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.
Every body is different and the goal is to help each recognize the benefits of building a balanced body, a full breath, and a more awakened sense of being. Katherine Colla’s classes encourage movement of the body to invigorate the breath and to maintain a present and attentive mind. Unique and challenging sequences are imbued with traditional asanas and attention to detail.
Tiffany completed her 800-hour certification through Jivamukti Yoga School under the careful and hilarious tutelage of Matthew Thomas Lombardo. Her classes are influenced by the many teachers she is honored to have studied with; inspired by the dharma of Sharon Gannon, the powerful assists of David Life, the eclectic musical stylings of Rima Rani Rabbath, the challenging yet graceful sequencing of Nichole Nichols (Narayani), and the engaging and relatable way mister Lombardo blends these all together. Tiffany’s greatest desire is to be a conduit for the powerful teachings and lineage she is constantly humbled to be a part of.
Balancing discipline with play and self inquiry, Bridgette Trezza aims to create a space in which students can challenge and support themselves through their own practice. By helping them connect to an inner steadiness, she hopes for students to feel inspired to move through life with greater sensitivity and grace.
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 heat and strengthen the physical body to prepare for relaxation and release. She is knowledgeable about restorative and yin yoga, and breathing techniques that bring about inner focus and tranquility. Joanna has trained in trauma-sensitive yoga and continues to study yoga as a complementary treatment for PTSD. In addition to teaching group and private classes, she has taught yoga and meditation to patients working with severe depression, schizophrenia, and addiction at the New York State Psychiatric Institute. She loves seeing firsthand how yoga and other mind-body practices promote healing. Joanna is a graduate of Conquering Lion Yoga teacher training. www.joannacantoryoga.com
Mary is passionate to share the practice of yoga with individuals from all walks of life and at all levels of practice. Originally drawn to yoga for stress and anxiety reduction, she has been exploring various yoga styles and practices for the past 15 years. With an equal love for sweaty vinyasa classes and kirtans, Mary completed her first 200-hour Certification in Traditional Hatha Yoga at Integral Yoga Institute, NYC in 2011 and has been teaching since. In 2014 she completed a second 200-hour Certification in Vinyasa-style at Prema Yoga, Brooklyn.
As an Educator currently working with adolescents within NYC High Schools, Mary is a Certified Teen Yoga Instructor through Karma Kids, and The Lineage Project’s Yoga for At-Risk and Incarcerated Youth. Mary’s classes aim to inspire others to find some balance and calm, spaciousness and strength on their mat and in their everyday lives. Her classes utilize a breath-centered approach, integrating safe and effective sequencing with yoga philosophy and music. She is grateful for all of the teachers and students that continue to guide, inspire and challenge her on this never-ending ride. ~”Everything and everyone in this life is my teacher” (Ramana Maharshi).
Ximena is an advanced certified yoga teacher, activist and healer whose classes align the body, heart and spirit with all of life. Her teachings encourage students to go beyond the physical and listen to the divine voice that arises from deep within—a presence that reminds us of our interconnection with all that exists. As this awareness grows, we awaken to our true selves who, by nature, are compassionate and loving and long to “be the change we wish to see in the world.” Ximena’s teachings draw from her own life experiences and reflect her strong call to live in the service of others. She was born in Lima, Peru, grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC and currently resides in New York City. Ximena began teaching yoga in 2008, graduated from the Jivamukti Yoga™ teacher training in 2009, and received her advanced certification in 2012. She continues to study yoga as a holistic path to healing. She is grateful to her beloved teachers, Sharon Gannon and David Life, and to all of the teachers from whom she has learned and who continue to inspire her and illuminate her path.