Our Team

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Victoria Rutledge

Victoria’s (insta @swift_v ) classes are a mix of exploration, acceptance, and rigor. Connecting breath and body, her goal is to facilitate each student in finding the root of her or his own practice, getting what they need from every class. Centered in love, class becomes a practice of kindness and gratitude for the body and soul. Empowering others and guiding students back to the truth of their practice is her full time job.

By centering pleasure, rest, and rigorous self-study, Victoria believes that yoga can be a potent tool to dismantling harmful internalized social structures that keep us from true union. Her classes are intended to create a warm and inclusive atmosphere for all people, while using the strength and power of her lineage as inspiration. She plans on making Yoga her lifelong work.

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Arjita Rai

Yoga has always been a part of Arjita’s life; growing up in Bangalore, India allowed her to weave yoga into her upbringing. After 3 years of practicing, Arjita received her yoga training following a residential, month long Yoga Instructor's Course (YIC) from Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anususandha Samsthana (SVYASA), Bangalore, India, in 2014. Primarily, her training has focused on the Asthanga yoga system. She also incorporates Pilates into her routines, and believes in doing what feels right for both body and mind. She loves sharing her love for all things zero waste, indoor gardens, environmental health, and boardgames! In her classes, she loves mixing asana sequences with a hint of relaxation, and hopes that you step off your yoga mat feelings stretched, refreshed and nourished.

Alyssa fell in love with yoga after college while navigating her personal health, fitness and wellness journey and has been obsessed with all types of movement ever since. She believes that yoga should be accessible for everyone, no matter the level of experience and lives by "do what feels good, not what looks good." She obtained her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Justin Wolfer at Rise Movement & Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. She can't wait to share her zest for mindfulness, high energy workout class and calming, fun vinyasa flows with you! Also a lover of aerial and acro yoga, you can find her outside of the studio hiking and camping, cuddling her cats Jade and Indigo, chasing rock/jam concerts, getting crafty in the kitchen and scoping out tasty vegan food!

Alyssa Ladzinski

Alyssa fell in love with yoga after college while navigating her personal health, fitness and wellness journey and has been obsessed with all types of movement ever since. She believes that yoga should be accessible for everyone, no matter the level of experience and lives by "do what feels good, not what looks good." She obtained her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Justin Wolfer at Rise Movement & Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. She can't wait to share her zest for mindfulness, high energy workout class and calming, fun vinyasa flows with you! Also a lover of aerial and acro yoga, you can find her outside of the studio hiking and camping, cuddling her cats Jade and Indigo, chasing rock/jam concerts, getting crafty in the kitchen and scoping out tasty vegan food!

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Erin Dooley

Erin is a professional modern dancer and was classically trained in various dance genres since the age of 3. During college, she discovered yoga while on summer vacation as a way to stay in shape. She found so much more to yoga than just a workout. She became a stronger, more flexible, and a more mindful mover, which helped her with her dance technique and everyday life. She completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Justin Wolfer at Rise Yoga & Movement Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY in August 2018. She is excited to teach students of all abilities to help them achieve their mobility goals. Her class focuses on alignment, balance, breath, core, mindfulness, mobility, and flexibility.

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Jammella Anderson

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Jayson Deshields

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Debra Rutledge

Dr. Deb Rutledge graduated cum laude from Ohio University, with a BFA in Dance in 2001. Deb began her professional career performing and Modern dance as a soloist for many regional companies such as Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company, Maude Baum and Company Dance Theatre, Nacre Dance and Loose Change Dance Company. She began teaching dance at the age of 15 at The Dance Center of Queensbury where she taught ballet, tap and worked as a rehearsal assistant to the Artistic Director of The Adirondack Ballet Company. She went on to become a senior faculty member for eba Center for Dance, Youth Ballet Company and The School of the Arts at the National Museum of Dance. In addition, Deb worked as an Arts -in-Education curriculum development and grant writing for eba Center for Dance. In 2009, Deb received her Doctor of Physical Therapy and has worked in spinal clinics, neuro-develpomental rehabilitation and gerontology in clinics and treatment centers throughout the Capital District. She completed her RYS -200 Yoga Teacher Training in June of 2016 under the tutelage of Meg Horan at Terra Firma Pure Warrior School, where she served as Anatomy and Physiology instructor from 2016-2021. In 2017, Deb received her Yin Yoga Certification under the guidance of Josh Summers.

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Jeffrey Richard

Jeffrey has been practicing yoga for over 16 years as a supplement to his football and Rugby workouts. After years of intense play and several sports-related injuries, he deepened his practice to gain flexibility and learn more about the body. Jeffrey earned his 500hr certification from Yoga Vidya, taught by Lauren Toolin, a master teacher in the ParaYoga tradition and a IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist. Jeffrey continues his education, completing an additional 300hr yoga teacher training program in the ISHTA Yoga lineage (Mona Anand, Alan & Sarah Finger), certified in ISHTA Meditation, ISHTA Yoga Nidra, trauma-informed yoga, aromatherapy, Reiki and a number of workshops in prenatal yoga and tantric techniques.

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Jennifer Karius

Jennifer first began her journey with yoga over 10 y are ago with a home practice mainly to help balance out her gym workouts. In 2012 she received her certification in personal training , it was also at this time that she attended her first class at a local yoga studio. Immediately she fell in love with all of the benefits that come with a consistent yoga practice. Not only the physical aspects, but also the calming sense of well being that stayed with her throughout her day as it began to spill into other areas of her life . By 2013 she had completed her first training with Jennilee Toner . During this time Jen went through a series of life changing events and she is convinced that if it wasn’t for her yoga family she would not be where she is today .
Jennifer teaches a strong vinyasa class suitable for all levels . Everyday is a new beginning and I believe at heart we are all beginners , and by creating mindfulness in the present moment we can cultivate awareness in our daily lives. Students are encouraged to trust their hearts and listen to their body by bringing a soft focus to the breath and physical alignment . She also brings a sense of lightness to her class through humor because life is stressful enough yoga shouldn’t be !
Jennifer is an 200-ERYT , a level 2 reiki practitioner, level 2 Thai yoga practitioner and has completed coursework in teaching trauma sensitive yoga .

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Karina Wojnar

Karina is a certified 200hr yoga instructor from Jai Yoga School in Spring 2018. She spent a few months living in Northern India, which reiterated her desire to understand the tradition and culture that are interwoven through yoga and Bhangra dance. She enjoys teaching gentle vinyasa and dialogue-based community yoga classes. She believes that everyone should feel welcomed and included in a yoga class, and strives to teach in a way that fosters conversation and laughs. When she’s not practicing yoga, she is rollerblading, painting, and promoting local & regional artists with Albany Center Gallery . She is originally from woodsy Northern New Jersey.

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Liz is a psychologist, teacher, meditator, and mother who weaves all of these roles together into her yoga practice. She uses clinical knowledge of the nervous system to select poses and sequences that are resilience-based and supportive of optimal mental health. Liz has completed yoga teacher trainings at the Hot Yoga Spot, Yoga Vidya, and Jai Yoga School, and is currently working towards certification as a somatic experiencing practitioner. Sharing yoga is a way for Liz to provide service and to build community.

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Mellissa Senecal

After spending 15 years in the veterinary field and receiving a Psychology degree from Penn State, Mellissa began a new chapter in fitness in 2014. Falling in love with yoga was just the beginning, and she eventually found herself obsessed with barre fitness. Making fitness fun became a priority; being able to laugh and let go of the stress of everyday life while pushing your limits, is vital in life. Mellissa began searching for other ways to incorporate interesting workouts into her routine and found PLYOGA®. She is always on the lookout for ways to challenge herself and bring that to class.

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Laurel Englesson