MEET OUR INSTRUCTORS

 
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Monika Wierzbowska
(Pilates 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.

Steven Prestianni
(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
(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.

Yael Krichely
(Yoga Instructor)

     Yael is a certified Yoga teacher, trained in: Vinyasa, Hatha and prenatal Yoga.
She is a trained dancer and Pilates teacher, with a great passion for movement, music, spirituality and mind over body connection. "Working and striving to be truly happy, I've been studying the human mind through Yoga, Vipassana meditation, mindfulness studies and dance...After personally going through three home births to my beautiful children and the intense impact it had on my body and spirit, I realized how much Yoga has helped me through the process. I got heavily invested in helping other women on their journey.”
     She has been practicing Yoga since 1998 and teaching Yoga in NY and Israel since 2000.
     "I came to NY to study dance, and while pushing my body to its limits, I was introduced to Yoga and its healing qualities. I was fascinated to discover that I can get more flexible by putting less effort, relaxing and really becoming aware of the breath and movement as one. I was amazed by this new approach to the body, mind and spirit."
     Her Yoga classes incorporate movement with breath, correct alignment information and spiritual contents to get us in tune with our mind - body connection.
     After graduating her 200 hours at Greenhouse Holistic (Brooklyn, NY), she is now continuing her education with Sukhavati Yoga to achieve her 500 hour advanced teacher training certification.

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Christie Roe
(Yoga Instructor)

Christie Roe intends to make yoga enjoyable and useful for everyone. A California native, she studied with living masters in the lineage of Sri Krishnamacharya, where yoga is adapted to the individual, not vice versa. Regardless of style and form, her sessions are designed to harmonize the unique forces of breath, focus, and balance within each student. With gratitude to TKV Desikachar and Heart of Yoga. www.digthyself.com

Barbara Gentille
(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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Cherie Yanek
(Yoga Instructor)

     Cherie Yanek has studied yoga in India, Nepal, and the United States. She began practicing yoga in elementary school to the TV show Lilias, Yoga, and You, and in those days, her favorite asana was Lion Pose. She found solace in yoga at various points in her life, and found it to be a true compliment to running.
     Cherie Yanek received her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in in Goa, India, training under Hannah Harpole and Amanda Capobianco. In India, she also studied Kundalini Yoga (Braham Yoga, Rishikesh), Ashtanga Yoga (Kranti Yoga, Goa; various teachers in Bangalore and Mumbai), and Hatha Sivananda (Sivananda Vedanta Meenakshi Ashram, Madurai). She received her Reiki Level I certification in Hampi, India, with Swami Yogeshwara. In Yoga Haven (Scarsdale, NY), she received her Restorative Yoga certification.
     She teaches alignment-based hatha vinyasa, restore and flow, restorative, and yoga for athletes (especially for runners and for CrossFit athletes). Her practice combines pranayama, meditation, mantras, mudras, and intention-setting, and thinks of yoga as a lifestyle, not simply an exercise practice.
     She is also a writer; a certified RRCA running coach, working with athletes to achieve their running goals; a competitive ultrarunner; and is Race Director of the Burning Man Ultramarathon. You can find out more about her writing, coaching services, and yoga at www.cherylyanek.com

Hayley White
(Yoga Instructor)

     I believe movement changes the mind. Change your state - change your mind. Previously a dancer and a runner, I began a consistent yoga practice connecting with the focus on breath with movement, intention and with the awareness of being in ones own body. I believe in an overall holistic approach to wellness including movement, meditation and mindful nutrition. Also an artist, I specialize in fluid line drawings often with an anatomical and movement theme.
     Classes are accessible, incorporate a restorative element and integrate creative vinyasa sequences with focus on building strength, correct alignment and awareness of the breath.

 
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Ashey Kalinske 
(Yoga and Meditation Instructor)

     Ashley has been practicing yoga for the past 5 years with a focus on vinyasa, iyengar and mysore ashtanga traditions. She believes yoga has the power to center the mind and body and lead to joy and self-awareness. She received her Vinyasa 200 RYT from Pure Yoga in Manhattan studying under senior teachers Kay Kay Clivio and Adam Vitolo. The well rounded curriculum emphasized the fundamentals of iyengar-based alignment and vinyasa sequencing. Teaching methodology, anatomy, and scriptures were also explored. Ashley received her meditation 100 RYT from Pure yoga as well. She studied under master teacher Yogi Charu in the Saraswati Lineage. Various meditation and yoga nidra techniques were emphasized to aide in conscious relaxation, stress-relief, healing and self-awareness.
     Originally from San Francisco, Ashley has been in New York for the past 10 years and currently resides in Brooklyn. Off the mat, she enjoys ballet, pilates, the occasional high intensity workout and traveling. Follow her yoga adventures @namaste_ashley