About Sol Power Yoga

Founded in the living room of Sylvia’s home, Sol Power Yoga's community was created based on the foundation of providing a sense of belonging. 

Our Mission is to create a community of authentic, fun, connected, powerful people who are a stand for themselves and one another on and off the mat. 

We are a stand for acceptance, integrity, service and The Baptiste Methodology and the Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga Practice created by Baron Baptiste.

Baron Baptiste

Baron Baptiste


The Sol Power Yoga Team

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Sylvia Maxwell, Owner & Founder Sol Power Yoga

Lead Trainer Sol Power School of Yoga & Leadership

I love yoga because it has taught me to accept myself fully and to freely express myself without question. Through yoga I have learned how to listen purely and deepen my connections with others. What I love most about Baptiste Yoga is the community. 

Sylvia's students enjoy her lighthearted perspective, grounded by insights that help sustain them through an intense practice. Her classes blend a sense of self-acceptance with an invitation to transform past any unnecessary self-imposed limitations.

Sylvia is a 1200hr Tier 3 Certified Baptiste Yoga Influencer and a graduate of the Baptiste Institutes FIT-to-Lead (faculty in training) program. She is the founder of SOL Power Yoga and the Albany Yoga Project, a nonprofit 501c3. 


Emily Woodruff, 200 RYT Sol Power School of Yoga & Leadership

Originally from Illinois, Emily moved to Albany in 2014. Yoga has been a part of her life for over 14 years, and her practice has helped her grow stronger and more flexible both on and off the mat.

Emily joined the Sol community first as a student, next as the Buti Sculpt instructor, and then as a 200 RYT teacher in training. At Sol Power Yoga, she has found a remarkable community that enjoys learning and practicing together while pursuing physical and mental growth. As a teacher, Emily enjoys seeing students light up when they realize their own power and strength.

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Jennifer Horton, 200 RYT Sol Power School of Yoga & Leadership

Jennifer joined the Sol community in February 2018 as a Kula team member. Over the summer, she moved into program development by assisting Sylvia in leading a kids yoga camp and organizing logistics for the Handstands, Hugs, and Happiness Tour fundraising events for Africa Yoga Project. She has since been serving as studio manager. Jennifer’s favorite thing about teaching is being able to see people and learn more about who they are through their asana practice.

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Heather Ashberry, 200 RYT Sol Power School of Yoga & Leadership   Heather joined the Sol Family in December of 2017 as a Kula on the Sol team. She enjoys always being in creation whether on her yoga mat or in her design studio for Beatrice Wormwood Ink.  What Heather enjoys about teaching is being able to see people experiencing new possibilities.

Heather Ashberry, 200 RYT Sol Power School of Yoga & Leadership

Heather joined the Sol Family in December of 2017 as a Kula on the Sol team. She enjoys always being in creation whether on her yoga mat or in her design studio for Beatrice Wormwood Ink.

What Heather enjoys about teaching is being able to see people experiencing new possibilities.

Anne Cheek, 200 RYT Sol Power School of Yoga & Leadership   Anne became part of the Sol Family in February 2018 as a Kula. She grew up as a dancer and many of the poses in the yoga practice are similar to ballet warmups. Because of this, she quickly fell in love with it! At the end of 2018, she started receiving her 200-Hr RYT at Sol with Sylvia. Anne enjoys experiencing people find their inner & physical strength through the yoga practice

Anne Cheek, 200 RYT Sol Power School of Yoga & Leadership

Anne became part of the Sol Family in February 2018 as a Kula. She grew up as a dancer and many of the poses in the yoga practice are similar to ballet warmups. Because of this, she quickly fell in love with it! At the end of 2018, she started receiving her 200-Hr RYT at Sol with Sylvia. Anne enjoys experiencing people find their inner & physical strength through the yoga practice

Your success in anything is ultimately a matter of intention
— Baron Baptiste