Hannah Harpole, founder Makara Studio, is interested in how the physical act of creating space between the joints, muscle, tendons, ligaments, cells, blood of our bodies results in space within our thinking. Her classes are physically rigorous. She is equally dedicated to the Ashtanga and B.K.S Iyengar lineage. Hannah recently traveled in India where she was honored to study in Mysore with Sharath and be part of creating a garden at Odanadi, an orphanage/shelter for people who have been trafficked. She also studied in Rishikesh with Usha, and in Dharamkot at the Himalayan Iyengar Institute and was taught traditional Tibetan Meditation by Sonam, a Monk of the Dalai Lama’s family. Hannah has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Dance with an interest in the evolution of movement and Masters Degree in Education. She also creates performances, films, cooks vegetarian food and is a DONA-trained Doula.
Jocelyn Ruth O’Shea co-directs Makara Studio with Hannah Harpole. She has been a student of yoga since 2000 and has taught in NYC since 2009. She is a mentor in the Bent On Learning Teacher Training, and has taught yoga to thousands of NYC public school students. She leads seasonal local retreats at Seven Arrows East. Jocelyn’s classes are a healthy balance of strong challenging poses coupled with a soft energetic awareness of the subtle body. Her classes focus on movement with ujayii breath and inspired by her work with children are about using imagination and laughter as tools to negotiate new poses.
Rachel Gibbs found Bellydance in 2001 (literally, in a geodesic dome!) after a three day hallucinogenic experience in the New Mexican desert. With a background in Modern Dance, in 2002 Rachel began her serious study of many styles of Bellydance including American Tribal Style, Tribal Style, Turkish Rom, and Duende. She has learned from many wonderful teachers in New Mexico, California, Oregon, New York, and Rajasthan, India. A former member of Rabble Rouser Physical Theater (Oakland, CA) and The Rogue Bindis (Albuquerque, NM), she has also performed with Penny Arcade and collaborates with x-tra bullets, both based in New York City. Currently she directs and performs in Filage Tribal Bellydance.
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 concept of the practice. 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 both physically rigorous and relaxing and emphasize breath, alignment, restoration 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.http://www.willyam.com/.
Travis Steele Sisk moved to New York in September of 2009 and received his Pilates equipment and mat certifications from the Kane School of Core Integration. He earned his B.F.A. in dance and choreography from Virginia Commonwealth University and has worked professionally as modern dancer/performer in Berlin, Germany before moving back to the states. Travis was originally drawn to Pliates as a form of cross-training. Since then he has developed an enthusiasm for the practice and a desire to share Pilate’s benefits for those who seek it out. He believes that Pilates is one of the smartest ways one can work out therefore his classes and sessions tend toward an athletic approach while helping one understand how to efficiently exercise and understand their anatomy. He believes helping his clients understand their own anatomy is key to helping them also understand their weaknesses, which he will focus on and make you work! He also works as a freelance fashion stylist and his star sign is Aries.
Judy believes teaching pilates is a positive contribution to our collective physical and psychic environment.
Judy’s training in Pilates comes from the classical tradition of Joseph Pilates found at Power Pilates,Manhattan. She regards Joseph Pilates has having created a secret formula for the body. By following a course of regular practice; ultimate fitness and peace of mind can be achieved and maintained through life.Her strength and endurance comes from years on the mat practicing pilates as well as yoga at the many diverse studios found in Manhattan, on retreat and around the world.
Leanna Ojala 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 my classes meditation and pranayama are just as important as the asanas and I encourage chanting when possible as I believe in its liberating effect. Beyond that, I also like to mix challenging sequences found in Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga with restorative ones, where I feel inspired by Kundalini and Yin Yoga. I strive 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 I identify with- I try to provide and environment for people to reconnect with themselves.
Lulu Ekiert Lulu Ekiert has been teaching yoga since late 2009.Her yoga classes are open to all levels of experience, flexibility, and strength. Alignment, the breath, and balance inspire the flow of class, which varies with the seasons and the needs of the students who attend. Lulu is known for her comforting and clear voice, her special hands on adjustments, and the simple way she teaches each student how to use yoga to improve his or her life. Currently Lulu teaches Hatha-Vinyasa, Restorative, Hatha-Restorative, and Kids Yoga.
Lulu holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Latin American Literature from New York University. Her painting Diagnostic portrait of Jenny appeared in “Eccentric Portraits” at BYRDCLIFFE Kleinert/James Center for the Arts, Woodstock, New York. Her poem Opening is included in volume II of “The Poetry of Yoga“(2012). Lulu lives and works in Brooklyn, NY, where she teaches Yoga and Proprioceptive Writing.
Nami Soga. My intention of sharing yoga is to deepen our connection and union with all living beings of this planet, and with divine power of the Universe that embrace and hold us all together. I believe that much positive transformation can take place in the world when we realize this sense of One-ness, and I seek to offer time and space where we can reconnect with our true divine nature.
continues to be wowed by the inimitable power of the yogic practices to manifest liberating cognition, or mindful awareness, into one’s experience of life. He focuses on empowering his students to contact the ever-peaceful and -loving consciousness that lies just beyond the many actions through which we limit our experience of the moment, such as identifying with thought, accepting perception as truth, self-labeling, and suppressing our knowledge of the impermanent nature of all things. Students are encouraged to stay with each breath and action necessary to place and hold the body in carefully aligned and sequenced postures, fostering the powerfully therapeutic contact with and observation of both physical sensations and ephemeral psychological phenomena of the body. Neema gives many thanks to his many, many radiant teachers, especially Leigh Evans and Summer Quashie. He hopes to see you very soon.