Meet the Teachers

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Ellen Forman

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.  

 

Lela Damico

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. E-RYT 500, LMT
 

Brigid Murray

Brigid 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 Gione

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.
 

 

Neva Goldstein

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.

 

Shelly Wierman

Shelly 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.

 

 


Betsy Egan

Betsy  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

Elisha is 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.


 

Jamie Jacobson

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.
 


 

Jennifer Marvin

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!

 

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