We are pleased to present our skilled and caring Teaching and leadership Staff


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DANIELA HESS

lead educator, board president

CTACC, M.S. Ed, Spiritual Counselor, Life Coach, Certified Yoga Instructor, Meditation Guide, Radiance Educator

MY EXPERIENCE: My 20 years in spiritual study and application are primarily from the Mahayana School of Tibetan Buddhism and Kashmir Shaivism. Prior to Co-Creating Yoga Farm, I worked 1:1 and with couples as a Life Coach, and I co-founded and taught with HeartPath Institute. My teachers have included His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Gurumayi Chidvilasananda, Byron Katie, D.R. Butler, Lorin Roche, Camille Maurine, Deepak Chopra, Caroline Myss, and Dr. Jackie Black.

MY "WHY": The synthesis of the oral 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 all 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. On the outside, many people are able to hide it rather well, however when we arrive home, often our lives behind closed doors are where we both love the most yet simultaneously we feel a dissatisfaction within that’s sometimes clear, and other times hard to identify ‘why’. To manage the feelings of suffering we engage in habits, addictions, and patterned ways of being in order to change the way we are feeling in the short term. Over time, these coping methods don’t truly serve our highest good, as we feel more and more disconnected. 

My passion is helping clients and students ReDiscover who and what they ‘really are’, to fall deeply in love with themselves, to relearn how to nourish and cherish themselves so they can honestly nourish others, and to Feel, with their whole Being, the experience of the ‘Rapture of Being Alive’. 

My job is to help You ReCognize your Self. To help You ReMember your magnificent Goodness and Beauty and Power. To live a life of astounding fulfillment, and to live AS Love, in Action in your relationships and ultimately, as Service to others.

When the mind becomes very very Clear, all that remains is Kindness, Gratitude, smiles, laughter, tenderness, effective actin, ThankYou’s, and the repeated question aloud 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

executive director, Yoga, qigong and meditation instructor

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.”

MY "WHY": Meditation can free us from suffering, mental confusion, and remind us of our connection to Source.


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Jeannie O'Neill

director of development, Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Training Lead

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


Lynn Benedetto

Yoga Teacher

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Hannah Birdsall

Yoga Teacher

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