Your teacher is your guide on the journey called Yoga
Pauline Kalish, E-RYT 500
Pauline Kalish has been a teacher of yoga for over 30 years. She is the owner of Indian Rock Yoga, a studio located in Suffern, NY. Known as the “teacher’s teacher” Pauline is as comfortable teaching a basic or advanced class as she is working with private clients. She was an early advocate of developing certification programs for yoga teachers and offers a variety of studio classes and unique workshops. Pauline has honed her own unique teaching skills while practicing with a wide variety of yoga masters including Peter Sterios, Erich Schiffman and John Friend. She is a Yoga Alliance Certified E-RYT 500, and what stands out among her many accomplishments is being one of the first Certified Yoga Therapists in NY State by the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Pauline has been an innovator using Yoga Therapy to help people manage and cope with a variety of health conditions including arthritis, back pain, knee/hip replacements, cancer and cognitive issues. She is a rare combination of teacher, life-long student and advocate for the application of yoga to improving health and helping people move beyond pain and injury.
A native of the Bronx, Betsy Benjamin raised 2 children in Rockland County and enjoyed a fulfilling career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and psychotherapist. With a life long passion for fitness and wellness, about 16 years ago she discovered yoga which she has practiced for at least 14 of those years at Indian Rock Yoga (IRY). Now a grandmother of five and mostly retired from clinical practice, in early 2015, Betsy completed IRY's Azaya teacher training and became a certified teacher through Yoga Alliance. First as psychotherapist and avid yoga practioner and now as a yoga teacher, Betsy finds the connection between mind, body and spirit a life changing practice. She is thrilled to share the journey of yoga with her students and to help them practice self-care, balance and well-being.
Robin completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification through Yoga Mountain in 2005. While the training was initially undertaken to deepen her own practice, she soon discovered the thrill of sharing her love of yoga with others. She subsequently completed a 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training with Raji Thron, and a 100 hour Advanced Teacher Training with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman.Robin enjoys exploring and learning, and feels blessed to experience and share the beauty of yoga.
Wendy's first experience with yoga was in 2002 when it was suggested that yoga would be a perfect compliment to all the Spinning and running she was doing. By the end of her first class, she was impressed with how much better her body felt , and thus began a discipline of practicing yoga consistently to this day. It wasn’t long before she began to understand how one’s practice of yoga transcended what was occurring on the mat to a more peaceful way of living. In 2016, she realized that she would be good fit for teaching yoga and for expanding her own yogic journey. Her background includes group fitness instructor,personal trainer & Spin, for the past 10 years. Additionally, her experience working in a busy physical therapy studio set her up with a very strong understanding of the body and how it moves. Due to the extensive fitness background, Wendy's classes, through the use of repetition and more traditional strength building moves, will be a bit more active and strength building in nature, but still appropriate for practitioners of all levels. She looks forward to continuing on the quest to assist others in improving their lives.
Mira, a lifelong yoga practitioner, is a RYT-500 certified yoga teacher. She is also certified in Yoga for PTSD, Restorative Yoga, and Sound Healing (Tibetan singing bowls). Having started practicing yoga relatively early, at 6 years of age, Mira has been witness to the beneficial effects of yoga on both mind and body throughout a person’s life. The healing and transformative power of yoga is what inspires Mira to bring these benefits to others. In her private life Mira, a mother of 4, works in an animal hospital and champions the rights of animals.
Jessie is a 200-hr RYT. Initially Jessie enrolled in teacher training to deepen her practice. But she gained even more than she was hoping for: "The deeper I reached, the more I realized that there are so many places that can open up and benefit from breathing deeply into them and from learning to let go. I want to bring this to my classes and show my students how to become obsessed with the sound of their breath, heart beat and feelings in the body. Yoga is a healing and joyful experience."
Laura began practicing yoga in 2010, & was immediately enamored with both the physical and spiritual benefits. She received her 200 hour certification from Birchwood Center in 2017, followed promptly by her 500 hour certification in 2018!
Laura loves the privilege of unveiling the layers of yoga to students, along with the layers of themselves. Her teaching style is imbued with lightness and some laughter, encouraging everyone to find a sense of playfulness along the journey
Larry completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Birchwood Center Yoga Studio in May 2015. Larry has been and continues to be active in weight training, cycling and racing sailboats. When several serious injuries in 2010 curtailed his exercise regimen, he looked for other outlets for activity. He got into yoga as his wife, Jan Crittenden, a Yoga Instructor cajoled him into trying a Level 1 class and a love of yoga was an immediate reaction. Since then he worked to becoming an instructor, and broadening his base with certifications in Gentle Yoga Immersion with Betsy Ceva at Birchwood,Yin Yoga with Dar Vandersloot at Fireshaper and Yoga for Athletes with Sage Rountree at Kripalu.
Since being certified to teach yoga in 2014 Larry has been teaching classes in a number of fitness centers in the region, and several yoga studios. The style he prefers to use is an alignment-based foundation within the postures, building into a flow from pose to pose. Emphasis is placed on the breathe and using it to move within the yoga practice.
Nancie E. Celini, MPH, DrPH, CAB, inc.
Dr. Nancie Celini is an educator, researcher, certified organizational change manager and 500 hour certified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. In her professional career that spans four decades, Nancie has guided life science organizations through dramatic transformations in the application of technology to accelerate and enhance clinical research. Her extensive experience as a health technologist, change manager and a yoga teacher provides her with unique insights into how people can transform their own health. She has been inspired by many scientists, medical professionals and teachers in healthcare and yoga and as the founder of Just Breathe Yoga, a community-based program in NJ, she donates all proceeds to the “Gift of Life” that provides life-saving surgeries for children in need around the globe. She is the developer of “Yoga for Change” a program to help professionals reimagine their work and connectedness to each other. Nancie has been a lifelong advocate for better health as a certified fitness trainer, devoted martial artist and yoga teacher. She will join forces with Pauline Kalish in Suffern, NY where they will be launching a unique teacher continuing education program. Nancie is pursuing her certification as a yoga therapist and has a master’s degree and doctorate in public health. She brings a diverse knowledge base to help her students grow stronger and healthier through yoga.