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Stone Wave (n); a place of beauty, strength and fluidity
INSPIRED BY NATURE
Wellness Retreat Center
Inspired by our view of Millbrook Cliff - part of the glorious Shawangunk Ridge, Stone Wave represents a breaking wave; power, strength and fluidity. For the cliff's to form, and be the mecca for climbers, hikers and nature enthusiasts it is today - the stone wave has been breaking for 1,000's of years - creating this stunning natural habitat.
The philosophy of Stone Wave Yoga is inspired by nature. We believe that - like stone, we seek strength and stability and yet - like a breaking wave, we remain agile and flexible; allowing for deeper growth and openness to beautiful change.
get acquainted with our instructors
Liz Glover Wilson
"Yoga is a healing remedy that comes from within ourselves."
As the Founder of Stone Wave, Liz Glover Wilson believes in holistic wellbeing. At Stone Wave, we are focused on merging yoga and art in Liz's vision of creating an environment that focuses on the mind-body-spirit connection. Yoga strengthens our bodies, helps us manage stress, and improves our self-image. Yoga at Stone Wave is community based and focuses on bringing accessibility and opportunity to residents of the Mid-Hudson Valley.
All are welcome!
Liz Glover Wilson, who holds an RYT-200 Yoga and Prenatal Yoga certifications, believes that the art of pranayama can center us and a regular yoga practice can heal. As a long time practitioner of Yoga and a lover of nature, Liz has a deep-seeded commitment to the art of self-discovery and healing.
Raised by two deeply devoted Christian parents, Liz spent her entire childhood in the church environment. This instilled a deep sense of community and care in her. As an adult, she found that her practice of Yoga was at times misunderstood by the Christian community. Through her years of practicing and learning more about the Hindu roots and vedic teachings of yoga, she became more committed to making Yoga accessible to all communities, religious or not, who sometimes struggle with ancient yogic philosophies and how they relate to their own spiritual journey. As author Nancy Roth says, "Since the human body does not vary according to religion, it is not surprising that exercises which originated in Hinduism can be readily incorporated into other theological contexts."
Liz’s history has brought her to her vision for Stone Wave, and her philosophy, which is “come as you are!” Liz is committed to offering classes to all ages, cultures, religious beliefs and physical abilities. She truly wants ALL to be able to benefit from the practice of yoga.
As Liz says, “One of the things that I love the most about teaching yoga is observing the energy shift in people by the end of class and knowing each class has given them more expansion and breath; affecting their lives in a positive way.”
Right next door to Stone Wave Yoga is an arts center. Established in 2016, Sunflower Art Studios is a non-profit focused on bringing accessibility to the arts in the Mid-Hudson region and generating opportunities to support a broad scope of creative activity to residents of all ages.
Liz teaches: Yoga Fundamentals + Sunrise Yoga + Core + Sculpt + Evening Flow Vinyasa +
Private Group Classes + Workshops
"Practicing yoga is like placing a crystal vase on a glass table in a room with no sound."
- Allan Bateman
A Stone Wave Yoga Partner Program: Yoga Dynamics
Yoga Teacher/Yoga Therapist, Cheryl Kiviat says that she doesn't teach classes, she teaches individuals a personal practice, a handful of students at a time. Her students have been refining their practice with her for over 20 years.
Cheryl believes most in working to achieve "a sound mind, in a sound body". With this in mind, coupled with her training in Preventive and Rehabilitative Therapies, she created her brand, Yoga Dynamics, a body-mind-spirit wellness practice designed to the individual.
Besides her small group classes she teaches both private and semi private sessions.
Cheryl is an avid hiker and teaches full time in the mountains of Ringwood NJ where she lives with her husband David, when they are not in Gardiner. She has had the honor of attending women in labor and delivery as a doula. Her biggest pride and joy are her children, Trevor and Raina.
Cheryl is an awesome instructor. Under Cheryl's guidance, my posture is greatly improved and I am far more flexible than I ever remember. I would highly recommend Yoga Dynamics to everyone - even someone who believes that yoga is not for them. Barbara M.
Cheryl is the best yoga teacher I know. A gifted,knowledgable woman who really cares. She is the best! Gives individual attention to all her students,no matter their problems. Irene F.
Cheryl Teaches: Yoga Dynamics: Individual Attention (not group led)
Laura Faye Walls
Laura teaches Kripalu yoga, a lineage that empowers practitioners to initiate a gradual process of physical healing, psychological growth, and spiritual awakening. Laura learned to view yoga as a technology comprised of a systemically developed set of information, skills, and processes that are needed to create, develop, and innovate.
For Laura, yoga technology is the use of breath, movement & stillness techniques to perform asana and meditation and achieve harmony between body, mind and spirit.
Own Your Own Yoga is Laura’s concept for using the technology of yoga to design your own yoga practice in a manner that meets your individual needs anytime and anywhere, on your mat and off it.
Laura holds a 200 hour teacher training certificate from the Kripalu Yoga Center.
Laura teaches: Kripalu/Gentle Yoga
After graduating from Brooklyn College with BA in Women’s Studies, Liz began her career counseling women. Her workin the NYC shelter system, domestic violence shelters and at rape crisis centers helped her to see that healing is best achieved by understanding and treating the symbiosis between the emotional and the physical.
Liz returned to school in 1997 and began to study Chinese Medicine and Bodywork. She received a Massage Certificate from Emperors College in Santa Monica California and a Master of Acupuncture from Pacific College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Liz has been practicing since 2002. In 2007 she became certified as a birth doula. She has attended many births (home and hospital) as both an acupuncturist and doula.
Most recently, Liz completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification. She works with clients to combine yoga with acupuncture to create spiritual, emotion and physical healing and well being. These experiences have culminated in Liz’s current practice, which combines coaching, yoga, acupuncture and body work to help her clients realize their full physical and emotional potential. Liz believes yoga is the journey to yourself.
Liz Zangara Teaches: Warm Power
Hanna Trocme Weare
Nia – Through Movement We Find Health
Hanna received her Nia White Belt training in 2008 at the Center for Nia and Yoga in Albany, NY where her love for expressive dancing became a passion for teaching this dynamic, effective and fun method for self-healing through movement. The only side-effects to this movement medicine are increased flexibility, strength, coordination and health of body, mind, spirit and soul.
Nia is about relaxing into the moment, learning to trust your body and having fun moving in community – all the while creating sustainable cardio-fitness. Nia is the perfect compliment to a yoga practice, as well as to running, hiking, cycling, swimming and climbing. Nia can be practiced by anybody – even those with two left feet!
Hanna brings her love of all things sacred, transformative and body-based to her Nia teaching. Hanna is trained in Somatic counseling and is a licensed massage therapist and bodyworker who rejoices in diving deep into the physical, energetic and emotional bodies to facilitate healing states for her clients.
Hanna teaches: Nia
"I believe yoga is a path home to your true self."
Kathy O'Dowd has been following the path of yoga for more than 20 years. Her love for yoga has many layers that radiate off the mat. She completed her 200 hour yoga training at Happy Buddha in Goshen, NY and also has a specialty in teaching children’s yoga from Radiant Child.
Being a professional educator, with a Masters in Early Childhood Education, she has found it invaluable to offer her students the many gifts of yoga in the classroom as well as the studio setting. Kathy offers a playful experience that guides children to tap into their own joy. Through movement, breath, and relaxation, students develop self-confidence, self-control, and self-awareness.
Children end class feeling uplifted and ready to give their best. Kathy loves living here in Gardiner where we are surrounded by the beauty of nature, always preferring to be outside hiking, biking or playing in the garden.
Kathy Teaches: Grow Yoga
"Yoga is a mind-set"
Raven Casey received her yoga training in 2017 at Vitality Yoga Flow in New Paltz, NY where her love for yoga and pranayama really turned into a consistent practice. Before her training, she had been attending yoga classes for about 8 solid years. Off her mat, she’s a certified elementary school teacher, but is taking some time before committing to a school district. Regardless, she finds children’s perspectives grounding and poignant.
Raven is also a maker of things: she likes to write poems, articles, and letters, make kombucha, paint, grow plants, and is dabbling in the world of sourdough bread. When she is not creating, you can find her traveling, hiking, or picnicking with her rabbit in the Hudson Valley. No matter where you find her, Raven will probably have an essential oil or two in her pocket and a notebook by her side.
Raven Teaches: Grow Yoga + Warm Vinyasa
Ranked within the top 20 best acupuncturists in NYC by expertise.com, Luke Hamilton, MS, L.Ac, is an acupuncturist on the rise. In practice since 2006, his unique style blends his trainings in acupuncture, Chinese medical massage (Tui Na), martial arts and corrective excercise (qi gong). He is a graduate of Tri-State College of Acupuncture.
Luke maintains busy practices in Manhattan, the NY Hudson Valley (Kingston), and is also pioneering medical service missions in remote villages in the Peruvian Andes, having served thousands of Native Quechua since 2012 on philanthropic trips, as a solo practitioner and in partnership with DESEA Peru as well as having rounds in volunteer hospital Kausay Wasi. He also volunteers with Global Alternative Healthcare Project and other organizations, participating in medical service trips to Arizona Navajo Nation, North Dakota Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, Indonesia, Guatemala, and at home with the non-profit organization, Family of Woodstock.
Luke has been practicing martial arts since 2001 and is a certified Chen-style Tai Chi teacher through the lineage of his teacher, Master Changrong Sun, a 12th-generation Chen-style Master. Luke is also a proud sponsor of the Gotham Girls Roller Derby (since 2008) and was part of the medic team for the 2010 WFTDA National Champions.
Luke Teaches: Tai Chi Qigong
Haida Khan, specializing in Christian Yoga classes, has been practicing yoga for over 20 years. Raised in the yogic lifestyle in Trinidad, she was certified to teach yoga in 2010 by the Devine Life Society in Trinidad.
Haida is passionate about making yoga accessible to everyone including those from the Christian community. She believes that the health of her body helps her to better manage our worldly life, allowing her more clarity and focus on God. She is committed to working with those that may be afraid to try yoga because of previous injury, misconception on body image and how it relates to yoga or those who think the practice is contradictory to their faith roots.
Haida received her diploma in naturopathy in 2004 from Trinity College of Natural Health in Indiana and is a naturopathic practitioner, focusing on natural healing and self-healing. Haida is focused on holistic healing, with the mind and body being one. Currently, she homeschools her ten-year-old daughter.
Her class is perfect for beginners or those with experience. The class is restorative and focused on the mind-body connection; a movement program designed to promote flexibility and posture while finding peace within.
Haida Teaches: Substitute Instructor
Gabriel first became passionate about health and wellness during his last semester of college in a class that studied the Alexander Technique. He gained perspective on the seemingly endless potential that the human body and mind have. He believes they can achieve incredible things if they are treated mindfully, with care, and with an understanding of how to best use them.
Since then, he has been working toward becoming a full time instructor so that he can spend as much time as possible learning and exploring this powerful practice. Gabriel hopes to share everything he has learned about healing, growth, and the vast human potential of the body and mind, with any and all who are willing to listen.
Gabriel Teaches: Substitute Teacher
Susan is originally from Edinburgh, Scotland. Now settled in the Hudson Valley, she is excited to offer her enriching yoga classes within her new found community. Susan completed her Yoga Teacher Training at The Life Centre in London, UK in 2007. She has deepened her practice with travel to India and South America. She has a strong background in Ashtanga yoga as well as vinyasa, restorative, and yin yoga. Back in the UK she offered healing yoga and detox retreats as part of her business ‘Twist & Sprout.’ Susan is also a trained massage therapist. More recently she has been offering deeply healing yoga and sound meditations along with her partner, Shawn.
Susan believes the most effective way to become connected to your body is through practice, deep listening and patience leading you to acknowledge and accept the uniqueness of yourself. From here you will always reach your fullest potential.
Susan Teaches: Evening Flow + Substitute Teacher
Rogelio (Ro) Zuniga Rubio
Rogelio (Ro) Zuniga Rubio began his Yoga practice about 12 years ago in NYC He soon found Acroyoga and fell in love with all elements of partner practice and especially Thai massage which, to him, embodies his personal path toward service and healing. He completed his first Thai Massage training in 2009 and has continued to study with his mentor Ananda Apfelbaum as well as Nephyr Jacobson of The Naga School since. He began to teach Thai massage 3 years ago. He completed his teacher 200 HR Yoga Teacher Training at YogaMaya in NYC in 2014.
Ro teaches: Partner Yoga