We are pleased to present our skilled and caring Teaching Staff to you.


 
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CHRISTOPHER GRANT

DIRECTOR, Co-FOUNDER, Yoga Teacher

E-RYT 200, B.S. Engineering (Cornell University), Certified Yoga Instructor, Meditation Guide
christopher@yogafarm.us

MY EXPERIENCE: I have been studying and teaching yoga, meditation and other healing therapies and energetic modalities for over 20 yearsand hold many teaching certificates and a Cornell Engineering degree. My teachers have included Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, John Osborne, Lorin Roche, James Eavenson, Dr. Joe Marshalla, Yogi Bhajan, and Dr. Joseph Levry.

MY CLASSES AND COURSES: Sacred Sunday, Beginner's Yoga Series, Radiance Course Curriculum, Yin Yoga, Private Yoga, Mindful Warrior Yoga Teacher Training.

MY "WHY": I am passionate about assisting students in their journey to a passionate, wonder-filled life. Along the way I teach tools that lead to a healthy body, vibrant mind and compassionate connection with others.

 
 

 
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DANIELA HESS

DIRECTOR, Co-FOUNDER

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

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 CLASSES AND COURSES: Sacred Sunday, Beginner's Yoga Series, Radiance Course Curriculum, Mindful Warrior Yoga Teacher Training, Radiance Education and Life Coaching with couples, families, and individuals, Radiance Life Coaching Certification.

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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Mariko Azis

Director of Marketing, Yoga Teacher

RYT 200, B.A. Psychology, B.F.A. Art (Cornell University)
mariko@yogafarm.us

MY EXPERIENCE: I earned my RYT 200 teaching certification from Yogacara Global in Bali, Indonesia (my home country) in January 2016, and then earned my BA in Psychology and BFA in Art from Cornell University in May 2016, where my senior thesis focused on the congruencies between the nature of art and the nature of yoga.

MY CLASSES AND COURSES: Beginner's Yoga Series, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga, Musical Restorative Yoga, Root to Rise YogaInspire the Fire Yoga, Private Yoga.

MY "WHY": The practice of yoga is alchemical—it opens the gates for the body and mind to function not just like the True Self, but as the True Self.

MY CONVICTION: “Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.” — The Bhagavad Gita

 

 
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Joshua Reynolds

Director of Business Development

joshua@yogafarm.us

MY EXPERIENCE: I am in the process of completing my yoga teacher training here at Yoga Farm. I graduated with a Bachelors in Music Business Management from Columbia College Chicago in 2011. I found yoga through my relationship with my fiancée Mariko, and have experience working in the tech startup world since 2013. 

MY CLASSES AND COURSES: Beginner's Yoga Series, Musical Restorative Yoga.

MY "WHY": I am a firm believer in the benefits that yoga and mindfulness provide. My mission is to share this with everyone that I possibly can. 

MY CONVICTION: Yoga is a practice that unifies the student with the divinity within themselves.

 

 
 
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Jeannie O'Neill

Yoga Teacher, Yoga Teacher Training Lead

MY EXPERIENCE: I am a seasoned educator and the Director of Education at the Finger Lakes School of Massage.  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 Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat Zinn, and Patricia Jennings.

MY CLASSES AND COURSES: Mindful Warrior Yoga, Mindful Warrior Yoga Teacher Training.

 
 

 
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Emily Healy

Yoga Teacher

RYT 200

MY EXPERIENCE: I am a lifelong lover of movement. My mom brought me to my first yoga class many years ago, and I began practicing ashtanga vinyasa regularly in college. In April 2015 I traveled to Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India to complete an intensive multi-style teacher training with Siddhi Yoga. Upon my return to the United States, I met Christopher and learned that he was seeking teachers to join him as he opened the Yoga Farm. I have been teaching here ever since! My teachers have included Lennessa Shantaya, Acharya Yogesh, Kate Nik.

MY CLASSES AND COURSES: Slow Flow Yoga.

MY "WHY": I am constantly amazed at the healing potential of yoga on physical, mental, and energetic levels. I am honored and humbled to witness others as they discover the strength, grace, power, and humility that yoga unlocks within. The practice of teaching constantly reminds me of these qualities both within myself and others, and the opportunity to move and breathe with my students is always so wonderful!

MY CONVICTION: “There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies” -Frederich Nietzsche

 

 
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Pennee squier barresi

Yoga Teacher

RYT 200

MY EXPERIENCE: My meditation practice started approximately 30 years ago when I was drawn to take a class though the continuing education program at our local BOCES. There I was introduced to both meditation and yoga. Once this pathway was revealed to me, my desire for more knowledge grew from just an ember to a crackling fire. Of course, being an educator (I was a school psychologist until I retired) this for me meant taking classes and take classes I did. I began taking local meditation and yoga classes, on-line mindfulness/meditation classes through various institutions, a Mindfulness Bases Stress Reduction (MBSR) class, training at the Omega Institute with Jon Cabot-Zinn, completed the Spiritual Directors Course though the HeartPath Institute, and attended many other classes and trainings through my professional work. All of which, in retrospect, have been stepping stones that have paved my path to where I am today.

MY CLASSES AND COURSES: Relax and Renew Yoga, Mindful Warrior Yoga.

MY "WHY": Teaching yoga was something that I never imaged or envisioned myself doing or being able to do! I allowed my stories to dictate what I believed to be the truth about myself. Through my meditation and my yoga practice, I gradually allowed these stories and ways of seeing (judging) myself to fall away.

 

 
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Alison Dollaway

Yoga Teacher

MY EXPERIENCE: I’ve practice yoga in various forms for over 20 years. Five years ago I discovered Buti and quickly became a devoted ‘Butisattva’. Last year I realized I wanted to bring the practice of Buti to the Ithaca area and underwent the certification process. My teachers have included Bizzie Gold, Crystal Palermo, Tara Winterhalter, Nadia Carriere, Katya Seymour, Sadie Nardini.

MY CLASSES AND COURSES: Buti Yoga.

MY “WHY”: Although there are physical challenges to be found within Buti, the core message is one of learning to love yourself. I spent many years hating the imperfections I saw in my body. Buti has taught me to love myself completely, including those flaws. I want to teach others this self love and acceptance, because I enjoy cherishing myself when I look in a mirror; because I love who I am, every curve and every lum; because it is fun to just let go and let your body move. Our imperfections are a part of us—it is time to learn to celebrate them.

MY CONVICTION: Exercise is a form of joyful movement and a Path to Self Love.