My name is Judi/Hamsa Spagnola & I am a Certified Registered Yoga Teacher/Therapist for 35 years. I received my certification at the Integral Yoga Institute & Academy in NYC & have studied with many Yoga Teacher/Therapists since that time. I am a member of the Integral Yoga Teachers Association, the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance.
I developed and pioneered the Adaptive Gentle and Chair Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program at the Integral Yoga Institute/Academy in New York City and in Virginia and I put together a teacher training manual for those two certification programs.
I am the Director of the Adaptive Gentle and Chair Yoga teacher training program at the Integral Yoga Institute/Academy in New York City. I train Yoga teachers how to modify & adapt Yoga postures, making Yoga accessible to people of all ages, abilities and disabilities. The Adaptive Gentle/Chair Training is one of the requirements towards achieving the Yoga Therapy Certificate through IAYT, the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
I also work for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in NY as well as the New Jersey Chapter, teaching both Chair & Gentle Yoga to people living with Multiple Sclerosis.
I have always been very concerned about making Yoga accessible to everyone; the elderly, the disabled, those with injuries, those with chronic pain as well as the physically fit.
Besides teaching my regular Hatha Yoga classes at various Yoga centers, I also teach in several Assisted Living Facilities in NJ, offering Chair Yoga classes to our Elder population. I teach people with Alzheimers/Dementia, people who have had Strokes, who have Parkinsons, MS, and other physical limitations. This work has been my passion for many years.
I teach courses in Meditation/Stress Management, Pranayama (Breath work), Chakra balancing.
I am a Traditional Reiki Master, trained by the Loving Touch Center International School of Reiki, Inc. I teach the different levels of Reiki as well as offer private Reiki sessions to those seeking healing on a
physical, emotional & spiritual level.
I am an Ordained Minister of Spiritual Healing since 1996 and have performed many marriage ceremonies, blessings & memorial services.
My goal is to bring compassion, an open heart, a sense of humor and lightness to all of my classes so that my students will learn to love Yoga as much as I do.