TRYOGA Syracuse Studio Instructors

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Terry Ross
CO-OWNER and instructor

Terry brings his enthusiasm and love of yoga combined with knowledge of body alignment and mechanics to each practice. 

 He has devoted twenty years to studying and integrating yoga into his life. Yoga is his passion. His classes are fun and playful with easy-to-follow instructions,encouraging students of all levels to work deeply while honoring their own practice, working within their limitations yet helping them reach and go beyond their edge. 

He began teaching yoga in 2011, primarily focusing on the physical aspects of yoga. It wasn't until he met Baron Baptiste in 2012 that he fully realized he could get a total workout through Baptiste Yoga - body, mind AND soul. He completed his 500 hours of training under the tutelage of Baron and The Baptiste Power Yoga Institute. Terry now spends his life teaching the Baptiste Journey Into Power Sequence and a class called YOD (Your Own Determination), which combines power yoga and plyometrics. Whenever he can, he continues to assist teacher trainings around the country with Baron and the amazing people of the Baptiste family. 

Terry began practicing Yoga to make a positive change in his life. Through his teaching, he hopes to make a positive change in other people's lives as well .


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Rhianna, originally from Canada, took her first yoga class at 13. Growing up playing many sports, this was a way to calm her anxious mind. Throughout the years, her practice has changed from solely a physical one to one that gives spiritual, mental and emotional benefits as well. From the beginning of her yoga journey, she always knew she wanted to share the practice of yoga with others, and in February 2016, Rhianna completed her 200 hour teacher training through the Twin Cities Yoga Collective.
Rhianna likes incorporating a sense of adventure and lightness in her classes and hopes her students leave feeling challenged and happy.
When not on her mat, Rhianna enjoys lifting weights over her head, walking with her dog, finding adventure and supporting her Navy husband.

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Emma Gonzalez received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Dancing Mind Studio located in Falls Church, VA, in February 2014. She began her yoga journey in the summer of 2013, where she instantaneously felt a deep passion and drive to seek more of what yoga had to offer. 

Shortly after completing her teacher training, she moved to Syracuse, NY. In her classes, Emma incorporates joy, ease, and self inquiry. Her source of reward is being able to help her students feel the physical and spiritual benefits of yoga while finding their edge, no matter where that may be. Emma invites you to open up your heart, and to lay it all out on the mat.

'In order to be truthful, you must embrace your total being.' - Rumi

Lindsay Pittard

Lindsay has been a devoted athlete all of her life. A Skaneateles native, Lindsay grew up playing lacrosse and Ski Racing. Lindsay went on to play Division I Lacrosse at the University of Oregon and then Colgate University, where she became a team captain and earned a number of honors. After graduating, Lindsay moved to Burlington to coach the Women's Division I Lacrosse team at the University of Vermont.

After years of Olympic Lifting, Lindsay found Yoga (or it found her) and she began to explore the world of fitness beyond the gym, finally leaving the world of Cross Fit behind for Burlington Barre in 2012. An Avid Yoga student since college, Lindsay brings her passion and enthusiasm to the mat each and every day. While completing her Barre training, Lindsay decided to start the teacher training program at Honest Yoga and share her love of yoga with others. Lindsay especially enjoys teaching yoga and Barre with emphasis on core-strengthening and believes strongly in the idea that physical strength and flexibility translate directly into mental strength and flexibility, thus she loves teaching in a way that promotes greater awareness of our bodies and ourselves. Lindsay completed her Studio 208 Barre Instructor Training in May 2014 and her 200 Hour Yoga Certification with Honest Yoga in Burlington VT in January of 2015.

Marietta Gregg

Marietta has always enjoyed yoga, but it was not until after her brother passed away in 2005 that she began to practice daily. Yoga became her escape, her therapy, and her rescue.

In 2010, Marietta wanted to deepen her practice and went through teacher training at Corepower Yoga in San Diego. She was surprised to find how much she enjoyed guiding classes and spreading the yoga love. She has instructed in many studios in Southern California and Boston and is thrilled to be back in the Syracuse area.

Through yoga, she found an elevated appreciation for health and nutrition through her Ayurveda studies. Most of all, she is grateful for how yoga has taught her to find new perspectives and lead with an open heart. Marietta hopes to share her passion with her students, by encouraging them to breathe and reconnect with their inherent strength and inner peace.

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Heather Murfitt

A graduate from Cazenovia College and Syracuse native, Heather has always had an interest in yoga. This began in high school, using it to stretch and get physical exercise besides running or playing a sport. In college she began to deepen her yoga practice, and fell in love with it. With her love for yoga, Heather decided that it was time to become a certified teacher. In January of 2014, she began a four month long teacher training at Lotus Life Yoga Center in Dewitt, NY. Heather is now a 200-hr RYT yoga teacher. With over 500 hours of teaching time. She also became certified to teach Aerial Yoga in May of 2014.

Aside from yoga Heather loves being outdoors and traveling. She loves vinyasa style classes along with hot yoga but also enjoys yin style classes occasionally. Her class sequencing is often inspired by music as well as her personal practice.

When coming to one of Heather's classes you can expect meditation, breathing techniques (pranayama), yoga philosophy and asana (physical movement). Laughing and playfulness is encouraged! Her hope is to inspire others through the practice of yoga to connect with their mind, body and heart.

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Emma Whitney

Emma’s dynamic teaching style blends Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga while drawing from her dance background, to create classes that encourage exploration, connection and relaxation. Influenced by experiences, classroom energy and her personal practice, she guides students through a well-rounded session—using the breath as foundation and laughter to embrace challenges. While completing her undergraduate degree, Emma became a 200-hour RYT yoga instructor, through Lotus Life Yoga Center in May 2014. Emma believes in yoga’s ability to empower, restore and cultivate self-awareness to any student, and considers teaching a great honor. Recently graduated with her BFA in Communications Design from Syracuse University in 2016, Emma is eager to continue traveling and learning—both on and off the mat. A Colorado native, currently teaching in the Syracuse area, Emma can be found on her time off reading, cooking and planning her next adventure.

Melissa Thomas

Melissa is originally from Illinois, moving here in 1997. Shortly thereafter she took her first yoga class. Melissa knew she had found where she was meant to be.

Yoga is about a connection or an energy that is created while moving our bodies in sync with one’s breath. Melissa would like to share this connection with her students through her practice.

In Melissa's classes you will find a creative sequence of flowing postures,  an emphasis on positivity, and loving support.  She will encourage you to practice with patience and non judgment.  Melissa will help everyone to achieve their goals in their  practice for either the advanced practitioner or those coming to the mat for the first time.

Melissa has been teaching yoga for over 5 years to a diverse culture of students. In 2010 , Melissa obtained a certification at Kripalu Yoga Institute in teaching Yoga for the Special Child, in 2014 was able to complete her 200 hour yoga teacher training.

Outside of the yoga studio, Melissa is busy Mother of three catching sports games up and down the East coast. Also an avid trail runner where she also finds connection with nature and all the beauty upstate New York has to offer.

Courtney Chase

In 2010, during an unsettled time in her life, yoga found Courtney. In her very first class she felt something she had never felt before, a powerful moment of pure stillness and peace that inspired her to keep coming back to her mat. As her practice grew, so did her desire to teach.

Courtney received her training from Trimurti Yoga in Dharamsala, India. The 5 week journey she took in the motherland of yoga has forever instilled in her how beneficial yoga can be. Ever since, she has continued to broaden and deepen her practice with the guidance of many amazing teachers from different traditions. Their training, along with her own ever present desire to learn, has made her a diverse instructor. Courtney is experienced in leading the gentle practices of yin & restorative, more powerful practices including vinyasa, ashtanga and sivananda, and specialty practices including children’s yoga. She also specializes in private one-on-one sessions which truly mold the practice to the student’s individual needs. She is passionate about finding balance and cares deeply about sharing the many healing aspects of yoga.

Courtney blends her skills as a yoga teacher and as a fitness professional to help guide others to find their own balance. She is a 200 hour multi style Registered Yoga Teacher, certified Personal Trainer and also carries certifications in pilates, group exercise, indoor cycling, the willPower Method, as well as various other specialty fitness programs.

Whether you are stepping onto your mat for the very first time or looking to deepen your practice, she looks forward to meeting you where you are…

Deb Daly

Eastern philosophy has always intrigued me. At age 16 I began practicing transcendental meditation. But it wasn't until my kids were grown and I was done running from ski practice to indoor soccer to lacrosse practice, that I found some time for me and began practicing yoga.  It was the perfect way to end my day after working in Oncology.  When my office closed, I decided to attend a teacher training. Currently, I attend at least 3 classes per week with master teachers, volunteer at PACE teaching chair yoga, and attend continuing education conferences and workshops, and attending yoga classes wherever and whenever I travel.