Of course, your own practice is the best teacher. Listening to your breath, studying your body's alignment and observing
your thoughts are really how we learn, but a good teacher can speed up the process.
A good teacher has experienced many of the same challenges that each student faces and can help to navigate these pitfalls.
On this page you can meet our teachers and learn a bit more about them. Please drop in on their classes and find
some inspiration, encouragement and assistance to help you feel at home and support your own practice.
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Kathy Falge - HI! I have been a student, practitioner and teacher in the Ashtanga tradition since 2003. In 2007 Jeff and I took our first trip to India to study Ashtanga Yoga at the source, KPJAYI in Mysore. This first trip was especially memorable because we had the amazing honor of practicing directly with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Since then, I have returned to Mysore four more times to continue to study with my teacher, Sharath. In 2014 Sharath gave me his blessing teach the Ashtanga
yoga method with level 2 authorization. I am honored to be able to share this beautiful and transformative yoga method with others. I strive to maintain the integrity of the tradition, while sharing the teachings in a way that everyone can practice, and that addresses each individual students unique abilities and interests. As Pattabhi Jois said, “All can take practice.”
Additional yoga studies include two month-long teacher intensives with Richard Freeman, a year practicing and apprenticing with Christine Hoar in Bristol, VT, and certification as an Integrative Yoga Therapy teacher (200-hour level). I’m a NYS licensed Massage Therapist and hold an MA degree in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University. Currently, I am studying
Ayurveda through New World Ayurveda School. I love learning and will always
consider myself to be a student!
I am deeply appreciative of all the teachers and students who have inspired me and have so generously shared their knowledge and experience, as well as my family and friends,
who are always with me on this journey. Om shant!
Jean Tabolt - My passion for yoga and dedication to community wellness led me to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Ma. I received my yoga teacher certification in 2013. Shortly after, I began teaching yoga at Satyana as well as at the middle school where I've worked as a prevention counselor for nearly 20 years.
I am devoted to sharing the many benefits of yoga with the community and
in addition to teaching, bringing yoga education through community and
state presentations including the 26th Annual CNY Prevention Conference in May of 2014.
I feel blessed to have the opportunity to work
with such fabulous teachers and to come to know, to teach and
to practice with our community’s amazing yoga students.
Barb Eldridge - My yoga journey started 14 years ago by taking classes here and there. Then I discovered Jeff Rule’s studio and I was hooked. Practicing Ashtanga yoga with both Jeff and Kathy Falge was when yoga became an important part of my life. I realized the transformative effects of yoga on and off the mat. I learned that yoga heals your body and your psyche.
Through the desire to share yoga with others I went to teacher training at The Kripalu Center for Yoga and Heath for my 200 hour certification. I continue to attend training workshops. As a yoga teacher I try to keep my classes somewhere between accessible and challenging. I want my students to feel comfort in their movements so that the movement can become a catalyst for discovery and healing. Above all I want my students to find comfort in their own skin.
Clancy Cox - I am an Integral Yoga instructor and registered with Yoga Alliance RYT 200
and member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association. I began practicing yoga
in 2007, searching for relief of spinal pain after a car accident. Little did she know the
hugely positive impact yoga would have on the rest of her life!
I taught and practiced yoga all throughout my own pregnancy and am passionate about
sharing the physical and mental benefits of prenatal yoga. I received my
Integral Yoga teacher training at Satchidananda Ashram in Buckingham, VA.
i have also completed Elemental Vinyasa training with Shiva Rea.
Before moving to the North Country, i taught yoga for women with eating disorders
at Prosperity Wellness Center in Herndon, VA. I am a classically trained Soprano,
and love to combine the healing power of yoga and song.
Nadia Garib - I started my training as a dancer when I was 15 years old, and I started teaching when I was 19 years old. My formal education in dance extends from jazz to modern such as Cunningham, Limon, Graham, and Horton techniques to name a few. I also studied ballet with Cuban and Russian teachers in Caracas and New York City for many years.
I made a transition from dancing to physical fitness and advanced my knowledge of body movement and became a physical trainer. I have taken workshops in Indian dance, Thai chi and I have begun studies in yoga. My adventure with yoga started when I found Jeff’s classes and fell in love with yoga all over again, after studying for more than a year I felt the need to share what i know.
I blended my previous knowledge of dance and physical training with my experience in yoga. I am here to teach what has been taught to me and also what I have discovered with kindness, focus and breathing. My classes are a blend of Vinyasa with influences from different yoga schools and dance. We use props if needed or wanted, and i teach proper alignment for a safe and efficient practice. I believe that one has to find their own way of understanding yoga, with help of a teacher and patience, kindness, and by progressing one millimeter at a time.
Rugmani Kutty - I grew up in a family of ayurvedic practitioners who prescribed yoga and ayurveda for treating all kinds of illnesses. Since I was a child I was exposed to ayurvedic treatments such as body massage with herbal oils and yoga for healthy living, peace and happiness.
I became very much interested in yoga practice and decided to share my knowledge in the field of yoga, meditation and ayurveda. I believe simple yoga and meditation techniques will allow you to relax your mind and body. I learned diverse yoga styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Kripalu and Kundalini yoga. I have been teaching Hatha yoga for the past 4 years and conducted two conferences in the Southern Tier. Currently, we are in the process of conducting 'Yoga and Health for Cancer Awareness' to benefit the cancer patients in the Southern Tier.
It is my mission to conduct conferences and workshops to spread the benefits of yoga, meditation and ayurveda to energize our bodies and lead a healthy life style. In addition, I am interested in sharing my knowledge on Vedic Yoga, Yoga Sutras, Mudras, postures with Sanskrit meanings, Indian culture, Indian food, and other topics of interest.
Stephanie Graf - In the fall of 2009 I took a six week yoga class at Jefferson Community College led by Jeff Rule. I had never tried yoga, and even though I felt like I had the flu the next day, I loved it.
Thus my yoga journey began …. lots of yoga classes, self-learning, several trips to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires, and finally the completion of a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga Vermont in Burlington, Vermont, in December 2014. I started to teach a vinyassa flow class immediately and soon thereafter a Senior Yoga Class.
Recently I became 1 of 5 trainers in the country for the 4-H "Yoga for Kids" curriculum developed
by the University of Arkansas. Next up, I plan to earn a certificate in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga
in October 2016. My overall philosophy is to never stop learning a new skill.
Kendra Philhower - I first started practicing yoga in college and was immediately hooked. In the fall of 2014 I took the plunge and completed an 8-month yoga teacher training at Savannah Yoga Center in Savannah, GA and I haven’t looked back since! My classes are fun and relaxed, infused with creative sequencing, hands-on-assists and music of all kinds. I hope to see you in class!
Jeff Rule - I first discovered yoga in 1973 while at college when I found a commentary
on the Yoga Sutras and a copy of Be Here Now by Ram Das. For many years I practiced at home,
using these books for my teachers, until taking my first yoga class in the mid '80s. And it was
there at Kripalu where I found a like-minded and truly supportive colony of yogis and yoginis
whose lineage and heart-filled practice was the perfect incubator.
In 2000 my new year's resolution became a daily practice and later I was lucky enough to meet
Kathy and we began a dedicated ashtanga yoga sadhana- determined to find out what
all the 'fuss' was about. The pursuit of this practice has led us to many different,
wonderful studios and around the world to the home of ashtanga yoga in Mysore.
A lot has changed since college and I recognize that my definition of yoga is still evolving.
For me, it's not rigid but open to experimentation and there is always more to learn!
Through practice, we come to rest in our true Self, a sort of "witness" consciousness which is revealed as separate
from our usual mental activities and assumptions.
This "own nature" is realized by each individual and in their own time; as the myriad mistaken identities (perpetuated by old habits, ego, doubts and attachments), are recognized and let go.
"Then the looker resides in his own nature." 1:3