About Our Teachers

Elizabeth (Libby) Yokum, L.C.S.W., R.Y.T. 200
is a certified Hatha Yoga teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) Yoga Alliance (200 hours), She has completed the Professional Training, Internship, and Teacher Development Intensive in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction at the Stress Reduction Clinic, University of Massachusetts and the Professional Training with continued teacher training in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy with Zindal Siegal and Ferris Urbanowski. With Yoga teacher certifications from both Solar Yoga/ Universal Great Brotherhood and from Todd Norian, she offers Hatha Yoga classes in a mindfulness style.  In addition, Libby offers Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) groups and workshops and the LOTUS Program: a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Program for Women which she developed in recent years. Teaching both in and out of the studio, she has worked with Luis Sierra and Libby Yokumvarious agencies and organizations throughout the Northern New York region. Libby is also a psychotherapist in private practice, working in the Plattsburgh area for over 30 years.

Luis F. Sierra, Ph.D., R.Y.T. 500
is a certified  Integral Yoga teacher, Registered Yoga Teacher(RYT) Yoga Alliance (500 hours). He has completed both the Professional Training and Teacher Development Intensive in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the Stress Reduction Clinic, University of Massachusetts. In addition to his work at ADK Yoga , he works with individuals and  has taught at Third Age Center, SUNY; Vilas Home; Lake Forest; Pine Harbour; Hospice; caregivers and people in service professions; Cardiac & pulmonary patients at University of Vermont Health Network, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital; Northern Insuring Company, Pfizer and staff of several local companies and businesses. For ten years, prior to moving to the North Country in 2005, he had a private practice in New York City teaching Yoga, Mindfulness & Stress Reduction. Among his employers were:  Beth Israel Medical Center, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Fordham Law School & NY Dept. for the Aging. He has worked privately with people of all ages dealing with heart disease, cancer, dementia, addiction/recovery, anxiety and other chronic health conditions. He also develops programs for businesses and organizations interested in contributing to staff well-being and productivity.

Our Substitute Teachers

Britt-Marie McDowell, RYT 200
Britt McDowellcompleted her Hatha yoga teacher training certification in 2001 (Yoga Institute of Houston) and certification in  children’s yoga in 2006 (Radiant Child). In 2013 Britt completed certification in Trauma Sensitive Yoga (Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute). Britt has been studying and practicing yoga since 1989 and her teaching is influenced by her background in Iyengar yoga, Kripalu style yoga, yoga therapeutics  and in mindfulness practices. In addition to her substitute teaching at ADK Yoga, Britt offers classes in Trauma Sensitive Yoga . She can be reached at brittmcdowell@charter.net or by phone at 518-324-3200. 



Barb Mitchell, Certified Yoga Teacher 200,

began regular yoga practice in 2000. Wanting to learn more about yoga philosophy she completed a 100 hour immersion with Todd Norian and Ann Green in 2010. In 2011 she completed 200 hour teacher training at Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas. Barb has also attended trainings and workshops with Deb Neubauer, Martin Kirk, Amy Weintraub, Carol Krucoff, Kimberley Carson, Ellen Saltonstall and Yin Yoga training with Josh Summers.




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