Living Yoga evolved from many years of teaching and practicing and from the desire to share our 50 combined plus years of experience. We believe that all asana should maximize our physical and mental potential, all philosophy should be relatable to our everyday life, and all spirituality should be accessible to everyone. Our style reflects the respect we have for the rich history and traditions of this practice combined with the desire to modernize it and bring it to everyday people, like us.
We teach a strong heat-building Vinyasa (flow) practice exclusively and believe it is the style best suited for those wanting to improve their overall health and physical well-being. This system highlights building strength, alignment, and cardiovascular conditioning. We emphasize teaching the breath, passing on the lessons of yoga philosophy, and providing hands-on adjustments in class. Living Yoga is a Vinyasa studio that is dedicated to helping our students advance their physical abilities and deepen their understanding of themselves. We have been profoundly changed by the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga and believe that the wisdom of this path can impact all of our students as positively as it has impacted us. Because of this, we teach to inspire, to challenge, and to empower our students. The result is a safe and welcoming environment in which to move beyond our restrictions and to evolve on all levels, breath by breath.
Richard, Liz, & Courtney
Richard Villella is an E-RYT 500 hour yoga teacher and co-owner of Living Yoga. Richard has a thriving yoga practice in NYC helping people with pain and ageing related problems that could not be helped by traditional western medicine. He is currently writing a book, titled Say Goodbye To Pain. Richard has been teaching and studying yoga since 1985. He has built an exclusive clientele comprised of the business and media elite of New York City. Some of Richard’s better-known clients include: Former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, Bill Bradley, and Candice Bergen. From 1994-1998 Richard co-founded and operated Yoga Zone yoga studios. With five yoga studios to maintain, he created and directed the teacher-training program. Richard has taught hundreds of yoga students inspired by his teachings to be yoga teachers. As the head teacher at Yoga Zone, Richard was voted the best yoga teacher in the United States two years in a row by Allure Magazine. Richard Villella graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics and he was a professional football player with the New England Patriots.
Liz Schulman holds an M.A. in Stress Management and an M.A. in Health Education from Columbia University. Liz completed both her 200 and 500 hour teacher training from Yoga Zone in NYC and Starseed in Montclair, NJ. Since 1999 Liz has taught all over the tri-state area. She has served as Director of Yoga at Monteverde at Old Stone Manor and The Yoga Co-op at The Garrison. In addition to teaching, she has also been training yoga teachers since 2002 with numerous programs in New York and New Jersey. She is now the co-director of Living Yoga Teacher Training with Richard Villella. As a co-owner of Living Yoga, Liz teaches in the spirit of the studio. She believes yoga is a living practice that encourages us to be the best we can be in any given moment. She is most inspired by the work of making yogic philosophy practical and bringing spirituality into everyday life.
Courtney Tarpley took her first yoga class in 1989 with Richard Villella and was instantly hooked. In 1993 Courtney graduated from Columbia University and immediately began teaching at Alan Finger’s Yoga. From 1994-1998 Courtney managed the Yoga Zone studios and helped expand the business to five studios. Over the years she has deepened her knowledge of the many branches of yoga and yoga philosophy by studying with Yogiraj Alan Finger, Yogiraj Mani Finger, Yogiraj Rod Stryker, and Richard Villella. Courtney taught classes, workshops, and privates in Manhattan steadily from 1993-2008. In 2008 Courtney decided to take a break from teaching and devote her attention to her three children. As a busy mom with little free time, Courtney teaches yoga from a practical point of view. Her Vinyasa flow classes draw from several styles of yoga and concentrate equally on the body, the breath, and the mind. The goal of each class is to build strength and flexibility in the body and to calm and focus the mind. Courtney made a yoga video with MTV in 1997 and has posed for many fitness and yoga magazines. Courtney was also on the cover of Fit Yoga in December of 2009.
Embracing her ongoing status as a student of Yoga, Beth offers her class a connection to Yoga Philosophy with humor and sincerity drawn from a personal journey of self-investigation, transformation and her love of dharma. Her teaching stems from a desire to support and empower others to experience growth and healing on their own terms through clarity and perseverance in
the physical and spiritual practice of asana. Beth has completed the 200 hour RYT Training in Vinyasa Yoga through Living Yoga in Cold Spring, NY with teachers Liz Schulman and Richard Villella and is registered through Yoga Alliance. She is an artist, jeweler and decorative painter living in Peekskill, NY.
Leslie’s yoga practice began years ago with a picture of a sun salutation and a Bikram book published in 1972. These inspirations led to taking classes and a regular practice for a number of years. However, it wasn't until completing Living Yoga Teacher Training with Liz Schulman and Richard Villella that she realized she could combine her love of yoga with her love of teaching. Her classes emphasize strength and alignment, focus on using the breath to bring presence, and bring attention to the detail of asana in order to facilitate a larger perspective in a physical, mental, and spiritual practice. Besides teaching group classes, Leslie also teaches privates and leads retreats. She is a certified RYT 200 hour teacher by the Yoga Alliance. Leslie received her Masters from Princeton Theological Seminary and has served communities of faith as a teacher, chaplain, counselor, retreat leader, pastor and director. Leslie is also a Focusing Practitioner and currently working on a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Visit her website at IncarnateWellness.com
Jenn received her certification through Living Yoga Teacher Training and is registered with the Yoga Alliance. A dedicated student of yoga with a regular meditation practice, Jenn embraces teaching to share her love of yoga and commitment to wellness. She experiences and presents yoga as the "total package": a way of life that optimizes well-being by opening and strengthening the physical body, calming and focusing the mind, and cultivating the spirit. Her classes incorporate movement that is grounded and graceful, with a focus on correct alignment and healing use of the breath. A lifelong athlete, Jenn also brings an understanding of the benefits of functional flexibility and the performance enhancing aspects of yoga. In addition, Jenn is a licensed psychotherapist, with supplementary training in facilitation of stress management and workplace wellness programs. She has worked as a clinician, consultant, and administrator in the field of public health in a variety of settings including a city hospital, school and community-based clinics, and non-profit organizations in the New York metropolitan area.
Amanda is a 200-hour registered vinyasa yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, a certified personal trainer with the American Council on Exercise, and a certified pre and postnatal fitness instructor with Healthy Moms Fitness, Motherwell, and Prenatal Resist-a-Ball. Over the past 10 years, she has been privileged to work with hundreds of people of all ages and fitness levels, and is continually inspired by the human capacity for transformation through empowerment. It is her belief that awareness and compassion for your own body and your own unique experience is what allows you to change and grow, and to uncover your true potential. Her classes encourage patience, courage, and a light heart. Amanda holds a BFA in Theatre from the University of Illinois, and has trained extensively in dance and stage combat choreography. She founded Full Circle Fitness in Long Beach, California in 2003, and served as director of personal training and perinatal fitness for Chicago’s Cheetah Gyms from 2008 – 2010. After 15 years of personal practice, she completed yoga teacher training with her mentors Liz Schulman and Richard Villella at Living Yoga.
Drop-In Rate $18
10 Class Card $150 10 week expiration
10 Class Card $100 1 month expiration
There are no discounts or extensions with this card and it cannot be shared.
20 Class Card $275 18 week expiration
40 Class Card $480 20 week expiration
School Teacher and Civil Service discount:
Drop In Rate $15 & 10% off all class cards
Cards may be used for any class at Living Yoga.
Any card may be put on hold for up to 2 weeks (except for 10/$100 class card) with prior notification.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the beginning of class. Coming in late can be disruptive; however, we understand that sometimes being late is unavoidable. If you are late, please wait to set up your mat until the dharma talk is over. Please do not bring any valuables to the studio. Living Yoga will not be responsible for lost or stolen items. Please remember to turn off your cell phones prior to class. Please refrain from talking during class. Our goal is to encourage an environment where students can briefly retreat from unnecessary verbal dialogue and listen to their internal cues.Yoga is best practiced in a warm room. We all have different temperaments, and the climate cannot be adjusted for everyone. If you need to sip water, please feel free to take a break whenever you need to.
Class cards discount the cost of all classes. The cards have expiration dates. Living Yoga will freeze your card for up to 2 weeks with prior notification. We will not be able to freeze your card retroactively. There will be no exceptions. Cards are non-transferable but you may use your class card to treat a friend or family member when you come to class. With the purchase of any class card, you have the ability to reserve a spot in any class that may require reservations. Once you have reserved your spot, your class card will automatically be deducted whether or not you come to class. In case of inclement weather, please check your email for class cancellations.
Latest Top 40 with Richard
Friday October 17th 7:00-9:00pm
Level 3 with Liz
Monday October 20th, 6:30-8:00pm
Under the Covers with LIz and guest DJ Amanda
Friday November 14th 7:00-9:00pm
Level 2 with Amanda
Sunday November 23rd 10:30-11:45am
Thanksgiving Day Class
Thursday November 27th 9:30-11:00am
No other classes today
Level 1 with Beth
Sunday December 21st 9:00-10:15am
Closed For Holiday
Thursday December 25th
Living Yoga Teacher Training is designed to be practical and relevant to today’s yogi, while honoring the history and time honored traditions of yoga. The student will train in the vinyasa style with a deep respect and adherence to the alignment of Iyengar. With this combination comes the ability to teach an inspired flow class safely and knowledgably. Take your personal practice to another level and live yoga.
• Richard Villella & Liz Schulman
• Asana technique and alignment
• Teaching vinyasa
• Physical anatomy
• Subtle anatomy
• Hands on assisting
• Yoga philosophy and lifestyle
• Teaching methodology that helps students cultivate an authentic voice which honors personal experience as
a valid teaching tool
• Unlimited yoga for the duration of the training
January 9-11, 2015
February 6-8, 2015
March 13-15, 2015
March 28, 2015
April 10-12, 2015
May 2, 2015
May 15-17, 2015
June 5-7, 2015
June 13, 2015
Fridays 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturdays 9:30 am - 6:00 pm
Sundays 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$3300 before Nov. 1, 2014
$3600 after Nov. 1, 2014
This price includes all of the books needed for the training and unlimited yoga for the duration of the training.
Cost of the training is refundable minus a $250 application fee prior to the first day of training. Once the training begins, there are no refunds.
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All Level Express
All Level Express
All Level Express
Hard Core Yoga
This class focuses on foundational postures with more detailed alignment, in the vinyasa style, but no jumps. This class is appropriate for students of all levels and is excellent for those who are new to yoga, as well as those who would like to refine their technique. This class is a great preparation for Levels 2 and 3.
This class moves at a moderate pace and includes an introduction to jumps, arm balances and inversions. This class is appropriate for students of all levels and great for those who want to increase their strength and endurance.
This class is vigorously paced and includes jumps, binds, arm balances and inversions. Some prior knowledge of alignment is assumed. This class is appropriate for those who have some experience with yoga or are physically fit and are ready to increase their skill level and challenge themselves physically.
All Level Express
Grab a quick hit before work or when you are on the run and need to sneak in a great workout. This class is good for students of all levels.