Angela is a Certified Instructor through Yoga Works advanced training program, and Pre and Postnatal through Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC. Offering a dynamic practice, Angela has a joyful spirit and inspires to welcome and guide students to explore the mind / body connection while blending a heart-centered, breath-based practice. She teaches safely, offering modifications and appropriate poses for all levels, giving students more space while building confidence, a steady flow, a calm mind, and a strong presence – both on and off the mat. In her own life, Angela is a student at heart, working to live her own mantra to trust, surrender and simply enjoy finding her place in the rhythm of life; an idea that lies at the heart of the yoga practice.
Julia Arenson has been practicing Hatha yoga since childhood and has been a certified yoga instructor for fourteen years. She is a DONA-trained post-partum doula and specializes in prenatal yoga and Parent-Baby yoga. Julia was raised in a family of yoga teachers and practitioners and was first certified through the Sivananda Vendanta tradition in 1997. She is 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. Julia has also performed and taught Middle Eastern ( Bellydance) for over eighteen years and enjoys safely incorporating some of the earthy and organic vocabulary of Middle Eastern dance in her prenatal and Mommy-Baby classes. 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 eight year old son. www.dancingdoula.net
Alex Venier Ledesma
Alex grew up on a family farm in the Tyrolean Alps of Austria and has lived in the U.S. since 1997. She first encountered yoga in 2001 while working as a pre-school teacher at a Montessori school in Miami Beach, FL. She was inspired. Alex began practicing yoga herself and incorporating yoga routines in the classroom for her young students. She completed Radiant Child teacher training in 2005 and began offering yoga classes to children in Washington D.C. and Alexandria, VA. In 2007, Alex completed the 200-hour yoga teacher training at US1, a Yoga Alliance registered yoga school, and has been a yoga instructor (to adults as well as children) ever since. Alex is also a mother of two and during both pregnancies maintained a consistent yoga practice. In 2008 Alex completed the Prenatal Teacher Training through Yoga Works, taught by Carrie Parker Gastely. She can attest first hand to the many benefits of prenatal, postnatal, and “Mommy & Me” yoga. Alex has offered “Mommy & Me” and “Prenatal” classes in both the U.S. & Austria. She is fluent in English and German.
Once Alex moved to Brooklyn she discovered many wonderful yoga studios in the area. She currently teaches at several studios as well as fitness institutions in the neighborhood. Alex offers mommy & me style classes, children yoga classes as well as yoga classes to adults in group settings and private sessions. She feels deep gratitude towards all the teachers, students and supportive family members and friends that have guided helped, and inspired her along the way.
The first yoga class Miya took was taught by the blessed Dharma Mittra. Walking out of the studio Miya felt mystified and inspired. What resonated deeply for her was the importance of internal truth, discipline and compassion in the yogic traditions. Sixteen years later Miya sees that the essence of life is what lies in-between the highs and lows. Her yogic practice now finds stability in what is always changing. Miya has had the great fortune to study with some of the most respected teachers still living. In 2006 she received a 300 Hour Yoga certification from Seven Centers Yoga Arts in Sedona Arizona under the guidance of Ruth Hartung. In 2011 she completed her 800 Hour Jivamukti Yoga certification at the feet of Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Yogesari. Her Jivamukti training included an apprenticeship in which she studied exclusively with her dear mentor and teacher Lady Ruth Lauer-Manetti. Miya’s classes combine a quiet spirituality, chanting, music, and a rhythmic-vinyasa, The pace of her classes is slow but challenging. She loves to work with her hands to employ clear, supportive adjustments. Miya encourages students to have a daily practice so that they can begin to cultivate the freedom that discipline brings to ones life. She strives to make every class a new and exciting adventure!
Andromeda Han is a Brooklyn based visual artist and yoga instructor. The first child of Chinese immigrants, east-meets-west has been a consistent theme through her life. She completed her 200 hour certification in 2015 through Tattva at Area Yoga under the guidance of her yoga moms Keri Setaro and Paula Loose. Since then she has taught at several boutique studios throughout Brooklyn and led workshops on the beach in El Salvador. Her vinyasa classes are upbeat and playful while emphasizing safe alignment and thoughtful sequencing. You can expect at least a couple of bad jokes.
Trish grew up in a very competitive and athletic family. After years of cardio workouts and strength training, she found herself in a yoga class at her local gym. It immediately felt like she had found her place, yet surprising to her, it wasn’t in competition with anyone. She joined a studio, based on the suggestion of a friend, and was immediately inspired by one of the teacher’s there. His energy and genuine love for life was contagious. Since then, she has been trying to cultivate that same energy and joy through both the practice and study of yoga.She feels blessed to have had many amazing teachers with a variety of yogic backgrounds, all of which have inspired her practice, teachings, and personal growth. She received her 200 hour certification with Yoga Alliance by studying Vinyasa with Pure Yoga in Dallas, TX in 2010. She is especially grateful to her teachers DeAnna Anderson and Jason Lobo for their thoughtful guidance and continued support.She is currently studying the tradition of Mysore Ashtanga as a personal practice. Trish’s teaching focuses on linking movement with breath, while incorporating different styles of Vinyasa to keep her students present and connected. Her classes are accompanied by a mix of music to engage and promote a positive and fun environment for practice. She caters to all levels of practitioners, by offering modifications and variations as needed. She encourages her students to listen to their bodies and minds, in order to find the teacher within.
She hopes to help others cultivate the joy within themselves through the practice of yoga.
A yoga instructor, writer, and composition instructor, Mara’s yoga practice and instruction are influenced by her passion for the creative process and the way in which individual elements fit together to form a whole greater than the sum of those parts.
Mara completed 200-hour certification at ISHTA Yoga with yogirajas Alan Finger and Sarah Platt-Finger, and holds additional certifications in prenatal, restorative, yoga nidra, and yin. Inspired by ISHTA’s integrative Tantric philosophy, Mara’s classes encourage a holistic practice that includes linking of breath and movement, attention to individual alignment, and pranayama and meditation to restore and rejuvenate the mind and body. Her power classes offer a dynamic asana practice while also exploring multiple meanings of “power” in yoga. A registered prenatal and postnatal yoga teacher, Mara has a special interest in providing expectant and new moms the time and space to practice self-care.
Off the mat, Mara is a full-time faculty member in the English department at Pace University. She holds a PhD in English Education from Columbia University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the City University of New York. Whether in the yoga studio or the college classroom, Mara strives to foster an inclusive environment where each student can enjoy both the support of the community and the room to safely deepen his or her individual practice. maragraysonyoga.com
Frank Wildermann has been practicing and teaching yoga for 10 years. He teaches public classes in both Brooklyn and Manhattan along with a host of corporate and private classes.
He believes the practice is an opportunity to use the physical body to delve into the realm of the breath so we can explore the depths of the mind. He believes in creating a joyful, compassionate vinyasa flow that will also challenge you but also recognizes the relevance of nurturing a deep restorative practice as well.
Frank is a graduate of the 200 hour Yogamaya teacher training program, a graduate of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, and holds a B.A. from Middlebury College in Middlebury, VT.
He is also an Eagle Scout, jumps out of planes, has run the NYC Marathon twice, and watched the sun rise from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
Mary is passionate to share the practice of yoga with individuals from all walks of life and at all levels of practice. Originally drawn to yoga for stress and anxiety reduction, she has been exploring various yoga styles and practices for the past 15 years. With an equal love for sweaty vinyasa classes and kirtans, Mary completed her first 200-hour Certification in Traditional Hatha Yoga at Integral Yoga Institute, NYC in 2011 and has been teaching since. In 2014 she completed a second 200-hour Certification in Vinyasa-style at Prema Yoga, Brooklyn. As an Educator currently working with adolescents within NYC High Schools, Mary is a Certified Teen Yoga Instructor through Karma Kids, and The Lineage Project’s Yoga for At-Risk and Incarcerated Youth. Mary’s classes aim to inspire others to find some balance and calm, spaciousness and strength on their mat and in their everyday lives. Her classes utilize a breath-centered approach, integrating safe and effective sequencing with yoga philosophy and music. She is grateful for all of the teachers and students that continue to guide, inspire and challenge her on this never-ending ride. ~”Everything and everyone in this life is my teacher” (Ramana Maharshi).
April is an Advanced 800-Hour Jivamukti Yoga teacher. She began her yoga practice in 2008 as a preparation for surf camp in Costa Rica, but fell in love with yoga and only in-like with surfing. She was drawn to the tenets of Jivamukti Yoga - the emphasis on ahimsa (non-harming) and sastra (scripture). Her yoga practice sustained her through her corporate career. Handstands in hotel rooms helped alleviate the
demands of an intense travel/work schedule. After 7 years as a campus recruiter for the financial industry, April attended NYU and earned an MA in School Counseling.
Her classes are playful and fun, yet challenging for all levels of student, giving options for everyone, and always alignment focused. She is known for her love of Sanskrit and yogic philosophy, and for her powerful and meaningful hands-on assists.
Keely Rakushin Garfield joyfully participates in the great body of the world in the fields of arts and wellness. A spirit of philosophical inquiry and compassionate concern are at the heart of all her endeavors. Keely is a E-RYT 800 yoga instructor, Senior Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT), Reiki Master, hospice caregiver, and a Zen Meditation teacher lay-ordained in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition. Keely is faculty for UZIT, Yoga Shanti, and Yogamaya teacher trainings. She is also an acclaimed choreographer and dancer with her company Keely Garfield Dance, and a 2017 Guggenheim Fellow. Combining her knowledge of movement, yoga, yoga therapy, meditation, breath awareness, aromatherapy, Reiki, and contemplative care practices, Keely’s path continues to be shaped by her service in many areas. She leads self-care workshops for dancers, works in oncology and hospice, served in a pediatric hospital in Haiti, and regularly conducts yoga and Reiki retreats and trainings. www.keelygarfield.nyc
Over the course of her 15 years of personal practice Farah has come to value the different purposes yoga can serve a student at any given moment in time. Farah completed her 200 hour certification at Three Sisters Yoga in early 2014 and seeks to offer a space for students to explore mindfulness and self awareness, while connecting with the physical virtues and limitations of one's own body. Farah teaches an open level flow class and prior to joining the Area Yoga team taught a local community studio.
Diana is drawn to the healing, therapeutic qualities of yoga and especially those of the restorative practice. She seeks to create safe spaces for people to let go, transform and find peace. She takes inspiration from a variety of sources -- spirituality, neuroscience, psychology, the subtle body, poetry, nature, music -- and integrates these into her classes.
Diana became acquainted with yoga at a young age through her mother offering classes in the living room of her childhood home. Yoga was always present for Diana during her childhood through early adulthood, however it was not until 2010 that Diana developed a more consistent practice as a means to balance the stressors of everyday and forge a deeper connection with the Self.
In December 2014, Diana received her initial certification through the 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified program at Area Yoga in Brooklyn Heights. She has received additional 50-hour certification from Laughing Lotus NYC in Restorative Yoga.
Ashley is a writer turned yogi. Her (RYT-500) teachings focus on the practice of mindful movement integrating a balanced combination of vinyasa influences, Buddhist philosophy and meditation techniques. Humor is at the heart of Ashley's practice, coupled with a direct, authentic and playful teaching style igniting her students' purpose to build strength, flexibility and expansiveness in their bodies and their lives. She is also a contributing wellness writer for several publications including YogaCityNYC, Wanderlust & Yoganoymous.
Tessa received her certification at Integral Yoga Institute in 2009. She brings with her a Pilates background and 18 years of dance experience to create strong and restorative practice. In addition as a new Mom she loves incorporating a personal perspective to her prenatal students.
Cassie Vincent was introduced to yoga over a decade ago by a family friend in her hometown of Nantucket, MA. Since then, she has studied in multiple disciplines of meditation, eastern medicine, and yoga, as a way to learn more about her own mind-body connection. She views yoga as a way to balance, rejuvenate, and strengthen one's own physical and mental health.
As a teacher, Cassie is dedicated to creating a safe and secure atmosphere. She provides guidance and support to her students, encouraging everyone to reach their full potentials within their individual goals. Her students note she brings boundless energy to classes, filling the studio with light and kindness
Clare first stepped on to the mat while studying Theater at Vassar College. After practicing for 10 years she completed her 200hr training at Jaya Yoga Center in 2014. Clare has studied with Seane Corn, Tari Prinster, and is a certified y4c™ (Yoga for Cancer) instructor. Her teaching philosophy is that Yoga "meets you where you are" and can be adapted for all abilities, ages, and walks of life. Classes are a challenging yet safe space for students to connect with their breath and bodies. Currently she is completing a 500hr training program.
Melissa draws inspiration from the timeless teachings and ongoing, modern relevance of Yoga philosophy. As a devotional student, Melissa earned her 200-hour certification in 2010 from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center and has been a dedicated teacher ever since. Always a seeker, she then completed Advanced Teacher Training at Abhaya Yoga in 2016. Her classes offer a challenging, joyful, spacious and inclusive experience for all students. She relates Vinyasa Flow to the flow of life and how we practice transitions and shape-shifting to maintain balance. Also a mental health professional, Melissa takes interest in encouraging each student to light their own path of self-discovery, authenticity, meaning and power.
Hilarie Ashton received her 200-hour Vinyasa teaching certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, where she also got certified in an additional 100 hours in inversion techniques and hands-on assisting. She also has certifications with the American Council on Exercise in both group fitness and yoga teaching. Most recently, she taught yoga at New Leaf Yoga and Pilates, and has also taught community classes at Laughing Lotus and regular classes at Body Reserve Gym, Free School Yoga, and one of Bowery Residents' Committee's LES housing assistance programs; when she can, she moonlights as a kickboxing instructor. When not doing fitness things, she is an English Ph.D candidate at the CUNY Grad Center, where she is writing her dissertation on the rock 'n' roll genius of sixties girl groups like the Ronettes and the Shangri-Las.
Rosemarie came to yoga through her passion for dance. Sharing and deepening this love of movement led to her 200 hour Vinyasa Flow certification, led by Tom and Daphne Larkin in Nashville Tennessee at Sanctuary for Yoga, Body & Spirit. Rosemarie has been practicing yoga for many years and carries the influence of several yoga and dance teachers she has had the honor of working with including James Bailey, Danny Brewington and Martin Kirk. Rosemarie recently relocated to New York City and is looking forward to sharing her yoga practice with others and deepening her knowledge of the form.
Rebecca first began her journey with the GYROTONIC® Expansion System while a student at the Alonzo King's LINES Ballet Training Program in 2009. In 2011, completed her Foundation Training in San Francisco with Nora Heiber. She has continued her education in New York, completing the GYROTONIC® Applications for Dancers and the GYROKINESIS® Foundation Training with Miriam Barbosa. As a dancer, Rebecca has danced with Nevada Ballet Theatre, Columbia Classical Ballet, Terra Firma Dance Theatre, Ballet Inc, Kay Nishikawa and Artists, and Yoo and Dancers, among other projects in New York. She is so grateful for the way the GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® methods have transformed her dancing and life in general, and is so excited to be sharing the love at Area Yoga.
Elias Lopez Garcia
A naturalist and environmentalist at heart, Elias combines his love for nature with his love for yoga and his students find there is an obvious connection in his instruction style. Born and raised in Mexico Elias enjoys bringing his inspiration from his roots to his yoga practice. He infuses his classes with music and with careful attention to alignment and he views yoga as a journey to live well, and love fully. He believes in the power of Yoga to deeply transform our lives and is inspired by the poetry of the body, the yogis around him and the organic forms of nature. Elias is honored to study with John Friend, Jim Bernaert, Ellen Sallstontal and Jackie Prete who infuse him with a passion for aligning the body with the Divine through breath and heart. Elias relishes sharing this beautiful journey called Yoga with his students. He loves to create a fun, safe and sacred place where you are empowered to achieve your full potential and connect to Grace.
For Narisara, teaching yoga is an opportunity to help others, and she offers a creative but structured environment where the present moment is honored. Narisara blends anatomy studies, poetry, dharma & the arts into her classes and draws inspiration from everyday urban life. Learn more at www.narisara.org.
Narisara Vanichanan received her 200-hr and 500-hr vinyasa yoga teacher training from OM Yoga Center. She is completing her 3rd year of Advanced Anatomy Studies at The Breathing Project under Amy Matthews and Leslie Kaminoff. She has certifications in Yin Yoga, Hand Mudras, Yoga TuneUp Therapy Balls, Yoga for Cancer survivors, Restorative Yoga, Pre-Natal Yoga and meditation. She is also certified 200-hr Heart of Yoga Therapy from Abhyasa Yoga Center and has been practicing vipassana (insight) meditation for over 14 years with Downtown Meditation Community. She has taught yoga at Zen residential meditation retreats for the Village Zendo and is a guest Teacher Trainer in Hand/Foot Anatomy, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga.
Narisara is grateful for the fierce love and support of her husband, family and two Siamese cats. In her former careers, she was a nonprofit consultant, dancer and photographer. Narisara loves to cook plant-based comfort food and healthy meals utilizing principles of performance-based nutrition, Chinese medicine & Ayurveda. She has a master’s in nonprofit arts administration from Columbia University and is a graduate of Coro Leadership NY. She is very grateful to her teachers including her parents, Cyndi Lee, J.Brown, Tari Prinster, Joseph & Lillian LePage, Judith Hanson Lasater, Corina Benner, Mark Whitwell, Thanissaro Bhikku, & Peter Doobinin.
Abbie Groff Hernandez
Abbie completed her 200 hour certification at Three Sisters Yoga in 2012, and her 300 hour certification in February 2014, under the thoughtful guidance of Jen Whinnen. When she’s not practicing yoga, she is a painter, and a member of the Gowanus Swim Society artist collective. Abbie taught art (and yoga) to high school students in the NYC public schools for five years, before deciding to follow a different path. She finds great joy in encouraging others to explore the connection between breath and movement, with a focus on alignment and mindfulness, and explore their own yogic journey.
A NYC transplant from Detroit, Michigan, Jeanette Doherty came to the East Coast and to yoga through her first passion - stage acting. A practicing yogi since 2002, Jeanette transitioned from student to ever-learning teacher in 2014 through JataVeda 200hr teacher training with Keri Setaro and Paula Loose. She recently completed her advanced training through Laughing Lotus NYC's 300hr Love School. Jeanette's classes combine vigorous, creative flows with storytelling, inspiring students to take the curiosity, freedom and playfulness they find on the mat into the rest of their lives. In addition to fluid asana, classes include restorative elements, as well as deeper spiritual study through dharma, meditation, chanting and breath work. Expect to dance, sweat and surprise yourself as you safely explore challenging shapes and learn a little practical magic along the way. Outside the studio, Jeanette shares her life with a wonderfully nerdy data scientist, a playful pup named Stevie Nicks and a snaggletooth cat named Rufus.
is a choreographer, performer and a 500 hours yoga teacher certified by YogaWorks. Born in Italy, Grazia lived and worked in several European cities including Brussels, London, Berlin and Paris. She holds a Master’s degree in Performing Arts from The University of Bologna (Italy) and a Master’s degree in Benesh Movement Notation from the National Conservatory of Dance and Music of Paris. When Grazia started yoga practice, she got immediately interested in yoga’s physical benefits, deep spirituality and philosophy. In yoga Grazia found the perfect evolution to the path towards her personal growth. She has practiced yoga with passion and devotion ever since. Grazia practiced Asthanga yoga in Paris and Jivamukti yoga in London and Berlin and Iyengar classes in New York. Grazia's yoga classes are focused on bringing awareness to the body and spiritual balance through the precision of alignment, conscious breath and dedicated practice. Yoga for Grazia is a deep path through the truth and the awareness of oneself through a progressive, conscious and focused work.
A native of South Texas, Jen moved to Brooklyn in 2010. She is a firm believer that Yoga Sutra 1.12 (Abhyasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah: dedication without attachment) works for just about every scenario. Jen began her yoga and meditation practice in 2004 and soon after traveled to Dhamma Giri in India to study Vipassana meditation. Jen’s classes focus on grounding sequences and finding moments of mindfulness. In every class, you’ll get meditation, breathwork, and delicious music. Jen completed her 200-hour teacher training at Jaya Yoga in Park Slope and is a certified children’s yoga teacher through Little Flower Yoga. She currently teaches yoga and mindfulness in schools all over the city. Jen lives in the neighborhood and is thrilled to be teaching.
Alia’s teaching is driven by a breath centered exploration of our unique physical differences to help make the practice accessible to anyone who walks into her class. Her focus is how we can use that exploration to cultivate a practice of listening, seeking growth, and allowing surrender not only within our bodies but within our spirits. Alia’s classes are designed to give students room to learn, to decompress, and to find a safe haven for their practice wherever they might be in it.
Alia’s relationship with yoga began in Charleston, SC after experiencing bouts of lower back pain from a career in the restaurant industry and from running. While her back pain disappeared and she felt amazing physically, it wasn’t until she moved to New York that her appreciation for the meditative and spiritual qualities of yoga got her addicted.
Alia completed her 200 Hour training with Keri and Paula of the Tattva Training program and continues her training of breath, movement, and anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project.
Donnalynn is a Dharma Mittra certified 500-hr RYT & EYRT Yoga Teacher. She has been teaching Vinyasa Yoga since 2002 and combines her studies in meditation, pranayama and spiritual philosophy with her study of asana to create a challenging and comprehensive asana practice with inspiring words of wisdom for living in today's world. Donnalynn applies a nurturing hands-on approach to alignment and aromatherapy massage which further nurture and relax the soul. Donnalynn has been a dedicated practitioner at the Jivamukti Yoga School, New York City since 1995 - her vinyasa style is in part influenced and inspired by the Jivamukti flow technique. Donnalynn is also Executive Director of Ethereal Wellness Counseling and Life Coach, Inspirational Blogger and Author of "Life Lessons, Everything You Ever Wished You Learned in Kindergarten." You can follow her weekly words of wisdom at www.etherealwellness.wordpress.com or follow her on instagram @donnalynncivello or on twitter @dlcivello.
Monique has had a love for yoga for many years. She comes from a dancing background and began exploring yoga classes at various studios when she was in her 40's.
After several years she wanted to deepen her practice and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training in the spring of 2012 at Yoga People in Brooklyn Heights. She also has a 45 hour certification from Yoga4Cancer which specializes in helping cancer patients continue their yoga practice.
She mostly works with private clients and has taught at senior centers and also given gentle yoga classes as part of a wellness program at New York Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Cancer Center.
She looks forward to being a part of the Area Yoga family.
Jesse has been practicing yoga since 2002 and completed her 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher certification at Jaya Yoga Center in Brooklyn in 2014. She is a DONA trained Birth & Postpartum Doula. Jesse believes in the truly transformative power of yoga and that it can and should be accessible to all individuals regardless of physical ability, socioeconomic status, race, religion, gender identity or sexuality. She teaches accessible, yet challenging classes, with the goal of helping all students and seekers find their own path to yoga.
As a doula, Jesse is given a unique insight into the birthing process and strives to incorporate the lessons she has learned in labor and delivery into her prenatal yoga classes. She is dedicated to reducing fear around pregnancy and childbirth, and to giving pregnant persons the tools, strength and confidence they need to move through labor and into their new roles as parents and caregivers.
With careers as both a yoga instructor and musician/performer, I am dedicated to contributing harmony to the world, and helping all beings recognize their wholeness and their place in inclusive consciousness. My teaching practice began in 2009, and over the years I have cultivated asana classes that are meant to free practitioners of all levels from the obstacles created on the physical plane and maximize the potential in the divine technology in their body and mind. Music has taken me on tour across the country, but my NYC roots have grown deep thanks to the New York yoga community and its vibrance.
Alex Curtis received his 200-Hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2010 while studying at the University of California, Berkeley. In his classes, Alex combines the physical rigor of a Power Vinyasa practice with the qualities of mindfulness and inner presence derived from Vipassana meditation. Alex encourages students to be playful, compassionate, and generous with themselves through a full range of experience on the mat: to find peace in moments of challenge, and equal awareness in moments of ease. The ultimate goal of yoga, he feels, is not to become super-humans on the mat, but to uncover the most joyful, peaceful, and authentic versions of ourselves. Alex studies meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka, and holds a master’s degree from Brown University.
Julia infuses her classes with an authentic voice, recognizing the joys and challenges that comprise everyday living. She encourages practitioners to honor their physical abilities and boundaries through skillful instruction, compassion, and a sprinkle of humor. Julia serves as content producer for UC Santa Barbara (remotely) and holds an M.A. in English from Simmons College. She is YogaWorks certified under the tutelage of Natasha Rizopoulos and has completed Anusara Immersion 1 with Marc St. Pierre and Nikki Jacobs. She recently completed her Urban Priestess certification with Sianna Sherman and Ashley Turner.
After discovering the peace and joy that yoga can bring to a sleep deprived mother of two children, Toya knew she had stumbled upon something sacred and magical. She believes that yoga truly is for every BODY because it meets you where you are and grows with you over time. Yoga is a lifelong journey that invites you to explore the many twists, turns and detours that arise as you seek out your true purpose in life. Toya has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and craves the sense of stability and balance that a dedicated practice brings to her daily life.
Toya completed the 300hr teacher training program through YogaWorks in 2016 where she apprenticed with senior teacher trainer Heather Seagraves and she continues to study with Angela Botta, Steph Creaturo and Angela Clarke. She is an energetic, passionate and creative yoga teacher who is dedicated to teaching yoga to people of all ages and body types. Her classes help people link breath awareness to movement by offering an accessible step-by-step approach that encourages the body to move with care and intention. Toya thrives to cultivate a diverse community of yogis who are committed to strengthening their body, mind and spirit.
I love to share yoga with people because I love to see it enrich their lives. I love to infuse humor, storytelling, poetry, and music into my teaching because that is what inspires me. My hope is to offer something from my heart to every one of my students. I love to teach Vinyasa, Hatha, Power, Restore, Mindfulness, and Yoga Nidra.
When I discovered yoga, I was immediately attracted to its focus and energy, its grace and strength. For me, yoga has become a beautiful vehicle that directs me toward spirituality, mindfulness, and health. It shapes every aspect of my life and provides me a path of self-discovery, illuminating the beauty of my human experience. I have been privileged to study with several master teachers including Dr. Richard Miller, Rod Stryker, Judith Hanson Lasater, Dona Farhi, and others.
Before coming to Brooklyn, taught yoga for 15 years in Salt Lake City, Utah. I also studied meditation and movement while teaching English in Korea. In 2004 I was hosted as the guest teachers at NAVA, Croatia’s premier yoga studio. Besides teaching public classes, I was adjunct faculty teaching accredited yoga courses at Westminster College. For four years, I owned and taught at Prana Yoga Trolley Square and Prana Yoga Station Park. I also enjoy hosting several local and international yoga retreats to places like Wolf Creek Outpost, Hawaii, Tuscany, Greece, and Spain.
I’ve been featured as a teacher of guided meditation on the international meditation app Insight Timer as well as featured in and written for Mantra Magazine, Elephant Journal, Conscious Living News, and my own blog found at scottmooreyoga.com
Madeline is a spirited yoga teacher, new to Brooklyn, with a passion for teaching movement and breath connection. You can expect to sweat, breathe, and ground yourself in her classes. With a focus on a non-competitive yet encouraging self challenge atmosphere, students are free to listen to their bodies within the space. Madeline is a 200+hr RYT with multiple trainings from Sacred Sounds Yoga in Manhattan teaching in studio, gym, and corporate settings.
Robert is a NYC based yoga instructor from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He studied Vinyasa at Yoga to the People in the East Village and started teaching at their New York locations in 2012. Later he picked up Bikram Yoga, a practice he continues to this day in the Lower East Side. He has led large group retreats while living at the Yoga Retreat Center - Song of the Morning - in Northern Michigan. 2015 saw Robert participate in a Masters of Yoga Studies Program at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles. In his freetime Robert enjoys cooking, reading, and nature; especially Brighton Beach
As a recent graduate from 200-hour Yoga Training from Laughing Lotus, I am sharing my love of yoga and beginning my teaching experience at Area Yoga. I believe it’s important to connect the breathe to movement and almost find a dance flowing in and out of asanas. I encourage everyone in my classes to move freely and love their breath, challenge themselves and marvel at the strength of their mind and body. Come flow with me and share your magic!
In 1997, Julie discovered how yoga can be a profound vehicle for cultivating self-knowledge, self-acceptance and self-expression. Her approach identifies that no two bodies are alike and her sequences are accessible to every body. You can expect upbeat and playful classes offering unexpected gifts while nourishing your body, bringing about balance, peace and longevity. With an emphasis on alignment, her classes cultivate strength and build heat. Her goal is to have you feel good from the inside out, feeling physically and mentally restored, long after you leave.
Julie’s classes respectfully weaves the ancient practice of yoga with a modern flair (and great playlist!) to help keep your whole body feeling great, at any age. Turn down the volume of day to day life and drop in! Her precise, down-to-earth teaching will guide you to move safely beyond your perceived limitations.
Presently, Julie resides in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with her beloved husband and two children. She is forever grateful to her teachers far and wide, Colleen Saidman Yee, Rodney Yee, Joyce Englander Levy, Jenny Hudak and Alma Largey for their support and encouragement. Julie continues to advance through studies, workshops and advanced trainings at Yoga Shanti.
Christa Thiesing is a Certified Level 1 GYROTONIC® Instructor whose love of movement began at an early age. She studied ballet from age 4 at the Princeton ballet School and then relocated to Chicago where she studied at Chicago City Ballet and the Ruth Page School of Dance. After exploring opportunities Christa’s love of movement began at an early age, and she studied and performed with Princeton Ballet, Ruth Page, and Chicago City Ballet, and went on to major in ballet at Indiana University’s prestigious Jacob School of Music. Christa is a Level 1 Certified GYROTONIC® Trainer, having been introduced to the method in 2010. Seeking a way to deal with structural imbalances she had developed over years as a dancer, GYROTONIC® has helped her find both physical and mental stability in her life. Christa has also completed the GYROTONIC® Application For Dancers Course, and the Psoas Principles Course, and has studied with GYROTONIC® Master Trainers Juergen Bamberger, Carla Rigon, and Miriam Barbosa. Christa enjoys time with her children, friends, and dogs, dancing, yoga, and working as a fashion stylist, in addition to instructing and practicing GYROTONIC®. She is very excited to be teaching at Area Yoga, and is looking forward to introducing many more people to this gentle
and effective method of moving the body!