About Teachers and Therapists

OM Shanti Yoga & Healing Arts

(Located on the 1st floor, to the left of the stairs in the foyer)

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We offer a variety of healing arts to relax, renew and rejuvenate, the body, mind and the spirit. Weekly Yoga classes & Wellness Classes with Essential Oils, Many modalities of Massage Therapy, Reiki, and body treatments such as Moroccan red clay wraps, body scrubs and the Om Shanti Signature Sacred Mandala Foot Bath.

Our classes are small and integrative for more personalized instruction, so space is limited.  We ask that you sign in before hand for all workshops, yoga classes and massage sessions.
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Kathryn Sutliff

NYS Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Kripalu Yoga Instructor, Certified Yoga Trance Dance Instructor, Certified Positional Therapist, Certified Traditional Thai-Yoga Massage Therapist, Certified Reiki Practitioner & Certified Hot Stone Therapist.

Owner of Om Shanti Healing Arts

Ananda 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 “Ananda” by her teachers. Ananda is Sanskrit for the ultimate state of bliss.

From there she decided to travel to Thailand and deepen her training and learning from the masters. Upon her return she decided she wanted to know more ways to heal through touch, so she started studying Swedish and Therapeutic Massage techniques at the Center For Natural Wellness in 2010, trying to build her “Healing Tool Box”.

She has training in Massage Therapy, Positional Therapy, Kripalu Yoga, Spa Body Treatments, Hot/ Cold/ Crystal Stone Therapy, Energy work, Meditation, Yoga Trance Dance, Reiki, Thai Massage and more. Kathryn is a member of the America Massage Therapy Association, and the owner of Om Shanti Healing Arts wellness center in Castleton, NY. 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 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.


Nicholas Petrucco

Certified Sound Healer
Minister with the United Life Church

Nicholas Sound Therapist

Nicholas’ discovery and journey into the healing properties of sound started in 2010 while searching for a method to treat his issues with chronic depression. After long struggling with depression, related emotional storms and self destructive behaviors he tried western medicine and therapies and was told he would need to take medication the rest of his life. Not willing to resign himself to this, he sought out alternative treatments in alignment with his spiritual beliefs. It was when he first encountered a Himalayan singing bowl that his life changed. “ When I found and played my first bowl it felt like electricity flowing through me and it vibrated where I felt the pain of my depression. The more I played, the better I felt until the pain was gone.” After this experience Nicholas sought and learned how tones connect with bodily and energetic systems. This has guided him along his path to train in techniques passed down from native healers and earn a certificate in vibrational healing and study with his friends and mentors Philippe & Lea Garnier, Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux and Wise Rune Woman Ingrid Kincaid. Nicholas strives to continually learn and walk the path of healing and ceremony.

Nicholas utilizes a variety of tools for sound healing and ceremony that include metal and crystal singing bowls, tuning forks, rattles, drumming, shells horns, whistles, chanting, toning and aromatherapy.


Cheryl Williams

Yoga & Pilates Instructor and Reiki Master


Yoga & Pilates:

Cheryl received her Pilates Mat Certification at Core Pilates NYC in 2015 and her Power Vinyasa yoga certification in 2016. Cheryl recently relocated to the Albany area after having been a Fashion Industry professional living and working in New York City for 12 years and most recently working in the wellness community in her hometown of Elmira, NY. She has always been active in competitive athletic activities from gymnastics, softball and swimming as a child and throughout high-school to traditional training at gyms throughout her college years and twenties. She was introduced to Pilates & Yoga 6 years ago and was immediately captivated by the way they strengthened the muscles in her entire body, which other forms of exercises hadn’t. She continues to be inspired by the way both modalities realign, motivate, and improve all body types and that they work for beginners to experts! Cheryl loves teaching Yoga & Pilates, the mind- body connections they create and building relationships with her students.


Cheryl has become increasingly interested in alternative approaches to healing and wellness due to her own health issues. After searching out natural ways to overcome autoimmune disease when Western medicine didn’t help, she discovered Yoga, Pilates, Accupuncture/Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda and Reiki. The combination of whole body wellness and nutrition have steered her onto a path of making this a way of life both privately and professionally. Cheryl is a Reiki Master who truly enjoys being a part of her clients’ healing journey and how this ancient practice can heal the mind, body and spirit. 

She is thrilled to be sharing her knowledge with her students and clients!


Lauren Jacobs

Certified Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga Teacher 


Lauren completed her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Vidya, a Yoga Alliance registered school in the capital region. Lauren is also a clinical social worker, providing therapy to children and families. Her work as a psychotherapist brings a unique perspective to her yoga instruction to build yoga practice as a tool for self care and mental health.


Allison Sheehan

Certified Kundalini/ Hatha Yoga Teacher

Allison Sheehan

Allison Sheehan is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance, and received her 200 hour teacher training certification in January of 2017, in East Greenbush, New York.  Allison is certified to teach both Kundalini and Hatha yoga, and began teaching weekly classes upon her certification. Allison began her yoga path in 2005, as the need and search for a path of self-care and stress management emerged personally. The everyday stress of working as a social worker in the community forced a practical and accessible solution. Once this journey began, Allison was hooked to the practice and never looked back. Allison has extensively practiced Hatha yoga and Vinyasa yoga, but her passion remains with Kundalini yoga and the power that this yoga has to transform. Allison has a special gift for connecting with people and making them feel at ease. With a gift of compassion, patience, and the desire to connect, Allison brings these gifts to her teaching style and to her students. “I only hope to make each student feel that yoga is not something for the elite, that it is a practice that we all can embrace and incorporate in our lives. Yoga is a practice that belongs to us all, and it is just a matter of finding what really resonates with each person. I wish for people to feel happier, live life, and to stop being so hard on themselves.” Allison’s goals related to teaching are to help people find relief, overcome self-limiting thoughts, transform, and live extraordinary lives.


Elaine Theodore

Registered Yoga Instructor & Certified Yoga Therapist

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Elaine comes to you with years of experience, training and passion in the field of healing.  Elaine studied for many years in NYC with Sharon Gannon at Jivamukti Yoga then rediscovered the journey and began, while eight months pregnant with her second child, in a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher training at Swallowtail Yoga. She continues to study with Seane Corne, David Magone, Shiva Rea,  and is currently studying Core Strength Vinyasa with Sadie Nardini. She founded City of Zen Yoga in Lynn and taught Vinyasa Flow and Children’s yoga in the North Shore. July 2017 she moved to Capital Region of NY and is creating a new tribe and teaching schedule.

 Elaine holds a certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) from the Trauma Center, with Justice Resource Institute and currently works as Trauma Clinician for agencies in the North Shore and at Salem High School. She has over 20 years experience working as an Expressive Therapist. Elaine is certified to teach Yoga for Breast Cancer Recovery through Exclusive Yoga® under Camille Kitrell. She is also a certified leader in Y12SR, Yoga for Addiction Recovery, trained by the founder, Nikki Myers. Additionally, Elaine is a certified Pretzel Kids® teacher. 

Elaine is a certified Yoga Therapist by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and is an E-500/RYT teacher with a 300 hour training from TriYoga Boston in Yoga Therapeutics. Elaine is currently taking Yoga Therapy clients. She is a Reiki Two Practitioner. 

Elaine holds a Master’s in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus in Human Development and Psychology, Adolescent Risk and Prevention. She has expertise in Youth Violence and Sexual Violence Prevention, works in the Juvenile Justice System, and is a Sexuality Educator and trained Mediator. She holds a BFA from NYU in theater and feels her theater background helps her every single day. 


Mark Ciavardoni

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Raja Yoga Meditation, Guided Meditation,Tarot Readings, Tarot and Metaphysical Workshops, Meditation Programs for Beginners, Healing and Coaching for Healers, Psychics and Empaths.


Mark’s spiritual journey began more than 25 years ago with the intensive practice of meditation which developed into deep Yoga Sadhana. He engaged in the disciplined practice of meditation for many years and he has experienced many transformative spiritual and mystical states of consciousness, while also remaining active in the mundane world. After years of intensive yoga meditation practice he met two psychic healers who encouraged him to work with them, and to begin working with others. Thus he began working with individuals and groups, teaching meditation techniques and other practices for enhancing wellness and developing spiritual awareness.


He continues to explore the vast spiritual heritage of India including Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Buddhism; as well as Taoism, Shamanism and other Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. He received a CHt. from the Eastern Institute of Hypnotherapy (National Association of Transpersonal Hypnotherapists). He works extensively with the Tarot doing readings and teaching workshops.

His meditation work focuses on practical techniques for all levels of meditation practitioners and includes meditation practice, breath work, visualization and working with Prana, the subtle life force. Also included is discussion and dialogue on spirituality, metaphysics, developing a spiritual practice, and integrating spirituality into everyday life. His career experience includes the practice of law, career counseling, leadership coaching, management consulting; and many years in executive leadership with a variety of organizations