"I am a better person physically and spiritually because of her!"

I have been taking Sophie’s yoga classes twice a week for nearly two years. They are appointment exercise each week in my calendar (Set to repeat weekly with no end date!) Foundations is great for two reasons: I like seeing the progress I make over the course of a month and I love the community of friends my family has made through Sophie’s Yoga Club! Our weekend travel plans revolve around getting home in time to unwind on Sunday nights at Yang Yin. Not only has Sophie’s gift for teaching poses and proper alignment added years to my life, but she has absolutely added life to my years through her positive and welcoming spirit. The love and light in Sophie truly brings out the love and light in her students. I am a better person physically and spiritually because of her!

— Andrea Moore

"A teacher who helped me fall in love with yoga."

I used to think that yoga is weird music, stretching, Sanskrit words spoken in hushed tones and either old “hippies” or young, shallow women who don’t like to work out and sweat…then I went to a Sophie Tashkovski yoga class and discovered that none of my preconceptions apply. Great, fun music, a hard workout with a teacher who helped me fall in love with yoga. Sophie teaches; she doesn’t just direct a series of poses. I can honestly say that my body, mind and life have all changed for the better because I met Sophie and became addicted to yoga.

— Dave Moore

"Sophie has been a mentor, a friend and an inspiration."

It’s hard to put into words the role that Sophie has played in my yoga practice. Sophie has been a mentor, a friend and an inspiration. It was because of her, and her willingness to answer all my burning yoga questions, that I chose pursue my yoga teacher training, and my life will forever be changed. 

Sophie’s knowledge of anatomy its application to yoga makes her classes accessible to everybody and every body! Her classes are structured to empower you with the knowledge to stay safe in any class and at home. Even as I dealt with shoulder injury and pain, Sophie provided all the modifications and strengthening exercises for me to continue and progress in my practice.

Whether you’re new to yoga or have been practicing for years, Sophie can help you to reach the next level in your practice, whatever that may be!

— Alisandra Bertram

"I always feel confident that I am practicing safely."

One of the first yoga classes I ever took was with Sophie. She was the perfect instructor to introduce me to the world of yoga and open my eyes to the many physical and mental benefits of developing a yoga practice. The welcoming and positive energy of her classes is felt as soon as you enter the studio. I always feel confident that I am practicing safely and I am so happy with the progress I have made in my practice. Even in a class with dozens of people, Sophie takes the time to make sure each person of getting the individual attention they need to maintain proper alignment and progress in their practice. As I was training for a half-marathon, I asked her to incorporate working on hamstrings into her upcoming flow. She took my suggestion and developed a great flow that provided the perfect balance to my running workouts. I have been practicing with Sophie for over 6 months now and I look forward to taking her classes every week!

— Sara Sofranko

"A personal journey that makes me feel invigorated, healthy, peaceful and positive."

Prior to practicing yoga with Sophie, I had taken some various classes around Syracuse. I often left those classes wondering if yoga just wasn’t my thing, as they were overcrowded and so much about athleticism and challenging poses. Then I started taking a regular class with Sophie, and immediately realized that yoga is indeed my thing. Sophie’s yoga is like no other yoga I had practiced before. She has the remarkable ability to explain what every breath and movement should feel like, suggesting the subtlest adjustments that make every pose feel exactly as it should. It’s as if she’s inside my head when I practice with her. Sophie’s yoga is not just about being strong enough to hold crow pose, and certainly doesn’t make me feel insecure about what my body can’t do. It’s what I always thought yoga should be: a personal journey that makes me feel invigorated, healthy, peaceful and positive.
— Jamelle Merriam

"Helpful to new and old yogis alike"

When someone new to yoga asks me to recommend a class, Sophie’s class is always top on my list. Her foundations class is super helpful to new and old yogis alike. She guides you through the movements, pointing out key elements of the poses. In Yin/Yang, you move through a flow and then Yin. In both classes, Sophie is great at assists, my favorite being the shoulder assist during savasana!!
— Vicki Rothman

"I love the peaceful setting"

When I started yoga with Sophie, I had multiple injuries. She was able to teach me modifications to not only work around those injuries, but also help strengthen the areas and even things out in my body. 

On top of that I love the peaceful setting where she practices, the welcoming community of women I have met there, and most of all, Sophie’s intelligent and fun teaching style.

— Annie Taylor

"Sessions that are challenging for both myself and my athletic and limber daughter"

I started going to Sophie with my daughter nearly two years ago. Sophie’s positive energy and joy in what she is doing translates into more than a person who puts one through their postures . As a person over 65, I find Sophie a terrific instructor who has no problem creating sessions that are challenging for both myself and my athletic and limber daughter. While her knowledge and skill is always impressive, it is Sophie who creates sessions that are always something to look forward to.

-Tina Parker

"Accessible to Everybody and Every Body"

It's hard to put into words the role that Sophie has played in my yoga practice. Sophie has been a mentor, a friend and an inspiration. It was because of her, and her willingness to answer all my burning yoga questions, that I chose pursue my yoga teacher training, and my life will forever be changed. 

Sophie's knowledge of anatomy its application to yoga makes her classes accessible to everybody and every body! Her classes are structured to empower you with the knowledge to stay safe in any class and at home. Even as I dealt with shoulder injury and pain, Sophie provided all the modifications and strengthening exercises for me to continue and progress in my practice.

Whether you're new to yoga or have been practicing for years, Sophie can help you to reach the next level in your practice, whatever that may be! 

-Alisandra Bertram 

"Welcoming and Positive Energy"

One of the first yoga classes I ever took was with Sophie. She was the perfect instructor to introduce me to the world of yoga and open my eyes to the many physical and mental benefits of developing a yoga practice. The welcoming and positive energy of her classes is felt as soon as you enter the studio. I always feel confident that I am practicing safely and I am so happy with the progress I have made in my practice. Even in a class with dozens of people, Sophie takes the time to make sure each person of getting the individual attention they need to maintain proper alignment and progress in their practice. As I was training for a half-marathon, I asked her to incorporate working on hamstrings into her upcoming flow. She took my suggestion and developed a great flow that provided the perfect balance to my running workouts. I have been practicing with Sophie for over 6 months now and I look forward to taking her classes every week!

-Sara Sofranko