TRU team.  The People

"There is little success where there is little laughter."

- Andrew Carnegie

The Instructors

1.  How long have you taught in general and at TRU?

2.  Describe your teaching style in five words.

3.  How has yoga been an influence your life?

4.  What is the philosophy you try to instill in your students?

5.  Whats one more thing you want to share?

The Staff

  1. How long have you worked for TRU?

  2. Describe who you are in five words. 

  3. How has yoga been an influence in your life?

  4. What brought you to TRU?

  5. Whats one more thing you want to share?

Aimee'

Teaches: 

Mondays 4:30 & 6 p.m.

Wednesday Noon

Thursday 6 p.m.

Friday 9:30 a.m.

  1. I’ve been teaching yoga since 1996, and at Tru since 2011.

  2. Philosophical, spiritual, introspective, precise, encouraging

  3. Yoga has been the driving force behind all my positive life choices and provided the bedrock of stability to keep finding strength and personal evolution. 

  4. My teachers are all in the philosophical lineage of Kashmir Shaivism.  In a nutshell, we believe that All that exists, throughout all time and space, is one infinite, Divine Consciousness, free and blissful, which projects within the field of its awareness a vast multiplicity of subjects and objects that on the surface appear different, but each is an actualization of Consciousness Itself.

  5. If you have no idea what the heck that means above, come to my classes! You’ll gradually learn over time … and do a bunch of bending and stretching and strengthening in poses since that’s what everyone thinks yoga is ;-)

Ali

Stop in and say hello anytime!

  1. I started practicing at TRU in the fall of 2014. My friend Tiffany Barber recommended the studio based on her own experience.

  2. I started working at the front desk in January of 2016. 

  3. Yoga has taught me how to breathe. It has also taught me how to listen to and respect my body. 

Amanda

Teaches - 

Monday Noon

Wednesday 4:30

Friday 4:30

  1. I started teaching in January 2009 when tru first opened its doors. TRU was my first yoga home. 

  2. Compassionate, Accepting, Playfully challenging, Honest, Transparent

  3. Yoga is the calm to my chaos. It’s taken me a long time to understand that I cannot slow down or silence all that is around me, but that I can slow down or even silence what often swirls inside of me. Taking time to remove myself from the to do list of life and tune into the presence of my body and breath ( without guilt) does not come easy to me. Modeling this action in body and mindset is important to me as a mom. Choosing to believe in the principals of yoga, mindfulness, compassion, caring for self and others, finding joy despite struggle, these are all guiding lights in my life.

  4. That yoga is for everyone

  5. We are more alike than we are different. Coming together on our mats can be an indescribable experience that may be like none other in your life. Moving your body can offer you freedom like no other. Our breath is a gift we come into the world with and it is always available to us for immediate anchoring. We have little control out on our journeys and while this can leave us fearful, our practice can help ground us, utilizing our innate strength and perseverance to seek joy whenever possible.  I genuinely enjoy connecting with our tru community. As a trained therapist I value the human connection greatly and find these moments with students , a “peek into their windows”  so to speak an incredibly special opportunity. As a mother, I believe my daughter growing up with this awareness of breath, mind is priceless. Seeing tru through all of its journey thus far I’m continually in awe of our deep connections to each other. We may not see each other on the mat for days weeks or months but when we come to share energy it’s realer in ways that I cannot begin to describe. If you are nodding along I can’t wait to see you again, and if this leaves you curious please come and join. You will not find a more accepting space than here at tru

Cloria

Teaches - 

Thursday Noon

  1. More to come

Eric

Teaches 

Thursday 7:30

Sunday 10:30

  1. I've been teaching yoga since 2013. I started teaching at Tru in 2015. 

  2. Informative, Transformational, Approachable, Intelligent, Conscious 

  3. My first experience with yoga was thinking, "That's definitely not for me. I'm not flexible, it doesn't look very physical, and I'm sure as hell not chanting." Nevertheless, I tried an introductory series and now, nearly 15 years later, I cannot imagine my life without yoga. I started practicing yoga because I was interested in the physical benefits. And while there certainly are those benefits, yoga has become an integral part of my life.  Teaching and practicing yoga inspires me every day to breathe deeply, look at the world through a more compassionate lens, and consciously connect to my body and those around me. 

  4. I believe yoga, and the profound physical and intellectual changes it can catalyze can be for everyone and any type of body. I cultivate that idea in my classes, which are inclusive, unpretentious and non-competitive, yet challenging and introspective. What I most like about yoga is that there is no "end" or “perfect” pose. The student who can do a headstand has just a much to learn as the student who can't touch their toes. Whether you are looking to gain flexibility, improve your fitness or challenge yourself physically and mentally, yoga is a great addition to any wellness or fitness lifestyle.

  5. I love cooking and traveling! So I'm always happy to talk about both! 

Gina

Stop in and say hello anytime!

And keep your eye on the schedule. 

  1. I've been working at TRU since the fall of 2017 and have been teaching yoga since May 2018. 

  2. I would describe myself as happy, friendly, honest, loving, and caring—all qualities I strive to include in my teaching style. I would describe my teaching style as inviting, gentle, compassionate, nurturing, and cultivates curiosity. 

  3. Through life’s many ups and downs, yoga has been the foundation that has led me to love myself for who I am on any given day. My time on the mat is my refuel station to touch base with my core self. 

  4.  TRU’s amazing teachers and community initially drew me to the studio, and the unique diversity of yoga offered at TRU kept me coming back. 

  5. When off the mat, I love teaching primary school, playing Settlers of Catan, smiling, and laughing with friends and family.

Hong

Teaches

Saturday 12:30

  1. Teaching 5 years, 1 year at Tru in September

  2. Anatomy - focused open level vinyasa    

  3. Yoga has taught me more patience with myself and others

  4. Don’t worry what’s going on next to/around you, focus on yourself

  5. Former gymnast so I’m drawn to fun poses like handstands and arm balances!

Ijlal

Teaches

Monday 7:30

Friday Noon

  1. More to come

Imani

Teaches

Monday 9 a.m.

Tuesday 6 p.m.

Wednes. 9 a.m & 6 p.m.

Saturday 9 a.m.

  1. I have been teaching yoga unofficially since 2005 when yoga found me again during a difficult time.  After my first 200 HR training I began teaching for the community in 2013.

  2. Knowledgeable, Compassionate - Story teller, Accessibility -Advocate, Intuitive

  3. Yoga has taught me about self love and love of others.

  4. We can change communities one downward dog at a time. ​

  5. I founded a program called Yoga 4 A Good Hood.  It's a non profit dedicated to the transformative wisdom of yoga through education, asana, healthy options and trainings for people of color and those financially struggling.  I have found ways to bridge communities through yoga which lead me to share a TEDX at the University of Rochester around how we can Heal Ourselves through Om's and Downward Dogs. 

Jane

Stop in and say hello anytime!

  1. 1. I’ve worked at TRU for about 2 years.

  2. 2. Warm, positive, driven, sassy, thoughtful

  3. 3. Yoga has taught me the value of presence, the joy of embodied community, and the beauty of ephemerality.

  4. 4. I moved to Rochester to begin my PhD and wanted to find a welcoming studio to continue my practice. TRU was the first studio I visited in Rochester, and I never left!

  5. 5. My practice has set me on an ongoing journey to make peace with my body and my being in the world, and I firmly believe that yoga is for every body and everybody.

Jen G. 

Teaches 

Thursday 9 a.m.

  1. I have been a teacher for about 10 years and started at Shivananda Ashram locally. 

  2. Fun, Challenging, Push to the edges, Foundational, Acrobatic. 

  3. Yoga grounds me and this community surrounds and fuels me. 

  4. I enjoy giving students autonomy over their own practice and love how they fill the room with their breath. 

  5. I always want to give the body that is in front of me what it needs. 

Jen Z. 

Stay tuned for her schedule!

I have been teaching for 8 years in general and for almost a year at Tru.

Creative, Challenging, Purposeful, Movement-based, Fun

Yoga has helped me to slow down, to realize that I'm capable of more than I initially tend to believe I am, and to show me how connected we are to one another.

I try to show my students that through focused movement in alignment with breath, we can quiet the mind and develop a greater understanding of ourselves.

 Commitment and dedication to your yoga practice will open doors and windows you never knew existed.

Jess

Teaches 

Sunday 7:00 p.m.

  1. Since 2015. 
     

  2. Vata-Pitta herbivore human having experiences. 
     

  3. I came to yoga seeking self-acceptance and a safe space for myself. It gave me that. Then, yoga continued to teach me about how I react to the world around me and myself. It's brought me to good people, sparked a journey of growth and reflection, and has given me opportunity for new experiences. 
     

  4. I was looking for a low-key studio that felt comfortable to practice in. I loved the grass roots feel of Tru! 
     

  5. You can find me walking and playing with my dog, Juna, who seems to be me in dog form.

Kaliegh

Teaches 

Sunday 9 a.m.

  1. I have been an active student of yoga since 2014, received my 200 hour RYT certification in December 2017 and began teaching at Tru in February 2018.

  2. Approachable, comprehensive, inviting, thoughtful, warm

  3. Yoga has allowed me to approach life in a more mindful, compassionate way. As a former dancer, yoga re-connects me to my physical body and helps to clear or re-focus the thoughts in my mind. I am grateful for my yoga practice, specifically at Tru, because of the connections made within the community of diverse, yet like minded individuals. 

  4. I try to instill in students that yoga is a thoughtful union of breath, body and soul that extends off the mat into daily life and evolves over time. The practice of yoga is not just moving through the physical postures, or asanas. While on the mat, I remind them that it is a practice, not a performance. 

  5. I love creating the music playlists for my classes and am a full time elementary special education teacher.

Kay

Teaches

Tuesday 7:30

  1. I've been teaching since 2007. I did take a break from teaching while I was in grad school, but I've taught pretty consistently since finishing in 2011. I've been at Tru since Summer 2017.  

  2. Honest, Curious, Jokes, Push Ups!

  3. In everything I do!  I know that I'm a better listener and friend because of yoga.  I also think I have less pain- I have a scoliosis and yoga helps me keep it balanced.  

  4. There is a shimmer and a gem inside every one of us.  When we learn to listen to ourselves, we can connect to a more authentic self.  Let the stress melt away, let the anxiety figure itself out, when you know you can be yourself, these things get easier.  I also really believe you don't have to do yoga to find this. Any physical discipline can help you achieve this- You can find it in yoga, dance, cycling, running, wherever your are the most honest with yourself.  Whatever you want to do, make sure you're doing something. The connection follows naturally.  

  5. Sometimes, when I get to share yoga with someone very new, I'm reminded of the way my practice orients me in time and space.  Sometimes I feel like I can see through time or I get a very strong sense of the present because of my reflections on how the practice itself has evolved or how it has helped me to evolve as a person.  It changes the way your mind works.  Sometimes it gives you this sense of clarity and purpose- it's like a sudden calm, self-assurance washes over you.  If I can help even one of my students find this feeling, then I've done my work as a teacher.

Liz

Teaches 

Tuesday 4:30

Wednes. 7:30

Thursday 4:30

  1. I have been teaching yoga since 2014 and have been teaching at Tru since 2017 (I think?) 

  2.  Anatomy, alignment, breath, meditation, and awareness. 

  3. Yoga has influenced my life greatly. I often think of yoga in terms of something I need daily. Like food, water and sleep; without it, I am not able to function emotionally, mentally, spiritually or physically as well as I could be. I try my best to live it and incorporate its teachings into my everyday life and relationships. Keeping that in mind, I am in no means this "perfect yogi" (whatever the hell that means), rather, I'm in constant practice of living through the tool of my yoga practice. 

  4.  I often talk a lot about the awareness of breath as a tool to help become more clear to oneself. That the breath and body are truth tellers; connecting to breath helps us to see, feel and listen to and know ourselves better in full honesty.

  5. Yoga is meant to be an instrument for yourself; it is not an end-all-be-all. You can start small and slow, and incorporate it into your life anytime and place simply by connecting to your breath, with or without physical postures (asana). A little is better than none. 

Lynne

Stay tuned for her schedule

  1. I have been teaching since 2012 after I completed my Yoga Teacher Training with Aimee Senise Conners. I started teaching workshops at Tru in 2017 and have been subbing and teaching there for the past two and a half years. 

  2. Dance-y, personalized, playful, community, connectedness

  3. Yoga has deepened my sense of connection with myself, with others, and with the peaceful and loving energy of the universe. Yoga helps me to live more peacefully, intentionally and wholeheartedly. 

  4. If I could whisper a message in students' ears during yoga, it would be: You are good. You are sacred. You are here right now. You are connected to everyone and everything around you. I'm deeply grateful to serve as a full time Yoga Coach through my project Yoga Revolution and to serve as a leader in the local and national Yoga Service movement. I am deeply committed to sharing yoga love with those who have yet to experience its healing power. 

  5. I'm deeply grateful to serve as a full time Yoga Coach through my project Yoga Revolution and to serve as a leader in the local and national Yoga Service movement. I am deeply committed to sharing yoga love with those who have yet to experience its healing power. 

Melanie

Teaches 

Saturday 10:30 ASL

  1. I have been teaching yoga since 2010 (so nine years) and at TRU for five years.

  2. Connection, Joy, Energy, Balance, Loving-Kindness

  3. Through the practice of yoga I've been able to establish roots within myself that enable me to make the most of both beautiful and challenging experiences.  The practice of yoga has been a deeply healing and grounding experience for me and I cannot imagine myself or my life without it.

  4. I work to instill in my students that through the practice of yoga they have an opportunity to love and heal themselves, and that the work of yoga starts but does not end on the yoga mat.

  5. I believe that there is a yoga practice for everybody, so  I encourage everyone to keep searching for the right practice for them on and off the mat.

Milo

Teaches 

Saturday 10:30 ASL

  1. I've been teaching since 2014 and at Tru since, I think, 2015/16.

  2. Validating, inclusive, alignment-oriented, relational (to the need of the body/minds in the class), communal 

  3. Yoga gave me the public space I needed to feel connected and part of a community in Rochester. It also gave me the personal space to yolk my intellectual and political ideals to my own body and to find a way to bring more love into to the work of social change. Ultimately yoga let's us trust ourselves and expand where we need to and it has done this for me through many challenges. 

  4. You are perfect, your body is beautiful, everyone can benefit from more space to unfurl and connect. 

  5. Tru is a home and everyone should be able to be all of themselves in their home. This is what I strive to make true in the spaces I hold.

Mykel

Stay tuned for her schedule

More to come

  1. More to come

Tisah

Teaches

Friday 6 p.m.

  1.  I have been teaching yoga for 14 years and at Tru for 10 years (whoa!)  

  2. Engaged, thoughtful, mindful-strength-building, self-reflective, fun

  3. Yoga has influenced just about everything. I really started to dive into my yoga practice at a pretty formative time in my life: I was 21, had just graduated from college, I was about begin a 10 month term w AmeriCorps NCCC, and I was eager to learn what life had to offer. From a pretty early age, I learned that there were life lessons that showed up in my yoga practice that translated quite clearly into how I wanted to live my life off my mat.  My favorite example is the connection I felt between muscle engagement and boundaries. I've always had to work to set boundaries in relationships, they have never come easily to me.  But I understood the why and where (the how came later) after I learned how to mindfully engage my muscles to wrap protection/support around my (overly mobile and injury prone) joints in a pose like ardha hanuman or triangle.  I came to think of my physical practice as a roadmap for how to navigate my inner world, if I could do it on the outside, I could do it on the inside.  Through the ups and downs of life over the past 14 years, I have always had the practice to support me through.  Tough times: back to the breath, keep it simple, connect, slow down, bow, gratitude, inhale, exhale.  Joyful times: slow down, take it in, observe it all, breathe, traverse between the inner and outer experience, integrate, savour, bow, gratitude.

  4. My philosophy is engagement.  And connection.  And persistence.  And process.  I think, as humans, while we crave connection, we've created a world in which true connection is harder and harder to come by.  There is the illusion of togetherness we have through social media, seeing all the postings from friends and loved ones, but it can leave us feeling lonely and isolated with our screened devices.  The first thing I want folks to do when they come to my class is to take some time and space to re-orient and reconnect to oneself: get quiet, listen, and to observe.  Observe the breath, the body, the mind, the heart.  I think through this practice, we come to know ourselves more deeply, and through that knowing, we feel more connected to our own inner selves, more connected to the essence of what makes us who we are.  When we connect to our inner selves, the physical practice can become better informed.  We can move from a place of attention and intention  Life can be so very hard, and I think we can learn resiliency through our practice.  One more breath in that long-held standing pose, lowering even more slowly from plank, the repetition of practice to find balance, to find flight in any arm balance or inversion.  It takes patience, it takes persistence, and it takes a dash of remembrance that we're here for the process.  The gift is the engagement and the process, not the result.  Because once you nail that elusive peak pose, you realize...there's just more poses to master.  There's always more.  But if you can find the joy in the play, in the practice, it can be magical. 

  5.  I love Tru so very much: the teachers, the students, the entire community.  I am crazy grateful for all of the students and teachers who show up every day, as they are, ready to move and breathe.  I am grateful for the students who have stuck with us through our evolution, grateful for the students who have stuck with me as I have evolved as a teacher and as a human.  I am grateful for all the Trulies who have honored who they are and what they need and shown up exactly as they are.  Tru feels like a home to me and I hope everyone who walks through our door feels utterly welcomed, just as they are.   

Vanessa

Teaches 

Mon. 6:30 a.m.

Weds. 6:30 a.m.

Friday 6:30 a.m.

  1. I have been teaching since the Fall of 2016 and at Tru since the fall of 2017

  2. Exploratory , Informal , Introspective, Playful , Unexpected

  3. Yoga, the teaching, my teachers, our community, is the only thing that has wholeheartedly accepted me.  Not only me as a whole, the complete human package, but all of my separateness.  The parts of me that could me considered undesirable, imperfect, less than, Yoga said "YES" to all of them.  Yoga continues to show me that these things, these imperfect bits, are what enliven my human experience and frame the ways in which I can connect with others. 

  4. Cultivate awareness.  Choose. acceptance.  Create alignment.

  5. Show up, breathe in big and breath out even bigger.  That's the practice.  That's enough.

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