Maria Cutrona is deeply honored to be a graduate of Kelly Morris Conquering Lion Yoga Teacher Training Program. This unprecedented training has illuminated for her the true purpose and power of yoga; to help transform our selves and our world completely. She is profoundly grateful to her teachers for inspiring her practice in the service to others; most notably Lama Kelly Morris, Lady Ruth Laurer Mannetti, Barbara Verrochi, Kristin Leigh, and Rima Rabbath. Maria humbly bows down in gratitude to the Holy Beings who have graciously shared their wisdom and opened her eyes to the path of ultimate transformation and liberation: Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally,Lama Sumati Marut, Lama Mercedes Bahleda,Lama Kimberly Theresa, Lama John Brady, Kristina Pao Cheng, John Stilwell, Will Duncan and Amma.
In retrospect, Aaron couldn’t escape becoming a yoga teacher. From her childhood training in theater, dance and song; to her adolescent obsession with spirituality in all forms; to her teenage talent for teaching and tutoring; to her enthusiastic absorption in philosophy studies as a college student, all the of the seemingly disparate roads led straight here. Students are drawn to her classes for her blend of scholarly knowledge and honest, lived-in philosophy, her intelligent and creative sequencing, her loving and well-aligned assists, and her unique ability to sustain sincere focus and sweet lightness in the room at once. diasyoga.com
Ava Gerber is committed to living in awareness and using the breath to stay grounded and embodied as the magic of this beautiful life unfolds. Her fascination with multi-cultural religious ritual, ceremony, and expression has spanned the past two decades, and she sees moving the body as a way to connect to the here now and what needs to be moved through. She has studied African dance and the dance of the diaspora for the past 23 years, and is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher. She has also studied Tibetan Buddhism extensively, completeing all 36 Asian Classics Institute courses,passing her Maroke, and is initiated as a Tantric Priestess. Ava holds an Ayurveda Certification with the Shivananda lineage and continues to explore plant medicine. She is an ordained Shamanic Minister and a Certified Shamanic Breathwork facilitator. She also holds a level one Reiki empowerment. Ava has lead numerous yoga retreats, juice fasts, cleanses and Shamanic Journeys. She utilizes food as medicine, essential oils, and meridian points to heal, balance and live in lightness. She utilizes Shamanic Journey and Dream Tea Ceremony to bring the hidden self / shame-based self to the surface and integrate us back to whole and blissful beings acting from heart not habit.
Yoko graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn with Masters of Arts in New Forms. Exploration with visual forms eventually led her to directly use her body as a medium where creative interior dialogue takes place. She believes that the practice of yoga quiets mind and enables one to be alert and present in each moment of her/his life. Yoko has a strong home practice, and her interest and benefits of yoga has led her to share the art to other people. With a teaching style that is kind and joyful, she has been teaching since 2006, and continues to study under senior Iyengar teachers at Iyengar Institute Association of Greater New York (IAGNY).
Joanna’s goal is to help her students unite body and mind in the present moment, leaving them sweaty and calm. Her breath-based vinyasa classes incorporate creative sequencing and attention to alignment, heating and strengthening the physical body to prepare for relaxation and release. She is knowledgeable about restorative yoga and breathing techniques that bring about inner focus and tranquility. Joanna works with patients at NYU’s Center for Integrative Health and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and loves seeing firsthand how yoga promotes healing. Joanna is proud to name Annie Piper and Maria Cutrona among her most influential teachers. She is a graduate of Conquering Lion Yoga teacher training. www.joannacantoryoga.com.
With years of yogic exploration by her side, Lauren continuously draws from the deep well of wisdom and love that is found within this sacred and profound practice. Lauren did her first 200 hour teacher training through Golden Bridge Yoga, becoming a certified Kundalini Yoga instructor. She also holds a 200 hour Vinyasa certification through the Conquering Lion Yoga teacher training program, where she was taught the importance of ritual, meditation and mindfulness both on and off the mat. Using the powerful teachings of yoga, Lauren is dedicated to healing and serving her community.
Joy Radish has been teaching yoga since 2005. She believes in the healing power of the yoga practice as an opportunity for each student to experience her unique embodiment with vibrancy and fullness. Joy has studied intensively with Jasmine Tarkeshi, Dana Flynn and Keith Borden at Laughing Lotus; Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project; Sat Jivan Kaur + Sat Jivan Singh at Kundalini Yoga East and with Tara Glazier at Abhaya Yoga.
With a love of connecting from the heart, and speaking soul-to-soul, Joy has taught in spaces that range from prisons to settlement houses to public schools. She cultivated her teaching for many years at Laughing Lotus both in New York and San Francisco, where she led workshops, and mentored other teachers on their path. In addition to teaching yoga, Joy is also a theatre artist, musician and writer. She recently graduated with a master’s degree in drama therapy from NYU.
Mary is passionate to share the practice of yoga with individuals from all walks of life. Originally drawn to yoga to deal with stress and anxiety, she has been exploring various yoga styles and practices for the past 15 years. With her love of sweaty vinyasa classes and kirtans alike, Mary completed her first 200-hr. certification in traditional Hatha Yoga at Integral Yoga Institute, NYC, 2011. She is currently completing her second certification in Vinyasa-style at Prema Yoga, Brooklyn.
As an educator working with children and adolescents since 1994, she has completed trainings in Teen Yoga through Karma Kids, The Lineage Project’s yoga for at-risk and incarcerated youth, and S.O.A.R.™ Success Over Addiction and Relapse-integrating yoga and the recovery process. Her classes aim to inspire students to find some balance and calm, healing and strength on their mat and in their everyday lives. In addition to teaching yoga, Mary has a background in theatre studies and acting, with graduate degrees in Theatre and Speech.
She is grateful for all of the teachers and students that continue to guide, inspire and challenge her on this never-ending ride.