francois raoult triangle pose

When the student is ready,
the teacher will appear.

—Lao Tzu

  • Heidi Friederich

    Heidi Friederich completed ETT with Francois Raoult in 2009 and is a registered teacher with the National Yoga Alliance. She turned to yoga in 1980, studying with Lili Wildenhain, an Iyengar-trained teacher, and began classes with Francois in 1997. A graduate of Cornell University, Heidi is teaching Gentle Yoga classes and also tutors in the Rochester School of Practical

  • Becky Lyons

    Becky Lyons, RYT200 was initially drawn to the physical and athletic aspects of Yoga. Becky completed Essential Teacher Training with Francoi Raoult as well as Prenatal and Postpartum teacher training with Carla Anselm. She has continued her training and exploration of Yoga, attending many workshops with Judith Hanson Lasater, Richard Rosen, and Martine Le Chenic and international retreats in Crete and India with Francois Raoult. A certified snowboarding instructor for 20 years, Becky brings what she has learned about alignment and movement from snowboarding to her Yoga practice.

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  • tom battley

    Tom Battley, RYT 500 has studied with senior Iyengar teachers. Still in recovery from years of avid cycling, aerobic fitness regimens and weight training, Tom is especially eager to share yoga with other recovering obsessives. Tom's teachings convey Open Sky's love of music and poetry and a sense of community.

  • rick lynch

    Rick Lynch, RYT 500 is an Open Sky yoga teacher and director of the Finger Lakes Yoga Center. He has studied, practiced and experienced yoga for over 30 years and leads yoga retreats in Southeast Asia. Influencing his teaching are his experiences in wilderness canoeing, trekking and skiing.

  • carla anselm

    Carla Anselm ERYT500, ERPYT, YAI500 began yoga training in 2001 at Shakti Yoga in NYC, and continues her education with Francois Raoult at Open Sky Yoga Center where she began teaching in 2004 after completing the Essential Yoga Teacher Training. She is an Advanced Restorative Yoga Teacher certified by Judith Lasater (2009). She has trained with various senior Iyengar yoga teachers. Carla is an experienced doula and teaches the Essential Prenatal and Postpartum Yoga Teacher Training offered by Open Sky Yoga Center and in Brussels, Belgium. Carla teaches all levels in weekly classes and various workshops at Open Sky Yoga Center.

  • Michael Amy

    Michael Amy, MPT, RYT 200 is a licensed Physical Therapist, and has studied movement patterns in various settings including ergonomics, sports medicine and pediatrics. He recently completed the Essential Teacher Training at Open Sky and weekend retreats at Kripalu. Michael continues his current studies with senior teacher Francois Raoult and is committed to his own personal practice. Off the mat you can find him exploring nature photography, poetry and music.

  • Mary Aman

    Mary Aman, M.A., E–RYT 500 began her yoga practice in 1993, and shortly after became drawn to the clarity and accessibility of the lineage teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. She has completed both Advanced and Essential Teacher Trainings under the direction of Francois Raoult, internationally renowned yoga teacher and direct student of B.K.S. Mary has also studied with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar at the Ramamani Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India. She believes in the transformational nature of yoga and teaches from the platform that yoga is meant to be accessible to everybody and to every body.