Our teacher training instructors have all been students like you and they are completely dedicated to making your time at Yoga Haven inspiring, encouraging and exciting! Your tuition will consist of classes as well as one to one sessions with our teachers, who are working to see you succeed by sharing with you their knowledge and experiences of yoga practice.
Betsy Kase, RYT-500, C-IAYT is Owner and Director of Yoga Haven, and the lead instructor of Yoga Haven’s 200 Hour Teacher Training Program. Each year, since Yoga Haven’s inaugural training in 1999, Betsy has given prospective teachers a supportive space to develop, not only as teachers, but as individuals. Betsy considers leading yoga students through the process of learning how to share their love of yoga is one of the most fulfilling parts of her life.
Jill Ganassi has been studying yoga philosophy since 1999 and teaching the history and philosophy portion of the Yoga Haven Teacher Training since 2003. She is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor. She began studying psychology, philosophy, and the eastern spiritual traditions in her undergraduate schooling. Her strength as a philosophy teacher is in making the material applicable to the context of peoples day to day lives. At the same time she is able to cultivate a deeper understanding of the classical tradition of yoga and stays true to the history and the classical texts. She treasures the opportunity to have an on going conversation with fellow seekers about the big questions and use the yogic perspective to help explore the answers.
Margaret Duggan teaches the Anatomy & Physiology section. She began studying it academically in college, but really became fascinated by the subject while trying to make sense of several injuries sustained rowing at the elite level, post-collegially with the US National Team. She has continued her studies in anatomy with a focus on the spine and yoga with Loren Fishman, MD, Alison West and Elise Browning Miller. Margaret teaches the anatomy & physiology section of Yoga Haven’s teacher training with the unique ability to make the material accessible and understandable for all types of learners. Margaret also teaches Yoga Haven’s “Mindfulness Matters,” curriculum in the local schools to faculty and staff, and manages the running of both Yoga Haven studios.
Clare Mottola draws on her background in acting, directing and producing to work with trainees to find their teaching voice. Clare is the chair of the theatre and dance department at Fieldston, where she also teaches the school’s mindfulness curriculum. Clare received her 200 hour certification from Yoga Haven in 2004. Since she began teaching, Clare continues to happily find ways to bring more yoga to her life and more life to her yoga. Clare hopes that her students will take the time to recognize the courage, wisdom and beauty that they bring to each class while delighting in the gratitude and peace that the practice brings.