Instructors

 Nora Dobrich, RYT

Nora began practicing yoga in 2002, while working towards her master’s degree in Art Therapy. From that first class, Nora knew that yoga needed to be part of her life. Nora shares that yoga has changed her life both internally and externally. Nora grew up playing competitive sports and ran Track and Cross- Country at the Division I level in college. Physically, Nora feels stronger now than while competing in sports. Emotionally, her relationships have grown deeper and more meaningful, as she relates to people with more love and patience, due to her yoga practice.

In reflecting on how yoga has positively changed her life, Nora wanted to share these gifts with others. This lead her to study with Yogafit and she completed her 200 hour certification in 2011. It has been an extremely rewarding experience for Nora to connect with participants and witness the positive growth in their practice, both on and off the mat.

Since 2010, Nora has been providing corporate wellness and yoga classes to local businesses, to improve employee satisfaction, focus and efficiency. In 2013, she became a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers, to broaden her knowledge of anatomy and nutrition.

 

Eileen Hayes, RYT

Eileen is a Registered Yoga Teacher and completed her 200 hr training with Blue Lotus Yoga ofEileen yoga pose Rochester, NY. In addition she has pursued specialized certifications in yoga for children, prenatal/ postpartum women, addictions recovery and restorative yoga. In teaching she is
inspired to create space for others to experience the transformative benefits that come with nurturing a consistent yoga practice. Her classes focus on a therapeutic approach, aligning with the universal aspects of body/mind/breath/heart, to make yoga accessible to each
individual. She believes it is through this mindful attention to our being we are supported back into connection with ourselves, to our wholeness and goodness, and from that place move into deeper relationship with life.

Emily RittenberG M.A., M.Ed.

Emily Rittenberg is a School Counselor who synthesizes mindfulness and conscious parenting to help parents with raising their children.  She facilitates groups, teaches classes, and works 1:1 with parents in need of direct support.  She has studied mindfulness from Mindful Schools and Conscious Parenting from Dr. Shefali Tsabary.  She is a mother of 2 young boys.

KERRY SIEL

Kerry is the former owner Roc the Barre studio here in Rochester, NY and taught barre classes from 2012 until 2016. She took a brief hiatus during and after her pregnancy and now she’s back and ready to bring the burn!  Kerry has several barre teaching certifications in various methods, but Roc the Barre is the method she created and uses for teaching.  Kerry’s classes combine basic ballet exercises, yoga and Pilates to strengthen and tone the whole body.  In her classes you will find muscles and strength you didn’t know you had.

Linda Schmackpfeffer

Linda Schmackpfeffer has been a Baby Signing Instructor since 2006 when she founded her business “Tiny Hands Talk to Me.”  Linda was introduced to baby signing when her then 18 Linda photomonth old grandson was speech delayed and went for speech therapy. The speech therapist recommended that his parents teach him ASL, so he would have a way to communicate before he could speak. When Linda saw how much this helped her grandson, she did some research and found out that signing with babies of all ages (with or without disabilities) is very beneficial both short term and long term. It was at this point that Linda decided she wanted to share this valuable information with parents and caregivers in the area through classes, workshops, and seminars. Linda received her initial Baby Signing Instructor certification from Kindersigns University in 2006. In 2010 Linda applied to and was accepted by The Signing Time Academy. She received further training and became a Certified Baby Signing Time Instructor. Over the years Linda has taught her Baby Signing Classes at local libraries, and recreation centers, as well as holding private in home classes for interested parents and families. She also has conducted several workshops for the teaching staff of various childcare centers in the Rochester area.