style of class, the class is different because of who we are. Here's a snapshot of what makes us unique.
Sara's focus is on curiosity, both about the body and about how we can train our brains to be more focused and relaxed. She re-found yoga after being treated for breast cancer at 38 years old. Chemo, radiation, a double mastectomy and removal of lymph nodes left her unable to lift her arm and suffering from PTSD. Yoga made her strong physically and healed her body, but it also allowed her to make friends with her body again. While living outside of Boston, Sara delved into Iyengar Yoga which peaked her interest on focused anatomical work and alignment. After cancer treatment, understanding the biomechanics of yoga became her main focus as she started providing yoga therapy and training through Yoga Medicine. Her classes focus a lot on anatomy, she wants you to feel new muscles and learn how they work, but she also includes a guided meditation at the end of every class. Sara teaches restorative yoga, slow flow, the details, and Myofascial release. She also provides variety of workshops and is the owner of the studio. Sara is a Yoga Alliance 200 hr ERYT, trained through Kripalu and will complete 500 hours of training through Yoga Medicine in October 2019 . Sara's yoga resume, Buffalo News Article, Channel 4 piece.
For Allison, yoga is about bringing together the body, mind and spirit. Her classes are loaded with one-on- one attention that especially resonates with students who have lower mobility or love a gentle practice. Allison's experience as a dancer made the physical practice of yoga easy for her, which made her more and more curious about the underlying aspects of yoga philosophy and meditation. Her own experience with postpartum anxiety and her professional background as a mental health provider gives her the life and intellectual experience to bring layers of knowledge to her classes. At Shine she has spoken on how stress works and ways to prevent it, Yoga Nidra, and has lead our book club, diving deep into yoga philosophy. Allison received her 200 hr RYT certification from the Himalayan Institute and is planning on completing her 500 hours through HI in the fall/winter semester 2019.
For Paige it's all about community, in her classes you support each other and her classes are at its best when everyone is moving and breathing and laughing together. Paige was drawn to Baptiste Power Yoga because she loved the challenge, the music, and the intensity. But, Paige is also down to earth and accepting. A good example of Paige's attitude happened when the studio owner fell out of a pose in her class and ended up on the floor.Paige’s response: "I thought you were beautiful! Beautiful messes are the most beautiful of all. It's how I live my life." In her classes whether you are falling out of every pose or doing every pose perfectly, they are all beautiful. Paige is one of the most highly trained Baptiste Power Yoga teachers in Western New York. Paige teaches Baptiste Power classes and is often requested for adult birthday parties.
Leigh was drawn to yoga as a form of exercise, but quickly went deeper. Her classes are like that too. She teaches complex poses with simplicity and clarity and her classes are challenging, but they are also all about you, how can she help you move deeper, get stronger, be fearless. As a philosophy professor at Buffalo State College, it is not surprising that Leigh is interested in yogic philosophy, what is more surprising is how she marries philosophy in a vigorous physical practice. Leigh teaches a variety of vinyasa classes, and both inversion and philosophy workshops. Leigh is a 200 hour certified teacher through Healing Waters.
Jessica is equally at home teaching an advanced vinyasa or a gentle meditative class. For her, yoga is an opportunity for growth. While her classes include detailed alignment, they also emphasize the use of breath and movement to move deeper into your body. As she says, “It doesn’t matter what brings each person to their mat or where they came from, only that they are there. Once you make it on your mat, the healing begins, and will continue with dedication and consistency. We are here together to honor our bodies, minds and spirits.” Jessica completed her 200 hour teacher training in Phoenix, Arizona, under the guidance of late Astanga teacher, David Oliver and Sanskrit scholar, Cheryl Oliver. Since coming to Shine she has expanded her practice and teaching to include Kundalini yoga and Sanskrit and Chakra workshops. Jess teacher 6:15 am vinyasa and Kundalini classes along with afternoon vinyasa and kundalini.
Danielle brings her experience as a licensed mental health clinician specializing in body image and adolescents and her role as a psychology teacher and mindfullness leader at Nichols School to her yoga practice and her teaching at Shine. Body celebration is her passion and guided her to train in trauma-informed yoga through Yogis in Service. Danielle is a dynamo of energy and kindness. Her goal is to make everyone feel safe in class, so that class becomes a celebration of what your body can do. During the school year, she teaches a 5:45pm Body Love class on Fridays, but during the summer, she teaches a 9am Vinyasa class on Tuesdays and Shiny Happy People at 9am on Fridays.
Ashley brings a stillness and gentleness to even the most challenging classes. She helps students to find a deeper sense of yoga. The heartbeat, the breath. Noticing what’s going on inside. Ashley received her 200 hour training through Yogis in Service.
Mary began her yoga journey more than 20 years ago, when she started practicing as a low-impact way to cross-train, and aid muscle recovery, from long-distance cy-cling. She found much more than just a way to stretch! She found an accessible way for anyone to maintain a strong body,but more importantly, a strong and flexible mind. With a focus on hatha yoga principals, Mary emphasizes proper alignment, body position, and breath support throughout her classes. Yoga practice is a personal experience, and she offers her attention and skills to make practice accessible to anyone, and everyone, no matter the body type, level of experience, age,injury or ability. Mary completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at the Sivananda Ashram in Woodbourne, NY in 2013, and received her 500 hour certification through Himilayan Institute.
Christy, a pediatric occupational therapist for the Amherst School District, has been doing yoga her whole life. She started as a child, practicing in her living room with her mom. When she became a pediatric occupational therapist, she saw how effective yoga was in helping the kids she worked with reach their goals. Eventually she trained to teach other educators how to bring yoga into the classroom. Christy's unique biomechanical knowledge and understanding of how children's bodies move and grow makes her Kid's yoga classes unique. Christy is a recently certified 200hour yoga teacher through Shine Yoga.
Barb began her healing journey 27 years ago as an RN. As she continued along the medical path, she was drawn more and more to the mind’s ability to heal, leading her to become certified as a psychiatric nurse. Eleven years ago, she found her way to Reiki, becoming a certified Reiki Master. She spends her summers in service to Spiritual Healing, but healing is really her focus all year long. It was only natural that she was guided to yoga, where she found a new way to integrating mind, body and spirit. Barb is excited for the opportunity to help others find the respect, love and nurturing that their body desires and deserves. she is a RYT200, certified through Shine Yoga. She teaches restorative yoga.
For Katie M yoga is much more than just the physical practice. It gave her an outlet to let go, leave it on the mat and find herself. She creates her classes to foster a fresh perspective on life through mindfulness and the art of play. Katie encourages you to challenge yourself physically and find a new depth of self compassion. A general theme that you'll find in her class is that compassion for ourselves and for others can change the world. Besides yoga Katie enjoys spending time cooking, hiking, gardening and walking her dog Maverick around the village. Katie is an RYT 200hour certified through Shine Yoga. You will find Katie subbing Leigh’s classes, both on Thursdays and Saturday mornings. You are likely to see more of her as she can’t get enough of teaching yoga!
Kathryn (aka Katie D) deeply believes in the healing power of yoga. This belief is driven both by her work as a licensed social worker and through her own personal experiences in utilizing yoga and meditation to aid in her own personal recovery. Katie strives to encourage others to find a place of strength and to apply their own personal power to support whatever transformation is needed for growth, both on and off the mat. Katie believes that yoga should be a safe place for all people. She is particularly interested in creating space in yoga for people recovering from mental illness and addictions. Katie also enjoys the lightness of laugher and strives to not take herself (or life!) too seriously. Katie completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Shine Yoga in June 2019. You will find Katie teaching Sunday Reset at 7:15am on Sundays.
Jess R came to yoga in the early 2000’s to help manage chronic fatigue and fell in love. From that first adult ed class in an elementary school cafeteria, she knew yoga could be a lifelong tool to help stay healthy physically and emotionally. The variety of styles, that each could be modified to meet a student’s needs, and the additional benefit of helping her find patience all contributed to her wanting to become an instructor. She completed her YTT 200 hour certification here at Shine in the spring of 2019 and hopes to help students of all ages to find the mind-body connections they need to navigate through the challenges of being human. Jessica is skilled in teaching a wide variety of yoga styles, you will find her subbing a variety of classes.
A legal eagle by day and yogi by night, Margaux was drawn to the mat to find grounding and solace. A lover of adventure and all things nature, Margaux believes life and yoga should be light and fun. As a strong believer in community & exercise, her vinyasa style will get you moving with your friends on the mat. Her goal is to inspire you to feel strong, joyful and supported. Margaux recieved her 200 hour certification through Shine Yoga and is currently subbing all vinyasa styles and kundalini.
Sorren is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who enjoys keeping busy and experiencing yoga. By using yoga as a means to connect to herself, along with something higher than herself, as well as maintaining her body in a happy and healthy way is what sets her soul on fire. She strongly believe that bridging body and breath in strengthening and restorative ways is beneficial to everyone.
Lisa’s passion for yoga began as a way to manage stress and evolved to a deeper exploration of the mind body connection. Lisa teaches various styles with the hope of creating a space for people with different needs, preferences, and goals to experience the benefits of yoga and self exploration. Her experience as a lifelong educator and leader come through in her classes. You will discover, learn, laugh, and grow with guidance and support. Lisa is skilled in teaching a wide variety of classes, you will find her subbing a wide variety of classes.
Morgan graduated in 2019 with her Doctorate in Chiropractic, and her 200hour yoga certification. She loves anatomy, and how the body works. When teaching yoga, her focus is on on stretching and strengthening muscle groups to make you feel lighter and more in tune with, well, you. She was drawn to yoga because it gives her mind a place to stop focusing on the could and should be's. If she's not on her mat, you'll likely find her on an adventure with her trusty companion...Ollie the chocolate lab. Morgan subs Yin and Myofascial release at Shine.
For Lynn, yoga is about finding balance, grounding and strength for the mind and body. She started practicing yoga initially as a way to relax and find a quiet hour. She has learned over the last several years that with consistent practice and an understanding of the connection between mind, body and breath, balance can be achieved, if only for an hour at a time. She strongly believes in the beauty of yoga and meditation to quiet the mind, strengthen the body and find balance in both, regardless of age or physical ability. Lynn recently completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification at Shine Yoga WNY. You’ll find Lynn subbing slow flow, restorative, gentle, and beginner classes.