Martine Burat: Martine began practicing and studying yoga while finishing her post-graduate degree in clinical psychology in France. Soon after moving to Syracuse in 1984, 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, from Belgium.
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 teaches the program to Syracuse University students through the S.U. counseling center and has also taught it to the faculty and staff through the Wellness Initiative. David is engaged in the on-going practice and study of yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya.
Kerry Koen: Kerry started her long association with Mary Louise Skelton in 1982 while a graduate student for the Performing Arts. Kerry teaches group and private yoga sessions at her own studio in Hamilton and also a yoga class for the staff at Colgate University. 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 knowlege of yoga through self-study and attendance of professional seminars in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar tradition.