“At Universal Yoga and Massage Center no matter your age, gender, race, size, shape, or fitness level we believe you deserve to feel healthy and happy”

 

Yoga teachers will often refer to "your practice," which means your individual experience with yoga as it develops over time. Anyone can start a yoga practice, even if you don't feel like you are very flexible or very strong. These things will improve the longer you practice. Another great thing about every individual having their own unique "practice" is that it encourages the noncompetitive spirit of yoga. One of the most difficult, but ultimately most liberating things about yoga, is letting go of the ego and accepting that no one is better than anyone else. Everyone is just doing their best on any given day. The amazing thing about yoga is that your practice is always evolving and changing, and at Universal Yoga and Massage Center we can't wait to share that experience with you.

We know how uncomfortable it can be to start something new, which is why we offer so many classes that are created with beginners in mind and we always offer modifications. Yoga is an inclusive practice, meaning it is for absolutely everyone and we welcome your unique abilities. Everybody needs the benefits yoga can offer such as stress relief, pain relief, improved posture and flexibility, mindfulness, increased energy and muscular strength, improved focus and concentration, and so many more! To further meet the needs of your body, we also offer therapeutic Massage Therapy to relieve tight or sore muscles, rehabilitate an injury, alleviate pain, and promote relaxation to combat the effects of stress. We are here to help you with your pain relief and pain management. It is our mission to provide you with the best service, in a comfortable environment, to promote and encourage the healing and health of your body, mind, and spirit.

 
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Massage Therapists

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Audrey Ventura, LMT, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Audrey Ventura is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, a Nationally Certified Medical Massage Therapist, and the owner of Universal Yoga and Massage Center. She has over 20 years of experience in Massage Therapy. She is also a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, and certified in Yoga for the Low Back. Audrey's specific certifications include medical massage, geriatric massage, neuromuscular massage, sports massage, therapeutic stretching, neuromuscular reeducation, orthopeodic evaluation, and specific treatment for the neck, jaw, upper back, lower back, pelvis, legs, shoulders & arms. She is also certified in the Jaffe-Mellor Technique.

Audrey is committed to helping you heal and maintain your health. She is continually educating herself and bringing that information into her business to give you the best results. Her great knowledge of the body and her experience give her the ability to assess and change your treatment or yoga practice whenever needed. She welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

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Rachel Stewart, LMT, LE

Rachel is a licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician registered in the State of New York. She graduated from Morrisville State College with an Associate’s Degree of Applied Sciences in Massage Therapy. Prior to that, Rachel graduated with a Certificate of Completion in Esthetics from the Continental School of Beauty and completed all necessary testing for New York State.

Rachel has also received her bachelor’s degree in Wellness Management from the State University at Oswego. She has a passion for helping her clients find wellness and looks forward to tailoring her session to fit your needs. She believes that an individual reaches optimal health when they have a balance between their body, mind, and spirit. The state of relaxation reached during a massage provides a necessary but uncommon experience in our busy, hectic lives and Rachel wants to share it with you.

Rachel is dedicated to making sure her clients receive ultimate relaxation and comfort during their sessions. She specializes in Swedish Massage, Hot Stone Therapy, Massage Cupping, Aromatherapy, and Body Treatments.

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Jasmine Lampert, LMT

Jasmine graduated from the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage in 2017. She specializes in Deep Tissue Massage, Swedish Relaxation Massage, Pain Management, and Aromatherapy. She believes massage is not only for relaxation but also a key component for a happy, healthy lifestyle. By keeping open communication with her clients, she takes steps necessary in creating a treatment plan to optimize her client's experience. Jasmine has a passion to heal the mind, body, and spirit using massage therapy.

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Dawna Forward, LMT, LE

Dawna is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Licensed Esthetician, Reiki Practitioner, and the owner of Earthly Organic Wellness. Dawna has been a Licensed Esthetician and a Certified Reiki Practitioner since 2012. She earned an A.A.S. Degree in Massage Therapy with honors from Morrisville State College and became a Licensed Massage therapist in October 2017.

Dawna’s journey of personal transformation and healing was ignited upon receiving these alternative therapies. Her passion for treating the whole person including the body, emotions, mind and spirit influenced her to open Earthly Organic Wellness; a place for her to share her passion with the community. Dawna’s goal is to show her love for people with hopes of imparting change, balance, and inner peace. Her own experience has taught her that as we empower others as well as ourselves and connect deeply with our essence that we can achieve healing and true peace in all areas of our lives.


Yoga Instructors

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Audrey Ventura, LMT, C-IAYT, E-RYT

Audrey Ventura is a New York State Licensed Massage Therapist, a Nationally Certified Medical Massage Therapist, and the owner of Universal Yoga and Massage Center. She has over 20 years of experience in Massage Therapy. She is also a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists, a Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapist, and certified in Yoga for the Low Back. Audrey's specific certifications include medical massage, geriatric massage, neuromuscular massage, sports massage, therapeutic stretching, neuromuscular reeducation, orthopeodic evaluation, and specific treatment for the neck, jaw, upper back, lower back, pelvis, legs, shoulders & arms. She is also certified in the Jaffe-Mellor Technique.

Audrey is committed to helping you heal and maintain your health. She is continually educating herself and bringing that information into her business to give you the best results. Her great knowledge of the body and her experience give her the ability to assess and change your treatment or yoga practice whenever needed. She welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.

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Kathy Bateman, RYT

Kathy began her yoga journey as a student approximately 16 years ago at Universal Yoga Center when it was located on Campion Road. She had a desire to learn more about yoga for her own personal health challenges which eventually developed into a full-blown passion to teach yoga. During this journey, she also discovered Pilates, a syle of exercises designed to strengthen a person's core and became passionate about teaching PIlates as well. In September 2005, she became Pilates Mat Certified and in February 2006 she received her Yoga Teacher Certification. Since then she has gone on to receive additional certifications in the teachings of yoga.

Her journey has led her back to her roots here at Universal Yoga and Massage Center which allows her to share her passions with others.

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Joe Johnson, LCSW, RYT

Originally from Chicago, Joe is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor, and recently retired from the Office of Mental Health after a 17-year career as a Social Worker. He is also a 26-year retired veteran of the Air Force (Senior Master Sgt.). He completed military assignments in Washington D.C., Germany, and Turkey before settling in Upstate New York. Joe's background prior to Yoga was primarily in mental health, working with a variety of clients such as The U.S. Military, United Cerebral Palsy, St. Luke's Hospital, and counseling male inmates in the New York State Correctional System.

He has been practicing Yoga and Meditation for over 10 years. Joe is a 2016 graduate of the 200-hour Infinite Light Yoga and Wellness Center in Jamesville, NY. He also volunteers to teach Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms at Sitrin Rehabilitation Center in New Hartford, NY. Joe has a special interest in helping military veterans who struggle with PTS symptoms. He also serves as an Ambassador for Veteran's Yoga Project, whose mission is to use the skills of Yoga and Mindful Resilience to reduce PTS symptoms for military veterans.

Joe resides in Utica with his wife and when he's not teaching Yoga he enjoys exercising, photography, traveling, hiking, kayaking, biking, and attending cultural events in Central NY.

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Denise Rose, RYT

Yoga has been a part of Denise’s life for over fifteen years. Her love of yoga started with the physical benefits of the practice and grew into the journey of learning and exploring the concept of self-care, loving one-self and finding time to care for one-self. Knowing there was more to yoga than the physical component, the desire for that calmness, that peace that comes to us while on the mat drove Denise to learn more about the mind, body and soul connection. Upon graduating from the Universal 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program through Way to Wellness, in December 2017, the connection between yoga and life became apparent and is now part of her daily lifestyle., Denise is excited to share her knowledge of the physical benefits of yoga, as well as her passion of finding a moment to pause and discover the solitude, peace and joy of being on the mat.

 

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