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Rick Lynch has studied, practiced and experienced Yoga for over 30 years. He began his own yoga practice in 1978 when he took a class because he had a bad back. Quickly realizing that yoga was much more than just poses, it became a way of life for him. After becoming certified as an instructor in 1989 with Francois Raoult of Open Sky Yoga Center in Rochester, Rick took continuing education credits to become a master yoga instructor.

Since 1989 Rick has taught locally and internationally, leading many trips to Thailand and India for yoga vacations and retreats. He has conducted classes at Open Sky Yoga in Rochester since 1989, at his studio Finger Lakes Yoga in Canandaigua since 1993, and at Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua since 2000. Since 2007, Rick has co-evolved yoga programs for Wegman’s. In 2016, he became certified in mindfulness and meditation with teacher David Nichturn of Denver, Colorado. In 2017 he broadened his scope to a pilates teaching certification as well.

Rick's class are truly for anyone. Each class promotes yoga's ultimate goal of stilling the mind with his tried and true techniques in breathing and body movement. He teaches from the inspiration of his students, the time of year, and time of day, being conscious of all that challenges us, as humans. Class participants enjoy the use of props to allow each posture to meet the student where they're at, whether a brand new student or seasoned practitioner. Rick enjoys yoga and shares it with his soft spoken sense of humor and positive perspective of living a whole life, everyday.


Rick brings his humor and an everyday practicality to his high quality yoga instruction. Each class is inspired by being here now and making peace with our minds through the use of breath, movement and stillness. As you get to know him, you'll appreciate his passion for nature, hiking the Finger Lakes area and riding motorcycles.


Yoga is an art, a science, and philosophy for personal development.

Yoga will help build strength, develop flexibility and improve harmony with in yourself.

Yoga reduces the effects of stress. Therapeutic in nature, yoga can help alleviate physical problems by bringing balance to the whole system.

Yoga is compatible and enhancing to all athletic endeavors.

Yoga by definition is the settling of the mind into stillness.

Its purpose is to deepen your inner sense of awareness and perception.


Our Philosophy




Start anytime...classes are ongoing and you may register at any time during the term on a pro-rated basis.

Your first class is free!

2 Classes per week $210.00

Private class $75.00/hour

Drop in $19

Make up classes may be made up only during the current series.


Level 1  - For the beginning practitioner.

Level 1-2 - For the beginning to intermediate practitioner.

Level 2-1 - For the intermediate to beginner practitioner.

Gentle - Mindful, gentle movement and breath.

Gentle/Backcare - A gentle class for those hoping to prevent back pain or care for their ailing back.

Level 1/Restorative - For the beginner practitioner and those seeking supported rest.

Class Descriptions


Carrie Heintzelman's goal is to share yoga with laughter, lightness and positivity while encouraging a committed practice that is based on the needs of our body and demands on our mind.


Carrie is a graduate 2013 of the 200 hr Essential Teacher Training at Open Sky Yoga with Francois Raoult. Also Back Care Teacher Training 2016 and Prenatal/postpardum Teacher Training in 2017. Since then teaching through out the community at corporate and yoga centers.

She practices yoga to help her be the best she can be.As someone who craves outdoor physical activity she learned her body craved another,more gentle, patient approach to opening and releasing body and mind!
She teaches yoga from her heart.


About Carrie
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