OUR teachers

Cathy Dasson

co-founder

E RYT-500

Cathy first took an interest in yoga in the early 1980’s while watching Lilias Folan’s yoga program on PBS. Her curiosity grew as she learned more about meditation and yoga through reading and practicing at home. In the 1990’s, Cathy studied several Hatha yoga traditions, including Ashtanga, Kundalini and Anusara yoga.  She began teacher trainings in 2003 and studied extensively with several well-known Anusara yoga teachers including Deb Neubauer, Ellen Saltonstall, Mitchel Bleier, and John Friend.  Currently, Cathy is working towards certification as a Restorative Exercise Specialist with biomechanist Katy Bowman.  Cathy has also studied with Elise Browning Miller, who specializes in Yoga for Scoliosis.

Cathy’s passion for movement and vibrant health sparked her desire to share with people how to heal their injuries, discover their infinite potential, and gain greater strength and flexibility through the practice of yoga.  Cathy is known for her steady, warm & easeful presence that creates a relaxing and centering atmosphere in her classes. She strives to offer these gifted teachings from her heart and is eternally grateful for all of her inspiring teachers and students. 

Amy Jo Metzendorf

co-founder

E RYT-500

Amy Jo has been exploring yoga and meditation since 1998,
and teaching since 2003. She first tried yoga with videos while living
in a log cabin in rural Ohio. Shortly after moving to Seattle in 1999,
she decided to check out the yoga studio just down the block
from her apartment. There she discovered a vibrant, diverse, and
open-hearted community of yogis, and an amazing teacher & mentor
in Seattle Yoga Arts’ founder & Anusara teacher Denise Benitez. In 2004, she made the leap to teaching yoga full-time. Over the years, Amy Jo has been fortunate to study and train extensively with many fabulous teachers all over the country, and she is grateful for their wisdom and inspiration. 

In April 2016, she completed an additional RYT-500 certification in Mindful Yoga & Meditation, an integration of the practices of yoga asana, mindfulness, and meditation, with her teachers Anne Cushman, Janice Gates, and Jill Satterfield.

Amy believes that practice is an opportunity to cultivate a kind and compassionate presence and to wake up to more moments of our lives, both on & off the mat.  Teaching with warmth, enthusiasm, and humor, she strives to create a community atmosphere in her classes, where students feel both supported and playfully challenged. 
As a teacher, she most deeply wishes to help students learn how to tap into their own capacity for caring awareness, vibrancy, and joy.

Jen Hudak

RYT-200

Jennifer has always been interested in dance and other forms of movement, and yoga originally appealed to her as a dancer.  She started practicing yoga seriously over fifteen years ago while in graduate school, and credits yoga with keeping her sane during exceptionally stressful times.  After having two children -- one of whom is on the autism spectrum -- she realized that she needed yoga more than ever to keep her physically fit, mentally grounded and emotionally calm.

Jennifer studied several different styles of yoga before finding Anusara in 2007.  Anusara's interweaving of philosophy, alignment, and the spirit of play invigorated Jennifer's love for yoga, and in 2009 she completed her teacher training with Vishali Varga.  She went on to study yoga therapeutics, and she continues to explore her yoga practice daily, both on and off the mat. 

Jennifer's enthusiasm for yoga shines through in her classes.  She is thrilled to join the Bodhi Tree family, and is delighted to share with her students the benefits yoga can bring practiced with awareness, sensitivity and joy.

In addition to yoga, Jennifer loves cooking (and eating!) healthy and delicious food; reading anything she can get her hands on; and running.  She also occasionally practices yoga with her children, who love to fall down during tree pose, and with her Siamese cat, who just loves getting in the way.

Erynne Blackburn

RYT-200

Erynne first began practicing yoga in 2009.  She was initially drawn to the
physical benefits of the practice, and her yoga mat was a safe haven from sports-related back pain.  After leaving her teaching career and moving to Rochester, NY she found her yoga mat to be a welcome friend that grounded her in a time of transition.   Inspired by the teachers at Bodhi Tree Yoga, Erynne decided to dive wholeheartedly into her practice.  Her mat became a spark of self-discovery, and what began as a physical practice had seeped into a new way of life.

Combining her passions for yoga and teaching, Erynne completed a 200-hour teacher-training program at Shakti Yoga in Geneseo, NY.  She’s grateful to have had the honor of studying with Angela Caplan, Jacki McCausland, Deb Neubauer and Ellen Saltonstall.  This Anusara-based training illuminated an attention to alignment, a connection to self, and a sense of spaciousness that resonated strongly with her.

Erynne encourages stepping onto the mat with an open heart and open mind (open bodies not required), a desire to learn, and a sense of humor.  She believes the beauty of yoga is that it has a way of being what you need it to be at any stage of life and at any point in your journey – it can be a safe haven from pain, a source of grounding, a spark of self-discovery.   The mat will meet you where you are and welcome you with open arms.  It holds infinite possibilities to shift the perspective you have of yourself and the life around you.

Lindsey LaPlant

RYT-200

Growing up, Lindsey wasn’t athletic or even very comfortable in her body.  While she found great joy in hiking through the woods, she felt empowered and excited to move her body because of yoga. She first tried yoga when her college roommate invited her to go to class. From that time on, yoga was always somewhere in her life. It has helped her deal with pain and illness, stay well during pregnancy, brought joy and laughter and a renewed sense of play.  

Lindsey is a psychologist by training with a focus on the relationship girls and women have with their bodies. She completed her RYT-200 Teacher Training in 2012 studying with Angela Caplan, Jacki McClausland, Deb Neubauer, Ellen Saltonstall, and Jimmy Bernaert. The training solidified the idea to her that yoga is grace, a way to be in the moment, to listen to and respect ourselves.

Lindsey feels there is nothing like being a witness as people find themselves in their bodies. Her classes are crafted to help people be present, to find joy, laughter, and strength on many levels. To her, feeling good about what you can do with your body is the key to a successful practice.

When not on her mat Lindsey wears many other hats, including wife, mama, and college teacher. Her other passions including knitting and sewing, working in her garden, being a good steward of the earth, and eating chocolate.

Sandi Krajeski

RYT-200

Sandi is a mom of two, school psychologist, and yoga teacher who has worked with children of all ages and abilities in a variety of school and recreational settings for over 20 years.  She began practicing yoga on a whim while in graduate school 14 years ago in an effort to find balance in her life.  What she found was much more than a physical practice and a desire to learn more led Sandi to study with a variety of teachers in the Rochester area.  The heart centered and alignment focused practice of Anusara yoga resonated strongly, and in March 2012, Sandi completed her teacher training with Vishali Varga.  Most recently, Sandi has been able to continue her education with Julie Scorchetti, a Yoga Ed. certified trainer.

Sandi loves sharing the benefits of yoga with others, especially its ability to build greater awareness of our bodies and emotions.  Her experience working in schools taught Sandi how important it is for children to learn how to self-regulate and to engage in activities that build confidence as well as physical and mental strength and flexibility.  Yoga is the perfect fit and Sandi is grateful for the opportunity to teach the next generation of yogis and yoginis!  When not on her mat, Sandi can often be found working with children on the Autism Spectrum through a local non-profit, in the garden, hiking a mountain trail, or chauffeuring her children around town!  She is owner of KidsROC Yoga.