Our Newburgh Teachers
Owner & Director - Alyssa Scalora
Alyssa is the very proud owner and operator of Alma Yoga. She discovered yoga 13 years ago after finally agreeing to her best friends plea to accompany her to a hot yoga class. Yoga turned out to be the missing piece to her puzzle. Alyssa began taking hot yoga classes regularly and knew almost immediately that she needed to make yoga a bigger part of her life. The opportunity to become a certified yoga instructor came her way and without hesitation, she enrolled. The training, which taught her much more than just asanas on a mat, changed Alyssa's life completely. After 3 of the most challenging yet rewarding months of her life, Alyssa received her 200 hour Hot Hatha Certification through Fireshaper (formerly Hot Yoga NJ) in 2011 under the guidance of Jody Domerstad, Alyssa's lifelong guru and inspiration. In 2013, Alyssa left her job in Corporate America to pursue her dreams of teaching yoga full time. Her dreams came to life when she took over Alma Yoga in 2014. Alyssa's passion for living a happy life shines through in each of her classes. It is easy to see that she has found her passion in the practice and her goal in life is to spread the word of yoga and to allow yoga to empower others the way it has empowered her.
Susan began her yoga practice 15 years ago but did not discover her deeper passion for it until 2011 when her father passed away. She was looking for a way to get back to being herself, so she immersed herself into her yoga practice. On the mat, she not only got back to being herself, but she found a better version of herself in the process and was able to heal along the way. Susan completed her 200-hour YTT under the guidance of Alma's own Alyssa Scalora and the amazing Jody Domerstad. Where Susan loves all things yoga she really enjoys deep stretch, meditation, restorative, and yin practices. Come join Susan and learn how to calm your mind and body on and off the mat.
Ishia Wilson is a 200 hour certified e-RYT. Ishia has been teaching locally for nearly a decade and is motivated and inspired to teach practitioners of all levels. Prior to becoming a yoga teacher, she received her BFA in Theatre & Dance and had a colorful career performing and producing dance all over the country. Well versed in Vinyasa and Hot Yoga Practices, as well as being Prenatal Certified, Ishia teaches a unique class that fuses all of her past experience into a sweaty, transformative asana experience that is not to be missed.
Stephanie fell in love with yoga when she moved to the Hudson Valley from Brooklyn. She had always been a "gym rat" but once she hit the mat she knew that yoga was the discipline she needed and craved. As an experienced high school teacher, she jumped at the chance to be able to combine her love of yoga with her passion for teaching. She completed her Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hour training in 2013. She is a lover of all styles of yoga!
As a native New Yorker and an ex athlete - I learned at a young age that physical movement was my sacred space. I fell in love with the practice of Yoga in 2012 and completed my 200-Hr Yoga Teaching Training in 2017. With a strong foundation in Vinyasa, and HIIT movements - I incorporate subtle strength, flexibility, and breath work to help encourage my students to find their own flow and fall in love with how their body is able to move.
Beginning on the living room rug as a teenager with my mom, I practiced yoga on and off for years. In 2012 , this shifted into a consistent practice, when Alyssa Scalora, from Alma Yoga, taught a class at BootCamp , which drove me back into the practice I once loved. Receiving my 200 YRT from Alma allowed me to combine 25+ years as an educator, with my spiritual journey. Additional trainings in Reiki I & II; Yin and Restorative ; and Flow School , helps to provide students the chance to explore building strength, flexibility, persistence as well as deep reflection; working toward a better understanding of themselves.