About Yana Yoga Malta NY, Ballston Spa NY, Yoga Clifton Park NY, Yoga Ballston Lake, Yoga Mechanicville, Yoga Saratoga Springs NY. Prenatal yoga, Kids Yoga, Yoga for Breast Cancer, Gentle Yoga, Beginner Yoga, Restorative Yoga.
My teaching style is much like my personality, outspoken, a bit quirky, but practical and caring. In my teaching, I try to keep things light and fun, but challenging and focused. I do not follow a particular style of yoga. I focus on breath, listening to the body, and proper alignment. I work to help my students integrate the mind, body and breath in a way that leaves them feeling calm, yet strong and renewed.
The first time I stepped onto a yoga mat, over 20 years ago, I walked out of class after about 10 minutes. I was bored. I wasn't aware that there were different types of yoga and gentle yoga wasn't the one for me at the time. It took me seven years to step on a mat again, but when I did it felt like home. After that, I practiced and took classes when I could and I often visited Kripalu a couple times a year. During a visit I noticed that every time I passed by the catalog display a little voice inside me would say "yoga teacher training". I ignored it. But, every time I went back to Kripalu, it got louder. Finally, in January of 2007, I listened and started looking for a training program that suited my needs. I completed my
To help people build their strength from the inside out. Creating strong minds, strong bodies and strong spirits!
About YANA Wellness Center
At YANA Yoga & Wellness we work hard to create a welcoming, non-competitive environment that is welcoming and supportive to everyone. We offer a variety of classes to suit every level. Click HERE to view our current schedule. Scroll down to learn more about the YANA team.
The meaning of YANA (pronounced yahnah)
Yana is a Sanskrit word that means: A vehicle or method of getting somewhere. Whether it be physical, spiritual, emotional or mental growth that you are seeking, yoga can be a powerful vehicle to "get you there". An open mind and showing up are all that are required! I look forward to being there with you on your journey.
Ellen has been practicing yoga for over 14 years. She is grateful for the countless positive changes yoga has brought her. "It has helped me cultivate patience and develop strength and flexibility and I have definitely become calmer and clearer. I had been toying with the idea of becoming a yoga teacher for a while, primarily because I knew how much it helped me and I wanted to share that with others. I finally took the plunge in January 2011 when I began a 7 month Yoga Teacher Training Program. I am so glad I did, and so happy to now be sharing my love of yoga through my teaching."
An educator by nature and by training, Ellen received her Bachelor's in Elementary Education and Master's in Educational Psychology from the College of St. Rose and taught kindergarten for 10 years. For the last 17 years she has been the Membership Director at the University Club in Albany. "When people ask me what I do there I always tell them; I'm like Julie McCoy on The Love Boat. I plan, organize and market events, get to know the members and their families, bring people
together, make them comfortable, and help them celebrate important events in their lives. So, it's my job to help people and make them happy. How great is that?!"
Ellen is enthusiastic about expanding her calling to help others through the gift of yoga. Ellen teaches on Thursday night and Kids Yoga on Sunday. Ellen grew up on a dairy farm in Johnsonville, New York where she learned to love animals and appreciate nature, hard work, family and friends. She still loves the outdoors, enjoying such activities as hiking, camping, kayaking and fly fishing, especially when it is with her husband John. She also enjoys gardening, reading, photography and scrapbooking. Ellen and John have grown twin boys.
yoga teacher training in April of 2007 at Shoshoni Ashram outside of Boulder, CO and became a RYT, Registered Yoga Teacher. I am now an E-RYT (Experienced, Registered Yoga Teacher) with over 4,500 hours of teaching experience.
I grew up in small town outside of Ithaca, NY. I now live in Clifton Park. I have a diverse work and education background. My work experience includes sales and marketing, management and leadership, real estate and interior design, and other miscellany. I have owned and helped manage several businesses over the years which has helped me develop a diverse skill set. My thirst for knowledge kept me busy in my younger years. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Business and several certificates (one year programs) including, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Hospitality Management. Some of the things in life that I am passionate about are my children, teaching and sharing yoga with others, nature, today's environmental issues, and healthy food (especially when it is shared with friends and family!). I enjoy many outdoor activities like rock climbing, hiking, kayaking, and cross-country skiing. I feel honored to have the opportunity to own such a transformative business. If everyone did yoga, the world would be a better place. Thank you for taking the time to learn about me and my company. I look forward to seeing you soon! Click HERE to read my student testimonials.
About Ellen Dragonette (pronounced Dragonetee)
Amber Student Testimonials
I'm so happy to be back in your class, you truly are a gifted instructor; the best in the area in my experience. -J.C.
I have been to the other studios in Saratoga as well as taken a few classes at the Y and I thought they were fine - but your class & method of instruction totally blew them out of the water. -J.M.
Your class has made a considerable impact on my life. -K.T.
Love you as my yoga teacher! -B.C.
You are such a gem thank you so much. I will be back at class as you have made such a wonderful impact in my life. -D.Z.
Amber's beginner series was so helpful! Now taking classes regularly, I see an improvement in flexibility, energy & body/mind awareness. Amber's love for Yoga is infectious! -J.S.
I very much enjoy your class, some kind of Yoga practice has been part of my life for a long time, however I thought with my aging and weight issues I might not be able to participate. Your class is very inclusive for people like me and I do appreciate that so much. It is the one time that my body and I are together, no separation and it is like a poignant homecoming. -B.V.
I am enjoying the transformation in my body since starting my yoga practice. I feel more relaxed & focused overall. I became more serious about keeping fit & aging gracefully about 12 years ago & now I realize that yoga was the missing link. Amber succeeds in challenging us while allowing us to go at our own pace & comfort level. I am hooked! - D.W.
I wanted to let you know that I hurt my back and that's why I have missed several classes. I am so upset with myself that I can't workout and especially because I'm missing yoga class. You really are a great instructor and I love your class and what it does for me. I am looking forward to coming back soon! -S.N.
I'm so appreciative to have you as my Yoga instructor! -J.S.
I really enjoyed your class, thank you so much for creating such a wonderful experience. -A.P.
Excellent class last night.....I have been enjoying your classes so much....I can't wait to go :-).......I think you are a gifted yoga instructor. -D.S.
Modeling what you preach is a rare thing in this world, but this is exactly what you do. Thank you. -M.S.
I just wanted to tell you before I go away how happy I am that I found you. I love what you and yoga have done for me. -N.K.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the incredible time I have had in your classes. I have been doing yoga for around 3 years and have never had such a wonderful and impacting experience. I have lower back problems and my yoga workouts were too low impact or too much. I found your class to challenge me in a safe and healthy environment. Your instructions were clear, but more importantly, you add the little things that make all the difference like what muscles to use, what part of the body to use, when to pull from your core and how to do it. After your class I feel like a million bucks! My back feels great, mentally I am calm and centered, and it stays with me all week. Thanks for putting your life into something that helps the world to be a better place. -J.A.
I am very thankful for you sharing your passion for yoga with all of us. You are a masterful instructor & I love your attention to form & correct alignment. It has made me a stronger person both inside & outside. -D.W.
With every email that comes it reminds me all the time how very much I MISS YOU and your FANTASTIC classes. I will be making the trek from Lake George to see you soon! -M.K.
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for a wonderful class today and all the days that I have been so fortunate to practice under your guidance. You are truly a magnificent teacher and I am blessed to have you in my life. I feel terrific! Thank you! -S.D.
I LOVED Amber's deVine yoga class and I definitely recommend it, especially if you are looking to deepen your practice beyond the purely physical aspects of yoga. Through her guidance and authentic approach you have the space to celebrate and connect with your own personal spirituality. It's a life-affirming experience. Go!! -E.D.
I just wanted to send you a letter saying thank you so much for providing such a great yoga class. It has been so helpful! I am an avid runner, however due to an illness last year I am taking some time off to regain some strength and yoga has been the perfect fit for me! -C.S.
Your yoga classes have helped tremendously to allow me to focus on healing & caring for myself also. You have an amazing gift & I sincerely hope you will be able to continue to share your gifts with others through your practice.
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Location, Contact Information & Useful Links
Malta/Panera Commons. WE ARE ON THE INSIDE LOOP OF THE PLAZA! DRIVE INTO THE CENTER OF THE PLAZA TO THE CENTER PARKING LOT. Our entrance is in the rear right where the parking is.
From I-87: Get off Exit 12 ad head East towards Malta. Malta Commons is on your right (look for the Fairfield Inn). Turn right into the Commons. Turn right at the "T" then left. Take a left just before Cornerstone Church. Look for the YANA signs. Follow the driveway ALL THE WAY BACK until you reach the parking in the CENTER OF THE PLAZA. YANA is on your right, #42. If there is no parking there, you will have to go back out the the main parking lot. The entrance is in the back, off the center parking lot.
From Ballston Spa: Head east towards Malta. Malta Commons is on your right after you cross over I87 (look for the Fairfield Inn). Turn right into the Commons. Turn right at the "T" then left. Take a left just before Cornerstone Church. Look for the YANA signs. Follow the driveway ALL THE WAY BACK until you reach the parking in the CENTER OF THE PLAZA. YANA is on your right, #42. If there is no parking there, you will have to go back out the the main parking lot. The entrance is in the back, of the center parking lot.
From Malta: From the Rt 9/Dunning St. traffic circle, head West (Rt. 67) towards Ballston Spa. Malta Commons is on your left just before you get to I-87. Just after the Verizon store. Follow the circle around to the entrance of the Commons. Turn right at the "T" then left. Take a left just before Cornerstone Church. Look for the YANA signs. Follow the driveway ALL THE WAY BACK until you reach the parking in the CENTER OF THE PLAZA. YANA is on your right, #42. If there is no parking there, you will have to go back out the the main parking lot. The entrance is in the back of the building where the center parking lot is.
100 Saratoga Village Blvd.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
971 Main Street
Clifton Park, NY 12065
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Samantha Gowan started practicing yoga about six years ago to find stress relief from a hectic work schedule. After just one class she was hooked. Yoga helped Sami manage her stress and find a healthy work life balance. She believes in sharing what you love with others. She graduated from Dhyana Yoga with a 250 hour Vinyasa certification and a 50 hour prenatal certification in January 2013. Sami is grateful to be teaching and sharing her passion for yoga. With a BFA in Acting, her practice is founded in her strong vocal and emotional training. With over eighteen years of dance and movement study coloring her practice, she shares yoga with a heightened body awareness and grace. She loves the stability found on the mat, it will always be there for you and you can always go to it with all your problems.
March of 2013 Sami gave birth to her first child Gretchen. She practiced during her entire pregnancy and completed her teacher training while pregnant. She believes in the physical, mental and spiritual healing powers of yoga. As a mom she is passionate about all aspects or pregnancy, parenting, baby and leading a sattvic lifestyle. Sharing her yoga practice with her daughter has been one of her greatest joys. "It is through your body that you realize you are a spark of divinity" B.K.S. Iyengar
Prenatal Yoga Specialist
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Yin Yoga Specialist
Kripalu Yoga Specialist
Jen began to practice yoga in an effort to reduce the stress of a very intense restaurant management career. Yoga not only became a refuge, it became a savior and a passion. After a few years of exploring and deepening her personal practice, the opportunity to take a month long intensive teacher training arrived. It was the start of a new career and a new life.
Jen approaches yoga instruction as an opportunity to assist the student in building a better, stronger and more in-depth relationship with themselves. Using postures, breath work and meditation to deepen the mind-body connection, students in Jen’s classes learn to listen to their own wisdom to make safe and healthy choices on and off the yoga mat. You will leave feeling refreshed, peaceful and energized. With patience, imagery and gentle humor Jen creates classes that are challenging, therapeutic, relaxing and fun.
Jen is a Certified 500 hour Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, certified in Thai Yoga Massage, and registered with Yoga Alliance and has over 10 years of experience teaching yoga at studios and gyms across the country.