Nestled in the Village of Fairport, Charisma Yoga Bar offers daily yoga classes in a variety of styles, led by instructors from diverse training backgrounds. We realize that students come to the mat from all walks of life, with varying levels of experience. No matter where you are on your journey, we are excited to support you.
When you walk into Charisma Yoga Bar, you'll find a warm, loving space where you can learn, play, and grow. We aim to create an environment that is non-intimidating, non-judgmental, safe, and welcoming to all.
We believe in Down Dogs and dance parties, In green juice and doughnuts, In stillness and in speaking out, and most of all, in you. We're serious about what we do, but we try not to take life too seriously.
Corey Russell, co-owner
I first found yoga in my early twenties while struggling with ADHD, anxiety, and depression. I soon discovered that a solid yoga practice made the joyful parts of life more joyful and the dismal parts manageable. Yoga and meditation have since helped me kick unhealthy habits, ditch the meds, and generally, be less of an emo kid.
I believe in "world peace through inner peace", and dream of a place where each individual can see his and her own beauty, shine, and self-worth. By opening this studio, and through sharing the art of yoga, kindness, and love, I hope to make a small wave of magic in the universe.
Matt Russell, co-owner
I first found yoga, or yoga first found me through my wife Corey. After tearing my ACL and opting not to have surgery, I continued to struggle with regaining my flexibility even after months of physical therapy.
Several years and classes later, yoga has not only helped my ACL injury, but it's been beneficial in managing the stresses of daily life (and I won't complain about how it's helped my softball game). I truly believe that yoga has great value that can be applied to each of our lives, and I look forward to building a great community with you all here at Charisma.
While living in Los Angeles in 2011, my roommate encouraged me to try a yoga class, and it was love at first practice. Yoga became a part of my daily routine, loving the combination of the physical practice and its ability to help calm my mind. Having struggled with a bad knee for most of my life, I was hesitant to try yoga at first. I understand the importance of modifications while strength building to avoid further injury and encourage overall health.
I'm excited to share a mix of my east coast training with my favorite techniques and sequences from California.
In addition to yoga, I love hiking, the Buffalo Bills, and being near the Ocean any chance I can get.
My yoga classes are a blend of fun, upbeat flow and calming centering practice. Appropriate for students of all levels, I create a fun and safe atmosphere with uplifting music and themes, clear demonstration, explanation and lots of options so each student can customize their experience on their mat.
I began yoga training at CorePower Yoga in Denver, CO, where I completed my teacher training in 2004 with Alanna Kaivalya, Hansa Knox, Dave Porter, and Brandon Cox. I have continued my studies at YogaWorks with Vinnie Marino, and with many of the expert teachers in the Rochester yoga community and New York City. I have an MFA in Dance from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a BA in Dance from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. I am a part-time faculty member in the Department of Dance and Movement at the University of Rochester.
I first found yoga when a high school friend dragged me to class one night. Being an impatient teenager, I was frustrated that I didn't instantly transform into a contortionist with a clear mind, but I kept returning to my mat for different reasons over the years. It was there when I struggled with ED, when school got tough, and when my dad passed away. It is there for a killer workout, to have fun trying new poses, and to simply take a comfortable seat and close my eyes. I truly believe yoga provides something for everyone, and my goal is to help people find that 'something'!
Yoga found me after I migrated to this country with my husband, first child and another on the way in 2004. I experienced loneliness, culture and weather shock all at once. However, yoga showed me a different way.
Yoga gives me an opportunity to show up as myself, do the best that I can at that moment and be okay with it all. I am very honored to guide others on this path and more importantly build much needed kindness for themselves and fellow humans.
I am a 200 RYT and have been practicing since 2005 and teaching since 2013. I look forward to seeing you on the mat to share energy and space at Charisma!
Be kind. Be kind. Be kind.
I found my way onto the yoga path shortly after my youngest son was born. Seeking a place and space that was just mine amongst the weekly flow of family, work, and homestead responsibilities…my first yoga class in the deep winter of 2009 was just what I was seeking. Since then I have found my practice serves not only me, but also all those who continue to swirl in my circle of influence. When my practice is consistent and strong, I am at my best for me and those I love.
Since my first class I have tried all different sorts of yoga, but my homebase on the yoga path is yoga in the Iyengar tradition. A graduate of the Open Sky Yoga Teacher Training, I am so excited that I can now help facilitate others’ coming, going, and wending down the yoga path. I look forward to welcoming you to a class where we can focus in on a deep study of the poses, find an ease in the poses through proper alignments, and reunite our mind to body to breath. Through grounding, we ascend!
Yoga has been a part of my life for over 25 years, and I honestly can’t imagine my life without it. My practice consistently grounds me, brings me back to center, and helps me find space to breathe through whatever life throws at me. I’ve never been a particularly athletic person, but through yoga, I’ve come to love and appreciate my body and all it can do.
It is a privilege to share the practice of yoga with others, and especially gratifying to connect with folks who are experiencing yoga for the first time. Don’t worry- you have everything you need to give yoga a try. There are no prerequisites other than an open mind and a willing spirit. We’ll figure the rest out together. I look forward to seeing you on your mat soon!
With a background in dance and martial arts, I like to explore all the ways to combine flexibility and strength into movement. After earning a degree in psychology and dance, I began teaching dance at a private studio. In an effort to ease my back pain from scoliosis, I turned to yoga as an alternative to high impact workouts.
My favorite part of yoga is the interplay of the mind and the body. I believe this connection is ever-evolving and can help to facilitate real change. In my classes, I intend to support each body’s journey and growth by leading with a healthy balance of hard work and levity.
114 N. Main St. Fairport, NY 14450