Mosaic is so much more than just a Yoga Studio. We believe that It is through our health and well-being that we unlock the gift that each of us carries in our unique structure. Through education and practices in well-being we become stronger and more connected as both individuals and members of a community. When we care for our health, we do a public service by bringing the best parts of us forward.
About Mosaic Studio Collective
A safe and welcoming space for all students looking to heal, learn and gather.
Our studio is a safe and welcoming space for all students. We welcome different body types, ages and ability levels. We aim to offer refuge from the stresses of daily life in a neutral space where you can heal, learn and gather with other community members. Come as you are and find your way back to your source. At Mosaic we believe that learning is a life-long process and that by learning about ourselves we gain access to the wisdom of life directly. Practices of yoga, meditation, dance, ayurveda and communication can expand our worldview and make us more aware of the culture we live in and how this culture impacts our overall health and experience day to day. By learning about our health and culture we have the opportunity to shift how we live in our bodies, local community and planet. In a culture where life is busy and often stressful we strive to offer a refuge from the stimulation and intensity of the Modern Age and we are dedicated to cultivating a community of healthy living, community connection, harmony with nature, celebration and joy.
The studio is located at 27 W. Main St. in Tumansburg, NY, in the back of the building. From Main St. find our enchanting alleyway between Word of Mouth Catering and Short’s Barbershop. Our door is in the back and on the left. Our space has beautifully refinished hardwood floors, natural light and high ceilings as well as props for you to use while you are here.
Our studio is a safe and welcoming space for all students. We welcome different body types, ages and ability levels. We aim to offer refuge from the stresses of daily life in a neutral space where you can heal, learn and gather with other community members. Come as you are and find your way back to your source.
“Mosaic really came together through the generosity and shared vision of a community of people. Without gifts and donations of time, money and needed items, I would not have been able to open this studio on my own. And so, it is my commitment to extend this generosity to my community so that the space can be a resource of healing, learning and connection for everyone who seeks it.”
We have a high quality air purifier and ask that students and teachers refrain from using highly scented or perfumed body products and in this way, welcome all those with chemical and air quality sensitivity.
It is our hope to make Mosaic accessible to all those in need and this is why we offer multiple donation based classes and free public events.
Rachel came to the practices of yoga and Ayurveda with the desire to heal. After her first year of practice she had undergone such a transformation in her health and state of mind she decided to dedicate her life to these practices. She is a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, Licensed Massage Therapist and Ayurvedic Practitioner. She has been teaching Anusara Yoga since 2005. She has been studying herbal medicine and Ayurveda for over 15 years and graduated from New World Ayurveda in 2018. She enjoys teaching with humor and a light heart and weaving storytelling with technical instruction to demystify the complexities of mind and body. She believes that we are each a channel of brilliance and through healing we open the door to our own greatest treasure.
Dr. Aida Sundarsingh grew up in Palm Beach, Florida where she graduated with her Bachelor’s in Biology and Public Health from the University of Central Florida. She relocated to Seneca Falls, New York where she graduated with her Doctorate in Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in July of 2017 and her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in April 2018. She has recently spent time abroad in the Zhejiang Province of China where she studied Traditional Chinese Medicine. Through periods of hardship and illness she has sought healing through holistic methods including chiropractic, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi, meditation, and prayer. Her extensive training in both Western Chiropractic Medicine and Eastern Chinese Medicine allows her to take a multi-dimensional approach to health and wellness.
Anna Root has been enjoying yoga and other physical practices since 1970. Yoga reminds her of the way she and her siblings played as children—“Hey, try this!” She practices simple yoga at home, and used it to recover her strength, stamina, and sense of fun after shingles.
Naomi spent years working in high-stress office jobs and her body and mind suffered for it. Her discovery of yoga, and the transformation that she experienced through it, has inspired her to bring its restorative power to those in similar stressful situations. When not teaching for her office yoga business, Briefcase Yoga, LLC, you can find her at Mighty Yoga, Flourish and Flow Yoga, and Cornell University. She is a 200hr Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT200). Besides being a yogi, she is a graphic designer, writer, and works in marketing. “I believe that every yoga pose tells us a story about how we have been treating ourselves, both physically and mentally. I like to remind students to listen to their inner wisdom while empowering them to take that insight off the mat and into their daily lives. Students can expect a positive vibe as we put things in perspective, set intention, reconnect to the breath, and exhale that stress!”
Anusara Elements Instructor and Studio Manager
Helen Tseng, graduate of Finger Lakes School of Massage, began her studies in Thai Yoga Massage at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY. She studied in depth in Thailand with Mr. Therdchai Chumphonpong (Mac) and in the States with Jonas Westring of Shantaya Yoga and Bodywork. Because of her love of the work, she began almost immediately to teach it and has taught for over 10 years. She also enjoys tablework, Qi-gong Healing and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in her private practice.
Originally from Ithaca, Zoe completed the Pilates Teacher Training Program with Amy Taylor Alpers, Rachel Taylor Segel, Cara Reeser, and Deb Kolwey at The Pilates Center in Boulder, CO. It was there that she was introduced to 3 of the lineages passed down from Joseph Pilates, which inspired her to study with 1st Generation Pilates Elder Kathy Grant while living and teaching in NYC.
In NYC Zoe also continued her Pilates and anatomy studies with Wendy Amos and Irene Dowd and expanded her movement offerings to include Yamuna Bodyrolling (through completion of the YBR training with Yamuna Zake) and Anusara yoga (she completed a teacher training program with Ellen Saltonstall, Lois Nesbitt and Julie Dohrman) and did The Khalsa Way Prenatal training with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa.
Most recently Zoe completed a training program in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy with John and Anna Chitty at The Colorado School of Energy Studies in Boulder, CO.
After 19yrs of teaching in NYC, The Hamptons, The Bay Area, Paris, Boulder, Southern California, and the Washington D.C. metro area, Zoe is now living and teaching here in the Finger Lakes, where she lives with her husband and young daughter. Zoe is also a graduate of Cornell University and attended North Carolina School of the Arts for ballet.
I took my first yoga class when I was 15 at Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, in Trumansburg, NY. I thought it was sort of odd and embarrassing, but even so I always remembered it and wanted to try another class. In high-school I was a runner and a martial artist. I was very athletic and competitive and injured myself several times. So by the time I found myself in my second yoga class, the summer after my sophomore year of college. I was in a lot of pain. I was 20 and I had no idea what I was getting myself into.
I started to feel better. I started to feel more confident in my body and personality and
“I started to put the pieces together why I felt the way I did”
I started to put the pieces together why I felt the way I did and how I could change my behavior and lifestyle in a way that was healing. It was a truly transformational time in my life. I began taking classes whenever I could and following my teachers to all of their training. It was in my first year of yoga that I met Sonam Targee, an Ayurvedic Doctor, and John Friend, the founder of Anusara Yoga. These two practices together have formed the path of my life.
It was during my time at college that I decided to become a yoga teacher and dedicate my life to this path of knowledge, transformation and unity. I feel deeply grateful to the many amazing teachers who have nurtured me along this journey. Since those early days I have studied anthropology, ayurveda, herbal medicine, massage, African Dance and the art and practice of Anusara Yoga.
I believe that we are each a brilliant channel of wisdom, love and creativity and so every single person has something truly unique and valuable to offer to the global community. I also believe that by caring for ourselves, our bodies, minds and hearts, we do a great service.
“I also believe that by caring for ourselves, our bodies, minds and hearts, we do a great service.”
It is through our health and well-being that we unlock the gift that each of us carries in our unique structure. It is my intention as a teacher of yoga to share everything I have learned about the human body, mind and heart as a path of healing and discovery for others. When we are well, we have access to the true gift of our Self and the courage necessary to share that gift with the world. When we practice yoga in community, we have all the support we need to follow this courageous path of the heart.
May we walk this path together, and create a world of beauty and peace.
Thank you for reading my story. May you be blessed with good health and the courage to follow your dreams.
WISDOM - INTEGRITY - OPENNESS
At Mosaic we strive to showcase our communities' immense talent and wisdom in the healing arts through regular weekly classes, seasonal workshops, advanced training and continuing education. We also aim to make this wealth accessible by offering both regular and periodic donation based classes. We value integrity and are committed to Mosaic being a safe space where everyone feels welcome, regardless of their body type, ability level, orientation, politics, religious beliefs, race or even previous training. It is you, our beautiful and diverse community that makes up the Mosaic of who we become as a studio. Come as you are!