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Canandaigua Yoga and Bloomfield Yoga Classes. All our teachers are professionally and traditionally trained with teach with a warm heart ♥. Your comfort and safety is our priority. Please note: The teachers at GBY all rent space equally and are independent contractors. Each teacher can be contacted directly is you have a question about their class offering. We offer this group website for your convenience!

Sandy Hicks Yoga

~ Sandy ~


Certified InnerQuest Yoga Educator (Mentor)

Certified Self-Awakening Therapeutics International Association of Yoga Therapists Interdisciplinary Yoga   Yoga for Recovery and Trauma Sensitive Groups Restorative Yoga Certified Principal Based Partner Yoga Certified Laughter Yoga Certified Director of: RYS200, RYS500, PreNatal, Kids and Restorative Yoga Teacher Training.

Yoga is far beyond the physical postures on the magazine cover. The discovery of Transcendental Meditation at 11 allowed Sandy to reinforce the ability to ‘just be’ and lead a peaceful, compassionate life. Hitch hiking to Omega Holistic Institute became her summer weekends and retreating at the Feathered Piped Ranch pulled Sandy into close and intimate teachings of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, RamDass, BKS Iyengar, Jack Kornfield, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Tara Brach, and Garmukh Kaur Khalsa. In the late 80’s and 90’s Sandy continued  studying with Sri Dharma Mittra and Brahman Stapleton. So much soul and health in it all.

My young and old life is mainly the practice and path of Raja and Jnana Yoga. I hold respect for all paths – they all have something wonderful to offer. So grateful to teach what I live and share my story. I possess a deep care for my students and offering light on their path.

Some classes invite an internal focus into the body. Tracking sensations, concentrating on form, and appreciating the breath as it anchors us in the moment. The deep attention the body can harness the mind. As our bodies and minds unite we dwell fully in the present. With presence, an individual sense of spiritual connection can arise spontaneously.

Expect a class that comes from my heart. At times there will some challenge, some stillness, some gentleness, some inner soul, some wisdom of yogic philosophy & how it relates to our journey in life. Advanced Yoga is offered by inquiry or invitation. This session meets twice per week with a focus on Dharana and Dhyana with use of the spinal breath, Bandhas, Pranayama. Each session is 75 minutes anchored with Satsang. (once per week in summer months) May you live a peaceful and compassionate life, ~ Saraj Can I answer any questions for you about my sessions?


WEndy Stoddard Yoga



YIN YOGA Certified

After living in New York City for two and a half decades, I moved to the Finger Lakes region in 2005 where I could be near my mother. In New York, I earned an M. Div from Union Theological Seminary and worked with the chronically homeless, who were often mentally ill and addicted. I was first introduced to Yoga in 1998 during a period of intense personal transition and the practice has become a central aspect of my life ever since. After a couple of years of regular classes I began to take notice the power of the breath in my life off the mat – especially when confronted with the crisis situations so common in my work. The ability to breathe, observe without judgment, and resist reacting impulsively served me well in volatile environments.When I relocated upstate I had the opportunity to surrender to my love of Yoga and earned my 200 hour Kripalu certification. With my Kripalu certification and trainings with Sarah Powers in Yin Yoga, my offerings reach deeply into the body, mind and heart. Om Shanti ~ Wendy Would love to hear from you!




~ Teresa ~

~ Teresa ~

RYT 200 Grounded By Yoga Interdisciplinary Studies

I discovered yoga when a serious running injury forced me to the sidelines. During that time of healing and quiet reflection, I came to appreciate the sublime, powerful beauty of a yogic lifestyle. The more I studied, the more I felt called to this vocation. In 2015, I completed my RYT200 training under Sandy Hicks at Grounded By Yoga Studios & Teacher Training Center, where I currently lead gentle and beginner classes, in addition to meditation sessions. I am humbled and deeply honored to be a part of this ancient tradition. As my journey continues to unfold, I look forward to sharing the lessons I learn with others, and to learn from them, as well. Namaste. Teresa ____________________________________________________________________________

Free Yoga with Jackie

~ Jackie ~

200 RYT Grounded By Yoga Interdisciplinary Studies

    My journey with yoga started through meditation.  A few years ago I became very interested in the connection of the mind, body, and spirit.  I would often go on long walks, or hikes, taking in the beautiful nature as I went, and stopping when I found a nice quiet place to sit.  Closing my eyes, and just feeling and listening to my breath flow in and out of my body, really brought my focus inward, and all distractions, whether they were physically around me, or just in my mind, started to fade away.  There was something so special and truly amazing about being with myself, and not having thoughts and chatter run through my mind – it was stillness.  This type of meditation was something I would do quite often, yet, I had no idea the door that was just opened, was going to lead me on a beautiful path and journey.
    In January of 2015, I was given an amazing opportunity to attend Sandy’s Grounded By Yoga Teacher Training.  I knew Yoga was something I definitely wanted to learn more about.  Not only was I captivated by peace and stillness that meditation had brought me, but I was also very interested in the different types of yoga, and wanted to learn more about Asana and Pranayama.  Throughout the training, I learned so much about myself, and this beautiful universe.  I had discovered this new sense of adventure and peace, at the same time.  This was only the beginning for me.  I knew I wanted to share this amazing feeling with others, and help them in different ways through the practice of Yoga.  ~ Namaste ~ Jackie
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~ Mere ~

200 RYT Grounded By Yoga Interdisciplinary Studies

I’m a philosopher by nature, and in college I examined theories on personal identity. The eastern traditions’ logic appealed to me, and right around the same time, I began practicing yoga.

Just one video, a power asana flow. Over, and over, and over again. Sometimes once or twice a week. And at some points, every day. There wasn’t much philosophy included in the video, but after completing it, I felt a temporary shift. My mind settled. I wasn’t as attached to fear or life’s troubles.

I always seemed to lose the rhythm of my breath. And even when I developed my practice such that I burned incense and practiced outside without relying on the video, I felt like I was missing something…

In the summer of 2015, I’d completed my studies and was searching for purpose. I was ready to meet Sandy Hicks, and she received me with warmth. I attended a class with her, and it was the first time I experienced the true potential of yoga, which translates to “union.” I enrolled in her 200 hour interdisciplinary teacher training.

I never expected to emerge a teacher. I was (and continue) trying to develop my Self. I still very much feel like a student. But Sandy’s training illuminated the higher purpose of yoga, all eight limbs of the path. I looked inside myself, understood our interconnectedness, found my breath as well as my voice, and I knew I had to guide others toward this bliss.

I love how yoga can be practiced on and far off the mat, enriching every aspect of living. While no particular lineage captured my heart, I enjoy using props from Iyengar and parts of Ashtanga sequences in my own practice. Together, may we create a practice that is suited to You!

With love and peace ~namaste~

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We are all born to share and help all living beings. If you are feeling the calling to teach and are a registered or certified teacher, we would love to share space!

Sub spots are available as well as plenty of possibilities for a more permanent home in Canandaigua or Bloomfield or both. We have lots of requests from students for other times and days that we would like to fulfill. Whats important, is what is good for YOU!

Training available. Check our training page to see whats coming up!

200 RYT Yoga Teacher Training 500 RYT Yoga Teacher Training Restorative Yoga Teacher Training Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Childrens Teacher Training