Nature Studio is an open air yoga studio
located in East Aurora NY on the campus of
Cardea Health Integrative (Twin Elms Estate).
Roll out your yoga mat and come discover Nature Studio. With radiantly warmed cork floors, healing salt lamps, 3 large garage doors that open to the fresh air, and beautiful chandeliers, we offer more than just a place to practice…we offer a place to settle in and ground down.
The beauty of yoga is that it’s not about how flexible or fit you are, it’s about discovering your inner strength and coming to a better understanding of your body and your breath. We offer a yoga class for everyone and invite all to join us.
“Wilderness is not a luxury but necessity of the human spirit” –Edward Abbey
Level 1 – Emphasizes proper alignment & detailed teachings of the transitional movements in a mindful and gentle way.
Level 2 – This is a mixed level class that gives you a challenge when you want one. Progressions and variations offered by the teacher will allow you to practice at your own individual level while keeping with the class flow and energy.
All Levels Flow – This class is designed to increase strength, flexibly, and mental stamina. Classes have a strong focus on breath work, awareness, and balance between activity and receptivity. Students are encouraged to work at their own pace. Several different variations of postures are offered allowing students to modify or intensify according to their own level of practice.
Restorative – This is a gentle class with the aid of props – blocks, bolsters, blankets, and straps. This practice is great for anyone looking to slow down, relieve stress, calm the excessive mind chatter, or even for those recovering from injuries.
Yoga Physiology Level 2 – An all levels practice that focuses on yoga postures and the different body systems that benefit from them. Cues in class will include information about the areas of the body being worked on and how/why. This practice will help to deepen your knowledge of how yoga effects the body, while improving wellness, flexibility, and strength.
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:
was to create a space like no other, with evidence based healing modalities woven directly into the design. Our guests often state they feel different energy as they walk through the beautiful, wooden arched doors. If you study closely, you will see the attention to detail, eco-friendly materials, and repurposing of items from the stable's past. You may feel calmer simply by being here, immersed in nature.
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 slow down and be present, grounded, and in touch with Mother Earth. From heated cork floors, healing crystals, halotherapy (salt lamp) panels, plants, and therapeutic grade essential oils, the Studio utilizes an array of healing modalities. The natural light and forest views invite us to quiet the noise of life and turn our attention inward.
During temperate weather (Spring and Summer) times, the Studio adds another dimension to your practice- transforming into a truly unique, open-air Yoga experience.
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.
Education and Certifications:
-Reiki Master: Your Light Within, 2012
-200 hour Hatha Yoga: Yoga District, 2013
-50 hour Restorative Yoga: Yoga District, 2014
-Advanced Alignment Workshop: Bernie Wandel- Yoga District, 2014, 2015
-500 hour, Hatha Raja Vinyasa, Sri Dharma Mittra, 2017 (in internship process)
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
In 2013 she completed her 200 hour teaching certification at Healing Waters in East Aurora. Since that time she has been teaching various forms of yoga from Gentle/Restorative to vigorous Vinyasa and everything in between. She continues to further her education with multiple trainings and workshops.
When not practicing yoga, Kristie spends most of her free time sparring with her children over the importance of disconnecting from their I-whatever’s and getting outdoors!
Kristie Stephens is a certified E-RYT200 with Yoga Alliance
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 has completed 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.
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.