As a former dancer and now a writer and filmmaker, yoga has always played a complimentary role in Stacey’s life. Originally from New Zealand, Stacey has lead a nomadic lifestyle in recent years living and working across Europe and now more recently New York. In 2012 she took the summer off to began her yoga teacher training under Mel Russo and Liz Berhler-Walker at Yoga High in the Lower East Side. Her training in Vinyasa Flow suits her energetic personality and she loves using her knowledge to help others de-stress and find balance from their hectic lifestyles also. Stacey takes a creative approach to sequencing her classes using a mixture of film and music playlists to keep her classes fun and interesting. She teaches at Sangha Yoga Shala at 9.45am Saturday mornings.
After owning a successful online luxury boutique for 5 years, Leslie found herself moving away from the high intensity world of fashion and more drawn towards her long-term yoga practice. Not only was yoga a wonderful way to help deal with her daily stress, but it was also a phenomenal way to stay in shape. Inspired by her yoga teacher and friend Tara Stiles, Leslie began teacher training under Tara in 2011. Through this she found, rather unexpectedly, her new path: “Nothing makes me happier than working with my students and seeing their smiles. Teaching yoga and helping others achieve their physical and mental goals is the most satisfying job I’ve ever had or could ever imagine.” Follow Leslie / http://llyogasuperstar.com http://twitter.com/
It was the arrival of her son Chester in 1998 that first brought Karrie to the Pilates studio. Feeling out-of-sorts and gone soft, she turned to Pilates and the experience went to her core, not only restoring her healthy body, but also really boosting her self-confidence. She delved in, studying with world-renowned Master Instructor Romana Kryzanowska, opening her own studio, and writing two books aimed at helping clients to recover their inner strengths.
In her latest book, Post Pregnancy Pilates: An Essential Guide for a Fit Body After Baby, she draws on her personal and professional experience to enable her readers to get into the best physical and mental shape of their lives. She founded Centered, a studio for women, in 2005 to focus on post-partum recovery and general womens’ health. She is happy to bring her knowledge and experience and to the Sangha community.
Erin has studied various types of yoga disciplines for over 12 years, concentrating on the Ashtanga discipline since 2008. She received her teacher certification in Florence, Italy under an international branch of the California-based “It’s Yoga”* Ashtanga system and “Rocket” sequence*, and now she combines powerful movements with more anatomical-based core vinyasa flow in her personal practice and teaching style.
Besides connecting with a studio family in NYC and sharing her love of yoga in the city, Erin also teaches abroad throughout the year as the founder of EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga Retreats (http://www.eatpraymove.com.) which began out of her love of yoga, the Mediterranean area, and travel.
Learning under numerous teachers, she’s been blessed throughout her yoga practice to be surrounded by beautiful instructors who grow with their students, adjust lovingly, and practice what they teach…and strives to be such a facilitator of yoga herself.
Co-founder of Drishti Yoga International Teacher Training, and an instructor at Sangha Yoga Shala in New York, Sarah also maintains a private practice.
Sarah has taught around the world – both at yoga retreats and at yoga teacher trainings. She taught in Italy in 2011 then headed to Goa, India, where she established her own yoga studio and taught for four months. She recently returned from Bali where she co-led a teacher training with Awakened Life School of Yoga. She has also led the Drishti Yoga Teacher Training in Mexico, India and Peru.
When not training teachers or leading retreats around the Globe, Sarah can be found in New York teaching varieties of classes. This includes pre-natal, restorative, baby and me, and core-based classes in addition to her Vinyasa/Ashtanga offerings.
Sarah is a health coach, providing counseling and inspiration to private clients on nutrition and healthy life-style. In the past she has taught at The Giving Tree Yoga Studio and at several public and private fitness studios in NYC.
Sarah Walsh has her YA 200 hour certification in Vinyasa yoga from Sonic Yoga in NYC and obtained YA 500 hours in Ashtanga in India.
She teaches both styles because she feels they are wonderful complements to each other: her Ashtanga classes are influenced by Vinyasa’s focus on alignment and her Vinyasa creative flow classes benefit from the structural element of Ashtanga.
A class with Sarah is a combination of both physical and spiritual experience. Sarah will guide you on a unique journey, while leading you on your own exciting and enlightening path to provide inspiration for others.
For more on Sarah: One Conscious Breath’s interview with Sarah Walsh
Jonah Fay-Hurvitz, NYC 2012
“I only realized how much yoga meant to me after found Sarah as my teacher. She perfectly balances spirituality and movement, and every class is a beautiful journey, always leading to a new and deeper place. Sarah develops meaningful connections with all her students, helping them fulfill their intensions, always with support, guidance and love.”
Aimee originally moved to New York from Kansas to pursue acting. She noticed that as her acting career progressed, she was continually more drawn to yoga because of the generosity, ease and sense of calm that her own practice cultivated in her life off the yoga mat. Aimee particularly enjoys working with women in particularly challenging times–teaching prenatal, Baby & Me yoga, and yoga to women through and after cancer, as well as working as a labor support doula. Bringing more than a decade of personal practice and teaching to her students, she infuses lightness into the practices that have brought her through difficult times. She is endlessly grateful for the support and compassion shown by her teachers and feels blessed for the opportunity to teach and learn from her students.
Certifications: Women Cancer Survivors Training: Tari Prinster, Pre and Postnatal Certifications: Deb Flashenberg & Nikita Maxwell, Baby & Me: Jyothi Larsen, How to Teach Restorative: Margi Young, Pranayama Teacher Training: Cyndi Lee & Joe Miller, 200 hour certification: Cyndi Lee, Joe Miller, Frank Mauro, Sarah Trelease, Margi Young, Christie Clark
I received my certification to teach Vinyasa Yoga at the 500-hour level after completing multiple trainings with Elizabeth Neuse in New York City. My curiosity about yoga and meditation led me to study in India, where my travels taught me as much about myself as they did about the different people and cultures of the country. Having majored in Biology in college, I combine my knowledge of anatomy with creative sequencing, verbal and physical adjustments, and relaxing guided meditations to create a class environment in which my students can learn more about their practice and themselves. I continue to be amazed by yoga and its ability to influence and improve every aspect of living.
Alana Kessler MS RD CDN CYT, Ayurvedic specialist is the founder of Sangha Yoga Shala, a community nutrition, yoga and conscious living space located in New York City. Steadfast in her passion for healthy living, she continues to deepen her knowledge through her many teachers and life itself, which she firmly believes is the greatest teacher of all. With the integration of nutrition, yoga, mindfulness, and a dedicated personal practice since 1999, Alana provides individuals with the practical tools they need to live more balanced and meaningful lives. She founded Sangha Yoga Shala as a way of reaching a greater scope of individuals on a deeper level.
Eternally grateful to the people, experiences and education which have helped shape her practice and offering, Alana is committed to Ashtanga Yoga as taught by the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and is dedicated to a daily mysore style practice since 2007. In NYC, she maintains the connection between student and teacher sharing her practice and gratitude with Eddie Stern at AYNY. She spent the summer 2012 at KPJAYI in Mysore, India studying under R. Sharath Jois, and is looking forward to her next trip in October 2013. A student first and foremost, her passion is inspiring, integrating and assimilating information learned through committed practice into a healing and accessible experience for everyone.
Personally transformed by the cleansing and purifying sequencing of Ashtanga yoga, Alana’s classes are taught directly from her own personal practice, offering an intelligent, compassionately disciplined and introspective environment. Students are invited to embrace and transcend limitations by connecting breath with movement in a dynamic meditative flow.
As a Registered Dietitian and Certified Ayurvedic practitioner with a Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics from NYU, Alana complements her teaching by encouraging and supporting individuals and groups to integrate nutrition, mindful lifestyle behaviors and yoga as an effective means to nurture and achieve their goals.
Prior to coming to Sangha Yoga Shala, my relationship with yoga was casual at best. I practiced on and off, whenever I “felt” like it, or if a friend dragged me to a class. Truth was, I was a cardio junkie, and, while I appreciated the relaxation yoga provided, I didn’t think of it as a legitimate work out. Forever desperate to lose 15 pounds, that’s what I was interested in–a work out.
And that’s how I discovered Sangha: a friend dragged me to an Ashtanga-inspired vinyasa class taught by Alana Kessler, the owner of the studio. I sweated my way through 90 minutes of sun salutations, side crows, and headstands (none of which I could do), and for the first time I thought there might be something to this yoga thing.
Three years later, I have a dedicated Ashtanga yoga practice at Sangha. I travel 45 minutes each way to practice in this space–it feels like no place else. It is a supportive community of people at various stages in their individual yoga journeys–some of us are just beginning, and some have fully dedicated themselves, and still others might be doubting exactly where and how yoga fits into their lives–and everyone is accepted for who they are, exactly where they are.
Alana is not only an exceptional teacher (she guided me all the way through Ashtanga’s primary series, and I have now just started second series), but she is patient and kind, and respectful of all of her students’ individual relationship to yoga. Guided by Alana and the studio, my own path led me to a five day a week practice, huge emotional shifts, and a sense of stabiliy previously unknown to me. That I did lose those 15 pounds with Ashtanga yoga now seem irrevelent (though shopping is now way more fun), and the lightness I feel isn’t from losing body fat, it’s from losing a lot of emotional baggage. Some people practice yoga to see what they can do, and others practice to see who they are–my journey took me to the latter. Now, when I come to my mat at Sangha, I think, “I am home.”
Practicing Mysore Ashtanga with Alana Kessler has been an invaluable experience for which I am tremendously grateful. Not only is she attentive to my needs and abilities as an individual, she leaves me with an equally empowering space to explore my practice on a deeply personal level. Both my body and mind have transformed as a result of her teachings and guidance, and the strength, patience and love I have gained from this commitment have infiltrated my life at large. I feel truly at home in this small, but very special studio, made all the more unique by its warm and dedicated student following. It is such a joy to practice with Alana and to be a part of the Sangha Ashtanga community.
- Emily K
As a beginner yogi just trying to catch my breath after every pose, I had to call on the yoga gods to help me get me aligned. I’m so glad I did! Alana, the owner of the studio, actually teaches the basic yoga classes and she is more than qualified in her craft. She is helping me with my down dog, tree pose and hip opening, all the while focusing on breathing and perfecting my poses. I must admit, it is a bit of a sweatbox especially because its the summer, but the sweat is helping me to release toxins and actually helping me with my poses. The class sizes are small which works even better in my favor, and there is also a shower, changing area, awesome granola for sale and mat rentals. After my trial period is up, I will be signing up for more classes and hopefully leaving this studio doing a full headstand.
I feel deeply grateful that I began my Mysore Ashtanga practice with Alana Kessler at Sangha Yoga Shala. Alana has been a patient, supportive, and wise teacher – something that, as a beginner to the practice when I began six months ago, I know had an enormous influence on my continued and committed practice. My experience in this studio has been transformational in both mind and body, and the benefits continue to change and surprise me. Sangha Yoga Shala is a warm, welcoming, and very special place.
- Emma B