Adrienne discovered yoga "by accident" while on vacation in the early 1990's. That started her love affair with yoga and in 2008 began her journey to guide others through the benefits of a regular yoga practice. She is certified in a Vinyasa Flow style of yoga and also teaches Pre-natal/Post-natal, Kids, Seniors, Restorative, and Yin style yoga. Adrienne empowers her students to listen to their body, be in the moment and use their breath awareness to have a safe, fun and rejuvenating practice.
Claudia - Dance, musical theater, aerobics and kindergarten teacher - I have taken many twists and turns to get to my seat as yoga teacher. I was first exposed to yoga from a gift when I worked in the fitness industry. I've continued to expand on my learning ever since. I received my 200 hour certification at Om Yoga Center in NYC and continue to expand my study with the famous and not so famous of the yoga world (you don't have to be a yoga rock star to inspire). From dharma to tantra to alignment to flow, we never stop learning and growing. I bring a strong physical practice with serious focus on alignment as well as a sense of humor.
Danielle fell in love with yoga while attending massage school in 2002. As licensed massage therapist she developed an integrative approach aiming to co-create sessions with clients to address their goals and assist in creating ease within movement. Danielle specializes in Pregnancy Massage and Myofascial Release and is a faculty member at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mount Kisco. After her son was born in 2008 Danielle became passionate about healthy choices in childbirth for mothers, families, and infants. She then trained and certified as an Infant Massage Instructor, yoga teacher and completed level 1 Little Flower yoga for children. She is also a Lamaze trained Childbirth Educator.
Ellen - bio coming soon.
Jodi - Jodi's discovery of yoga, over a decade ago, helped her find the inner peace and balance she desperately needed to offset the stress that accompanied her position in the corporate world. The practice of yoga deepens the connection between breath, body, mind and spirit -- and as both a student and a teacher, Jodi sees how this union both opens the heart and quiets the mind so that we can listen to our powerful inner wisdom and lead a more joyful life. Jodi's ISHTA inspired classes are challenging yet offer modifications to suit the needs of every student. Her goal as a teacher is to offer students what she discovered in her trainings with Alan Finger -- the inner wisdom and awareness that leads to an intentional practice which honors the physical, spiritual and emotional self in each moment, as it is. Jodi’s love for her students keeps her testing the limits of what is possible for them.
Jody - bio coming soon.
Kelly has actively taught yoga since 2005 and has certifications in hatha, prenatal, postnatal, restorative and yin yoga through Integral Yoga. Kelly currently teaches all these forms of yoga, with a speciality in prenatal and women’s yoga. In addition to teaching yoga, Kelly is a certified childbirth educator, birth doula and lactation counselor. Her extensive work with women and babies in yoga studios and birthing rooms has powerfully influenced her approach to teaching yoga for both women and men of all ages. Kelly also weaves her passion for Vedic astrology and shamanic studies into her classes and workshops. Her students are often inspired by the depth of knowledge, insight and expanded perspective she brings to her teaching. Kelly has a Master's Degree in Medical Anthropology and Medical Geography and brings extensive experience from past work as a social services program administrator and training development manager to the teacher training programs at Quest. Kelly is the Director of Quest and BirthDevi Maternity Services, LLC. Kelly is ever grateful to her teachers and mentors along the yoga path: Swami Ramananda, Kali Morse, Nadiya Nottingham and Beth Donnelly-Caban.
Kristen earned her certification through Quest Yoga Arts, Mount Kisco, New York trained by Wendy Hagen and Laura Jensen in 2015. Kristen has been practicing yoga since 2000 and truly fell in love with it in 2012 when her mother/best friend passed away. Yoga was the only place she could find some relief from the grief on an emotional and physical level. With an MA in Dance and Dance Education with K-12 Certification from Teachers College, Columbia University, Kristen has 20 years experience teaching dance and creative movement to all ages. Kristen’s teachings are inspired by “every day “ stresses of life that we all share. We can bring an open-heart to the mat for a physical practice that unites mind, body and spirit with a sense of compassion, community and a sense of humor.
Lauren is a licensed clinical social worker with post graduate training from the Mind/Body Medical Institute at Harvard Medical School. She discovered yoga and meditation seventeen years ago when her three children were toddlers and has incorporated both into her parenting, private practice, and personal life ever since. Lauren is a 200 hour RYT whose classes focus on alignment based vinyasa, mindfulness, and flow. She received her certification at Quest Yoga Arts in Mount Kisco, NY, where she studied under Wendy Hagen and Laura Jensen. Lauren also brings her love of swimming, biking, and running to the mat and recognizes the physical, as well as emotional, benefits of a regular yoga practice for people of all abilities.
Marie discovered yoga after a serious back injury left her with balance and mobility limitations. Her journey to recovery led to yoga where she sought to understand the relationship between alignment and movement. With her practice growing, Marie saw the integration of body and mind blending and her awareness of their connectedness deepening. She knew she wanted to learn more and began the path of study to become a certified Yoga Teacher. Marie is a 200 hour, Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a member of the Yoga Teachers Association of the Hudson Valley. She received her training in alignment based Vinyasa at Quest Yoga Arts, and is deeply grateful to her teachers, Wendy Hagen and Laura Jensen. As a lifetime educator, Marie believes in meeting each person where they are and sees yoga as an adaptable practice accessible to all bodies. Marie’s personal practice and teaching draws from various yoga styles including Iyengar, Vinyasa and Restorative. Marie hopes that students will step off the mat feeling refreshed, renewed and balanced as they find their own pathway to a sound mind, sound body, and a happy life!
Matt believes strongly in Yoga’s ability to foster more ease in the body and mind, and enjoys sharing his passion for Yoga with others. In his classes he incorporates breath work, chanting, meditation, and philosophy in with the physical postures to provide the best experience he can for his students. He first came to the world of yoga after reading the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, one of Yoga’s most influential texts. He resonated with the teachings, and in 2015 decided to take his first teacher training with the Integral Yoga Institute. In December 2016 he completed an Intermediate-level training with Integral, and in July 2017 earned a certification in Therapeutic Massage & Hydrotherapy.
Nadine has been practicing yoga since 2000 and earned her RYT-200 certification in 2015 at Quest Yoga Arts in Mt. Kisco, NY with Wendy Hagen ERYT-500 and Laura Jensen ERYT-200. Nadine found the healing power of yoga after dealing with back and knee injuries. She also found yoga to ground her, help her through the daily stresses of life and guide her through the journey of raising her two daughters. The connection of yoga to the mind, body and spirit keep Nadine coming back to her mat for more.
Nadine teaches vinyasa style yoga with an emphasis on alignment and wrist friendly align flow classes. She is excited and honored to share her passion for yoga with you. She believes yoga is for everyone and she is dedicated to helping people of all ages, walks of life and abilities experience the joy and the healing power of yoga.
Paul - We all come to yoga for our own reasons. One day, when I was in my 30's I was bending to tie my shoelaces when suddenly, I crashed to the floor with severe back spasms. I was in a high point of stress in life and my body had clearly given me a warning. When my wife suggested I take a proactive approach to taking care of myself, I tried my first yoga class. My first impression of yoga was that I was the "stiffest" person in the room and that it was physically impossible for me to perform the yoga postures. I didn't think I had the patience or the body type for the practice. That was the beginning of my yoga journey. Over the next 18 years, I developed a love for yoga and continue to benefit from my daily practice. The overall improvement in my concentration, and range of motion are staggering. The physical yoga practice (Asana) helps my body strengthen, elongate muscles, improve balance, and develop proper alignment. The cerebral aspect of yoga I’ve experienced is in the clarity of thought brought about by clearing the mind of chatter. Meditation for me has created an environment of inner peace. There are additional aspects of yoga, but the initial goal is to feel healthy so we can function at a higher level. All aspects of yoga have helped me achieve my intentions and encourage me to share the beauty of yoga and make the mind body experience accessible to everyone. I've studied under various teachers, I received an RYT-200 certification from Jai Yoga in 2008. I love to teach slow flow Vinyasa and try to include a broad range of poses with an emphasis on alignment. I am passionate about sharing the benefits of Yoga and seeing the measurable improvements it can make in our lives.
Sara is a Westchester local who is devoted to finding where student’s fitness goals intersect with her varied expertise. It starts with her BFA in dance performance from the Hartt School, so you can be sure your experience will have rhythm and soul. Sara has been teaching Barre and Yoga since 2013, and added Pilates in 2015. She fell in love with teaching after years of perusing a professional dance career. Sara couldn’t be happier blending her skills, enriching peoples lives and is excited each and every day knowing she gets to share what she really loves.
Shannon started practicing yoga to help relieve stress. She was quickly inspired by how quickly her mind and body were positively affected by the practice. Yoga had completely transformed how she lived her daily life, both on and off the mat. Shannon completed her 200-hour training in 2015 at Riverstone Yoga. She is also certified in Restorative Yoga (Yoga Haven, 2016) and Aerial Yoga (Skybody Aerial, 2016). In her alignment-focused classes, Shannon creates a gentle, calm, and welcoming environment in her and guides her students through a soothing yet vigorous practice.
Shira teaches an eclectic vinyasa class, drawing inspiration from many styles, teachers, and a continued fascination with the transformative power of yoga, both on and off the mat. Her classes are challenging, based in good alignment and attention to the breath, and a whole lot of fun. Shira received her certification at Kripalu, and has since also become a certified prenatal instructor. She continues to study and practice every day. There is always so much more to learn, and so much deeper to go.
Soledad is an Integral Yoga certified yoga teacher with training in Yoga for Children, restorative yoga, prenatal and postnatal yoga and barre. She has over 10 years experience teaching meditation and most recently became certified in Ayurvedic Thai Bodywork. She has a background in ballet and modern dance which she began studying at the age of seven. She studied at the Joffery Ballet School and was a scholarship dancer with Alvin Alley. She also began a children's meditation program at Dharma Drum Mountain Buddhist retreat many moons back. She enjoys traveling, biking, kayaking, and learning new things. Soledad is fluent in Spanish. She has 25 years experience in mental health, is a licensed psychotherapist and a certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She does both individual and group yoga classes.
Susan I have been fortunate to have been part of this space through its many incarnations. My daughter's desire to take yoga at age 8 brought us here as new yoga students in 2006 - just after it opened as Sonic Yoga. It wasn't long before we fell in love with everything- yoga, the instructors and this beautiful light filled studio. In 2007, when the owner announced that she was closing unless a buyer stepped up, it rocked our world. In dreamlike fashion we suddenly took over the studio and made it our own - Quest Yoga Arts. Then, what started out as "running a business" turned into much more than a business venture. I completed the Sonic Yoga teacher training and started teaching both adult and children's classes. Most importantly, I witnessed a community developing and the rewards increased tenfold from there. We expanded our programs so that we'd have something for everyone and we, the Quest instructors, saw everything blossom. I was blessed to both work with extremely talented and dedicated instructors and to have the gift of time to practice with a warm and caring community of clients. It was an experience I'll carry with me the rest of my life. In June of 2013 as my personal life began to transition, one of my longtime instructors rose to the occasion and took over Quest. Now in its third incarnation I can see the studio is continuing to expand in amazing ways. All the beauty has been sustained and new life has been added to sweeten the mix. I am so grateful to be able to continue my yoga journey -my Quest- in this beautiful space, teaching both adults and teens. I am thankful to Laura Jensen for that opportunity and to all of the instructors who worked with me during my 6 years as owner. I learned all of the components of teaching when I studied in the city with Johanna Aldrich, Lauren Hanna, and Jonathan Fields. Then, I continued to learn from each of my beautiful instructors their gifts of alignment, sequencing and grace. As I teach today it still sometimes feels like a dream.