francois raoult triangle pose

When the student is ready,
the teacher will appear.

—Lao Tzu

  • 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.

  • Kinga Kondor-Hine has been in the field of counseling since 1992 and working as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1996. She has 10 years of management experience and her diverse counseling background includes work with developmentally disabled adults, college students, children and families, couples and most recently Military Veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress and readjustment issues. Kinga has a passion for yoga and has been a practitioner for 29 years, the last 18 years a student of the Iyengar style. She became a Registered Yoga Teacher in 2013 and now utilizes principals of Yoga like: breath work, mindfulness, meditation, and restorative poses to facilitate counseling sessions and yoga studio group at the Veteran’s Outreach Center.

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  • 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, 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, RYT 500 began yoga training in 2001 at Shakti Yoga in New York City, and continues her education with senior Iyengar teachers, including Dean Lerner and Judith Lasater. She is a Doula and teaches Prenatal Yoga at Open Sky. She also is a certified Relax and Renew trainer. Along with painting and horses, her call to teach is inspired by a personal commitment to the practice.

  • 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, 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.

  • 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 Philosophy.

  • Andrea Escos loves to share the practice of yoga and bring awareness to our body and our mind. She is a 2007 graduate of the Open Sky Essential Teacher Training and has been teaching ever since. Andrea specializes in posture and movement with over 27 years of practice as a physical therapist and is grateful for 20 years of practice with Francois Raoult as well as various Iyengar teachers through Open Sky. Andrea’s teachings are also influenced by Ramanand Patel, Judith Lasater and Arthur Kilmurray. She continues to study with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and has a special interest in neuro-developmental movement and the mind-body relationship. Andrea shares her joy of teaching yoga in a mindful, practical and playful manner to students of all levels and abilities. Her favorite things to do are travel, be with family and friends in nature.