About

alula n. A specialized structure of the upper leading edge of a bird’s wing that consists of a tuft of short, stiff flight feathers attached to the movable first wing digit corresponding to the thumb and that facilitates flight, landing, and maneuverability at slow speeds.

While easy to overlook, the alula is essential to a modern bird’s aerodynamics. — Tom Walters

Alula Collective is a merging of individuals and modalities to cultivate a healthy, more joyful life. Like nature, life is full of opposing forces working to disrupt our delicately balanced rhythms.

Here at Alula, we’ve got a few techniques that better integrate the polarities of life so that you too can maneuver through life a little more gracefully.

Teachers

Katie Beitler
Why yoga?  
Yoga is a rhythmic and intuitive dance partner. It moves with you. It listens to your body and adjusts to both support and confront you. It can heal you physically, and yoga can absolutely heal you mentally. Yoga has supported me for nearly a decade. When I needed physical healing, yoga appeared. When I needed emotional healing yoga remained. I teach in order to help people live better through yoga. I want everyone to experience the same support and healing that I have.

What are your daily influences?
I’m the Artistic Director at The Brand Movement (which is a creative studio I founded with my husband) so art and design are a big part of my life. My design background has nurtured my passion for details and that is reflected directly in my yoga practice. I love film photography. The concept of capturing a moment that you can't review or retake is simply magic. The results are often imperfect and unexpected, but I choose to embrace the beauty of imperfections. I'm always enamored by a photo that draws you in and makes you slightly uncomfortable. (yet, another parallel between art and the classes I teach)

Where did you learn all your yoga things?
After 7 years of practicing Bikram yoga exclusively, I ventured out into the great big vinyasa world. I took a Sacred Geometry Vinyasa workshop with my teacher, Benjamin Sears, and I was hooked. I’m constantly inspired by his ever-evolving methods, work ethic, and teaching style. Studying Katonah yoga has brought insight into my body AND the ability to see into others.

What can we expect from your classes?
In my classes, we use the proportions of the body to help define the shape of the postures and guide meditation. We will spend time in the postures, where we can really focus on the details, and therapeutically address often neglected parts of the body. Through a vinyasa style flow, my classes uncover weaknesses and give you the tools to turn them into strengths. We build strength and increase flexibility while discovering more awareness of purpose and function in our bodies.

What’s your favorite food?
I once pretended to run away from home with a suitcase packed with only candy and underwear. Fast forward a few years... my suitcase would be full of coconut yogurt, almond butter, my homemade granola, and a case of Topo Chico.
Melissa Goodall
Why Yoga?
Yoga was a natural path for me after my first few years as a Physical Therapist.  It allowed me not only the ability to heal myself, but also the ability to help others learn how to become more self aware and heal their own bodies without the constraints of the medical model I work in with my PT practice. In that way it offers me balance not only in my own life through my practice but in my career too.

What are your daily influences?
Katonah Yoga, the many books I'm constantly carting around and reading on yoga, parenting and holistic practices, and the amazing community I surround myself with here at the studio.

Where did you learn all your yoga things?
Originally I trained in a system that was heavily influenced by Tibetan Kung Fu at American Power Yoga. I continued on for years studying the Kung Fu system which includes Tai Chi as well. For the past 6 months I've been very focused on studying the Katonah method with Christy as well as studying the material online and anywhere that I can get my hands on it. With a background in Physical Therapy, I love the healing methods that come from Katonah yoga.

What can we expect from your classes?
Focus on building self awareness with alignment and posture so there is a framework to bring with you to any future class, even if I never see you again. 🙂 I strive to create a safe place for those that join me where you can feel comfortable to be yourself and show your personality while I show mine, authenticity is best.

What’s your favorite food?
This is a hard one because I love a lot of food but we'll go with Thai Food.

Tara Davidson
Why yoga?  
Yoga is like coming home and going on an adventure all at the same time.  For me, it has become an opportunity, invitation, and reminder to question, explore, and practice what it means to be human.

What are your daily influences?
The universe within me and the universe beyond me.  The great outdoors. Food, sleep, breath, books, podcasts, music, poetry, silence, my life partner, and our children.

Where did you learn all your yoga things?
Life! I also completed my 200hr. yoga teacher training in Máncora, Perú in 2016, am an NASM certified personal trainer, and have delighted in participating in various workshops, trainings, and retreats. #alwaysastudent

What can we expect from your classes?
Connection. Exploration. Intention. Repetition. We will move energy...with effort and grace.  We will consider why we do what we do. We will acknowledge and embrace where we are at. We will honor ourselves and one another as we practice together.

What’s your favorite food?
Favorites are tough for me :). There are so many delicious foods! I really enjoy locro (a dish from the Andes) and I am a huge fan of mangos.

Christy Maskeroni Price
Why yoga?
Because it encompasses so much. The human body is an incredibly powerful thing. Yoga is too. I believe that through the movement of our body and breath, we have the ability to change so much — physically and mentally. I have felt it. I have seen it.  

What are your daily influences?
Nature. My partner. My family. My friends. Connecting with these in person is my most favorite thing. I also love design and good-for-you food. And, music – it is a pretty huge part of my life.

Where did you learn all your yoga things? 
My first hatha yoga class was with my mom almost 20 years ago. I ended up back in school for my Masters in Nutrition and Applied Physiology and Registered Dietitian License. Then, I became a personal trainer and studied all sorts of different forms of movement. After many years, I finally did a 200 hour in Vinyasa Yoga. I didn’t really want to teach it, I just wanted to explore it.  Then, I found Katonah Yoga (founded by Nevine Michaan) and everything made sense. I have been studying it for the last 7 years —  mostly under Abbie Galvin at The Studio in NYC. This is what has been one of the largest influences in my life as a human and teacher.

What can we expect from your classes?
We measure the poses and then map them using our neurology as well as our imagination. We practice consciously with a community that supports us, that challenges us, and that changes us. And, sometimes, there’s a little sound therapy at the end.

What’s your favorite food?
Recently I have been making a coconut curry cauliflower that has made it to the top of my list. I also love tacos and most things that come in a bowl.  

Apprentices

Jenna Saavedra
Why yoga?
Because our bodies are not see - through. With yoga, we can access the parts of ourselves we cannot see and in return our bodies start to function properly. One of my favorite quotes to sum it up is, “Manipulate the body and you will manipulate the mind” -Nevine Michaan, founder of Katonah Yoga

What are your daily influences?
Katonah Yoga itself has been the forefront of my influences, including teachers like Nevine, Abbie Galvin, Christy Maskeroni Price & Josie Schweitzer. My husband/daughter, my hometown by the ocean, healing through medical medium, sound therapy, and all the amazing people I continue to meet in the yoga community all influence me on the daily!

Where did you learn all your yoga things?
200 hour RYT in Vinyasa, graduated June 2019; 200 hour Katonah Yoga certification, currently in the process of completion and have been studying under Christy Maskeroni Price since January 2018.

What can we expect from your classes?
My classes will be a mix of traditional and Katonah restorative to help ease the nervous system while building internal heat. Pranayama will be weaved throughout this slow, intentional movement and expect lots of props including chairs!

What’s your favorite food?
If we’re going out to eat: sushi! If we’re cooking at home: grilled whole carrots and sweet potatoes. Mmmm yum.
Kelci James
Why yoga?
Yoga is the why! The practice has given me so many amazing tools with which to learn and receive new knowledge about myself and the world around me. I hope to share this gift with all of my students.

What are your daily influences?
I am strongly influenced by nature, and try to spend time noticing its subtleties every day. I am influenced by the people around me. And I'm often influenced by a good cup of coffee.

Where did you learn all your yoga things?
I completed my RYT-200 at a small studio in East Dallas, and have been lucky to learn from some really great teachers. I am just beginning my journey as a teacher, and will forever be learning!

What can we expect from your classes?
A supportive space where, together, we will explore the postures - with a focus on integrating mind, body, and breath. There will be plenty of time in each posture to find your own center, connect with your breath, and realize your own potential.

What’s your favorite food?
That is like asking me to choose my favorite yoga posture, impossible! But for real, I love too many foods to choose one. Just like the postures, there are so many great foods, and they all have their seasons.
Beckie Workman
Why yoga?
I think yoga found me. I wasn't on a life journey to a path to enlightenment, just a way I could get into shape, escape from life for an hour, and unwind. Most days getting on the mat is a struggle for me, but I know when I do how much better it makes me feel. It's a great way to adjust your attitude!

What are your daily influences?
My kids! Besides them, all the badass people in my life who have taught me what it’s like to live life with passion and purpose.  Where did you learn all your yoga things? I received my YTT-200 here in Dallas with Nicole Allen who runs SPACE YOGA teacher training. I met and studied under Christy and Liz during my teacher training at the Super Yoga Palace studio. I am also certified through Liz to teach Yin Yoga.

What can we expect from your classes?
Hmmmmm…….. as a mom to two active teenage boys and working as a critical care nurse, my life can be pretty stressful, chaotic, just plain all over the place. It seems I spend most of my life living day to day. I like yoga that makes me feel as though time has slowed down, so my classes are slower paced and almost restorative-like.

What’s your favorite food?
I really haven’t met most foods I don’t like! But Pulpo et potatas (Octopus and potatoes) is one of my all time favorite dishes. OH! Anything chocolate!