us turn over together the treasures
that wise men have left us,
glad if, in so doing, we make friends with one another”
Each teacher in our school is deeply committed to the on-going practice, study, and retransmission of the teachings of yoga as transmitted by Sri Krishnamacarya and brought to the West by his son, T.K.V. Desikachar.
Burat: Martine began practicing and studying yoga while
finishing her post-graduate degree in clinical psychology in
France. Soon after moving to Syracuse, Martine met Mary Louise
Skelton who had recently founded Upstate Yoga Institute.
Mary-Louise became Martine's teacher, mentor, and friend for the
next 10 years (See Mary-Louise's bio in our Founder's page.) After
Mary-Lou's passing, Martine continued her studies with Mary-Louise's
colleague, Sonia Nelson, for several years. Since 2001, Martine has
been expanding her understanding of yoga under the tutelage
of another long-time student of T.K.V. Desikachar, Mr. Claude Marechal,
David Jacobs: David began studying yoga at Upstate Yoga and, as his interest deepened, became certified to teach through Gary Kraftsow, a long-time student of Desikachar. David has also received certification through Nischala Joy Devi to teach yoga to cardiac and cancer patients. He received training at the Center of Mindfulness, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction model developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn. David has taught the program at Syracuse University to students through the S.U. counseling center and in a separate program to the faculty and staff through a Wellness Initiative.
Kerry Koen: Kerry started her long association with Mary Louise Skelton in 1982 while a graduate student for the Performing Arts. An accomplished yoga teacher, Kerry is also particularly knowledgeable about the benefits of yoga for performers from her own experience with yoga and music. She continues expanding her knowledge of yoga through self-study and attendance of professional seminars in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar tradition.
Jennifer Masters: A landscape designer by profession, Jennifer has been practicing yoga for 15 years. After moving to Syracuse, she became a student at Upstate Yoga Institute, found that the tradition of Krishnamacarya and Desikachar deeply resonated with her, and was moved to start training as a teacher. Jennifer also volunteers with Hospice of Central New York where she offers yoga to people who have recently experienced the loss of a loved one.