Meet the Teachers
Ellen Forman E-RYT500 yoga teacher, C-IAYT yoga therapist, holistic lifestyle educator and owner - director of PranaMoon Yoga. 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.
Lela Damico, E-RYT 500, LMT, 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. Lela’s classes are a blend of yin yoga with creative slow flow vinyasa sequences, designed for all levels of experience. 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.
Brigid Murray has studied and practiced yoga for over 13 years and completed her 200 hour teaching training at Scottsdale's At One Yoga in 2001. She is honored to have studied with amazing teachers including Seane Corn, Steve Ross, Ian Lopatin, David Romaneli and Tao Porchon-Lynch. Her teaching style integrates a vigorous flow of postures with the application of precise alignment, self awareness and acceptance. Her classes are designed to strengthen the body, quiet the mind and open the heart through great music, breath and movement. Brigid Murray was voted Best of Westchester Yoga Instructor 2015.
Kristi Lynch, While Kristi was pregnant with her 2nd child she wanted to find an exercise program that would allow her and her baby to be healthy and happy. Being a mother of toddler and pregnant she knew that keeping active was very important. While she found that the benefits of a steady yoga practice was great for her body and her growing belly she also found Yoga as a lifestyle and fell in love with it. She decided to share her love of yoga with others and completed her 200hr Yoga teacher training at the Liberation School of Yoga in Mahopac. She believes that play keeps you young and laughter is good for the soul. Fun flowing Vinyasa classes is where her heart is and she loves to share it with students at all levels. Her classes are lighthearted and fun and you will find yourself bending, stretching, balancing and smiling. Kristi’s fun loving spirit shines through in her teaching and she’s excited to share her bright light with her students.
Neva Goldstein 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.
Shelly Wierman found the peace of yoga over a decade ago and has been an avid practitioner studying with teachers such as Tao Porchon-Lynch, Kamala Srinivasan and Brigid Murray. In April 2013 she completed her 200 RYT training through the Westchester Institute of Yoga. Shelly’s alignment based vinyasa flow classes combine her love of music and yoga. She believes that all bodies can benefit from linking breath to movement in order to create a moving meditation. Shelly’s classes reflect her personal mantra to have fun no matter what you are doing.
Elizabeth Egan has been a yoga practitioner for years and is a RYT certified yoga teacher through the Yoga Alliance. She completed her 200 hour teacher Training with Devarshi Hartman and Jovinna Chan at the Omega Institute in the Prannothan Style of Yoga, which is rooted in the ancient yogic traditions. Elizabeth is inspired to bring the joy and transformation of yoga to others and is excited to be leading Community Yoga in Peekskill. Elizabeth feels that improvement of the body is just icing on the cake with yoga practice. A regular yoga practice can be a transformative experience on your whole being!
Elisha Simpson, E-RYT200, RCYT, YACEP, Founder, Crossover Yoga Project. As a trauma survivor, mom, wife, yoga teacher and yogi for over 20 years, Elisha has found balance, resilience, compassion and a zest for life. Simpson is the founder of laughing heart yoga and the nonprofit organization the Crossover Yoga Project (CYP). Both organizations focus on building confidence, resilience and self-regulation in a loving and safe environment. CYP’s mission is to empower young at-risk girls through a yoga and art curriculum to overcome trauma and move toward positive change. Inspired by the heart opening focus of the Anusara tradition, her original teaching style is creative, supportive and healing. Her innate ability to connect with her students welcomes all to be fully present and welcomed in her classes. Elisha is completing her certification as a Mindful Based Stress Reduction for Teens Instructor, is a member of the Westchester County Department of Mental Health’s Trauma Committee, a Master Level Certified Storytime Yoga Instructor, and Certified Hatha and Prenatal yoga.