MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

 
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MONIKA WIERZBOWSKA

(Pilates & Pilates Core Instructor)

Monika received her teacher and mat certification from the Kane School of Core Integration. Always seeking to continue her education, her interest lies most specifically on the effect of injuries, chronic pain, for example: scoliosis, the sacroiliac joint, Functional Anatomy for Movement and Injuries (FAMI), prenatal Pilates, postpartum, osteoporosis, 'neck, shoulder and wrist', Pilates for breast cancer survivors. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients including athletes, mothers, seniors and those injured and with special rehabilitation needs.


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STEVEN PRESTIANNI

(Classic Hatha Yoga Instructor)

Steven "Paz" Prestianni, a.k.a. Anandabhairava, began studying under the guidance of Sadguru Sri Mahayogi Paramahamsa, founder of the Mahayogi Yoga Mission, in 1996. He also had a definitive meeting with Swami Satchidananda, founder of The Integral
Yoga Institute, in 1988. Both schools profess the knowledge of Raja Yoga, the 8-limbed royal path, utilizing a classical form of Hatha Yoga for the third limb, asana (postures).


 
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ZITA HARKARAN

(Kundalini Yoga Instructor)

Zita Harkaran has studied with influential NYC Kundalini teacher Hari Kaur and started teaching in 2010. She understands teaching yoga as way to allow students to reach their higher potential in health, energy level and on their karmic journey through life. As a teacher, she is deeply inspired by Eastern and Western medicine, intuitive tools like tarot, crystals and channeling. She also studies and experiments with mind enhancing practices. All of that with purpose to help us all enter more heart centered world.


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BARBARA GENTILE

(Vinyasa with Alignment Yoga Instructor)

     Barbara is originally from Milan, Italy. In 2006 she began her journey into yoga. After exploring different schools and teachers, she developed a steady Hatha practice. As her practice deepened so did her interest in meditation, philosophy, and nutrition, leading her to Yoga Teacher Training at Greenhouse Holistic (200 hrs) with Leigh Evans, where she graduated in Alignment Based Vinyasa. Ever hungry for more yoga and movement knowledge she embarked on Aerial Mukti Yoga Teacher Training at Jivamukti NJ with Sandhi Ferreira and in Yin Yoga at ISHTA with Ulrica Norberg. Anatomy has also been an important part of her training with a 108-hrs Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers completed in June 2016, where injury awareness and prevention where deeply discussed along with biomechanics and kinesiology.
     She is passionate about sharing her skills and helping people improve their well-being and awareness through yoga.
     Barbara also loves Circus Arts. Hoop Dance, Fire Dance, Aerial Arts (lyra, static trapeze) and Partner Acrobatics have enriched her life with new experiences, new friends, and an expansion of her movement vocabulary.
     She is the photographer and curator of the book “ELEVATE. Yoga on the Roofs of New York” http://www.hivevision.com/elevate/


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HAYLEY WHITE

(Vinyasa Flow Yoga & Pilates Instructor)

  Originally from the U.K., Hayley is a Yoga and Pilates teacher and has been living and teaching in NYC since 2016, receiving her Yoga Alliance 200-hour Yoga certification from Yoga Vida where she continues to teach. In her personal practice she explores both the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions and aims to bring elements of these teachings into her classes. Hayley teaches classes that are accessible and integrate mindfully based vinyasa sequences with meditation, good music and focuses on building strength, correct alignment and breath awareness.


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AVALON DEMETRI

(Mindful Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor)

Avalon is a northern California native and former professional ballet dancer. She has performed with the San Francisco Ballet and later the Eugene Ballet and studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet, Ballet Chicago, and Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet. She received her Yoga Alliance 200-hr teaching certification through Pranavah Yoga in Queens in the fall of 2016, where she continued to teach yoga and fitness classes. In addition, Avalon studied meditation through the St. Francis Xavier Zen Meditation Group under Paul Schubert.


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SARAH PADMANI AJEET KAUR

(Kundalini Yoga Instructor)

The compounded effects of sustaining several concussions from sports led Sarah on a journey to heal her brain from within. This journey began in 2002 and led to a deep dive in the lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, the Yoga Sutras, and Kundalini Yoga. She found meditation not only helped cognitive recovery; it also led to a transformational level of clarity, happiness, and relaxation. Teaching Kundalini yoga and working as a personal fitness trainer (NCSF) is her way of sharing the tools she learned on that journey from darkness to light. It is a pleasure to guide the technology of sound current, mantra, breath, and physical movement in students as they open up to a fuller potential of energy in their bodies. 


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SONYA MATEJKO

(Vinyasa Yoga Instructor)

Sonya Matejko is a writer and yoga teacher based in New York City. She’s on a mission to help people express and empower themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. By embracing vulnerability, she hopes to move people toward their highest potential. Sonya completed her 200hr YTT with YogaWorks and is certified in Reiki 1, Yin Yoga, and Exhale to Inhale’s Trauma-Informed Yoga. Sonya teaches heart-first with an emphasis on self-awareness. In her classes, Sonya aims to bring her students back to center through mindful movement and empowering choices. She also blends her writing with yogic philosophy to expand the practice off the mat. When she’s not leading a class or workshop, you’ll find her writing in coffee shops or off exploring the world. Catch her writing on I AM & CO, Medium, Thought Catalog or @aforceofnurture on Instagram.