Nature Studio Yoga COVID-19 Protocols
Questions? Email us at NatureStudio@CardeaHealthWNY.com
Questions? Email us at NatureStudio@CardeaHealthWNY.com
Our mindful procedures are designed to help keep YOU and our staff safe and well.
BEFORE LEAVING for Nature Studio, ask yourself these questions:
If you answer yes to any of the above, you are welcome to take a virtual class but “in studio” class participation is prohibited.
If no, here’s what you can expect in studio:
Our goal was to place emphasis on as many healing modalities in the design as we could. Many patients state they feel different energy as they walk through the beautiful wooden arched doors (ca. 1910’s architectural salvage from Spain). If you study closely, you will see the attention to detail, eco-friendly materials, reusing and reinventing items form the stable’s past. You may feel calmer, just by being here, immersed in nature. Studies show that hospital patients exposed to nature actually experienced quicker recoveries and that spending time in nature can even be a predictor of longevity. Just 5 min in nature can improve self-esteem and mood, reduce anxiety and depression and can even decrease symptoms of dementia.
which draws in nature, resets your circadian rhythm, and studies show can elevate your mood and even lower you heart rate and blood pressure. In our fast paced world, we wanted to offer a space to S L O W down and be present, grounded, and in touch with mother earth.
From heated cork floors, healing crystals, happy sunshine lightbulbs (simulate sunshine and affect neurotransmitters), NASA approved Filtration plants, air purifiers and therapeutic grade essential oils; the healing modalities are endless. The natural light and forest views, enables one to escape reality and watch the birds, deer, “Otis and Frieda” (our peafowl), and free range chickens. Perhaps you choose to stroll through the medicinal garden and feel the energy released from the living plants or sit alongside Stonehenge (Elmhenge). We also felt passionate about adding halotherapy- our 16 sq. ft. salt lamp panels. They have a calming & detoxifying effect and can support the nervous/lymphatic systems. Additional benefits are reduced stress and headaches, increased energy and improved sleep patterns.
A yoga practitioner since 2010, Amy completed her 200-hour Forrest Yoga Foundation Teacher Training in Portland, Oregon in 2015. In 2017, she completed an Adaptive Yoga Training with Mind Body Solutions in Minnesota. She has taught in diverse settings, from backyards to chapels to rock gyms. As her journey on the mat has continued, she values the groundedness and awareness that the practice enables off the mat. Amy emphasizes supportive, strength-building alignment and active breathwork, with classes focused around a theme. With a background in psychology and theology, Amy invites students in her classes to care for their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing. She is committed to opening yoga to people of all abilities, drawing on her decade of experience supporting people with diverse abilities. In addition to yoga, Amy rock climbs, cooks with produce from her CSA box, creates cards and lingers in nature.
For Rachna, teaching and practicing yoga is pure passion. She loves to share the practice of yoga with children, teens and adults alike. With over 20 years of practicing and 13 years of teaching, Rachna continues to learn, share, and connect with others. Rachna enjoys many types of yoga but her top picks are Hatha, Vinyasa, and Restorative Yoga. Outside the studio she enjoys wholesome cooking, time with her family, traveling, hiking, reading, poetry, creating mandalas, and other free forms of art.
“Yoga is the emergent light that shines into your soul and radiates out into the world. It is a sacred dwelling inside your heart where mind, body and spirit become the essential harmony of your soul. Yoga is a promise of beauty blossoming every day. “-Rachna
Certifications & Training:
-200 hour Essential Yoga Open Sky 2006 (Iyengar-Inspired Hatha)
-200 hour Essential Yoga Open Sky 2016 (Iyengar-Inspired Hatha)
-Relax and Renew Restorative with Judith Lasater 2008
-Rainbow Kids Yoga 2011
-Para Yoga Nidra 2020
-Continuing Yoga Education and Workshops
To supplement her knowledge as a National Council on Strength and Fitness CPT, and her studies at Buffalo’s D’Youville College for Exercise Science and Chiropractic, Nikki chose to pursue further education in yoga. She is in the midst of completing her RYT 200 through Sacred Paths Yoga, with a focus on Hatha and restorative yoga. It is Nikki’s belief that movement can be both medicine and meditation, and she hopes to share her love of nature, yoga and other fitness modalities with her community.
Certified in Iyengar Yoga, Justine has a deep understanding of alignment and a solid foundation in technique. As a snowboarder, surfer, and outdoor enthusiast, she brings dynamic athleticism and energy to every class. Her uplifting energy and detail in crafting each class, creates an open environment full of healing, learning, and growth.
One such challenge came in the form of a major car accident leaving her badly injured and, with the help of a medical team and family, yoga guided her steps towards recovery.
She renewed her love for her practice again years later while pregnant. From the physical health benefits to the mental clarity and focus she gained towards childbirth, yoga once again supported her journey through life. Following the birth of her daughter, she began to formally train in the Hatha style of yoga. She is 200hr Certified, but will always approach life with a student’s perspective.
As an Instructor, she hopes to suggest safe movements by providing anatomy based cueing. She incorporates breathwork in an effort to find focus within the mind. Lena values guided and silent meditations in practice to help harness an ongoing train of thought, learning how to work with and perhaps, accept it.
Ashley holds a Master’s Degree in Health Education and an undergraduate degree in Health and Wellness. Ashley owns her own small business as a Certified Birth Doula and continues to seek her true passion of inspiring women in her community through yoga and birth advocacy.