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 45 E. Main St. We do have doors facing Main St. but these doors enter directly into our practice space, so for most classes and workshops we do ask that you enter from the back of the building. Follow the signs to our purple door.
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.
A little bit about me and my relationship to dance: eight years ago, I took a creative writing class at Ithaca College with Katharyn Machan, who also offered a class at Longview called “Belly Dancing with the Elderly and Writing about It.” I chose to attend the class and started going every week. I loved this fun delightful activity that brought community and joy. My hero was a woman named Thea, a woman who belly dances even at 100 years old. She smiles and announces, “I am the sun goddess!” What a woman! I started gaining more interest and began taking classes at The CSMA, and then began performing with the belly dancing troupe Mirage. We’ve done the Ithaca Festival for years now, Wizarding Weekend, Apple Fest, you name it . . . not to mention touring the nursing homes of Upstate NY and Northern PA and putting on performances for the residents! We also do story dancing and perform annually at the New York State Fairy Festival. For the past four years, I have been teaching in multiple capacities–weekly with beginners at the Ukrainian Club in Elmira, NY; weekly at Tompkins County Mental Health as part of a movement-based therapy workshop; weekly at The Jenkins Center for Hope and Recovery, where I worked with adults with severe and persistent mental illness using movement as therapeutic recreation; as part of the Ithaca Freeskool, and for independent events and collaborations (Fairy Festivals, Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, summer camps, The New York State Fair). I have had participants as young as 2 and as old as 100; I believe in the accessibility of dance spanning all generations, abilities, orientations, colors, creeds, etc. Dance has healed me in many ways, and I am happy to continue passing this healing energy on to anyone who is interested. I am passionate about dance for mental health and wellness as well as physical strength, confidence, community, and joy, and it would be an honor to work with you.
Get curious about how your yoga practice can support you in everyday life, cultivating strength, flexibility, and balance both internally and externally. Erica is passionate about guiding individuals through a grounding practice that explores moving and breathing with freedom and joy. All are welcome in this supportive space to playfully and compassionately connect with your mind, body, and spirit. Erica is a 200hr registered vinyasa-flow yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance. She honors all the teachers in her life and is excited to continue learning from and growing with the Mosaic community.
Miranda Gehris started her yoga journey holding a feather and reciting the intention of “change” as her personal mantra. At the age of 26 she recounts her first yoga class as a painful one. Struggling with obesity and debilitating health conditions, yoga was a long off dream. In this first exposure to the practice , Miranda was given a feather and asked to set an intention for taking yoga. “Change” was the only word that came to mind. Change was what she needed. Three years later after a long spiraling journey, that intention had come true in many ways. Change had brought with it great losses but also beautiful gifts. One such gift was the opportunity to take a 200-hour Anusara yoga teacher program. Miranda now sits in the seat of a teacher, a role that she never dreamed possible. She seeks to share her deepening connection to the Universe and to all beings; while teaching others how to dream a new life into existence.
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.
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.
Debbi J. Payne
“My inner critic gives me vital information about my needs.” DJP
Debbi J. Payne is a retired Town Justice, former School Board Member, Mediation Educator, aspiring NVC (Nonviolent Communication) Trainer and Seeker. As a single mother, she gave up a career of cleaning bathrooms in the middle of the night to return to school, acquired a Paralegal AAS, History BA and a Masters in Adult Ed. Debbi’s 11 year practice of Anusara Yoga led her to the wisdom of her body. Her studentship of NVC for over 2 decades revealed her authentic voice. She lives with the love of her life, Jerry, her son, Shane and rescue dog, Amber.
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!