our teachers

Caroline

Originally from the west coast of Ireland, Caroline discovered yoga when she moved to New York. An avid exerciser, she loved running, boxing and cycling as tools to help quiet, soothe and slow down, but it was yoga that gave her exactly what she needed. While pregnant with her first child, when she couldn’t do her full physical routine as before, a friend suggested yoga. She hasn’t looked back since. Caroline completed her 200 hour training with YogaWorks and continued with their 300 hour professional program under the guidance of her beloved teachers Jodie Rufty and Jenny Aurthur. 

Caroline is a mother of two and loves teaching adults and children alike. 

Chloe

Chloe Bowman is a Brooklyn based yoga teacher, modern dancer and choreographer. She received her BFA in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2013. In the past year Chloe has completed her 200 and 300 hour yoga certifications through YogaWorks. Chloe teaches an alignment focused asana practice to bring awareness to habits and ultimately strengthen and ground students on and off the mat. Chloe works with private clients and is a yoga teacher with Trainers in Transit. Her modern dance company ChloeIsaBow + Co performs regularly throughout the city.

Kiyoko

Sifu Kiyoko Kashiwagi is a certified teacher of William C.C. Chen Tai Chi Chuan. She was born and raised in Japan and began practicing Tai Chi Chuan when she was 15. She earned a certificate for Tai Chi Chuan 24 Movements in Japan, and after moving to NY, she started studying traditional Yang style Tai Chi Chuan with Grandmaster William Chi-Cheng Chen. With him, she practices Tai Chi Chuan Long Form 132 movements, Short Form 60 movements,  Cheng Man-Ching 37 Form, Tai Chi Sword Form 64 movements, and Pushing hands. She has been teaching tai chi at The City College of NY as an adjunct faculty, NY Athletic Club, The Nippon Club, and to privates. Kiyoko is also a certified Qigong practitioner. 


Melinda

Melinda DiOrio, RYT 500, is a YogaWorks certified teacher. Melinda has experienced the transformative benefits of a consistent yoga practice first hand, and she is grateful to be able to share the benefits of this practice with her students. With a background in design and photography, Melinda infuses a love of creativity and attention to detail in her classes. Her teachings start with building the foundation of the postures, focusing on alignment and awareness of breath throughout the class. She leads her classes with compassion and encouragement, and believes in the power that yoga has to help us all live our best lives. 

Mikaela

Mikaela Soldan is a RYT 500 ISHTA Yoga Teacher with a passion to bring ease and presence into everyone’s lives. She is a Finnish native, and wants to bring some of the Nordic lifestyle that focuses on people’s wellbeing into New York’s hectic life. Mikaela combines flowing asana, breathing techniques, meditation, music and essential oils into her teaching that leave you feeling peaceful, energized and restored.

Mikaela has studied yoga with her teachers Alan Finger, Mona Anand, Peter Ferko, Aino Siren and Cassandra Ferland, to name a few. She teaches workshops in Finland regularly and has assisted many teachers to organize retreats worldwide.

Mary Lou

Mary Lou is a Hatha & Vinyasa Flow Yoga Instructor and IIN Health Coach. Her Vinyasa based teaching style intertwines mediation, pranyama, alignment and mindful flow.

She is also a member of the Setu Community: An inclusive yoga community that supports and promotes diversity.

Yoga has greatly helped her stress & anxiety, plus create strength and flexibility in her body and mind. She hopes to pass this on to every student she meets and has the honor of teaching.

My 200hr training was completed at Three Sisters Yoga in NYC. 

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Sasha

Sasha grew up in rural Maine with a love of nature and movement. Now based in Brooklyn, in addition to being a yoga teacher she is a professional dancer – performing, teaching, and choreographing. Her diverse movement background highly informs her practice and class, and she continues to be inspired by the wisdom our bodies have to offer. Sasha completed her 200 hour training with Abhaya Yoga. She is so grateful for the gift of yoga and the ability to share it with others. 

Shashirekha

Shashirekha was first introduced to yoga as a child in India, where she grew up,

and has practiced yoga ever since. She went on to complete her 200-hr Teacher Training under Sri Dharma Mittra at Dharma Yoga, NYC.

Her love of yoga is complemented by the teaching of Sri Paramahansa Yogananda and she also practices Kriya Yoga.

Shashirekha holds a Ph.D. in Immunology and Microbial Pathogenesis from Cornell University. Passionate about healing living beings, Shashirekha unites her scientific studies and the ancient practice of yoga to that end.

Serge

Serge started practicing yoga by accident, bartering photography for yoga classes. Being in the present moment, comfortable with constant change and not attached to the results of one's efforts resonated with him immediately, as a photographer and as a person. He's  forever grateful to his first teacher, Sabine Heubusch, who introduced him to ISHTA. He completed his 200hr training at Namaste Williamsburg with Debbie Desmond and later went on to the 500hr ISHTA training. His teaching is influenced by Sarah and Alan Finger, Peter Ferko, Douglass Stewart and many others. In addition, he took restorative training with Mona Anand and Gina Menza, and Yin Yoga and Insight Meditation with Sarah Powers, as over time his interests shifted more towards a meditative practice. He is Reiki certified. Lastly, he is grateful to Indra Devi and Paramahamsa Madhavadas for helping to keep yoga alive in the modern world.