• Belinda Clifford
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    My yoga journey began about 7 years ago using the P90X yoga DVD in my living room. I can honestly say that I wasn’t a fan! While I felt my body become stronger and more flexible, I honestly didn’t understand the appeal. I was completely missing the emotional/spiritual/mental aspect of the practice. To me, it was simply another “workout” in my rotation of workouts.

    Fast forward to January of 2017. I was turning the big 5-0 in a few months and was searching for something more, although I had no clue what that might be. 

    I guess you could say that yoga became my midlife crisis! My sister encouraged me to try an actual live yoga class. As luck would have it we stumbled upon a Baptiste Power Vinyasa class. 

    I spent a lot of that first class struggling to hold poses and connect to my breath, and I was okay with that! My need to be perfect wasn’t present. Something about being in that room with everyone breathing and moving together was so uplifting and empowering. 

    Finally, I “got” yoga.

    In the summer of 2018, I took my yoga practice to the next level by taking my 200 YTT in British Columbia, Canada. Now my goal is to share my love of yoga with the world!

  • Sheri Curry
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    My yoga journey started in 2013 when a friend introduced me to a Power Yoga Vinyasa class. Like many, I went for the physical benefits. I used yoga as an outlet for my active lifestyle. I grew up as a competitive figure skater, tennis player, and downhill skier. I was always on the go.

    As my yoga practice grew, so did my curiosity about how yoga could help heal physical and mental challenges. What I didn’t realize were the subtle transitions that yoga was making in my life. I’ve learned the practice of real self-love and care: mind, body, and spirit. I am working to always be the best version of myself and to live authentically in each moment, and I want to share that with other yogis. Yoga has awarded me with patience, acceptance, and integrity. I’ve learned that I am stronger than I think I am and my breath is my most powerful tool.

    Teaching has always been a part of my life, whether I was teaching on the ski slopes or currently in the elementary classroom for over 30 years.

    My yoga training started with Baptiste Level One Training in 2015. I completed my 200-hour Teacher Training with Yogis In Service, Inc. and Kids Yoga Baptiste Certified. I absolutely love teaching yoga to children. My most rewarding experiences are when I can give back to the Buffalo community through Yogis In Service, a non-profit organization that offers yoga to those that do not have access.

    When I’m not practicing yoga, I enjoy spending time with my amazing husband and two grown sons. Skiing, biking, running and visiting vineyards (anything outdoors) are at the top of my list! I am honored to be a part of the Mind Body Flow Team and community.

    Hope to see you on your mat soon!

  • Rebecca Greiner
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    I sought out yoga in my teenage years to learn relaxation and how to reduce anxiety. I began practicing with videos at home, at my local gym, and then explored various studios in the Western New York area. I have practiced Hatha, Baptiste, and Bikram in my study of yoga. Through regular practice, I’ve learned that yoga becomes a part of you. I have witnessed the benefits of yoga both on and off the mat. I’ve observed a shift towards being much more at peace in life.

    While pursuing my Master’s in Social Work at the University at Buffalo, I took a course in Mindfulness and Yoga in Therapy, which deepened my understanding of how yoga improves mental health. I completed my MSW at UB in 2013. I’ve been employed as a Licensed Master in Social Work in a community mental health clinic and feel passionate about sharing my awareness of yoga and mindfulness with therapy clients. I am on a journey to share yoga with others so that everyone can begin to see a transformation in their everyday lives.

    I recently completed my 200-hour teacher training through Rising Sun Yoga. During this training, I found out I was pregnant with my first child. This allowed me the opportunity to tailor my practice to the bodily changes that accompany pregnancy and with heightened mind-body awareness, I’ve learned to listen to my body even more closely. I faced my most challenging experience when my son was born 6 weeks early due to a medical emergency, and again witnessed how my yoga practice allowed me to remain grounded throughout this time. Now, I am a stay at home mom with my son, which is my greatest joy.

    I am very passionate about being a part of the community at MBFY and am thrilled to join the team! I am excited to share my practice with yogis of all ages and walks of life, as I have seen the many benefits and peace it can create in one’s life.

  • Carly Brown
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    I hope that people taking my classes will find the experience both harder and easier than they expect. Harder because I challenge students to stretch beyond what they think they can do — both literally and figuratively — and easier because I support and cheer them on throughout the process.

    Believing that we put energy into what we care about, I encourage students to open themselves to their own capabilities in classes where I provide a safe and joyful space.

    This approach reflects my own commitment to lifelong self-discovery and learning. My personal journey in yoga began in earnest approximately 10 years ago, while living and attending law school in New York City, and I became increasingly dedicated to its practice as I grew more mindful of how yoga “speaks to my soul.”

    I also see yoga as a key element in helping me seek a healthy life balance and appreciating everyday joys. I love to play and laugh with my two young children, husband, and vocal dachshund while I work as an attorney and mediator.

    I received my yoga certification through an intensive, internationally recognized program in Costa Rica. I am RYT200 certified and registered with the Yoga Alliance. My personal practice is a synthesis of a variety of yoga styles, with a focus on vinyasa yoga.

    I am a native of Rochester, New York, a suburb of Fairport. I earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University at Buffalo, and a law degree from Brooklyn Law School. I maintain a private legal practice, with a specialization in divorce mediation.

  • Amanda Muldoon
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    Yoga was originally a supplement to my running.  I sought it out as a way to be nimble and quick.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that it would completely change my life.  I began practicing at a local gym and would look up yoga videos with some challenging poses and my love for the practice continued to grow.  Soon I began leading classes at the gym and loved the opportunity to try out new sequences and asanas with the students, but didn’t know too much about the origins or philosophies or breathe attached to the practice.

    In 2015 I decided to take my teaching to the next level and signed up for my 200-hour teaching program.  It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.  I had to explore myself in a way I was unprepared to.  I searched my soul for purpose, for meaning.  I searched my body for opening and possibility.  There were a lot of tears as I made my way through that journey but a lot of smiles and laughs as well.  I would do it again in a heartbeat to learn how much more I can grow!

    I am an open and honest person.  My yoga practice has gotten me through 6 miscarries and brain surgery within the past two years.  It has helped with healing and recovery.  I believe we all have a path that we are journeying down.  Someday we will know why we have faced the challenges and the opportunities that have been in front of us but in those moments, sometimes the only thing that can help us through is remembering to breathe.  Hold on to that breath for strength.  Hold on to that breath for purpose.  Hold on to that breath to continue moving forward.

    I so look forward to engaging students and getting an opportunity to be on their path with them, alongside them, as partners of a greater community.

    Namaste

  • Angela Castlevetere
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    I first came to yoga as a young mom of three children under the age of three.

    My practice was sporadic at best, squeezing time in at any studio or the gym I belonged to, that had a class offered at a time that I was free.
    In 2009, I began taking Bikram classes once a week and I liked the feeling that I felt at the end of class, physically exhausted and yet energized somehow. Then my sister-in-law suggested that we try a power yoga class.

    As I started that first class, I was nervous and unsure of what to expect.
    We moved, flowed, and sweat.

    When the class came to a close, and it was time for savasana, I lay on my mat and felt tears fall down my face and in that moment I realized that those 75 minutes of class were the first time that I had been truly present in my own life in a long time.

    I wasn’t worried about…

    • my kids,
    • my husband,
    • the housework,
    • our business,
    • and in fact…

    I wasn’t worried about anything at all.

    My stress and anxiety were gone and I felt a sense of peace and calm that I had not felt in years. Needless to say, I fell in love with yoga.

    My husband and my three children are my whole world and I am so grateful for their love, encouragement, and support as I pursue my yoga journey. My intention is to live my life as an inspiration to my children of what it means to be a mother, a wife, a sister, and a friend.

    Yoga has given me the tools I need to model that I can face all of the challenges that life brings by staying with my breath, being fully present in each moment, and letting my emotions flow through me. (Which is very helpful as a mom of three teenagers!)

    In 2014, I attended Level One with Baron Baptiste in Sedona, Arizona. I followed that up with Art of Assisting in April of 2015. Most recently, I completed my two hundred hour teacher training at East Meets West Yoga and am in the process of registering as an RYT with Yoga Alliance. I plan to continue my training in the years to come and continue to learn new ways to reach students and make the practice more accessible to them.

    I teach yoga so that I can share my love and dedication to this practice with others. I truly believe that this practice is life-changing if you show up and do the work and my intention is to share that in my classes.

  • Taylor Moell
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    My yoga journey began in high school. I used it as a tool to gain flexibility and accompany the other forms of movement I was doing. I tried pretty much all versions of yoga from Bikram to videos off YouTube. It wasn’t until I stumbled across the Baptiste style at Mind Body Flow Yoga in 2016 that I felt a sense of belonging from my practice.

    My practice began to provide me with not only a physical challenge but mentally as well, allowing me to get comfortable being uncomfortable on and off the mat. This practice has proved to me time and time again that if I show up, breathe and set an intention, I can do anything. I hope I can pass that same inspiration to students.

    I recently completed my 200-hour teacher training through Love in Motion in the spring of 2019. Teacher training was an amazing experience that I have grown immensely from.

    I’m so excited to become a part of the Mind Body Flow Yoga team! A team of instructors who I’ve looked up to over the past few years through my yoga journey and who inspire me every time I step foot into the studio.

    When not practicing yoga or flipping into handstands around my house, I enjoy hiking with my two dogs, spending time with my fiancé and friends (who I’m sure you’ve seen me drag to the studio) and baking vegan treats.

  • Marina Mukandala
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    It’s been my dream for as long as I can remember to one day open up a yoga studio and touch as many lives as possible with the life-changing practice of yoga.

    Words can’t express how tremendously blessed I feel, to be in a position where I can now give back, in the form of a space that I’ve created for the practice of Baptiste Yoga.

    My hope is to touch and transform as many lives as possible through Baptiste Yoga, just as it has touched and transformed my life.

    I took my very first yoga class in 2004.  As I journeyed through the class, I was convinced that I was having a near-death experience and couldn’t imagine why anyone would voluntarily put him or herself through such an ordeal.

    The room was hot…very hot…and I was stretched to my edge physically, in a way that I had never been before.  It was after leaving the class that I realized why someone would indeed put themselves through such an ordeal.

    I had never felt such immense peace, stillness, relaxation, and clarity, as I had that evening following the class.  I thought to myself, “Is it even possible to feel this good?”

    The answer is, “Yes.”

    It is indeed possible, and I had tapped into that possibility for the first time ever in my life.

    I was now hooked and found myself going to class anywhere from 3-6 times a week.  But, it was more than just a good, sweaty workout that I received from the class.  It was even deeper than the peace, relaxation, stillness, and clarity that I felt after class.

    It was the fact that I had tapped into my own ability to feel this way outside of class as well.  This feeling didn’t have to end after class, nor should it.

    I learned that I had the ability to carry this state of euphoria with me everywhere I went.  I learned how to show up in my life off of the mat, just as powerfully as I did on my mat.  I discovered that I was stronger than I ever imagined…not just in a yoga posture, but in my life.

    It was then that the dream of one day becoming a yoga teacher and opening up my own yoga studio emerged.  I wanted to share this practice with the world.

    In 2012, I attended Foundations in Action, opened up my own yoga studio, Mind Body Flow Yoga, in East Amherst, New York, and attended Baptiste Level One Training.  In 2013, I attended Baptiste Level Two Training and Art of Assisting.  In 2014, I became certified as a Baptiste Yoga Teacher.

    This all has been an incredible journey and the beautiful thing about it is that it’s boundless.  There is always something new to learn, someplace new to go, and room for growth.

    The journey never ends, as long as we have breath in our lungs.

    I am committed to touching countless lives through this powerful, life-changing practice all of the days of my life.

  • Racheal Dominisch
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    My journey with yoga started over 10 years ago. Back then, it was more of a supplement to running, but as the years went on, the running became less and yoga became more. I had done Hatha, Bikram, and prenatal yoga. When I found Power Yoga, I realized that yoga can be a workout in and of itself. I fell in love with this intense physical practice and it became a huge part of my life.

    Naturally, as I grew in my practice, I noticed the mental and spiritual changes happening within myself. I wanted to learn more about this side of yoga. I began a regular meditation practice and watched as my physical practice and my relationships with myself and others began to soar. I learned that yoga and meditation were healing parts of me that I never knew could be healed.

    As a wife and a mom to 2 very busy kids and 1 new baby, I practice yoga to stay grounded and keep stress and worry at a manageable level. It’s not easy (i still need reminders!), but the combination of yoga, breath, and meditation has taught me that literally going with the flow of life is possible! Those “speed bumps” life throws at us definitely don’t stop coming, but they get a little less scary and overwhelming when we learn to give in to the flow.

    I became a certified 200 RYT to be able to pay it forward and share this practice with all walks of life. My goal is to create a safe space for you to make the practice your own – to empower you to push through the obstacles and embrace the messy that may come of it. Celebrating each step of the way! Your time on your mat is whatever you want it to be.

    Being a teacher and student of yoga has changed my life for the better in so many ways. Where are you on your journey? I can’t wait to find out! See you on your mat!

  • Samantha Brennan
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    I started practicing yoga while studying for my undergraduate degree in Biology at my college’s fitness center. I used it as a way to find peace, relaxation, and clarity from studying and the chaos of daily life.  In addition, as the group exercise manager and instructor of sculpting and spinning classes, I thought yoga would be a good complement to my exercise routine.

    I fell in love with the practice and also started practicing Bikram Yoga at a local studio. When I returned home for summer break from college, I saw that a hot power vinyasa studio following the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Method opened near my home. I decided to try a class never having practiced power vinyasa before.

    I did not realize at this time that the day I walked into Mind Body Flow Yoga in 2012, my life would forever be transformed.
    I learned so much about myself through the process of practicing at Mind Body Flow Yoga. I learned that I am stronger than I could have ever imagined (mentally and physically).

    I learned to not be afraid of making a mistake, to take risks and yes, fall both on and off my mat only to get back up and try again.

    I learned to let go of anything that does not serve me, clearing my mind of the chatter and filling it with my breath instead.

    I learned that not only do I feel a sense of inner peace during class, but I can also carry this wonderful feeling throughout the rest of my day.

    I learned that life so closely resembles my practice on my mat. There are difficult poses and times in your life, but by finding your breath, believing in yourself, and surrounding yourself with a community of like-minded people, anything is possible.

    I am now home at Daemen College studying to receive my doctorate in physical therapy. I have been teaching yoga for about a year now and after telling myself:

    1. Be a YES!
    2. Give up what I must.
    3. I am ready NOW!

    I attended Baron Baptiste’s level 1 training in early August 2014. I am forever grateful to Marina, Mind Body Flow Yoga, and the Baptiste method for opening up my life allowing me to shine brighter both on and off my mat.

    I always leave each class feeling inspired. It is my dream to heal, inspire, empower, and free others by opening up their life through teaching yoga.

  • Ashley Scapillato
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    My 3 favorite “A” things to do are athletics, activities, and academics.

    I began practicing yoga during my undergraduate career at John Carroll and fell in love with hot flow three years ago. I aspired to share this powerful practice with as many people as possible and pursued teacher training. I completed Baptiste Level One Training in August of 2017 and Baptiste Level Two Training in July of 2018.

    I love practicing yoga, will be a lifelong learner of yoga and am so excited to teach you all!

    In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, skiing, running, and playing golf. I love spending time with my friends and family and partaking in any and all activities with them. I work full-time at the University at Buffalo in their Career Services Department and am in school for my Master’s in Higher Education Administration with a concentration in Student Affairs. I am also a Teacher Assistant for the UB Gifted Math Program and an Academic Performance Specialist for the Division of Athletics.

    I can’t wait to see you all on your mats!