Restorative Yoga teacher and Sound Healer
Andrea Williams is a sound healing practitioner, restorative yoga teacher, musician, and sound artist. For over ten years she has been creating comfortable and compassionate spaces for restoration, creativity, and healing through various modalities including yoga, electro-acoustic soundscapes, soundwalks and SleepWalks (soundwalks in people’s dreams) that encourage listening to the world around us and internally to ourselves. Andrea has performed at museums, galleries, and alternative spaces internationally including the National Gallery of Denmark in Copenhagen and the Mamori Sound Artist Residency in the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. She holds a Ph.D. in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she taught Deep Listening classes with Pauline Oliveros and studied how sensorially-engaging soundwalks could be used internationally as a tool for developing local solutions for pollution and climate change. She received her 200-hr yoga teacher training and restorative yoga certification from Lauren Toolin at Heartspace Yoga in Troy, NY and is a member of the Sound Healers Association
Reiki Master and Certified Herbalist
Owner, Massage Therapist, Esthetician and Yoga Teacher
While Tara was attending her graduate program for Physical Therapy in 2010 is when she discovered her interest in yoga was becoming more than 'just taking a class here and there'. She immersed herself in regular practice of yoga at a Bikram studio in scranton, PA.
After obtaining her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2011 her passion for yoga grew, as she explored different styles of yoga while traveling Physical Therapist so her practice could grow. Upon returning home to Cohoes, NY to settle in, she decided to go for her yoga teacher training certificate and earned her RYT200 in 2015 at Kripalu.
The training process was life changing and very influential on her style. Along with her background of Physical Therapy and how the body moves, Tara has chosen to teach a beginner class in order to teach proper alignment as a solid base for the learning yogi's practice to build upon.
Tara is passionate about helping others and wants to see anyone who has a slight interest in yoga to TRY it! She feels ta teaching a beginner class is the most inviting for new practitioners and always invites her students to do their best. Tara feels her class incorporates yoga as an experience, not just a workout.
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Katja Kinnunen Vanfretti
Yoga Studio Manager
Certified Hatha, Raja, Restorative Yoga and Meditation Teacher
Originally from Finland, growing up Katja felt at home being surrounded by the nature and training both in sports and as a dancer. Life took her to Canada in her early twenties where she started to practice yoga after few years of trying to balance stresses of life by running and working out. She studied various different styles of yoga, until eventually taking up her first training in Raja yoga in Iceland in 2013. This month spent at the countryside of the country was a life changing experience. She continued to study and practice in Stockholm, Sweden and traveled the world, participating in yoga retreats.
Last year she completed her second 200H training in Hatha with Lauren Toolin, whom she’s currently studying with in the advanced teacher training program. She approaches teaching from a holistic point of view, combining movement and breath to balance energy, and therefore transform not only how we feel physically but also mentally.
Amanda J. Vrsalovic
Yoga has been in my life since I was a child. I grew up knowing the importance of not only the asana but also the meditation and chanting aspects of yoga. It has allowed me to experience spirituality, autonomy and develop self respect. I think that through yoga we can find a oneness with all of life. I hope to provide a space that is accessible and inspiring for all that enter.
After teaching group exercise for three years at The University at Albany, I finally pursued my 200 hour yoga teaching training from Cleo Post at Rainbow Body Studio. I have a B.S. in Public Health and I’m currently working on my Masters in Public Health in social behavior and community health. Through public health I hope to change the way we access and deliver care in the United States, especially to discriminated against communities. I believe in the importance of taking care of ones body as a whole. Everyone has the right to feel strong, safe and healthy in their body.