Meet the Team
RPYT, E-RYT, CCCE, CLC, MA
Teaching prenatal yoga has deeply transformed and shaped my life journey. During my 14 years of teaching prenatal yoga, I have come to realize how profound yoga can be in helping expecting mothers - not only with the physical and emotional ups and downs of pregnancy, but also in coping with the challenges of labor, postpartum adjustments, breastfeeding and beyond.
My classes include a strong focus on pelvic floor awareness, a connection to the breath and ways to find space, stability and comfort during pregnancy and beyond. I support my students in gaining a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes of pregnancy, as well as the importance of honoring the body’s needs during each trimester. However, my ultimate goal is to encourage women to fully embrace their innate power and awesome ability to grow, nurture and birth babies from that deep maternal place of "knowing”. I have worked with many hundreds of expecting couples since I began this work well over a decade ago. As I continue to witness the profound and awesome nature of birth first-hand, my dedication to this work has only grown and deepened.
I am the proud mom of three sons and a new grandson. I was initially drawn to work in this field as a result of my personal experiences of pregnancy and birth while living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. However, when I caught my niece while supporting my sister’s birth in 2006, I knew beyond doubt that I was on a new path.
I began teaching prenatal yoga classes as well as Yoga for Labor & Delivery workshops in 2005. In 2008, I began training yoga teachers for certification in Yoga for Labor & Delivery and Prenatal Yoga. Soon thereafter developed the Adapting Asana for Prenatal Yoga Students workshops and began mentoring birth doulas throughout the tri-state area. I hold a Master’s Degree in Medical Anthropology and Medical Geography and have an extensive background in staff development, technical writing and training. I have additional yoga certifications in postnatal, restorative, yin, hatha yoga, and reiki (level 2). I am a registered prenatal yoga teacher, certified childbirth educator, birth doula and lactation counselor.
RPYT, E-RYT, LMT
I have a deep respect for the innate wisdom and healing ability of both our bodies and our minds. My love of traditional healing arts coupled with an educational background in biology has offered me a holistic approach to working with clients and students.
It is my intention while teaching yoga, to invite students to listen to their inner wisdom and discover their own unique strengths. As a licensed massage therapist, I offer a holistic approach working with clients to co-create sessions addressing their goals, creating a deep sense of wellbeing and ease within movement. While working with pregnancy, birth and baby, my goal is to offer nurturing support, mindfulness, education & advocacy.
I began practicing as a Licensed Massage Therapist in 2002 and began teaching yoga in 2014. I attended the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, prior to which I earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and studied herbal medicine at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine. I received advanced training in Medical Massage, Anatomy Trains, Perinatal Massage and Infant Massage. As an LMT I began working with pregnant mothers and became enchanted by this sacred time in a woman's life. In 2005 I shifted the direction of my practice to focus entirely on prenatal bodywork.
My own journey of pregnancy began with my son, who was born in 2008. I quickly learned that the sacred time of pregnancy can be scary and difficult. In walking this path as a single mother, I decided to learn. I researched traditional birth practices, I found an amazing yoga teacher, went to weekly prenatal yoga and attended childbirth education. These practices grounded me and allowed me to feel at ease, confident and grateful. I had a powerful and transformative birth experience where I was supported by my yoga practice, a birth doula and a nurse midwife. Having traveled the sacred journey of birth, I wanted to help other women and families.
I trained as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Infant Massage Educator & Prenatal Yoga Instructor. I also attended trainings in Kids Yoga, Restorative & Yin Yoga. In addition, I am blessed to be part of the teaching staff at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Mount Kisco, NY since its opening in 2008. I am a New York State approved provider of continuing education for Licensed Massage Therapists and I offer advanced training programs for LMTs and yoga instructors. I am the founder of Tree of Life Healing Arts, a wellness practice offering massage, reiki, yoga, birth and postpartum support.
RPYT, RCYT, E-RYT
Soledad Soriano-Kaplan is a proud New Yorker, a mother, dancer, biker, yoga fanatic, and spirit, mind, and body believer. She graduated from High School of the Performing Arts in Manhattan majoring in dance. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from CUNY and a Masters Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling/Vocational Counseling from Hunter College. She is a licensed psychotherapist and has been in the field of counseling for over 25 years. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Soledad helped organize and then coordinate a children’s meditation program for 10 years at Dharma Drum Mountain Retreat, a Buddhist Temple. There she first became interested in yoga. Having been an accomplished ballet dancer in her her teens (awarded an Alvin Ailey School scholarship and having danced with the Joffrey Ballet), movement and body came naturally to her. She volunteered as as assistant cook at the highly regarded Integral Yoga Institute of New York and this led to her enrolling in their yoga teacher training program.
There Soledad obtained the training that led to her 500 hour teaching certification in Hatha Yoga. She has since been trained and received certifications in Children’s Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, Yoga for the Special Child, as well as Restorative, Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga, Ayurvedic Thai Bodywork, and Ayurvedic Yoga. She is also a Reiki Master. More recently she has received training in Stand-up Paddle Board, and Yin Yoga. She is an Ambassador for Accessible Yoga. She is also a certified aromatherapist. Soledad is currently being mentored to be a doula and a Yoga therapist.
Soledad’s Yoga classes often combine a focus on traditional positions as well as playful and creative sequence of postures, leading students to find a relaxing and energizing union between breath and body.
Soledad is profoundly grateful to have studied with many incredible teachers from around the world in the fields of mind, body and spirit. She looks to continue her education and to share her skills and insights with children and adults, helping them towards more personally and physically balanced and inspired lives.