Angela Galofaro & Gigi Coburn
Welcome to Estudio Hot Yoga & Barre Fitness. After taking over ownership of Estudio in July 2014, my goal always has been and will continue to be to provide a beautiful safe space and an oppourtunity for our clients to transform their lives through the practice of Hot Yoga & Barre Fitness. I have been a successful business owner in the Capital District for over 25 years. After successfully owning and operating Angela’s Bridal for 20 years, the stress was affecting my health and I knew it was time to move on. I sold the business and took the much needed time to unwind, be with my family, spend LOTS of time with my daughter, and try some new fun things! I started practicing Hot Yoga and was immediately hooked. A mutual friend (who I will be forever grateful for) introduced Emily and I and negotiations began for me to purchase Estudio and take it to the next level. I guess you could say I am a business women who LOVES Hot Yoga & Barre Fitness. I feel so blessed each and every day for finally having found a new passion in which I can bring my business background to, watch the amazing growth happening at Estudio and see all the beautiful smiling faces I get to see each and every day at the studio, all while having found the balance of business ownership and having time with my family and beautiful daughter, who is also very involved with Estudio, handling all of Estudios social media! It gives me no greater joy then to see the benefits Hot Yoga & Barre Fitness brings to our clients lives and I will continue to support you in your own personal journeys through the amazing practice called Yoga. Love and Belief, Angela
Emily Clausi Lawson
Emily has always loved sports, movement, and fitness. Emily graduated cum laude from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Movement. After graduation Emily moved to New Jersey to develop employee fitness and wellness programs for a major pharmaceutical company. A growth opportunity brought her next to an investment bank in the heart of Manhattan, where she helped launch and direct a state of the art fitness program and facility for 4,000 relocated employees. After four years of hustle and bustle, Emily moved to Albany to be closer to family and raise her son Joseph. She continued working in the field of corporate fitness at various General Electric wellness centers in the Capital District. She took the risk to out on her own and opened the Capital Districts first Hot Yoga Studio, Estudio, in February of 2007. With the inspiration and support of her yoga mentor, and facing her fears, the risk paid off and Emily went on to make Estudio a success. After running Estudio for 8 successful years, Emily decided to focus on her teaching and spending more time at home with her family. Emily sold Estudio in July of 2014, but still remains an integral part of the business and continues to teach exclusively for Estudio!
Sports and fitness have always been a part of Sachi’s life. A native of Los Angeles, CA she was a gymnast for 16 years and a dancer for 8 years. Sachi was a Division-1 Athlete at the University of Denver and team captain of the gymnastics team her senior year, where she graduated with a degree in Biology. With a full-time job working with the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets, starting up a family business, and relocation, Sachi found yoga to not only bring a physical practice but an outlet to relieve stress and to clear her mind. Sachi moved to the Capital District 4 years ago, where she’s the Director of Marketing for Athletics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. With encouragement and support from family and friends, Sachi is thrilled to share her energy, strength, calm and passion for yoga and fitness with Everyone
Emilia received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2009. After briefly feeling stifled by an office job at an art agency in NYC, Emilia moved to Alaska to work aboard a commercial fishing vessel. Once the season ended she decided to travel and spent a couple of years abroad exploring and working in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. A friend recommended that she try yoga after sustaining a back injury from snowboarding and the healing aspects were undeniable. Emilia received her 200 hour certification under Nancy Candea at Purple Om Yoga in New Jersey. Yoga has become a playful escape from the rigidity of her graduate school work and she loves guiding students through a lighthearted practice that builds strength, flexibility, and focus.
Sonya began teaching step aerobics in 2001. She now teaches Barre, Spin and Kickboxing. Sonya is certified in AFAA Group Exercise, Personal Training, Kettlebells, Spinning, Les Mills Body Pump and Barre. Sonya teaches Barre at Estudio. Sonya works at St. Peter’s Hospital as a Physician Assistant in Thoracic Surgery. Sonya loves running marathons, competing in triathlons, being with her son and husband, and is expecting another baby boy!
Renee Pizzo Roy
Renee has certification in Les Mills:Body Pump, Body Flow, Spinning and Barre Fitness and teaches classes in all! Renee has a Masters Degree in Social Welfare. Renee’s goals for members is to create a nourishing environment in class where members can safely challenge their minds/bodies to assist them in achieving their fitness goals. Most of all, allowing their fitness journey to be enjoyable where they can increase their self-awareness along with their self-acceptance. Renee enjoys Hiking with her dogs, Yoga, Cycling, Running, Snowshoeing, Kayaking and finding her full potential both mentally and physically.
Renee’s favorite quote is ” All we need is a grove to move our feet and a song to make the spirits soar” – Mickey Hart
Kaitlyn has always been a major advocate of fitness as an aide for healing the mind and body. A passion for exercise has continued to motivate her to try new ways of challenging herself athletically. As an avid runner, Kaitlyn began looking for something to strengthen her flexibility and tone targeted muscle groups. One Barre class at EStudio was all it took to get her hooked! It didn’t take long before she decided that being an instructor was the next step in her journey. She completed Emily Lawson’s Barre training and AFAA Group Exercise certification in 2012 and continues to bring variety and strengthening practices to her classes. Through teaching, Kaitlyn was introduced to the art of yoga. After years of being a student, she felt inspired to join the yoga teacher community. Under the teachings of the ever inspiring Justin Wolfer, Kaitlyn completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in July of 2014. She is humbled to have a home at EStudio and share her love of yoga, exercise and community with others.
Albany native Katie Collins teaches a strong vinyasa flow with a focus on foundation and alignment, making balancing and inversions more accessible, mindful and most importantly, fun! Katie completed her 200 hour YTT in the summer of 2013 under the guidance of Justin Wolfer and quickly learned what it meant to embrace her practice with mind, body, and SOUL! Along with the physical practice and teachings of yoga, Katie also has a passion for holistic living and is now in her second year of nursing school. Her classes are a dynamic flow that will incorporate human body awareness with a sprinkle of strong core work, flexibilty, and the journey towards inversions. Katie is also a regular blogger for Elephant Journal, an ambassador for BOGA paddleboards, Jade Yoga Mats, and a representative for GTS Clothing and her own personal journey, Meet Katie on the Mat!
As a 200 hour certified yoga instructor, Randi teaches a Vinyasastyle yoga class. Her yoga teaching led her to study at the Lotus Palm School in Montreal and became certified in Thai Yoga Bodywork. Randi is also a certified movement specialist as she incorporates the functional movement system (FMS) in her personal training. Her certification in fitness training also includes Hardstyle Kettlebell Certification (HKC), Primal Moves and Original Strength (OS) certification.
Sheila has had an incredible passion for fitness since she was a young teenager. Until recently, her training and practice, both on and off the mat, have only been a personal endeavor. After decades as a student herself, she recently stepped out of her comfort zone and into the front of the classroom as a Barre/Fitness instructor. She was fortunate to trainunder the original owner of Estudio, Emily Lawson. Sheila is excited to grow as an instructor and share her knowledge, passion and energy for barre, yoga & fitness. Shefeels fortunate to be a part of the Estudio team. She believes, without question, that fitness is one of the key components of a balanced life.
Deborah Bleau received her 200 hour YTT certificate May 2016, at EStudio with Ashley Colloton Loescher.
She is currently teaching Gentle Vinyasa Flow at EStudio. Her classes are designed for all levels of yoga with the theme of the class changing every week (hips, arm support, balancing, etc.) The class is also designed to help students understand how to move through each pose, focusing on how to position your body into each asana.
A California native, Ginny has always led an active lifestyle. She grew up a competitive gymnast and enjoys spending time outdoors, at the beach and on the water. She graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Finance and worked in the corporate world prior to starting her family. Ginny found yoga through the sport of figure skating. Looking for a way to train smarter rather than harder, she tried a class. To her surprise, the benefits of yoga extended far beyond the physical; she found the mental benefits equally if not more important as a means of relieving both stress and anxiety. Ginny completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training under the guidance of Justin Wolfer. Inspired and encouraged by her teachers and fellow students and friends, she began teaching and has truly found her passion. Ginny teaches a strong and powerful Vinyasa flow with an emphasis on connecting the mind, body and breath. She especially enjoys working with athletes; she works with several high school and youth sports teams and teaches Yoga for Athletes at EStudio. Her classes are designed for students of all levels. With every class, she aims to leave her students feeling calm, refreshed and empowered.
Amanda is a native of Latham, NY attending both Shaker High School and then graduated from Siena College with a degree in Marketing Management. Amanda currently works fulltime for Key Bank in Albany. Amanda started as a client of Estudio and now is our front desk support and an integral part of our team. Amanda’s family is a major part of her life. Amanda enjoys running and practicing yoga. You will see Amanda at our front desk often, as well as on her mat at Estudio.
Bill’s spiritual search led him to yoga and Buddhism in 2005. In 2015 the discovery of Ashtanga led further to an understanding of simple, focused, mindful living through the 8 limbs of yoga. His personal practice and teaching continue in the tradition of this regimented style to strengthen the body, still the mind and enliven the spirit. His teaching method is designed to provide students with the tools needed to build a strong personal practice both on and off the mat. Bill completed his RYT-200 training with Ashley Colloton Loescher in May of 2016 and his RYT-500 (300 additional hours) training with Justin Wolfer in August of 2016.