OUR TEACHING PHILOSOPHY
For the team at TULA Yoga For Wellness, there is nothing like witnessing the transformation that takes place in a student when they become as passionate about yoga. From better posture to improved mental health, the world of yoga offers all of us a unique chance to connect with ourselves and become who we hope to be. Isn’t it time to put yourself first and take care of your well-being?
What’s it like to take a Yoga Class with Kathy?
"My goal is to make sure people feel welcomed and in a friendly environment, that poses are accessible to everyone (I give lots of alignment ques), private sessions fulfill the individual goals and all students leave with a sense of confidence. We practice poses which build strength in our body. We sync our breath with the movement to strengthen mindfulness. We learn and practice meditation to restore clarity & creativity to our mind. We will occasionally laugh. Most importantly, we all listen to our body and modify. I am always available to share and answer questions after class. Here are a few words yoga students shared to describe how a class leaves them feeling: calm, centered, balanced, at peace, strong, stable, healthy, grateful..."
Kathy is a certified Yoga Alliance instructor with over 2000 hours teaching. Practicing yoga for close to 30 years, Kathy began while recovering from an injury that caused chronic back and neck pain. Within a short time of including yoga classes in her life, Kathy became pain free and has benefitted from the lasting effects yoga has on her body. While practicing yoga consistently Kathy started to notice the community that evolves within yoga classes and loves sharing this common interest with so many. Having studied with dozens of teachers over the years, she has grown through their knowledge and passion for yoga. Kathy believes incorporating movement, breath and meditation into each yoga class supports the lasting effects of yoga.
Continuously learning about yoga is a passion of Kathy’s so that she can keep sharing with yoga students how to benefit from the health and wellness yoga promotes. Her yoga training includes Yoga and Physiology Certification, NYU (2022), Yoga Alliance RYT 300 Therapeutic Yoga Certification, Sacred River, Harford, CT (2020) and 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification, Yoga Culture in Danbury, Ct (2015). In addition to many workshops these trainings have educated Kathy in Anatomy, Movement, Philosophy and Science of Yoga.
Kathy teaches several weekly alignment vinyasa studio classes to beginner and advanced students at her home base TULA Yoga for Wellness within Hardscrabble Club of Brewster. In addition, she works with Athletes to create customized yoga programs to enhance performance. Near and dear to her heart, Kathy teaches yoga to special needs adults at Ability Beyond in Bethel, Ct. During the Summer months Kathy teaches outdoor classes to enjoy the beautiful weather. Kathy donates her time to share yoga for mental health awareness to school students and teachers year round. Upon request Kathy works with individual clients, corporations, community organizations, and teams to customize classes and programs.
Kathy has spent her adult life juggling family, career and volunteering. In addition to teaching and practicing yoga Kathy loves cooking, traveling, volunteering and spending time with family and friends. Yoga helps Kathy keep balance in her very active life with 2 teenagers, husband and her many pets.
SAM - RYT200
Tula Yoga for Wellness is excited to welcome Sam to share her love of yoga. Sam is a an active yogi with influence from her massage therapy and energy work background. She infuses her classes with focused intention to align the body, the mind and the spirit to support not only self care both on and off the mat but evolving and growing personally. Sam identifies with the words of BKS Iyengar, "Yoga does not transform the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees"
KIERSTEN - RYT200
Kiersten's goal is to help her students create space in both the body and mind. She has been practicing yoga for over ten years and has experience teaching vinyasa, yin, prenatal, and trauma-informed yoga, as well as yoga for middle school students and teachers. Kiersten's classes are fun and laid-back; she emphasizes alignment and body awareness as students work to flow and let go. Her classes include pranayama (breathwork), philosophical and anatomical study, and opportunities for self-connection and nourishment.
JANA - RYT200
Jana found her love of yoga in her 20s,fascinated by both the physical and psychological benefits of a daily practice. Wanting to dive deeper and further explore the benefits of yoga and share it with others, she studied to become a 200-hr certified instructor at Yoga Haven in Tuckahoe in 2013.
Since then, she has taught vinyasa-style classes with an emphasis on alignment at multiple studios in lower Westchester. A veterinarian by trade, she uses her practice to stay grounded and present during difficult and stressful periods and has offered free classes at her veterinary practice for employees to help them manage theirs in the same vein. Jana is excited to bring her experience and love of a strong, mindful yoga practice to Tula Yoga for Wellness, and to meet and guide other practitioners in cultivating a strong and meaningful practice - spiritually, physically, and emotionally. In her spare time, Jana enjoys the company of her many pets, horseback riding, travel, scuba diving, reading, and meditation.
BETH - RYT200
At the age of 3, Beth felt her bare feet on the studio floor
and discovered the joy that comes with movement and music. As a lifelong dancer, Beth received her BA in Dance Therapy and Psychology and began working with children with special needs and adults in psychiatric settings. During this time she also joined the aerobic exercise craze and taught adult fitness classes. For the last 21 years she has found tremendous love and patience teaching ballet and creative movement to preschool children. Beth is also an instructor of First Aid and CPR for the American Heart Association.
For over 30 years, she has empowered countless students to care for themselves, their families, and their communities. Beth completed the 200-hour Teacher Training program at Yoga Culture in Danbury in 2013 along with her Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Jillian Pransky. In 2016 she became certified in Y12SR (Yoga for a 12 Step Recovery) with Nikki Myers. Most recently finished Ann Swanson’s Science of Yoga training. She continues to study and attend workshops with inspirational teachers exploring all aspects of her practice. Beth hopes to share with heartfelt sincerity the infinite gifts and possibilities available to all people who step to the mat.
BEA - RYT200
Beatrice has been practicing yoga since her early 20s.
She practiced several forms of yoga including prenatal throughout her entire pregnancy with twins and the birth of her third child. She believes that her dedication to yoga was instrumental in the natural delivery of all three of her children. The inner-peace, calmness and spirituality she experienced during her pregnancies inspired her to continue yoga as a mother.
In 2013 she was introduced to Power Yoga in an effort to build strength and relieve the pain in her back and shoulders caused by residual injuries. Over the years working with many passionate yoga instructors, Beatrice has been able to pull from those experiences to create her own unique style and share her love of yoga and its ability to unify the mind, body and soul.
Beatrice received her 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training Certification from Yoga With Wendy B., at Ridgefield Hot Yoga in Ridgefield, Ct. in 2019. She studied under the direction of Wendy Boscia, who’s training methodology emphasized the alignment of Eastern and Western Yoga philosophy. In addition to advanced Asana training, this Baron Baptiste Power based yoga training offered a depth of anatomy and philosophical education.
JESSIE - RYT200
Jessie DiMauro Marks began practicing yoga as a compliment to her dance training
over twenty years ago. It wasn’t until a serious dance injury that she began to truly dive
into a regular practice. Since then, yoga has played an integral role in her life and she
has made it a goal to bring her love of movement into the lives of others through a yoga
practice rooted in compassion. She received her 200-hour certification in 2012 from the
Kripalu School of Yoga. Jessie also holds an MFA in Choreography from Jacksonville
University, a BFA in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and received her Per-
sonal Trainer and Group Fitness certifications through ACE Fitness. She teaches yoga
and dance throughout the tristate area and her choreographic work has been performed
in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey and Florida.
KAIT - RYT200
Kait believes yoga helps us to find a bit of magic in everything and that connecting to the body and breath in some way can make every day better. Her yoga journey began in NYC after graduating from college. The yoga studio served as a place of solace, a way back to herself, during a time when everything was unfamiliar and chaotic – the city, her career, early 20s. A year later, she moved to Italy and while her surroundings – the language, culture, food, people – changed, her yoga practice remained a constant. Three years later, she moved back to the US and once again found yoga to be her North Star, guiding her back to herself. She completed the 200-hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification at Yoga Culture in 2015 in hopes of helping others the way yoga has always helped her. Kait’s classes are powerful and fun, with a focus on building strength while finding space in the body and heart through movement and breath work. She works in marketing by day, became a mom in 2021, and is a lover of learning, reading, traveling, and food (obviously).