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
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.