Take a moment to get to know us. Instructor bios allow you to meet your teachers before you unroll your mat. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
Are you living your yoga?
Admit it! You are just a happier person when you do yoga!
Yoga helps us get centered in ourselves.
It makes us feel better physically and mentally. It makes us nicer to be around.
That's why we want more people doing more yoga-
it makes the world a better place!
Our goal at breathe is to make Living Yoga so irresistible that you can't say no to yoga. Look at the benefits of Living Yoga and sign up now!
One of my favorite childhood memories is Camp Stella Maris on Conesus Lake, especially bonfires at the beach on a starry night.
I love teaching yoga because I see how people change, grow and honor their true selves through their practice
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is Patience! And, there is no such thing as perfection.
Three words that describe my teaching style: Authentic, empathetic, funny
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me Enjoying my family, working, teaching indoor cycling
Three people who inspire me are My mother and my grandmothers for their compassion, quiet fierceness, and tirelessly helping others.
One of my favorite quotes is: "It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” Antoine de Saint-Exupery
One of my favorite childhood memories is Being rocked to sleep and sung to by my grandmother and grandfather.
I love teaching yoga because It truly feels like a gift that I was meant to share with others and continue to evolve as a woman, mother and teacher.
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is If I can't take a full deep breath where I am, then I should not be in that place, situation or pose.
Three words that describe my teaching style: Light hearted, energetic, meditation in motion.
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me Having high stakes negotiation with my 3 1/2 year old daughter.
Three people who inspire me are My grandmother, Helen Raineri, Amba Stapleton, Nosara Yoga Institute.
One of my favorite quotes is:
"Watch your thoughts;
they become your words.
Watch your words;
they become your actions.
Watch your actions;
they become habits.
Watch your habits;
they become your character.
Watch your character;
it comes your destiny.”
One of my favorite childhood memories is Riding around with my Grandmother when it was thunder and lightening. We would sit in the back seat, tip our heads back & look out the back window and watch the storm come rolling through. I was a dreamer as a kid. And this sparked my curiosity and love for the stars and Universe.
I love teaching yoga because Yoga allows me to center myself while giving me a chance to share lots of light and positivity to the world through my own stories and experiences.
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is A yogi in all ways, always. I no longer force things. What flows, flows. What crashes, crashes. I only have space and energy for things that are meant for me.
Three words that describe my teaching style: Fun, Empowering, Badass!
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me Cooking and creating in the kitchen. I love to bring health and wellness to my life in all ways!
Three people who inspire me are Lewis Howes, Cyndi & Carly Weis.
One of my favorite quotes is: "Consider becoming the type of energy that no matter where you go, or where you are, you will always add value to the spaces and lives of those around you."
One of my favorite childhood memories is of my first sleepover, which I spent with my grandparents. My grandmother let me wear her teal blue satin nightgown, and she promised not to tell my parents how much candy I ate.
I love teaching yoga because every class is an opportunity for me to practice being present and allowing myself to be vulnerable.
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is how to extend grace to myself: through my practice, I have developed—and continue to develop!—my capacity to approach both my body and mind with care and compassion.
Three words that describe my teaching style: warmhearted; grounded; relaxed
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me teaching music history classes (I'm an Assistant Professor of Music History and Cultures at Syracuse University), reading, or working on my book.
Three people who inspire me are my parents and my spouse
One of my favorite quotes is: "When we practice generating compassion, we can expect to experience the fear of our pain. Compassion practice is daring. It involves learning to relax and allow ourselves to move gently toward what scares us."
Pema Chödrön, The Places That Scare You
One of my favorite childhood memories is Spending summers at our family camp on Skaneateles lake, better known as "Farchione's playground", with all of my cousins! Specifically I remember learning how to water ski: both of my grandparents got into the water to help me up and my Dad "hit it" driving the boat. I remember feeling like I was on top of the world once I finally got up skiing!
I love teaching yoga because it challenges me to step out of my comfort zone.
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is to trust yourself to know what is right.
Three words that describe my teaching style: empowering, authentic, spirited
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me working as a physician assistant, working at breathe
Three people who inspire me are my Mom—she is my constant reminder to follow my dreams. My Dad—he is the hardest working person I know! Grandma Jane—she defies all odds.
One of my favorite quotes is: "Be yourself. No one else is qualified."
One of my favorite childhood memories is I was a dreamer as a kid. I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast, an actress, a singer and a dancer all at once. My sister and I shared a love for movement. When our parents were out in the evening, we would turn up the lights inside, turn on the music, open the curtains and dance to our reflection in the windows. It was so joyous — dopamine levels must have been off the charts. My dreams, in those moments, felt entirely within reach.
I love teaching yoga because I read a great book recently, Love Warrior, by Glennon Doyle Melton. She wrote, “In yoga, instead of using my mind to download wisdom, I use my body”. That’s what I love about teaching yoga! In yoga, the body teaches the mind which is a complete flip-flop to what I used to think about how we learn. Our bodies have a lot to say. Yoga can help us learn to listen.
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is Like yoga, life can be awkward and frustrating. It's uncomfortable at times. When I stop arguing with what is (in yoga and in life) and breathe, accept and adapt, I experience my life in an entirely different way.
Three words that describe my teaching style: big-hearted, joyful, imperfect
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me at breathe, with my family, or taking quiet time to read
Three people who inspire me are I am inspired by three categories of people: People who are oppressed by circumstances and still find the good in others, people who have suffered greatly and yet still reach for joy, and people who are privileged and remain compassionate and open-hearted.
One of my favorite quotes is: "What's in the way is the way"
One of my favorite childhood memories is Driving to Virginia Beach for summer vacations with my parents and three sisters in our family station wagon. Our 12 hour trip (there must have been stops!) was full of playing word games, snacking, and drawing imaginary lines down the middle of the back seat so no one would come in to our space. We took turns napping on the way back on the mattress we brought along (clearly before seat belt laws). Brilliant! Many fun times at the Hilton.
I love teaching yoga because I love the mind/body connection!
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is the best way to achieve the goal is to break things down in to smaller steps.
Three words that describe my teaching style: inviting, fun, energetic
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me hanging with my family
Three people who inspire me are
1. people who persevere even when life is tough
2. people who are positive, enthusiastic, and respectable leaders
3. people who are genuine and caring
One of my favorite quotes is: "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning how to dance in the rain."
One of my favorite childhood memories is Spending time with my grandparents over the summer, and on various weekends and holidays. We loved playing checkers, going to the park and riding the carousel, and listening to the Annie soundtrack over and over again.
I love teaching yoga because of the connection, love, and caring energy that we cultivate together as a community. Yoga literally has saved my life. Having the opportunity to share the science and practice of yoga brings me gratitude and hope that others may also find a place to heal and uncover their peace as well.
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is acceptance and gratitude. Creating the space to accept where I am physically, emotionally, and mentally in the present moment continues to provide healing, balance and growth in all aspects of my life. The amount of gratitude that flows when I create the space to breathe and do this work is immeasurable.
Three words that describe my teaching style: enthusiastic, compassionate, and playful
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me caring for my twin boys, teaching middle school special-education, hiking, playing musical instruments, and practicing yoga every day.
Three people who inspire me are My mom, my maternal Grandmother, and Tao Porchon-Lynch
One of my favorite quotes is: "Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of those.”
Siddhartha Guatama Buddha
"Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu"
One of my favorite childhood memories is Every thanksgiving all my cousins would drive up and spend a couple days at our house for the holiday. A majority of our time was spent outside playing in the snow. On years that there wasn’t any snow yet, my dad and uncles would take all the seats out of the mini van, line it with plastic, and drive over to the local ice skating rink arena. They would drive around to the back of the building where they ice rink dumped their ice shavings and load as much as they could into the back of the mini van. It took several trips (and hours) but we would eventually have a single path of snow all the way down the back yard and our own little sledding hill.
I love teaching yoga because because there is no ideal, model practice. I love knowing I can help a student evolve whether they’ve been on their mat for 30 days or 30 years.
A life lesson I’ve learned from my yoga practice is you are perfect for now. Wherever you are at, whether on the mat or off, is just where you need to be.
Three words that describe my teaching style: Lighthearted. Authentic. Accessible.
When I’m not teaching yoga, you’ll find me Going on hikes or couch snuggling with my dog, Sadie. Or reading a book.
Three people who inspire me are My strong and beautiful Mom. My equally strong and beautiful big sister. And my first yoga instructor, Joy, who planted the yoga seed.
One of my favorite quotes is: "Respond to every call that excites your spirit."