teachers

Maria Cutrona

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.

Aaron Dias

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

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 2​3 years, and is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher​.​ She has also ​studied Tibetan Buddhism extensively, complete​ing all 36 Asian Classics Institute courses,​pass​ing 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.

John Son
Wielding a deadly smile, John Son wants nothing more than to open your heart through asana, meditation, and the written word. His classes reflect his training and ongoing studies in Conquering Lion Yoga and Tibetan Buddhism, and are infused with warmth, openness, and humor. By the grace of his innumerable beloved teachers, including Kelly Morris, Venerable Thupten Phuntsok, Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally, John Stilwell, Lama James Connor, Lama Lisette Garcia, and Ori Carin and Nancy Allen, John is grateful for any opportunity to pass along their teachings. He is also on the Conquering Lion Yoga faculty as a meditation instructor, and trains ninja yogis and yoginis through his blog at ninjayoga.tumblr.com. Scholastic published his young adult novel Finding My Hat in 2003. You can find out more at bodhijohn.com.
Kathryn Robinson
Kathryn, RYT 500, has been teaching yoga asana to students of all ages and levels since 2011. She weaves philosophical teachings, poetry, breath work, and alignment principles into a flow that challenges students to grow into their fullest potential. For a welcoming space to explore, heal and have fun, check out one of her morning or weekend classes.
www.kathryncorinne.com
Nami
Nami is certified through Laughing Lotus teaching yoga since 2008. Her class is influenced by the freedom and creativity of vinyasa, focused discipline of Ashtanga, and such heart opening, healing nature of yoga itself. She is a certified reiki master practitioner and her passion for healing has led her decide to study massage therapy at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is fascinated by what hands can do through touch because hands are extensions of our heart. Nami is eternally grateful for all of the teachers, including all of the students she has met on this path for their endless inspiration and guidance. nami8.net
Yoko Ohashi
Yoko Ohashi has been a yoga practitioner since 2002 devoted to Iyengar style. Iyengar yoga focuses on alignments of body with detailed anatomical instructions and props to induce correct alignment. Beginner or non-beginner, students will be led to practice in a safe and progressive manner.
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 Cantor

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.

Lauren Smith

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

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.

Tara Dhayni Purswani


She took the name Dhyani when she studied Hatha Yoga at Integral Yoga Institute’s Yogaville Ashram (Satya Greenstone). She has also studied Vinyasa at OM Yoga (Cyndi Lee), YogaAnatomy at The Breathing Project (Leslie Kaminoff), Yoga Therapeutics at Pure Yoga (Dana Slamp) and Yin Yoga (Corina Benner). Dhyani resonates with the system of Ayurveda –embracing the constitutional differences among her students, as well the cycles of nature, when she leads her classes.
Dhyani teaches Yoga full-time in her native city of New York and resides at Integral Yoga Institute. She has worked as a Audio Engineer, Travel Agent, and Cheesemonger, but most of all she’s an “anatomy geek” and hopes to continue her study of the human form and function as she works toward a Doctorate of Physiotherapy.

Mary Molluso


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.