Never take yourself or life too seriously. The Yoga practice has the ability to help us learn to accept ourselves for who we are while continuing to grow. Hope believes that yoga is truly for everyone and every body. She teaches an open level, warm, inviting vinyasa flow; emphasizing twisting and back bending as tools for empowerment and compassion. Whatever is going on in your personal life can be a direct reflection of what you’ll be able to practice on your mat. Hope strives to teach the balance between hard work, discipline and relaxation. We are all interconnected, so let us come together in this practice to understand ourselves and connect with others.
Irena started to practice yoga in 1999 when she was pregnant. Her love to Yoga grew up together with her children. After taking a ten-day workshop with one of her teachers, Reinhard Gammenthaler, in Thailand her practice became determined and disciplined.
In 2013 Irena took a 200 and 500-hour teacher training in Israel at Ishitva Yoga Institute and was certified in 2015. As a working mother, Irena has come to realize the relevance of yoga in every aspect of her life. Between 2000 and 2013 she had the opportunity to study Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha Yoga and Raja Yoga under the guidance of several teachers such as Reinhard Gammenthaler, Shandor Remete, Andrey Lapa as well as Andrey Sidersky.
In 2013, after coming to New York and taking classes with Sri Dharma Mitra, Irena found her Guru and spiritual family. She studied at 500-hour teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra in 2016. Irena perceived the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual heights of yoga and understood that teaching yoga is a gift she wanted to share the others.
“Perform all thy actions with mind concentrated on the Divine, renouncing attachment and looking upon success and failure with an equal eye. Spirituality implies equanimity''
The quote above, from The Bhagavat Gita, inspire her every day.
A native of New York City, Ric is the epitome of an urban yogi. In 2008, through the exploration of meditation he discovered the life-changing power of yoga and has dedicated his life to bringing this same transformative experience to others. After spending 15 years building a successful career in digital advertising, Ric decided to turn his personal passions in meditation, yoga and fitness into new professions and hasn't looked back since. He is a 500-hour certified yoga instructor teaching Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga. Ric is also certified in both Traditional and Ayurvedic Thai Yoga Bodywork, and is completing his certification in personal training through the American College of Sports and Medicine. With all of his work, he aims to bring people to a present-moment based lifestyle. He is a warm, caring, compassionate, grounding and sincere healer. Ric is extremely passionate about music and his playlists are notoriously requested. He loves nothing more than traveling the world, eating out and spending time with friends. You can learn more about him and his work at www.nubodyandmind.com.
Gosia – Gianpreet Kaur is a certified Kundalini Yoga teacher taught by Yogi Bhajan. She trained with Gurmukh and Gurushabd at Golden Bridge Yoga. Her journey with kundalini yoga started 8 years ago while she was working as a marketing professional in an advertising agency. Gosia shares teachings of Yogi Bhajan and sees it as a powerful tool that increases self-awareness and brings peace and love to our life. Gosia has also studied with Gong Master Don Corneaux and she shares the healing sound of the gong.
Jennifer Kurdyla came to yoga in college, where she received her degree in English at Harvard University, first as a means to manage stress and supplement her dance training. After moving to New York, yoga and its many components became an integral part of her lifestyle--not only to complement the ever-beating pulse of the city, where she's also a book editor at Alfred A. Knopf, but for its deeply healing and restorative benefits. Her practice focuses on finding balance and strength on and off the mat, and she encourages students to translate the ways that we push our bodies in asana in order to release into relaxation in the real world. With an emphasis on clear alignment, breath, and flow, her sequences are dynamic, challenging, and above all fun. As a writer and editor, she is also deeply engaged with yogic philosophy and encorporates the teachings of the Sutras into her practices. She received her teaching certification through YogaWorks and is available for private and small group sessions as well. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @jenniferkurdyla
Luis R. Davila a native of Fajardo Puerto Rico with a background in musical theater, ballet, jazz and modern dance. Luis' passion for movement is complemented by the Vinyasa Flow method which is musical, hip, hot & Holy! Luis earned his 300-hour Jivamukti Yoga certification in the Spring of 2008 continuing as an apprentice with Monica Jaggi. In December 2013 Luis received his 800-hour certificate immediately there-after pass his Jivamukti Yoga Advanced Board Exam.
One of his greatest accomplishments has been his dedication to a strict vegan lifestyle thanks to his teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life. When one realizes that animals are people too, then yoga is possible. Sharon and David's contribution and blessings to his life as well as to the planet has and will continue to change the world for the better. OM Shanti.
Erica Chen has had a passion for movement since she can remember. A Florida native, she began to train in dance at a young age, in various styles and classical techniques. She graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance, where she studied different mediums of movement like Gyrotonics, Gyrokenesis, Pilates, and yoga. It wasn't until she moved to New York that she deepened her practice and found that yoga is what keeps her centered not only amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, but in her own body, mind, and life. Erica has achieved her 200 RYT certification, as well as completed her mentorship under Lindsay Hilscher through Yoga Vida NYC.
Erica hopes to fuse her love of different movement techniques to create an energetic, challenging and seamless flow during her classes. With a strong belief in yoga being accessible to everyone, Erica gives many modifications and variations, hands on adjustments, and strong alignment based cues to help the entirety of the class breathe together and move together.
Kelley has been drawn to movement her whole life, starting as a competitive gymnast at a very young age and making a healthy switch to ballet and modern dance as a teenager. Dance carried her through college at CalArts and brought her to New York in 2007. Yoga started out as a fun way to sweat and relieve stress after moving to NYC, but her casual hobby blossomed into a way of life thanks to her teachers at Yoga Vida, most notably Kyle Miller and Domenic Savino. Kelley leads a fun, creative, challenging yet attainable Vinyasa sequence set to a sweet, obsessively curated soundtrack that will get your heart rate up then calm you down. She offers modifications and advancements to make each class accessible and engaging for all levels of yogi.
Alex Curtis received his 200-Hour Yoga Alliance certification in 2010 while studying at the University of California, Berkeley. Since then, Alex has taught consistently leading classes in San Francisco, Rhode Island, and New York City.
In his classes, Alex combines the physical rigor of a Power Vinyasa practice with the qualities of mindfulness and inner presence derived from Vipassana meditation.
Alex encourages students to be playful, compassionate, and generous with themselves through a full range of experience on the mat: to find peace in moments of challenge, and equal awareness in moments of ease. The ultimate goal of yoga, he feels, is not to become super-humans on the mat, but to uncover the most joyful, peaceful, and authentic versions of ourselves.
Alex studies meditation as taught by S. N. Goenka, and holds a master’s degree from Brown University.
Movement and dance have always been part of Randi's life. She began dancing as a toddler and continued to dance, perform, and choreograph through college and after. She moved to New York City to continue her focus on dance and movement and found that yoga was not only something she loved to practice, but it also helped reduce foot pain she had developed from years of dancing. This "aha" moment inspired her to become a yoga teacher so she could help others cope with physical injuries, mental and emotional struggles, or just find clarity and groundedness after a hectic New York day. She completed her 200-hour teacher training, as well as a 6-month mentorship program under Cindy Lanzas, at Yoga Vida in Noho.
Randi's teaching style largely focuses on helping students find proper alignment before moving deeper into a posture. Her sequences are challenging for students of all levels yet attainable for new students, as she provides variations for many postures. In addition to teaching yin yoga, Randi teaches open-level power vinyasa classes and private lessons around the NYC area. She is constantly inspired by the teachers and students she encounters in the New York yoga community and is very excited to teach at Brahman Yoga! Visit randiceriniyoga.com for more information.
Carole is a Yoga-Alliance certified teacher and is mainly influenced by the Jivamukti Yoga School which she studied at as well as managed part-time. Before getting certified, she received her BFA in Drama from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, wherein she took many classes in psychology and was on the Dean's List. She has also been a dancer for the past 20 years, which has given her a deep understanding of how fully committing to movement, linked with precise breath work can lead to a truly cathartic experience.
Her classes combine the fun, energizing freeness of a rock/folk playlist with the deeply spiritual study of ancient yoga philosophy. Correct alignment is always emphasized in her classes through the use of props, oral cues and demonstrations, as well as tons of hands-on adjustments. Her hands-on adjustments are not only given as corrections, but are used as a guide for students to feel for themselves how deeply they can truly go into an asana without straining their body. Her students will be challenged and then asked to employ the study of yoga philosophy to learn how to breathe and release through this challenge. Through this practice, students will learn to face difficulty with a steady mind, so that they can bring their yoga practice off of the mat, with the ultimate goal of having a more peaceful life. They will be asked to examine their own samskaras (or patterns) so that they can begin to recognize which patterns of thought and behavior help them to be their strongest and most compassionate self and which no longer serve them. Only when the mind is steady can peace be attained.
Juan received an undergraduate degree in English and Communications in New York, and pursued a successful career in corporate marketing spanning 15+ years. His passion for yoga led to his pursuit of an alternate career path. He holds a certification in Yoga recognized by The Yoga Alliance; and is committed to living the principles of Yoga on and off the mat, continuous study and practice.
Increased stamina, reduction of anxiety and stress, increased clarity of thought, general well-being, and an overall sense of serenity are just the some of the rewards the student will find practicing with Juan. Possessing in-depth experience in teaching both groups and individuals, he is bilingual in English and Spanish, and conducts classes in both.
With the belief that Yoga, if practiced mindfully, can be a transformative experience leading to increased self awareness, Juan’s mission is to support his students in developing their own practices, ultimately identifying their own inner teacher. Whether a beginner, intermediate or advanced student, he invites all to share in the gifts yoga has to offer.
Juan is proud and grateful to be part of the Brahman Yoga community and be in the company of such special group of teachers and students. Namaste!!!
Andrea has been practicing yoga and vipasana meditation since the age of eleven. Her first teacher was her father. She has been a devoted student of Dharma Mittra for many years, and also studies Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Coming from a background in classical ballet and butoh dance has shown her the importance of foundation - working slowly, cautiously, bravely, in order to be bold and fully experience that by simply using the breath with mindful movement can bring deep levels of concentration and transformation.
Yoga is a very powerful practice. It has the ability to reveal this otherness about yourself that you did not know exist, cultivating compassion and love for everything your eyes gaze upon. It is a bright, blinding light illuminating the real self that hides because the light is too much for our dull eyes. So, we practice.