Instructors

Diane Fine

Trained and certified at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 1994, Diane has enhanced her yoga teacher education with numerous trainings, some of which include Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training, Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, Teaching the Deeper Practices, Advanced Asanas, and Meditation & Yoga. Her inspirational teaching style incorporates both the physical aspects of yoga with reminders of how to weave the joys and tools of yoga into our lives off the mat.

Diane, the owner of Fine Spirit Studio, also offers private instruction upon request. Learn more about Diane and the services she offers, including her instructional CD's and DVD's, at Diane's personal website.

In 2013 Diane was voted Ithaca's "Best Yoga Teacher" by the Ithaca Times's annual "Best of Ithaca" survey.

Diane offers the following classes:

Lisa Tsetse

Lisa has studied and practiced within the Iyengar tradition since 1985. She was certified in the method in September 2015. Her classes help to develop clarity and deepen conscious awareness for health and well-being. In addition to teaching at Fine Spirit, Lisa teaches yoga for Cornell University’s Fitness and Wellness programs and at Longview Ithacare community. She offers individual yoga sessions in her home studio where she also maintains a private somatic arts practice for individuals of all ages and needs.

Learn more about Lisa at her website: www.lisatsetse.com

Lisa offers the following classes:

Iyengar Yoga: All Levels on Mondays 9:30 - 11:00am

 

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Kathy Morris

Kathy Morris is certified in the Iyengar Method of yoga. She has fifteen years of formal study with advanced teachers in the Iyengar lineage. In her classes you can expect intensity of focus, anatomical precision, straightforward instruction, creative sequences, friendliness and individual attention. She has had plenty of experience with physical limitation and injury in her own life and has found that the yoga community has--time and again--shown the way from darkness to light.

In addition to teaching yoga at local health clubs, Kathy is a professional photographer. She teaches digital photography at Tompkins Cortland Community College, is an accomplished portrait and wedding photographer, and is on staff at several local newspapers. She credits her daily yoga and meditation practices with providing tools to help slow down and pay attention, as well as maintain the energy and focus needed to balance a variety of stimulating careers. For more information, visit her website at: http://www.kathymorris.net/yoga-gallery

Kathy offers the following classes:

Iyengar Yoga - Open class on Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00pm

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Alison Christiansen

Alison was drawn to yoga initially as a practice for building and maintaining the strength and flexibility she had previously developed as a modern and ballet dancer of over 15 years. By practicing asana and mindfulness, Alison quickly discovered the joy and power of living in the present moment. When she was introduced to Kripalu yoga while on retreat with her mother, she was attracted to the tradition’s emphasis on self-compassion and self-inquiry. Alison completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health with Priti Robyn Ross and Sudha Carolyn Lundeen in 2012. Her instructing is complimented by trainings focused on trauma-sensitive yoga. Alison is currently pursuing certification in integrative yoga therapy and is passionate about incorporating therapeutic yoga techniques into classes and workshops. Alison is a practicing clinical social worker, developing a specialty in helping individuals impacted by trauma heal through mindfulness-based modalities. Alison teaches yoga in both therapeutic and studio settings in the Ithaca/Cortland area. Learn more about Alison at http://radiantcompassion.com/

Alison offers the following classes:

Kripalu Yoga on Mondays 5:45 - 7:00pm


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Diane Hamilton

Diane Hamilton, RYT 200, Radiant Child, YoKid, has been practicing yoga since 2000 and teaching children since 2006. After training with teachers in several states, she completed her initial teacher training at the Yoga Center of Columbia in Maryland, with a focus in therapeutic and children’s yoga. Diane’s yoga practice reflects the influence of teachers from Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Kripalu and Kundalini disciplines. Diane, a mother of two, has always loved teaching little people. For her, the combination of growing minds, kid fun and yoga wonder is a dream combination. Her work with children encourages the focus, fun, laughter and learning found in all yoga practice.

For more information, contact Diane at: omchildyoga@gmail.com.

Diane offers the following classes:

FamilyYoga* on Saturdays 9:45 - 10:30am

*May 27th is the last class before summer break.


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Doug Shire

Doug Shire has been doing and being done by conscious dance for over 10 years, and he has been inspired by the 5Rhythms practice of Gabrielle Roth and its teachers in New York, Black Rock City, and around the world. He also has over 15 years of Contact Improvisation experience. I find that playful exploration of our inner and outer selves through movement can be both a very high spiritual practice; I find a peace on the dance floor that I can rarely achieve while sitting on a cushion. I strive to create safe spaces where our inner children can come out, connect with one another, and have a great time!

Doug offers the following classes:

Soul Dance* on Friday 7:30 - 9:00pm


*Third Friday of each month.

 

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Ephemera

Ephemera is an eclectic group of women who share a love for spontaneous, improvisational singing... music in the moment, for the moment. We have been singing together since 2009, and leading the Fourth Friday CircleSings since February 2014. We are inspired by the vocal visionaries Rhiannon and Bobby McFerrin, and have worked with them on several occasions. In addition to CircleSings, we have performed annually at PorchFest, and sung for LACS school groups, many local benefits and retreats, and "Light the Landscape", an evening of remembrance at Hospicare. We also offer house concerts, and will sing for your baby shower, art opening, even your board meeting. Find us on Facebook at Ephemera, Ithaca Vocal Improvisation Group.

Ephemera offers the following classes:

Fourth Friday CircleSings with Ephemera on Fridays 5:30 - 7:00pm

Fourth Friday of each month

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Taryn Thompson

Taryn was first introduced to yoga when she was 14: her cross-country ski coach suggested a side-angle pose as part of the warm-up at practice one day. An avid skier, runner, and swimmer, the vinyasa classes at her local gym were a natural fit in high school and college. She was drawn to the grace, fluidity, and integrity that yoga demands, and quickly became inspired to deepen her practice. A high level of self-discipline has helped Taryn develop a thorough understanding of anatomy and movement. Her classes are informed by over 10 years of dedicated experience practicing Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Bikram. Taryn completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Brigette Neidringhaus Finley and Mitchel Bleier in 2012, and a 200-hour Yoga Hour Teacher Training with Darren Rhodes in 2014. In 2015 she was certified to teach prenatal and postpartum yoga and completed Judith Hanson Lasater’s Relax and Renew® Training Course for Restorative Yoga.

Contact: thompson.taryn@gmail.com 585-329-7784

Taryn offers the following classes:

Restorative Yoga* on Sundays 6:30 - 8:00pm

*Dates: March 12-April 16.

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Astrid Jirka

Freedom and Expansion, Introspection and Relaxation, Strength and Flexibility are some of the main words that Astrid uses to describe yoga and which she aims to incorporate into her practice and teachings. Astrid is a certified Hatha, Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga Instructor, registered at the advanced 500 hour level by the US Yoga Alliance. Drawing from her nearly 10 years of teaching, she teaches with a keen eye towards alignment of the physical body and the integration of the breath. Her classes weave together poses which focus on all parts of the body, developing awareness, balance, strength and flexibility while integrating some of the key philosophical teachings of yoga including meditation and relaxation. She draws both information and inspiration for her practice and teachings from well known instructors such as BKS Iyengar, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Todd Norian, her local instructor, Steven Valloney, and the yoga methodologies of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Kripalu, Raja, Hatha and Tantra Yoga.

Astrid is the CEO (Creator of Extraordinary Opportunities) of Vahana Yoga & Eco-Tours, offering yoga classes, activities and retreats centered on a sustainable living, locally and overseas.  Please visit www.govahana.com for more information

Astrid offers the following classes:

Hatha Yoga Slow Flow* on Tuesdays 9:30 - 11:00am
*Starts April 4

Glowing Embers Yoga: 6 Week Series* on Thursdays 9:30 - 10:45am
*from April 6-May 11

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