|Rita Stirparo, RYT, Founder and Director
I was first introduced to yoga in 2001. I felt a calmness in my first class that was unfamiliar yet very soothing. I began a series of weekly classes and noticed how the chatter in my mind would decrease, even if only for the time I was practicing. My body became stronger and my mind, quieter.
My desire to experience the depths of yoga led me to complete my 200 hour teacher training with the Himalayan Institute. I have since completed a YIN Yoga teacher training, Therapeutic Yoga intensive training, Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training and continue to attend various classes and workshops to expand my knowledge and understanding. I am dedicated to the study and practice of yoga and am honored to share my passion with others. My intention for each class is to create a warm and relaxing atmosphere to practice asana, pranayama and meditation, for I agree with the sages that, by focusing attention on the breath, the mind ceases its fluctuations. I encourage students to smile and enjoy each moment on this journey of exploration.
|Dina Price, RYT
I took my first yoga class in 2002 and loved everything about it instantly. The sense of calm that I experienced just stepping onto my mat was absolutely amazing. In 2003 while pregnant with my first child I was introduced to prenatal yoga and then mommy and me yoga. I enjoyed these classes so much I began taking workshops to learn how to teach kids yoga. Over the years I began to explore all different forms of fitness/exercise but always maintained my yoga practice to keep me balanced.
When I was brought face to face with a battle of addiction I realized how important and necessary my yoga practice was for me. That was the moment I knew I needed to deepen my understanding of my practice and learn to control my breath so that i could incorporate my practice into daily living and handle all that life sent my way. It was then that I began my journey toward a certification in yoga for addiction and trauma. I knew i wanted to continue and obtain a 200 hour TT certificate. I completed my certification with Inner Light Yoga in February 2018. I have enjoyed my various trainings and will continue to explore the depths of yoga and share the amazing benefits of the breath and the practice with everyone who takes my classes. .
|Leanne C. McGrory, RYT
I teach meditative and challenging vinyasa style classes with enough structure to ensure that each student enjoys a well-rounded class, and offer modifications and options so students can make their practice their own. I also teach gentle, restorative, and yin yoga classes.
While I loved my first yoga class and how it made me feel, I did not get serious about yoga until stress began affecting my health and I realized that my coping strategies of wine and whining were not effective. I sought more than just improved physical health, and embarked on the path of yoga in earnest. Yoga offers a way to connect with self and community that is profoundly positive and affirming. Teaching allows me to share the power of mindfulness, the clarity and self-awareness, and the physical benefits I continue to discover through yoga, and gives me a wonderful excuse to pursue my own education. I do still drink wine and whine, but not nearly as often!
I completed my 200 hour teacher training through OM Yoga and have since completed a yin yoga certification and yoga for cancer training, among others. I am a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. In my free time, if I am not outdoors or reading a book, I am probably at a yoga class, training, or workshop.
|Rocio Viscarra, RYT
Rocio first found yoga as part of her healing routine for chronic headaches. After more than 13 years of practice, she enrolled in teacher training and completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Now Yoga in May 2013.
A social worker by trade, Rocio’s caring demeanor and attitude comes through in her teaching style. Rocio fully embraces the mind-body connection in her daily practice as well as in her classes. You can expect a balanced combination of synchronized movements and breathing when you take her classes.