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. 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.
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