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.

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 Certified 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.