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.
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.
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.
Saskia was introduced to yoga in 2003, practicing on and off initially. After moving from the German countryside to New York City in 2006 yoga became an essential and substantial practice helping her to find stillness, peace, and clarity in this big city. She completed the first Sarva Yoga Academy teacher training at Go Yoga with teachers Lilia Mead, Michael Hewett and Matthew Lombardo. Saskia has¬†studied various lineages of yoga, the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, Indian Yoga, and the Fourth Way. She was also certified as a Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner by Cheri Clampett & Arturo Peal at Integral Yoga & is a certified Reiki Practitioner of the 2nd degree. Most recently, she got certified as a Chair Yoga Teacher by Lakshimi Voelker in the program ‚ÄûGet Fit Where You Sit‚Äú at the NY Open Center.‚Ä®For Saskia yoga is not a physical practice but rather a combination of mind, body & spirit, and the healing powers of the unity of these elements. Saskia teaches both Therapeutic & Restorative Yoga & Vinyasa Flow, in which she aims to combine the inner & outer methods of healing simultaneously in motion.
Fern pairs a soothing, creative practice infused with Vinyasa, Anusara and Katonah Yoga, influenced by her studies with Elena Brower. Classes are focused on moving slowly into strength-building yoga poses while using the breath as a tool to remain present and mindful. The gentle, yet challenging pace of this class allows you to enjoy the sweetness of each pose.
Her classes are accessible to all levels, beginner and advanced yogis alike. You will be moving, flowing and breathing in a way that feels fun and authentic. Each class will close with an indulgent relaxation, aromatherapy, and nurturing touch to wrap up your practice and leave you feeling great!
Spiritually athletic in nature and practice, Be finds gratitude in movement, stillness, and transition. The Gemini in her is most clearly expressed through being an old soul, and yet maintaining a deep connection to her inner child. The balance of the two being currently explored as the sacred feminine: intuitive, loving, energetic, fierce, playful. She teaches sequencing that is traditional, spiritual and geometric -with boundaries of line and space that do not limit, but rather guide and show oneself – to oneself. Exposing one’s strengths, as well as one’s vulnerabilities. Freeing the spirit, igniting the soul. Be graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School with the concentration of Human Wellness, Addiction, and Culture Studies and completed her original 200 hour training in Todos Santos, Mexico at the Yandara Yoga Institute. As an ERYT she has completed advanced trainings with Manju Pattahbi Jois in the Primary Series of Ashtanga, Hala Khouri in Teaching Yoga to At Risk Adults and Youth, Allison Eaton in Reiki Master Training, as well as through personal one-on-one mentorship with Lauren Imparato of I.AM.YOU. and extensive practice and study with Raghunath