Lauren has been a yoga student for over a decade and is a 200 Yoga Alliance RYT. Through her love for her work as an elementary school teacher, she founded YogaArt. Lauren currently leads a YogaArt club in the Bronx, where the goal is to elicit a sense of greater body awareness and creativity in children. YogaArt uses Hatha yoga instruction followed by process-oriented art activities that are linked to asana, pranayama, and meditation practices. Lauren also teaches yoga to adults at Integral Yoga Institute in Manhattan's West Village, where she received her training. Guiding students to concentrate on proper alignment and how the breath supports movement in the body, Lauren cultivates a practice which allows the mind to become more focused. Her classes typically culminate with the practice of yoga nidra, providing students an opportunity to relax and feel peaceful.
I love to teach. I learn from teaching. I love learning about the physical body, which houses our most valuable resources and is the entry way into our heart. I believe in a well-aligned body because it fosters our creativity, our strength and integrity in our relationships. My classes provide a safe space to be yourself, work hard and enjoy a process that is as playful as it is precise.
I received my first teaching certification from Kripalu Yoga Center in 2003. I completed an Anusara Yoga teacher training in 2010 and am currently a Registered Yoga Teacher with an Anusara-inspired status. Since 2010, I have been Yoga Program Director at Quick Fitness in Brooklyn, NY; I have been on staff at Equinox Fitness Club since 2008; and I have instructed at some of New York’s most revered studios, especially Virayoga where I also had the privilege of studying under Elena Brower, Zhenja La Rosa and Lois Nesbit. Other notable mentors include Cynthia Fuller-Kling, Jill Miller and Ellen Saltonstall. My private clients are triathletes, musicians, chefs, dancers, corporate executives, and new moms.
With deep respect, I honor my teachers and give profound thanks to my students who continually provide me with inspiration, education and meaning. cassyoga.com
For Mila, practicing Yoga has brought clarity to her body and mind. She believes all it takes to experience this clarity is to step onto the mat and practice. Her personal commitment to the practice, has inspired her to share the multifaceted benefits of Yoga with others. Yoga played a major role in Mila's first pregnancy and birth. By practicing Yoga throughout her pregnancy, utilizing the breath and the teachings of staying present and drawing on the strength that we all have within, she was able to give birth without pain medications, and have as natural a birth as one can have in a Western hospital. The birth of her daughter was a joyous, holistic and empowering experience and she feel so blessed to have had her Yoga practice - to show her own strength.
Mila is a 500 hour registered Yoga teacher with YogaAlliance and a member of the YogaWorks Alumni Association. As a teacher, she strives to offer a practice that challenges the physical body, with well-balanced sequencing and focus on alignment, yet allows space to inspire and to explore through flow and movement of the breath.
In her personal practice, she has found that the more she travels down the path of Yoga, the more appears before her - to be explored. The landscape continues to expand and proves to be truly infinite. yogamila.com
Amanda Kupillas studied at the Alvin Ailey School and at the University of the Arts, earning her BFA in Ballet. Amanda is a recipient of the AlekSej Judenic Balllet award. She has danced in the Ensemble in Fernando Bujones's Jazz Swing, was the soloist in Eva Szabo's staging of Napoli, and the featured soloist in Les Sylphides, staged by Scott Jovovich. She has worked with Andrew Pap as a soloist in his staging of Paquita, and the soloist of his original work Temps Leve. Amanda was a member of the Seros ballet company, and has been featured in works choreographed by Suzana Stankovic. amandakupillas.com
Kate Loewengart has been practicing yoga since 2001, often coming back to the mat to counter a stressful career in advertising or to have a mini-retreat when she needed it most. But it wasn't until she welcomed her daughter into this world that she discovered yoga beyond the asanas. This newfound path led her to the opening team of Washington DC's only family-friendly yoga studio, offering her the opportunity to teach, collaborate, and train alongside many of DC's most respected kid and adult teachers. During this time, she also completed a 200 hour teaching certification through YogaWorks. The result was a deepening of her own practice and the emergence of a highly personal teaching style that combines her experiences as a parent, her in-depth alignment-based training, and the belief that yoga can shape individuals, families and communities. "It is truly a gift to help others bring more OM into their homes, find tree poses at the playground, and create more space in these crazy, hectic days." Kate dedicates her practice to her husband and two children, who are her greatest teachers. Learn more about Kate at kateloewengart.com.
Mary-Ann has been a student of yoga for 18 years and instructing for 14. She holds 200 hour certification from Tim Miller, 200 hour certification from Alison West at Yoga Union NYC, and Karma Kids yoga certification. She also holds a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Life Coach through Leadership that Works.
Mary-Ann's main reason for teaching is because she knows that yoga helps people suffer less in the world! She knows that time spent on the mat allows both herself and her students to be more fully present in compassionate, kind, loving ways off the mat! Her classes tend to challenge students physically, mentally and spiritually to be the best version of themselves as often as possible. She loves that yoga has allowed her to embrace her perfectly imperfect self more and more each day! Mary-Ann is the mom of two amazing boys, and lives humbled by, and in gratitude to them, for being her most amazing teachers everyday!
Joseph, a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist Tradition, is a student of Meditation Master Sakyong Mipham, Rinpoche. He is a writer, lecturer and, as founder of LIFEWORK Personal Coaching Services is a meditation, performance, public speaking and personal actualization coach.
Joseph currently lives in Baltimore where he serves as the director of the Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center. josephmauricio.com
Allison is a 500 hour certified teacher. In addition to teaching at Hastings Yoga, Allison provides “mommy and me” and kids yoga classes in the Rivertowns. Allison's expansive level of education also includes trainings with Jillian Pransky in Restorative Yoga, Yoga for Scoliosis with Elise Browning Miller, and Yoga for At-Risk Youth and Adults with Hala Khouri. After training with the Empowered Youth Initiative with Off the Mat Into the World, Allison is fulfilling her mission to bring yoga and its benefits to at-risk youth.
She currently teaches at Leake and Watts and with Kula for Karma at the Children’s Village in Dobbs Ferry. hastingsyogatots.com.
Joy is director & managing attorney at The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention at The Hebrew Home at Riverdale. She has been practicing yoga since 1999, and became a certified ISHTA yoga instructor in 2010. A long-time student of meditation and breath work, Joy has also spent time on silent retreats.
Celine first discovered yoga in 2000, and the union of a physical practice with the ethical and spiritual practice felt like coming home. A former dancer, she immediately took to the flow of movement with the breath, and the attention to alignment. Over the years, she has deepened her practice through the incorporation of meditation, Buddhist teachings, yoga philosophy, and shamanic wisdom. Celine’s aim with her yoga practice is to strengthen the body to reduce pain and discomfort, in order to free the mind to be fully present in the moment.
Her classes offer students a vigorous and creative vinyasa style informed by classical ashtanga breath and alignment, incorporating dharma, meditation, and chanting. Celine received her 200-hour certification in Conquering Lion Yoga, which maintains that the goal of life is to reach enlightenment for the sake of every living being, accomplished through use of breath, body and mind together, in asana and meditation. When practicing with Celine, expect to sweat in the name of love!
With a passion for environmental sustainability and social justice, when she is not practicing or teaching yoga, Celine works at Business for Social Responsibility, a global nonprofit. She weaves principles of interconnectedness and the relationship with the earth into her practice. As a yogi, Celine aims to live in a way that treads lightly on the earth, sustains natural resources, and creates fairness for all beings everywhere.
Celine offers endless gratitude to her teachers: Kelly Morris, Maria Cutrona, the Conquering Lion yogis, Mika Oakes, her students, her husband, and her mother – the wisest woman she knows.
Contagious love for life and wellbeing is natural around Jennifer. Her energy is abundant and it comes with a nurturing and intuitive ability to simply make others feel good. Being an expert in the field of health and wellness for over a decade has allowed Jen to integrate mind, body and soul into her classes. Jennifer started her career as a nutritionist and has worked clinically, in cardiac and pulmonary rehab, employee wellness, fitness and the food industry. Jen also holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition through Columbia University, Teacher’s College. Completing her 500 hour ISHTA yoga teacher training only enhanced Jen’s knowledge for living whole. Jen says about her own journey,"yoga helped me personally overcome digestive issues as well as find a balance between pushing myself too hard both on and off the mat. I’m grateful for my teachers every day.” Jen’s teaching style is lighthearted with a blend of philosophy, ayurveda and a focus on human anatomy and alignment creating a safe and comfortable environment for her students. Jen teaches prenatal, hatha, restorative, core flow, flow and restore, vinyasa and hot yoga classes throughout Westchester County and New York, NY.
Her intention is to offer well balanced classes that allow the student to create space through the body using the breath, asana (postures) and meditation. Then using this spaciousness you’ve created to find ease and steadiness in life, which tends to be a natural by product of yoga. jennifervagios.com
Anne RYT-200, KYTA, has been a student of yoga and meditation for nearly a decade, and a certified yoga teacher since 2011. Anne teaches and practices in the Kripalu tradition, offering yoga and meditation that is accessible to all, regardless of experience or physical challenges. She is also certified in chair yoga, as well as in trauma-sensitive yoga through the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Center of Boston, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. Anne is a practitioner of mindfulness meditation in the tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and holds a third-degree black belt in New York Goju Karate.