Yoga Classes


Yoga re-opening at OM Shanti:

The health and safety of our community is our top priority, and we ask for your assistance in keeping yourself and others safe during these times. 

  1. STAY HOME: If you exhibit flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath or breathing difficulties or a rise in temperature, please stay home! Anyone displaying symptoms such as fever, coughing or sneezing will be asked to leave.
  2. SANITIZING: Our efforts to keep our studio germ free include cleaning and sanitizing countertops, door handles, bathroom fixtures, floors, and often-touched areas every day, in-between clients and before and after classes.  We ask that you wash/sanitize your hands before and after you enter the building and maintain safe distancing at all times.
  3. FRESH AIR: Our studio is fully equipped with HEPA Air filters in all yoga & massage rooms. 
  4. PROPS: All community props have been removed until further notice. Students are required to bring their own mat, props and towels. Please arrive with equipment properly sanitized.
  5. REGISTRATION: Students are required to sign up for class prior to arriving at the studio by texting “yoga” to 914 482 7010. You will then receive a link to pre-pay for your class or use your class card. All payments are to be processed online prior to registration.  
  6. REFUND POLICY: All sales are final. Classes sizes are held at only 33% capacity, so if you register for the class and then cannot make it, you must cancel 12 hours prior to avoid forfeiture of your class payment, or class punch.
  7. All teachers and students will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Anyone registering 100.4 or higher will be sent home.
  8. Masks are required. 

We thank you in advance for helping keeping our community safe! 

 Stay tuned for our brand new schedule! 




Anandha Kathryn
LMT, RYT 200


Owner of Om Shanti Yoga & Healing Arts, LLC

Anandha Kathryn has always been a healer by nature. She is very passionate about all healing modalities and has been studying healing modalities since her yoga teacher training and Thai-yoga level I at the Kripalu Center in 2007, where she was then named “Anandha” by her teachers. Anandha is Sanskrit for the ultimate state of bliss.

She has training in Massage Therapy, Positional Therapy, Kripalu Yoga, Spa Body Treatments such as body scrubs & body wraps, Hot/ Cold/ Crystal Stone Therapy, Energy work, Meditation, Yoga Trance Dance, Reiki, Traditional Thai Massage, reflexology and more. Anandha Kathryn is a member of the America Massage Therapy Association, the owner of Om Shanti Yoga & Healing Arts wellness center in Castleton, NY, and a certified Minister with the United Life Church. She has done various volunteer programs at Kripalu – School of Yoga and Health, many festivals and even hospice at Albany Med.

Her style of teaching is very detail oriented and hands- on.  She aims to leave her students & Clients craving more knowledge in the field of healing arts because she herself, never wants to stop learning, knowing the well of knowledge is endless and ever fulfilling.
Coming from a dark past, she understands the magnitude of alternative healing modalities for body, mind, and spirit.


Allison Sheehan
RYT 500
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Allison ventured down the yoga path in 2005. Fifteen years of social work and a life time of people pleasing required some healing. The connection was instant. Allison is a RYT-500 and is certified to teach Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga as well as Prenatal yoga. Allison completes her advanced YTT with Kia Miller in California.

Allison has extensively practiced Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga, but her passion remains with Kundalini yoga and the power that the practice has to transform. Allison possesses a special gift for connecting with people and making them feel at ease. 

Outside of practice, Allison is a serious English Football fan (that’s soccer), a Reiki practitioner, a gardener, a domestic engineer, and loves to laugh, talk (a lot) and people watch.


Meg Benesch
RYT 200

As a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a Registered Nurse in the state of NY, Meg is almost always exploring some use of alternative therapy or medicine to benefit both mental and physical health. When she was introduced to the practice of yoga, it simply resonated with her.

In April of 2018 Meg received her RYT 200 through Heartspace Yoga & Healing Arts in Troy, NY, but she has been practicing since 2009. She has a passion for mental health, and has worked in addictions care as well as integrative medicine. She is dedicated to learning more about available holistic care pathways and is always actively seeking to gain knowledge from her colleagues and clients alike. Every class attended and every class taught is a learning experience for her. Meg has found a beautiful blend of both her yoga practice and her nursing practice and plans to use that help guide her clients through personal pathways to mental and physical well being


Katie Thorton
RYT 200
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Katie Thornton’s first visit to a yoga studio was nearly 20 years ago in a walk-up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  As a first-year middle school teacher, she found great relief and comfort in the ancient practice of yoga and has not put her mat away since.  Trying out many different styles, she finally landed at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in 2008 for a month-long teacher training.  Since then, she has taught Kripalu Yoga, a classic Hatha style, from the city streets of Washington DC to rural New Hampshire to school teachers in East Greenbush.  Katie strives to live her yoga in all aspects of her life including the work and practice of parenting her three daughters.


Jacky Weckesser
RYT 200
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Jackie Weckesser is a Yoga Alliance 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, completing her Training at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Ayurveda in 2018. Her journey with the practice began many years ago in an unusual fashion, as a recommendation from her orthopedic surgeon to alternatively heal an injury/inflammation. Here began the growing interest in this ancient Svadhyaya, or self-study. “For me, Yoga is about looking inside, trying to understand the connection of the physical, with the spiritual, and the emotional; and as constantly using the practical to improve not only myself, but those who I am fortunate to guide and teach their practice.” Jackie is a Licensed Master Social Worker, and has enjoyed a 35+ year career working with Seniors in health care. One of her great joys is teaching chair yoga to Elders with Alzheimer’s & Dementia.
“You get way more than you give”. 


Nick Conner

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Nicholas was introduced to yoga around 6 or 7 years ago by being invited to his dear friend Rich D’amaru’s first yoga class.  This was an eye opener to what a life of partying does to your body/mind/soul and pushed Nicholas down the path of movement, breath and proper nutrition. Since then yoga has become a huge passion that compliments his other disciplines snowboarding and rock climbing. He has had the honor of studying under Meg Horan and Dustin Horan at Jai Yoga School, completing his YTT-200.  Nicholas’ Classes aim for a Strong vinyasa, connecting the breath and movement while building strength to explore more advanced asanas in a safe space in which all levels, beginner to advances practitioners, can grow and blossom.


Tiana Taylor
RYT 200

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Tiana is a Registered 200 Hour Yoga Teacher in the Capital District. Her journey in yoga began during her pregnancy with prenatal yoga. Fast forward a few years, Tiana completed her 200 hour with Styles Yoga In 2017 and has continued gaining experience teaching all age yogis- introducing her unique asana experience in the school settings- K-12 and college, community settings for various kids yoga, sports focused yoga, enticing “trap yoga” and guidance on bringing forth alignment through chakra journey workshops. Her humble goal and mission is to bring yoga to all beings- of all backgrounds and ages, creating a judgment free, feel good zone of self awareness and soul awakening.


Amy Walsh
CYT 200

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Amy became a certified Hatha Yoga Instructor in January 2017. Amy teaches a Hatha yoga class that is beginner focused and makes even the most inexperienced “yogi” feel at ease. Her class will leave you feeling rested, restored and rejuvenated with her easy to follow instruction, uplifting personality and crave worthy stretches.


Alison Lacivita

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Alison began practicing yoga in 2004. She stepped up her practice while a graduate student in Dublin, Ireland with the help of a wonderful teacher, Sinead O’Connor, who showed her that if she could figure out how to use her breath, she could do anything – including finish a PhD dissertation! When back in the US, she pursued a 200-hour Ashtanga teacher training in 2013 under Melanie Fawer (authorized by Sri K. Pattbhi Jois) in New Orleans, Louisiana. While she loves everything about the yoga practice, Ashtanga is her most beloved and she is excited to share the practice with students back in her hometown. When not on the mat, Alison is a paramedic student who works as an EMT, a volunteer firefighter, ski patroller at Gore mountain, and an avid snowboarder and climber.


Dathane Turner

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Holacracy practitioner since 2006, Dathane has a masters degree in Psychology and Won Buddhism. He was ordained in the socially-engaged practice of Won Buddhism in 2015. Dathane organized meditation programs for COARC and the National Association of Mental Illness as well as co-lead and led retreat programs at the Won Dharma Center. An inductee in the National Society of Leadership and Success, he has a passion to manifest the Next Paradigm vision of inner and societal transformation.


Paige McNamara
RYT 200 

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Paige McNamara is a new yoga facilitator, recently aquiring her 200 hr. RYT through Rainbow Body Yoga Studio at the local Stable Gate Farm and Winery in summer 2019. Her practice is ever evolving and ever expansive, she welcomes all who are interested in BE-ing together in the name of wellness and yoga.


Beth Northup
Crystal Bowl Practitioner

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Beth is a very talented crystal bowl player, who truly loves offering this amazing healing art. She has been playing the bowls for many years and had loved them years beyond that. This shows in the way she leads her monthly Sound Baths. Her intuitive energy really creates a calming foundation for which deep healing can occur.


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