Try all of our great instructors; each brings their own unique style and approach to their teaching. Our instructors are passionate about sharing yoga with others, as each one has experienced the incredible and transformative power of yoga in their own lives. We are here to guide, support, and help you find the right classes suited specifically for you.
Linda Schaar, the owner of Vibrant Life Yoga, began her yoga practice 18 years ago, as an addition to her fitness routine. She discovered that daily practice and the focus on breath was very transforming and balancing. Her love and passion for yoga grew and she began teaching yoga in 2003. Linda is a 200 hour Kripalu certified yoga teacher. She is also certified through YogaFit and has trained and studied under several great teachers. She has developed a practice and teaching style which infuses a variety of styles of yoga. Linda is also an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor. She has a 500 hour certification through the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. Linda began to study ayurveda while going through some health issues. She discovered that both yoga and ayurveda have a profound impact on bringing and maintaining balance for her physical, mental and emotional well being. Her passion and desire to bring yoga and ayurveda to others has lead her, along with her husband David, to open their own yoga and ayurveda center. Linda is grateful for this opportunity to bring yoga and ayurveda to others.
Susan, a native of Horseheads, has been practicing yoga for more than ten years. She is a registered yoga teacher (E-RYT 200) through Yoga Alliance and has been teaching yoga since 2009. She teaches adults, teens, and kids with a hatha style flow class focusing on alignment, strengthening, lengthening, and joy. Her classes are for people at all levels of experience, including no yoga experience at all. Susan believes in the power of yoga, both on and off the mat, to change lives – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – because it has changed her life. While yoga is meant to bring us inner peace and center our lives, Susan also believes there’s a place for balancing that peace with fun and laughter too.
Lisa has been practicing yoga for 10 years, finding in her practice a way to maintain good physical, spiritual and mental health. She has taught yoga for about a year and a half, but has 26 years of instructional experience as a teacher with GST BOCES. For the last 15 years, she has been an instructor in a unique educational program called Adventure Based learning. The main philosophy of this program revolves around respect, while providing participants of all ages the opportunity to practice teambuilding and problem solving skills. Her role as a facilitator is to help participants maintain respect of self and others while solving challenges. She believes this philosophy of respect aligns with the essence of yoga. For Lisa, yoga has been a major influence in helping her be a patient instructor at work and in life.
Bill completed his 200 hour certification course at Ahimsa Yoga in Ithaca, New York, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. He has also completed yoga workshops with Rolf Gates, Shelley Washington and David Swenson, and he took a 40-hour Ashtanga yoga teacher training immersion with David Swenson at Yoga Vermont in Burlington. Bill’s introduction to Ashtanga was accidental – he took a Mysore-style class while traveling because the studio was close to his hotel. He was captivated by the integration of asana and movement with breath and the quiet, meditative atmosphere of those classes. He practices yoga for its physical fitness benefits and for the calm presence of mind it engenders. He enjoys sharing his practice with others and tries to keep all eight limbs of yoga always close to heart. Bill is currently employed as a research scientist. He is married and has one boy in college.
Jennifer (Jennie) has been practicing yoga for well over ten years. While completing graduate work in Environmental Education, Behavior, and Communication at the University of Michigan, she studied the effects of mind-body practices such as yoga and meditation on the brain. Jennie’s understanding of yoga’s power to foster wellness, both physical and mental, informs her approach to yoga instruction and inspires her to help others realize these potentially life-changing benefits in their own lives. Jennie is a professor at Corning Community College with a professional background in natural sciences education. Outside of yoga she enjoys running, hiking, and vegan cooking.
Amy is a graduate from EastWest Somatics Institute for Yoga, Dance and Movement Therapy and received her 500hr yoga registration through Yoga Alliance as well as Somatic Movement Therapy Certification. She has a Degree in Dance from S.U.N.Y Brockport and is the owner of Dancer’s Alley in Horseheads. Her Motto for her dance studio as well as classes at Vibrant Life is “If you can move, you can dance. EVERY/BODY can Dance!”
Erin began her regular yoga practice in 2008 as an undergraduate student at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. After experiencing her first heated power vinyasa class, she was hooked for life. In 2011, she completed the 200-hr power vinyasa yoga teacher training at CorePower Yoga in Denver, CO. Erin is currently a third-year osteopathic medical student performing clinical rotations at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center. She hopes to integrate the mental, physical, and spiritual benefits of yoga therapy into her future medical practice. Until then, she’s grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Vibrant Life Yoga family, and to share her passion for yoga with this wonderful community.
Mike’s yoga journey began in 2009 after a life changing experience led him to strive to become more physically fit. As an avid off-road motorcycle racer he decided yoga could provide core strength, flexibility, and increase his cardio. He began taking yoga classes at the local gym to supplement his training. Fast forward to the opening of Vibrant Life Yoga and Mike was hooked. He was experiencing the benefits of yoga not only in his physical body, but in his mind and spirit as well. He attended yoga teacher training intensive with Brian Kest and soon after began teaching at VL Yoga. Mike then participated in and successfully completed yoga teacher training at a Baptiste affiliated studio and earned his 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification. Mike loves to welcome new yogis with a playful but serious practice, while providing those more experienced with a challenging powerful flow. Mike particularly enjoys the challenge of arm balances and inversions, as well as a powerful hot sweaty push to the limits practice.
I love to teach yoga because it provides a great sense of self, community, and health. I studied and trained in Sydney, Australia with Donna Farhi, Simon Borg Oliver, Katie Manitas, Idit Tamir, and Jutta Wohlrab. My classes have a strong focus on breath, flow, and alignment, and I hope to guide students through pranayama and asanas in order to gain the skills needed to face the challenges of life.
“Yogash Citta Vritti Nirodhah”- Yoga is the cessations of the fluctuations of the mind- bliss.
-Patanjali Yoga Sutra 1.2