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Ossi Raveh

Ossi Raveh


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Mindful, Inspirational, Grounding, Thoughtful, Fluid

Bio:

In 1992 Ossi survived a 40-foot fall, but suffered many major injuries. After multiple surgeries and physical therapy she was introduced to Pilates as a form of movement therapy. Pilates not only enabled her to dance again but has also served as a stepping-stone to various types of integrative movement, including Gyrotonic, Gyrokenisis, and yoga.

In 2002 Ossi took her first Power Vinyasa Yoga class and has been back to her mat every day since. The combination of these modalities offers core strengthening (Pilates), spiral energy movement (Gyrotonic), and movement through meditation (yoga), bringing a naturally balanced energy to all her classes and creating a flow that is adaptable to all students.

In 1997 Ossi was certified in Pilates through The Pilates Studio, Inc.  She studied and was certified in the Gyrotonic Expansion System in 1999 and Gyrokenisis 2001 with Julio Horvath.  She has also completed her Level I and Level II yoga teacher training with Baron Baptiste.  Ossi graduated from the Muscular Therapy Institute in 2005 and is a licensed muscular therapist.  Additionally she studied Thai Massage and Reflexology and is a certified Doula.

She is the founder of the Brooklyn Yoga Project.

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Allegra Romita


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Alignment Based, Aware, Compassionate, Freeing

Bio:

Allegra has been dancing her whole life. Deeply impacted by her mother’s work as a modern dancer and an Alexander Technique teacher, Allegra studied Dance and Kinesiology/ Movement Science while in undergrad at the University of Michigan. In 2007, her father convinced her to take a yoga class as a way to stay in shape during the summer break. By 2008, she had completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Sid McNairy in Baltimore, MD. Yoga became Allegra’s saving grace when she injured her back in 2010. After suffering this major back injury, her practice led her to understand the power of positive thought and self-healing. Her daily practice is what makes it possible for her to continue her dance performing and teaching career.

Allegra recently received her Masters degree in Dance Education from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She trains in Thai Yoga Bodywork, and has a certificate in dance rehabilitation training from Westside Dance Physical Therapy. Allegra is also the co-creator and founder of Functional Awareness Anatomy in Action—a practical somatic approach providing a series of explorations in experiential anatomy to enhance our understanding of movement function, facilitate ease in body action, improve dynamic alignment, reduce tension and improve performance.

Body understanding, awareness, and self-exploration are important parts of Allegra’s practice and teaching. Allegra hopes to guide her students, through anatomical awareness and freedom of thought, to a place of alignment in body and mind.

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Be Shakti


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Traditional, Spiritual, Athletic, Layered

Bio:

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.

Be is thankful for these teachers as well as Raghunath , Nikki ViIella, and Erika Hildebrandt for their continued inspirations and teachings on and off the mat.

Brittany Sylwestrak


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Intentional, Athletic, Expansive

Bio:

Brittany began her study of yoga while in college, where she recognized its ability to be an incredible support and recovery for a moving body. After receiving her BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois in 2011 she moved to NYC to pursue her artful dreams, while also working in a job centered on people development and coaching at a yoga-inspired company. Living in the city furthered her interest in the practice of yoga as a way of living with compassion. Brittany completed her 200-hour teacher training at Prema Yoga Brooklyn in 2014. She aims to instill choice and personal ownership in her students’ practice with a strong focus on alignment. Believing that each individual has the ability to learn and grow from every person and situation, she empowers individuals to form a true sense of community on the mat. She is grateful for the wonderful teachers in her life and is honored to be a part of Brooklyn Yoga Project’s beautiful community.
 
lokah samastah sukhino bhavantu

 

 

Dennis Teston


Class Type:

Vinyasa

Teaching Style:

Challenging, Hands-on, Integrative, Reverential

Bio:

Dennis guides a challenging and fun class incorporating intelligent sequencing, hands-on adjustments, and posture modifications to ensure everyone leaves feeling successful.  He credits his own practice with the many shifts - professionally and personally - he has made in his life.  Dennis encourages students to integrate the gentle shifts that occur on their mats with the outside world.

Dennis has practiced, studied with, and has been inspired by a variety of styles with Cyndi Lee, David Life and Sharon Gannon, Dharma Mittra, Bryan Kest, Rudy Mettia, and Michael Stone, but it was the intelligent sequencing  at Sankalpah Yoga with Isaac Pena, Mary Dana Abbott, and Jude English that transformed his practice and ultimately how he viewed teaching yoga.

Dennis weaves together, with a quiet authority and humor, an energetic vinyasa flow. He loves this opportunity to guide people towards a deeper level of the physical aspects of yoga and a stronger connection to their mind, body, and spirit.

Dennis also teaches through The Lineage Project (www.lineage project.org), bringing awareness practices to disenfranchised youth in juvenile detention centers, alternative-to-incarceration programs, and public schools for struggling students in New York City.

Francie Emlen

Francie Emlen


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Challenging, Restorative, Open, Focused

Bio:

Surrender! Francie first came to yoga in the depths of a disconnect with her body in the spring of 2006. Formerly a competitive swimmer, when her career ended with Division I swimming she did not know what practice would develop from her physical body, mind and competitive spirit. Intrigued by the spiritual lessons and self-exploration that started on the mat, Francie quickly became hooked on power vinyasa yoga and started to learn how to surrender to the control she sought like many other young adults. 

Six years after her first class at Power Yoga Works in Philadelphia, Francie received her 200-hour teacher training certification in spring 2012.

Francie finds more meaning, stillness and love in her relationships with others and her work as a nurse from the yoga practice. She hopes to help everyone to find their inner light and possibly peel off a layer or two each class to let that light shine!

Namaste.

 

 

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Gretchen Williams

Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Athletic, Intentional, Spiritual

Bio:

Gretchen’s athleticism, spirituality and strength flow gracefully through every class. She aims to calmly encourage, appropriately challenge, and positively inspire each student in the room. Gretchen personalizes instruction in a way that makes all participants feel valued for who they are and what they are able to do. Students will experience an intuitive, creative and anatomy-based vinyasa flow class, peppered with fluid transitions, and challenging asanas that encourage students to tune into their infinite potential.  Beyond the physical asana, Gretchen skillfully weaves a dharma thread and meditation techniques throughout class, encouraging students to tap into their own unique energy to recognize habits, patterns and connections to better serve their practice. Through mindful and non-judgemental observation, students move towards positive transformation, both on and off the mat. Gretchen received her 200 Hour RYT from Brooklyn Yoga Project in 2014, and a 75 Hour Advanced Training w/ Kula Yoga Project, Teaching Kule Style, in 2016.

Hillary Lopes

Hillary Lopes


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Alignment based, Healing, Juicy, Intentional

Bio:

A life built on movement, first with gymnastics and classical ballet to follow, yoga made its debut into Hillary's life as a therapeutic remedy to a dance related knee injury. The moment she stepped into a yoga studio and moved her body with expression led by her breath, she never returned to the mirror filled world of professional ballet.

On her journey over the past 6 years there have been many teachers guiding her path of uniting soul, heart, body and mind. In 2010 she attended the ISHTA 200hr training where alignment, mediation and breathe made space in her life for healing to begin. Shortly thereafter she decided to spread the gifts she was experiencing to children and young adults by attending the Little Flower Yoga training program (yoga specific training for kids 4-18 yrs old within the NYC education system). In the summer of 2012, she blended her passions for community action, social change and wellbeing by joining the Off the Mat, Into the World organization for their leadership in action training and then their advanced training in social justice.

Always looking to stay a student, in the summer of 2014 she was part of the inaugural vinyasa teacher training at Prema Yoga Brooklyn. 

Whether Hillary is leading a small group of middle school students or older kids (also know to some as adults!) she brings joy, spaciousness and a deep sense of each individual being able to practice embodying their full and complete self. 

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Jennifer Heister


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Challenging, Powerful, Grounding, Spiritual

Bio:

Based in New York City, Jennifer holds a 200 E-RYT Certification with the Yoga Alliance as a Certified Baptiste Teacher.

Jennifer has been practicing yoga for almost 15 years, and completed her training with Baron Baptiste whom she continues to practice with. She is active involved in the Baptiste community and have assisted a handful of programs for the Baptiste Institute. She also spent a year studying under Saraswati Om (An assistant to Sri Dharma Mittra) and her love and appreciation of the classical teachings of Dharma Yoga grew, so her teachings reflect this style as well. In addition, Jennifer is certified in Ki-Power Vinyasa, Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork and is a lululemon alumni Ambassador for Brooklyn.

Raised in Upstate New York riding horses and playing sports was her life. After graduating from Old Dominion University on a Division I Lacrosse Scholarship, she discovered yoga. Yoga challenged her on a physical level but the spiritual aspect to the practice is what got her hooked and wanting more. Yoga offers an amazing capability to create space in life and it has the power to transform us. It allows us to connect in full to our hearts, to our own unique rhythm of breath and to discovery of our true life force. It is Jennifer’s intention to serve and to share this belief.

She teaches a playful and challenging power flow emphasizing strength, alignment, and breath to empower others to create space in their soul and to seek a spiritual connection. Jennifer thanks Baron Baptiste, Master Sri Dharma Mittra, Isauro Fernandez and Elena Brower for their wisdom, and for inspiring her to cultivate her teachings. Her classes are open to students of all levels.

Jessica Weiss

Jessica Weiss


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow, Yin/Yang, Kids Classes

Teaching Style:

Intentional, Mindful, Creative, Sweaty & Silly

Bio:

Originally from Cheshire, Connecticut, Jessica began dancing at the age of three and hasn't stopped since. A professional modern dancer, she has been touring and performing domestically and internationally since her move to New York City in 2002. As is too often the story, the repeated overuse of her body coupled with old injuries improperly cared for drove her to visit many chiropractic, osteopathic, acupuncture and physical therapy offices. Searching for a more affordable and sustainable maintenance practice, she popped into a Vinyasa Flow class and immediately felt at home. Her biweekly practice quickly turned daily and she began to see that yoga could offer her more than just a good workout and a way to prevent and heal injury, but also a greater understanding of the Self, of true self care, of doing less, of the power of a present mind. 

In 2014, Jessica had the honor of completing Brooklyn Yoga Project's first 200 hour yoga teacher training. Her classes incorporate her innate love of dance with a focus on the transitions between asanas, intention, proper alignment and clarity of movement and mind. Be prepared to work hard, play harder, reward yourself, sweat and get out of your head. 

Jessica graduated magna cum laude with a BA in Dance and Dance Writing from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at NYU in 2005, achieved a Comprehensive Pilates Mat training from the Kane School of Core Integration in 2006, recently completed Levels 1, 2 and 3 of the Little Flower Yoga Teacher Training (teaching kids mindfulness and movement), and is an E-RYT 200 yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance.

She is the studio manager of Brooklyn Yoga Project and is incredibly grateful to have found a home in such a warm, generous, welcoming, supportive and intelligent community.
 

Jody Flader

Jody Flader


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Breath-focused, Joyful, Mindful, Authentic, Compassionate

Bio:

Over ten years into her practice, Jody continues to be amazed, delighted and inspired by yoga, and considers it an honor to share her love of mindful movement as an instructor. She believes yoga is for every body, and aims for her students to feel grounded, empowered, and deeply at ease, ultimately coming into a fuller expression of their truest selves. There is always more to learn and deeper to go, and Jody encourages a light and playful spirit as we journey together. 

Jody completed her 200-hour teacher training under the guidance of Ossi Raveh in 2012 and still considers Ossi to be her greatest mentor and influence on her teaching style. In addition to teaching at various Brooklyn studios, Jody teaches yoga to conservatory students at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in Manhattan, marrying her loves of yoga and creative expression. 

Jody's background as a trained actor (MFA in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco) has exposed her to a wide variety of movement modalities including Laban, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, and Middendorf Breath work, and she brings this body of knowledge to bear in her her teaching. She is fascinated by the power and mystery of our ever-evolving breath and fosters a deep connection to breath in her classes.   

Connect to your breath to quiet your mind, free your body, and open your heart. It really works. 

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Julie Ewald


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Challenging, Layered, Fun

Bio:

Where there is no challenge, there is no possibility for growth. Julie's classes are creatively and intelligently sequenced to build a deeper practice not only physically, but also mentally. A back injury for the last 4 years has driven her to study anatomy and principles to help you safely play with your edge and discover what's possible. Known for powerful playlists which include an eclectic range from Bach to Patti Smith and strengths in alignment cues that weave in yogic philosophy to remove internal boundaries. Expect to laugh and learn how to breathe when things get tough. Trainings- 200 Hour RYT Absolute Thailand 2011, 200 Hour RYT Yoga to the People NYC 2012, 50 Hour RYT Laughing Lotus 2016. Continued weekly training with Nikki Costello (Ivengar/Kula) inspire Julie to expand her practice, knowledge and teaching. She is eternally grateful for the the art of teaching from Nikki as well as Dana, Kenny, Sheri, MaryDana (Laughing Lotus) and Nevine Machan (Katonah).

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Keela Williams


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Athletic, Intentional, Challenging & Playful

Bio:

Keela is an island girl with southern roots. She was born in Alabama, raised in Mississippi, until she was 10, when her family moved to the Marshall Islands—tiny dots of land poking out of the ocean floor in the South Pacific. Keela was embraced by the islands call to the rhythm of the ocean, from which developed her love of movement and athleticism. Keela craved the free movement in and on the water—starting to dive when she was 12, swimming, wakeboarding and playing every myriad of sport available—from softball to soccer, water polo to volleyball and often choreographing dance performances for the high school.

After attending college in Australia, Keela returned to America to pursue a career in digital product design—working in Chicago and eventually San Francisco. In the fall of 2010, Keela attended a vinyasa class with Jacqui Rowley in San Francisco. The class was full, the movements were fluid, and Jacqui’s energy was infectious, Keela was hooked, she promptly signed up for every yoga class, workshop and retreat she could attend, deepening her practice over the four years spent in the Bay.

In 2014, Keela made her way to New York and within a year had quit her career in product design, booked a flight to Thailand to complete her 200 hour teacher training at Oasis Yoga in Koh Lanta. Upon her return to New York, she completed an advanced training with Lauren Imparato of IAMYOU studio. Not able to let go of the island lifestyle, Keela continues to study and teach yoga in Thailand for part of the year.

Keela is grateful for the many wonderful teachers that continue to guide her on her path including Jacqui Rowley, Lauren Imparato, Farra Williams, Kate Harmon, Jen Jones and Be Shakti.


 

Keri Setaro


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Spiritual, Athletic, Expressive

Bio:

Keri Setaro was raised a beach gal in Margate, New Jersey. After a childhood spent nursing many injuries both as a dancer and figure skater she turned her focus to theater and holds a BFA in Acting from both Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts and the London Academy of Theater. She found yoga to be a great alternative to dance for expression and far less taxing on the body. Keri is also a certified Holistic Health Coach having studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Always being able to find the lighter side of life, she finds that yoga is the perfect way to start taking yourself and life a little less seriously while still being dedicated to your practice. She studied with the Yoga People 200- hour teacher under Asthangi Matthew Seidman and Vinyasa Flow teacher DonnaLynn Civello and since has studied with David Harshada Wagner, Kathryn Budig, Dana Trixie Flynn, Kristin Leigh and Bo Forbes just to name a few. She is a 300+ ERYT teacher. Using both her holistic health and yoga knowledge Keri’s goal is to bring a greater sense of well-being and strength to people while helping them deal with the ever increasing difficulty of living in today’s world and maybe just maybe to bring a smile to the face of those she teaches by having a yoga style that is accessible and fun.

 

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Lauren Dawson


Class Type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching Style:

Mindful, Expansive, Supportive

Bio:

Lauren found yoga over 10 years ago during an especially difficult transitional period in her life and has been drawn to its magic ever since. As a classically trained singer, her practice has fostered an ever-deeper connection to her breath, body and spirit that informs both her art and the way she moves through the world. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2012 with Ossi Raveh and is truly grateful for the ability to share this transformative practice with others.


 

Mikki Raveh

Mikki Raveh


Class Type:

Iyengar Inspired Flow, Prenatal, Baby/Toddler Yoga

Teaching Style:

Alignment Based, Engaging, Challenging

Bio:

Mikki Raveh practiced yoga for many years, but she really fell in love with it when it healed her hip injury. It was at that time she realized that yoga not only helped her physically, but that it was a way for her to step outside the everyday and explore the energetic possibilities of the world that surrounds her. After many years of both teaching and practicing Pilates, Mikki added yoga to her teachings.

She completed her yoga teacher training at Baptiste Power Yoga Institute with her Boston mentor, Gregor Singleton. Mikki spends her summers teaching and studying in Vermont. It was there that she first began her Iyengar practice. Upon returning to New York City Mikki began to practice and study at the Iyengar Institute. In addition she was inspired by Marco Rajas’ teachings and continues to grow from his influence.

When teaching, Mikki focuses on the present, this is what drew her to yoga and what she shares with others. Her classes focus on proper alignment and continuous movement through breath. Mikki strives to empower her students to leave the world behind and be in the moment.

In addition to her yoga training, Mikki was certified in the Pilates method through Physical Mind Institute, Power Pilates, and the Pilates Method Alliance. She obtained her Gyrotonic Expansion System® certification in 2003 under the guidance of Master Trainer Maria Rosa Gugielmi. In 2001, Mikki taught in Tel-Aviv, Israel where she worked directly under physical therapist Dror Raz. In 2004 after the birth of her first child, Mikki studied Itsy Bitsy Yoga® (baby and toddler yoga) and in 2006 got trained by Helen Garabedian, Certified Yoga Teacher, Infant Development Movement Educator and founder of Itsy Bitsy Yoga® International.

Aside from her experience in bodywork, Mikki holds a business degree (BS) from Boston University and has over seven years of advertising and marketing experience.

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Andromeda Han


class type:

Vinyasa Flow, Restorative

teaching style:

Mindful, Grounding, Open

bio:

The first child of Chinese immigrants, Andromeda’s life has always been a confluence of eastern and western influences, but it was not until one day as a chronically stressed and fatigued undergrad art student that she took her first yoga class. She left that first class revived, deeply and immediately in love with the practice. 

Andromeda completed her 200 hour certification in 2015 through Tattva at Area Yoga under the guidance of senior teachers Keri Setaro and Paula Loose and continued her education from there. In 2017 she began studying the art of teaching restorative yoga with Jillian Pransky at YogaWorks. 

Andromeda regularly teaches at several boutique studios throughout Brooklyn and has led workshops from the beach of El Salvador to the dust at Burning Man. She is passionate about the power of self-care, offering restorative yoga for a quietly healing experience as well as vinyasa classes that are upbeat and playful while emphasizing safe alignment and thoughtful sequencing. She is especially interested in the intersection of science and spirituality, drawing from schools of eastern medicine and philosophy as well as modern research.

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Diana Ross-Gotta


class type:

Restorative, Yin, Vinyasa Flow

teaching style:

Nurturing, Calming, Inquisitive

bio:

Diana is an intuitive healer, drawn to the therapeutic qualities of yoga and especially those of the restorative practice. She seeks to create safe spaces for people to let go, transform and experience their own inner healer. Her teaching is inspired by a variety of sources -- from nature and five element theory to astrology and crystals to neuroscience and psychology. Her classes weave together breath, asana, mindfulness, meditation, and touch; culminating in a practice that connects mind, body, and spirit.

In December 2014, Diana received her initial certification through the 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified program at Area Yoga in Brooklyn Heights (Keri Setaro & Paula Loose).  She has continued her studies under the guidance of Jamie Lyn Skolnik (Restorative Yoga), Bo Forbes (Restorative Yoga), Be Shakti (Yin Yoga), Padma Gonzalez (Reiki) & Lisa Levine (Reiki).

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Shala Konomi


class type:

Vinyasa Flow

teaching style:

Grounding, Compassionate, Playful

bio:

Shala is originally from Miami, Fl. Four years ago she moved to NYC to become an actress. While searching for inspiration to fuel her art she found love, compassion, and the ability to trust her intuition through yoga. When she took her first yoga class she felt closer to God, which made her feel closer to herself.  She had tough times when first moving to New York and yoga kept her grounded. Becoming closer to herself lead her to become a birth doula. Supporting people through the journey of childbirth is definitely a blessing for her. Shala encourages expecting parents to trust their bodies, and feel empowered. In 2017, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Brooklyn Yoga Project. In her Vinyasa classes, she guides with compassion and breath, with a focus on the Chakras. Yoga is more than the Asanas. Yoga is a community, an unconditional love for yourself, it's the light when you are surrounded by darkness, Yoga is love.

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Nora Heilmann


class type:

Vinyasa, Restorative, Pranayama, Meditation

Teaching style:

Clear, Challenging, Breath-Based, Meditative

bio:

Nora is interested in sharing yoga as a multi-dimensional practice exploring dynamic asana, restorative, pranayama, meditation, deep listening, sound, philosophy, and yogic ethics. She is passionate about environmental consciousness, species and gender equality, veganism, and non-hierarchical communities. She also loves to make music on the didgeridoo and handpan. 

Nora has studied with many wonderful teachers who have communicated different aspects of yoga. Her teaching practice is a remix of the teachings she received, together with her continuous personal research. 

Nora has completed 1600 hours of teacher training in yoga and meditation (OM Yoga, Svaha Yoga, Jivamukti Yoga, Prison Yoga Project, Michael Stone) and has been teaching since 2007. She facilitates the Philosophy and Subtle Body Teacher Training at YogaWorks and teaches didgeridoo classes at DidgeProject in Brooklyn. 

Originally from Germany, Nora lived in Amsterdam for many years where she worked as a choreographer and performance artist, before moving to New York City in 2013. 

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Julie Ross


class type:

Vinyasa Flow

teaching style:

Alignment Based, Dynamic, Joyful, Grounding

bio:

In 1997, Julie discovered how yoga can be a profound vehicle for cultivating self-knowledge, self-acceptance and self-expression. Her approach identifies that no two bodies are alike and her sequences are accessible to every body.  You can expect upbeat and playful classes offering unexpected gifts while nourishing your body, bringing about balance, peace and longevity.  With an emphasis on alignment, her classes cultivate strength and build heat.  Her goal is to have you feel good from the inside out, feeling physically and mentally restored, long after you leave.

Julie’s classes respectfully weaves the ancient practice of yoga with a modern flair (and great playlist!) to help keep your whole body feeling great, at any age.  Turn down the volume of day to day life and drop in!  Her precise, down-to-earth teaching will guide you to move safely beyond your perceived limitations.       

Presently, Julie resides in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn with her beloved husband and two children.  She is forever grateful to her teachers Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee, for their support and encouragement.  Julie continues to advance through studies, workshops and trainings at Yoga Shanti.

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Sam Calvano


class type:

Vinyasa Flow

Teaching style:

Grounding, Mindful, Playful

bio:

Sam believes that you are your own best teacher!  When she practices, as a student and as a teacher, she takes care to incorporate the breath, a connection between movement and stillness, and an exploration of ease within effort. She enjoys creating asana practices that are equal parts challenging, relaxing and meditative. Her motto on and off the mat is to meet every success and challenge as an opportunity to learn, to make sensitive and intelligent choices, to keep what is useful and let go of what is not. She hopes those who come to her class find the support and freedom to ignite the teacher within.

Sam has been practicing yoga for over 9 years and teaching for almost 8. She has been trained in Power Vinyasa (200hr, Yoga to the People, 2010), Traditional Hot Hatha (100hr, Yoga to the People, 2011), Vinyasa Krama (200hr, Srivatsa Ramaswami School of Yoga, 2015), Trauma Informed Yoga and Mindfulness (15hr, Prison Yoga Project, 2015), Yoga, Mindfulness and Social Change (100hr, Loyola Marymount University, 2016) and holds a MA in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount University (2017).

Leah Samaha


Class type:

Kids Classes

bio:

Originally from Tampa, Florida, Leah grew up involved in sports: dance, soccer, and crew. During high school, her crew coach introduced her to yoga as a "cross-training" activity during rest days. Little did she know that this introduction would lead to yoga steadily becoming a part of her daily life. 

In college, yoga helped her deal with the anxiety and pressure of attending an Ivy League school after graduating from a public high school in Florida. After college, yoga became a respite after long, stressful days in the classroom as an elementary school teacher. Leah visited many yoga studios and always left sweaty, however, she always longed for something more than just a place to work out. Then she found Brooklyn Yoga Project. 

Since joining the BYP community a little over two years ago she has seen her yoga practice flourish, both on and off the mat, and has built a community of friends amongst the teachers and students. In the spring of 2018, Leah completed her 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Brooklyn Yoga Project under the guidance of her beloved teachers and mentors, Ossi Raveh, Jessica Weiss, Be Shakti, Allegra Romina, and Dennis Teston. 

Leah longed to find a way to bring this amazing practice into her work as a educator. She attended a weeklong children's yoga and mindfulness training led by Little Flower Yoga this summer with BYP teacher and studio manager, Jessica Weiss. Leah and Jessica were so inspired by the training that they knew they wanted to bring yoga and mindfulness to our community of Brooklyn kids!

Leah graduated from Princeton University with a BA in English and African American Studies. She moved to Brooklyn to pursue her passion for urban education, teaching for five years in Brownsville, Brooklyn and the last four years in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. Leah has a MS in Childhood Education from Hunter College, is a current candidate for an MA in Developmental Disabilities at Teachers College Columbia University and has taught both general education and special education for the past nine years.