Yates Community Center » Fitness Trainers

Dawn Shipman

I have been involved in fitness my entire life and have been very active in a variety of activities such as biking, hiking, swimming, teaching fitness classes and fitness coaching. My passion for teaching and exercise is part of my success in helping others reach their health goals and has motivated me to obtain certification in group exercise through NETA. I’m always willing to share experiences, exchange ideas, give encouragement, and lead by example in showing others how to find the strength within themselves to strive for excellence, by setting and accomplishing goals they never thought possible. Thanks, Dawn

Please contact me at Dawn Shipman at dawn@yatescc.org or Ph: 315-536-3354

Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson is Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200) and has been practicing yoga for 20 years. Her early teachers were in the tradition of B.K.S. Iyengar, and in 2009, she began studying Anusara yoga, a modern alignment- and heart-centered style.

Off the mat, Sarah is a voracious reader and devoted jnana yogi, which emphasizes the “path of knowledge.” Through reading and online courses, she’s been deeply influenced by several Buddhist teachers and writers — Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Thich Nhat Hanh, the Dalai Lama, and Pema Chodron.

In fall 2018, Sarah completed the Level 1 Restorative Yoga Teacher Training with Judith Lasater. She sits daily to meditate, and her favorite quote right now is the 5th of the Buddha’s Five Remembrances:

“My actions are my only true belongings.
I cannot escape the consequences of my actions.
They are the ground upon which I stand.”

Contact Sarah: sarah.s.thompson@gmail.com or Ph: 607-216-5161

Catherine Graves

Catherine is a Vinyasa Yoga instructor certified through the Atmananda Center (NYC), and is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Catherine’s classes incorporate her over 19 years’ experience in movement. Her back round includes a BFA in Ballet and Modern Dance from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, extensive studies in anatomy, experience in therapeutics, and work in Physical Therapy.

Catherine was a private instructor for The United Nations, various corporations, privately, and has lead multiple group classes throughout New York City. Classes are focused on alignment, connection to the breath, and flow. Catherine’s classes are known for creativity within the sequencing, to be a challenge both physically and mentally, and always, full of heart.

Colleen Runner

Introducing Colleen Runner, A certified Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Instructor.
Mindful chair yoga . Practice Yoga on a chair feeling secure, at your level of flexibility, breathing, stretching and feeling the benefits of mindfulness.

Personal Fitness Training Rates:


$20/half hour