Guest Instructors

A sad moment in my teaching career was when Libby, one of my first students, told me she was moving to North Carolina.  I had always thought Libby was someone who could teach one day; ideally, under the YogaHotDish banner. A class photo featuring her in bow pose was the inspiration for the YogaHotDish logo.

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Bow Pose: reminiscent of a casserole dish in a carrier w/ handles–ya know, the kind you take for potluck! 

Libby and I always stayed in touch so I was thrilled when she decided to go “full immersion” for teacher training and attend Kripalu— just like I had done all those years ago. Full immersion is a different level of dedication and intensity, as you know if you’ve ever say, studied a language. In fact, before the Yoga Alliance went off the rails, immersion in a residential program was required for certification.

And now…through the magic of ZOOM, Libby is all set to sub and eventually take over her own timeslot on the YogaHotDish ZOOM schedule!

You know the song, and it’s true: three IS a magic number. 

We now have North Oaks resident Carrie Puterbaugh leading us on a heckuva breathing-meditation journey with her SKY Meditation ZOOMs on Sundays. Carrie is a certified Kundalini teacher. Kundalini is one of the oldest, most classical schools of lineage (back to India) there is. Kripalu and Kundalini schools have long collaborated with each other, as well as with Harvard Medical School for research. Kundalini instructors hold prominent positions in the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation which regards yoga breathing and meditation as crucial to maintain brain health!

Carrie will be holding her Sunday SKY Meditation ZOOMS weekly/bi-weekly when the days grow cold and dark and we really need a boost!  In the meantime, look for her subbing occasionally on Saturday AM’s to preview some of the transformative new breathing techniques we’ve been learning.  Carrie practices what she preaches and is becoming a true authority on SKY meditation. You can read more about it here, on the National Institue of Health (NIH) website. 


Carrie, our resident Kundalini and SKY Meditation expert. 

It’s a great relief to know I can ask either Carrie or Libby to fill in for me in a pinch. They say that triangles are the strongest shape, and it’s true! I feel so much more confident and at ease knowing I have TWO fabulous teachers as cornerstones of this community.

During these crazy COVID times, you’re going to want more programming and more convenience.  The YogaHotDish Trifecta will be upping Zoom class offerings soon! In the meantime, email or fill out a contact form to get the links for our thrice weekly ZOOM classes so you can join us!

Please note, payments made directly to YogaHotDish (VENMO, cash, check) regardless of Instructor.