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 - All Levels on Wednesdays 5:30 - 7:00pm

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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

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Nicole Stumpf

Nicole Stumpf is a certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor and an Advanced Instructor of Therapeutic Yoga. She currently resides in Hammondsport, NY where she lives and works on Oak & Osage Farm with her husband (and fellow Kripalu Instructor) Peter. She founded a wellness center- Keuka Peaceful Roots- where she regularly offers Kripalu Classes and leads workshops. She is the author of 30 Day Meditation Challenge: Exercises, Resources and Journaling Prompts for a Better Life.

In addition to the classes she offers at her studio in Hammondsport and Fine Spirit Studio in Ithaca, she teaches yoga for employees at Wegmans in Ithaca, Cornell Veterinary College, and Steuben County. She also offers postural assessments and is available for private yoga instruction. She especially enjoys working with individuals who are experiencing health challenges or are recovering from physical injuries.

Nicole is committed to inspiring non-judgmental & compassionate self-observation in others, as she sees it is a path to genuine joy and true health.

Nicole offers the following classes:

Kripalu Yoga with Nicole on Thursdays 9:30 - 11:00am

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Joyce Campbell

Joyce Campbell taught ballet, modern dance and yoga at Kutztown University in PA for 23 years. She has been fortunate to study ballet with many exceptional teachers, including from the Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and New York City Ballet, among others, and she received degrees in dance from Indiana University (B.S.), and New York University (M.A.). In addition to performing and teaching in Canada and the US, she considers herself a life-long student of this beautiful art form. She especially enjoys sharing her love of dance with adult learners. Contact Joyce at 610-334-4205 or jyccmpbll@aol.com

Joyce offers the following classes:

Ballet Flow on Sundays 1:45 - 3:00pm

Basic Adult Pointe/Foot Strengthening on Sundays 3:00 - 3:30pm


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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*


Dance Church on Sunday 11:30am - 1:00pm


*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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Lewis Freedman

Lewis’ foundation rests in Kripalu Yoga, with interwoven alignment principles from the Iyengar technique, meditation from many disciplines and time with his beloved guru, Sai Maa. Lewis’ background includes teaching Yoga and Stress Management in the Physical Education Department at Cornell for almost 30 years, and varied classes in the community over this time. Lewis is a Registered Dietitian, cookbook co-author and co-host of a weekly community whole foods meal. Lewis, together with his life partner, Priscilla, are blessed with 4 children and most recently their first grandchild.

Lewis offers the following classes:

Meditation in Motion: Kripalu Yoga on Saturdays 9:30-11:00am*

*Starts September 22!

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Kate Chesebrough

Kate Chesebrough is a Kripalu yoga teacher who is now offering Evening Yoga classes at Fine Spirit Studio. Her dynamic, vinyasa-style classes engage the body, breath, and mind to build overall flexibility and inner power. Balance your days with these early-morning or later-evening classes to stretch, strengthen, and soothe, and welcome the benefits of yoga into your life! Connect for more information + to stay in touch:

Kate offers the following classes:

Evening Yoga on Wednesdays 7:30 - 8:30pm

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Bea Nellenback

Bea Nellenback dances joyfully through life, and delights in sharing the healing power of dance, yoga, and movement with others. She is a Certified Kripalu Let Your Yoga Dance Instructor, a registered yoga teacher (Mindful Journey Yoga, 200 hour RYT), a Licensed Massage Therapist, and also brings experience in Authentic Movement to her teaching. In Let Your Yoga Dance she has found a way to share her passion for life, guiding others in finding their own unique expression through the healing power of dance.

Bea offers the following classes:

Let Your Yoga Dance on Fridays 7:00am - 8:00am*

*September 14-November 16


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Elisa Sciscioli

Elisa Sciscioli MA Transpersonal Psychology, BM Vocal Performance & Music Education Elisa has been teaching world music workshops and private voice lessons for 15 years. She is the founder of The Joy of Group Singing Program for adults and the grant funded Music For Unity and Social Change Program for public schools. She sings with and leads the Honey Child Soul Quintet. Elisa also sings harmony vocals with Travis Knapp and was the lead singer and song writer for the band Solstice. Her conscious soul album Red Sky was released in 2009. Elisa is also an assistant teacher of the Hidden Treasure Program at Light on the Hill Retreat Center.

Elisa offers the following classes:

Freeing Your Voice; an 8-session class series on Mondays 7:30pm - 8:30pm*

*October 15th - Dec 3rd


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Tiffany Fleming

Tiffany is a certified yoga teacher from the Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy. She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Cornell, and is an education designer and gardener. Tiffany began practicing yoga in college as a way to relax, connect with others, and manage issues related to stress, anxiety and body image. Today she teaches Phoenix Rising yoga, a unique, therapeutic practice for EveryBody rooted in Kripalu and Hatha yoga, mindfulness, and how people learn to create wellness by cultivating greater self-awareness, compassion and discernment. Phoenix Rising classes focus on noticing present experience, and responding in ways that truely feel right to each person. “Over time my approach to yoga, and life, has moved away from ‘pushing and powering through’ and towards a practice of self-discovery, self-care and personal growth. Phoenix Rising yoga can support this kind of shift. It can be transformative and empowering, if we really open to it.”

Tiffany offers seasonally-based yoga class series in the fall, winter and spring at the Fine Spirit Studio. She has a deep interest in Ayurveda, and community health. She volunteers with JumpStart10 in Cortland County to bring yoga and stress management to teens, and continues to pursue advanced yoga teacher training, including recent trainings in “Teaching Advanced Asana and Pranayama” and “Yoga in the Schools” at Kripalu to better support people of all ages in their pursuits of greater wellbeing, care and personal growth. .

Tiffany offers the following classes:

Phoenix Rising Yoga on Thursdays 7:30pm - 8:30pm*

*5-week series starts October 4


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