We’re Steve and Laurie Thomas. We didn’t just wake up one day and decide to change our lives for the better. It was a journey that began with self discovery.
A couple years ago, Laurie went to the Chopra Center with no real expectations, just looking for some relaxation. The 6 days that followed included some of the hardest emotional work she’s ever done, and it wound up changing her life forever.
After sessions one evening, Laurie phoned Steve to tell him how special the place made her feel. She couldn’t quite put things into words but wanted him to experience the place too. Steve politely declined. The next morning, though, he called to say he’d had a change of heart. He wanted to do it. Steve realized how important it was to Laurie and wanted to offer his full support.
Long story short, Steve quit his job. They sold their home. They traveled across North America. Met new friends, and most importantly, experienced a total change in in lifestyle both physically and spiritually. Along the way they found their calling, their purpose—to help you find yours.
Laurie Thomas, B.A. Psychology, CPC, RMT
Laurie is a Professional Certified Coach who specializes in assisting individuals who wish to bring clarity and understanding to their life story. Utilizing her background in psychology, art, meditation, and education Laurie helps her clients create a life path that fulfills their passions and dreams.
“It is very important for the client to know that they are in charge of their life. I am here to help them weave beauty and light into their life by being a compassionate and empathetic guide. Sometimes that may involve teaching the client how to meditate, finding answers through art, journaling, or learning stress release techniques. Each individual is a unique and beautiful soul and I honor them and their path.”
Laurie holds a BA in Psychology and Education, is a Reiki Master Teacher, EFT Practitioner, and Meditation Teacher. She is also a self-taught artist with her work in private collections throughout the United States and Canada.
In oneself lies the whole world and if you know how to look and learn, the door’s there and the key is in your hand. Nobody on earth can give you either the key or the door to open, except yourself.
Steven Thomas, B.S. Industrial Engineering, M.A. Teaching, CPC
Steve is a teacher and Certified Life Coach with a passion for helping people find a balanced healthy lifestyle. With a background in engineering, information systems development, and teaching, Steve can communicate the complicated principals of Ayurvedic science into understandable and easy to apply habits that will improve your life. Having a focused project-oriented mind also helps with planning and implementing life-changing processes customized for each client.
Rita Grant, Certified Kripalu Yoga & Meditation Teacher
Rita has trained in Yoga and Meditation with Dinabandhu & Illa Sarley the former CEO & President of Kripalu. She began her teacher training with Randal Williams & Robyn Ross at Kripalu Center for Health & Wellness.
Her practice began 25 years ago with Vadita Machesiello a very spirited yoga teacher from Kripalu. Her practice continued to develop over many years of practice with her teacher Mana Behan. Rita considers both these women to be the greatest influence & inspirations for her own teachings and yoga practice.
Her journey into Yoga & Health & Wellness began 25 years ago when she became pregnant with her 1st child. She was highly motivated to have “natural births”. Yoga taught her how to truly listen to her body. She learned how to relax and to trust her body allowing it to flow naturally with the process. She became certified as a prenatal yoga exercise instructor through Elizabeth Noble in 1992. Over the years she has encouraged many women to experience a natural birth and trust their bodies.
She is experienced in teaching a wide variety of population. She began teaching Kids Yoga in the schools over 20 years ago and currently enjoys teaching Seniors Yoga and Pre-schoolers Yoga.
She’s enjoyed teaching in Colleges as well. The nursing students at SUNY Adirondack as well as quieting the minds of young entrepreneurs at Babson College in Boston.
Rita has also enjoyed working with many athletes over the years, from SRA Saratoga Rowing Association supporting these nationally ranked rowers to cyclist across NY State on her 400-mile Erie Canal rides, to working with the Wounded Warriors.
Rita truly feels yoga has added so much to her life personally. Much more than words can express! It has truly helped her remain calm, centered and balanced over the years while raising 3 kids and running a graphics business with her husband.
She believes that yoga helps people develop a better relationship with themselves which in return helps them develop better relationships with others.
Her passion and enthusiasm for Yoga shine through when you’re in her presence!
She can be reached at 518-424-7378 or email email@example.com
Her Yoga website is www.Ritagrantyoga.com