Moving Meditations: Yoga Classes

Classes are held Saturdays 8:30am-9:30am (60 minutes).

Students are welcomed to the mat with a sake cup of tea and guidance to set an intention for their practice. This tea is infused with an Ayurvedic blend of ingredients that will naturally allow students to calm the mind and prepare the body for their practice.

These 60-minute classes will be held in Complexions’ Relaxation Lounge within the spa. What sets us apart from mainstream yoga offerings is our smaller class size allowing for more individualized attention.

As students move through a physical asana practice, they will connect breath to movement using breath technique and meditation. Teachers will offer assists to improve impact of asana and flow. This individual attention deepens the experience of the poses, while releasing structural tension and opening energetic communication along the spine.

Class ends with light aromatherapy and massage while students appreciate savasana allowing them to leave feeling refreshed, relaxed and prepared to face their lives with less stress!


Meet Our Yoga Instructors

Raya Ioffe
Raya IoffeYoga Instructor

Raya Ioffe is a Biology Cornell graduate turned hippie granola mama. She is a 200+ hrs registered yoga instructor, a NYS licensed practicing massage therapist and a holistic health coach trained by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) and a graduate of Holistic Nutrition Lab. She specializes in helping her clients get out of digestive distress, allergy free nutrition and cooking, and auto-immune disease management via natural healing modalities. She is beyond passionate to help others heal and have fun doing it.

Raya loves to help you maintain good health, prevent injuries and reverse disease. She has worked with hundreds of clients: providing relief from pain, aiding the body’s natural tendency to heal its own imbalances, preventing future suffering, and restoring health

Genii Rutherford
Genii RutherfordYoga Instructor

Genii Rutherford has been a teacher since she played school with her dolls. Teaching is her Dharma. She was asked to teach a yoga class by a yoga teacher she had taken classes with four years ago. Since then she has been teaching yoga nonstop. Genii completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and an additional 200+ hours in Yoga Ed., Kids Yoga, Street Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and MELT Hand and Foot Treatment and MELT Level 1 Instructor. Always a student, Genii loves to learn new approaches to teach yoga and wisdom from all schools of yoga. Her greatest teachers have been the students she has had the joy of teaching.

Off the yoga mat Genii also teaches stand up paddling or SUP and SUP Yoga. A graceful klutz, the first time Genii got on a paddle board it was an “Ahaa Moment” . On the paddle board Genii saw a wonderful connection with nature and yoga. She has been certified in Paddle Fit 1 & 2, SUP Yoga with Jessica Bellfato and Gina Bradley. Genii is a WPA Level 1 SUP Instructor. Last year Genii introduced SUP and SUP Yoga to over 30 people from The Kayak Shak on Fish Creek. She is a school librarian at a suburban high school and elementary school.

Learn About Yoga

  • Yoga has been practiced for more than 5,000 years.
  • Currently, close to 11 million Americans are enjoying its health benefits.
  • Most Westernized yoga classes focus on learning physical poses, which are called asanas. They also usually include some form of breathing technique and a meditation technique as well.
  • Yoga can offer some of the greatest health benefits by enabling you to develop your flexibility, strength, and balance.

Relaxation and stress reduction:

  • Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping you relax and manage stress and anxiety.
  • Yoga stretches not only your muscles but all of the soft tissues of your body. That includes ligaments, tendons, and the fascia sheath that surrounds your muscles. And no matter your level of yoga, you most likely will see benefits in a very short period of time.
  • Most forms of yoga emphasize deepening and lengthening your breath. This stimulates the relaxation response — the opposite of the fight-or-flight adrenaline boost of the stress response.
  • Even beginners tend to feel less stressed and more relaxed after their first class because of specific meditation techniques to quiet the constant “mind chatter” that often underlies stress. There is also a concentration on deep breathing techniques to focus the mind on the breath. When this happens, the mind calms.
  • Nearly every yoga student will tell you they feel happier and more contented after class.
  • With its quiet, precise movements, yoga draws your focus away from your busy, chaotic day and toward calm as you move your body through poses that require balance and concentration

Additional benefits of yoga:

  • With increased flexibility and strength comes better posture.
  • Because of the deep, mindful breathing that yoga involves, lung capacity often improves. This in turn can improve sports performance and endurance.
  • Yoga has long been known to lower blood pressure and slow the heart rate. A slower heart rate can benefit people with high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
  • As you learn and refine new poses, you may enjoy improved balance, flexibility, range of motion and strength. And this means you’re less likely to injure yourself in other physical endeavors or in your daily activities.
  • Yoga helps clean blood of waste material (through lymphatic stimulation), and trains us to loosen muscles and joints that are ignored in our day-to-day lives.

If you are pregnant or have a pre-existing health condition: Consult your health care provider before starting a yoga program. Your health care provider can help you know how to judge what type and level of yoga exercise is safe for you.

Don’t try learning yoga on your own. Work with an experienced and credentialed instructor to learn the proper way to perform the practice and avoid injury.