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Who We Are

A Place Called Om Tribe

 

Jennifer Ann

Owner/ Certified Yoga Instructor

Jennifer's journey into this practice began long before she knew the journey had begun. Through much trauma and struggles with her own addictions and darkness, she has emerged into the light and brought with her a fire that illuminates even the darkest corners.
Her classes com from her spirit and her stories. Come prepared to laugh, possibly hear the f bomb or shed a tear.
She also offers Aromatouch sessions sprinkled with IET and reiki. 
She will be offering private Thai yoga sessions in late fall.

Ann Becker

Reiki Master

After an extensive career in a managerial position as a business professional, Annie was drawn into the world of light workers and healers.  She has been a receiver of energy healings, specifically Reiki, for 15 years and knows that it has changed her core being. In May of 2019 she earned her Reiki Master and is now ready to share her skills with her community.
To book an appointment call Annie at (518) 857-1705 or email beckeroni@verizon.net

Jenny Brooke

Certified Yoga Instructor

Jenny has been working in the dental profession for over twenty years. Her draw towards yoga initially began many years ago to combat the occupational demands that dentistry can take on the body. When she became pregnant in 2013, she utilized yoga and meditation as a way to connect with her breath, understand her body, and prepare it for childbirth. After years of daily practice, it soon opened doors for her to a deeper relationship to the divine. It made her see herself more clearly, allowed more peace in her life, and gave her courage to speak her truth.
More recently her practice paved the way for her sobriety. It was during this dramatic life change that she really understood the connection of mind, body, and spirit as being one of the greatest sources for healing the whole ENTIRE self. She attributes her sobriety and personal healing journey to yoga and meditation and recognizes that “the issues live in our tissues”. This realization is what catapulted her enrollment to Yoga Teacher Training at Jai Yoga School in 2018, knowing she had to share her experiences and assist others in their healing journeys. She graduated Jai with RYT 200 in May 2018. To serve the recovering community, in September 2018, she became Certified Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) Leader. She has been holding space for Y12SR in both Albany and Schenectady counties.
Above all else, Jenny is a mother of two daughters. She realizes that the work we do to heal ourselves in this life is the most crucial for inspiring change for generations to follow. If not tackled, the addictions, traumas, and burdens we carry hold us down, and in turn weigh down the people surrounding us. She wants to inspire health and live by example, showing her girls and her community, that loving ourselves, service to others, and a deep connection to the divine, is truly what creates a joyous, peaceful, and more meaningful existence.

Julia Corbally Carson

Licensed Massage Therapist

Julia is a 2014 graduate from the Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy. In addition to being a licensed massage therapist in the State of New York she also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the college of St. Rose and A Masters of Education from Walden University. She is a certified by the East Side Institute in Social Therapeutics, a performance-based method of psychotherapy. Julia has completed continuing education in Lymphatic Drainage Detox Massage, Head and Neck Pain Pathology, and Massage for Dental Professionals. As of November 2018 she has completed 2 years of advanced BioDynamic Cranial Sacral Therapy Training.
To book with Julia please call (518) 937-3264

Ambar Ix Chel

Certified Baptiste Yoga Instructor

Ambar has been fascinated by the phenomenon of light and energy transformation ever since childhood. What began as life’s curiosity in Los Angeles, turned into an academic engineering pursuit at the Rochester Institute of Technology. It was in Rochester, NY where she was truly introduced to yoga. In the midst of majoring in Imaging Science (the study of light) and Mathematics, mental health and an addictive lifestyle had reached an overly stressed tipping point. Ambar found solace in the Baptiste Power Vinyasa sequence immediately. The intentional and vigorous flow helped ease the over-thinking mind at first, and then gradually moved into aiding a body-awareness founded on self-confidence. Through regular practice, yoga became the primary coping mechanism. At the same time, she was amazed by how the law of energy conservation and Newton’s laws of motion applied in each pose and transition. 
Energy can neither be created nor destroyed, yet it can be continuously transformed. Our minds and bodies are an energy source that is naturally malleable in the direction of growth and meditative equilibrium. Yoga helps to harness that intention within ourselves. 
Ultimately, Ambar thought it necessary to share how the laws of the magnificent universe had helped her recover past traumas through presence with whomever is seeking their personal transformation.

Courtney Fitzgerald

Licensed Massage Therapist

Courtney is a 2007 graduate of the Center for Natural Wellness.  She has been practicing massage and fine tuning her skills ever since! Courtney specializes in therapeutic, relaxation and pregnancy massage. She also holds a certification in orthopedic massage.  Her sessions run from 60-120 minutes. Please call or text 518-588-0965 to schedule your appointment!

Allison Gammon

Certified Yoga Instructor

Allison Gammon has been practicing yoga for over 15 years. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in 2016. She has been teaching yoga to adults with developmental disabilities for the last two years and her 6-year-old daughter loves doing yoga with her!
When Allison isn’t teaching yoga, she provides in-home therapy to young children with Autism. She received her bachelor’s in psychology from Tulane University in 2005 and received her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis from Auburn University in 2007. Allison is excited to combine her love of yoga with her love of working with children. She is passionate about teaching yoga and mindfulness to children as a way to help them understand and manage their emotions, cope with difficulties, and to trust their intuition.

Theresa Knorr

Certified Tai Chi Instructor

Theresa Knorr is the Director of Education and Training at Friends of Recovery  - New York and owner of BALANCE Recovery Consultation. She completed her Tai Chi training at Green Mountain  Institute in 2000 and has been teaching esoteric psychology, meditation, and ontology since 2001. 

Tai Chi for Recovery is her adaptation of a Cheng man-ching yang style form call The Baby Dragon created by Master Cody Templeton.  This easy to learn short form is choreographed to the serenity prayer and incorporates addiction recovery concepts. It is however,  design for anyone looking for more  serenity, acceptance, courage and wisdom.    We're all in recovery from something.

Jacky Machell

Dance Instructor & Owner of Stress Fracture LLC

Jacky Machell is in the forensics field by day and owns a mobile stress relief trailer business by night. Being in the forensics field Jacky is no stranger to stress and has used dance as a form of stress relief for many years. Having taught Zumba for the last 10 years she is well-versed in how to make a fitness class fun and effective. Jacky understands that fitness can be difficult for some and takes the time and effort to help those in need by giving modifications and suggestions for a safe experience by all. Coming off a year long hiatus due to plantar fasciitis and tendonitis; Jacky is ready to get moving again and looks forward to bringing a fun class to you all.

A little bit about Stress Fracture:

First, it’s mobile. I come to you. It doesn’t matter if it’s your home, your place of business, or a community location; it’s designed to make it easy for anyone to participate.

Second, not only is it designed to be entertaining, there is a specific community service model in mind. I want to collaborate with community organizations that are serving those in need, with an eye toward those that are survivors of domestic violence and rape. I also want to serve high stress professions such as law enforcement, and first responders. Other business models that exist focus only on the entertainment aspect but my vision is to go way beyond that. I want to be affordable so anyone can participate and envision fee’s that are below the current standard in the marketplace.

For more on Stress Fracture reach out to Jacky on Facebook!

Edie Brown Murray

Spiritual Wellness Coach

Edie is a Spiritual Wellness Coach who’s work is through the holistic healing arts ~ supportive, gentle and transformative. Her focus is on facilitating people’s self healing journey on the soul level through the body mind soul connection.
She takes a holistic approach....what happens in the body, happens in the mind and is all connected to our emotional and spiritual wellbeing. 
Edie’s training is extensive and began in 1996 with her first Reiki training. Some areas of her education are Reiki Master, Massage Therapy, EFT, Master NLP, Hypnosis, 200 hr Yoga Teacher, Yoga Therapy, Holistic Health Coach, Past Life Regression, Psychology of the Chakra’s and beyond. 
If you are on a spiritual path of self awareness and personal growth, if you are in addiction recovery, are working with a healthcare provider for depression and anxiety or are feeling stuck, overwhelmed or stressed out, an alternative healing arts approach can be very supportive and transformative.

Laura Normile

Intuitive Healer

Laura Normile earned a Master of Arts degree in East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. Her passion for exploring new ways of healing and devotion to alleviating suffering inspired the creation of a holistic practice called Psychosomatic Journey®. Psychosomatic Journey® is a creative, intuitive process designed to support an individual's capacity to heal their psycho-emotional wounds and decrease the emotional intensity of painful memories. During Psychosomatic Journey® we create an alternative experience of the painful past event that inspires a sense of resolution, healing, empowerment, and supports the release of heavy emotions.

DeAndra Rose

Certified Hatha Yoga Instructor

DeAndra developed her regular yoga practice in 2015 as a complement to strength training and cardio. Overcoming several childhood tragedies, she immediately recognized that the benefits of yoga were far more than just physical; along with exercise and healthy eating, her personal practice has aided in her battle against anxiety and depression. She believes yoga is a true gift necessary to live a peaceful and happy life on this planet. She wishes to pass this gift along through her Hatha classes. DeAndra received her 200 hour certification in April of 2018 from Lauren Toolin’s school, Yoga Vidya, in Troy, New York. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree from SUNY Oneonta and an Associate’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology. She offers thematic sequencing and pranayama to integrate the body, mind and breath. This integration begins the journey to uncover the light within us all.

Barbara Stepniak

Certified Master Instructor for IET

Barbara is the Managing Director of the Center of Being, home to Integrated Energy Therapy®. She holds an AS in Transformational Psychology and a BS in Wellness and Fitness.  

It was through her studies that she gained the love and passion for alternative holistic therapies. She is a certified Master-Instructor for IET®, Life Coach, Guided Imagery Coach, Mind, Body, Fitness Coach, Holistic Wellness Coach and Reiki Practitioner. 

Barbara works with students and clients to empower them to engage in self-care. She helps them understand that it is in their power to create the life they want and they are in control of how they feel. Her work includes a mixture of techniques so that each student and/or client walks away with a toolbox of simple techniques they can use to improve the mental, emotional and physical wellness. It's all about education and realizing confidence is as simple as knowing we are capable of anything with the right mindset. It is the time to get those "issues out of your tissues" and live the life you love and love the life you live. 

She began this path over 15 years ago, when her own life was at rock bottom. Losing both parents to cancer and three siblings in a short period brought her to very dark place. It was through her studies and incorporating the techniques she was learning that her life shifted in unexpected ways. She owes everything she has and who she has become to the techniques that are in her toolbox. 

Sarah VanLeer

Certified Jaguar Path and Yoga Instructor

Sarah practiced law for 30 years in private practice and in the NYS Departments of Social Services, Health and Taxation and Finance, and worked as a Health Policy Administrator for the NYS Department of Health before my retirement in 2010. For several years before retirement, she studied Peruvian shamanic practices with Ray Crist (The Jaguar Path Fusion of Yoga and Shamanism) and has focused her retirement on alternative healing and energetic practices, helping people resolve issues in their lives in non-invasive, supportive, interpersonal and transpersonal ways. In addition, she is a Jaguar Path and yoga instructor (Yoga Alliance RYT-200) and holds a certificate in Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga; a Level II Usui Reiki practitioner; a teacher of the Munay-ki (www.Munay-ki.org); a Certified Hypnotist (National Guild of Hypnotists); and all-around energy healer.
She is a ceremonialist who can bring people to a relationship with spirit, through fire ceremonies and other sacred approaches such as Despacho. She expresses herself otherwise as a gardener, hiker and crafts person. She is a student of many paths, believing that there are no “wrong” paths, just different ones.
Her challenge to each: “What would you attempt to do, if you knew you could not fail?”

Andrea Williams

Sound Healing Practitioner

Andrea Williams is a sound healing practitioner, restorative yoga teacher, and sound artist. For over ten years she has been creating comfortable and compassionate spaces for restoration, creativity, and healing for communities through various modalities including yoga, immersive soundscapes, soundwalks and SleepWalks (soundwalks in people’s dreams) that encourage listening to the world around us and internally to ourselves. Her sound healing sessions and sound baths focus on providing deeply restful rejuvenation and a re-tuning of our bodies with crystal singing bowls, Himalayan metal bowls and gong. She received her 200-hr yoga teacher training and restorative yoga certification from Lauren Toolin at Heartspace Yoga in Troy, NY, holds a certification in Reiki I, and is a member of the Sound Healers Association. www.resonant-beings.com

Nancy Schramek

Liscensed Massage Therapist

Hi. I'm Nancy Schramek. I went to the Fingerlakes School of Massage and graduated in 1997. It was the best thing I ever did. I love my work. Helping clients get their knots out, facilitating them to relax and reminding them they're receiving, is so important to me. So many women and men give to so many all day, a massage is an opportunity to fill up your well. I do a deeper swedish massage with a mix of other modalities.
I look forward to the opportunity of meeting you.
For an appointment call or text (518) 669-2419