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Abby Kaufmann – Never having shown an interest in an activity as “wimpy” as yoga, Abby was an avid competitive sports player. Over the years, despite feeling strong, she began to notice physical issues that were not responding to her usual regimen. Just as she was planning to have surgery, at the behest of her friends, she finally started exploring different yoga classes. At Kripalu, in an atmosphere of acceptance and awareness, her love affair with yoga began.
Abby’s desire for a dedicated practice led to a 200-hr teacher training at Yoga High in New York’s Lower East Side. With a seeker’s mind, whose appetite had just been whetted, she signed up for the follow-up advanced 300-hr training. The combination of personal experience and education created a theme in Abby’s teaching in which safety and a fully immersed experience are paramount. Not your typical 20-something yoga teacher, her students benefit from a maturity that was forged from a myriad of life experiences. She teaches self-acceptance and self-value while offering a practice that is challenging and interesting.
Abby’s desire for in-depth knowledge of the physical body’s experience in yoga has led her to apprentice with SMARTer Bodies. Abby believes that yoga is NOT about going to the end-range of motion which goes hand-in-hand with SMARTer Yoga. SMARTer Bodies and SMARTer Yoga create a functional and efficient practice for each individual, even in a group class and Abby is helping SMARTerBodies get that message out! Abby’s diverse education includes a Bachelor’s degree in social work and certifications as a Health Coach, Pilates teacher and Karuna Reiki master.
Marcus Hudnell – Originally from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, fitness has been a large part of Marcus’ life from a young age. Heavily involved in sports and athletics for the better part of 25 years, Marcus developed an appreciation and fascination with the human body. As a college athlete Marcus had the privilege of working with some of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the country. His love for fitness combined with an education from Colgate University deeply rooted in anatomy, physiology, and biochemistry, has created a proven track record of helping others reach and surpass their goals.
The transition from student to instructor was not a difficult one for Marcus. He began at the well-respected New York Sports Club. Currently Marcus is certified by the National Council on Strength and Fitness, is apprenticing with SMARTer bodies and is a sought-after personal trainer at the Manhattan Athletic Club. Seemingly established, Marcus’ hunger for more knowledge, to continue to help his clients, keeps him constantly studying. His ideas of how best to serve a client are rather progressive in an industry that often gets mired in aesthetics.
“‘Health’ and ‘Fitness’ are terms that apply to both the physical and mental/spiritual nature of a person. I’ve realized that training with someone is not simply supervising them throughout a workout. When a trainer and a client begin a relationship, it is exactly that, and they embark on a journey together that will hopefully benefit both parties.” Marcus focuses on the essential connection between client and coach making sure that it is felt in each session. This ensures positive growth for both individuals. His commitment to this growth keeps him contact with clients who no longer train consistently, making himself a touchstone in their healthier way of living.
His belief, “Many live their lives without creating a positive impact on one person. I am lucky enough to work in an industry that affords me that chance daily, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”