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Breathing in I calm my body. Breathing out I smile. Dwelling in the present moment, I know this is a wonderful moment.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Private Mat and Aerial Yoga Sessions

55-minute Private Classes start at $85.00/hour for one, $15 for each additonal person. Email or call 802.362.9004 for pricing and to schedule your private session.

Private Yoga is an invaluable tool for students of all levels and experience. Suffering from back pain? Brand new to yoga and want to ease into practice one-to-one? Want to build on what was taught in class? Planning on running a marathon? Want to ski into your 80′s? Private lessons provide the perfect setting to address your goals and work on areas of individual interest. Private Yoga can help you deepen your practice, gain confidence, answer questions, provide guidance, and help you develop a home practice tailored to your individual needs.

Some reasons to consider private yoga instruction:

  • Prefer private setting over a class setting.
  • You are healing from an injury or have a physical limitation and want to learn how to “adapt” your practice at home or in class. (Examples include learing how to modify poses, and using chairs, straps and blocks for support.)
  • You are healing from an illness and want a restorative gentle practice.
  • You want to develop a personalized practice for home.
  • You want have questions about structural alignment.
  • You have questions about breathing and meditation.
  • You would like to know more about Yogic Philosophy.
  • You are pregnant and want to know how to modify in group classes or get individual attention.
  • Our class schedule does not mesh with your available time to practice yoga.
  • You are celebrating a special event and want to have a private yoga class with friends.

Having a special event? For a birthday or bridal party, a girls-night-out, a men’s group, corporate training, teambuilding or family reunion, email or call 802.362.9004 for pricing and to schedule your private session.

Call 802.362.9004 or email to schedule your private session with:

BobPersonal Coaching with Bob Speck, E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, Owner

Yoga Instruction

  • Bodyweight, Suspension and Functional Weight Training
  • Individual and Small Group
  • Sport Performance Training
  • Inspired Life Coaching

Find testimonials and more information here.

Personal Coaching Session Fees: 

  • $85 – 1 class ($15 each additional person up to 5)
  • $400 – 5 classes ($15 each additional person up to 5)
  • $750 – 10 classes ($15 each additional person up to 5; $650 base rate for subsequent 10 classes purchased successively)

Special for Studio Clients with a 3-month membership or more: 
$250 for one-on-one coaching including 5 studio coaching sessions and online support. Email to arrange personal coaching sessions with Bob.

Bob is a Registered Yoga Teacher, Certified Personal Trainer and Functional Strength Coach. Bob has been practicing yoga for about 20 years, receiving his 500-hr accreditation through Beryl Bender Birch (The Hard and The Soft Yoga Institute) in 2016. Bob has also studied with Eoin Finn (Blissology Vinyasa Flow Yoga); Mathew Sanford (Adaptive Yoga); Biff Mithoefer (Yin Yoga); Coby Kozlowski (Kripalu Yoga); Sean Johnson (Bhakti Yoga), Manoj Chalam (Hindu Archetypes and Deities), Nikki Myers (Y12SR), Terry Fralich (Mindfulness), and Love Your Brain. He enjoys creating learning experiences which build supportive relationships, promote health and wellness, bring out the best in people, and provide ways for students to connect with the outdoor natural environment.

An athlete and outdoor enthusiast for his whole life, Bob is also a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (Outdoor Education), Project Adventure (Adventure-Based Counseling), and is also an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer, PSIA Certified Ski, Snowboard, and Adaptive Instructor. Bob has taught skiing and snowboarding for over 40 years, and has worked in the ski industry as a snow-sports school manager, staff trainer, and regional clinician. He has also been instrumental in the development of health and wellness and mentoring programs for disabled veterans in association with the Wounded Warrior Project and Warriors Live On, and competitive adaptive sports programs with the Adaptive Sports Foundation and Ability Plus at Mount Snow. He has facilitated numerous educational workshops, led bike trips and backcountry hiking expeditions, coached various sports, mentored numerous athletes, and taught middle school health education.

Bob was previously a structural/architectural engineer and timber-frame home designer for over 35 years. Throughout his career, he has been a mentor for young professionals, helping many thrive in their careers. After moving to Vermont in 1996, he focused his work on sustainable design and timber framing by maintaining a small private practice called Gaia Structures. He maintains a lifelong Earth-friendly perspective in his work and in his life. Bob keeps a personal learning journal on his blog: A Mentor Walks With Me.

Jo Kirsch, E-RYT® 500, Owner/Director

Jo KirschJo’s been practicing yoga for 26 years and teaching for 16. She is certified to teach yoga at the 500 Hour level through the Yoga Teacher’s Alliance and the Hard & the Soft Yoga Institute.

Jo’s initial yoga teacher training was in Astanga yoga with Beryl Bender Birch. Since that time, Jo has been certified to teach Adaptive Yoga by Matthew Sanford, Trauma Sensitive Yoga by David Emerson, Yoga Nidra by Jennifer Reis, Yoga of 12 Step Recovery with Nikki Myers and Yin Yoga with Biff Mithoefer. Jo has a deepening love and appreciation for Bhakti Yoga and finds her heart cracking wide open as she studies and practices with Manoj Chalam,  and Sean Johnson and the Wild Lotus Band. Her studies also include Iyengar and Anusara yoga, with many amazing, inspiring, loving teachers.

Jo’s personal experience with Post Traumatic Stress  (PTS) inspired her to work with individuals with PTS, to help them manage their stress and heal. Jo’s practice informs her teaching. She’s found that everyone benefits from learning and practicing coping skills to help manage personal stress. She greatly values and teaches stress reduction techniques including posture practice, meditation, focused breathing, and yoga nidra in her yoga classes.

Jo is also a certified professional ski instructor who loves to ski and share her passion for the sport with others. An lifelong learner who subscribes to experiential education, Jo finds that a balanced combination of physical activity, being in nature, practicing the different limbs of yoga, and eating well, leads to a spiritual, mental and physical life of health and happiness. She loves to share these practices with friends, family, and individuals who are in search of healing and happiness.

Lisa Brand, RYT® 500, Assistant Manager

FullSizeRender (7)Yoga has been an integral part of Lisa’s life dating back to her earliest formative years. Eventually, a deeper quest for knowledge took over, and Lisa enrolled in a comprehensive Ashtanga training program under the tutelage of Ranjitha Sandeep (Yoga Sutra for Life) stemming from a Dharma Mittra lineage. Lisa went on to receive both her 200 and 500-hour Yoga Certifications.

Being a life-long learner, Lisa is completing her second Advanced Training to continue to dwell deeper and expand her knowledge. Lisa feels truly blessed to study under the tutelage of Jo Kirsch, Bob Speck and Laurae Coburn in the HOTV Teacher Training Program.

Lisa has studied through the years with numerous Master Teachers such as Dharma Mittra, Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman, Seane Corne, Shiva Rea, Aadil Palkhivala, Elena Brower, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Nikki Myers, Biff Mithoefer, Manoj Chalam and Tommy Rosen.

Lisa discovered Pilates in 1998, and never looked back. She spent the next decade taking classes and studying this wonderful form of movement. Lisa became a Pilates Mat and Level-1 Apparatus Instructor in 2009 through Peak Pilates, and a Fully-Certified Mat and Apparatus Pilates Instructor in 2012 through Balanced Body.

Lisa feels fortunate to have worked and studied under instructors from Romana’s Pilates, Peak Pilates, Power Pilates, Polestar Pilates and Balanced Body. In addition to her certifying training programs, Lisa has done numerous workshops and additional training programs through Power Pilates, Balanced Body and Peak Pilates.

When Lisa is not at the studio, she can be found spending time with
her wonderful husband, loving children, close friends and numerous
pets.

Laurae Coburn, E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500

HerbieLaurae Coburn, Ph.D, LCMHC,E-RYT 200, RYT 500 has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and her teaching style is both heart centered and alignment focused. Laurae’s approach to yoga includes integration of the 8 limbs of yoga with a well-balanced asana sequence accessible to students of all levels with nuances that are relevant to those with a more advanced practice.

Laurae’s roots are in Iyengar and she is most recently a student of Jivana Yoga, under the direction of her beloved teacher, Kristin Laak. Laurae has been blessed with the guidance of many gifted teachers including her first teacher, Linda Cochran, a student of BKS Iyengar. Laurae completed her initial teaching certification with Eileen Muir at Karuna Yoga in Northampton and her 500-hour certification many years later at her home studio, HOTVY. Laurae has a passion for Yogic Philosophy and was fortunate to study the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita with Edwin Bryant, PhD-, Professor of Indian Religions. She continues to explore yogic philosophy through her studies in the Jivana Program. Laurae has also attended yoga and mindfulness training and workshops with Erich Schiffman, Amy Weintraub, and John Kabat-Zinn.

Laurae is also a licensed psychotherapist in private practice, the Director of Program Development at VPI South, and is an Associate Professor at The Sage Colleges where she teaches a course in mindfulness.

Alexandra Langstaff, RYT® 500

Alexandra Langstaff

Although more well known for her work with children, Alexandra Langstaff has also led programs for adult learners for skiing, dancing and yoga. (Not all at the same time!) Because of her patient and playful teaching style plus an interest and knowledge about bodies in motion she provides a relaxed and safe learning environment.

Her yoga studies through the talented teachings of Jo Kirsch and Lu French amongst others, including Circus Yoga Training at Kripalu, allow her to approach yoga practice in a fun and conscientious way.

Alexandra has a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education, a Masters degree in Creativity Studies and spent 20 years in the international ski industry developing training materials for instructors. She has had the opportunity to direct, choreograph and perform with her own dance company, “Soulspeak”, as well as many other regional and international companies and groups. Her “Hullabaloo Danceshop” classes, workshops, products and presentations have been spotted globally.

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