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Yoga Teacher Training in the Finger Lakes


Yoga Teacher Training in the Finger Lakes


Sandy _Saraj_ Hicks - Grand Master Certificate

Most recently:

Sandy has been honored Grand Master Yoga Teacher and  Senior Master / Institute Leader in October 2023 from her almost 50 years with direct lineage trainings.


Sandy serviced on Yoga Alliance. In 2018 she sat on the Advisory Group for Teacher Qualifications as part of the Yoga Alliance Standards Review Project and continues to play a role as needed.

Director of Education:

RYS200, RYS 3/500, Meditation Yoga Teacher Training, Recovery and Trauma , Restorative Yoga Teacher Training, CEU's and Mentorship Program.

Certifications & Memberships (not inclusive):


500 RYT: Brahamand Stapleton Self-Awakening Yoga ® Therapeutic
Nosara Yoga Institute, Pranassage Practitioner/Advanced Assists 100hr
Nosara Yoga Institute, Inner Quest of the Yoga Educator Mentorship
Nosara Yoga Institute, 200 RYT/500 RYT Interdisciplinary Yoga / Yoga Therapy

Elysabeth Williams – Principal Based Partner Yoga (60)
Yogic Meditation Certified as Guide (Swami Satchidananada Ashram)

Jack Kornfield: Masterclass of Interactive Meditation

Y12SR w/ Nikki Myers: Yoga of 12 Step Recovery
Recovery 2.0 Beyond Addiction, Tommy Rosen
Y12SR Leadership Training

Restorative Yoga Judith Lasater Program 25 hours Level 1
Restorative Yoga Advanced 40 hours Level 2 one on one with Masala

Lotus Gardens, Lara Ward
Yin Yoga (Teaching, Anatomy & Storytelling), Biff Mithoefer 100 Hours
International Association of Yoga Therapists Mbr
Laugha Yoga Leader

Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness RCYT
Yoga Kids / MindUP Program for Schools
Prenatal Yoga RPYT
Ki-Atsu Institute: Ayurveda Level 1
Ordained Minister (NY)

1970's: Maharishi Mahesh Yogi (TM - 1973), Swami Satchidananda Ashram, Connecticut,Numerous Omega Institute Studies

1980's: Feathered Pipe Ranch , Sivananda Ashram: Swami Vishnudevinanda

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My Story

Every time you have taken a conscious breath, you have experienced yoga.Yoga is far beyond the physical postures on the magazine cover. Connection to the truth of yoga led Sandy on a wisdom quest beginning with Transcendental Meditation at 11. 70's summers included hitch hiking to Omega Holistic Institute became her summer weekends and retreating at the Feathered Pipe Ranch where she was pulled into close and intimate teachings and friendships 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 Swami Vishnudevananda, Sri Dharma Mittra, Swai Satchidananda and Brahmanand Stapleton. So much soul and wisdom in it all.

Her young and old life is mainly the practice and path of Raja and Jnana Yoga, holding respect for all paths – they all have something wonderful to offer. Sandy possesses a deep care for my students and offering light on their path with the 200 hour SPIRIT Yoga Teacher Training.

Her public classes invite an internal focus by tracking sensations, concentrating on form, and appreciating the breath as it anchors us in the moment of quiet power. Bodies and minds unite we dwell fully in the present. With presence, an individual sense of spiritual connection can arise spontaneously. The sharing of the beautiful ancient wisdom is key in transformation.

Expect a class that comes from her heart. At times there will some challenge, some stillness, some humor, some gentleness, some inner soul, and some wisdom of yogic philosophy.

She is currently accepting Private Sessions. 4 Class Minimum.

Sandy lives in the Honeoye, NY area with her rescues.

Can I answer any questions for you about my sessions?


  • Teacher/Studio/YTT -Mentorship

  • Therapeutic and injury rehab; Flexibility; Balance;

  • Class designing based on intention (additional form to be filled out for this); Pranayama & Bandha work towards Kundalini awakening (8 session minimum); Deep Restorative, Meditations – Guided Imagery, Guided Healing or Pranic Meditation and Yogic Meditations ; Philosophy & History (4 session min.)  Spiritual guidance with experiential yogic philosophy; yogic nutrition.

  • $110/Hour (4 Sessions $395)

  • Wednesday noon -3pm or Thursday 2-5pm).

  • Bloomfield or home. (Home visits are additional $35 per session)