We are pleased to present our skilled and caring yoga teachers to you. Drop in on one of our yoga classes here at Yoga Farm and see what we collectively have to offer. Having many teachers on the staff of Yoga Farm makes it possible to have multiple classes just about every day of the week, and our breadth of experience and teaching styles makes it possible for people of all abilities to learn yoga and wellness here. We have also collaborated to create a highly-acclaimed curriculum with longer yoga courses.
Yoga Farm was founded and is skillfully and lovingly directed by Christopher (Ananda) Grant and Daniela Hess.
They live together at Yoga Farm, the place Love built, and serve hundreds of students each month: Radiance coursework, yoga classes, meditation workshops, private lessons, life coaching, intuitive movement, qi gong, yoga teacher trainings, Come Home to Your Body, dance, nature, waterfalls….
Other Yoga Teachers at Yoga Farm
Emily Healy, RYT200
Emily’s passion for yoga developed out of a passion for dance. She first turned to yoga first for its physical restoration and therapy and was amazed at the healing capacity of the practice not just within her body but within her mind and spirit as well. Emily practiced vinyasa and ashtanga regularly for several years, and soon felt the call to share the power of yoga with others. She completed her 200-hour training in April 2015 with Siddhi Yoga in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India and began teaching as soon as she returned to the States.
The privilege of guiding others on their individual yoga journeys is inspiring and humbling. Yoga is a path for the body and mind towards gentle strength, grace, power, and humility, and teaching yoga has enabled her to help others to find these qualities as well as to deepen them within herself. Emily’s classes are based on breath and a deep level of body-awareness. She strives to guide her students to reflect, release, and renew through movement. Emily is also a practicing AcroYogi and is certified in Thai massage.
Taryn Thompson, RYT200
Taryn was first introduced to yoga when she was 14: her cross-country ski coach suggested a side-angle pose as part of the warm-up at practice one day. An avid skier, runner, and swimmer, the vinyasa classes at her local gym were a natural fit in high school and college. She was drawn to the grace, fluidity, and integrity that yoga demands, and quickly became inspired to deepen her practice.
A high level of self-discipline has helped Taryn develop a thorough understanding of anatomy and movement. Her classes are informed by over 10 years of dedicated experience practicing Iyengar, Anusara, Ashtanga, and Bikram. Taryn completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Brigette Neidringhaus Finley and Mitchel Bleier in 2012, and a 200-hour Yogahour Teacher Training with Darren Rhodes in 2014. In 2015 she was certified to teach prenatal and postpartum yoga and completed Judith Lasater’s Relax and Renew training for Restorative Yoga.
Jeannie O’Neill, M.Ed, E-RYT
Jeannie O’Neill is a seasoned educator and the Director of Education at the Finger Lakes School of Massage. She has years of experience in the public school system as well as in charter and alternative schools as a teacher, social worker and administrator.
Having owned a yoga studio in Bennington, Vermont, Jeannie taught yoga to students ages 3 to 83 and has extensive yoga anatomy, physiology and philosophy knowledge. Jeannie has provided countless hours of professional development workshops to educators and community partners. Along with being trained in vinyasa, anusara, ashtanga and yin yoga she carries a strong vipassana (meditation) practice following the teachings of Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat Zinn and Patricia Jennings.
Jeannie is a certified 200RYT yoga instructor and Mindful Schools curriculum trained. Her history undergrad was focused on; history, philosophy, Asian studies and world religions, which lead her to Masters degree in Contemplative Pedagogy.
Pennee Squier Barresi – RYT200
Teaching yoga was something that I never imaged or envisioned myself doing or being able to do! I allowed my stories to dictate what I believed to be the truth about myself. Through my meditation and my yoga practice, I gradually allowed these stories and ways of seeing (judging) myself to fall away.
In their place arose the inner confidence to expand and explore the exciting possibilities of who I could be and what I might have to offer. For me, I discovered, that yoga was not about self-improvement; rather yoga was and is about radical self-acceptance with fierce compassion.
Feeling my “Yes” to take the Mindful Warrior Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Farm was, I thought, to gain more knowledge in mindfulness to enhance my passion for teaching meditation to youth. Little did I know when I started what a rich, nourishing, and life-changing journey it would be!
During the months of preparation, yoga taught and guided me to a full and new appreciation for ME – physically as well as mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. To be more specific, I fell in love with me.
I realized that I was not only capable of teaching yoga; I had a true desire to be teaching yoga. Sharing what I have found on my mat through yoga/mindfulness is a jewel I deeply want to offer as my gift to other seekers on this good Earth.
A little about my formal background: My meditation practice started approximately 30 years ago when I was drawn to take a class though the continuing education program at our local BOCES. There I was introduced to both meditation and yoga. Once this pathway was revealed to me, my desire for more knowledge grew from just an ember to a crackling fire. Of course, being an educator (I was a school psychologist until I retired) this for me meant taking classes and take classes I did. I began taking local meditation and yoga classes, on-line mindfulness/meditation classes through various institutions, a Mindfulness Bases Stress Reduction (MBSR) class, training at the Omega Institute with Jon Cabot-Zinn, completed the Spiritual Directors Course though the HeartPath Institute, and attended many other classes and trainings through my professional work. All of which, in retrospect, have been stepping stones that have paved my path to where I am today.
I am trilled to be offering classes here at Yoga Farm and I am looking forward to sharing the gift of yoga with you!