J. Amy Thompson, MA, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Amy brings a depth of experience and a profound appreciation for the practice of yoga to our program. Her journey as a yoga instructor began with the completion of a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) at Samadhi Yoga Studio in 2010.
Deeply inspired by the teachings of Swami Kripalu, Amy continued her studies with a 500-hour YTT through Pranakryia, which she completed in 2016. Amy also completed a 200-hour Kundalini Yoga YTT in 2019, and is a certified LoveYourBrain lead instructor.
Not only has she led a variety of classes (indoors, outdoors, and online) but has also planned international yoga retreats, led workshops, private sessions, and has for years played a role in helping train aspiring teachers in YTTs. Amy is very excited to be co-leading this YTT.
After graduate school Amy worked first as a therapist, and then as a social worker. Her work has been with traumatized children and adults in therapeutic settings and agencies; and most recently through the court system where she has served for the past two decades. She strives to use her skills and expertise to support individuals in need, and has a strong interest in social justice.
Amy is passionate about the physical and psychological benefits yoga offers, and has a great deal of gratitude for having found her way to the mat. She approaches teaching with a sense of openness and a commitment to sharing the potential for transformation that yoga and meditation can bring. Amy’s experience, compassionate approach, and dedication to the practice of yoga make her an ideal lead teacher for Samadhi’s Yoga Teacher Training program.
Sushma Reddy, BA, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Sushma’s career as a yoga instructor began in 2010 immediately after finishing her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) at Samadhi Yoga Studio. She has shared her expertise in various studios, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to each class. Though she has taught in numerous settings and places, she has always considered Samadhi to be her yoga home, and we are thrilled to have her in a leading role in our program.
Sushma completed a 300-hour Hatha yoga teacher training program in 2018, and has studied specialized areas such as Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Yoga for Emotional Balance, Tantra Hatha Yoga for Chronic Pain, and Shamanism. She is currently immersed in a rigorous advanced Ayurvedic certification program, which she will complete in 2024.
Beyond the studio, Sushma extends her teachings to a wider audience through engaging workshops and enlightening lectures available on social media and YouTube. What sets her apart is the integration of philosophy into asana, creating a holistic and enriching experience for her students.
Whether it's through studio classes, Zoom sessions, or personalized one-on-one consultations, Sushma is dedicated to meeting the unique needs of her clients. She offers not just yoga classes but workshops, international retreats, and also individualized sessions encompassing yoga, ayurvedic practices, and life coaching. Lending her expertise in yoga philosophy, Sushma has been an important part of previous 200-hour YTT programs, and is delighted to be co-leading this YTT.Sushma brings a great deal of experience, a deep understanding of yoga and its many facets, and a commitment to guiding others towards a balanced and fulfilling life. This makes her an invaluable lead teacher for our Yoga Teacher Training Program.
Kelly Bay, LMT, BCTMB, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP
Kelly completed her first 200-hr YTT at Samadhi Yoga studio in 2012. She has completed additional 200-hr trainings in Daoist Yoga, Primal Vinyasa™️ and WHY Power Yoga. She completed her 300-hr yoga therapy training with the Center for Integrative Studies in 2017. She has been teaching anatomy and physiology in local studios since 2017 and guest teacher in yoga teacher trainings since 2014. Kelly is also a certified LoveYourBrain lead teacher.
Kelly has worked as a CT licensed massage since 2002 and has completed the Intermediate levels of Somatic Experiencing.
As a yoga teacher, she brings a deep understanding of anatomy, alignment, the autonomic nervous system and breath-work to her classes. She believes that yoga is not just a physical practice but also a powerful tool for self-discovery and healing. She guides her students through mindful movement, encouraging them to listen to their bodies and cultivate a sense of inner balance and ease.
Kelly is forever a student seeking opportunities for growth and learning, attending workshops and trainings to deepen her knowledge and refine her skills. She is dedicated to her own personal practice and believes that by embodying the teachings and modalities she offers, she can authentically guide and support her clients.
Sarita Nanda, RYT 500, C-IAYT, YACEP