Meet the Teachers
Ellen's work is based on over thirty years of experience, practice and study. Her journey towards health and holistic living started after she lost her mom to cancer at age 15. She leads workshops which include conscious nourishment and awakening the creative spirit, through yoga, art and mindfulness. She has an eclectic teaching style with a strong focus on the healing effects of the breath on mind, body and spirit. She combines playfulness and positive energy to inspire students to find balance and harmony in daily life. Ellen's therapeutic approach comes from a deep commitment to the ancient healing art of yoga as a vehicle to cultivate awareness and restore balance for the individual and the planet. E-RYT500 yoga teacher, C-IAYT yoga therapist, holistic lifestyle educator and owner - director of PranaMoon Yoga.
Kristi became curious about the untapped strength within her body as she prepared for the birth of her daughter. She discovered that yoga afforded her a way to appreciate the journey toward the goal of a healthy baby. As a mother and a story-teller Kristi offers classes that challenge beginner yogis and seasoned practitioners alike. She embraces a student-centered philosophy which puts the goals, needs, and development of her students ahead of any prescriptive method of instruction. She is also committed to sharing the full experience of a complete practice rather than limiting her teaching to just the physical poses. Her high-energy classes will take you on a journey of self-discovery using music and movement to stimulate the outer body and connect students to a deeper inner awareness.
Betsy is a seasoned yogi who teaches to share the love and benefits of yoga. Her background in Human Ecology, textile design and buying, college and public school educator, mother and dog momma have given her diverse experiences. Yoga is her passion and she is a devoted yoga teacher and lifelong learner. She is certified through the Pranotthan School of Yoga and Yoga Alliance. Betsy has also trained in Kripalu, Meditation, Pranayam, Advanced Asana, Gentle, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yoga Nidra. A multi-faceted approach coupled with her compassionate heart will help you to flourish in your yoga practice. Betsy teaches a variety of styles and believes that yoga should be accessible to all people. Her positive nonjudgmental approach fosters classes where students can enjoy an uplifting class that brings benefits to all layers of your being.
Jamie has spent the last 20 years studying the human body and how complementary therapies and wellness practices can serve us holistically throughout our lifetime. She views Yoga as an endlessly adaptable practice that is accessible to all bodies at any age. Jamie’s personal practice and teaching draws from various yogic paradigms including Iyengar, Vinyasa and Yin. RYT 500, CHES.
Having started her lifelong movement journey in ballet at the age of 4, teaching and learning is Jennifer’s greatest joy! She teaches a Vinyasa Flow mindfully connecting movement with alignment and breath work. Students are challenged to go to their edge, not beyond, and leave class refreshed and rejuvenated. In 2011 after an Achilles rupture, she took to her Yoga Mat as a safe harbor rebuilding the atrophied leg. The depth of Yoga’s healing potential began to take root, using the practice to regain strength. Subsequently, the emotional and spiritual seeds of Yoga started to sprout. It became evident teaching was the next step. Jennifer received her RYT 200 with Carla Zilka, Justin Tang, and Greg Barringer in 2016. A regular student of Charles Matkin’s with additional training's including Trauma Informed Yoga with Hala Khouri. Classes are lighthearted, exploratory, challenging for multiple levels and fun!
For over 20 years Lela’s love of yoga and devotion to her own study and personal practice have inspired her work as a teacher and massage therapist. In 1999 she became a certified Prana Yoga instructor, and ten years later completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training in India with the dedicated and brilliant staff of the Himalayan Institute. Lela continues to teach and pursue her studies as well as lead international yoga meditation retreats combining her love of travel and nature with yoga. Her intention is to support our precious bodies in releasing stress and growing stronger and suppler, while also promoting self-inquiry and spiritual development ~ one of yoga’s greatest gifts! Lela is very grateful to have discovered the yogic path that so enriches her own life and is deeply humbled and honored to share this age old transformational wisdom tradition with you. E-RYT 500, LMT
Neva became enamored with yoga in the mid 90’s. She originally practiced Yoga for relief of lower back issues, and has since brought the physical, spiritual and philosophical aspects of Yoga into her life. Neva felt the urge to share her love of yoga with others, and became a Yoga instructor through the training at Satsang Yoga in Garrison in 2005. She completed her 500 hour level of training in 2008 at the Birchwood Center in Nyack. Neva teaches a Vinyasa (flow) style, heart opening class, with a focus on breath and proper alignment. Neva provides a sense of comfort in a supportive atmosphere, while her students learn to advance their practice on the mat and incorporate the gifts of yoga into their lives. She offer her students the opportunity to increase their sense of connection to the world around them, which she has learned through her love of travel. Leaving her class, students feel an increased sense of peace in body and mind.
Through steady and progressive sequencing, clear and precise cuing, and anatomical and energetic awareness, Kristen's classes combine strength and ease while moving with intention and fluidity. Her teaching is most notably influenced by her time studying and practicing with Alison West of Yoga Union in NYC (300TT and 100-hr Comprehensive Yoga for Backcare and Scoliosis Certification) and Amy Matthews (Embodied Anatomy & Kinesiology: Bones & Ligaments course). A practitioner since 2005 and a student of many teachers, Kristen enjoys weaving elements of vinyasa and alignment together to show how each style can complement the other in a enlivening and dynamic way. "She combines empathy and precision, humor and extensive understanding of the body." - R.Z. www.kristenwoods.com
Brianna Nimphius is a 200 hour CYT after completing her training with All Yoga in Thailand. Additionally, she received her AcroYoga certification through AcroYoga International in Argentina. Her ultimate goal is to bring yoga to everyone! She has studied Recreational Therapy and Health Science, which has helped bring her to build her philosophies in holistically treating the mind, body and spirit with fun/play. Brianna believes that it is everyone's right to be healthy and happy! Her teaching style reflects this philosophy by adapting her classes to fit varying groups of students.
Stephanie passionately creates space for people to experience their own immense power to self-soothe, enjoy life and deepen their awareness of being alive. Inspired to work as a yoga instructor, she is also a lifelong practitioner of herbalism and skilled mushroom forager. Stephanie has relied upon yoga through periods of good and poor health since childhood through motherhood to serve her as a moving meditation and regular fitness routine. Her teaching style is most notably influenced by her time studying proper body mechanics with Tiffany Cruikshank of Yoga Medicine. Stephanie’s philosophical teachings embody ahimsa and striving to do more good than harm with this lifetime. As is said in the Bhagavad Gita,“Yoga is the practice of tolerating the consequences of being yourself.” www.yogaforager.com.
Pritam Bani Kaur (aka Barbara Burns)
Pritam Bani Kaur (aka Barbara Burns) was called to begin her yoga journey in 2015. In June of 2017, she received her Kundalini Yoga Instructor Training Certification (IKYTA) at Kundalini Yoga East located in Manhattan. Her passion for transformation and healing has led to other forms of energy work. She is a Usui Holy Fire Reiki Master, Sound Healer, RYT 200, and currently pursing a Personal Training Certificate. The desire for the truth combined with her love of Yoga and helping others realize their potential is her ultimate goal.
Kathryn is a leadership coach, meditation mentor, and mystic with a diverse background ranging from professional leadership in community-building, to in-depth study of Tibetan Buddhism, to a lifelong relationship with transformational ritual and celebrating magic as a birthright. Her classes teach foundational meditation practice and philosophy to build awareness, resilience, and personal empowerment so you can make lasting change in yourself and the world around you. She is certified to teach meditation through the Nalanda Institute of Contemplative Science, which combines neuropsychology with a non-colonialist approach to sharing traditional Indo-Tibetan Buddhist practices. Connect with her directly on Instagram @kathryn.a.fink or through her website kathrynfink.com
No matter where you’re at with your fitness, health, or life, there is a space for your mat in Kellen’s class. She leads her classes with compassion, authenticity, awareness and intention. Mindful of your individual needs, Kellen aims to cultivate personal empowerment so as to promote self-discovery and inner growth. She is dedicated to creating a space where her students feel nurtured, challenged, supported and safe. With emphasis on breath and body-awareness, her approach to asana is that of a moving meditation, supporting us in connecting with our true Self and the Greater Whole. A lifelong endurance athlete, her love and connection to yoga began in 2016, while recovering from severe trauma sustained in a bicycle versus auto accident. Crediting yoga for immensely supporting and shaping her recovery, she chose to dedicate her life to studying yoga and Ayurveda. She is a 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified instructor and holds certificates in Yin and Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, and Pranayama and Meditation.
Marisa has been teaching yoga and self-care methods for 15 years and became a practitioner of Thai Yoga Therapy, Aroma Acupoint Therapy, and Reiki along the way. She draws from ancient and modern teachings she learned from each modality she practices and integrates them to support her students' holistic health. Skilled as an intuitive healer, Marisa integrative approach helps people activate and sustain their inner wisdom as well as satisfy their intellectual curiosity about their bodies and minds. Her sensitivity and skillfulness puts people at ease and gives them the safe space and tools to have deeply healing shifts in the body, mind, and soul. While she teaches with warm soulfulness, she brings playfulness and humor as well as depth and refined knowledge into each class.