THE COLLECTIVE

 

I love to move in and with community. I received my 200hr Teacher Certification from Yogamaya in Chelsea, NYC. I am also a certified Stott Pilates Instructor in beginning to advanced matwork. I teach with a sense of joy and humor combined with a strong thematic focus that allows for serious play and creative challenge. People often tell me that my classes feel like dancing. I trained on scholarship with the Dance Theatre of Harlem and danced professionally with Ailey II. When I am not on the mat at Namastuy, I am teaching at Fordham University where I am a cultural anthropologist and tenured professor in the Department of African and African American Studies. I can’t wait to move, breath, explore, and laugh with you!

Aimee Cox

200hr CYT, Stott Pilates Instructor, PhD

Gabriella Carmichael is a yogi, professional dancer, choreographer, and social activist originally from Western Massachusetts. She began practicing yoga 10 years ago to help balance rigorous modern and ballet dance training, and went on to receive her 200hr certification through Pure Yoga NYC. Using research techniques similar to her background in cultural anthropology, her movement documents and discovers human possibility-rewarding an explorer principle of delving into uncharted territory. She taught children yoga for numerous years with the intention of instilling unleashed imagination and bodily awareness at an early age. She is proudly queer, and she teaches yoga to encourage radical self love and the discovery of courage. She believes in working hard and that the path towards joy is a winding road. She believes that light exists even when we can't see it. The first step towards healing is believing that it's possible.

Gabriella Carmichael

200hr CYT

Laura Bartczak is a dance and visual artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She received a BFA in Modern Dance and Choreography in 2009, and continues to perform and present work throughout NYC. She has a 200 hour YTT certificate from Yoga Vida in NYC, and a Mindfulness Teacher Training certificate from The Lineage Project, which is geared toward vulnerable and at-risk youth. She is also a student of Qi Gong under Melanie Maar, and has been practicing for the past 5 years. She currently teaches group vinyasa classes, private yoga sessions, yoga and mindfulness to high schoolers, Qi Gong to dancers, and analog filmmaking through the non-profit Mono No Aware. You can find her films and photography at laurabartczak.squarespace.com

Laura Bartczak

200hr CYT

Analisa Baduria has returned to yoga again and again throughout her life as an unconscious way of releasing tension from the body, breath, mind and spirit. Drawn to the vibrations of yoga, the simplicity of self care through Ayurveda and a fascination in human interactions with ourselves and others, Analisa deepened her practice with Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, receiving her 200hr TT, Restorative and Hands On certifications. 

Inspired by the movements of Angela Farmer and Martha Graham, Analisa offers an empathetic space where you can get interested in your body, allowing for a journey towards transformation. “Atha yoga anushasanam”, the time for yoga is NOW! 

Analisa Baduria

200hr CYT

Katie is a multi-disciplined body therapist specializing in Craniosacral Therapy and Traditional Thai Medicine, which including herbal medicine, body alignment, pre-natal + post-partum care and Thai bodywork. Drawing upon her own healing journey from chronic pain, emotional trauma and digestive dysfunction, Kaiya's practice is focused on caring for the mind, body, and spirit holistically with an emphasis on a daily routine of self-care in order to maintain a healthy state of being versus waiting to "fix" a "broken" body. Applying knowledge from eastern and western traditions in her practice allows her intuition to meet scientifically proven techniques to relieve pain, encourage recovery and increase vitality in the body. A lifetime student of the healing arts, she is taught again and again the importance of compassion, self-love, and spiritual growth and incorporates these pillars of healing into each session.

Katie Yuen

multi-disciplined body therapist

 I believe in the raw power of yoga to transform, empower, and return us to a sense of aliveness. Yoga lets you experience individual victory through respecting and overcoming important personal boundaries. I intend to share the inspiration I receive through my practice everyday, in hopes to create a positive transformation for someone else.   I received my 200hr YT Certificate in Hawaii through Peak Beings Yoga School and am also certified to teach Yoga Trapeze, Trauma Informed and Restorative yoga. 

I believe in the raw power of yoga to transform, empower, and return us to a sense of aliveness. Yoga lets you experience individual victory through respecting and overcoming important personal boundaries. I intend to share the inspiration I receive through my practice everyday, in hopes to create a positive transformation for someone else. 

I received my 200hr YT Certificate in Hawaii through Peak Beings Yoga School and am also certified to teach Yoga Trapeze, Trauma Informed and Restorative yoga. 

Lisa Hakim

300hr CYT, Founder

Omboy’s sacred devotion to healing through art was initially inspired by his passion for holistic medicine. Certified as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, accredited by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP), Rome has a rare exuberance and patience when it comes to offering guidance on living a balanced, high vibrational lifestyle. He considers being of service as one of the highest expressions of greatness.

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Omboy Rome

Soundhealer

Beau takes a personal and individualized approach to teaching yoga, influenced by her experience as an instructor for 5 plus years.  She guides students through an intelligent asana based on both breath and body awareness, that extends off the mat and will help you stay centered.  Beau’s classes are accessible to beginners while challenging for intermediate practitioners.

Beau Dobrikov

200hr CYT, PCYT, Pilates Intructor

I graduated with my 200hr TT certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. Prior to finding yoga, I trained in classical ballet and modern dance. My own yoga practice began in college under Tara-Marie Perri of the Perri Institute and has been fostered by incredible studios and teachers throughout the city - such gratitude to live in a city with so many amazing yogis and I am thrilled to be able to give back now through my own teaching while always digging deeper as a student. I teach a vinyasa flow class with fun, clever sequencing and a focus on alignment. Promoting an anatomically safe and healthy practice by offering direct verbal cues and facilitating graceful transitions. I also love finishing class with a restorative pose or two to leave students feeling open and grounded.

Kayla MacFarlan 

200hr CYT

Full of active energy and the constant need for creative movement, Neha was drawn to dance at a very young age. Her dancer mother instilled the values of classical dance intertwined with knowledge of yoga when she was just a little girl. It wasn’t until years later when she sought out natural relief for anxiety, depression, and insomnia through yoga, that she started to understand the pure holistically healing benefits of this life-changing practice.

Coming from a traditional healthcare background, Neha understands how individuals in today's modern society are affected by a variety of mental stress factors, preventable diseases, and chronic illnesses. Her mission is to connect with her students while guiding them to heal and explore their own bodies, minds, and souls through authentic practice. Yoga means unity, and she believes while each student's individual yoga journey is unique, she aims to cultivate an inclusive, welcoming space for students of all levels and backgrounds. As she goes deeper into her practice, Neha learns that yoga is the diving board into an endless pool of awareness, self-discovery, and higher consciousness. The best teachers never stop learning, and as a teacher she is humbled to take this dive with her students. Classes are accompanied with yogic philosophy, mindful pranayama and mediation techniques, and vibrational music. Enjoy shavasana with aromatherapy and occasional singing bowl meditation!

Neha completed her training and received her 200 Hour RYT Certification in Rishikesh, India - the world capital of yoga. As a recently certified Level 1 & 2 Reiki Practitioner, she brings an essence of cleansing attunement energy flow to the class.

Neha Sharma 

500hr RYT, Reiki II

200-hr RYT® trained with Julie Dohrman, Shaktiyoga New York at Bend and Bloom Yoga in Brooklyn. This training is an alignment and vinyasa flow methodology with an influences from Anusara Yoga. He currently teaches yoga with the YMCA of Greater New York City and several studios throughout Brooklyn. He strives to provide challenging classes that engages and empower the students.

Thai James

200hr RYT