Amanda started practicing yoga in 2001, but became serious about her practice after she had her daughter in 2011. Under the tutelage of her first truly inspirational teacher, Vivekan of Bodhisattva Yoga, she received her 200 hour teaching certification. Shortly thereafter, on a friend's advice, she completed her children's yoga certification with Shari Vilchez-Blatt at Karma Kids Yoga and found the opportunity to share this practice with young minds to be incredibly rewarding, not to mention fun. She loves to bring yoga and mindfulness into the classroom at schools, and her studio classes are always playful and fun. Amanda is continuously studying and deepening her own practice, on her mat, and on the meditation cushion. She has also received certification in Every Kids Yoga with Craig Hanauer and Prenatal Yoga with Samba Yoga. She is grateful for the guidance of her own amazing teachers, including Amanda Harding, Bobbie Marchand, Miles Borrero, Scott Anderson, Shari Vilchez-Blatt, Juliana Secches and Venerable Amy Miller. amandasidranyoga.com
Justin Donham has worn many hats over the years including performer, stage manager, voice-over artist , and sound designer. He was first introduced to yoga back in 2001 when he was working on a Broadway show. Sat Jivan Kaur from Kundalini Yoga East came into rehearsals regularly and introduced him to the power of a focused, vigorous practice. Over the years, Justin has studied many different vocabularies including Viewpoints, Suzuki, contact improvisation, developmental movement, and Butoh. Few things make him happier than being barefoot in a room full of bodies in motion. Drawing from this deep love of movement, his classes are a blend of fluid sequencing, healthy alignment, evocative music, and a big dollop of playfulness. He is a graduate of Prema Yoga Brooklyn’s 200-hour Teacher Training program and would like to extend tremendous gratitude to Amanda Harding, Bobbie Marchand, Lesley Desaulniers, and Ariel Kiley. https://yogadonham.com/
Chase has been practicing yoga since he was 8 years old. Having taken up serious study of asana and bhakti at 16, and teaching since 2007. His style and philosophy continues to evolve with each new experience. He is heavily influenced by a passion for functional movement and Restorative Exercise Therapy which meld with his passion for the Katonah Yoga material. You can expect a balance of playful and meditative exploration rooted in precise anatomical instruction. E-RYT200 and RYT500. http://www.chaseanandayoga.com
Kelly Eudailey began studying yoga more than a decade ago in Richmond, Virginia, as a complement to her dance training. After moving to New York in 2001, Kelly had the good fortune to practice at Be Yoga under the guidance of Beverley Murphy, Alan Finger, and Jean Koerner. She completed her 500-Hour teacher training in the ISHTA Yoga lineage, and has also studied extensively with Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project. Kelly’s style is inspired by a deep respect of anatomy, a playful attitude, and the wish to see more city-folk take a deep breath and enjoy the moment!
After a lifetime of inflexibility, Emily came to yoga hoping to gain the ability to touch her toes, but she ended up finding so much more. Although, yes, yoga improved the tightness of her hamstrings, it also provided her with a space to discover more about herself through the exploration of shapes, breath, and meditation. Before becoming a teacher, Emily started her yoga journey as a yoga portrait photographer, documenting the personal practices of yogis across the New York City area. She completed her 200 hour training at New Love City in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where she fell in love with learning about all things yoga, from the asanas to far beyond. https://emilyfaberphoto.format.com/home In her classes, expect a playful and creative vinyasa flow set to music, with additional elements drawn from Kundalini and yin. As a teacher, she hopes to create an experience where students can get in touch not only with their physical bodies but with their emotional bodies as well.
Clare first came to the practice of Yoga in 2003 while studying Theatre at Vassar College, and maintained a steady practice while pursuing acting and learning martial arts. It wasn't until experiencing a personal health setback that she became fully devoted and dove deeper into the practice. Sharing the self-healing powers of Yoga with others is what inspired Clare to become a teacher. In 2014 she completed her 200hr training at Jaya Yoga Center with Carla Stangenberg and Ramit Kreitner, followed by a 500hr training in 2018. She studied yoga for cancer (y4c) with Tari Prinster and serves in hospitals and community centers to bring Yoga & Meditation to patients, survivors, and caregivers. Clare teaches how she practices, a warming ashtanga-inspired flow incorporating Pranayama, followed by deep Savasana and Meditation. Modifications are given for both newer and advanced practitioners; come as you are
Jennifer began practicing yoga in 1994 and was certified to teach in 2005. She shares the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya, who taught T.K.V. Desikachar, B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois. Her studies have primarily been through the Iyengar Institute (as a student of the late Mary Dunn, Carrie Owerko, Lyndsey Clennell, and Carolyn Christie) and The Shala (as a student of Barbara Verrochi and Kristin Leigh), in addition to learning therapeutics with Anusara teacher Ellen Saltonstall, and Body-Mind Centering at the Breathing Project. Jennifer is also a lifelong student of Qigong and meditation teacher Master Zhongxian Wu, and a certified practitioner of the bodywork Zero Balancing. See more at https://jenniferintanburch.wordpress.com/
Gaby Kende, M.S., RD is a former Nutrition Instructor at Michigan State University and is a yoga teacher and yoga therapist in the Viniyoga tradition. She has trained 7 years with the world renowned teacher Gary Kraftsow and has completed her 500 hour teacher training and 500 hour yoga therapy training with him and is certified by the American Viniyoga Institute. Gaby has been teaching yoga classes since 1999 at the Center for Yoga in East Lansing Michigan and has been working privately with clients as a Yoga Therapist since 2008. Since moving to New York City in 2014, she has primarily offered private yoga therapy sessions. Her specialty areas are Yoga and Mindful Nutrition, Gentle Yoga for Older Beginners, Yoga for Back Pain, Yoga to De-stress, Yoga for Anxiety and Depression and Yoga for Better Sleep. Gaby is very much looking forward to offer yoga class sessions, and private sessions at Yogis and Yoginis.
Arturo started yoga as a teenager growing up in a working class neighborhood in Quito, Ecuador. in 1971, Arturo began a formal study of yoga with Dr. José Manuel Estrada, co-founder of the Universal Great Brotherhood (UGB), an international network dedicated to teaching yoga and promoting a spiritually aware lifestyle. At 17, he taught his first yoga class and went on to earn an international yoga teaching certificate. He continued to teach for the UGB in Quito, and then at Universidad de las Americas (UDLA), Swissotel, and the U.S. Embassy. Putting into action his strong belief in community service, Arturo gave free classes to the inmates of the García Moreno Penitentiary and to the children in a Quito shelter for the homeless. In 2001 Arturo brought his expertise to the United States, holding hatha yoga classes at Solar Yoga in Brooklyn
Shenaaz was introduced to yoga in college with Shiva Rea and has continued to return to the practice as a source of focus, calm, inner and outer strength. A chance encounter to train with Bija Kids opened the door to teaching children yoga, and a lifelong love of kids and yoga found a home. Wanting to expand her teaching, Shenaaz did her 200-hour adult yoga teacher training at OM Yoga with Cyndi Lee. She ventured out in 2013 to pave her own yogic path, creating the kids and family yoga company, Little Feet Wise Heart yoga. Watching children connect with their breath, learn about the strength in their bodies and understand the power of stillness continues to excite and awaken her practice every day. Shenaaz was inspired to find new ways for families of multiple generations to enjoy the practice of yoga together, on and off the mat. She completed meditation teacher training at The Interdependence Project with Ethan Nichtern and Kate Johnson, the four-year program in Sustainable Happiness with Miles Neale/ Nalanda Institute, along with Teaching Mindfulness to Kids with Heidi Marben. She’s thankful to the many teachers, students and families that have inspired her. Littlefeetwiseheartyoga.com
Eva began her yoga journey fifteen years ago, on a search for natural anxiety relief. She fell in love with the entire yoga package—the asanas, meditation, breathwork, kirtan, and teachings. She didn’t realize at the time how the practice would transform her life. She later received her 200-hour teacher training certification from Prema Yoga Brooklyn, and is also a graduate of Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal's Therapeutic Yoga Training Program, as well as numerous other trainings and immersions. As both a teacher and student, yoga has been and incredibly powerful physical and mental healer for her, and she feels that a safe and rooted daily practice in yoga and meditation, both guided by conscious breath, can bring dynamic change into one's life. Eva teaches privately and holds workshops, and therapeutic and vinyasa classes in and around Brooklyn. She thanks the many teachers she has met and studied with along her path.
For more than twelve years, Kat Janicka has been studying and practicing Hatha Yoga and meditation, finding it to be a powerful tool for self-exploration and examining how we relate to others. She loves working with people to help them understand their authentic selves — their complexities, gifts, karma, and life paths. She especially finds Yoga to be helpful for major transitions, unexpected life changes, and for a better understanding of one’s relationships. Kat also practices Energy Healing, using a blend of Reiki (2 level) and shamanic practices. She helps to facilitate powerful breakthroughs by clearing blockages around physical, spiritual, relationship, or emotional difficulties. Kat is a passionate Ayurveda lover. In her practice, she uses Dottera essential oils. Kat did her teacher training in the Sivananda Ashram and was given the name Ishvari. She practiced meditation with the Forrest Monks in Thailand and since 2013 has been deeply conected with the Zen Monastery upstate where she took her lay precepts and receved the name Reigetsu. https://yogaishvari.neocities.org/about.html
Cori, RDN is honored to join the Yogis & Yoginis team and share Kundalini Yoga with the community. Practicing varying styles of yoga for over a decade, Cori discovered Kundalini Yoga about two years ago and the practices' focus on aligning mind, body and soul immediately resonated. She went on to complete her Kundalini yoga teacher training a year later on an ashram in Espanola NM and is certified by KRI (Kundalini Research Institute). She is also a certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with her own nutrition and healthy lifestyle consulting business Belly Blissful (belly blissful.com). Cori is a strong believer in the healing power of food and the undeniable mind-body connection. She emphasizes balanced nutrition, mindful eating, meditation, positive mindset and purposeful movement in her counseling.
Dave grew up in Brooklyn, speaks Thai, and has a masters in Neuroscience and Education. He is an always learning teacher and an always teaching learner. His yoga class is deeply eclectic and holistic, inspired by Anusara and Vinyasa yoga, Tai Chi, and injury prevention methods. He cares most about softening the breathing muscles, waving the spine, cleaning out the hips and shoulders, and dancing with the body and mind. On the spiritual side, he gears his classes toward cultivating presence, balancing action and acceptance, and finding inner space. He also makes his own music that provides the background for his classes. www.effortwise.com
Melissa Carter teaches yoga and leads a duel life as an actor/musician. She cannot imagine a life without one or the other. She started practicing yoga during her final year in undergrad and it became her lifeline - a container to synch movement & breath to find her way to the present moment. Melissa knew then that she wanted to teach yoga. She first trained with Piedmont Yoga in Oakland, CA and learned to teach restorative with Abby Paloma here in NYC. She melds creative practice and yoga in her public classes, with private clients, and in group creativity workshops. In her classes, look forward to slowing down, sweet essential oils, sometimes live music, and always connecting to being enough exactly as we are. www.melissakaitlyncarter.com
Starting a consistent yoga practice without a movement background and while not leading the most sustainable lifestyle, Greg often wondered if "yoga was for him." He was not flexible and with a number of previous injuries that certain stock postures aggravated. Despite these concerns, Greg found that yoga could lead to real transformative changes. And these changes need time to take root. Greg teaches with a strong emphasis on awareness: breath, body and mind. Turning the attention inward helps one focus and stay present. His other focus is anatomy. Correct alignment and anatomically informed decisions-making might not be the quickest path to mastering every advanced pose, but they may take you down the path of lasting change. After the initial 200 RYS certification, Greg deepened his yoga education with a 108-hour Anatomy for Yoga Teachers course and Yoga International’s Pranayama Unlocked course. Being an Accessible Yoga Ambassador, he aims to keep his classes open to everyone, regardless of experience level or physical abilities. www.flowbk.com
Julia Arenson has been practicing Hatha yoga since childhood and has been a certified yoga instructor for 21 years. She was raised in a family of yoga teachers and practitioners and was first certified through the Sivananda Vendanta tradition in 1997. She is also certified in “Anatomy and Breath-centered yoga” through Leslie Kaminoff of The Breathing Project, prenatal yoga through Janice Clarfield and Mommy and Me” yoga through Baby Om. She is a DONA-trained post-partum doula and specializes in prenatal yoga and Parent-Baby and kids yoga. Her ever-evolving practice has also been inspired and influenced by the strong alignment principles of Iyengar and Anusara as well as the flowing Vinyasa style of Jivamukti yoga. Julia has had extensive experience in teaching diverse populations, body-types and levels. She has taught movement and Hatha yoga to pre-schoolers and teenagers within the public school system and to the injured and elderly in nursing and rehabilitation centers. Her classes are flowing, engaging, compassionate and restorative with an emphasis on proper alignment and the yogic principle of seeking both stability and ease within each posture. She lives in Brooklyn with her 11 year old son. www.dancingdoula.net
Caroline started practicing yoga in 2001 while a student in law school. In 2012 she completed the 200 Hour RYT training program at Back Bay Yoga Studio under Lynne Begier and Ame Wren. Caroline’s primary training is Vinyasa focused, but incorporates many elements of Forrest, Ashtanga and Yin yoga. Her style focuses on the breath as the absolute essential component of yoga and learning how to listen to our bodies. Her classes are challenging, but most importantly, nourishing and nurturing. She lives in Brooklyn and travels often for work, but loves to continue to teach whenever she can and to spend her time with her wife and two sons
Sharon’s dream job is to share yoga, mindfulness, and creative movement with children. Her yoga classes are collaborative and explorative, thus creating an exciting practice and thoughtful community. Since a very early age, she found purpose and fulfillment in expressing herself through the mediums of dance, movement, music, singing, and acting. Sharon has completed two certifications in teaching children yoga from Asana Alphabet and Yo Re Mi. Sharon has a BA, majoring in Dance at Hunter College. Aside from teaching children movement at a variety of preschools, daycares, Pre-K and elementary schools, Sharon is a professional dance artist. Her classes utilize sensory objects, literature, songs, rhymes, and music. Sharon is developing a preschool storytime yoga program called Bookworm Groove. Her approach to teaching secular yoga, mindfulness and creative dance is to cultivate inspiration, create a safe space for a child’s imagination and sow the seed for greater self-awareness and empathy
Liz found yoga at a stressful time in her life and fell in love with the practice, returning again and again. She has experienced, first hand, the power of yoga to calm the mind, empower the body and spirit, and foster compassion. It is her greatest desire to share these gifts with her students. Liz is trained in classical yoga, prenatal, and children's yoga and is grateful to her teachers Dharma Mittra, Mia Borgata, and Anne Robideaux. Her classes focus on turning the attention inward to cultivate mindfulness in movement, breath, and thought.
Space and Movement have always been a driving interest to Georges and has led him to the study of dance, architecture and photography. Twenty years ago, unsurprisingly, it led to the study of Yoga. Georges is forever grateful to Vivekan of Bodhisattva Yoga for reopening the door to Dharma, to Prema Yoga’s Amanda Harding and her team where Georges completed his RYT200, as well as the Shantideva Center for providing the training to become a Meditation Leader.