Jamesville For the majority of the last 25 years, Tony Riposo has been a one-man travelling yoga instructor, teaching classes in church basements and recreation centers across Central New York. And his wife, Mary Riposo, has been practicing and teaching reiki out of her home and renting space in churches for the last nine. Over the duration of their careers, the Riposos have become somewhat of an underground wellness power couple, and with class sizes and clients increasing each year, it became apparent that they would need a permanent space of their own. So, in April, they opened the Infinite Light Center for Yoga and Wellness in Jamesville to finally give their students and clients a concrete destination for their wellness experiences.
“I knew that I wanted to be in DeWitt, but after a while I’d seen every property in DeWitt and there was no place there that would house what I was looking for,” Tony said. “It’s too commercialized in DeWitt. This place provided us with everything we wanted- there are trees all around us, it’s secluded and there are no city sounds. It’s close enough that people will come, but far enough away that it’s a destination to experience wellness.”
Tony, who has always had an interest in fitness and exercise, attended his first yoga class in the mid-80s and couldn’t get enough of it. He dove headfirst into yoga and became a certified teacher in 1987. Ten years later, he was teaching “Yoga with Tony” full time- everywhere from Liverpool, to Onondaga Community College, to DeWitt.
In 2009, Tony created the Infinite Light yoga program, a unique teaching style based on his experiences with the practice. His program was soon approved as a nationally-accredited yoga program. As more students graduated, the Infinite Light Teacher’s Organization was formed and his program just kept expanding.