E-RYT 500, YACEP
Certified Advanced Relax and Renew Trainer®
Certified Anusara Yoga '07-'12, IAYT Member
Angela began teaching by assisting her first yoga teacher in a maximum security prison. She was a college student during years of social unrest and felt she could contribute some bit of peace by teaching inmates to meditate. She continued to offer meditation & yoga in correctional facilities for years to come. As her own meditation practice unfolded, so did a natural desire to share the power & potency of hatha yoga. Angela has studied & practiced intensively & continued to do so through years of raising a family & immersing herself in the art of dance & choreography. Angela's love of teaching is attributed to the influences of the late modern dancer, Nona Schurman, as well as numerous skilled yoga teachers in the Anusara and Iyengar traditions. In addition to co-directing & teaching classes, workshops & teacher- trainings at Shakti Yoga, Angela specializes in Private Yoga and incorporates Usui Reiki in her private sessions upon request. She has also taught hatha yoga & movement at the University of Rochester, for the Wegmans staff and for several special populations in and around Livingston County.
"My intention is to offer classes that are creative & nurturing, dynamic & graceful. Most of all, I wish to offer whatever help & service I can, to those who want physical, mental, emotional & spiritual connection. In my own practice & life, I aspire to keep joy & compassion, laughter and love in the forefront while stepping with courage into whatever challenge I am faced with. I support students in doing the same, along with what is equally important to me: cultivating silence & sensitivity."
E-RYT 500 (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance)
Certified Anusara Yoga teacher 2009-2012
Certified Relax and Renew Trainer®
Jacki’s initial journey in yoga and meditation began in the early 1970’s when she was asking important questions on the meaning of life. This deep interest in spirituality, along with her studies and university degree in dance, led her quite naturally to exploring hatha yoga. Jacki has been teaching yoga classes since the late 1980’s, having practiced the Iyengar Yoga method for 10 years, and Anusara Yoga from 1997-2012. She continues to enhance her personal growth through ongoing study, practice and application of yogic teachings in her daily life.
Jacki is owner and director of the Valley School of Dance which opened in 1982. She and Angela Caplan co-direct and co-own Shakti Yoga, which has offered classes since 1990. She also teaches dance as an adjunct faculty member at SUNY Geneseo, and is a faculty member of the University of Rochester's Program of Dance and Movement, teaching yoga as credit courses as well as yoga club classes for young adults.
“Yoga is a practice of engaging and embracing life more fully, both with its challenges and its great joys. Every pose, every breath presents me with another opportunity to step more deeply into my own being to access its steadiness, strength, stillness and goodness. I love sharing my own explorations, discoveries and insights with students, as we grow together as more empowered, sensitive and alive human beings.”