staff and yoga teachers


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DANIELA HESS, CTACC, M.S. Ed
Board President

Meet Daniela in this clip from one of our Certification training sessions.

Daniela is a Spiritual Counselor, Educator & Guide, Life Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor, Meditation Guide, Radiance Educator

EXPERIENCE: Daniela specializes in leading transformational coursework in Inquiry, Awareness, Spirituality, Meditation, Healing, and Forgiveness practices.

Daniela co-created the Radiant Living School with her partner, Christopher, and works with individuals, couples, and groups to facilitate inner growth and transformation as access to the intimacy of one’s personal Spiritual life.

She created the ‘Keys for Exceptional Living’ Course, The Radiance Course, and The Daily Quest Program. Daniela is an Educator in the Women’s Radiant Leadership & Life Coaching Certification Program, as well as the Yoga Teacher Training, Meditation Teacher Training, and the ‘Love & Light’ Level 1 & 2 Healers Certification Program.

Her students and clients rediscover a life where connection with the Divine is a lived, direct experience, and one’s Soul is deeply fulfilled, as Love, in Action, in the world.

Daniela’s 25 years of spiritual study and application are primarily from Tibetan Buddhism and Kashmir Shaivism, and are presented in a contemporary, practical, and remarkably engaging way.

It is Daniela’s firm conviction that the potential of a United and Awakened Humanity depends on the individual becoming aware of and healing that which is unconscious and destructive within. When the individual is healed, the World can heal.

Daniela’s teachers have included His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Byron Katie, D.R. Butler, Sophie McLean, Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, Kim Beekman, and Dr. Jackie Black.

MY "WHY": The synthesis of the ancient wisdom teachings and transmissions of an unbroken lineage combined with the contemporary teachings of meditation, inquiry and modern mysticism fuel my ability to guide students into the answers that lie buried like treasure within their questions. I am masterful, with a laser like sharpness, at helping those who come to me to See, Feel, and ReMember their own Radiance. 

In our Western culture, we are presently experiencing the highest rates ever of depression, anxiety, and loneliness; these are all symptoms that contribute to many people feeling an emptiness inside; a disconnection within, a lack of fulfillment in meaning and purpose in their lives, and the absence of Joy.

Many people hide their suffering and use energy to uphold a false persona of satisfaction, yet when they arrive home, often their lives behind closed doors look very different.

To manage the discomfort of suffering, people turn to habits, addictions, and patterned ways of being in order to change the way they are feeling in the short term.

Over time, these coping methods will cost you something - often in the quality of our connections in our relationships, and increased anxiety and constant tension. It becomes unbearable eventually to feel so trapped and disconnected from Joy.

My passion is helping clients and students ReDiscover who and what they ‘really are’, to reconnect with their own inherent self worth, and Goodness. It’s my passion to support others as they embark on the inner journey of falling - very truthfully - in love with themselves, and to help them relearn how to nourish and cherish themselves so they can honestly nourish others. I am honored to support students to Feel, with their whole Being, the experience of the ‘Rapture of Being Alive’. 

My Sacred Work is to help You ReCognize your Self.

To help You ReMember your magnificent Goodness, your Beauty, and your Power.

When the mind of the student becomes very very Clear, all that remains is;

  • Kindness

  • Gratitude

  • Laughter

  • Tenderness

  • Effective action

  • Thank You’s

and the repeated question to others; ‘How may I Be useful for You right Now...?’

My Vision of our capacity as a Humanity is a world where all beings are living in and as Connection, Purpose, Joy, & Service.

When we Awaken ourself to our True Nature as Kindness & Clarity, we can Awaken ourselves as our Kindest Humanity.

MY CONVICTION: "Pain is inevitable; suffering is optional" and "Everyone’s True Nature is inherent Goodness, & Kindness, and Love."


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CHRISTOPHER GRANT, B.S., e-RYT
executive director

Christopher is a Yoga, qigong and meditation instructor in addition to his operational role as the leader of the organization

Meet Christopher, Daniela & Jeannie in this intro to yoga teacher training video

Christopher Grant is a Cornell Engineering Grad and Certified Instructor of Yoga, Meditation & Qigong. He specializes in practices and tools to cultivate and maintain excellent health in body, mind and spirit.

He works with individuals, workgroups and professionals to develop and sustain specific strategies to live a life full of connection, joy, and success in all areas of life - personal, spiritual and professional.

His background as a 20 year veteran of several startups in the Internet software services sector, combined with 20 years of study of the science of yoga & meditation give him a unique capability to serve.

“I love assisting those new to yoga and meditation, individuals experiencing pain or dis-ease, and busy professionals to connect with yoga and meditation practices that will assist them in taking steps towards to a healthy body, vibrant mind and compassionate connection with others.”

Christopher is a lead trainer in our certification courses, and teaches transformative private sessions as well.

As Executive Director, Christopher assists with all daily operations as well as big picture planning, team development, and strategic planning. His background in technology gives him the ability to choose and maintain supporting software systems for the business.

MY "WHY": Yoga and meditation have been essential tools as I moved from a life of addiction and confusion into clarity and service. I have dedicated my life to assisting those who are ready to make their own shift to a life of joy-without-reason, genuine service and healthy relationships of all forms.

MY "CONVICTION": Meditation can free us from suffering, mental confusion, and remind us of our eternal connection to the Sacred.


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Jeannie O'Neill, M.S.ED, e-RYT
director of development

Jeannie is a Yoga, mindfulness and meditation Teacher, Yoga Teacher Training Lead & educator

Hear from Jeannie as well as Daniela and Christopher in this short clip about our yoga here.

MY EXPERIENCE: My M.Ed degree is in Contemplative Pedagogy and Mindfulness in Schools. I have years of experience in the public school system as well as in charter and alternative schools as a teacher, social worker and administrator. Having owned a yoga studio in Bennington, Vermont, I taught yoga to students ages 3 to ­83 and have extensive yoga anatomy, physiology, and philosophy knowledge. My teachers have included, Jennilee Toner, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Patricia Jennings.

MY “WHY”; I am passionate about illuminating students’ individual paths towards peace and surrender. I believe that the four yogas allow freedom on that path.

MY CONVICTION; Change and Healing are synonymous; “we cannot control the waves, but we can learn to surf.” Jon Kabat-Zinn


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Pennee squier barresi

Yoga Teacher

My Experience: In May of 2017, I completed my RYT 200 hour teaching certificate through Yoga Farm, Lansing, NY and in June of 2018, I completed a 30 hour Restorative Yoga training at Kripalu with Judith Hanson Lasater. I have been teaching meditative, gentle flow classes and now a Restorative Yoga class at Yoga Farm since then. I have received my fourth level Heart Path Reiki initiation and offer private Reiki sessions. Now retired, I served in public education for 30 years as a School Psychologist. During that time, I began my exploration into the many benefits of Mindfulness as an extension of my own mediation practice.

My “WHY”: Through my yoga practice, I have come to recognize how the quality of my life can change when I respond from love rather than react from fear. Discovering that yoga is really not so much about self-improvement, rather it is about a radical self-acceptance with fierce compassionate, opened me to my own self-love. It is a honor for me to offer support to others on their journey.

My Conviction: Loving yourself with all your heart, will allow you to truly love all sentient beings on this Earth. Yoga is that path.


Lazarra Leonard

Yoga Teacher

MY EXPERIENCE: Coming Soon

MY "WHY": Coming Soon

MY CONVICTION: Coming Soon


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Lynn Benedetto

Yoga Teacher

MY EXPERIENCE: With over 20 years teaching group fitness and a long time desire to complete yoga teacher training, I completed my RYT 200-hour teaching certification through the School for Radiant Living in April 2019. I attended the Fingerlakes School of Massage, have completed the Radiance Course at Yoga Farm and am currently enrolled in their Heartful Warrior Meditation & Mindfulness Teacher Training for certification in Mindfulness, Mediation and QiGong. I recently completed CEU’s for a Kundalini Immersion and continue to attend courses/classes in Kundalini every chance I get!

I am a certified Star Level 3 Spinning and SpinPower instructor and have been an instructor at Cornell University for Indoor Cycling Physical Education. I am also TRX qualified, and certified through Les Mills in Body Pump (barbell class), RPM (cycling) and Core. I continue to teach classes for Yoga Farm, Cornell University and Island Health & Fitness.

By day, I work as the Director of Finance and Production at Cornell University Press, a publisher of scholarly books and since 1869 noted as the first American university press.

MY “WHY”: My journey as a teacher has been one of curiosity and exploration. I have a lifelong passion for learning and believe knowledge is wasted if it is not shared. Teaching yoga is like being the wind or a pebble creating a ripple effect on the water. The ripple being what connects us as human beings from our heart. Yoga is not just about doing poses and teaching yoga is not just about instructing movement. It’s about connection. I love being a part of exposing yoga to others especially those who think they can’t do it or don’t have access to it. I teach to help people remember to breathe, to pause and to love and accept the perfection as they are.

MY CONVICTION: Yoga is for everybody. “Every body is yoga body”! It’s not about the shape you have, it’s about shaping what is within. Yoga cultivates well-being, harmony, acceptance and healing.


Hannah Birdsall

Yoga Teacher

MY EXPERIENCE: I am devoted Yogi and love many yoga styles, from the slow and inward practice of Yin Yoga to a very active Vinyasa class. I have practiced yoga for the last 10 years exploring Vinyasa, Yin, Hatha, and Restorative Yoga. I finished my 200-hour certification at Yoga Farm in April of 2019. When I am not on the mat I am running, farming, or playing in the snow with my huskie, Maddie. I use my background as a former Special Education Teacher to help everyone feel at home in their practice.

MY “WHY”: Yoga has been there for me throughout all the joys and challenges of my life. Through Vinyasa and Hatha yoga I found my personal power. After years of a fulfilling active practice, Yin yoga transformed my life by allowing my body to heal from chronic stress, clear and free my mind, and connect more deeply with myself and others. It is the greatest honor to guide others on their yoga journey.

MY CONVICTION: Through yoga, I have found that wellness is truly possible.

board of directors, serving 2019 - 2020


Lynn Benedetto

Pennee Barresi

Raina Elkins

Guillermo Ferrer

Gayle Flinn

Christopher Grant

Daniela Hess

Lazarra Leonard

Anthony Marancha

Mar Perez

Prudy Prior