Meet the East Yoga family!
Why she loves yoga: I love the practice for teaching me to live in my heart and for opening me up to new possibilities of how to be with myself and others. I am continuously inspired to share yoga as service, in order to bring about not only individual transformation but also communal and social change.
Why she loves East Yoga: I remember the first time I walked into East and immediately feeling a sense of warmth, support, and ease. East is a rare community gem that I feel grateful to be part of.
How I Teach: My classes balance the vitality of movement and engagement with joyful and quiet surrender. I infuse my teaching with care and compassion, threading thoughtful themes throughout each class to guide students through a slow, breath-centered, mindful flow – a moving meditation that brings spaciousness and ease to the body, mind, and heart.
Training: The Ayurveda and Yoga Center, Conoor India (2009), Vajra Yoga (2011), currently enrolled in Elena Brower’s Art of Attention Teacher Training.
Current Inspirations: Elena Brower, Sarah Powers, my home practice
Find out more about Alex: www.alexdarayoga.com
Why she loves yoga: I was first drawn to yoga for its meditative physicality and for the chance to intimately connect with myself. The practice of yoga continues to challenge me to lead my life from the heart.
Why she loves East Yoga: I immediately fell in LOVE with East Yoga the moment I walked in the door. The welcoming vibe and close-knit community offer the perfect place to deepen your practice.
How I teach: My aim is to help students cultivate an inner awareness while building strength and flexibility in body and mind. I pay particular attention to breath and alignment and attempt to help students discover the subtleties of each posture.
Training: OM Yoga 2011, Mentorship Practice with Nikki Costello, coursework at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center
Practicing since: 2003
Current inspirations: My family, friends, Luke the golden retriever
Find out more about Amber: www.amberyoga.org
Why she loves yoga: I love yoga because it has the ability to simultaneously make my mind feel spacious and clear, my body to feel strong and fluid and my heart to feel full of gratitude. Yoga offers the opportunity for healing and transformation to occur in our lives.
Why she loves East Yoga: I love East Yoga because it's such a warm and welcoming space. The teachers, karmis and students have created an environment of support and respect and a place that I'm grateful to be a part of.
How I Teach: I teach a steady vinyasa flow with attention to alignment and breath awareness. I aim to create a supportive environment for students to connect to their practice with curiosity, kindness and a sense of humor.
Training: OM Yoga 2012, The Science of the Private Lesson with Francesca Cervero, 2013.
Inspiration: My teachers, my students and my family.
Why she loves yoga: I love yoga for the inner anchor it provides, and the endless possibilities it uncovers
Why she loves East Yoga: I love how inviting the East Yoga community is, there is no attitude, just the warm embrace of a common love for yoga. Teaching at East is like being a part of an ever expanding family that constantly uplifts and inspires me to show up with the best I have to offer.
How I teach: Expect a moderately paced, challenging class with attention to proper alignment, clear verbal instruction, and hands on adjustments. Elements of yoga philosophy, intention, and inspirational quotes will be woven throughout the physical practice aimed at uncovering pathways inward toward self discovery.
Training: Jivamukti 2010, Prajna Yoga 2010
Current inspirations: B.K.S. Iyengar, Rodney Yee, and Yogamaya founders Bryn & Stacey
Find out more about Anna: www.annagreenbergyoga.com
Why she loves yoga: I love the joy and ease that I feel after I practice. I love that yoga teaches you to confront your limitations and barriers. I love that yoga embraces change and uncertainty. I love that yoga has transformed my life, bringing joy and ease to my relationship with myself and the world around me, beyond my mat.
What she loves East Yoga: I love how open and welcoming everyone is. I love that the studio is dedicated to bringing yoga to the neighborhood at an affordable price and dedicated to creating a supportive community for everyone.
How I teach: I guide you to teach yourself. Practicing with me includes a movement centered flow that is both nurturing and challenging. I focus on mindfulness of breath and alignment, and concentrate on the transition between asanas. I encourage you to extend your practice beyond your mat.
Training: Now: Yoga 2014-2015, Teaching Yoga to Beginners with Judith Lasater, Julie Gudmestad and Gill Solberg 2016
Practicing since: 1997
Inspiration: The special moments of everyday life.
Why she loves yoga: I first loved Yoga because of that feeling you get after you take a Yoga class. It's that feeling of being grounded and open. The feeling of being cleansed of fear, doubt, judgement and pain so that we can exist in my our own true nature. I love Yoga because it makes it ok and possible for us to be our true selves.
Why she loves East Yoga: I love the warmth and comfort of the studio that makes it feel like home. I love the vibrant neighborhood. Most of all I love the support and friendship that was immediately shown to me as I was welcomed into the East Yoga community.
How I Teach: I teach an alignment based Hatha/ Vinyasa class. Incorporating Asana, Pranayama, meditation and healing practices from Ayurveda and Chinese Medicine that bring us to a state of harmony and balance.
Training: 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Greenhouse Holistic, 300hr Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga Sukhavati, Reiki Level 1 at Seven Arrows, Reiki level 2 at Maha Rose
Inspiration: My brother Kenny, Koreal and Kolin for their unconditional love and support of their weird big sister.
Why he loves yoga: Like the space in the eye of the storm, yoga allows the clarity needed to overcome the narrow-‐minded view we have of our lives. This beautiful space we can create, allows us to peacefully observe ourselves and be witness to all that moves around and through us.
Why he loves East Yoga: Real, raw, and respectful. East Yoga holds the space to have a real conversations with yourself.
How I Teach: Combining asana with theme, and through the vibrational power of sound, Rian's classes create the space for tangible, visceral, blissful, grounding, and unexpected opening.
Training: Sonic Yoga 200Hr, Yogamaya 500Hr
Inspiration: Elena Brower, Radhanath Swami, You
Find our more about Rian: www.ecologyoftheheart.com
Why he loves yoga: I felt the benefits of yoga immediately. My sister brought me to my first class in 2001 and I was hooked by a new way of relating to my body that was powerful, precise, and fun. The ongoing practice of getting to know myself brought me back to the mat day after day and eventually the notion of sharing this incredible system emerged.
Why he loves East Yoga: I have led retreats and teacher trainings across the US and in Bali and Costa Rica. But New York City, and the East Village specifically, is home, so the opportunity to join the community at East Yoga is especially gratifying.
How I Teach: My classes attempt to balance freedom of breathing with precise and challenging vinyasa. Since attention to the breath is key, students are encouraged to move into poses at a pace and depth that allows for clarity and ease in the mind, even when the body is working.
Training: OM Yoga Teacher Training (2005), Restorative Training with Judith Laseter, Yoga Anatomy and Anatomy & Breath Clinic with Leslie Kaminoff (2010), Meditation Training with David Nichtern and Cyndi Lee.
Inspiration: Sigmund Freud, Yottam Ottolenghi, James Blake
Find out more about Edward: www.wheelandaxle.net
Why she loves yoga: Many of our activities are sedentary, and can leave us feeling disconnected from our bodies--and in a fast-paced city, we may feel disconnected from others. Through yoga we can move and explore the body and breath, develop ways of working with our minds through our bodies (and vice-versa), and connect with a community. I have tremendous confidence in yoga’s ability to help us find greater peace and improve how we relate in the world. Plus it's fun, and feels amazing!
Why she loves East Yoga: East has a special combination of great teaching, a diverse community of dedicated students, and a cozy, welcoming atmosphere. The East Village has been my home for several years, and I love teaching so near to home and bumping into students around the neighborhood.
How I Teach: I teach intelligently sequenced vinyasa flow classes with attention to breath and alignment. My classes are informed by an interest in Buddhism and mindfulness, and there's often a philosophical and/or anatomical theme. I encourage students to practice with curiosity, humor, compassion, and awareness.
Training: OM Yoga 500 hour (2011-2012), Restorative Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Meditation Teacher Training with David Nichtern and Cyndi Lee, y4c (Yoga for Cancer)
Inspiration: My teachers, my students, Buddhism
Why he loves yoga: I love Yoga because it's a practice.... A life long practice. No matter how much time passes, the need for the support and insights that Yoga yields is always there.
Why he loves East Yoga: I love East Yoga because of it's simplicity. Not only in its simple straight forward astetic, but in its message as well. To me that message is, come practice here.... Bring whoever you are.... And come practice with us.
How I Teach: I'm inspired by clear and grounded communication. Whether that's conversation, writing, visual art, music..... Whatever. Through a rhythmic sense of clarity I aim for a class that's both challenging and informative from the inside out. All of this is offered through the context of moving.
Training: Sivananda 1997, Erich Schiffmann 1999, Richard Freeman 1999, Om Yoga Center 2001
Inspiration: Ezra Bayda, Richard Freeman, Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Pema Chodron
Find out more about Frank:www.frankmauroyoga.com
Why she loves yoga: I love vinyasa for the meditative, focusing, challenging, sacred, and centering experience it provides. I love yoga for its unique ability to truly shift mental habits and perspectives to open new ways of being with others and the world.
Why she loves East Yoga: I love the connections between the students themselves, and also the amazing relationships I have with students. I love that students come to my classes partly to practice with me, and partly (mostly?:) ) to spend time in yoga with each other.
How I Teach: A vigorous dharma-focused vinyasa flow with alignment points. Expect chanting, meditation, dharma talk with intention setting, and yoga philosophy/quotes woven through class directed towards making shifts outside of class.
Training: Jivamukti 2007, Urban Zen Integrated Therapist 2015
Inspiration: Michael Stone, Rodney Yee, Ram Dass
Find out more about Jen: www.jwhitneyyoga.com
Why she loves yoga: Practicing yoga postures helps us learn the language of the body and allows us to listen to the body with simple awareness. Eventually this creates even more awareness: to mind and to spirit which will ultimately assist us in reaching our greatest human potential!
Why she loves East Yoga: I love the fact that East Yoga is a friendly, well-run neighborhood studio where community and student-teacher interactions can flourish. And of course, it is in the BEST neighborhood ever - my home of 33 years, the East Village.
How I Teach: I teach to who is in front of me, always with breath-centered flow, alignment safety and manageable pacing. I teach Yoga Philosophy in teacher training programs around town, so you can also expect a bit of chanting and philosophical inspiration too!
Training: Atmananda 2001, Advanced Training with Adrienne Burke 2003
Inspiration: Sharon Gannon, Edwin Bryant, Guta Hedewig
Find our more about Jill: www.jillcamera.com
Why she loves yoga: I came to yoga during a time in my life that I was very disconnected from my body and living entirely in my mind. Yoga gave me an opportunity to reconnect to my body and shift my perspective on a lot of hard life situations so that I could live more fully and more present. Yoga has also provided me with a deep trust of my body through inversions and arm balances, and I bring this into my practice and teaching.
Why she loves East Yoga: I love the neighborhood vibe of the studio. Everyone seems to be friends or friendly with each other because of the community East has created in the East Village.
How I teach: I teach an alignment-based vinyasa flow that will send you inward to connect with your body. I love to use props and move my students to the wall to explore a pose more deeply and specifically. Expect a good stretch and a challenging but nurturing practice.
Training: Yogamaya 200HR 2015, Yogamaya 75HR - prenatal, chair yoga, props, yoga therapeutics
Practicing Since: 2011
Current Inspirations: Pema Chodron, Vanda Scaravelli, and my teachers, Bryn Chrisman, Deb Bagg, and Jamie Lugo.
Find out more about Kate: www.kateformanyoga.com
Why she loves yoga: Yoga is a challenge of body and mind, an investigation of life and relationships that continues to intrigue me. But I might love it most for how calm, connected and deliciously alive it makes me feel.
Why she loves East Yoga: The people! East Yoga is such a wonderful community of students and teachers that inspire me and make me smile.
How I Teach: A mindful and grounded vinyasa flow with lots of breath awareness, clear alignment and a sprinkle of fun. I like to weave a philosophical/psychological theme through my classes that connects the formal practice of yoga on the mat to the informal practice of yoga in daily life.
Training: OM Yoga 2006
Inspiration: My daughter