Colleen Saidman Yee’s introduction to yoga was in 1987, at the urging of a roommate, who convinced her to attend a class in New York City. Soon after, her worn-out running shoes, her basketball, and her boxing gloves became things of the past. In 1994, after back surgery, Colleen’s commitment to her yoga practice deepened. A graduate of Jivamukti’s 1998 teacher-training program, Colleen opened her own studio, Yoga Shanti, in Sag Harbor, in 1999. She has taught several teacher trainings at Yoga Shanti, some with her husband, Rodney Yee.
The New York Times christened Colleen "The First Lady of Yoga," in their recent profile of her on the front page of the Sunday Style section. She has also been featured in Vanity Fair, New York magazine, Oprah, Marie-Claire, Allure, and Yoga Journal. Before that she had a varied career: She was a cover girl, a student of shiatsu, and she lived in Calcutta, working with Mother Theresa at the Home for the Dying and Destitute.
More recently, together with Rodney, Colleen helped to create Urban Zen's Integrative Yoga Therapist Program, Donna Karan’s worldwide initiative. She and Rodney are also authors of the Gaiam Yoga Studio, as well as several popular yoga DVDs. Colleen's latest is "Yoga for Weight Loss." Colleen currently lives in Sag Harbor.
Patricia Padma Borrego
Patricia Padma Borrego is a yoga instructor and body worker with a passion for intergrated wholeness. She is deeply inspired by meditation, deep listening and cultivating intention and clarity in movement and in life. When we participate in our practice on as many levels as we can: physically, emotionally, and spiritually, it has a profound affect on our whole life.
Certified Anusara® yoga teacher, founder and co-owner of Virayoga in New York City, and Jonah’s mama, Elena has been teaching yoga for 14+ years. After graduating from Cornell University in 1992 with a design degree, she worked in textile and apparel design for almost 6 years, living in both New York City and northern Italy. After completing a year studying Art Education at the New School and teaching in 2 schools in downtown New York City, she trained with Cyndi Lee, subsequently met John Friend, and began studying Anusara. After over ten years of study with John Friend, Douglas Brooks and Hugo Cory, she's now working with the Handel Group® incorporating the the Handel Method ™ into her work of parenting, writing and teaching. Elena's classes are a masterful, candid blend of artful alignment and attention cues; they bring patience to your mind, articulation to your body and empowerment to your heart.
As the 2010 Global Yoga Ambassador for adidas, Elena traveled worldwide teaching the methodology of Anusara. From Wanderlust to the Great Lawn at Central Park on the 2010 Solstice, she is honoured to offer larger-scale experiences of yoga, but her true service is in shifting awareness within the smallest interactions; one family, one household at a time. Her writing can be found on Huffington Post, Crazy Sexy Life, and her own blog at Art of Attention. She currently supports Women for Women and The Acumen Fund.
Nikki Costello is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga for 18 years and was previously certified in Jivamukti Yoga and Anusara Yoga. She has studied with extraordinary teachers such as Sharon Gannon, David Life, John Friend, Kevin Gardiner and Mary Dunn. In 1997, she became a student of the Siddha Yoga path. For the next 8 years, she taught exclusively for the SYDA Foundation, as a Siddha Yoga Hatha Yoga and Meditation Teacher. As part of the organization she taught hatha yoga in retreats and events in North America, South America, Europe, India and China. She currently lives and teaches at Kula Yoga in New York City and has a private clientele.
Steve Eaton, Shepsi, has been experimenting with music all his life! He began at the age of 5 with the piano and now plays a number of instruments including the guitar, harmonium, tambura, dholak, ukulele...(the list goes on and on). He graduated from Princeton University 2007 with a Degree (BA) in Music. There he was able to explore many musical forms and ensembles. Steve also began his studies of buddhism and veganism while attending Princeton. Since then he has studied many forms of yoga including Iyengar, Kundalini, and Bhakti, or devotional, Yoga. In 2008 Steve traveled to India where he immersed himself in the sounds of the country. He recently deepened his practice of, respect for, and education in yoga, studying with the incredible teachers and mentors of the Yoga Shanti teacher training program.
Steve is very excited to be collaborating with teachers at Yoga Shanti by accompanying classes with a number of instruments. His attempt is to deepen the experience of yoga through sound, vibration and chanting. He welcomes all feedback relating to this experimental yogic experience.
Eve Eliot is a psychotherapist, meditation teacher, yoga practitioner and author of “Insatiable,” its sequel, “Ravenous,” and “Attention Shoppers: The Woman’s Guide to Enlightenment.” She is a contributor to the journal “The Annals of the AmericanPsychotherapy Association” for which she has written two articles: “Yoga Off the Mat: Motivating Clients to Surrender to Discomfort” and “Meditation Off the Cushion: Helping Clients Using Mindfulness.” Her unique way of using metaphors to guide students to inner body awareness makes meditation exceptionally accessible, even to beginners. Read this great interview with Eve Elliot!
Joyce is the co-founder of Breathe Repeat, she is a mentor for Yoga Shanti's teacher training, and she teaches yoga in NYC and The Hamptons. Her main teachers are her husband, Colleen & Rodney, Eddie Stern, her students, family and friends. Joyce has been teaching yoga since 2002, and her approach to teaching Vinyasa is poetic, progressive, and anatomical. She is obsessed with Self improvement, and she is grateful to work in a community striving to make peace. A life-long writer, a student of psychology, and a daily yoga practitioner for over thirteen years, this woman is fueled by a passion to find meaning and to be a part of a deeper dialogue. Joyce believes that learning Yoga is like learning a language; the more you practice the more fluent you become. joyceenglander.com
Recognized throughout the yoga community as a true “teacher’s teacher,” Dana Flynn brings an ecstatic expression of movement, music and community to her practice and her students, as the co-founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers and Lotus Flow Yoga. The former stockbroker, restaurateur and MTV personality turned a life in the limelight into a spiritual transformation, studying with legendary yogis: Jivamukti’s Sharon Gannon in New York and master teacher Rodney Yee in California. Fiercely innovative and independent, Dana honors and knows well the ancient traditions and codified asana systems of the yogic practice. During her many years of study, she “wanted to explore what it meant to move like herself. That was my greatest longing.” Dana and Co-Founder Jasmine Tarkeshi channeled over 6 years of organic movement experimentation into the creation of the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center and Lotus Flow Yoga. Lotus Flow Yoga, is infused with a dynamic Dervish-like energy of dance, song and joyous revelry. “It is fresh, inspired and alive.”
With studios located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District and in San Francisco’s Mission District, Laughing Lotus is now home to more than just a studio; it’s a diverse community of creative, spirited, and playful yogis; a school for teachers and where you’ll find Dana Flynn, the “Janis Joplin of Yoga.” Dana has appeared in The New York Times, Yoga Journal and on Good Morning America and the TODAY Show.
A daydreamer by nature but not lacking the determination to pursue technique as a means to realize the dream, Heidi studied modern dance at North Carolina School of the Arts, graduating with a BFA in 1981. Thereupon she moved to NYC and danced in the companies of Mark Dendy, David Gordon and Susan Marshall. In 1991 yoga class trumped ballet class. Jivamukti led to Iyengar study with Genevieve Kapular and Rodney Yee... led to Light Body energy work with Diane Goldner which led to Meditation study with Jim Owen...back around to movement study with Martha Yoshida. Heidi offers pranams to so many teachers and students including her parents, sisters, husband Chris and sons Elias and Wyatt.
Heidi has been teaching on Shelter Island since 1995 and at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor since 1999. Along with Susan Orem, Richard Rosen and Richard Freeman and Manorama, she is part of the faculty of the Yoga Shanti Teacher Training and took the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy course in 2010. She assists Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee at trainings and retreats as well as hosting her own retreats in exotic locals. Through Asana, Pranayama and Meditation she continues to refine technique to realize unfolding reality. heidifokineyoga.com
Jen Frasher. RYT500 Nosara, Heart of Yoga, Kundalini, Level 2 Reiki practitioner, Pranic Healing. Adults & children.
A student of yoga since 1999 and teacher since 2003, Jen’s classes are an artful configuration of body, breath movement, alignment and attention. Known for her ethereal qualities, skill and dedication, she offers students the practice of yoga in a direct and palpable way as method to create clear minds, open hearts and spacious bodies. Influenced by many yoga traditions and currently inspired by her work with the Handel Group, Jen blends all of her studies together for a unique healing experience. Her classes frequently include live music and the use of essential oils. Voted “best of the best” Hamptons yoga instructor 2011 and 2012, you will find her teachings fresh, inspirational and ever surprising!
For more information, please visit her website at jenfrasher.com
Born into a family of yogis and Buddhists, Sian was fortunate enough to start attending yoga classes at the age of seven with her god-father, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. Since then, she has fallen in love with the practice over and over again. She received her bachelors degree in philosophy from Bennington College in 2004 and moved into the Sivananda Ashram, where she became certified and taught classes. In 2005, Sian fell in love with and made Montauk her base while she travelled, surfed, studied yoga and received her Masters in Educational Psychology from NYU.
In 2009, Sian opened her own studio in Montauk, Love. A Yoga Space and most recently a Love outpost in New York City. She is currently completing her second teacher training with her teachers Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee. Her classes are playful, challenging and invite you to explore the deeper aspects of yoga.
Erika Halweil was born and raised in New York City. Her first experience with the yoga practice was close to one decade ago, although, it wasn't until 1997 that she focused her attention on the endless journey into the present moment. Recognizing the importance of a playful spirit and limitless curiosity, Erika tries to challenge herself, and others, through a unique vinyasa practice (inspired by the many traditions to which she has been exposed). She has furthered her knowledge of the human body through the study of nutrition (with a degree from NYU), anatomy and physiology and reflexology. She is, wholeheartedly grateful for all of her teachers; to Manorama D'Alvia and Uma Nanda Saraswati for helping her to find her inner bhakti; to Colleen Saidman and Jessica Bellofatto for their open hearts and thirst for knowledge; to Krishnamurti and Pema Chodron for their insight, honesty and courage. She is also indebted to the many people who have shared their practice with her, as she honors that each student is her guru.
Sarah Halweil graduated from the Yoga Shanti Teacher Training Program in 2004. Previously she had practiced Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Jivamukti Yoga, but knew that she had found something special when she moved to Sag Harbor and started practicing at Yoga Shanti. "I was in awe in every class," she remembers. "The chanting. The intelligent sequencing. The focus on anatomy. The spiritual education and guidance. It satisfied all of my yoga expectations, and all in a tiny, whaling town."
Sarah strives to push the yoga practice beyond the classroom and into everyday life. "I feel grateful to be able to study with Colleen and Jessica, Rodney Yee and Manorama, and to share this powerful practice with others," she says.
Sarah holds a BA in Environmental Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Colorado in Boulder and a BSN from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. She is a labor and delivery nurse at Southampton Hospital.
Kari discovered yoga in 1996 while recovering from a knee injury suffered during the Off-Broadway production of "Tony 'n Tina's Wedding". Inspired, Kari has been practicing ever since, becoming certified through the Integral Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2002, the Bhava Teacher Training program in 2003, and founding her own studio, East Yoga Center in New York City’s East Village in 2004. (http://eastyoga.com) Kari’s passion for yoga continues through her continued study with John Friend in the anusara tradition of yoga and Rodney Yee, who never fails to change her practice again and again.
Kari is also an accomplished dog trainer, having merged her passion for yoga and dogs with a monthly Dog Yoga class at East Yoga. This has led to features in numerous publications, including Yoga Journal, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal as well as the 2005 Animal Planet television series, “K9 Karma” which followed Kari and her dog Charlie both in and out of the yoga studio.
Kari hails from Toronto, holds a BFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and splits time between New York City and Sag Harbor with her husband, baby daughters, and 4 dogs. She would like to thank Jessica and Colleen, her primary teachers and constant source of inspiration. eastyoga.com
Leah began a regular yoga practice during her last year of college, finding that savasana provided the perfect respite from the brain overload of thesis writing. While home for Thanksgiving, Leah took a VERY crowded class at Yoga Shanti! Not sure what to expect and totally nervous about falling on someone, she unfolded her mat onto the uneven, creaky, wood floor and took her seat. As the first OM reverberated throughout the room, she was wholly intrigued.
In 2003, during an extended winter vacation in Costa Rica, Leah completed the Nosara Yoga Institue’s 200 hour teaching training program. Upon returning home, she enrolled in Yoga Shanti’s teacher training program where her heart grew full of love and gratitude for this practice and her truly wonderful teachers.
Born and raised in Montauk, Leah has a deep appreciation and love for the East End. She is so pleased to be sharing and participating in the practice of yoga within this community. Leah graduated from Georgetown University in 2001 with a BA in Women’s Studies and Spanish.
Lisa Langer is passionate about sharing her love for yoga and a yoga lifestyle with all levels of students, from the brand-new beginner, to the more experienced practitioner. It is her experience that regular yoga practice is grounding, uplifting and transformational and Lisa is skilled at creating these experiences for her students.
In her group classes, Lisa teaches an energetic and comfortably challenging Vinyasa yoga practice. She is known as a compassionate, authentic and charismatic teacher who seeks to bring out the best in her students. Her classes weave body alignment, music, yogic philosophy, flow, and humor into an experience that connects students to their soul and reminds them to follow their inner guide. A lifelong student of the body, mind and spirit, Lisa continues to study Anusara Yoga, Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga, Iyengar Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Yee Yoga, Pilates and Meditation. She also has more than 20 years of dance training. Her experiences as a Mom, a health care attorney, and working with clients with injuries allow her to relate to a broad clientele. In addition to her private practice, Lisa teaches at Equinox Fitness Clubs in New York City and she is the founder of Central Park Yoga. Lisa is also a Reiki practitioner and a photographer. lisalangeryoga.com
Kristin Leigh co-owns the shala with Barbara Verrochi, which has branches in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Kristin began practicing Iyengar yoga in San Francisco in the mid-1980s. By 1992 she was in New York practicing at Jivamukti, where she was certified in 1998. Since 1997 she has been studying ashtanga yoga with Eddie Stern and has made periodic visits to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Sharath Rangaswamy. Kristin co-teaches the shala’s teacher training program and the shala's mysore ashtanga program. She is also the proud mama of 2 year old Jules.
Originally from northern california, heather has been living and teaching yoga in new york city since 2003. she completed the jivamukti teacher training with sharon gannon and david life while finishing her bachelors at new york university. she then completed her advanced certification in 2008. she has continued her training, exploring a more iyengar based approach with rodney yee and colleen saidman yee at the yoga shanti teacher training in 2010, which she now assists as a mentor. she has trained numerous new teachers at pure yoga and the shala in her personally designed mentorship program and is a guest teacher at the shala teacher training program and the pure yoga teacher training in new york city.
Her classes integrate creative vinyasa sequences with meditation, chanting, good music and spiritual philosophy. weaving scripture from both the yoga and tibetan buddhist traditions into the asana practice, her goal is to create a space for practitioners to realign themselves with conscious intention: the determining factor for all present and future happiness. she is known for her sweetness, passion and authenticity. For more information, please visit heatherlilleston.com
Stephanie first experienced the healing power of movement while leaping across a dance studio. Being 5 years old at the time, she was unaware of how profoundly this would impact her life and work. The need for movement - as a means to heal, release, express and communicate - became a natural part of her self and spirit. To have the opportunity to bring yoga into children's lives and awaken this part of their spirit is deeply gratifying for her.
Stephanie first discovered yoga in 1996 and has been practicing ever since. Her interest truly deepened when she became pregnant with her daughter Miachesca in 2004. In the prenatal and kids classes at Yoga Shanti she observed the natural link between yoga and children. Watching them slither like snakes and jump like frogs around the studio, she was inspired to learn how to share this wonderful gift with others.
Stephanie is certified to teach children's yoga through Neney's Yoginis and through the Karma Kids studio in Manhattan. She is deeply grateful to Sheryl Hastalis, Ann Fristoe, Subhadra Fleming, Jessica Bellafatto and Colleen Saidman for their wisdom, support and encouragement. She brings a light-hearted and playful approach to each class and is an encouraging teacher who believes in a respect for all students . . . no matter the age.
Named “most in demand” yoga instructor in New York Magazine’s Best of New York issue, April Martucci is a native New Yorker with a singular understanding of movement and the connection between mind and body. She has danced with the Joffrey Ballet School, Eglevsky Ballet, and at the Martha Graham School. She began studying the yoga discipline at the Jivamukti Yoga Center and later received her teaching certification from Om Yoga Center and prenatal certification from YogaWorks. April is a graduate of the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy, whose programming is known for its emphasis on anatomy and physiology. She incorporates her experience from the Institute in her unique form of bodywork. Her signature style involves technical aspects of anatomy combined with a thoughtful philosophical approach, making the practice fully integrated: mind, body, and spirit. April is the former Director of Yoga at the prestigious Reebok Sports Club/NY, MindBody studios. She has taught a wide range of students from A-list celebrities to toddlers, artists, and high-profile professionals. She regularly contributes to Rodale’s iYogaLife.com, providing instructional video content and answering mind body lifestyle questions, and to MensHealth.com, writing articles and columns. April has participated in community work with Lululemon Althetica, Ltd. As a Lululemon ambassador, she teaches community classes and performs at the annual Barefoot Ball. April is the founder of FireDragon Yoga and conducts yoga Teacher Trainings in the method in NYC twice a year. For more information, please visit yogawithapril.com.
While attending my first yoga class at University of Hartford as part of my Elementary Education degree, I fell in love with yoga and began the path of profound personal transformation and the birth of a lifelong journey of exploration. As my relationship with yoga developed, I found the courage to end a personal relationship that I had been struggling with for some time, and without much trepidation, I replaced my cigarette habit with pranayama, asana and meditation. During which, I moved to Hawaii, taught Elementary school full time, and studied Viniyoga privately with Gary Kraftsow. I began to see the benefits of using yoga techniques with my Third Graders in the classroom and learned the value of sequencing asana practices for each individuals needs.
When I returned to the mainland and living in California for five years, I practiced extensively learning Vinyasa with Julie Kleinman and Shiva Rea at Yogaworks in Santa Monica. Still an academic school teacher, though began to infuse yoga in the Magnet Performing Arts School where I was teaching Elementary Education to inner city children. In 2003, after receiving my Masters of Multi-Cultural Education, my intrigue in the Pilates method lead me to become certified in this technique, and I then began teaching both yoga and pilates classes as well as privately. I completed my Yoga teacher training with Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman Yee in 2004 and continue to study with them closely.
I find value and insight in these different approaches, and tether myself to moving from sincerity, mindfulness and an open heart. My role as a teacher is to create the space where students feel inspired to cultivate these qualities through asana, pranayama and meditation. ~ Stirham Sukham Asanam.... Om Shanti Shanti Shantih.
A native to Sag Harbor, Alex fled to New York City to pursue a degree in fashion at FIT. It was not long before she became exasperated by the endless whirlwind and began to search for more meaning. She knew that she needed to slow down and become more present. Her love of yoga and dedication to her own practice awakened a desire to further her study and humbly pursue the possibility of teaching. And once she began, there was no turning back!
Alex has received certifications from Sivananda, Jivamukti and most recently at Yoga Shanti, in a 10 month residency program. Blending the many traditions that she has studied, Alex brings flowing sequences, chanting and mindful instruction to all of her classes. She is grateful to all of her extraordinary teachers: Sharon Gannon and David Life, Manorama, Patricia Borrego, Mary Buffo, Jessica Bellofatto and Colleen Saidman, her family, as well as the many others who bring inspiration to her life daily.
Jenna Minardi is a certified Integral Yoga instructor. She has been doing yoga for 21 years and teaching for the past nine. Jenna directed the yoga program at Naturopathica Spa in East Hampton and in 2005 opened the Minardi Training and Route 114 Yoga Center with her husband Jimmy Minardi in East Hampton NY. She also started a kids yoga program with her friend and college Kate Rabinowitz at the Springs School in East Hampton where yoga is taught to children kindergarten thru 6th grade through out the year.
Jenna teaches her students, with a deep yearning to inspire them with the spark of compassion and devotion that propels her love of yoga. Her classes put emphasis on BREATH, as a way to “reprogram” patterns in the body and mind that keep us from reaching our human potential, BALANCE, between action and surrender, ALIGNMENT that is reached by listening to your intution, and chanting and meditation. Jenna has recently become very involved with Shidda Yoga which is now headed by Guru Chidvilasananda, in this lineage of yoga there is an emphasis on meditation and chanting as a way to connect with God within ourselves.
Her years as a yoga student have lead her to study many different lineages of yoga including Ashtanga Yoga with Danny Paradise, Integral Yoga and Iyengar, and most recently Heart of Yoga with Mark Whitwell. Jenna has also studied nutrition, herbalism with Arcus Flynn in NYC and shiatsu at the Ohasi Institute in NYC. She has also had the honor to work with the South Fork Breast Cancer Coalition in teaching woman chanting and meditation.
Mayan Montanari-Perez was lucky enough to begin her yoga experience under the guidance of Megan Chaskey, while attending The Ross School. Upon graduation in 2004 she worked as a Mother’s Helper to many lovely families, cementing her love of children. While pregnant she began taking prenatal classes with Kate Rabinowitz. Astounded by Kate’s incredible style of teaching, she hoped to one day be able to educate people in the same loving manner. She is trained to teach children through Karma Kids Yoga and is currently looking into their prenatal teaching program.
In October 2006, after having the privilege of welcoming her first child, Miloe Reef, at home, she began to educate herself on all aspects of motherhood. She was especially interested in educating families on childbirth choices, gentle childbirth, natural parenting, and alternative education. She began by starting her own company called Yemaya, which primarily makes one of a kind baby slings and organic onesies. Mayan, along with her friend, currently directs an Enki style playgroup/school in her home, which educates children through the interconnectedness of the world around them.
Mayan is inspired everyday by her growing boy, being in his presence is a constant reminder to pass on all the knowledge she has picked up along the way. She would like to thank her many yoga teachers and friends for their clarity, encouragement and teachings.
Kelly Morris is one of only 5 senior Jivamukti instructors in the world and is the founder of Conquering Lion Yoga. She incorporates the precious Tibetan Buddhist insights of the Gelukpa lineage of His Holiness The Dalai Lama into her classes, workshops and training programs.
Kelly is the only yoga teacher to ever grace the cover of New York Magazine as NYC's "most popular teacher" and has been featured numerous times in The New York Times and Yoga Journal. Known worldwide for her honesty, warmth and singular ability to make advanced understanding of both asana and yoga philosophy easy for her students, Kelly teaches celebrities including Willem Defoe, Sting, Russell Simmons, Chris Botti, Kim Raver, Christian Slater, Donna Karan, Madonna and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Kelly has been teaching in NYC and the Hamptons, as well as on sold-out Retreats worldwide, for over 15 years and has taught tens of thousands of students.
Muriel Murphy has been in the healing arts field since 1992. She began studying the body as a Fitness Instructor/Health Sciences major at the University of California, San Diego. She graduated from the Phillips School of Massage CMT in 1995. Completed a 500 hours of intensive study with certified Rolfer, Bill Sitkin, in 1997. Additional trained in Neuro-muscular Reprogramming at the Alive and Well Institute 2003. To date she has 700 hours of yoga teacher training. Most recently studying, Touch for the Health, in 2009 and Thai massage in 2011.
Muriel began her training as a yoga instructor in 2003 at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, completing the 200-hour certification program with Don and Amba Stapleton. Most recently she has trained at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, completing the 500 hour Advanced Studies Teacher Training in December of 2006, and the Relax and Renew certification with Judith Lasater, in 2005. Traveling to India in 2007 to study with the Iyengars, she integrates these teachings into each class. Muriel's yoga classes are a unique blend of somatic conditioning movements & therapeutic stretches, Qi Gong, Pranayama breathwork, Restorative yoga poses, Iyengar alignment principals in the postures, with a strong and steady flow. Compassionately delivered with heart! Muriel’s experience as a body worker and yoga instructor shine through in the knowledge she so openly shares with others. She believes that the lineage of yoga, and the healing energy of these integrated healing arts, is a gift to be shared for the health and well being of all who choose to take
In 1997, after several teacher trainings and almost a decade of daily Ashtanga Yoga practice, Lois met John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga. Lois credits John with transforming not only her yoga practice but her whole outlook on inspired living. Certified in Anusara Yoga in 2000, Lois now serves on the Anusara Yoga Curriculum and Certification Video Committees, where she helps shape the future of teaching Anusara. Lois has also spent hundreds of hours studying yoga philosophy under Professor Douglas Brooks, a world-renown scholar of Hindu Tantra.
Lois has been sharing yoga with students in public classes and workshops in New York City and the Hamptons for more than a decade. Nationally recognized for both her advanced practice and the depth of her teaching, Lois travels to offer workshops, retreats, and programs for teachers internationally. Her classes weave the flow of vinyasa-style yoga into the exquisite alignment and inspirational message of Anusara yoga for an invigorating and uplifting experience bound to make you shine! She also offers private lessons for those with physical or scheduling challenges.
Before devoting herself to yoga, Lois was a professional writer and editor and an internationally exhibited artist. She received a B.A., magna cum laude from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Princeton University, where she taught literature and writing. Lois is especially grateful to the fine teachers of these universities, who taught her to express her intelligence through her heart.
Kate Northrup fell in love with movement at the early age of three when she took her first dance class. Kate began studying yoga with her West African dance company at Brown University, where she earned her BA in The History of Art and Architecture.
Kate graduated from the Yoga Shanti Teacher Training with Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee in August 2010. She enrolled in the training with no intention of becoming a yoga teacher, but instead because she wanted to hang out with Colleen, Rodney, who she loved and admired. Much to her surprise, Kate found an ease and calm teaching yoga that she never had experienced before.
In February 2011 Kate left New York City and embarked on a road-trip around North America called The Freedom Tour teaching women (and the men who loved them) about financial freedom as an inroad to greater emotional and spiritual freedom. After 30,000 miles by car and thousands more by plane, Kate is very excited to call the east end of Long Island home (for now). Kate has always felt most free while practicing yoga and dancing, so teaching yoga seems a natural reinvention of The Freedom Tour.
Kate is a wellness entrepreneur, speaker, and writer. Find out more at katenorthrup.com. She is currently writing a book based on her philosophy that if you free yourself up financially, you can then be more fully present to your true purpose and making the world a better place (Hay House, Spring 2013).
Lynda Lee O'Laughlin
A former dancer, Lynda has been exploring movement and anatomy her entire life. Presently, Lynda finds great inspiration through extensive studies with her primary teachers, Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. She also continues to study whenever possible with Richard Freeman, Sharon Gannon and David Life, creators of Jivamukti Yoga, the humble and brilliant Lady Ruth Lauer Manenti and Robert Thurman.
Lynda Lee brings years of exploration and dedication to her teachings and hopes to create space for each student to expand, increase awareness and cultivate a passion for the practice.
Originally from Quebec, Eric began his career as a professional dancer and continues to pursue his passion for movement and healing through yoga, massage and homeopathy. He earned his yoga teaching certificate while studying with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga Center in New York City. Then, combining his love of yoga & dance and to increase his knowledge of the human body he studied at Finger Lakes School of Massage, achieving his license in massage therapy. His studies also include: Yoga for cancer survivors, pilates, polarity, reflexology, applied kinesiology, cranio sacral therapy and herbal medicine.
Eric recently graduated from School of Homeopathy New York, a 4-year course in homeopathic medicine which, in addition to his yoga and massage training, allows him to heal in a truly holistic manner. Eric’s unyielding gratitude, deep commitment to his yoga practice, and years of experience contribute to an increased awareness and quality in his yoga instruction. To contact him for private yoga instruction, massage and homeopathy visit holisticlifeworks.com
Kate Rabinowitz has been studying and practicing yoga since 1972. She has trained extensively with BKS Iyengar, his son Prashant and daughter Geeta in India, and senior teachers in Europe and the USA, including Dona Holleman, Karin Stephan, Patricia Walden, Rodney Yee, Mary Dunn, Judith Lasater, Mark Whitwell and many others. Kate has taught for twenty five years refining the therapeutic aspects of yoga teaching adults, seniors, pre natal and treating injuries. After birthing her own children, now 10 and 12 she trained in Yoga Ed, becoming certified to teach children and school teachers in yoga and wellness. She believes yoga for children is essential for this new generation, to give them tools to navigate the challenging times.
Besides yoga, Kate is a certified Natural Gourmet Chef from Ann Marie Colbin in NYC, and is a practitioner of Healing Arts from the IM School of Healing Arts. She has studied at the Ayurvedic Institute with Dr Vasant Lad in New Mexico, at the Kushi Institute in Boston with Michio Kushi, and currently completing training in Shiatsu therapy at the Ohashi Institute in NYC. She is at heart a traveler and adventurer, for years studying traditional arts and teaching yoga in Japan, immersing in India, living in a monastery in Thailand, trekking the Himalyas in Nepal, and walking alone across Tibet to Lhasa from Southwestern China. She visits India regularly to visit her teachers and the temples in the Himalyas.
She now lives in East Hampton with her husband and son, running the Integrated Wellness Program at Springs Elementary in East Hampton for grades K-6 and teaching private and group classes in the Hamptons and New York City.
John is a certified Anusara Yoga instructor teaching group classes in the Hamptons and seasonally in New York City. He also offers individual instruction and the healing art of Yoga Therapeutics. A student of ha-tha yoga since 1973 with an always growing and an ever more seriously playful devotion to the practices, he has been teaching since 1992.