Cleo Post, Owner & Director Rainbow Body Yoga, E-RYT 500, B.A. Yoga
Cleo has been teaching yoga for 11 years and practicing yoga for 13 years, starting at an instructors house in the magical woods near Canaan, NY. The connection with the birds, the stream running outside, the breath, and the yoga poses expanded her awareness and consciousness. Her love for yoga blossomed and brought her to complete her 200hr yoga teacher training from Kripalu in 2011 and a couple years later to Naropa University where she received her 1000hr yoga teacher training and B.A. in Yoga in December 2013. The yoga program at Naropa enabled her to dive deeply into the ancient yogic texts, the practice of asana, the study of Sanskrit, and yoga nidra. Cleo has studied under many amazing teachers, and has gained insight through experimenting with different yoga styles, which ultimately enabled her to find her own distinct teaching method and flow. Cleo opened Rainbow Body Yoga in 2014 and is thrilled to offer and share the joy, peace, happiness, love, calmness, and serenity that yoga brings to all that come to practice.
Growing up in Upstate New York, nature has always been a huge part of Cleo's connection with herself and the world. This love of the plant world brought her to study herbalism and ultimately heal herself.
Cleo has studied Herbalism for the past 8 years. She has studied with renowned herbal teachers, Rosemary Gladstar, Brigitte Mars, and Michael Tierra. Her love of plants brought her to study and learn plant consciousness & communication.
Cleo has been practicing Energy Healing, in a form called Quantum Level Soul Healing. A blend of shamanic healing, quantum healing, and other healing modalities to access one's full soul healing. www.quantumlevelsoulhealing.com
Nichole Martini, RYT 200, Reiki Master
Nichole Martini is an intuitive coach, Reiki practitioner, and yoga teacher living and thriving in the Hudson Valley and New York City. Her driving passion is to create sustainable change by supporting her clients to find their own unique pathway to soul expansion, spiritual growth, creative practice, and energetic and physical healing. After a decade in the NYC non-profit sector as a fundraiser and strategist, Nichole transitioned her focus to serving others through the healing modalities that helped her in her own transformation. Nichole received her Reiki Master Certification from Joanna Crespo at the New York Open Center and is from the Usui lineage. She is a certified coach by both the Coaching Through Transformation Program at the New York Open Center and the International Coaching Federation. Nichole received her RYT-200 Hour from Three Sisters Yoga in NYC. Additionally, she has a BA in Music from Furman University in Greenville, SC, and an MS in Fundraising and Philanthropy from NYU.
John Smrtic, 300hr Advanced Yoga Teacher
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. And so it was for Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher, John Smrtic. John cosmically stumbled upon Jivamukti Yoga creators, Sharon Gannon and David Life, through the music of Michael Franti. The love affair with the Jivamukti method began in 2006 at Power to the Peaceful, a music, yoga and spiritual activism retreat led by Sharon, David and Michael at the Omega Institute.
John returned to Omega less than one year later to complete the 300 hour Jivamukti Yoga teacher training and began teaching in Albany, NY, in spring 2007. Since meeting the Jivamukti founders, John has spent an extremely rare 1,000+ hours studying directly with Sharon and David. He received his Jivamukti Yoga Advanced Certification by passing the board exam in January 2014. He continues to study with his teachers at every possible opportunity. Soaked in this direct transmission, John is passionate to convey their teachings and method as purely as possible. Additionally, John studies bhakti (devotional) yoga with two living masters: His Holiness Sripad Bhaktivedanta Sadhu Maharaja (Vrindavan) and His Holiness Radhanath Swami Maharaj (Mumbai/US). Utilizing these teachings and traditional yogic scripture as a foundation, John blends wit, music and challenging, intelligently sequenced asana from a vinyasa format to make each class a unique experience.
“Yoga Teacher Training at Rainbow Body Yoga was a life changing experience. I learned how to heal through Yoga & various energy healing modalities, how to put together a class, and how to effectively cue poses. This training fused together Yoga and all kinds of magic that allowed me to see the world from a different perspective. I made amazing friends and truly enjoyed spending every weekend spent in the teacher training. Additionally, Cleo helped me to figure out my "why" behind teaching, identifying my goals and seeing how they changed as training progressed. I graduated YTT feeling very certain on my path AND already had classes lined up to start teaching upon graduation! I will always be grateful for the magical way I was able to find & complete this yoga teacher training at Rainbow Body Yoga and the way it has impacted my life." - Chloe
"My 200 hr YTT with Cleo was the best decision I've made in my 11+ year history as a fitness instructor and lover of yoga. The immersive training prepared me to teach yoga that is true to form and tradition, but also taught me how to embrace my own unique style of teaching. Since my training, I've led so many successful yoga classes, yoga combo classes, special workshops, and guided meditations. Cleo's training gave me the confidence to not only teach yoga, but also to confidently get out into the world and share my gifts. Her whole self approach really cracked me wide open and allowed me to discover interests in so many healing modalities in addition to yoga, and I am so grateful to have had such a thorough training that went so far beyond the asana practice of yoga and deep into the philosophy as well. In all honesty, she enlightened me." - Allison
"Since the yoga retreat my life has changed so much for the better. I feel so empowered and inspired to spread knowledge and wisdom to others. Getting certified in yoga has improved my life and helped me to lead a happy, healthy life, loving what I do and guiding others on their own path to self love and healing." - Carmela
"YTT with Rainbow Body Yoga was truly a life transforming experience. I cannot recommend this program enough. I learned all that I sought after and I discovered things about myself I didn't even know I needed to find." - Kristina
“My gut told me to participate in Cleo’s immersive YTT retreat and I am so very glad I listened. I felt supported and safe to be my self from the moment I arrived on the farm. I appreciated being able to tune in to the natural world while learning, as most other trainings take place indoors. I also enjoyed the lessons on other healing modalities (e.g., tarot, herbalism, and ayurveda) that Cleo included in our syllabus. This illustrated the idea that while yoga is a powerful practice, it is even more beneficial when a part of a multifaceted holisitic healing routine. Cleo’s training empowered me to embrace my gifts, find/use my voice, and honor the calling I feel to help others heal and I am forever grateful for that. But most of all, I am grateful for the connections I made as I keep in touch with many of the beautiful beings I met and they continue to inspire me well beyond the training!” - Laura
"The Rainbow Body two week yoga teacher training program was an immersive and enlightening experience. The program focused on the balance of body, mind, and spirit. Cleo is an experienced, knowledgeable, and exemplary teacher. Her calm energy and patient approach allow the student to feel comfortable with the learning process. I was able to gain the skills I wanted to acquire and apply them effectively in my life and my work." - Conny