Founder/Creative Director, Owner of Hamptons Yoga Healing Arts, Abby has been teaching yoga since 2004, Certified eRYT, 800 HOUR Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, apprenticed with Lady Ruth Lauer Manenti at Jivamukti Yoga School NYC.Hamptons Yoga Healing Arts is now a Jivamukti Affiliate Yoga School. Abby shares her deep love of the ancient teachings & practices of yoga that have been passed down to her through her teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life, and mentor Lady Ruth Lauer Mannenti, and the whole Jimamukti lineage. In her classes, Abby blends the wisdom teachings with mantras on harmonium, offers poetry and parable, throughout her carefully sequenced classes. As a forever student of yoga, she humbly continues to deepen her understanding of all that comes up through her daily sadhana.
In class, you will be skillfully guided through heat building asanas, accompanied by inspired music and supportive hands on assists, leading to a long expansive shavasana and meditation.
Abby is also Certified Level 4 Thai Yoga Bodyworker through Lotus Palm, Kripalu...more
Yoga Instructor/Art Directer / Curator
Skip is a Certified Registered Yoga teacher via Yoga Alliance, and Certified Jivamukti Yoga 300 hours, having recently completed the training in Govardan India.
Skip's yoga classes are both thoughtful and thought provoking. He brings to his classes and new ways of seeing into the heart via the practices and music, art, and poetry. Skip, a native of Westhampton is Abby's husband and partner in life and work. He shares with her a strong devotion to the teachings, arts and yoga.
Kevin, has enjoyed the last 30 years practicing yoga, meditation, mantra and ancient eastern wisdom teachings. He apprenticed with Abby Vakay 2017-2018 through Hamptons Yoga Healing Arts, is Yoga Alliance Certified at 200 hours. He also certified in Chair Yoga via Lakshmi Voelker in 2020. Kevin authored a book: Strength in Simplicity: 100 Ways to Live your Life as Art. We are happy to have him offering his expertise in Chair Yoga from Vero Beach, FLmore
Allie earned her 200 hour Yoga Alliance certification as an apprentice with Abby. She has a deep devotion and love for the 8 Limbs. You will find her teaching various types of classes all summer, and subbing in various classes.
A recent college graduate, she is looking to further her education both in her career and in yoga. She loves being a student, and is happy to share her practice and all the teachings of yoga.more
Schuyler Hadaway, E-RTY 500, has been practicing yoga for over twelve years, and teaching yoga and healthy living for five years. Her teachings come from the foothills of the Himalayas and her teacher, Yogrishi Vishvketu, known throughout India as the laughing yogi. Her lineage comes from the Hatha tradition and incorporates elements of Jnana Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Karma Yoga. Schuyler has taught in the United States, India, Panama, Costa Rica, and Indonesia. In Schuyler’s classes you will experience stimulating yet accessible sequences with an emphasis on breath, meditation, and spirituality.more
Jeff Gallin, a Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher, completed his 500 hour certification at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. His personal experience with Parkinson's Disease led him to delve deeper and deeper into the many layers and benefits of yoga. Yoga is the best part of his day, every day. He believes each of us can use the healing powers of yoga to improve the quality of his/her life. He teaches in alignment with the idea that the individual does not have to adjust to yoga but that yoga has to adjust to the individual, meaning that each person should practice the postures that bring balance to his/her system. He prefers to teach a class that includes meditation and breath work, all to focus the mind. He has taught various class sizes, prefers small, and therapeutic semi-private yoga, as well as one on one private practices. He recently added "zoom' virtual teaching classes as well. Deep gratitude to Jeff and his generosity.more
Mary Brennan began practicing yoga and noticed the relief it gave her Multiple Sclerosis. The more she practiced yoga she knew it was something she needed to share. With the support of her teachers and family she became a Yoga Teacher 200 RYT. She is also certified in Trauma Yoga, Restorative Yoga trained by Judith Lasater, Yin Yoga trained by Josh Summers, Meditation & Contemplative Studies through the Open Center in NYC, Yoga4Cancer, Chair Yoga, Gentle Yoga and Yoga Nidra.more
RYT Yoga Alliance
Melissa Bateman is a new yoga instructor, though not new to Yoga. She has been loving yoga for over 15 years and elevated her practice by apprenticing with Abby to complete a 300+ hour teacher training certification. Practicing while raising a family and working in corporate America showed her the gifts of a steady and consistent yoga practice: sense of calm and being centered, clarity of thought and purpose, release of extraneous noise, strong and supple physical form. Eager to introduce others to these gifts and time to dedicate to the more spiritual elements of yoga led her to Abby and other fellow students at Hamptons Yoga Healing Arts. As Covid eases and vaccines allow, she plans to deepen her studies India.more