TeacherS

 
 

Laurel Katz-Bohen is a native New Yorker, a longtime Harlem resident, a new mama and the founder of Harlem Yoga Studio.  She is a graduate of the Integral Yoga Institute and is certified to teach Hatha Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Raja Yoga Philosophy.  Laurel is a DONA International certified Doula and a trained Midwife assistant with Ina May and the rest of the legendary midwives at The Farm Midwifery Center.  She offers emotional support, encouragement and wisdom to women and families throughout labor, birth and postpartum.  Laurel has practiced yoga since the age of 5 and especially enjoys planting a life-long love of “playing yoga” in her Children’s Yoga classes.  Laurel is a singer and songwriter who has toured throughout the United States and the world with various groups and currently works with one of her favorite icons, Blondie.  She is the winner of an Emmy award for outstanding Journalism.  In addition, she has a background in childhood education, teaching elementary school in the New York City public school system.  It is Laurel’s intention to serve the vibrant and diverse New Yorkers in the Harlem community by offering peace, wellness, and a sense of oneness.

Erica Barth

 

Erica Barth is a proud New Yorker, a life-long lover of movement,"Yoga-nerd", and the co-owner of Harlem Yoga Studio.  She holds a Bachelors degree in Business from the Wharton School and a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, where she focused on Group Dynamics and Conflict Resolution.  While training for a marathon in 2001, Erica ran into her first Yoga class and quickly fell in love with the way that Yoga brought strength and flexibility to her body,  and even more so, serenity and balance to her mind.  She obtained her teaching certification from the Integral Yoga Institute of New York where she met Laurel, and after years of looking for a business idea she could be passionate about, was thrilled to help open Harlem Yoga Studio!  Erica is certified to teach Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Teens, and Children. Her classes combine a focus on alignment with a playful and creative sequencing of postures, leading students to find a relaxing and energizing union between breath and body. She is continually inspired to deepen her knowledge of the body, mind, and spirit, and is profoundly grateful to have studied with many incredible teachers around the city and the world, including Yin Yoga and Mindfulness with Sarah Powers, Vinyasa Yoga with Seane Corn, Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff, and Ashtangha Yoga with Saraswati Jois.   In her work with clients both on and off the mat,  Erica incorporates yoga philosophy to help individuals feel calm, strong and centered, and groups and teams work together more effectively.  It is her joy an intention for Harlem Yoga Studio to help make Yoga welcoming and accessible in all of its forms, and to create space for the community to gather, breathe, relax, and have fun!


Keisha Bolden

 

Keisha Bolden is a New York based Yoga and Pilates instructor who enjoys teaching to all ages, shapes, and sizes.  She began studying yoga 12 years ago and has studied Hatha, Bikram, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga and has been practicing Pilates for 6 years.  Keisha has studied with master teachers, Swami Mahadevananda, Swami Sivaswaroopananda, and Bhooma Chaitanya, and Ted Ryan.  In 2008, Keisha was blessed with the opportunity to live, study and teach yoga in India for 6 months. In addition to joining the teaching staff at the Sivananda Vedanta Ashram, Keisha managed the ashram’s Karma Yoga program. When teaching, Keisha encourages students to challenge themselves while maintaining purity and simplicity of movement. Her teaching style is infused with positive energy, honesty, and inspirational flow. Students are taught to focus inward and to develop ultimate trust for their bodies. Keisha believes that there is a Yoga for everyone and encourages students to find their comfort level within each pose. Class and workshop information can be found at her website www.keishabolden.com.


Amy Tobin

 

Amy Tobin has been practicing yoga in NYC since 2000 and is a graduate of the 500 hour Yoga Works Professional Teacher Training Program.  Her training, based on the lineage of Krishnamarya, and T.K.V. Desikachar, allows her to share with her students a dynamic balance of stability and freedom in the body, mind and heart.  Amy's classes combine a challenging flow of Vinyasa Yoga with the strong alignment principles of Iyengar Yoga.  She encourages her students to link breath with movement, and to explore the benefits of yoga at their own pace.  Amy believes that yoga - like life - should be approached with warmth and humor.

Tricia Townes

 

Tricia Townes has studied yoga since 1998 in North Carolina and in New York City.  She is a graduate of the Teacher Training Program at The Integral Yoga Institute and is a Certified Therapeutic Yoga Teacher.  Tricia loves studying and practicing the philosophy and psychology of yoga known as Raja Yoga and helping students deepen their Meditation practice and Hatha Yoga practice. Tricia is now launching Harlem Yoga Studio’s Full Figured Yoga class, where people with larger bodies learn to adapt the classical yoga practice and receive all the great physical and mental benefits.  She is also a practicing visual artist with an MFA in Painting and Drawing.

Bhairavi

 

Bhairavi began her journey in yoga 12 years ago, after a physical condition left her debilitated and depressed.  She tried a yoga class and after six months her condition improved exponentially.  Her childhood interest in math and science influenced her to study nutrition and the effect food has on our bodies, leading her to become a certified Holistic Health Counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Further study of the self and how emotions and mental state affect our bodies brought her to The Integral Yoga Institute where she received her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher certification as well as additional teaching certification in Raja Yoga and Teen Yoga.  Bhairavi strongly believes that “Yoga saved her life” and yearns to use her knowledge and experience to guide people in transcending their mental, physical, and spiritual fears and limitations, through Yoga.  Bhairavi’s classes are challenging, meditative and dynamic and enable her students to take their practice from the studio into their everyday lives.

Nyota Nayo

 

Nyota Nayo came to the yogic lineage via her journey as a dancer and is now a long-time practitioner and teacher.  She is certified to teach Hatha Yoga and Prenatal Yoga through the Integral Yoga Institute, and is certified to teach Core Vinyasa Yoga through training under Sadie Nardini.  Nyota is a DONA trained Doula and has supported many mothers in Harlem through their labor and births. Additionally, Nyota is a Reiki practitioner and teaches and performs Egyptian Belly Dance and Brazilian Samba.  Currently Nyota is in training in the US, and in Egypt under the Temple of Aset, towards certification in Egyptian Yoga and Meditation.  Nyota’s mission is to use her myriad of experiences to empower all who are on the quest for wellness of mind, body and spirit.

Ali Dachis

 

Ali Began her yoga journey freshman year in college studying Ashtanga, and began practicing at Corepower Yoga in Minneapolis shortly after.  She found that it opened her eyes to the stability and beauty in life and soon earned her teaching certification in Vinyasa Yoga in order to spread the amazing power of yoga to all who seek unity in life, on and off the mat.  Ali believes that Yoga is an amazing practice that opens our bodies, minds and hearts, and she hopes to share the sense of community, strength and peace she has found through yoga with all her students! Namaste!


Julie Sutera

 

Julie Sutera has been practicing yoga for over 10 years.  Upon moving to Hawaii in 2003, she developed a deep connection with the island and the many fitness activities it had to offer, particularly exploring and practicing a variety of styles of yoga: Vinyasa, Iyengar, Bikram, Kundalini, and more.  When a family illness drew Julie back to the east coast, she recognized health, fitness, & yoga had a greater purpose in her life and became certified to teach in order to  deepen her own practice.  An elementary school teacher by trade, she immediately became certified to teach Kids Yoga and passed the practice to her young yogis in Harlem!  Julie continues to teach children both at Harlem Yoga Studio, as well as schools throughout New York City.  Yoga created a shift in Julie’s life and she is eager to nurture others through their own journeys, providing a challenging, strength-building, and relaxing practice.  Her goal is to develop awareness and enthusiasm for health & fitness through yoga for practitioners of ALL ages. For more info: www.yogawithjulie.weebly.com


Val Shaffer

 

Val was introduced to Iyengar yoga in December of 1986, while residing in Southern Indiana on a suggestion from his mother who thought that as a musician yoga would help improve his musical endeavors. (Which it did!) and he was hooked.  After continuing to practice on his own using Iyengar's "Light on Yoga” as reference and attending multiple workshops and retreats, Val eventually sought  out senior Iyengar teacher Karin O’Bannon to become his mentor,  and began the 3 year journey of Iyengar Certification in 2001.   Val  has apprenticed with Karin O’Bannon in LA, studied directly with the Iyengar family in Pune, India, and is certified at the Intermediate Junior 1 level of Iyengar certification.  I can say with conviction that I truly believe in the transformative power of Yoga!


Rochelle White

 

After practicing Yoga and Pilates for many years, Rochelle “Leanne” White received her teaching certification from Yoga for the People.  She teaches both Yoga and Pilates with a focus on using breath to guide movement,  poses to strengthen the body and mind, and meditative transitions to reduce tension.  Each class is adjusted to meet the unique needs of the students who have come to practice,  while ensuring that key foundational elements are always included.  Rochelle’s goal as a teacher is to ensure that every student feels welcomed and supported when they arrive at class, and feels empowered, stronger, and more confident when they leave.  Rochelle  has a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral health, and experience working in the fields of both psychology and medical health.

Kathe Izzo is the primary force behind the Inner Garden Project utilizing Living Foods Cleanses, Kundalini Kriya & Channeled Energy Clearing as a platform for her teachings on creativity, the path of the heart, as well as plant spirit medicine, ceremonial work & a variety of meditative practices. She has taught yoga for over 20 years in an eclectic blend of Iyengar, Kundalini & Vinyasa/flow.


Kathe Izzo

 


Elisabeth Rainer

 

Jenny Bichsel began practicing yoga 8 years ago after sustaining a repetitive strain injury from extended hours of computer work.  Initially practicing Vinyasa style yoga to gain flexibility and strength, she is now drawn to the more meditative style of Hatha, and incorporates daily meditation into her practice.  Wishing to pass on these powerful tools for strength, balance and inner peace, she completed her teacher training at the Integral Yoga Institute in summer 2011.  She currently teaches yoga at several studios, Integral Yoga Institute, and also at the corporate offices of her previous colleagues.   Jenny’s classes are open to all levels, but aimed at beginners wishing to explore the broader aspects of yoga, incorporating asana, pranayama and meditation into each class.

A lifelong dancer, Elisabeth came to the mat looking to heal her body after several injuries, and found that it healed more than just her physical being.  After being certified through Three Sisters Yoga, she quickly realized that teaching yoga could help her share that newfound clarity and peace in both body and mind. As a dancer, circus performer, and yogi, Elisabeth teaches movement of all varieties to adults and children alike, working extensively with Artists Striving to End Poverty (ASTEP). She recently spent a year working and teaching at a residential school for children from the lowest castes in rural India, and during that time was able to deepen her understanding of the origins of yoga.  Elisabeth believes that yoga, movement, and the ability to still the mind are the keys to giving us all the tools to create a more peaceful, accepting world, and is thrilled to be able to share this through Harlem Yoga Studio. 


Jenny Bichsel

 


Dublin Salas

 

Dublin was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela.  He began practicing Yoga under the guidance of Master Teacher Marco Rojas and has since practiced with and learned from Alan Finger and Chuck Miller, the creators of Yoga Works.  He assisted Marco Rojas in Pure Yoga and Istha and completed his teacher training at Yoga Works with Yoga Works, Teacher/Director, Jenny Arthur.  He has shown his unique passion for teaching Yoga, applying the fundamentals of the Ashtanga Vinyasa System in his teaching, his practice and in his life.  Dublin is also a musician: he plays percussion with the Israeli singer Orlin and plays drums with the rock-funk band, Mad for Justice.


Crystal McCreary

 

Crystal McCreary is a devoted student of yoga and has enjoyed teaching vinyasa since 2007.  Her teaching is most significantly influenced by the 500-hour YogaWorks’ teacher training program and Jason Crandell.  Crystal’s classes offer students an "advanced" way of practicing vinyasa yoga, integrating vigor, flow, intelligent sequences and precise, graceful alignment.  Her roles as an elementary school teacher for 5 years, curriculum developer, and performing artist have been invaluable tools which have allowed her to make the extraordinary healing benefits of yoga accessible to students of all levels and experience.  Crystal is a graduate of Stanford University as well as The American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. She hopes to inspire her students to develop a keen ability to listen their bodies and to deepen their compassion for themselves and others. Expect to leave Crystal’s classes with more knowledge about yoga, as well as feeling strengthened, grounded, and calm.  visit www.crystalmccrearyyoga.com for more information


Elle Randall

 

Since the age of five, Elle has craved the spotlight.  A native of Guam, Elle moved to New York to attend The Tisch School of Arts at NYU, and graduated with a BFA in Drama.  After graduation, she stayed on with The Playwrights Horizons Theatre School, teaching African Dance and Movement for the Actor. In 2009, Elle created Sass N’ Betties, a Cabaret/Entertainment Company which performed throughout NYC, as well as internationally. Elle was first introduced to yoga in college and has since maintained a continuous practice.  She discovered that a steady yoga practice makes for happier people, and she decided to join the Yoga Teacher Training program at Yoga Vida in 2012 in order to help as many people as possible reconnect with their happiness. By combining a fun and challenging practice with a “be happy, be healthy’ attitude; her classes will leave people vibrant, balanced, and reconnected with their Higher Selves.


Brian Nygard

 

Brian Nygard is a dedicated yogi, musician and teacher Living in New York City. He holds a 200 hr Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification from Yoga to the People as well as a BM In Jazz Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He has been studying yoga asana and philosophy for 9 years with an emphasis on Vinyasa and Traditional Hatha traditions. Brian teaches for corporate seminars, public classes and teacher training programs Internationally. His lessons balance vigorous physical practice with careful alignment and attention to breath. Daily, Brian travels New York and its boroughs, leading classes of 60 or more students through sequencing that is both clear and accessible.


Gianprem Kaur (Robyn Mahone-Lonesome)

 

While reading Muata Ashby’s Egyptian Yoga The Philosophy of Enlightenment Gianprem learned of Kundalini Yoga’s transformative power to enable true development of the higher self.  She began taking Kundalini Yoga classes and after eight years of practice she began study with Krishna Kaur in Los Angeles, received her certification in 2008.  She went on to earn additional certifications under lead trainer Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, and later became certified in the Y.O.G.A. for Youth approach with Krishna Kaur.  Gianprem is also a Level 2 practitioner of Ra Sekhi Kemetic Reiki. Gianprem has a journalism degree from Boston University and an education background, teaching middle school English Language Arts in the New York City Public School system, as well as Kundalini Yoga to students and teachers.  She is the author of a biography, Charles Drew Physician


Tara Tonini

 

Tara Tonini is a lover of nature, movement, color and creativity. On the mat, Tara offers an authentic selection of yoga to ignite the the midd and body though playful and challenging sequences, focusing on the fluidity of the body’s movement, supported by the breath.  For both Adults and Children, Tara encourages each student to have fun with their practice and make it uniquely special to them by building confidence beyond their comfort zone.  In each class Tara offers a creative toolbox where students are invited to learn and explore mudras, mantras, breathing exercises, meditation, and self-love. *Endless thanks to all of the teachers that bring light and love to this human experience.Tara teachers both adults, as well as children of all ages. She is also a Trained Pilates Mat teacher and she incorporates the principals of strength and structure from Pilates into her Yoga Barre classes.

Laurel Katz-Bohen

 


Silvana Marquis

 


Rachel Lamb

 

Rachel took her first yoga class when she was 13, a time when her body was the enemy and everything was awkward. Yoga taught her to not only accept but also celebrate all the wonderful peculiarities of human bodies. She got her start teaching Children's Yoga, before completing her 200 hr training at Yoga District in Washington. D.C. In her classes, Rachel aims to create a safe space for students to play and discover the power and joy within their own bodies.