Teacher Bios


April

| April began her yoga practice in 2008 as a preparation for surf camp in Costa Rica, but fell in love with yoga and only fell in-like with surfing. She was drawn to the tenets of Jivamukti Yoga – the emphasis on ahiṃsā (non-harming) and śāstra (scripture). Her yoga practice sustained her through her corporate career. Handstands in hotel rooms helped alleviate the demands of an intense travel/work schedule. After 7 years as a campus recruiter for the financial industry, April attended NYU and earned an MA in School Counseling. While interning at a high school, April taught yoga to kids which inspired her vision to combine yoga and counseling as a holistic program for low-income youth. In addition to being a Jivamukti trained yoga teacher, April is also a vegan chef, and founder of Cookie Devi, a vegan and gluten-free cookie company.



Audrey

| Audrey danced her way into Yoga over a decade ago, through the creative realms of post-modern, improvisational, and body/mind-oriented movement research. She has been teaching Peaceful Yoga to all ages ever since. Yoga studies have included Integral Yoga's Teacher Certification, Restorative Certifications with Master teacher Jillian Pransky, and Children's Yoga Certifications with Bent on Learning. She teaches children yoga in public schools throughout the city. She welcomes people to browse her yoga blogs, which include, among others: ChildrenLovingYoga.blogspot.com, YogaKin.blogspot.com. She also directs Ethical Education at the New York Society for Ethical Culture and you may enjoy visiting YoungEthicalExplorers.blogspot.com and EthicalBody.blogspot.com.



Christine

| Christine started her yoga practice in earnest while working as an arts educator for New York City schools. Yoga became a natural extension of her interests in understanding energy as it relates to the mind and body and connecting to the world around us. She believes yoga is a powerful and transformative way of life that fosters love and empathy. Christine bows in deep gratitude to her teachers that have helped show her the light inside all of us, especially Myk Freedman, Nami Soga, Angela Hubbs, and Joschi Schwarz, as well as her fellow peers in the BYC community.



Danielle

| For Danielle, cultivating a deep yoga practice was a natural extension of her lifelong study of dance and was the perfect way to integrate movement and the mind. Danielle completed her BA in dance and psychology at Hunter College and shortly thereafter received her yoga certification from Laughing Lotus. After practicing for almost a decade and teaching for five years, she was inspired to pursue her Master’s in Social Work at Hunter College. Danielle utilizes her yoga and meditation practices in therapeutic settings to serve and empower communities throughout New York City. Her classes emphasize alignment of the body with a moveable flow while maintaining connection to the breath. She incorporates all elements of the practice -- physical, mental, and spiritual -- in order to create a strong foundation for her students.



Delaney

| Delaney has abandoned herself to yoga for the past six years, sampling styles and philosophies to elevate her practice. She received her 200 Hour Teacher-Training from Exhale and has been under the tutelage of David Magone, Cristi Christensen, Erin Jacques and Nixa De Bellis. Delaney utilizes her background in theatre and dance to meld vibrant Vinyasa sequencing with music, humor and soul.



Elizabeth

| Elizabeth received teaching certification through Jivamukti Yoga in 2008. She practices and teaches yoga as a path to enlightenment. She offers hands-on assists throughout a rigorous asana practice with yogic philosophy woven throughout. Expect wonderful music- starting with chanting, then practicing to an eclectic playlist. Sing, sweat, and then surrender. An overwhelming gratitude for sitting at the feet of dear teachers fuels Elizabeth's passion to pass on this hip and holy yoga practice. Thank you Sharonji, Davidji, and Julesji!



Kathleen

| Kathleen loves movement; the leaves fluttering in the wind and the blood flowing though our veins continually amaze her. She believes life is the most invigorating when we find a way to connect with the pulse of motion within and around us. Kathleen first experienced yoga at the age of 7; she attempted to imitate her father as he folded his body in all sorts of funny shapes. Her relationship with the practice has developed over the years; she realized the power of yoga to merge the gap between mental and physical dimensions of an individual. She was trained to teach in her mountainous homeland of Colorado and has had the privilege of learning from master teachers such as Sharon Gannon, David Life, Richard Freeman, Rod Stryker, and Matthew Sanford. Ashtanga, Jivamukti, and her most recent degree in Laban Movement Analysis influence her classes. Balancing muscle engagement and the release of tension, she emphasizes pranayama, self-love, and each individual’s creative potential. "Shouldn’t the basic point of spiritual practice be to inspire an understanding that permits us to relate to life in the fullest way?" -Trungpa



Lisa

| Lisa came to yoga through dance. Receiving a BFA is dance in southern California, it is a shock that she did not stumble upon a yoga class until after college. In that first class, however, the physicality of yoga transcended and a deeper connection from within became apparent. With an overwhelming sense of joy and compassion, she continued the search for that internal connection and received her 200-hr. certification from Mark Stephens in Santa Cruz overlooking the righteous ocean waves. As a trained dancer, her classes focus on correct alignment and body placement, and often include fun, creative flows with rockin’ tunes. There have been many amazing teachers through the journey thus far, but the voice within continues to be the most challenging and rewarding teacher of them all.



Lotsie

| Lotsie received her initial 200 hr vinyasa teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga in Acebo, Spain. She continued her training with Sadie Nardini's core strength vinyasa training and Daniel Orlansky's Yoga of Energy Flow 500hr teacher training. She holds certifications in yin yoga, yoga therapy and Thai yoga massage. In addition to all of this, Lotsie is a level 1 certified AcroYoga teacher. Most recently she completed DONA international's birth doula training. Before teaching yoga, Lotsie was a professional ballet dancer. Her classes are heavily influenced by her dance movement background and often feel like a dance. She currently teaches vinyasa and acroyoga, practices Thai massage and hopes to be more active in the doula world.



Martine

| Seeking inspiration and a higher level of consciousness, Martine cast aside her acting career to share her passion for yoga. She discovered yoga in college and since then has sampled various styles such as Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and ISHTA. It wasn't until she stepped into Sri Dharma Mittra's class that she felt a connection and then chose to complete her certification there. Martine's classes consist of breathing exercises, endurance building asanas, guided relaxation, and meditation; as she is also a Transcendental Meditation (TM) practitioner As a teacher (and always a student), Martine's intention in her classes is to create a safe and supported space where everyone can experience patience, a deeper level of awareness, and ultimate freedom within.



Natalie

| Natalie enjoys a mix of attention to detail and light-hearted playfulness. Her classes encourage meditation in motion, paying particular attention to alignment and breath. Certified in Hatha/Vinyasa, prenatal and baby and me yoga, she enjoys working her Thai Yoga Massage training into the mix as well. When not devoting time on a sticky mat, Natalie can usually be found in a state of perpetual wanderlust, planning her next adventure to somewhere new. Having recently become a mother, she is inspired everyday by how precious our bodies are and the miracles they can perform.



Nathan

| Nathan has been practicing yoga for over 12 years. In that time he's lived in several of the world's metropolises, learned from many different teachers and endeavored to apply the wisdom of yoga to daily life in the world. He is devoted to sharing the full width and breadth of yoga with his students, hoping to inspire a desire for ever-increasing awareness and compassion. Nathan's teaching style emphasizes breathing, concentration, and alignment with a special focus on healing the body and mind through asana and meditation. Nathan is honored and thankful for having studied with all the teachers in his life..



Pashupa

| Pashupa means "protector of the animals" in Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga. Seeing his own life and many lives around him transformed by the practices of yoga, he feels compelled to share these benefits. His classes are playful and accessible to all, filled with uplifting music, chanting, vinyasa sequencing, meditation, and insightful dharma talks. He is a certified teacher of Jivamukti Yoga, a lineage that offers a path to self-realization through compassion towards all beings. He hopes to ignite the passion in every student that will create an engagement with the world, so that we may all help one another awaken to the possibility of a conscious evolution of the human potential.



Swarupa

| Swarupa is an advanced IYI Yoga teacher (RYT 500+) and a multiple-lineage Reiki master teacher (non-touch). In private sessions, classes, and clinics, he also teaches, practices, and counsels Teen Yoga, Yoga Therapy, pranic awareness, hypnosis, vibrational resonance therapy, meditation, and more. Swarupa brings a simple yet uniquely transformative, heartfelt, and empowering perspective to the individuals he works with.



Tina

| After performing professionally as a modern dancer for over 20 years, and exploring many movement styles and modalities, Tina became curious about yoga and came to this practice with a physical focus. What unfurled for her over the past 13 years has proved to be so much more, enriching her life way beyond the physical and having a profound effect on her mental health, her relationships, and her over-all well being. Tina began her training with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga and has studied with Dana Flynn and Jasmine Tarkeshi at Laughing Lotus, as well as with many others. She received her certification to teach yoga from Lily Cushman Frindel and Jeremy Frindel at Brooklyn Yoga School and her certification to teach prenatal yoga from Beth Coban and Lara Thompson Kohn at Integral Yoga. Tina's motivation for teaching is to enrich others' lives with the power, mystery, and beauty of yoga; offering tools for health, self-awareness, and spirituality to whomever may be searching.



Michael

| Michael is a big believer in the power and benefits of yoga; he appreciates the opportunity to quiet his mind and find a true state of presence through the practice. Dedicating much of his attention to trying to understand the human connection, he believes yoga is a very valuable tool in helping people connect with themselves and with each other. Michael is not an instructor, he is a driving force behind the scenes at BYC.

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Upcoming Workshops

Please contact us with any suggestions or requests for programming you would like to see offered at BYC: info [at] brooklynyogacollective.com

Classes are offered at a sliding scale of $7-15. We accept cash payments only. There are no advance registrations, classes are drop-in.

What is a sliding scale?

Students determine for themselves what price within the $7-15 range they are able to pay based on their own financial situation. This encourages students who are more financially comfortable to pay at the higher end, while enabling students with less financial flexibility to pay a more affordable price toward the lower end of the scale.

Why sliding scale?

Our mission is to make yoga accessible to everyone. By making yoga more affordable, we can attract a wider spectrum of people. We think that being fair doesn't necessarily mean everyone pays the same, but it does mean that everyone has the same opportunity to attend.

About BYC

Brooklyn Yoga Collective is a diverse group of yoga practitioners and educators with unique backgrounds and stylistic approaches to yoga. Our collective focus includes classical Hatha, Iyengar, Jivamukti, & Vinyasa flow traditions. While the classes and teaching styles may vary considerably, BYC is tied together by our dedication to sharing the teachings and benefits of yoga in a way that is accessible to everyone. We encourage students to explore all of our classes to find which ones work best for them. All levels & bodies are welcome. Sliding scale pricing, $7-$15 per class.

BYC values community, both on and off the mat. BYC is part of LaunchPad, a Brooklyn based non-profit organization focused on community building and the arts, and BYC has an active hand in helping shape our local neighborhood. Our support of community is also focused inward -- to help foster a cohesive relationship between our studio instructors and our studio business, BYC employs a collective payment model. BYC allocates a majority percentage of our studio revenue toward our instructors' pay, and each instructor is paid an equal amount per class, based on the shared revenue system. In most other yoga studio, instructors are compensated based on class size or popularity. In some yoga studios, instructors are paid a flat rate per class. In comparison, we believe the BYC model serves to:

- eliminate competition amongst instructors who might otherwise vie for student attention and/or the most desirable class times
- encourages instructors to teach classes based on the value to the students, even if those classes are not "popular" or do not have high monetary earning potential (i.e. specialized classes)
- maintains a fair relationship between the success of the studio and the reward to the instructors as workers; as the studio grows, so too does instructor compensation
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