A teacher is always a student. Hamid continues to study under the guidance of his mentor Mona Anand in the ISHTA lineage (Integrated Science of Hatha,Tantra and Ayurveda) and Alan Finger. Hamid is E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 ISHTA trained teacher, he has also learned through ISHTA’s Prenatal teacher training program and Judith Hanson Lasater’s in Relax & Renew teacher training in Restorative yoga. Currently he is in the process of creating a Ayurvedic based Integrated Hatha Yoga Training program through not for profit Hosh Yoga studio.
When teaching, Hamid strives to create a welcoming and openhearted space for the students — where positive change can begin to take place,whether it be small or monumental. He hopes that each student may receive his suggestions with a sense of lightheartedness, an understanding that each person is his own best teacher, and a step closer to an understanding of one’s true Self. www.hamidelsevar.com
When Yuuki was introduced to yoga in 2003, things started to shift as over time his practice became an integral part of his life. He found such great benefit from it that he enrolled in the 200 hr teacher-training program at Yoga to the People in 2008. In 2011, he studied Yin Yoga, receiving his certification through Corina Benner. The training exposed Yuuki to the Yin approach which allowed him to explore the complexity of the human body structurally, emotionally and energetically from a different vantage. In the Spring of 2012 Yuuki completed his 200 hour bridge program at ISHTA, furthering his education and studying the techniques of Kriya Yoga, the subtle body, pranayama and meditation.
As his practice and teaching continued, through breath, asana and attention he came to sense the subtler transformations, realizing that beyond the physical there is more, much more. This is what Yuuki wishes to share with his students, to be curious and continue exploring the greater reaches within the human body and mind. With all of the incredible wisdom in the world, Yuuki does his best to bring his understanding of it into class to share with his students. Being grateful for every moment and every breath.
I started dancing at the age 10. I started by learning Latin American folklore and ballroom dancing. During college, I discovered yoga as a stamina training activity for dance. I established a Bikram and Vinyasa practice. My love of yoga, dancing, and teaching made my transition into becoming a certified yoga teacher an easy move. Today, I teach ballroom, academics, and yoga as I continue to grow in all three fields. As a yoga teacher, I welcome and encourage yogis to explore their bodies, activate their inner teacher, and pave the path to their a self-actualization via the breath. My goal in class is to guide students through a mindful practice whereby the function of breathing is used to access the form of an asana. Namaste.
Bee believes in the importance of coming into alignment with ones own body and its cycles. Her classes stress grounding, balance, and acceptance within the Self. She studied under Hamid and Yukki as a trainee at Hosh yoga and carries a knowledge of traditional Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda. She takes a Queer and non- normative approach to these principles, and creates a space which is nourishing towards students and their variant bodies. Her study is currently centered around understanding the union of masculine and feminine energy in all of us. She values love, creation, truth, and playfulness most of all.
Ashley discovered yoga as a teenager growing up in a small southern Vermont town. She felt instantly at home on a yoga mat and her practice complemented her competitive horseback riding and other athletic and artistic endeavors. The awareness, openness, focus, and calm that resulted from her practice have kept her doing yoga ever since. She has studied various styles and was certified through Kripalu in 2007. Her personal practice is an integral part of her life and she attempts to stay present and breath through every experience on and off her yoga mat. Her classes focus on coordinating breath with movement and create a space in which her students can discover and experience their full potential and self-expression.
Christina Rufin has a 20-year practice she began at Sivananda Yoga in NYC where she immersed herself in the teachings of yoga as well as the asana practices and meditation. After receiving her 200-hr certification from Aura Yoga, RI, she pursued her goal of reaching communities to whom yoga is not easily accessible and became certified with YogaEd to teach yoga to children and educators. Thereafter, she certified through School for Compassionate Action where she was trained to teach yoga and meditation to In-Need Communities. She has just completed the Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga program with Sadie Nardini which focuses on the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual and energetic aspects of the core.
She is currently teaching children and at-risk teenagers who inspire her through their playfulness with asanas and their embrace of meditation.
Christina strives to empower the student to be their own teacher by giving them the space to listen to their own bodies and minds.
Christina is very grateful to all her teachers and especially Jill Satterfield for opening her up to the great Grace and is very happy to be practicing and teaching with her Greenpoint community.
“What is here is elsewhere. What is not here is nowhere.” -Vishvasara Tantra.
After years spent as a member of full-time touring punk bands, an animal rights activist, and just generally rambling around the United States and Europe, David Silverberg discovered a consistent yoga practice at ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda) Yoga in the winter of 2009. After completing the ISHTA 500-Hour teacher training program, he continues to study Tantra and Kriya yoga on his own and with countless teachers, including Yogiraj Alan Finger and ISHTA Senior Teacher Jean Koerner.
His class is a strong alignment and breath based flow practice rooted in the philosophy of ISHTA. Integrating a no-nonsense approach to asana and meditation with a sense of humor and ease, he hopes to help students discover their own personal practice and the perfection that already exists within each of us. He is a full-time musician and teacher in New York City. He finds writing in the third person tacky.
More than a decade ago, Dilek hit the yoga mat out of curiosity and found it to reduce anxiety from her high stress profession as a social worker for oppressed gypsy families which she found through her Master’s in Cultural Studies.She discovered a personal yoga practice that helped strengthen her body, heal her soul and open the door to a whole new way of living.
Based on her own transformation, various teaching styles and an interest in personal wellness, Dilek’s classes fuse rhythmic asana, integrated yoga philosophy, attentive injury prevention and the value of yoga for stressful, hectic lifestyles.
Dilek is a Yoga Alliance RYT200 (India). In Fall 2012, she will earn her RYT500 certification at Om Yoga Center in New York City, with specialized training in Trance Dance Yoga (Shiva Rea at Sonic Yoga), Pranayama (Joe Miller at Om Yoga) and Restorative Yoga (Cyndi Lee at Om Yoga).
An Istanbul native that is establishing an NGO whose mission statement includes bringing the beneficial effects of yoga to those who need it most: underserved communities.
James DeSantis is influenced by many styles of yoga, from the Jivamukti method regarding asana to the spiritual practices of Ishta yoga (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra, and Ayurveda.)
Dealing with issues of weight loss and weight gain for over 20 years, yoga became a consistent practice that not only physically benefitted and grounded him, but spiritually uplifted and changed his life. He began to see changes in his posture, body image and body language, and beyond the physical began to attain a lightness that can only come from beginning to reach a goal of knowing the true self. A natural non-believer, jaded New Yorker, and born agnostic, slowly started to open up to a realm that would shed light, and healing into his life.
James’ Classes are rigorous, strength, and heat building, linking and sequencing many postures together, but balanced, and light hearted. The idea is to leave the class feeling the lightness of life that we can all attain, through consistent, and dedicated practice and focus.
A native of Brooklyn, and a resident of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg area for the past four years, Joyce Lai has been practicing yoga at Hosh since its doors opened two years ago. She received her certification through Kripalu’s 200-hours NYC program. For Joyce, yoga is first and foremost an inquiry into movement and ourselves. In the spirit fo Kripalu’s tradition of “meditation in movement,” her classes are a mixture of in-depth pratapana, creative vinyasa, pranayama, and chanting. An adult beginner student of dance and circus arts, you can read Joyce’s musings on dance and yoga on her blog: yogidance.blogspot.com
Through introspection comes self-discovery, with self-discovery, acceptance, with acceptance comes balance. Yoga is about bringing the body, mind, and soul into balance. When we are balanced we are able to be open, calm, clear minded, and can travel through life with ease and grace. Rebecca’s classes are designed to give students the space to dive inside their own form, breathe their individual energy, and unlock the boundless truth that exists at the core of all beings. Rebecca received her 500hr certification and restorative yoga certification from ISHTA yoga, a tradition that centers around the idea that there is no-more perfect a moment than the present, everything is as it should be, we just need to tune to it. Rebecca began a life focused around movement at the age of 10 when she began dancing, following this love of dance through college, where she found yoga in recovering from a serious injury. Not realizing that this accident would spark a lifelong love for yoga, she used yoga to heal not only her body but mind and soul.
“I’m not interested in telling people what to think, but I do hope that I am allowing them a new space in which to breathe.” C. McCann
WIlliam Klein first encountered yoga at the age of seventeen when a friend took him to a class at their local YMCA. He had mono and was wearing jeans, but began practicing regularly after that. In 2007, Will spent several months in India studying yoga while traveling, and was exposed to many of the philosophies and influences behind our modern conception of yoga. He moved to Brooklyn in 2008 to finish college, and received his teacher training from the Kripalu Center in July 2011. Will’s classes are flow-based and energizing with an emphasis on pranayama, alignment, and self-compassion. For Will, yoga is as much a practice for individual expression and healing as it is a tool for community building and social justice.
Mali was introduced to yoga over 5 years ago, in a response to a severe back injury. The therapeutic benefits of yoga went far beyond any traditional physical therapy she tried, and prevented surgery! The new benefits that yoga brings every day continually surprise and inspire her in her own practice and teaching. Mali is an ISHTA certified RYT-200, and her classes are motivated first and foremost by a playful exploration of breath, and a deep respect for safe alignment–the two things that open the door for graceful, strong movement in all types of practitioners.
“Be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle.”
A teacher cannot really teach you anything, but only help you to rediscover something within you. Brittany strives to guide students through an exploration of the self in order to cultivate more balance, harmony, freedom, and happiness in their lives. Drawn to the practice after experiencing its transformative effects, it was only natural for her to complete her 200-hour yoga teacher training in order to share with others the gift of yoga. Brittany studied at Yoga Vida in New York City, where she was immersed in classic traditional yoga philosophy as well as modern methods of Vinyasa, Ashtanga and Iyengar practices. She continues to explore, study, and immerse herself in various types of yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and philosophy.
Through an integrative approach, Brittany encourages her students to expand their current perception of their minds and bodies. Brittany’s classes focus on steady breath, linked with fluid transitions and postures that create both strength and flexibility. She creates a dynamic, moving meditation through intelligent sequencing, subtle awareness, mindful adjustments and of course, killer playlists. Brittany is grateful to all the many forms of teachers she has met along the way, who have helped reveal the potential that lies within each of us. www.BrittanyAlice.com
Originally from the UK, Rebecca relocated to NYC in 2006. Attracted first to yoga by the physical exercise, she quickly noticed how her practice on the mat began to inform the rest of her life, welcoming both the balance and steadiness it brought in this hectic and transient city. Having completed the ISHTA 200 hour yoga teacher training in 2012, Rebecca is excited to be undertaking the 300 hour ISHTA training to deepen her practice further and enable her students to do the same. She owes a deep gratitude to all the ISHTA teachers who have helped, and continue to help, her create her own Yoga journey.
In her classes, Rebecca uses movement, focus, and attention to breath to create a better understanding of our true selves. She encourages her students to explore their own individual practice by cultivating an awareness of the body and breath so as to connect with the present moment.
Whitney Bushnell completed the Yoga Alliance 200 hr YTTP in Bali, Indonesia through SOSA. Her training had a focused style emphasis on Vinyasa/Hatha Flow and Yin Yoga specifically based on the unique inter-disciplinary approach from Sarah Powers and Paul Grilly. She first discovered her passion for yoga over six years ago when she started consistently practicing Bikram and Power Yoga, and her love and dedication to the yoga lifestyle has grown ever since. Throughout her years of extensive travel, yoga has always been an invaluable grounding force. She believes a large part of what makes a good teacher and student is the same thing – consistent practice while maintaining the willingness to stay open through mind and body. Whitney has found a positive light through yoga and is eager to share it with others because personal victory, in a soul sense, becomes everyone’s victory.
For Leanna, yoga is about freedom inside and out. We are all magical beings with infinite potential, we only have to believe in ourselves- and yoga teaches us that. It releases mental and physical boundaries and through that sets us free. As we work with our body and gain strength and flexibility, we also realize our own great potential- far beyond the mat. A lot of challenges in the practice are a translation of other issues that are part of our life, therefore successfully removing obstacles on the mat means mentally growing off the mat as well. In that way yoga can be a powerful vehicle for change.
In Leanna’s classes meditation and pranayama are just as important as the asanas and she encourages chanting when possible as she believes in its liberating effect. Beyond that, she also likes to mix challenging sequences found in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga with restorative ones, where she feels inspired by Kundalini and Yin Yoga. She strives for a non-competitive environment where students feel comfortable and can focus on their personal practice and evolution.
Albert Einstein once said that he never teaches his students, he only provides the conditions in which they can learn; that is an approach Leanna identifies with- she strives to inspire students in her class to take their practice with them after they roll up their mat and incorporate it into other aspects of their life.
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55 Nassau Avenue
(entrance on Guernsey St.)
(Nassau) + (Bedford)
closest busses B62, B43 and B48