Lynda Ferrara, Registered Yoga Teacher
Lynda’s intention when she sought recovery in 1988 was to stop the emotional pain and hopelessness that addiction had inflicted upon her life. One day at a time that darkness has turned to Light, allowing her to move forward on a beautiful journey of self-discovery. After building a solid foundation in 12-Steps for several years, she was introduced to the powerful practice of yoga. Lynda became a yoga instructor in 2009 under the loving guidance of Sheryl and Neil Edsall. She has since completed a 100 hr. training for “Yoga of Recovery” counseling and is also a certified Reiki practitioner.
The passion and compassion that yoga embodies is the place that Lynda teaches from. Her classes are filled with a comfortable weave of breath, sound, movement, and meditation, where students feel safe and supported regardless of their experience with the practice. She inspires them to tap into their own inner strength and courage that will allow for blissful balance on, as well as off, of the mat. With an open heart full of gratitude, Lynda is honored to be given the opportunity to share the hope that her path of yoga and recovery has so sweetly blessed her with.
Lauren has been a yoga practitioner for many years. She completed her RYT 200 hour intensive training and went on to eventually complete her children’s yoga certification. Lauren believes there is much evidence to support the use of pranayama, meditation, and physical asana within both the educational and theraputic settings. She enjoys teaching yoga to all ages, and holds great responsibility in guiding her students through a safe, and lifelong practice. Her emphasis is on communicating mindfulness and connecting practitioners to their own, inner teacher. She continues her own research and education in attempts to bridge eastern philosophies within her own, medically-oriented practice as a speech language pathologist in the rehabilitation and early intervention setting.
Krishna Venkatesh, Registered Yoga Teacher
Krishna began his yoga journey in 2008 after unbearable pain from a back injury led him to an Iyengar Yoga Restorative class. After several months of learning to move mindfully and therapeutically under careful supervision, his love affair with yoga began.
Always seeking, he continued with the Iyengar practice, while also exploring Ashtanga and several other approaches. His search led him to Charlotte Chandler Stone, CYT, E-RYT 500, the founder and director of the Stone Center for Yoga and Health in Teaneck, NJ, where he immersed himself in the study of Stone Yoga, a therapeutic and highly adaptive yoga style accredited by the National Yoga Alliance, that helped him heal his back and see yoga and life in a new light.
Krishna successfully completed the Stone Yoga Teacher Training, and is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered yoga instructor. With a focus on precise yet adaptive alignment, pranayama, and above all, safety, Krishna is passionate about sharing what he learned, though he believes his students 'teach him' much more than the reverse.
His sense of humor and playfulness act as a counterbalance to how seriously he takes his commitment to clear, concise instruction. A professional composer and musician for almost 26 years, music has taken him all over the country and across the Atlantic several times. He has had the fortune of working with many well-known artists such as Herbie Hancock, Joe Strummer of The Clash, and the Blue Man Group, as well as yoga kirtan artist David Durga Das Newman on his album 'ReBliss' for White Swan, the premier yoga music record label.
Krishna composed the music for the popular yoga documentary feature film 'Enlighten Up! A Skeptic's Journey into the World of Yoga' which toured movie theaters nationally and is available at both Amazon and Netflix. Krishna is eternally grateful to his teachers, having studied and taken workshops with Charlotte Chandler Stone, Colleen Briscoe, Raji Thron, Senior Iyengar teacher Sri Arun, Sharon Fruchtman-Laffey and Ashtanga master teacher Tim Miller.