Brett received his B.S. from the State University of New York at Oswego in Business Administration with a minor in Theater. He also received a certificate in Television Production from the New School Of Radio And Television in Albany, NY in 2001. Brett currently works as a Software Testing Analyst for a legal services company. Also, through his company, groffTECH he develops and maintains the Orchid Tree Yoga website and also provides consulting services for MindBody.
Coding/Website Development through resources such as the internet, Free Code Camp, Code School & Pluralsight.
Colleen has been practicing yoga since 2005, and dove deep into her personal practice in 2014 when seeking spiritual balance, psychological well-being, and physical fitness. She has always loved yoga, but what she loves most about yoga is its holistic offerings to one’s life. Colleen received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification with Lauren Toolin, out of Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts. Colleen has taught Hatha Yoga classes at Heartspace, Living Resources, and private sessions in people’s homes. She loves to be witness to her students’ progress and growth, help people learn how to be present in their bodies, and guide her students towards balanced living. Her focus is on safe and powerful alignment, mindful sequencing, movement with breath, and self-love.
Lauren Toolin, Meghan Hogan, John Smrtic, Pema Chodron, Thich Nhat Hahn, my daughter, Lilith
Colleen is currently saving up to take Lauren Toolin’s Yoga Vidya 300 Hour Teacher Training
A practitioner of OM Yoga and Iyengar Yoga, Laurel has studied yoga intensively since 1998, and been teaching since 2005. She loves the healing aspects of yoga which enabled her to rehabilitate knee, shoulder and back injuries. Laurel received her 200 hour certification with Cyndi Lee of OM Yoga, NYC.
She delights in introducing adults over 50 to the benefits of yoga, as well as challenging intermediate and advanced students to explore new realms of strength, precision and awareness. She specializes in working with students with restrictions in movement due to chronic illness, injury or physical trauma.
Following a decade of teaching at Orenda Yoga Laurel purchased the studio from Andrea Fortuin. Now Orchid Tree Yoga, the studio embraces students of all ages and abilities, bringing the benefits of yoga to pregnant women, infants, children and their families, individuals, adults over 50 and seniors.
Cyndi Lee; BKS Iyengar; Silva, Mira & Shyam Mehta; L. Fishman & E. Saltonstall; my son.
Yoga as a healing modality for arthritis and deep physical trauma; Buddhism.
Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training, 6 day Intensive - David Emerson, Jenn Turner
Lisa has been teaching group fitness classes since 2003. She started with kickboxing, turbo kick, and piyo (pilates and yoga fusion) and discovered her love of yoga. She completed a 200 hour yoga training with Lauren Toolin in 2009 at Heartspace Yoga in Albany. She has taught at Heartspace, the JCC in Albany and Gold’s Gym. She has a passion for wellness and nutrition, which led her to become a Certified and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and has experience counseling clients since 2008. She has been a certified personal trainer since 2009. She loves teaching chair yoga, Silver Sneakers classes, and hatha yoga currently at the YMCA in Guilderland and WE Care in Latham.
Helping people live healthier, happier lives through fitness, yoga, and nutrition.
Lauren Toolin, John Smrtic, Judith Hanson Lasater, Barbara Benagh, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, and Kathryn Budig.
300 hour Yoga Vidya Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Lauren Toolin
Yoga Vidya 300 Hour Teacher Training
Yoga Ones Training Program
NETA Post Rehab Considerations Online Course
Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy: Therapeutic Elimination Diets
Renee’s journey into massage therapy began as a recipient, wondering at the healing powers of her own massage therapist. She desired to bring this relief, comfort and relaxation to loved ones suffering pain and discomfort.
At The Center for Natural Wellness/ School of Massage Therapy Renee gained the tools to become a recuperative force in the lives of others. Over the course of ten years of practice, Renee has developed an eclectic blend of deep tissue Swedish massage, Neuromuscular therapy, and Shiatsu. In addition, she has been a Reiki Master for eight years, and she brings this healing energy into her massage sessions.
Clients in Renee’s care enjoy her personal attention, empathy, and professionalism, and she employees aromatherapy and her own herbal healing oil to relax, heal, and pamper.