Instructors

Reiki Practitioners

PictureMy name is Victoria (Vicki) Harris, I am a certified Reiki Master Practitioner (energy healer) in Saratoga Springs, NY and an Independent Distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. I provide intuitive Reiki healing sessions along with guidance on overall holistic wellness.

There are many forms of energy work in the world, the art of Reiki is one that I was naturally drawn to. As a young child, I always felt a connection to healing and energies and would use this guidance to help family pets in time of need. After graduating from Siena college, I became invested in living a holistic lifestyle and learning the art of Reiki. It’s the simplicity of Reiki that attracted me to this form of healing therapy.

I obtained my Reiki Master Practitioner certification in Usui Reiki and have been practicing with healing energies for many years on adults, children, and animals. Integrating essential oils and crystals, I have a strong intuition that guides me in the healing process for my clients.

In my practice, I enjoy helping people take a more holistic approach to their health. Creating a place where one can feel relaxed and the weight of the world has been lifted off their shoulders is what my intentions are in each session. “Be Love, Be Light”


JodiJodi L. Chirkis is a certified Elementary School Teacher (Pre K-6) and has worked in the Catskill School District for the last 14 years.  She holds a Master’s Degree from The College of Saint Rose in Educational Psychology and also a Bachelor’s degree from Saint Rose in Education with a concentration in Psychology.

Jodi is currently a certified Level 2 Reiki Practitioner of the Reiki Usui System.   Her interest in Reiki began during her own healing journey, which is based on her strong faith and intuition.  Jodi has been practicing Reiki to better the body, emotions, mind and spirit which have miraculously resulted in feelings of peace, security and wellbeing.  Jodi also studies the work of Abraham Hicks and Doreen Virtue and has been practicing Guided Imagery, EFT, and positive affirmations on herself, friends, and family.

In her spare time, Jodi enjoys spending time with her husband and two small children.  She also likes to spend time outdoors in nature, taking walks and snowshoeing.  Jodi is an avid reader, enjoys oil painting and music.

Yoga Instructors

karenKaren Radley is a 200 hour registered yoga teacher (RYT 200), trained in the Bhakti tradition, under the guidance of Gopi Kinnicutt. Her training was completed at Yoga Mandali in Saratoga Springs, NY. She brings to the mat years of mentoring, leading, and helping people.

Karen first became interested in yoga five years ago when she was pursuing various ways to stay fit, young, and active. When life got messy, her yoga practice became her refuge and conduit for working through anxiety, depression, and grief. From these experiences, Karen brings compassion, humility, and openness to her classes, where all are welcome. Let her guide you as you flow through your own personal journey in a warm and safe environment, one breath at a time.


Taryn Woodard, RN, completed her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow and Meditation training with Kimberly Beekman in Saratoga Springs and Reiki Level 1 training with April Hannah at Hannah’s Healing. In her classes, she loves to combine creative sequencing, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. She encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self, citing the interconnectedness to each other, to the world and to the universe at large.

“I will always be a student of the practice and am deeply grateful for the loving wisdom my teachers have shared with me.Yoga has been a part of my life for over 3 years now, and my practice has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires me to live each moment more mindfully.  I seek to help others thrive in life by nurturing mind, body, and soul with yoga, and my hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced.”

Tai Chi Instructors

Tony Grimaldi was first introduced to the art of Tai Chi in 1994, a year after he moved to the Capital Region. Tony became interested in Tai Chi after viewing the benefits of taking a Tai Chi course, previously offered as an Adult Ed Beginner’s course in Ballston Spa, NY.

After completing the course, Tony knew he wanted to continue learning Tai Chi, as he felt less stress and anxiety from his hectic work schedule. He then continued his studies with Master Lu Yuzhi, a distinguished Tai Chi Instructor and Jim Posniewski, a champion of the USA National Tai Chi Chuan Federation.

From learning the various forms and styles of Tai Chi, Tony knew it would be a healthy way to stay fit, improve his breathing, and mental well-being.

On the road to becoming an expert, Tony continuously studied Tai Chi by taking classes and fell in love with the art. In 2007, Tony became a Certified Tai Chi Instructor by Master Jesse Tsao of Tai Chi Health-Ways of San Diego, CA.  As a goal in his life, Tony wants to spread the word about Tai Chi  by offering classes to teach others. In doing so, he’d like to share the benefits he has received from practicing this martial art.

Currently, Tony resides in Saratoga County, and lives with his wife, Linda, of 35 years. They have two daughters, Victoria and Lauren, and their dog Lexi.

Sound Healers

Dennis Dominick, Certified Therapeutic Musician (CMT) & Vibroacoustic Harp Guitar therapist (VAT)  has completed training at Vibroacoustics International in Toronto Ontario, studying under Kate Kunkel founder of the program and innovator in the field of vibroacoustics.

Certified Music Practitioners provide one-on-one palliative care to the ill and the dying in hospitals, hospices, homes, and other clinical settings. By focusing on a single patient at a time, the Certified Music Practitioner can provide therapeutic music which meets the patient’s needs in the moment, creating a nurturing environment which facilitates healing. The Therapeutic Musician uses scientific, proven methods to reduce blood pressure, stabilize heart rate, affect respiration, relieve anxiety and stress, increase endorphin levels and many other beneficial affects.

Vibroacoustic Therapists use sound waves converted to vibrations to affect an internal message of the recipients cells, internal tissue, nerves, glands, blood vessels, brain tissue etc.  The body achieves a deep sense of relaxation while the tissues are being revitalized.  Therapeutic Music and Vibroacoustic Therapy when used together with Guided Imagery and Meditation can train the body and mind, in a very powerful way to relax and de-stress.

Meditation Instructors

Brigitte Toussaint is a passionate healer. She feels that a healthy sense of self-love is an essential tool for your journey.

Brigitte knows that no single approach is the right one for every individual and so she has trained in many modalities, including massage therapy, prevention education for youth and family programs, Reiki and Breathwork.

Brigitte’s background includes a BA from Castleton University, Massage Therapy Certification from Massage Institute of New England, Strengthening Families Program Group Leader Certification, Advanced Reiki Practitioner Certification, in the tradition of Dr. Usui Shiki Ryoho, and David Elliott’s Healer Training Levels 1-4 Certification.

Brigitte’s enjoys spending time with her family and friends, learning about healthy foods, sharing new recipes, yoga, meditation, and being in nature with her dog.


Sara Madkour is a 200 hour Yoga and meditation teacher, certified under Kim Beekman.  She is also a certified Spirit Junkie Life Coach under Gabriel Bernstein loosely based on “A Course in Miracles”.

Her passion is to help others reach their full potential and feel their best body, mind, and spirit using Law of Attraction principles as well as custom designed daily habits to help maximize the life force energy so that an individual can experience as much ease and joy as possible on this crazy journey we call life.

 

Mediumship

Nicole Maney was thrown into the world of mediumship at the age of sixteen, when I discovered my ability to communicate with the many spirit energies that surrounded my friends and family.

More than fifteen year later, my work has evolved from private personal readings to large group gallery sessions, phone readings with individuals across the country, and a variety of workshops and classes.

It’s both my privilege and my passion to not only connect my clients with those they love in spirit, but also help them to discover and nurture their own ability to keep that connection alive and strong.

Fitness

Sara M. Golinski-Clark NASM (National Academy Sports Medicine) Associates Degree in Health and Wellness Studies and Exercise Science, CPR Level C/AED First Aid, Reiki Level 1 Practitioner

After years of my own struggles with weight, I decided to get healthy. I changed my eating habits, began working out and started my spiritual journey. I have already lost 100 pounds and am continuing to work towards my goals of going back to school and being a full time mother to my three children. I am currently completing my NASM personal training certification while attending Hudson Valley Community College for Exercise Science and Health and Wellness Studies with anticipated graduation in the fall of 2017.

My philosophy focuses on continual lifelong learning as I work towards enhancing the well-being of my clients by empowering them with the knowledge, skills, support, guidance and resources to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier life. Together we will transform your quality of life through active participation in regular fitness activities and the integration of guided fitness programs, to make your health goals become a reality, in a caring, fun, and dynamic environment. Ultimately I will help clients achieve a balanced lifestyle that encompasses all dimensions of health & wellness.