YOGA

ALIGN     STABILIZE    BREATHE

All movement classes are offered as drop-in only.

Please use the link below if you would like to join us!

Prenatal Yoga

With Rebecca Mercurio

Saturdays 10:30am-12pm

In person only

Through conscious pregnancy, birthing and early parenting, we set the foundation for life-long health and happiness in a child. Yoga and meditation may be the strongest offering that we can give to pregnant women. To actively move her body, to learn to breath properly, to close her eyes, to meditate, to go inside where her baby is - from this she comes to know her own truth.

Gentle Flow 

With Heather Creighton

Tuesdays  6:00 pm-7:00pm

In person only

A class highlighting standing pose alignment, core stability and breath. In LIM fashion, all movements will be crafted into intelligent and creative sequences. Perfect for those new to yoga and for those looking to build or rediscover the foundations.

Feel Good Friday:

Donation Yoga

With Emily Ets-Hokin

Fridays 5:30pm-6:30pm

In person + live stream option

Emily Ets-Hokin offers gentle movement and soft sequencing during this feel-good class. 

All proceeds will be donated to support breast cancer research and patient care at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Morning Asana & Meditation

With Laura Lane

Mondays & Wednesdays

6:30-7:45am

In person only

Wake up on the right side of your morning with a deeply intentional practice. Laura Lane offers a methodical practice of slow sun salutations and long held postures that draw from the Hatha tradition. The practice has a sustained focus on intentional movement, alignment, breathwork and drawing inward.

Meet Our Instructors

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Rebecca

Rebecca is a Kundalini and Vinyasa yoga teacher, Doula, Childbirth Educator, Massage Therapist and Reiki Master. She is currently studying and working toward becoming a Breathwork facilitator. Always fascinated with the capabilities of the human body and deeply dedicated to self study and expansion, after having experienced the profound depths of these capabilities during the birth of her child, her focus shifted toward working in spaces of pregnancy and birth. 

 

A decade of sitting with and supporting the nuance of labor has culminated in a perinatal wellness center she co-created that is dedicated to whole body care (from the physical to the subtle bodies). 

 

Her Prenatal classes are rooted in exploration and connection of movement, breath and sound with the intention of actualizing our higher purpose, coming into our own excellence. This is not a modified practice, it is specific to cultivating power over fear, offering students practical skills to employ during labor, and, facilitating an interconnected community around normalizing pregnancy and birth. 

Laura
(She/They)

Yoga has always existed as a mechanism for healing in Laura's life. It emerged when she (mistakenly) thought that yoga was not for her body and constitution. At the time, she was early in her healing journey with complex PTSD and chronic illness. Her first teacher approached yoga from an organic sensory experience of exploration and embodiment -- a lesson she hopes to impart in her classes.

Laura is a Hatha and adaptive-oriented instructor.  Her classes focus on bringing ease into our physical practice, while cultivating an intentional and active relationship with the mind, body, and ethos. Laura uses the expanse of yoga therapeutics including breath, asana, meditation, and chants to explore the nervous system and promote a constitution of compassion from within. 

Laura is a recent transplant to the Buffalo area and native to the high desert of New Mexico. Outside, Laura wears many hats as a mudlover, educator, farmhand, and social ecologist. She is currently continuing her yoga studies to become a certified Yoga Therapist bringing its benefits into clinical spaces. 

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Heather

Heather began taking yoga classes in 2008. Before finding her way to Equal Standing, Heather tried Bikram and Power Yoga, but neither really seemed to fit what she was looking for. After practicing at Love in Motion, Heather not only found a way to move her body, but also to support long term health and wellness, both physically and mentally.


In 2020 Heather completed the LIM 200 hour training and the prenatal training. In 2021, Heather also completed her 300 hour training with Heart and Bones Yoga.


Heather’s classes seek to help others find a connection to their body through thoughtful movement and trusting their intuition. Her classes allow for everyone to take some time to themselves and to be a little more curious about what movement feels right in their body.


Outside of the studio Heather enjoys traveling, spending time with her many cats and dogs, and finding new places with great food. She is also a Mandarin Chinese and English as a Second Language teacher.

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Emily 

Emily has practiced and studied yoga for over 20 years.
She completed her yoga and prenatal yoga teacher trainings in 2020-2021 with Love in Motion.

As long as she can remember, Emily had a passion for movement. Emily began dance training as a child and eventually joined a Martha Graham dance company in her college years. From there, she continued dance training and performing in Chicago during graduate school. After moving to Buffalo, she performed with the Zodiac Dance Company and Neglia ballet. In conjunction, she regularly taught dance and movement classes.

As a Ph.D. clinical psychologist with a background in dance, the transition to physical
therapy and trauma informed yoga to be seamless and intuitive. With many years of dance, teaching movement and working with patients within the field of psychology, the art and science of yoga
was a natural fit.

Movement and it's metaphors inform her “day job” of clinical psychology. Motion and e-motion are intertwined within the body. 

Emily is excited to bring her life experiences to Equal Standing Yoga.

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