Samantha has studied yoga in the Iyengar and Ayurvedic style for 15 years. She is a E-500 RYT and certified to teach 500 hour yoga teacher trainings and continuing education for yoga teachers. Samantha teaches workshops on yoga and anatomy, alignment and sequencing of yoga, modification for injury, prenatal yoga, and understanding the chakras through asana, chanting, pranayama and meditation. She creates curriculum for yoga teacher training programs and healing arts school. Samantha is the lead teacher and director of education at the Costa Rica School of Yoga.
Samantha holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State University in biological science, with an emphasis on anatomy and physiology. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004 and is a certified E-500 RYT yoga instructor. Her passion is teaching and sharing knowledge about the human body. Her comprehensive massage training includes deep tissue, structural integration, myofascial, pre- and post-natal, lymphatic, and trigger point therapy. She recently began training in cranial sacral therapy.
Samantha has extensive experience working with injury and rehabilitation, buttressed by her clinical and sports massage training. Samantha has gained over 1500 hours of clinical experience working in an occupational health clinic, under the guidance of Dr. Karen Weisman, MD. She also spent several years working as a doula and assisting women in childbirth using massage, herbs and breathing techniques.
She has taught musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, pathology, body mechanics, and massage technique in various massage schools, doula trainings and yoga teacher trainings.
Tess is a 200- RYT yoga instructor who studied with Samantha and Peggy at the CR School of Yoga. She served first as a teaching assistant for the program. She teaches yoga classes at the massage school in Samara as well as to the local youth. Tess is also a licensed massage therapist who is passionate about body movement and leading an active life.
Tess is also the Director of Operations at CRSMT. After graduating from Lehigh University, where she studied Accounting and Finance and was the captain of the women’s lacrosse team, Tess traveled extensively throughout the United States, New Zealand and Kenya for nearly a year and half. While in Kenya, she worked for a micro-finance organization helping to launch small businesses. Tess first came to Samara to work for Asociacion CREAR, a local non-profit organization, in June of 2012 as a continuation of her Master’s thesis work in Kenya. In December of 2012 she graduated from SUNY Albany with a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and quickly returned to Samara to pick up where she left off. In January of 2014 Tess joined the CRSMT team, excited and ready to put her unique set of skills to work. She is an integral part of the staff providing support to both instructors and students as they embark upon a new chapter of their lives. She also continues to work closely with CREAR as a program leader and board member. She is passionate about holistic living, traveling, and working with children. She also loves to be outdoors, hiking, playing soccer or surfing.