Each yoga professional is a highly respected, independent, certified hatha instructor. All are well-educated in various methods of yoga and, in many cases have created their own signature style based of years of study and training. Riverstone is proud to bring to the Rivertowns a community of instructors, many, tops in their field. These talented professionals conduct seminars, workshops and events throughout NYC, Westchester and Connecticut and some cases teach and travel internationally. At Riverstone, we are always looking for experienced and talented professionals to join our Kula for the Common Good Projects. Call or email us about being Independent Together, and to join one of our many on-going projects.
Allison Waguespack: Allison fell in love with Yoga while living in San Francisco in 2000. After five years of sampling all the classes SF had to offer, Allison completed her comprehensive teacher training and certification in San Francisco with renowned Ashtanga Teacher (and personal instructor for the Grateful Dead), Larry Shultz in 2005. Since that time she has attending trainings and workshops with David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Sarah Powers and Jason Crandell. Her journey began with her enjoyment of all the physical benefits that Yoga had to offer but as she became a teacher and more intimately explored Yogic philosophy, the principles of living Yoga off the mat gave her an even deeper connection to the practice. In Allison’s Prana & Power classes she offers nourishment for the Physical Body and the Spirit with challenging and creative Vinyasa sequences, dynamic music and real life philosophy that can be applied every day. She hopes to inspire others to live in their Yoga practice both on and off the mat. The Journey is the Joy after all. Allison resides in Irvington NY with her husband and two children. In addition to teaching classes throughout Westchester, she also created and teaches a Yoga for Actors curriculum in the Conservatory Program at Michael Howard Studios, The Professional Acting Studio for Theatre, Film and Television in Manhattan and writes a blog based on her teaching. http://www.allisonwaguespack.com .
Ani Laura Pidedjian: Ani first discovered the transformative power of yoga some twenty years ago, working behind the desk at the then Santa Monica Dance and Exercise studio. After moving to Manhattan to work as a reporter, she began to study more seriously, better appreciating the many dimensions physical yoga offers.
Drawn, in particular, to the power of joining the breath, movement and attention, she made a journey to study Ashtanga Yoga in Mysore, South India with K. Pattabhi Jois in 1999. Back in New York, she explored other styles in the Krishnamacharya lineage, becoming a Certified YogaTeacher under Govinda Kai, David Hollander and Michael Gilbert. She furthered her training with YogaWorks, completing their Teacher Intensive, and also becoming certified in Baby OM.
Ani has been teaching yoga in Manhattan and Westchester since 2004, incorporating a friendly and accessible approach to help students tap into their potential. Her eclectic teaching style draws from the lineages of TKV Desikichar, B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois, focusing on correct alignment, the use of the breath and flow and internal awareness to uncover the highest within. She thanks all her teachers, in particular Greg Tebb, for their guidance.
Desiree DelGrosso: Desiree discovered hot yoga over 8 years ago when she was recovering from rotator surgery. She instantly fell in love and began practicing daily and sharing her passion for yoga with anyone that would listen. It wasn’t unusual for a coworker to pass by her office and see her trying out her Hot 26 pose of the week. She was even caught standing on her head in the principal’s office and that’s when she knew it was her calling to complete a Teacher Training and share her love with the universe. During her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Haven under the direction of Betsy Kase, Desiree came to appreciate that yoga is not just a physical practice, but rather a way of life. Greatly inspired by the yamas and niyamas of the yoga sutras, Desiree strives to live her life by the principles of gratitude, happiness, compassion, delight, balance, candidness, abundance and vulnerability. She uses these principles to help guide her students to reach their full potential by creating a fun filled, dynamic, music fueled practice. After 10 years as a Guidance Counselor and over thousands of countless hours of college applications, Desiree found her calling by combining her love of yoga with the joy of working with children. This past year she designed a yoga program for her school that allowed her to teach a group of middle schoolers how to empower themselves and manage the stressors of school. She loves combining the creativity of her two worlds together by sharing the fun and philosophy of yoga with children of all ages through breath, movement, partner activities, games, songs, story telling, relaxation activities and more! However, don’t be fooled you will leave class stronger, healthier, happy and at peace when you rock out with her during one of her awesome River Barre classes.
Elizabeth Cornetta: Elizabeth is a Barkan Method certified hot yoga instructor. She has a dance background ranging from classical ballet, modern dance and many other styles. Her open minded way of teaching allows students the space to grow in their yoga practice as well as the emotional and mental connection. Elizabeth teaches yoga classes at the Ursuline School in New Rochelle and continues to be a bright star here at Riverstone.
Jaimie Finkelstein: Jaimie comes to us from Canada after moving to New York to pursue her passions.
Jaimie is a certified Hot 26 and vinyasa yoga instructor, a Certified Reflexologist and Life Coach with a Master's in Mental Health Counseling. She has practicing reflexology for ten years, working with independent boutique spas and private clients. We are thrilled that Jaimie may offer both yoga and reflexology here at Riverstone Yoga.
It is her goal to help others heal through yoga and reflexology.
Jessica Pozzuoli: Jessica is a graduate of Kelly Morris' Conquering Lion Yoga teacher training in NYC. She began her journey when two herniated discs in her back prevented her from bending over to put her shoes on. She experimented for 30 straight days with a self-taught home practice and was hooked, healed and happy. Soon after, she met her first teacher, Antonia Gamboa Noonan who taught her how to see that "everything is perfect, just as it is right now". Inspired by Antonia's knowledge and gift for teaching, Jessica decided it was time to study the deeper teachings of yoga and thus enlisting herself into the Pride of Conquering Lion Yogis and has been a grateful student of Kelly Morris' ever since.
Jessica's classes are open level and for all students. She teaches students how to breath effectively during vinyasa practice; to use the breath to guide movement and to explore different asanas and perspectives. Each class is an opportunity to be led by the purest intention of your heart to invite change and transformation into our practice and our lives.
"Conquering Lion Yoga maintains that the goal of Yoga is nothing less than reaching Enlightenment for the sake of every living being. The CLY practitioner develops this through their Yoga practice:using the breath, the body and the mind together to reach that single, sacred goal. Expect to sweat in the name of love!"
Natthanan Junthongpipat (Nat): Nat is a certified Bikram Yoga instructor from Spring Teacher Training 2006. Since then she has been teaching yoga in New York, Manila and Bangkok. Yoga has always been a resource for her and helped her realize how important it is to nurture body, mind and spirit, and to develop a sense of well-being. Yoga is her way of life and is the way she takes care of herself. During her pregnancy, practicing yoga proved essential in staying strong and healthy throughout those months, helping her deal with the physical and emotional changes that occur during and after pregnancy. In addition to her own practice, the wonderful experience of practicing yoga with her newborn baby after the delivery brought her a new joy and added a new dimension to her practice and teaching - Yoga and the inspiration of new life. Nat is also certified to teach Prenatal, Baby Om, and yoga for children. Nat and her family recently moved to Tarrytown and she is very happy to be part of the yoga community here, and to share her love and experience of yoga at Riverstone.
Patricia Fischer Donohue: Patricia Donohue has been studying and practicing Hot Yoga in the Bishnu Ghosh (Bikram) tradition since 1998. She was trained and certified with Bikram Choudhury in 2002 and became the first certified hot yoga teacher & studio owner in Westchester. Her efforts opened the door for thousands of students to experience the transformative power of hot yoga. Patricia's never ending quest to learn now keeps her traveling annually to Mexico to study at the at the Ghosh' College of Physical Education with Tony Sanchez - arguable one of the world's most respected authorities in the Ghosh lineage. In addition to Hot Yoga, Patricia's teaching draws from and incorporates the principals of many other yoga styles that she has learned from renown yoga teachers such as Beryl Bender Birch, Seane Corn, Vinny Marino, Alan Finger and Carrie Owerko. In 2010 Patricia founded Riverstone Center Ltd. which now incorporates a full range of yoga styles and disciplines drawing from both the hot yoga and non hot yoga traditions such as Ashtanga, Iyengar, Yin, Aerial Yoga and more. Her first year open, Patricia is proud to have her studio named the most innovative yoga studio in Westchester in 2013 by Westchester Magazine. Patricia is grateful that she has been given the opportunity to share her passion and that she can provide a safe space where talented teachers meet eager students under one roof called Riverstone Yoga.
Phoebe Miller: Phoebe comes from a strong movement background. She received her BFA in Modern Dance from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she studied technique, anatomy, kinesiology, and pedagogy. As a professional dancer in New York City, her studies continued and she earned her Pilates certification from the Kane School of Core Integration, 500 hour Certification (RYT500/ERYT200) under the guidance of her mentor Jeanmarie Paolillo from YogaWorks and Restorative/Therapeutics training with Jillian Pransky from YogaWorks.
Shannon McGee: Shannon has been practicing yoga for 10+ years and was certified to teach at At One Yoga in Scottsdale, AZ. She was first drawn to yoga for the excellent “workout” but soon discovered the spiritual benefits surpassed the physical practice. She looks forward to sharing her passion with her students highlighting how yoga can inspire you to live your best life. Her class will challenge students to find their own moving meditation by connecting breath with movement. A dynamic series of flowing yoga sequences will challenge you and work to increase strength and flexibility while detoxifying the body and mind. Fun, high energy, upbeat music helps to cultivate a relaxed environment that encourages students to explore their individual strengths on a path to their own self transformation. A heated room will help you to open up your body, mind and heart. Open up to happiness!. Shannon was featured in Yoga Journal in the September 2011 issue.
Victoria Ramos: Victoria's journey into the yoga practice began at the Jivamukti studio in the East Village in 1990. Ten years later she was certified by Cyndi Lee at Om Yoga and has been teaching in New York City and Westchester studios since. She is also certified in pre-natal yoga trauma-sensitive yoga and Somatic Healing. Victoria is known for her deep knowledge, and visual imagery (no surprise as she holds a degree from Pratt in photography). She teaches vinyasa flow classes from all levels from beginner to advanced with a strong commitment to alignment. She currently studies with one of the master teachers on alignment, Genny Kapuler of the Iyengar Institute in New York. She is the creator of AjnaYoga.