Our Teachers

Beth Bierko The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health Dobbs Ferry New York


Monday nights SINGING CIRCLE, RESTORATIVE YOGA and REIKI (7:00 pm, see schedule)

Tuesday nights – LET YOUR YOGA DANCE (7:00 pm, see schedule)

Thursday YOGA & MEDITATION – ALL LEVELS (7:00 pm)


Sunday ALL LEVELS (4:00 pm)

Beth Bierko is the co-owner (with husband, Scott) and director of The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health. She has been practicing yoga for 17 years and became a certified Kripalu yoga teacher in 2003 , studying with Brahmani Liebman, Rivertown’s founder, and Jashoda Edmunds, another senior Kripalu teacher trainer. Beth is also a Reiki practitioner, using energetic healing techniques since 2007 in groups and private sessions.  She has also spent twenty-one years as a singer songwriter and teaching artist in New York area schools with her husband, Scott (www.bethandscott.net). Beth infuses her classes with creativity. Using poetry, songs and stories to dive deeper into dharma and fluid movement to open the body, the invitation is to find authenticity and creativity in one’s own practice on and off the mat.

Hasita Nadai Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health Dobbs Ferry NY Yogagaia


Saturday BEGINNER’S MIND YOGA (11:15am)

Hasita Nadai MA, MS, Hasita is a Professional Registered Kripalu Yoga Teacher, RYT, and teaches yoga for children and adults. She has been teaching yoga at The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health since 1993. Hasita created a yoga that through the awareness of our body we become aware of our deep connection to planet and ultimately to the ‘Kosmos’ which is like us: matter, body, mind and spirit. She calls it YOGAGAIA.

Hasita has been guiding Yogagaia and hiking programs in the Italian Alps which in 2013 climaxed with Brahmani as a partner, the founder of The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health.

Hasita is a Reiki Master and practices Energetic Medicine Healing.


Chris Glover The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health Dobbs Ferry, NY


Tuesday MODERATE (9:15 am)

Friday GENTLE (9:30 am)

Chris Glover was certified at the New Age Center with master teacher Tao Porchon Lynch. She has taught yoga classes and workshops throughout Westchester and Rockland County since 1990. A former professional modern dancer and circus performer, her training includes Iyengar, Ashtanga, and Kripalu techniques. She is an E-RYT 500 and has received Level II Reiki Attunement. She is a certified gymnastic and circus acrobatic instructor. Chris’s lifelong exploration of movement has given her insights into the body as a vehicle, but it was yoga – the connection of all the different aspects of our selves – that completed the connection. It is a blessing to share the joy, light, and peace of yoga with all beings.

The body is the vehicle to understand and direct life on all levels.


Deborah Gorman The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health Dobbs Ferry NY


Tuesday ALL LEVELS (4:00pm)

Deborah Gorman says, “I wish for my students what I have found – transformation through yoga. Yoga slows us way down, teaches us to pay attention to the moment, helps us find a deep connection to caring and respecting our bodies, the planet and all life. We learn to stretch and strengthen our minds, bodies and hearts and to let go of what no longer serves us. Together, we bring our consciousness to our breathing, warm ups, postures and meditation. In so doing, we will release stress, promote greater spiritual and mental health and awaken to our own light and grace.” Deborah has been teaching for 17 years and is a RYT-500.


Donna Beauchamp



Monday GENTLE (9:30 am)

RN, Reiki Master

Donna Beauchamp first took yoga classes in the early 1970s as an antidote to a stressful job as a critical care nurse. Twenty years later, she endured major knee surgery, so she began a search for a style of yoga that would allow her to continue growing in her yoga practice. Lucky for her (and us) she found Kripalu!

Later, Donna studied with Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmonds at the 200 hr and 500 hr levels and also became a certified Reiki Master. Although it was not her original intention to become a teacher, she began leading classes in 2003, specializing in beginner, gentle and chair yoga.

It is especially gratifying to reach people who feel that they cannot do yoga because of physical challenges. Some of the most blessed moments of my life come at the end of classes when I look out at my students’ faces and see the peace and joy that they have found in their practice reflected back at me.

Patricia Castimore The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health Dobbs Ferry NY


Tuesday GENTLE (7:30 am)

Thursday MIXED LEVELS (9:30 am)

Patricia Castimore came to yoga in 2000 after a long and fulfilling career as a high school dance educator. She felt a calling to yoga throughout her career and upon retirement began her practice and studies

She completed her first yoga teacher training in 2003 and has been teaching yoga ever since. Her certifications include: 200 and 500 hour certifications in Journey Into Yoga with Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmunds who are on the staff at Kripalu as yoga teacher trainers; Yin/Yang Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu; Advanced Interdisciplinary Yoga Teacher Training at Nosara Yoga Institute with Don and Amba Stapleton; and a Reiki Master Degree in the Usui System of Reiki with Brahmani Liebman

Yoga has become a very rich practice. It continuous to teach and lead me deeper in all aspects of my life


Alice Shapiro, Reiki Master The Rivertown Center for Yoga & Health Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522


Monday REIKI Circle (7:00 pm) see calendar for specific dates.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation. Reiki means “spiritually guided life force energy.” It is based on the idea than an unseen life force energy flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. It can feel like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. You may feel more relaxed and have a sense of peace, security and well-being.

Alice is also a Registered 200 and 500 hour Yoga teacher since 2002 having studied with Brahmani Liebman and Jashoda Edmonds at The Rivertown Center.

Alice loves sharing Reiki and teaching gentle and chair Yoga to people of all ages.

Come to a session and experience this wonderful energy for yourself.


Click HERE to Register for YOGA Classes.

Click HERE to Register for WORKSKHOPS

          Click HERE to learn more about our different classes.