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My yoga journey began in 2002 at the gym of York College, my alma mater, and had a great pleasure of learning Hatha yoga with Jean Aronoff. I was on and off my mat for a few years but I still applied the teachings of yoga in my daily life. My practice has been consistent since 2011 mostly vinyasa and restorative styles of yoga. I enjoy and love the practice so much that I have decided to take on the 200 Hour teacher training so that I would be able to share this beautiful practice knowledgably and safely. I trained with Laurie Ahlemann of the Long Island Yoga School and learned teaching vinyasa. I also completed a 100 Hour mentorship with Rei Farid and Miles Borrero of Living Yoga and they helped me take my foundational training to the next level. I am so honored and grateful to be guided by the great Sondra Loring of Satya Yoga Center for my 500 hour teacher training. I am actively participating in workshops to broaden my knowledge and enhance my teaching skills. I received my Restorative Yoga certification from Laughing Lotus NYC and Yin Yoga certification from Integral Yoga Center NYC.
My goal as yoga teacher is to guide students discover the love, light, truth and peace within each of us through asana, pranayama, meditation and yogic philosophies. I also want to create a safe, comfortable and neutral environment for students to experience the benefits of a balanced yoga practice.
My yoga journey started as a little girl’s dream. I was amazed when I saw a movie with a clip where a young woman practiced yoga in the beautiful Hawaii beach. Years later in 2003 for the first time I stepped onto my mat at a gym in North Carolina, I knew immediately that this is a journey for life. Through the years I have tried various gyms and styles and started teaching in a gym while I worked in China in 2011. I was trained with Laurie Ahlemann of the Long Island Yoga School in the 200 Hour teacher training on Prana Shakti Flow. I am now in my 500 hour training with Laurie. I am also actively participating in workshops to enhance my knowledge in specialized fields of restorative yoga, yin yoga and prenatal yoga.
In my teaching, I put an emphasis on Prana with the flow, and the balance of Yin and Yang. I want to provide to my students a safe way to practice and a deeper link to the light within through breath, physical practice and meditation.
My passion to yoga is to expand yoga beyond gyms and studios, into office, into everyday life, into the society, as a channel to better health, to inner peace, and to the love and truth. By living our life more consciously to ourselves, to the environment and the greater good, we can make our world a better place, one breath a time.
I received my 200 Hour Teacher Certification from Long Island Yoga School with Laurie Ahlemann and Jennie Wilson in May 2014. I am currently working on completing my 500 Hour Certification with Long Island Yoga School. I earned a YogaKids Foundations Certification from Gail Grossman in October 2014. I received my Restorative Teacher Certification from Gail Grossman in January 2015. And in September 2015 I earned my Reiki Initiation Certification from Reiki Master Laurie Ahlemann.
Laurie Ahlemann, E-RYT500, Reiki Master, has been leading teacher trainings since 2007 and teaching yoga and meditation for close to two decades. She has studied anatomy, yoga philosophy, meditation and Bhakti Sastri extensively through various programs in NYC, Long Island as well as online and holds additional certifications in Yin Yoga and Trauma-Informed Yoga. In addition, she teaches a credit yoga course as an adjunct professor for the Department of Specialized Programs in Education at Hofstra University.
She offers all of her students, yoga teachers as well as students of yoga, functional ways to find ease and fluidity in their yoga practice and all movements of life. Her teaching style creates a very safe and informative learning environment for all by working to change the habitual patterns of movement that cause pain and discomfort in the body. This allows students to rewrite habitual muscular movement patterns and create new muscle memory helping to avoid injury or work through existing ones.. Through workshops, trainings, group and private classes she meets you where you are and helps you to reach your highest potential.
My Asana practice is an amalgam of old world India, where I first learned Yoga to the studio style teachings as practiced in the United States, my current home.
I’m a registered teacher with Yoga alliance and did my teacher training certification at the Long Island Yoga School under Laurie Ahlemann and Jennie Wilson. I then did a 6 month work study program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute, Brooklyn.
If you’d like to be in a class that focuses on breath awareness and posture, come join me. It would be my honor to lead you through my techniques.
I start my classes by diffusing aromatherapy oils and end them with a guided meditation in savasana. You will leave my class having worked your muscles, gained flexibility, and hopefully an awareness of the mind, body, breath connection.
Born and bred in NYC, Ian uses his theater & acting background to teach a high energy,fun, and very much in- the- moment class. Through asana practices, Ian will take you on a transformative journey; cleansing your mind, healing your body, and purifying your soul. "There's Power in the practice", Ian says... "You just have to commit & I'll take you there"!
Along with his Power Yoga certification (RYT-200) Ian is an avid runner who trains new runners yearly for the marathon. He is caring, and his smile is inviting, but most of all it is his love for yoga that has led Ian on this quest to share the practice that gave him a second chance at life!
Ian is a firm believer of paying it forward; "you can't keep it unless you give it away!"
Maria was introduced to yoga in 2002, and has been practicing consistently ever since. She immediately felt the physical benefits, but more importantly she quickly understood on a very deep level the healing power of yoga, both emotionally and spiritually. It was Maria’s dream to obtain her certification to teach yoga, and this dream was finally realized in June 2019. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Long Island Yoga School with Laurie Ahlemann and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She is currently working on becoming certified in Restorative Yoga, and feels that yoga is a practice that is accessible to everyone, regardless of age, ability, or life circumstance. Maria is a music teacher, leading family classes where music making is a joyful, non-competitive group experience. She also teaches private guitar lessons to students of all ages, and regularly enjoys playing music with family and friends. In the same way that Maria loves teaching and sharing her passion for music, she has found teaching yoga to be just as rewarding. She often ends her yoga class with this quote: “Yoga is like music: the rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” — B.K.S. Iyengar
Lilith Wise completed 200 hr Prana Shakti Flow Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2015 with Laurie Ahlemann of Long Island Yoga School, RYA. She is committed to self development, excited about life, funny, positive, encouraging, see(k)ing the best in others, health conscious, healthy, team player, leader, compassionate, joyful, loving, prosperous and energetic.
In her teachings Lilith addresses the importance and connectedness of our physical (full body workout vinyasa style, connective tissue yin/restorative practice), energy (chakras, bandhas, pranayama), and mental (meditation, mind stillness, gratitude) bodies.
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Teresa Louizos is a 200-hour Certified Yoga Instructor. She was born in New York, raised in Greece, and returned to the United States in 2013 to pursue yoga as an integral part of her life. Teresa specializes in Hatha Raja Vinyasa. Trained and employed by Bamboomoves in Forest Hills, New York since 2016, her style brings together elements of strength, flexibility and balance. She encourages her students to break through their perceived limitations, both on and off the mat and it is through pranayama, asana and meditation that she finds the inner sense of calm and self-acceptance that yoga provides. Teresa’s strength as an instructor is in successfully encouraging her students to find the same thing. Teresa Louizos lives in Bayside, New York. “Yoga is like music. The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind, and the harmony of the soul creates the symphony of life.” B.K.S. Iyengar
My name is Adam Kern. I began my practice of yoga in 2007. Since then, I've traveled the world learning and incorporating all different styles of yoga into my practice. I started teaching in 2013; but always remain a student. I'm also an RN and like to incorporate medical knowledge and anatomy and physiology in asana (the physical branch of yoga.)
I began my yoga journey 8 years ago after the loss of my mom. Yoga created balance in my life. It has changed my thinking, body and spirit. I received my 200-hour Teacher Certification under Laurie Ahlemann from the Long Island Yoga School in May 2021. I am currently enrolled in the 300 YTT with the Long Island Yoga School and for my certification for Yin Yoga (graduating in June 2022). I hold additional certifications in Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Chair Yoga, Breathwork, Life Coaching and Meditation. I am a registered teacher with Yoga Alliance and Yoga International. My Goal as a Yoga Instructor is to bring my life experiences to my Yoga Teaching. I want to infuse a safe space for my students and a non-judgement environment. I want to infuse healing, love and shelter in my teachings.
A passion for spirituality led me to yoga years ago, and my desire to blossom in this philosophical teaching has grown deeper and greater with time. Pursuing my quest for knowledge in this field, I became a 500 Hour Certified Yoga Teacher. As I further evolve, I continue to spend much time reading, practicing, and learning from the ancient wisdom of The Bhagavad Gita, as well as additional Vedanta teachings on Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, and Raja Yoga, including The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. My desire to live a spiritually uplifting life also led me to write an e-book with positive, inspirational passages showing how simple yet beautiful life can be. I believe in a holistic yoga experience where we find connection with our mind, body, and soul, allowing us to live a meaningful life with contentment and peace from within. Namaste.
I am an actor and I started practicing yoga in 2018 as a way to manage the anxiety that came before performances. Through asana classes, pranayama, and meditation, I've learned ways to calm the mind and connect to life in a more conscious way. In February 2022, I attended a 25-hour Yin Yoga Immersion at Davanna Yoga in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. In February 2023, I completed my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Narayani and Acarya Dada Satyamitrananda at Paraiso Yoga in Sayulita, Mexico. This training specialized in Hatha, meditation, and the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita. I offer Hatha, Pranayama, and Meditation classes. Through my classes, I aim to help my students connect with their breath and their bodies, in an approachable, non-judgemental and grounded way. Witnessing the individual progress of my students is incredibly inspiring and fulfilling to me, and it's a privilege to be able to guide them on their journey.
Years ago, the spirituality behind Yoga sparked the journey that led my fiance and I to obtain our RYT 200 hour certifications in the May of 2022. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita provide profound instructions on how to live one’s life. Yoga goes beyond the asana and is actually a way to discover one’s true self that resides deep within the mind’s eye. As a physician assistant, I often recommend Yoga as part of treatment plans for chronic pain, fatigue, and anxiety and depression. More literature is arising that meditation can be as effective as antidepressants in treating these conditions. The expanses of yoga may begin in the studio, but it can flourish and become a way of life that can reduce stress, improve strength, and allow you to live a more deliberate, fulfilling life .
I first began practicing yoga when I was a stressed-out college student. By practicing yoga on the mat, I was able to incorporate yogic principles which helped me cope with the anxiety and stress I was experiencing. I was grateful for how yoga helped me, so I wanted to become a yoga teacher to help others experience the benefits of yoga too. In July 2021, I completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training in NYC. My training focused on vinyasa style yoga.
Besides teaching yoga, I am also a chemistry teacher at a public high school in Queens. I incorporate mindfulness practices I learned in my yoga teacher training into my chemistry classroom. As an educator, I know the importance of self-care when it comes to professions which involve taking care of others. Therefore, it is my goal to help others feel grounded and steady as they move through the craziness of the day to day.
I am a 500 hour certified yoga teacher with experience in teaching chair yoga, vinyasa yoga, balance yoga and yoga drills classes. I love working with people of all ages and physical abilities.
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