Who We Are
Harland is the owner and founder of Eternal Bliss Yoga Center. He views his space at Eternal Bliss as Yoga for Everybody and Every Body. Here’s what Harland wants you to know…
If first impressions are everything, and I only have one chance to get you super jazzed about Yoga (and hopefully Yoga with us, but getting you jazzed about Yoga in general is cool too). Okay, so first impressions, here we go: I'm Harland, and I opened up this Space. And yes, it is capitalized because it is that important! I didn't open up a business; I opened up a Space for people. Years ago, I was a different person, with certain struggles/issues--insomnia, little bit of a temper, etc.--we all have our stuff, am I right? Through some kind of miracle, accident, universal blessing, luck, or effort, however you view how things work out in life is your own business, but own my answer is in there. Anyway, somehow I stumbled onto this Yoga path, and it really changed my life, in more ways than I ever thought. I won't get into too many details since I want to keep you interested in Yoga. So here's a bonus: you get FREE samples of stuff!!! (I do try though; the free samples aren't a ploy.)
Continue reading about about Harland's path and his love for yoga at the bottom of the page under “More from Harland...”
Beth discovered yoga in 2001, practicing mainly with yoga DVDs. Years later, she continues to have a regular home practice but also enjoys sampling the wide variety of studios and teachers available in the area. In October 2015, Beth completed a 200-hour teacher training certification with Aimee Senise Connors. Beth is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) with Yoga Alliance and also a Certified Restorative Yoga Instructor.
Beth is a licensed clinical psychologist (PhD), and her almost 25 years of experience as a psychologist inform her yoga teaching. Beth places a strong focus on the mind-body connection. She emphasizes fundamental asana (physical postures) plus breathing techniques (pranayama) and basic meditation. It is Beth's sincere hope that yoga will provide her students with benefits both on AND off the mat. Beth strives to make her classes accessible to all.
In addition to teaching yoga at EBYC, Beth works full-time at SUNY Geneseo, where she provides therapy to college students and teaches a weekly yoga class on campus. On Saturdays, you can often find her teaching "Mind, Body, and Brew" yoga classes at various locations.
From Rochester, Emma, was first introduced to Yoga at a young age during a ballet class. Emma has a deep rooted dance background, which is the foundation of her skill and love for the art of movement. Emma, went on to Clearwater, Florida where she found her passion for Yoga by the inspiration of her teacher, Ally Ford. Through Ally, Emma studied Ashtanga Yoga, in which she found a connection and appreciation to the traditional background of the practice and philosophy of Ashtanga.
Emma's classes are made to make everyone feel at ease and comfortable, by giving adjustments and variations. She has also began her studies in Reiki, incorporating this healing method into her classes. Emma is focused on truth, compassion, mindfulness, creativity and intuition, emphasizing that our practice is internal, and there is no greater teacher then the one within. Emma is grateful and excited to have the opportunity to delve deeper into the wisdom of her personal development, while spreading her love of Yoga!
Jen is a Registered Yoga Teacher (200 RYT). Jen enjoys focusing on the spiritual aspect of yoga and allowing the asana practice to be the vessel or catalyst for this spirituality. Jen knows that there are endless lessons we can learn about ourselves while on the yoga mat, and she works hard to find new ways to embody these lessons in day to day life. For Jen personally, she’s benefited in innumerable ways from developing her practice and loves to help others find those same benefits.
Jen’s gentle flow yoga classes aim to bring her students closer to knowing themselves through the poses. Her classes are designed to cultivate a deeper personal awareness both physically and mentally. When Jen is not teaching yoga, she is teaching high school theatre in the Rochester City School District and gains great pleasure in cultivating this same self awareness in her students through drama. Jen also deepens her own practice by taking yoga classes and meditating daily. Jen continues to finds ways to connect to life and the universe through hiking, camping, jogging, being in nature as much as possible, and finding the magic in every moment.
Ana is an E-RYT 200 RYT 500 YACEP with Yoga Alliance who has completed over 900 hours in yoga teacher trainings. Her first introduction to yoga was as an early teen and began practicing regularly at 19. She believes in using correct physical alignment to help facilitate deeper energetic and mental connection. She truly believes yoga has the power to change your life by allowing you to empower yourself and connect with yourself.
Ana specializes in alignment based classes and asana workshops but includes all eight limbs of yoga into both her teachings and her daily practice. Her influences come from Anusara, Iyengar, and Ashtanga Yoga, having studied under Francois Raoult, Aimee Senise Conners, Kino MacGregor, David Williams, and her main teachers, Gokulacandra Das, Jayananda Das, and Masley Yahya.
More from Harland...
Yes, Yoga has impacted my life greatly and I can promise you one thing, if you practice Yoga, it will impact yours as well. I'm going to be honest with you, and I need to represent what real Yoga is all about. To me, it's whatever YOU want it to be about. Remember, this is a Space, and more important than anything, it's YOUR SPACE. I didn't open up a Yoga business; I opened up a Space for US. That angry insomniac still lives within me. I am still practicing with you. So when you go to a Yoga class, you get to choose what your desire for the practice of Yoga is. If you want to practice Yoga for flexibility, range of motion, movement, strengthening, body sculpting reasons, great--let me unroll a mat for you. If you're coming to class because you're one more stolen sandwich at work away from going berserk, here, let me get you a free oat bar and unroll a mat for you. If you just need a hiding place from the kids, significant other, government, let me unroll a mat for you. To me, Yoga is special and very Sacred, yes I'll make a few jokes, but Yoga is real. So if you're coming to Yoga to go on that spiritual journey, what better place to "be still and know that I am God," and yes, I will unroll TWO mats, one for you and one for the Soul.
I want to be honest, Yoga does not perfect; Yoga really does its best to help us get through life the best we can. It's your gym, therapist, and church all in the same building. So again, whatever you decide to do with your class time is up to you. And this is another area I just want to touch on because I want to get you excited about Yoga. Class is going to be generally about an hour and fifteen minutes. THAT IS YOUR TIME. If you've taken class with me, you know how passionate I am about this. This is one hour and fifteen minutes that YOU ARE FREE. Now stay with me here, close your eyes, and take a breath, without that voice talking to you. That's freedom. Thats Mel Gibson playing William Wallace, getting quartered, screaming FREEDOM, kind of freedom. That was dark and I'm sorry--but honestly imagine a time where there's no worries, no fears, no doubts, no diseases, no bullies, no pain, no suffering, no anxiety, no bills, no marital troubles, no work, no kids, no shopping, no to do list. And I'm not talking about hiding from life; you do have to go back to "life" after class. Rather, I'm hoping with Yoga, we might be able to learn some tricks to help with our situations. But for that hour or so, none of that stuff exists. You certainly may plan and worry during class. Trust me, you will at times. You're gonna have plenty of space to do that. But hopefully you will choose different. Hopefully you will choose yourself. I tell people that all the time. If you're in class and thinking about work, do you really value work over yourself? Because again, it's your time and it's totally a choice to spend that time doing and thinking about whatever. But remember, this is for YOU, this is YOUR SPACE, how dare you bring work into this. Yoga is for YOU, something you're doing for yourself. I need you to get little selfish here. It's the one place on the entire planet it's okay to be selfish. I know this may seem weird. You're doing Yoga For You, and it's about you. The family will reap the benefits, but you don't do it for them and you don't think about them while you do Yoga because that thinking is going to take you to planning, remembering, worrying, future, past, missing out on the moment that you have for yourself.
I'm getting a little too deep here so let's reel it in and we can explore some other pages.
At the end of the day Yoga is awesome, but you have to experience it. Give it an honest try. Go a couple of times with no expectations. Go be free.
Again I just want you to practice Yoga. There's a lot of great studios and teachers out there. We have some solid folk over here as well. I'm okay with wherever you decide to go. But please let me leave you with this in case our paths never cross:
THIS IS ABOUT LIFE. This is about our connection to what's happening in us, to us, around us. Stop and take it in. Life is flying by. Sure Yoga can help with things like sore backs and sleep, but it made me LOVE BEING ALIVE. I just want to be breathing. We know how unbelievably rough this Earth place can be sometimes. Yoga reminds us to appreciate the life we have. I feel so grateful to be alive. Not everyone gets to be whatever age you are as you read this. Do Yoga or don't, but please LIVE. PLEASE. Yoga is more than downward dog; it's about the connection to what's going on. Use your senses to experience life. Stop trying to capture it--experience it. Do Yoga while watching the sunset. Do Yoga while having a conversation. Do Yoga while eating. That's all I really care about when you come to Eternal Bliss Yoga Center. I want you to be happy. I want you to love being alive and just breathing. Don't wait for the vacation to feel free. Feel free in January and when then temperature is five degrees below zero. Don't wait for Friday to be happy when it's only Monday. We really have to connect to our lives as much as possible. Close your eyes and taste the food. Step outside and breathe it in.
Alright I gotta go. Peace and Love. Check us out.