Certifications: E-RYT(500), LVCYT, YFA, YACEP
Alka is the founder of Present Wisdom. Alka has been a dedicated student of yoga since 1998, during which she became a certified yoga teacher in various styles including: Hatha, Chair Yoga, Yoga for Arthritis and Restorative Yoga. She also teaches various types of meditation (breathe, mantra, mindfulness) which she has been using from an early age. She strives to help cultivate happiness and health through her yoga and meditation teachings. Alka aspires to bring an energetic approach to movement and a quiet dedication in service to meditation and restorative work. She loves that there is something for everyone, all levels of experience and any level of physical fitness.
Certifications: E-RYT(200), YACEP
As a Montessori Teacher, Palma brought yoga into the classroom as a fun way to engage with students. She saw the benefit of students connecting to their body and their senses: listening to cues externally as well as internally. Yet it was not until 2005 that Palma became a regular yoga practitioner. When physically she could no longer run she turned to yoga to heal. Through yoga she learned the importance of working the body as a whole, and moving with intention. Her practice is inspired by mindful transitions while engaging the breath – the dance between effort and ease, control and surrender.
Certifications: E-RYT(200), YACEP
Nannette has practiced yoga and meditation for over thirty five years. As a teenager, long before yoga was popular, Nannette joined her artist mother in yoga and meditation classes. Together they studied Iyengar and much later, ISHTA yoga. Nannette received her certification in Hatha yoga through Yoga With Intention and is a Registered Yoga Teacher with nationally recognized Yoga Alliance. Her teachings focus on building flexibility and strength within the proper alignment while cultivating an open heart. Nannette consistently provides modifications as well as progressions so that all students, from beginners to advanced, are able to find their edge and breathe fully while moving through the poses.
Anne is a high school educator and recently certified yoga instructor. She appreciates that yoga is about much more
than the physical practice, an opportunity to be truly present in moving meditation. Anne has always found immense value in the yoga community and strives to extend it’s benefits to all of those around her. She enjoys developing original themed classes, including practices that focus on the energy of the chakras or the current season and climate. Anne’s classes encourage students to take their practices off their mats and into the world.
Certifications: RYT(500), MD(BC-PM&R)
Movement and healing have always been the cornerstones of Marla’s life. An unfortunate knee injury ended Marla’s professional Modern Dance career in NYC, but opened up a new door to a healing profession in Physiatric Medicine. Years later, that worsening injury led her to Yoga, as a physical practice safe for injured joints. She quickly realized its benefits encompassed much more than toning & flexibility, extending into higher and more subtle realms of healing of mind, body & spirit. Marla combines her passions for breath, energy, imagery, chakra’s, Nature and Qigong, with her fund of anatomical and therapeutic knowledge, her love of movement flow, and her sense of wonder. She hopes to inspire, move and heal others from both within and without, with compassion and grace.
Certifications: RYT(200), LVCYT
Barbara’s yoga training is in Anusara (school of Hatha yoga emphasizing principles of alignment) and Kripalu (inward focus, self discovery & compassionate lifestyle). With nearly 500 hours of teacher training in this combination of yoga schools, she can help you cultivate the tools & perspectives to navigate life’s storms and find ways to connect with what is meaningful and important in our lives. She is also trained in Pranayama (breath practices), Pelvic Floor Yoga, and is a certified Chair Yoga Teacher. Barbara enjoys working with both groups and individuals.