We have had the honor and privilege of impacting hundreds of students' lives since we began. here's what they have to say!

Has your Yoga Farm experience helped you Love Your Self, Nourish Your Self, and Cherish Your Self? Share your story with us!

“I would like to express gratitude to the Yoga Farm… I took extra yoga classes (and a gong bath) to work on severe back pain — and it worked! My back is now pain-free and I am back to normal. Many thanks.”
— Karen S.
Lansing, New York

“Christopher tunes into the class intuitively to shape our sequence around what emerges from each person’s movement. This is the first class where I’ve had this experience, and  I feel more connected to others as a result. Christopher adjusts with a high level of mindful presence, so I feel safe. I am grateful for the joy this class brings into my life.”
— LP
Ithaca, New York

“Absolutely LOVED today... I felt like I was far away on a special trip or some sort of resort like I have always wanted to attend, yet I was home before dinner! Amazing what’s in your own “back yard”! Today was the perfect balance of alone time, connection to higher self, and family time.”
— Stephanie G.
Binghamton, New York

“I appreciate the focus of the weekly lessons that continue to bring light and the feeling of improvement in my life. It’s nice to know I’m not alone in my journey and that everyone has their own story. Thank you!”
— L.D.
Ithaca, New York

“I began weekly sessions with Christopher two months ago, as a supplement to my usual training routine. With his expert guidance I have already noticed increased flexibility especially the in the back and hips, which has had a positive impact on my golf game and my overall feeling of wellness. His new facility is lovely, spacious and well-equipped.”
— George A. Hay
Cornell Law School

 “Christopher is a wonderful, patient, knowledgeable, and nurturing teacher, with a great sense of humor and play.  The classes that I’ve been a part of have been flexible in meeting each participant’s needs, often focusing on a particular movement to help one with a particular need."
– B.P.
Lansing, New York

 “I’ve found the studio at the Yoga Farm to be a warm and inviting space. Christopher’s ability to listen to the needs of his students, then craft a session with those needs in mind, is part of what makes his offerings so special. As a beginner I’ve enjoyed the consistency with which the Yoga Farm has provided me with a peaceful and positive yoga experience.”
– W.S.
Ithaca, New York

 “It’s been 40 years since I was in a yoga class. Through the Sunday easy, light and fun class, I learn yoga and even follow along with some YouTube videos in my home. But no matter which class I’m in Christopher reminds me to smile, breathe and enjoy – the absolute essentials that give me willingness to return.  Christopher is knowledgeable and a good instructor. I am reminded to wear the world lightly.”
– P.W.
Newfield, New York

 “Christopher, you are a distinctly gifted teacher, able to identify sequences ideal for the individual as well as a group. I recall with fondness your assistance with my arm… in that session you were comfortable and able to hold the space for my discomfort, physically and emotionally with tremendous Grace. You were able to let me be with my tears, with no need to run for Kleenex and the belief of, “oh here, tissues, let’s clean up that mess!” You just let me be where I was, silently, so I could move deeper into it, through it.”
– D.H.
Ithaca, New York

 “When the program at our retreat changed at the last minute because of an emergency with one of the headliners, Christopher stepped in to lead a beautiful, fun yoga session for an audience of 150. His liveliness and sincerity created the perfect environment for people of all abilities to jump in and participate.”
– L. J.
Retreat organizer
Ithaca, New York

“Immense value. Best things I have every done for myself. First time I have every attended every class of a course - ever - in my life. So to me, that speaks volumes.

— K.M.
Ithaca, New York

This course helped me to incorporate yoga practices into my life on a daily basis. The benefits in included body strength, awareness and spiritual presence which enabled me to give and receive love more authentically.
— C.W.
Groton, NY

I learned the value of slowing down, not pushing quite so hard. I still work towards goals but in a more relaxed manner which I think helps me achieve them more easily.
— A.D.
Ithaca, NY

This course has helped me to ‘get out of my head’ and focus on the present. Thank you!!!
— A.R.
Ithaca, NY

I have taken many courses at the Yoga Farm, and every time it is a new experience. I always learn more about yoga, my body and myself. This is a place for any body. It is very welcoming and supporting to my needs. I love it here.
— T.M.
Ithaca, NY

“The teachers at Yoga Farm have all helped me to find greater resilience and peace within myself.  This beautiful center has been a source of joy, comfort and healing for me.”
— Peter P.
Ithaca, New York

“I feel the best I’ve felt in so long! This is awesome.”
— Janice D.
Lansing, New York

“WOW! I had no idea that meditation could be so wonderful! I always thought I wasn’t a good meditator because my mind wouldn’t shut off when I tried to meditate, but Christopher and Daniela dispelled ‘Meditation Myths’, and showed us a variety of meditation techniques to sample, and discover the ones that helped each one of us to really feel the deep calm inside. I believe I can now go home and try this, because I can welcome all parts of myself when I meditate. Thank you, Yoga Farm!”
– Samantha G.
Syracuse, New York

“I deal with chronic hip pain and came to this class seeking some relief. The class more than met my expectations, as both the gentle movements and meditation were so helpful in relieving tightness, stress and pain. At no time were we asked to do something harmful – to the contrary, I felt so much better!! Thank You!”
— Sue Penny
Office Manager, Ithaca Primary Care
Ithaca, New York

 “I recently resumed yoga after many years of not practicing. Starting individual lessons at the Yoga Farm with Christopher has been a great experience. The studio is very peaceful and Christopher is an amazing instructor. I would recommend anyone interested in trying yoga consider the Yoga Farm!”
– S.C.
Ithaca, New York

 “I’m so grateful to be a part of the class. You are patient and accommodating. I feel so much better than I did a few months ago.”
– C.E.
Lansing, New York

 “Appreciated the small class size – made it feel like private sessions. Christopher was extremely knowledgeable, supportive and nurturing. My daughters and I always left class feeling relaxed and energized – this is wellness at its best!”
– H.R.
Lansing, New York

 “For those actively practicing yoga or for the beginners who are trying to kickstart a lifestyle change I would highly recommend giving Yoga Farm a call and stop in to see the studio. I feel very privileged to be able to study at Yoga Farm. Christopher is a highly skilled yoga instructor, his approach is both caring and challenging and it is easy to tell that he has a true passion for yoga and for helping people unfold their own potential.”
— R.F.
Horseheads, New York

“Christopher really takes time to explain the poses, step-by-step.  He is very concerned with students’ proper technique, as he considers that the foundation of the practice.”
– S.R.
Lansing, New York

“Christopher specially tailored our meditation and mindfulness session according to goals that my husband and I had set but had not moved towards. We wanted to get back into consistent meditation, and Christopher suggested a 28 day meditation challenge. That worked! We are more than half way through the challenge now, and we can see the improvement in our ability to sit together and clear our minds…and cuddle with gratitude.”
– A.F.
Ithaca, New York

“[Yoga Farm's] space and style are gentle and welcoming; a perfect way to start or end a day…”
– J.W.
Ithaca, New York

 “Comfortable space just right for small classes. The Vinyasa class was at a good pace. Christopher offered variations of poses so we could each choose what suited us.   He is a welcoming and knowledgeable instructor.”
– S.A.
Ludlowville, New York

Yoga Farm gives me a sense of community, a safe place to ‘be’. Feeling strong, feeling love from fellow humans :)

— M.G.
Freeville, NY

I love that is is possible to receive precisely what is personally useful each week. That is a true blessing. Hooray for Yoga Farm!
— R.D.
Cornell University

Testimonials about the Radiance Course

"Daniela is a wonderful guide, a dynamic instructor, and an amazingly clear communicator. She is a pioneer in spiritual teachings – bringing tools of simplicity and clarity help people shift their understanding.

She is approachable and authentic when asked questions, and creates a safe and loving environment that encourages dialogue and conversation.

She teaches methods of remembering our true nature and ways we can connect with ourselves throughout our day.

Daniela is kind and understanding, talented at meeting people where they are, and able to work with people in a group setting at many different levels. Others in the group felt very comfortable sharing experiences and it was great to be with a teacher who can really be so flexible and hone in on each person without making others feel left out.

These were some of the most meaningful lessons I have ever been taught. Every thing that I learned in Radiance has been applicable to every aspect of my life. I am much calmer and open than ever before. I am able to be much more present with people in my life; both at home and at work. When I am working with Daniela each day is amazing and magical and full of so much life!

Her presentation of material is structured and clear. She lays everything out and will go over things a few times so nothing feels lost. She gives straightforward examples that further solidify the lesson’s purpose, and as a result I:

  • feel more connected within my body – and mind as a whole

  • have become a better listener – to others and to myself

  • am able to keep a realistic perspective when I am experiencing a difficult moment

  • learned to be patient and to stay in the moment, even when I want to flee

  • no longer have feelings of unworthiness or helplessness.

  • discovered I have a strength inside me I am able to identify with and hear now, that has ALWAYS been inside of me, that helps me sit with difficult moments."

— Raina, Radiance Course Graduate

"Taking Daniela’s Radiance Course was the BEST life decision! From start to finish Daniela inspired, encouraged, supported, uplifted and challenged me to create and embody the enchanted life I was seeking.

Daniela covers a lot of information in Radiance, which is delivered in concise chunks that were easy to absorb.  As a teacher, Daniela is an articulate, knowledgeable, humble, passionate, professional as well as  a master storyteller.  Weaving threads of expertise, compassion, and impeccable integrity she delivers a well designed, fun and transformational program.

Truth be told, I took a course called Radiance, fell deeply in love with myself, with the world, with the truth, and I am deeply grateful."

— Meg, Radiance Course Graduate

"The Radiance Course and the use of the keys given in each class – had brought a greater clarity and awareness into my life. The “homework” or practice of the keys during the week(s) were reminders for me, reminders – assisting me to stay focused on the present, to be the observer in life situations, allowing me to pause and respond to what was happening around me rather than to react. For me, the Radiance Course opened me and let me accept my own inner Radiance, letting me see that shining Self and loving every aspect of her.

Truly and fully loving myself, for me, I now know, is the only way I can truly and fully love. Remembering and knowing this truth, for me, has deepened and brought Integrity into my relationships. Knowing my own Truth and what I want/need, gives my relationships more depth and honesty. Using the keys, I am now also more aware of when I am not being honest with myself and how to bring myself back into balance and alignment.

All of Daniela’s courses are inter-active in style – she has so very much knowledge and wisdom to share, yet, she very much values each person’s experience and allows time for each person to share and speak.  No pressure is felt to share, yet, Daniela, seems to know when and how to ask a question to gently provide the opportunity to do so.

A wise teacher once said, “One can not teach what one does not know." Daniela lives and breathes what she teaches – her Devotion, Love and Radiance shine through her and into all her classes, and lovingly given to each and every one of her students or clients.   

Daniela gently and without pressure allows for everyone to have a change to share and reveal what is happening in the moment or what has occurred that had revealed a learning, an “aha” moment related to a discussion or “homework”.  She allows learning by doing which then leads to the knowing. 

Daniela’s insight into “what is” at the crux of an issue is laser sharp and bull’s eye accurate.  She lives her connection with her inner wisdom and is an example to all that what she offers to others, she has tested herself and found it to be efficient and true.  Yet, working with Daniela, she allows each client to find his/her own way to what is their Truth, not hers. She provides the tools and if one chooses to use them, these tools will crack you open and allow you to see, to ReMember the brilliance of your own inner Self – to hear and to learn to trust one’s own inner wisdom."

— Pennee, Radiance Course Graduate

"I have studied with Daniela Hess for approximately two years and have found her to be a truly gifted, insightful, and profoundly sensitive spiritual teacher.  She combines her wealth of spiritual background and knowledge with incredible insights and effortlessly weaves them into each class. 

I also have to add that in class, she is always “present” to the moment at hand and responds to each person’s questions and observations with a remarkable ability.  Her gift of being able to see beyond the obvious makes each class very personal and special.  I always knew that Daniela would “get” my spiritual questions, observations or concerns and respond in a way that gave me new insight and understanding. 

Daniela is the essence of radiance so when she offered the Radiance Course, I knew I had to take it. She structured the class in easy to understand sections, and helped each of us delve deep down to discover and come in touch with our own radiance. 

Being in and of our radiance colors all aspects of our lives for if we come from radiance and are radiance, we can see the radiance in all we meet.  It can change the world.

I am so grateful that I have studied under Daniela’s guidance.  It has changed and affected me in many, many ways."

— Patty, Radiance Course Graduate

"After taking the Radiance Course, I am able to settle in deeper within myself. I know what it means to be a friend of myself and what qualities I could work on. I feel more connected within my body and mind as a whole. I have Keys to help me through ANY situation – oftentimes it’s when dialogue in my mind is not the kindest (about myself).

I have become a better listener – to others and to myself. I am able to be a more authentic friend and individual to others. I am able to simplify what seems like complicated situations,
and keep a realistic perspective when I am experiencing a difficult moment.

I can identify when I am in clarity or in confusion and am learning ways to keep myself in clarity and to lessen my time in confusion. I learned to be patient and to stay in the moment, even when I want to flee, and I can catch myself wanting to sabotage relationships BEFORE I do it – and then reflect and get to the core reasoning as to why I wanted to do so.

Basically, I learned who I am, and I am continuing to uncover so much of ME and it is a beautiful, endless journey filled with surprises!

These were some of the most meaningful lessons I have ever been taught. Every thing that I learned in Radiance has been applicable to every aspect of my life. I understand now how important it is to be in touch with ME and what’s going on within my body and my mind in order to be the most honest I can be with my friends and others. I no longer have feelings of unworthiness or helplessness.

There is a strength that I am able to identify, that has ALWAYS been inside of me, that helps me sit with difficult moments. This course has opened my eyes to imperfect perfections that fill my days and that make up who I am. Thank YOU for gifting me these lessons…"

— Erica, Radiance Course Graduate

Testimonials about Yoga Teacher Training

“It is my honor to be taught by such knowledgeable, caring, and dedicated individuals. I am blessed to have Christopher, Daniela, and Jeannie on this path with me. Their guidance and compassion truly speaks from their hearts. I am beyond excited to continue additional trainings at Yoga Farm”. — Michelle T.

“I felt the three lead trainers at the Yoga Farm each had their own "specialty" and the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training was very well rounded. We learned how to teach a beautiful yoga class, but more importantly "why" yoga was such an important part of our lives. I would definitely recommend Yoga Farm to fellow Yoga teachers! Yoga Farm helped me reach my goal of increasing my confidence as a yoga teacher, and also heightened my spirituality as well.” —- Marie S.