Jewel City Yoga

Teachers

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Alex Venier

Alex, a mom of two, lives in Brooklyn and has taught yoga for over 10 years. She maintained a consistent practice during both pregnancies and can attest first hand to the many benefits of pre-and post-natal yoga classes. She loves to teach yoga to all ages, infants to adults. Her classes nurture and empower the self! Her mommy & me style classes are magical and her prenatal classes will get you ready for birth. It's all about self-care. Alex is available for children's yoga classes as well as classes in group settings and private classes for all ages, prenatal classes, Mommy&Me style classes, family yoga, Children's yoga, couples and individuals. 


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Alia Bisat

Alia’s inspiration is driven by the uniqueness of our body and the unique relationship we each have to it.  She believes strongly in our capacity to live a more joyful life off the mat when we explore our mental and emotional relationship to our physical being on the mat.  Her goal is to make that journey accessible to everyone that walks into her classroom with classes designed guide students to move while strengthen; learn while question; focus while decompress.

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 2012 that she delved into the meditative and spiritual qualities of yoga that got her hooked.

Alia completed her 200 Hour training with Jata Veda in Brooklyn, continued her training with Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project in Manhattan, and completed a Yin Yoga Training with Corina Benner.  Alia’s approach is heavily influenced by Leslie Kaminoff’s teaching philosophy and Jules Mitchell’s biomechanics and movement trainings. With an interest in all types of somatic movement, Alia’s goal is to invite as much variability in movement and awareness of the body as possible.


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Andromeda Han

Andromeda Han is a Brooklyn based visual artist and yoga instructor. The first child of Chinese immigrants, east-meets-west has been a constant theme through her life. She completed her 200 hour certification in 2015 through Tattva at Area Yoga under the guidance of senior teachers Keri Setaro and Paula Loose; she has additionally studied the art of teaching restorative yoga with Jillian Pransky at YogaWorks. Andromeda regularly teaches at several boutique studios throughout Brooklyn and has led workshops from the beach of El Salvador to the dust at Burning Man. She is passionate about the power of self-care, offering restorative yoga for a quietly healing experience as well as vinyasa classes that are upbeat and playful while emphasizing safe alignment and thoughtful sequencing. She is especially interested in the intersection of science and spirituality.


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Annaliese Godderz

Annaliese enjoyed yoga sporadically during her college years, drawn by the hip hop playlists and the promise of nap time in savasana. One summer morning, however, she felt pulled to something different. Waking ten minutes before class, she found a studio in her beach town, dragged her mom out of bed and was pleasantly surprised by the spiritual philosophy incorporated into the classes. She was unaware at the time that their mother-daughter ritual would lead to a much deeper soul exploration.

After receiving her 200hr RYTT certification (The Zen Den + Golden Buddha Yoga) Annaliese moved to New York with one suitcase and a one month sublet. Today she is a Brooklyn-based yoga teacher who provides the support to make the most challenging classes accessible.

Focusing on proper alignment and the power of breath to connect the body with mind, Annaliese seeks to inspire individuals and build community with dynamic flows that nourish the soul while challenging the body.

Through public classes, corporate, and private sessions as well as social media she invites a certain raw, supportive and fun honesty into focus, inviting students and followers to find new empowered layers within themselves.


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Chana Porter

Chana Porter is a 500 hour ISHTA Yoga trained teacher and bodyworker who specializes in safe alignment, energizing flow, and a breath oriented practice. She was certified as a teacher in 2012 and has been practicing yoga for the last fifteen + years. Chana's classes focus on the mind-body connection, cultivating internal space in our hectic lives while getting an awesome workout. Her dynamic, balanced sequences will leave the student feeling grounded, playful, and connected back to their own essential perfection.


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Coira Lee

Coira loves seeing movement as a way to harness chi through the energetic and physical body.  She has completed her 200hr YTT at both Comunidad Om Shanti and Laughing Lotus, and also has a 15 year pre-professional dance background.  

She is heavily influenced by her extensive training in contemporary dance, Gaga, Qi-gong and inspired by the Iyengar practice.  She loves to fuse these different forms of movement into her vinyasa flow classes. With passion, she hopes to build a healthy community while helping people gain body awareness and tap into their chi/prana by offering fun new ways of connecting breath with movement.

 


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Corinne Cappelletti

Corinne Cappelletti completed her Yoga Teacher Training with Kula Yoga Project, 2013. Heavily influenced by her background in Modern Dance, Contact Improvisation, and Somatic Therapy modalities (particularly Bartenieff Fundamentals™ and Body-Mind™ Centering), Corinne teaches an ever-evolving Hatha-based Vinyasa style, specializing in Meditation, Restoratives and Therapeutic Yoga. Corinne expanded her teaching into diverse communities such as, homeless LGBTQ Youth, and various youth through sites where Lineage Project brings mindfulness community building. Corinne became Certified Laban/Barteneiff Movement Analyst (CLMA) in 2009 and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator (RSMT-E) in 2011. Corinne trained in Restoratives (Level I 2013) and Therapeutic Yoga (32 hrs., fall 2014), with Jillian Pranksy. She continues to enrich her practice through trauma-based workshops: “Framing the Body-Mind ~Practical, body-oriented approaches to working with traumatized clients,” and “Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Teacher Training” with Jenn Turner spring-2015. Corinne has been exhilerated by a new found practice with Kundalini and is excited to share some of this technology with her students.


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Elizabeth Barnett

Elizabeth Barnett received 800-hour teaching certification through Jivamukti Yoga (completed 300-hour training in 2008 and a 500-hour apprenticeship with Jules Febre in 2015). She's excited by a yoga practice where spirituality, physicality, art & activism meet. Her classes use movement, music, and yogic teachings to cultivate the strength, flexibility, and bravery needed to contribute to healing our outer world and inner selves. Expect a well-rounded yoga asana practice supported by chanting and a playlist that moves you. This practice will invite you to look deeply within and carry what's learned individually on the mat out into our shared world.



Emily Sieme

When Emily began her yoga journey, it was in an attempt to heal past injuries and reconcile years of being hard on her body. As a former equestrian, a fateful day back in the saddle after many years absent made her realize the degree of damage done. It was through a dedicated practice and lots of patience, that she learned to embrace the power of process, with humility and playful movement. Then, not only did her
body began to heal, but her heart, mind and soul began to blossom too.

Emily believes that yoga is a means for discovery, self-awareness, expression and building relationships of unconditional love, both within ourselves and with each other. Her classes blend a mindful flow with alignment-based principles, using a multi-sensory approach to build an awareness of the subtle body andencourage students to explore the power of their own process.

In 2015, she completed her 200-hour yoga training at Abhaya Yoga in Brooklyn, an Anusara-based community which stands by the Bhakti-oriented philosophy of ‘Fear Less, Love More’: a seed she hopes to plant for practices both on and off the mat. Emily has additional certifications in Restorative Yoga and
Trauma Informed Yoga, which focuses on using invitational cues and self-empowerment to encourage students to process and adapt to physical and emotional injuries.


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Holly Colino

Holly has been in love with movement her entire life. She hails from a background in Modern dance with a BFA in performance. Dance brought her to New York City, which then lead her to Yoga. Holly received her 200 RYS training in Vinyasa from Yoga to the People. Holly has been teaching Yoga full time for 6 years and counting, with over 6000 hours of teaching experience. She is big lover of boney anatomy where she has studied under Amy Matthews for four years at the breathing project.
She teaches power vinyasa, heated vinyasa, and hot hatha classes. Her classes are challenging, rigorous, heart felt, and always taught with a sense of love and a sense of humor. Holly believes that the best teacher lives inside of her students, that yoga makes the impossible- possible, and that you can truly transform your life from one powerful, thoughtful, deep breath.


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Jackie Wolff

Jackie has been practicing yoga for over 20 years with deepend study in Sivananda and Ishta Yoga.  She holds her 200 hour certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio and now has over 400 hours of teacher training with specialties in yoga for back care, prenatal yoga, trauma informed yoga, and yoga for kids…but her heart is in vinyasa flow and loves to guide you to the deep end of your soul, linking movement with breath.

Jackie’s classes infuses rigor and flow while drawing special attention to alignment and therapeutics. When not hanging out in a half moon (favorite pose!), you can find her in the pool as a member of the Brooklyn Peaches Synchronized Swim team. Special thanks to her mentors Mary Dana Abbott, Dana Flynn, Alison West, Ariel Kiley, and Anneke Lucas.


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JEanette Doherty

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 Tattva 200hr teacher training with Keri Setaro and Paula Loose. In 2017, she completed her advanced training through Laughing Lotus NYC's 300hr Love School and began studying Katonah Yoga with the practices co-creator Abbie Galvin. 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.


Jenny Chao

Jenny is a New York City based, 200hr RYT who specializes in Vinyasa Yoga, Meditation and Restorative Yoga. The tranquility of stillness and breath drew her into the practice, while the
desire for continuous learning and self-discovery, love for asana and bonus of strength gained (both inner and outer) kept her coming back and diving deeper. Jenny believes that all that is practiced on the mat emulates practice in life and she is passionate about empowering others to discover a balanced, inspired and connected existence through living and breathing in the present moment. She credits a large part of her healing from life-long, chronic illness to living the yoga and meditation practice daily and regards these modalities to be true methods of self-care and restoration for the body, mind, heart and spirit. Jenny also loves to have a little fun and laugh a lot along the way to discovering your own version of inner peace, harmony
and happiness.


JEssica Kulick

Jessica Kulick believes in yoga as a practical tool: a movement practice for the health of body and a philosophy for the health of spirit and mind. She completed her 200-hour Vinyasa teacher training with Yoga to the People in 2012, and their Hot Traditional Intensive the next year. She went on to manage several studios and teacher trainings, all while maintaining a private and corporate clientele. Most recently, she graduated from Prenatal Yoga Center's 85-hour Prenatal Vinyasa training, and now weaves childbirth education and therapeutic applications into sequences intelligently designed for the pregnant body.

Jessica's classes integrate storytelling, humor, compassion, and dope playlists into the asana work. She loves to investigate the delicate balance between strength and flexibility, and encourages her students to become curious about the possibilities that breath can unlock within their bodies. She has well over 2,000 hours of teaching under her belt.

In addition to teaching, Jessica is the editor of Aligned Mag, an online journal dedicated to the guru within. She is steeped in the evolution of yoga in the West and continues to dive deeper


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Jillian Schiavi

Jillian Schiavi is a 200 HR RYS vinyasa teacher who began her teaching journey in 2010 at Yoga to the People NYC. Since then, she's taught in Massachusetts, Chicago, Oakland, and Brooklyn, and brings her experience, insight, and intuition to her teaching style. An artist and writer, her creativity also informs her sequencing, instruction, and the emphasis she places on moving with the breath. She loves connecting to the community of students in her classes, and believes that yoga is most effective when practiced off the mat and out in the world.


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JOanna Ross-Tash

Joanna Ross-Tash is a Brooklyn-based Vinyasa, Restorative, and Katonah-style Hatha teacher. Joanna's teaching style is intent on educating and empowering the students through intelligent sequencing and accessible pose alternatives throughout the class. She encourages questions and requests so her students can get the most out of each class. Joanna did her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Vida and mentorship under Cat Acquaviva. She's spent 5 years studying Katonah yoga's Hatha and Restorative practice under Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin. Joanna studied the joys of Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater. In her free time, she reads, makes wobbly pottery, and practices basic piano. Joanna is a perpetual student.


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Julia Arenson

Julia Arenson has been practicing Hatha yoga since childhood and has been a certified yoga instructor for 21 years. She is a DONA-trained Birth and post-partum doula, an aspiring birth educator through CEA-MNY and specializes in prenatal yoga, breath-centered Vinyasa flow 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 also certified in “Anatomy and Breath-centered yoga” through Leslie Kaminoff of The Breathing Project, prenatal yoga by Janice Clarfield and Mommy and Me” yoga through  Om Baby. Julia has also performed and taught Middle Eastern ( Bellydance) for over 25 years and enjoys safely incorporating some of the earthy and organic vocabularies 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.


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Katie Skau

Katie moved to NYC 10 years ago to study art and found yoga. It gave her a new way to express creativity through movement and has brought her on a path of transformation. Katie received her 200hr TT from Sacred Brooklyn studying with Stephanie Battle and Dara Cole, continued her training at Katonah Yoga with co-creator Abbie Galvin, and recently became a breathwork healer with David Elliot. Always learning and forever a student, she hopes to share the gifts yoga has given her: love for yourself, the freedom to explore your body, mind, and open your heart.  

Katie lives in Brooklyn with her cat Pip and received her BFA from Pratt Institute.


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Keely Angel

Keely Angel is an visual artist, musician and teacher of contemplative and embodiment practices. She is inspired by the Indian wisdom traditions of non-dual Tantra and Bhakti yoga. Keely has taught Hatha yoga in New York City since 2012, guiding people of all ages and physical capabilities to find a deeper sense of mind/body integration. She recently completed a 500 hour Hatha training with Tara Glazier and a Kundalini training with Guru Dharam Khalsa and Siri Sat Kaur. Keely lives in Brooklyn with her husband Aaron, and their daughter Jaya.


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Kelley McKinney

Kelley received her 200 hr RYT certification from Dan Ward Yoga School in Los Angeles in 2014 and has been practicing for the last ten years. In 2015, she traveled to Sofia, Bulgaria with teachers Dan Ward and Rudy Mettia to participate in the production of streaming yoga classes through Udaya Yoga. Prior to moving to New York, she taught classes at Power Yoga Santa Monica.

As a teacher, Kelley emphasizes safe alignment and rigorous focus in the context of a strong and grounding flow. The yogic texts are foundational to her practice, and she aims to bring their insights into class when appropriate. In yoga, she found the invaluable practice of paying attention to the moment one finds oneself in, and she strives to imbue each class with this equanimity.


KElly O'Grady

I believe that the most intelligent parts of the human body lie in the viscera rather than the brain. Movement changes your place; movement changes your mind. After studying primarily the anatomical and the biological in college, I became interested in the body in the larger social structure, where I began to understand that bodies hold stories and mysteries not just from this lifetime, but also from those that have come before it. The same inquiry that led me from the study of the material body to the social bod led me to the studio, where I closed my eyes and became interested in listening the stories my body holds and my relationship to myself. I spent all of the in-between moments of college inside dance studios and inside the walls of Yoga to the People’s St. Marks’s studio, where I completed my 200hr RYT Vinyasa and Traditional Hot trainings, and learned to connect words to movements, myself to others, to dig a little deeper, and to hold space for others to explore and inquire. Yoga teaches me to look at myself, to feel things out with my breath and my body, to listen to the vibrations and knowledge already inside my body and to move deliberately and with an open heart. This is what I hope to share with others.


Leah Matthews

Leah Matthews is a native New Yorker and world traveller. She trained in classical dance and gymnastics through childhood and began teaching yoga at Jivamukti in 2005. Leah has been a top NYC personal trainer and Pilates instructor since 2010. She has mentored many other trainers and works with celebrities and local community members alike. Leah’s yoga classes are a fun fusion of traditional sequencing, core stabilization, strength building and restorative work. Her personal training and Pilates sessions are challenging, effective and informative. Leah’s fitness certifications include NASM, TRX, Pre/Post Natal, Senior Fitness, Kettle-bells, Thai Yoga Massage, Jivamukti Yoga, Pilates Mat and Apparatus, FMS, Triggerpoint, ViPR, Stand Up Paddle Board and Aerial Silks.


Liam McConville

Liam has been teaching yoga since 2010. He has a 200 hour certification in Vinyasa Yoga from Yoga To The People, a 200 hour in Ashtanga yoga and two 50 hour certifications in Rocket yoga from Asta Yoga, and a 25 hour certification in yoga and meditation for kids in correctional facilities from The Lineage Project. Liam did not come to yoga from any athletic or performance background, he came to yoga after hitting rock bottom as a teenage alcoholic and juvenile delinquent. The practice completely changed his life for the better and he has since committed himself to sharing yoga with as many people as he can.


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Macklen Mayse

As an artist and teacher, Macklen seeks joy in connecting with others. Creative movements and quirky humor guide her communication. She weaves insight meditation, anatomy, and therapeutic styles of movement with a focus on mindfulness. Join her in an encouraging environment where you can propriocept (build an image of where the body is in space) and interocept (explore how the body is feeling).

Macklen earned a 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Dou Yoga, with Yuuki Hirano and Ariel Kiley. She is a certified Yoga Tune Up® Teacher, after 70 hours of study. Additionally, she completed 18 hours of training in Trauma-Informed Yoga with Feet on the Ground. She holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a 25-hour Kids Yoga certification from Hosh Yoga.

She can often be found playing the harmonium, tooling around on a Raleigh 3-Speed bicycle, or creating found-object sculptural performances.

 


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Mallory Combemale

Mallory teaches Vinyasa flow yoga classes with a focus on breathwork and exploration. She is an avid student of yoga philosophy and aims to encourage students to glean new insights through their embodied experiences. Mallory also specializes in using yoga and meditation as tools to empower teams to expand creative thinking and collaboration, by discussing topics such as opening to new possibilities, overcoming challenges and flexibility.


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Marissa Velarde

Marissa started doing yoga in an effort to stay in shape after leaving behind years of classical ballet training. However, she quickly discovered that it was much more than a physical workout, offering her mind and spirit some much
needed care and nurturing. She spent a couple of years practicing yoga occasionally at gyms until she discovered Vinyasa Yoga. Marissa fell in love with the flow, which allows fluidity of mind and body and feels so much like dancing. Soon enough, yoga became a necessary part of her life.

Marissa completed her 200 hour teacher training through South Boston Yoga under the guidance of David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund in 2011. She teaches classes that are dynamic, accessible and based on proper alignment and smart sequencing to encourage a sustainable and healthy yoga practice. It is her goal that students experience yoga as a source of empowerment, growth, and peace both on and off the mat. 


Megan Cuzzolino

Megan leads vinyasa, yin, and restorative classes, and you will likely find a little of each style intertwined into every class. She believes in a dynamic and personalized practice, incorporating balance, exploration of self, and stillness of the mind and body. Megan turned to yoga during her own personal transformation, and is fascinated by it’s ability to address anxiety, physical wellness, and any fears and blocks that hold us back. A lover of metaphors, she believes that how we act on the mat is how we act off of it, so our asana practice a great place to cultivate breath, strength, power and agility to show up more intentionally in the world.


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Or Reitman

Or Reitman. originally from Israel, Moved to NYC 7 years ago to pursue a career in dance; Or completed his 600 hours training in Pilates mat and apparatus, 100 hours of personal training, 200 hours in Verticality method and Reiki certification. Or believes that being attuned to the connection of the mind and body can lead to great healing and longevity in one's practice. though Or's extensive dance background and knowledge of the body, Or uses Pilates to give the practitioner the space to connect with their own inhibitions and stagnation to allow the practitioner to identify with where they're at in the present moment, and through the use of breath and movement finding ways to let go in order to keep the body agile trough the natural flow of energy. Pilates for Yoga is a class intended to those who wish to gain more tools as to how the body naturally functions, how to find healthy ways to connect to different relationships to gravity, and eventually make the yoga practice a more meaningful, conscientious experience. Or currently teaches private clients on the Upper East Side, Upper West side, DUMBO and Long Island and is a company member with Mari Meade Dance Collective.


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Paige Gotteim

I began practicing yoga in 2005 as a college student relishing in the momentary escape from campus life. Originally, I was drawn to the practice for the purposes of cultivating discipline, focus and physical strength. Through years of study, I discovered the subtler aspects of balance, ease and grace. I strive to weave an awareness of all these qualities into my asana classes.

Yoga’s ability to provide an overall sense of wellness in body, mind and spirit propelled me to pursue a teacher training course. In 2012 I received a 200-hour RYT certificate from Abhaya Yoga, an Anusara-inspired school in Brooklyn, studying under Tara Glazier. Upon completion of my initial training, I continued my education with a 300-hour RYT advanced apprenticeship program, studying with Rebekah Nagy of the Yoga Sutra lineage. A desire to deepen my understanding of the human body and various healing modalities led me to study with Jason Brown of the Functional Anatomy Academy as well as the pilates method with Ellie Herman.    

My asana classes are rooted in vipassana mindfulness philosophy as taught by Jon Kabat Zinn and Tara Brach. I studied mindfulness techniques at New York Insight with Elaine Retholtz and continue to deepen my meditation practice under the tutelage of Josh Korda of Dharma Punx.

My classes combine breath-based movement with deep structural awareness in order to find optimum alignment. Dhāraṇā (steadfast concentration) is cultivated through sustained focus on the material body as well as the internal process. I hope to empower my students by providing them with tools to flex their focus in and out of class.

I am grateful to all of my teachers past and present including but not limited to Tara Glazier, Jenny Ingrewrsen, Patricia Maples, Amy Santos, Rebekah Nagy, Jason Brown, Tara Brach, Jon Kabat Zinn and Ellie Herman. I am equally indebted to all of my students for reminding me of the meaning of persistence, patience and diligence.


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Sasha Ginnetti

Sasha teaches vinyasa-style classes inspired by the Ashtanga Yoga system. She challenges her students to move from the gross to the subtle and to investigate ways of drawing inward.
Sasha believes that consistent yoga practice helps strengthen the body and soften the mind. Her classes emphasize clear alignment, thoughtful sequencing, facility of breath, and the ongoing reciprocity of effort and ease. Sasha moved to New York City in 1997 from New Haven, Connecticut, and fell in love with yoga shortly thereafter. Yoga has helped her become a stronger and more flexible person both on and off the mat. She holds a 200-hour certification from Om Yoga directed by Cyndi Lee and a 300-hour certification from The Shala led by Kristin Leigh and Barbara Verrochi. Sasha is grateful to all of her teachers and is honored to explore this ancient practice with others.


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Sumanta Ghose

Sumanta's goal as a teacher is to help students better understand the connections of the body and to foster community. She has been practicing yoga for eight years and completed her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Vida, as well as a mentorship at Hosh Yoga. For her, yoga is a constant reminder to cultivate gratitude, kindness and a thirst for knowledge, both on and off the mat. She lives in Crown Heights with her sidekick, Ina the dog, and is frequently found in the Garment District at her day job as a fashion designer. Sumanta is deeply grateful to be a part of the Jewel City community.


Tam Kamya

Tam Kamya is a 200HR certified yoga teacher with a dynamic and devotional practice, and a Reiki Level II practitioner. Her classes are interwoven with chanting, storytelling, and examples from he personal experience on and off the mat, and topped off with soothing Savasana assists. Tam completed her training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, New York, under the guidance of loving mentors and the supervision of studio founder and beloved "teachers' teacher," Dana Flynn. She has been initiated into the Reiki tradition by Caroline Cunningham, Reiki Master. Tam continues to express her boundless gratitude for all her teachers by offering selfless service or seva, and sharing the transformative experience of yoga with others. Tam also holds a BA in Art History and degrees in Performing Arts, for the piano and voice.


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Tonie Warner

Tonie started her yogic journey over 10 years ago and fell in love with the physical and mental balance, and transformation that yoga afforded her. Wanting to share that benefit with others, she completed her 200 hr teacher training at Sonic Yoga in New York City. Her classes focus on exploring the yogic path, and meeting each yogi where they're at through lighthearted, explorative and athletic vinyasa flows, with a strong hatha-based emphasis on alignment. Yoga has helped Tonie to always remain mindful of the transition stage between the start and the destination, and her classes also focus on transition and transformation through the incorporation of mudras, pranayama and energy center healing.


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Toya Williford

After discovering the peace, joy and balance that yoga can bring to a sleep deprived mother trying to balance a full time job and various volunteer activities, Toya knew she had stumbled upon something sacred and magical. Toya believes yoga truly is for every body because it meets you where you are, without judgment, and grows with you over time.

Toya is an energetic, passionate and creative yoga instructor who is dedicated to teaching yoga to people of all ages and body types. She crafts fun, challenging, and safe sequences that are alignment-based and link breath awareness to movement by offering an accessible step-by-step approach. Her goal is to cultivate a diverse community of yogis who are committed to strengthening their body, mind and spirit. She
completed her 200-hour certification at Yoga People in 2012 and her 300-hour Professional certification at YogaWorks in 2016. She has earned additional certifications in Prenatal Yoga and Restorative Yoga.