Patty Hawley, RYT200                        Yoga Instructor
Patty Hawley, RYT200 Yoga Instructor

Patty began practicing yoga in 1998 as a way to find some balance in her busy life - the added stretching to her 5-day a week running habit was a bonus. When a back injury sidelined her early morning runs, yoga became more than a hobby, it became her therapy. A strong proponent in "yoga for every body", Patty uses a blend of functional movement and traditional asana to empower students to honor the integrity of their own bodies. She teaches several classes - from Gentle Flow to a more vigorous Vinyasa - that rely heavily on functional movement and challenge students to not only seek "how" but to ask "why".

RYT200, Rebecca Cohen Yoga, 2015

Received Reiki Practitioner, Joni Yaskulski - Reiki Master, 2015

Anatomy and physiology, Navina/Drew Hume, 2020

Yoga Detour Informed instructor, Yoga Detour/Cecily Milne, 2020

         Laurie Tailie, RYT200           Yoga Instructor
Laurie Tailie, RYT200 Yoga Instructor

Laurie, a former high school English teacher, has been teaching yoga at Blue Pearl Yoga for several years. Now a retiree, she leads gentle and restorative classes at the studio. When she's not teaching yoga or supervising student teachers at SUNY Oneonta, Laurie serves as "A Matter of Balance Coach" at Lifespan Rochester. She is profoundly grateful for all of the lessons leaned from her many teachers and mentors.

RYT200, Shakti Yoga, 2015

          Denise Glidden, RYT500           Yoga Instructor
Denise Glidden, RYT500 Yoga Instructor

Denise practiced yoga for years by following along to DVD instructors before finding her way to Blue Pearl Yoga. She has always made room for fitness in the midst of her busy life as a Health & Family Consumer Science teacher and enjoys weight lifting, walking/running, biking and cross country skiing but yoga - and the opportunity to stretch and strengthen the body, holds particular interest. Denise teaches Yin Yoga at Blue Pearl Yoga and encourages all of her students - whether they're in her classroom or in the yoga studio - to go further than they ever imagined.

RYT200, Rebecca Cohen Yoga, 2015

Yin Yoga, Evolation Yoga, 2019

Hot Yoga, Evolation Yoga, (in process)

               Ken Plossl, RYT200                     Yoga Instructor
Ken Plossl, RYT200 Yoga Instructor

Ken is an avid runner and enjoys Crossfit so the addition of yoga in 2010 allowed him to see - and reap - the benefits of an effective breathing practice. He is a Client Support Specialist for Employee Benefits by day but connecting the dots between movement, breath, and stillness is what he brings to the studio. Ken's Vinyasa Classes are suitable for all levels.

RYT200, Nu Movement Yoga, 2018

Lisa Ingalsbe

RTY200; RYT300

Lisa committed to a consistent yoga practice after knee surgery and it was nothing short of life-changing. Initially she used yoga as a tool for her own self-care journey; now she uses these same tools to encourage her students to hold a sacred space for themselves. She has long called Blue Pearl Yoga "home" and began teaching in 2019.

RYT200, Rebecca Cohen Yoga, 2018

RYT300, MVP Yoga, 2020

Reiki Practicioner, Joni Yaskulski - Reiki Master, 2016

Elena Veltz
Elena Veltz

RYT200; RYT300 (in process)

A student of yoga since 2006, Elena began teaching at Blue Pearl Yoga in 2020. As a high school science teacher and busy mom to two small children, yoga has helped Elena slow down and find calm in a rapidly changing world. Elena inspires students to balance the movement and stillness of yoga on and off the mat. A guided meditation in each class ensures a relaxing finish to an invigorating Vinyasa practice.

RYT200, Yoga & Ayurveda Center, 2020

RYT300, My Vinyasa Practice, (in process)

 Joni Yaskulski
Joni Yaskulski

Reiki Master and Instructor

Joni - a certified Tai Chi instructor and Reiki Master/Teacher and Karuna® Reiki Master/Teacher - organizes and facilitates monthly Reiki Shares held at Blue Pearl Yoga. Along with seven years of martial arts skills, Joni has additional certification in Dan Ming Qi Gong and Thai Yoga Massage.  She has been a steadfast fixture at Blue Pearl Yoga, as a teacher and a student, since 2005 and brings a wealth of experience (and joy!) to the studio.

Marianne Skye, E-RYT, RCYT, PTA, Yoga Instructor
Marianne Skye, E-RYT, RCYT, PTA, Yoga Instructor

Marianne began to explore yoga and meditation in 2003 as a way to manage her anxiety and began teaching at Blue Pearl Yoga in 2014. A former Pediatric Physical Therapy Assistant, Marianne has parlayed her work with preschoolers to become adept at teaching kids yoga and, as such, completed several trainings in child/family yoga. She also teaches Yoga for Beginners.

RYT200, Rebecca Cohen Yoga, 2016

Trauma Informed/Secular Yoga, Little Flower Yoga, 2018

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Melissa Kleehammer

Melissa's classes are designed to help you to age gracefully and gain a greater understanding of your body to help prevent and clear pain and tension. In her classes, we move slowly, confront edges, and work on stability and mobility. ​ From Melissa's experience of being lost and unfulfilled, she works to create an atmosphere where you feel a deep connection to your body, mind and breath that has been lost and helps create a new sense of aliveness for your life!