I have practiced and studied Hatha Yoga since 1969. In 2002 I received my teaching certification in Prana Yoga at the New York Open Center lead byDr. Jeff Migdow and Pritti Robin.
Prana Yoga focuses on the chakra system and teaches ways to consciously release energy blockages in the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual body, creating balance and ease on all levels of being. In Prana Yoga we combine the practice of asana with chanting the seed sounds and vowel sounds of the chakra with the intention to increase, decrease, move, and balance the energies in the major energy centers (chakra) in our bodies.
My teaching style is also greatly influenced by my early teachers Ani Nadler Grosser and Rachel Gluckstein.
I have a great desire to share Yoga with those who experience restrictions in their physical bodies due to age, excess weight, or injuries. I want to show that with the help of gentle movement, attention to the breath, and an open heart, we can change the way we feel about our bodies, how we relate to ourselves and others, and to the world around us.
I fell in love with Yoga after my very first class with Heidi Ruehlmann somewhere around 1998 and am blessed to be working with her all these years later at the Mountain Breeze Yoga studio.
I received my yoga teaching certification in 2008 from The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute with Beryl Bender Birch.
I am also certified by Katherine Hamer to practice singing bowl healing through the Atma Buti International Sound Healing & Vibration Institute as of 2018
My classes are alignment based, fun artistic expressions that combine various styles and techniques of yoga woven together with the transformative power of the breath. Students are encouraged to move from where they are, go inward throughout the practice, and fully explore with gratitude all that is.
As a teacher one can have many hours of instruction on the teaching and learning of yoga, but the best experience comes from spending time on your mat, exploring the mantra of breath, and moving your body with the intention of deep listening. I am inspired by the limitless places we can go.
Akkamahadevi has relocated to the beautiful Northern Catskills from New York City. She studied and taught at the Integral Yoga Institute of New York. Following the teachings of Swami Satchidananda, she incorporates his inspirational affirmations into her class.
Akka is a certified 500 hour yoga guide in Level I Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga, with additional trainings in restorative, gentle and yoga for arthritis. By providing accessible yoga to all, she found her calling in therapeutic yoga. Today, Akka is a certified yoga therapist, a C-IAYT with the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Akka is also a Reiki Master Teacher of the Usui system.
Guiding students through gentle and restorative postures, deep relaxation, breath awareness, sound vibration and meditation, Akka gives her students a full integral yoga practice to obtain balance in body, mind and energy.
I stumbled into yoga when my husband at the time brought home a Baptiste Power Yoga DVD. Id been cycling a lot and feeling very stiff. The practice was transformative and landed me in a place of ease in both body & mind. That was in 2001 and since then I find myself continually drawn to my mat. I began teaching a class called Body Flow in 2006 (a combination of ti chi, yoga & pilates) and in 2012 went for formal yoga training with Baron Baptiste (YA 200). I recently completed a 125 hour yoga wellness educator training which has expanded my knowledge base. I’m a certified personal trainer (ACSM), nutrition coach (PN1), and transformative life coach (Michael Neil). Im passionate about helping people connect to their body, to find ease and peace in their heart and in their lives. When not working or teaching I can be found engaged in activities ending in ING with a faithful poodle by my side, cooking creatively at home and playing with family and friends.
My Reiki training was guided by Laura Jany Klucharich of the Vitality Natural Healthcare Center in Emmaus, PA. Laura is a wonderful and caring practitioner and teacher. I was fortunate to learn, practice and become certified at all levels in person with Laura. This includes advanced level Reiki Teacher training. In NY, I continued my learning with gifted teachers including Ricarda O’Conner, Ed Cleveland, and Mitch Nur.
During 2017-18, I completed both “Reiki Wisdom and The Three Mysteries” and “Singing Bowls of the Himalayas: Circles of Sacred Sound” with Mitch Nur, Ph.D.
Additionally, I was trained by Dr. Richard Bartlett and completed Matrix Energetics essentials, Field Trip and Psycho-Emotional Energy.
I was first introduced to yoga in my early twenties, and almost immediately felt the magic that the practice has to offer. I felt connected for the first time in a long time, as if all the pieces were beginning to come together. As my yoga practice grew and I began to recognize the benefits, I knew this was something that was going to be a part of me for the rest of my life.
My teachers were a blessing, helping to guide me on my path; nourishing and living the best version of myself. After years of training, going deeper within myself and deeper within my practice, I decided I wanted to share the gifts that yoga had given me. With the encouragement and support of my many wonderful teachers, I decided to focus all of my energy and passion, committing myself completely to Shakti Yoga Teacher Training, in Woodstock, NY.
I love teaching all yoga levels and truly believe that I learn just as much from my students as they do from me. I like to keep my classes fun, upbeat, and focused.