The wonderful people who lead our classes

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Stephanie Nystrom - Owner

Stephanie Nystrom began practicing yoga in 2000. After experimenting with several styles (mostly Sivananda and Iyengar), she took her first Bikram Yoga class on a sweltering July day in 2003 and fell instantly in love. She deepened her Bikram practice while attending graduate school for Anthropology at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Then, one evening while studying, she came to the sudden realization that getting her Ph.D. was not really what she wanted to do with her life, and decided to become a yoga teacher. She attended the intensive Bikram Yoga teacher training in Los Angeles 2005 and taught extensively in the San Francisco Bay area before moving with her husband to the Hudson Valley in 2006. Since moving to the area, she has taught in local studios as well as the Bikram Yoga studio in Danbury, Connecticut. She is very passionate about Bikram Yoga (which she practiced through two pregnancies) and is so honored to be able to share this practice with the Hudson Valley.

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Shulin Chinilson

Shulin attended Bikram’s teacher training in 2003 in Beverly Hills, CA and taught full-time in the San Francisco Bay Area for three years. She trained and coached for yoga competitions, placing in the Bay Area regional 2004 – 2005 and competing nationally in 2004. Shulin currently teaches Bikram’s basic and advanced classes, and is available for privates. She is also trained in vinyasa and restorative yoga, meditation, and Reiki levels I, II and III. When not in the hot room, Shulin works at the Omega Institute as Community Life Manager, integrating yoga and life coaching to support the staff in their practice of compassionate service.


Susan Grover

Susan Grover has practiced yoga for 25 years and became a trained and certified yoga instructor in 2009.  Since then, she has taught Warm Gentle Yoga, Hot Whole-Body Yoga, Yoga for Hikers,  Yoga for Cyclists, and classes for other specialized groups.

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Erin Fritts

Erin completed her 200 hour teacher training at Yoga Oasis in Woodbury, Long Island. Her training focused on Hot Hatha Yoga: a mixture of Bikram, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga Yoga. Erin is a passionate artist and a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, where she studied Art as a Source of Healing. She channels her creative energy into her yoga practice, teaching yoga and teaching art and music classes for children. Erin also designs yoga mats, jewelry and children’s books.