Our 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.

At BBC, Nora teaches our Couple Prenatal Yoga Workshop and occasionally fills in for our other yoga instructors.

Sue Fox, RYT

When Sue was 7 months pregnant, she moved with her husband to her hometown of Rochester and started taking pre-natal yoga classes. It was a transformational moment: Sue.3 copythrough yoga she re-energized her body – building strength and confidence through movement – and reconnected with her breath. The day she brought her son into the world, her yoga practice (along with her husband and awesome doula, (Christy Muscato!) helped her through it naturally and has continued to be an essential part of daily life over the past three years of motherhood.

Sue has worked and been a student of yoga around the globe, but after experiencing pre- and post-natal yoga, she knew that this was a gift she wanted to offer new moms. Her pre-natal classes are inspired by her own experience and reflect the joy of preparing for motherhood. Whether they are new or seasoned yogis, Sue works with students to build their strength and stamina, relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy, and relax through focused breathing.

In 2014, Sue decided to take her learning and engagement with pregnant women to the next level and trained as a birth doula. Supporting her first client through labor and delivery was another transformational moment; witnessing the empowered and triumphant birth of a baby – and of a mother – brought everything full circle for Sue. As a yoga teacher and birth doula, she seeks to support and empower women from their early weeks of pregnancy through to holding their new baby in their arms. Sue is honored to work with the amazing BBC team, and humbled by the lessons she learns from each and every student and client that she works with.

At BBC Sue teaches prenatal yoga and takes occasional birth and postpartum doula clients.

Dalia Rodriguez-Aponte, Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula

Dalia is a classical trained pianist and teacher that found a new calling and passion in birth through her journey of becoming a mom.  Dalia.3 copy Currently, she is a Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and has taken other courses and trainings that compliment her work. Dalia believes in birth and in the woman’s ability to give birth, but she also understands the fears that arise during this process. For her, this is a sacred and transformative time in which it is possible to be reborn as an individual and parent. Dalia, who is bi-lingual (English and Spanish), will be honored to be a part of your process.

At BBC, Dalia teaches our Comfort Measures class and takes occasional birth and postpartum doula clients.

 

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.

At BBC, Linda teaches Baby Sign Basics and Baby Sing, Sign and Play.

Anja Webster

Anja Webster is passionate about many things.
Having immigrated to the US in 2004, deeply in love with her ever supportive husband Brian, she found herself in need of a sister with the birth of her first child. Her marvelous birth doula fulfilled her deep rooted need to feel supported by women, and thus a love for birth, live, and teaching had been ignited.
In the early years of motherhood, Anja studied the art of being a birth and postpartum doula, taught German at the German School of Rochester, and founded a German Book Club for Kids, before embarking on the adventure of a lifetime: homeschooling her two lively daughters. Since then, Anja has been actively involved in several homeschool co-ops, was a founding member and two year unit leader at AHG Troop NY2911, and has volunteered in several ministries.
In her spare time Anja became a Lay and Ministry Counselor under the guidance of Kathy Elliott, LMHC, and a Red Cross First Aid, CPR & AED Instructor.
Anja has been mentored for several years by a generous and incredibly knowledgeable cat breeder, inviting her into the most intimate moments of life of another species. People with neurological challenges are of special interest to Anja, and she hopes to step into her mentor’s shoes to help provide companion animals to children and adults in need.
Having lived in Germany, Switzerland, England, and France, Anja has learned that the feeling of belonging comes from within, and believes in the power of supporting, teaching, helping, and healing one another.

Sarah Yannello, RYT

Sarah attended her first yoga class in Manhattan in 2000, while working as a Marketing Assistant for a publishing house. She discovered a profound connection with herself on the mat that first time and has continued her practice over the years as she has traveled, changed career paths, married and become a mother. Yoga has allowed her to see growth in all aspects of her life. She has found that through the evolution of her yoga practice, her
ability to rise to challenges and accept difficult moments have increased along with her self-
awareness and self-acceptance.

In 2015, Sarah continued her yoga journey with a 200 hour teacher training at Inspire Yoga led by Aimee Conners. The opportunity to acquire certifications through Yoga Ed with 95 hours of training in K-12 as well as trauma-informed yoga has opened her mind to the opportunity to be of service to others through yoga.
Since 2015, Sarah has offered family and kids’ yoga classes as well as adult yoga classes at
Molly’s Yoga Corner in Fairport, NY. She is currently working on a proposal to offer yoga
classes to staff, faculty, and students in her local school district and will soon be certified as a Relax and Renew restorative yoga teacher.