by Kim Gold MS, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)
The purpose of yoga is to still the the mind in preparation for meditation. Coordinating breathing and movement helps to quiet the mind. At Still Mind Yoga, we are your haven of peace in busy White Plains. We are located at 305 Central Avenue in the heart of Westchester County. Leave your worries about the future and past behind. Practice yoga with us. We are friendly and welcoming. Our teachers work with you right where you are, and help you to craft a yoga practice that brings you an easeful body, peaceful mind and useful life.
Health, Stress Reduction
Discipline / Meditation
Still Mind Yoga and Martial Arts Center was founded by Steve Kanney and Kim Gold as a place where people could find all the tools they need for inner peace and health. Still Mind Yoga Center can trace its roots back to Steve Kanney’s Aikido school in Scarsdale, NY (Scarsdale Aikido), where Steve and Kim met. Aikido is a Japanese martial art that is translated as “the way of harmony with ki (life force)”. Steve Kanney has been training in this practice for over 35 years, having achieved a 5th degree black belt. Steve founded Scarsdale Aikido in 2002, teaching students out of a gym. After the school grew, he later moved the dojo to White Plains.
Kim Gold began training in Aikido as an extension of her Zen Buddhist practice. She soon began assisting Steve in the children’s program. By 2007, they had expanded the program to include an early childhood program, special needs program, and a children’s yoga program. In 2009 Kim, a longtime practitioner of yoga, became certified to teach through Atmananda Yoga in New York City. She also became certified to teach children’s yoga and special needs yoga. She began teaching students privately and in groups. Kim took a hiatus from teaching to complete her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Upon completion, she combined her background in the meditative disciplines with her academic and clinical work to create a mindfulness-based weight loss program: Mindful Life Weight Loss.
It was during the Mindful Life Weight Loss groups that Still Mind Yoga was born. Steve and Kim found themselves counseling people to adopt a physical practice where they could quiet the mind and calm the body, as a way of dealing with emotional and stress eating. They referred people to tai chi, Aikido, or yoga, and people began to ask if they could offer yoga. In response to the need for yoga in their community, they decided to open a center dedicated to helping people calm the fluctuations of their minds, while at the same time improving health.
Steve and Kim have put together a staff of dedicated, sincere, and expert yoga instructors committed to bringing a little more peace to this part of Westchester County. Still Mind Martial Arts and Yoga offers Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi Gung, Aikido, meditation, and the Mindful Life Weight Loss Program.
Kim Gold is the co-founder of Still Mind Yoga. She teaches open level classes that focus on the basics. Her motto is “keep it simple” in yoga as well as in life. Her classes are accessible for day one beginners as well as seasoned practitioners. Her goal is to bring people into greater harmony with themselves. By the end of a yoga class, students should feel stronger, calmer, and better able to cope with the stresses of life. Kim first discovered yoga as a teenager back in the mid 1980s and returned to it more seriously as an adult. She was certified through Atmananda Yoga in New York City in 2009. Kim also runs the Mindful Life Weight Loss program, and co-teaches in the children’s Aikido program. She holds a black belt in Aikido and has also trained in kung fu and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. She is the mother of two daughters and a menagerie of rescued animals.
Matt first came into the world of Yoga after discovering one of its seminal texts, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. The principles really appealead to him, especially those of practice and non-attachment. He also saw it as a practical way to achieving more peace of mind in everyday life.
After beginning to practice Hatha Yoga on his own, he decided that it would be worthwhile to take a teacher training course. Initially the prospect of teaching Yoga wasn't what he had in mind. The training was more for deepening his own understanding of the science of Yoga. He soon realized that teaching Yoga to others was a great way to deepen that understanding, and had a value wholly it's own.
As a Yoga teacher, Matt is dedicated helping people achieve greater physical well-being and strength, mental clarity, focus, and a feeling of peace that they can carry with them wherever they go.
Jnanaprabha Jennifer Bobbe began studying and practicing yoga and meditation in college while going through a major depression. She studied for the Unitarian-Universalist Ministry at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, but after completing the requirements and an internship, chose to take another path. She concluded her M.A. in Religious Studies, with an emphasis in Asian Religions, at New York University in 1997. In an effort to contribute to her thesis on Tibetan death rituals, she began studying Tibetan language and meditation with Venerable Thupten Phuntsok of the Asian Classics Institute in New York in 1996. This led to her becoming a student and initiate of Geshe Michael Roach, Sermey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Today she is a mom of two young children, and continues as a student and aspirant in Buddhism and yoga. She received her RYT-200 Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification from Integral Yoga and her Yin Yoga certification from Corina Benner in 2015, and is currently seeking certification as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She is a teacher for meditation and yoga classes at Still Mind Martial Arts & Yoga/Integrated Peace Arts.
I have worked in the fitness industry for over 20 years, and as a yoga teacher for over 10. I believe that our yoga mats are our personal laboratory and our playground, a place to experiment and to have fun! In my classes you will learn to approach your practice with peaceful presence, and find a joyful balance between effort and ease. You will also improve your posture and core strength. My personal style is a blend of vinyasa, static postures and pilates-based movements. I cater to all levels of ability.
For years I’ve felt that something was missing from the traditional health and fitness paradigm. I found the answer when I began to practice yoga. Through spiritual discipline and mindful movement, I have been able to heal myself of severe depression and anxiety, and create a healthy body and vibrant new life. The path of transformation has led me to study the sciences of physiology, yoga, and nutrition, and the energies of love, pleasure, and sensuality. My passion is sharing the secrets I have learned with anyone committed to creating meaningful change in his or her own life.
In addition to group classes, I offer private fitness and yoga sessions, as well as one-on-one coaching.
When I’m not teaching, I like to spend time in nature and sing rock music.
Kristen found her first yoga class in an attempt to ease back pain from scoliosis and has continued to practice for 6 years. In her previous life, she taught high school English in the Bronx but decided to follow a different path and chose to become certified to teach yoga. She is certified to teach vinyasa yoga and has been teaching for over a year.
Kristen focuses on connecting the breath to the movement in order to connect students to the present moment. She encourages peaceful, grounding practices and at times encourages her students to challenge themselves.