The Team @InnerLight
AnnMarie Shirley - Owner/Self-Care Specialist
"Thank you for visiting InnerLight! Please allow me to help you find the proper care you need to achieve your wellness goals. Whether recovering from an injury or planning a preventative maintenance regimen, InnerLight and offer a variety of services."
Julian Broughton, LMT
Trained in Theraptic, Sports Massage, Deep Tissue, Shiatsu, and Cranial Sacral Therapy
Kathleen M. Pascazi, LMT
Kathleen, a former Spa owner with a client following from Westchester to Dutchess County, is a graduate of the Hudson Valley School of Massage Therapy, in New Paltz, NY. She is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist. Kathleen performs all types of massage, including: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Medical, MLD, Pre & Post Natal, and Hot Stone. Kathleen is also a Reiki practitioner, who performs reflexology, and ear candling. She is the mother of 3 children, and a grandmother to 1 baby girl. Kathleen has been described as having a nurturing personality, and a healing touch.
Jamie Meyer, LMT
Touch is a universal language. It is one of our first senses in life, and one of the last to fade. There are very few medical conditions that massage cannot be a benefit to. The power of nurturing touch is such an amazing thing that it has been researched and shown to be a necessary component in order for a person to thrive. I am grateful for the ability to help facilitate healing of the mind, body and soul. It is almost magical to me, and it is my passion!
Patricia Holtz, L.Ac. has been licensed to practice acupuncture since 1998. She regularly takes continuing education classes to enhance her skills and knowledge & enable her to better care for her clients. Her scope of practice includes herbal medicine & flower essences. She has apprenticed with renowned western herbalists and authors: Matthew Wood, William LeSassier, Pam Montgomery, Robin Rose Bennett.
Colleges: A.S. from Dutchess Community College, B.A. Magna Cum Laude, Adelphi University, DAc. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Patricia was born in Poughkeepsie & is happy to call the beautiful Hudson Valley her home. She is the mother to a wonderful kid who is the sunshine in her life.
I am an in-network Blue Cross/Blue Shield provider and applying to become a in network United HealthCare Provider. Please ask me any questions you may have regarding insurance coverage.
Carissa Cullen, Reiki Master
Carissa is a trained and Certified Reiki Master in the Usui Reiki Natural System of Healing. She incorporates the energy healing practice of Reiki into all aspects of her life, personally and professionally. Carissa's presence puts her clients at ease, and those who receive Reiki from her commonly experience very pleasing and powerful benefits. She is dedicated to helping others with any aspect of their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. Carissa's healing experience has proven how Reiki is such a fantastic technique for promoting self-healing, comfort, deep relaxation, balance and well-being on all levels, at any age. She also teaches Hypnobabies at the InnerLight Movement Studio.
Jessica Koroxenos, Esthetician
Jessica graduated from Hudson Valley School of Advanced Aesthetic Skin Care in 2008. She loves to help people with their skin care needs as well as waxing. Her goal is to help you maintain a more youthful, healthy glowing skin while you relax.
Gina Burton, "The Tarot Lady"
Gifted, tarot reader at your service, specializing in love and relationships, career, health and energy work. The Faeries Oracle and The Celtic Fairy Tarot are tools that I have been using for over a decade to help my clients find out how to heal their lives, in and out of love. The faeries have a gentle yet truthful guidance to help you make the best decisions. Mind, body, and soul are connected, so as a follow up to your reading, you will receive "action steps" that will promote ideal results in your situation. As a Reiki master, I will include energetic exercises as part of your reading to help redirect the flow of energy in your life, bringing positive forces of the universe into alignment alongside your new pathway. If you want a heart-centered reader who is affirmative and supportive, I'm here for you. Guidance, compassion, and accurate answers are just one session away. Please note that no matter your situation, I am not here to judge, condemn, or be accusatory toward you in any way! I am here to guide you toward your highest good. As an experienced reader for over 10 I've been putting my gifts to work around the country with countless clients improving their health, wealth and . Much love and many blessings.
Kraig with a 'K' - CYT & Spa Reconstructionist
Under the direction of Michael Stein of Ashtanga of New Paltz, Kraig earned his Yoga Teacher Certification with the goal of helping others achieve wellness through yoga. While still recovering from numerous sports-related traumas and debilitating injuries to his spine, he found yoga to be the answer to both physical and mental traumas we sustain.
Karen Abramson completed Yoga Teacher Training with the combined teaching team of Michael Stein and Ami Hirschstein at YogAlive! in New Paltz, New York. The course of study included training and testing Anatomy, Alignment, Asana,
Communication, Pranayama, Sanskrit, Philosophy, Class Sequencing, Meditation,
Comparative Teachings and Hands On Adjustments. Karen is a Yoga Alliance 200 Hour Registered Teacher and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Karen's teaching style is generally vinyasa, offering the dance of yoga where one pose flows gracefully to the next, allowing the student an opportunity to connect with their inner voice. Karen also offers a weekly chair yoga therapy class for physically challenged students.
Karen@SewKaren.com ~ (845) 559-7428
Michelle Hoffay Harris - CYT
Michelle encourages everyone, regardless of fitness level or yoga experience to come to their yoga mat and mindfully integrate movement with breath, reduce stress and increase vitality. Focus on building strength, balance, length and flexibility with Sun Salutations, that move into a Vinyasa Flow Practice. Each class incorporates pranayama (breath work) and foundational poses for proper alignment in all asanas. Depending on class size and levels, explore arm balances, core strengthening, hip openers, twists, backbends and inversions. Every class assimilates mindfulness, while including the depths of a meditation practice. No matter where you are in your Yoga Journey, we invite you to explore the union of your mind, body and spirit.
Jacob Friedman - CYT
Jacob received his 200-hour certification as a Yoga Instructor from Kripalu, where he was deeply inspired by teachers Kari Harendorf and Yoganand Michael Carroll. Jacob's classes provide a non-judgmental environment that is supportive and welcoming to all. Striking just the right balance of stretching and strengthening, challenge and healing, his classes will inspire introspection and connection to your whole self- body, mind, heart, and spirit. Your yoga practice will leave you feeling more alive in the body, more peaceful in the mind, more compassionate and loving towards yourself and those around you.
Jacob feels immense gratitude for the all teachers in his life: yoga teachers; yoga students; friends; perhaps wisest of all his dog Maya; and most especially he is grateful for his parents, for their endless love and support. He remains an eternal student. When not practicing yoga, Jacob may be found wandering in music, playing philosophy, stir-frying a forest or reading vegetables.
Mary Platt - CYT
Mary Rachel Platt has been practicing meditation and yoga since
1971. She is a nationally certified yoga instructor (E-RYT-500) in Amrit
Yoga, as taught by Yogi Amrit Desai, and a certified Yoga Therapist
(PYT 500) in Integrative Yoga Therapy as taught by Joseph and Lillian
LePage. In addition, she holds certifications as a Yoga Ed Instructor
and Yoga Nidra Facilitator. In recent years, she developed a love for
QiGong as well, and is a nationally certified Qigong instructor by Santa
Cruz Chi Center under master Lee Holden. A professional storyteller
since 1989, Mary often uses folk tales, myths and poetry to enhance
her teaching, especially in her work with children and adolescents. She
has co-taught QiGong workshops with her husband, John, at Kripalu
Institute in Stockbridge, MA, co-developed teacher training programs
for Weight Watchers International, teaches workshops nationally, and
works with private yoga therapy clients. Mary and John have recently
moved to Hyde Park, NY.
Deborah Zoie - Essentrics
Deborah Zoie believes in personal & planetary wellness, balance and healthy aging via diet, movement & supportive lifestyle choices. She is a Transformational Therapist and a Massage Therapist. She is honored to bring Essentrics/Classical Stretch/Healthy Aging to everyone who wants to keep strength & mobility in their daily lives & activities.
Reshkiga - Belly Dance
Reshkiga has been belly dancing over 10 years and loves to continue to learn and explore. She draws inspiration from all forms of belly dance and has adopted a fusion style with elements of tribal, cabaret, and theatrical as well as elements of modern dance. She has enjoyed a range of performance opportunities from dancing at to stage productions.
As a reflection of she has experienced within she will be teaching an open level class to bring together dancers of all shapes, and abilities. Each class a short choreography will be taught and adapted to the needs of the individual. Movements will range from the slow and sensuous to dramatic, fast paced and flirty. She looks forward to sharing the workout, artistry and fun the dance offers to all!
Shari - Belly Dance
Shari attended her first belly dance class over 10 years and falls more in love with the art form as each day passes. She has been fortunate enough to study the best instructors in the world - Suhaila and Jamila Salimpour. The Salimpour formats have given her an extremely well-rounded education in Middle Eastern dance, from precise technique and emotional perspective to music theory, and cultural representation. She is passionate to learn all she can and advance through the Salimpour School of Belly Dance, where she currently holds Level 2 certifications in both the Suhaila and Jamila and has recently been invited to join Bal Anat, founded by Jamila in 1968 and now directed by Suhaila Salimpour.
Lourdes Cruz - Ballroom, Salsa & Latin, Tango, East & West Coast Swing
She has a 13 dance major, and over 15 years experience teaching social and competitive dance. She is kind and energetic and has experience working individually and in groups with children and adults of all ages. Together with her partners, Ian Cameron (Head Instructor at A.Q.M.A.I.), and John Derick Co (Senior Latin Blackpool Champion 2005) they teach with the understanding that each dance starts by learning to root your steps and in time developing the ability to lead and follow with ease and poise. Each class is approached with fun and ease in mind and carefully allows each student to build on their strengths. Classes benefit from the instructors' dedication to dance and family, as well as their extensive knowledge of other dance forms and body mechanics.
Debra -Clegg- Qigong
She has studied energy work extensively since 1980 with Delores Krieger, RN, (former Professor of Nursing at NYU) and Dora Kunz, (internationally known healer), both founders of Therapeutic Touch system. She has created weekend workshops at Pumpkin Hollow Retreat Center. The workshop- "Rest your soul, Renew your spirit", is now in its 8th year.
Richard Clegg - Qigong
He has been involved with eastern study for most of his adult life. He has a masters rank in Chung Do Kwan Tae Kwon Do, with 30 years of practice.
Both Richard and Debra have spent over 7 weeks in China on several trips with their Qigong teacher Michael Winn, and also several weeks with Mantak Chia in China and here in the USA. Their time in China was learning Qigong and also doing Daoist longevity cultivation in the caves above Huashan with the Zheng Yi Daoist Monk - Stone of Perfection. They have studied Qigong together for 16 years. They teach it locally and abroad offering workshops, classes and weekend retreats. they are also graduates of Donna Karan's Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program in NYC. They are medical Qigong Practitioners, with a local office. Their Medical Qigong studies have been with Lisa and Dean of the International Institute of medical Qigong.
John Platt - Tai Chi
John started training in classical kung-fu styles in the late 60’s and received a third degree
black belt in 1985 from the Kajukenbo organization. In the 1990’s John began to orient
his studies to the softer, more internal arts of Qigong and Tai Chi. He began
working with such Masters as Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming, and Ron Diana of the Healing Tao
Association. In 2005 he began a very serious study of Tai Chi Chuan under Shifu Jiang
Jian-Ye in Albany, NY, and soon after began a more intense study of Qigong and Tao Yin
from Masters Lee Holden and Dr. Yang.
John is certified to teach Tai Chi and Qigong from The New York Central District Tai Chi
and Kung-Fu Association under Shifu Jiang Jian-Ye. He also holds Teacher Certification,
levels I-IV, from the Santa Cruz Chi Center under Master Lee Holden, as well as a Level
III Advanced Instructor Certification from the National Qigong Association.
John has taught both teenagers and adults in Martial, Qigong, and Tai Chi forms for the
past thirty-six years. He teaches workshops nationally, including annual workshops at the
Kripalu Institute in Stockbridge, MA, has co-developed QiGong training programs for
Weight Watchers, International, and is currently running a QiGong teacher training
program in the Midwest. In addition, John has been practicing meditation for over 40
years. He recently retired from a 36 year career as English teacher at various private
schools in the Northeast and lives in Hyde Park, NY with his wife, Mary
Carissa Cullen, Hypnobabies Childbirth Education Classes (6-week series)
Carissa is a trained and certified Hypnobabies® Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor. Hypno-Doula and an experienced Hypno-Mommy. She believes that a comprehensive childbirth education, paired with Hypnobabies childbirth hypnosis techniques make a great cornerstone in anyone's birth preparation process. Carissa finds this course to be compatible with many different birth philosophies, and incredibly helpful to the birth partners, too. Carissa's birth philosophy is one that incorporates the importance of balance on all levels, and following your body and your intuition. Carissa's students enter their birthing time with a strong trust that whichever path the birthing takes, it's the right one for Mom and Baby. Classes are held at the InnerLight Movement Studio. Carissa also offers Reiki at the InnerLight Spa.