Amber LaPointe (on right in photo)
E-RYT 500, B.S. in Business & Marketing, Founder of Yana Yoga, Founder & Co-Owner of Radiant Being Yoga School, and Owner of Northeast Yoga Adventures
Amber has been teaching yoga to all levels for 14+ years and has over 7,400 hours of experience teaching yoga classes, teacher trainings, workshops, and retreats. In her teaching, she likes to keep things light and fun, accessible to all, and strongly encourages participants to listen to their body, to find a balance between effort and ease, and to breathe... can't do a pose? Just breathe.
"I want people to understand that all bodies have limitations and anyone really can do yoga, they just need the right teacher and the right class for their body. I work to help my students integrate the mind, body, and breath in a way that leaves them feeling calm, yet strong and renewed. I feel honored to be able guide people on their yoga journey and look forward to joining you on yours. If everyone took time to deepen their yoga practice, to learn more about the whole of yoga, the world would be a better place. So, I encourage you to take this journey for yourself and for everyone around you... to Brighten Your Light (tm) and become a more RADIANT BEING, radiating more light, love, and goodness into the world. The world is calling us to do so."
Ellen Dragonette (on left in photo)
E-RYT 500, Reiki Master Teacher, M.S. Ed., and Co-Owner of Radiant Being Yoga School
An educator by nature and by training, Ellen has a BS in Education and an MS in Educational Psychology. She has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years, teaching classes for over 10 years, and is an E-RYT 500. Ellen has more than 4,000 hours of experience teaching group and private yoga classes, children’s yoga, specialty classes, workshops, retreats and teacher trainings. She did her 200-hour yoga training with Lauren Toolin through Old Common Yoga School (now Yoga Vidya) and her 300-hour training with Jennilee Toner through the Inner Sanctum Yoga School. She has studied Yin Yoga with internationally renowned instructor Josh Summers and completed extensive coursework in Experiential Anatomy with Judith Hansen Lasater. Ellen also has training in Chinese Medicine and Yoga, Yoga for Cancer Recovery and Restorative Yoga, and is a Karma Kids Children’s Yoga instructor and a Certified Reiki Master Practitioner and Teacher.
“My training was Iyengar based, so alignment is a key factor, but my classes are pretty eclectic. They always include pranayama, asana, relaxation and meditation, and we explore them in a variety of ways through the teachings of many different traditions. And, since my personal yoga journey has brought me so much joy and taught me the very important lesson of not taking myself too seriously, there’s often laughter, and sometimes downright silliness in my classes; but just as often there are moments of deep silence, contemplation and connection.”
“One of my favorite quotes from Lao Tzu is “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” Yoga is such a wonderful vehicle for that journey. I encourage my students to listen to their bodies, hearts and minds and ask them to question, explore and move beyond their comfort zone. My role is to support their practice in whatever way I can, and I am truly honored and privileged to share their journeys. I honestly can’t imagine doing anything else.”