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About Us

The Orchid Tree Yoga community of dedicated instructors and wellness professionals, formerly as Orenda Yoga, has served the wellness needs of Guilderland, Rotterdam, Schenectady, Altamont, Knox, & Berne, as well as the greater Capital district area, for over 15 years.  Following the COVID-19 Global Pandemic we were required to close our doors for 7 months.  We re-opened in the Fall of 2020 but the pandemic continued to rage and the Guilderland Center location closed its doors permanently on December 31, 2020.  

With the production of vaccines, I have re-opened the satellite location at Leaf House Yoga studio in Knox, NY for the continuation of classes.


The mission of the Orchid Tree Yoga community:

is to foster personal growth through exploration, determination and self-study by promoting physical awareness in a safe, supportive environment where students grow beyond their perceived boundaries to a deeper connection with themselves and others.

As Studio Owner and Senior Instructor of Orchid Tree Yoga, Laurel Tormey Cole has been teaching for over 17 years.  You will find she is a vibrant, compassionate and deeply caring person devoted to yoga and her students, as well as to the health and healing of our planet.  Students receive individual attention and modifications appropriate to their personal practice. 

Leaf House:
In April of 2019 Orchid Tree Yoga opened its satellite location at 99 Street Road in Knox, NY.  Leaf House is a unique studio space designed for small classes as well as opportunities for workshops and events held in a beautiful, natural setting.  The goal of the studio is to provide access to yoga classes for residents of the Helderberg Hilltowns and surrounding areas.  Rural areas frequently lack amenities for the local communities and Leaf House answers that need.
Registration for classes at Leaf House can be done via email, phone or text:  518-729-6308.  As the studio is located in a private residence, attendees should be aware that the studio has  a cat.  If you have cat allergies or do not like cats please do not attend classes.

Easily accessible to the experienced yogi or the absolute beginner, the studio is open to all and fully equipped for yoga, meditation, and workshops.

Our Wellness Package pricing is one of the best in the Capital District in cost and value to our students.

Come experience the calm and tranquil space that is Orchid Tree Yoga at Leaf House Yoga studio.