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:

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:

Kathy offers the following classes:

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

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Alison Christiansen

Alison was drawn to yoga initially as a practice for maintaining the strength and flexibility she had 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 and received her 500-hour RYT and certification as an Advanced Teacher of Therapeutic Yoga through the Integrative Yoga Therapy School in 2017. In addition, Alison is a certified Reiki Master practitioner in the Holy Fire Reiki tradition. In her classes, she offers yoga as an opportunity to slow down, connect inward and practice self-compassion with non-judgmental self-acceptance. Currently, Alison is a practicing clinical social worker in Ithaca, specializing 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

Alison offers the following classes:

Kripalu Yoga on Mondays 5:45 - 7:00pm

Gentle and Restorative Candlelight Yoga on Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:30pm

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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 for more information

Astrid offers the following classes:

Hatha Yoga Slow Flow on Tuesdays 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

Joyce offers the following classes:

Ballet Flow on Sundays 1:45 - 3:00pm

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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 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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Danny Faraone

As an active early childhood teacher, yogi, dancer, and musician, Miss Danny loves bringing her passions together to create opportunities for young learners to get moving! Having recently relocated to Ithaca from NYC, she brings her experience of working with hundreds of children in the five boroughs teaching everything from cooking, to hip hop, to yoga, and contemporary art for babies, toddlers, and young children. Miss Danny has been teaching for nearly 10 years and working with children aged 0-18, and is hoping to spread her love of the fine and visual arts to the growing little ones of Ithaca. Danny got her initial children's yoga certification with Karma Kids Yoga in Manhattan in 2014 and later apprenticed and trained with Little Buddhas Yoga in Ithaca from 2016-2017. When she is not teaching yoga classes, you can find her leading the toddler classroom at Community Nursery School (CNS) in Cayuga Heights, teaching various enrichment classes at Jillian's Drawers, or enjoying Ithaca with her husband, her dog, and her cat.

Danny offers the following classes:

Little Buddhas Family Yoga on Last Sunday of Every month 10:00 - 10:45am

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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 12 years of dedicated experience practicing Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Bikram. Taryn completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Southtown Yoga in St. Louis in 2012, and a 200-hour Yoga Hour Teacher Training with Darren Rhodes in 2014. In 2015 she received training in prenatal and postpartum yoga, and in 2017 graduated from Open Sky Yoga's 200-hour Essential Yoga Teacher Training in Rochester with Francois Raoult. Taryn completed Judith Hanson Lasater’s Relax and Renew® Level I for Restorative Yoga in 2015 and is now in the process of R&R® Level II certification..

Taryn offers the following classes:

Therapeutic Applications of Restorative Yoga on Sundays 6:00 - 8:00pm

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Tiffany Fleming

Tiffany Fleming, MA, 200-RYT, is yoga teacher, science educator and gardener certified with the Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy. Phoenix Rising yoga is rooted in the Kripalu tradition, Hatha yoga philosophy, mindfulness, and how people learn, develop and create well being through knowing and honoring the self. Tiffany’s yoga classes are safe, supportive, integrative and empowering for Every Body. She teaches to share the joy and freedom of movement and in slowing things down, and because she believes that the health of our bodies and minds, our communities and our environment are all related. “My approach to yoga is less about striving and powering through, and more about truly learning to care for ourselves, and experiencing how that caring invites wellbeing, and how it extends outward. I understand that slowing down and making time for consistent self-care is a challenge and I want to create a space, a practice and a community for this.”

Tiffany began practicing Kripalu yoga in 1996, as an undergraduate student studying plant science and dance. It was then that she found in yoga healthy and affirming ways to manage the stresses and opportunities of school, work, and life as it changed. Over the last 20 years, her yoga practice has evolved to include Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Nidra, pranayama, meditation, and authentic movement. She has studied with local and national teachers CB Goldstein, Steven Valloney, Priti Robin Ross, Michael Lee, Julie Nathanielsz,Yoganand Michael Carroll and Larissa Carlson. She recently completed trainings in “Yoga in the Schools” to support young people in developing social and emotional awareness and “Teaching Advanced Asana and Pranayama” as part of her 300HR Kripalu Yoga Teacher certification. She has an MA in Science Education from Cornell and a BA in Biology.

Her guiding mantra “make change, by being change.” If we want to live in a kinder, healthier world, we can begin by cultivating these qualities at home, in the body.

Tiffany offers the following classes:

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

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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 9:00 - 11:00am

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Cynthia Stevens

Cynthia Stevens is an award-winning professional choreographer, performer and teacher. She has taught dance and somatics to students of all ages for over 30 years including professional dancers, university/school residencies, community classes and as a mentor for teachers.

Ms. Stevens slips into streams, swamps and forests with her dance group, Insitu, specializing in environmental and site-specific performance and media. Her work has been presented in the United States, Canada, Europe and New Zealand and has been recognized through numerous grants and fellowships.

She is a certified Somatic Movement Educator of Body Mind Centering ® and holds a BS in Natural Resources/wildlife ecology. These perspectives inform her approach interconnecting the body, community and environment in her performance and teaching.

Here are links if you would like to learn more about Body Mind Centering and Insitu:,

Cynthia offers the following classes:

Embodying Ourselves: Dancing the Ligaments and Fascia  on Wednesdays 10:00am - 12:00pm*

*January 17- February 21

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