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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-owner of Makara Studio has been a student of yoga since 2000 and has taught in NYC since 2009. 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 are about using imagination and laughter as tools to negotiate new poses. She believes that yoga can be practiced anywhere, and is available to teach privately as well as in corporate settings.

Lulu Ekiert  Director  Makara Studio since 2014 and has been teaching yoga since 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.

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/.

Hanah Fazio started doing yoga initially as a warm-up for drama in 2007- she graduated with a degree in theatre from Hamilton College in the spring of 2010 and then spent the summer getting her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Corepower Yoga in Boulder, Colorado. There she learned a lot about Ayurvedic medicine and developed an intense physical practice. Since receiving her certification, she has taught in Boulder, Chicago and Minneapolis picking up various influences along the way including elements of meditation, chanting and energy healing. Her classes are intense yet without being serious- she draws her inspiration from her love for healing, individual self-expression, poetry, music, and play. Hanah is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Drama Therapy at NYU, teaching yoga, tutoring children and living down the street with some random dudes she met on Craigslist.

FonLin Nyeu is a pilates and yoga teacher. She did her pilates training in Equinox and yoga teacher training at Greenhouse Holistic. She studied Iyengar yoga and meditation in India. She also likes to cook, play music, and surf.

Liz Merida has been practicing yoga for 5 years and recently completed her 300-Hr Teacher Certification through Jivamukti Yoga School.  She is continually inspired by the way that yoga practice has the ability to reveal the unlimited nature in all of us and is looking forward to sharing that journey with others.  Come join me for some fun, sweaty asana, chanting, and meditation!  Thank you to Sharon Gannon, David Life, Rima Rabbath, and Jules Febre for passing on the yoga lineage.   You can also find Liz on the dancefloor as Moongirl Lyfty Sirena with electro dream group LESPHINXX based out of Bushwick, Brooklyn!

Christy Park. Over the last 10 years of her practice, Christy has studied with teachers in Boston and on Martha’s Vineyard but it was not until she moved to New York 6 years ago that she found yoga practice was a necessity. Christy completed her Yoga Alliance Certified 200 hour yoga teacher training at Greenhouse Holistic Yoga under the guidance of Leigh Evans,Tobias Fields, and Julianna Takas. As a writer, Christy is interested in how yoga brings us closer to our authentic selves and helping us each find our voice. She is very grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the Makara community.

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 embraces 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. I completed my 200hour training in 2008, and took additional trainings in Prenatal and Yin Yoga. I am also a birth doula, certified Reiki master practitioner, and a student of different energy healing medicine. I am eternally grateful for all the teachers I have found in my path for their endless inspiration and guidance. www.nami8.net

Jacob Parkinson, when not rattling on about the sweet fruits of yoga, can be found with his head in a book or writing a paper for his graduate studies in philosophy at the New School for social research. Jacob is inspired by the comparative history of ideas– especially between East and West– and the transformative experiences this knowledge makes possible.  A class with Jacob is often a sweaty, vigorous affair, while also committed to the meditative and spiritual possibilities of the practice and to yoga as an embodied philosophy. He emphasizes the breath, music, creative sequencing and philosophy to leave you feeling blissed out and renewed, and perhaps a bit closer towards a harmony with the demons that haunt you — and as New Yorkers, we all have them.  Jacob is immensely grateful to his past and present teachers for their wisdom and encouragement: Kathleen Hunt of Samadhi Yoga in Seattle, Ruth Lauer-Manenti of Jivamukti, Nevine Michaan, Abbie Galvin and David Regelin at Katonah Yoga, goodyoga’s Flannery Foster, and Kelly Morris, whose Conquering Lion Yoga Teacher Training introduced him to the perennial wisdom of the Buddhist tradition.  jacobkyleyoga.com

Breaden Lentz teaches yoga classes that collect breath, body and focus to create more auspicious conditions for ego softening and heart opening. He received his teacher training in alignment-based Vinyasa Yoga from Leigh Evans, Tobias Fields and Julianna Takacs at Greenhouse Holistic and has studied Buddhist and Hindu philosophy since 2005. Braeden found his way to yoga as a practice of self-salvation in order to continue well in his work as an activist.

Conni Mallchok is a Meditation Teacher, Sacred Practice Guide and practitioner of Energy Medicine.  She has a dedicated daily spiritual practice which increases awareness throughout the body, mind and spirit.  Her interest in developing a deeper connection to the energies of the inner and outer environments is a central component of her practice and guidance.  She uses breath as a tool to move towards a graceful, balanced alignment.  Conni has been practicing yoga for 10 years and has been meditating daily for 4 years.  Since 2004, Conni has practiced Hatha Yoga in the Iyengar, Ashtanga, Jivamukti and Anusara traditions.  She emphasizes gentle, compassionate awareness through the practice of meditation and light asana, allowing students to mindfully move towards stillness and be more fully present.  She is grateful for the guidance of her teachers;  Leigh Evans, Dr. Ena Pearl and Or Lauderly Pondak.  Conni’s deep appreciation for the practice of yoga and meditation comes from the direct connection to Self available through physical asana and the active stillness of meditation that results in freely receiving and releasing the breath.  She uses chanting to harmonize the vibration of the spirit, focus the breath and allow for the fullest expression of one’s authentic self.

Kelsey Merritt is originally from beautiful Marco Island, FL and has been teaching  Pilates since 2011. She received her certification in Mat Pilates from National Exercise Trainers Association and  teachers a wide range of  classes at New York Sports Club, Lucille Roberts and he YMCA. She is excited to bring her expertise and  her love of the “core” to Makara Studio.  Kelsey is also a dedicated meditation practitioner, avid reader, foodie and music lover. When she is not teaching Pilates, she can be found in a recording studio, singing, writing music,  performing on stages across the USA or hosting impromptu dance parties under the disco ball at her Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment. 

Nathan Lowry has been practicing yoga for over a decade. In that time he’s lived and traveled to some of the world’s largest cities, integrating yoga into urban life along the way.Now based in Brooklyn, New York, Nathan teaches modern postural vinyasa classes as well as full spectrum yoga practices designed to awaken the nervous system and open the body and mind to the miracles of bliss consciousness, ecstatic conductivity and divine radiance.Nathan’s classes focus on finding balance through alignment, strength and flexibility in the body and the mind with the goal of joyful living in daily life.


Judy Palaferro is grateful to share her fitness and Pilates training with the Makara Studio community. As a teacher, Judy’s commitment is to her students’ well being: body and mind.Her teaching incorporates breath control, proper alignment and the classical movements for strength and endurance. 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.

Meghan Conway first found yoga while filling a college credit. She was immediately intrigued and began exploring the world of yoga.College led Meghan into the fast paced fashion industry, where she looked to her yoga practice as a place of solitude and sanity. She soon realized how the soulful impact of Yoga had transformed her outlook on life. Deciding to fully immerse herself in study, Meghan left the fashion industry, and made her way to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, a Yoga Alliance certified school. There, she studied under Coby Kozlowski and Randal Williams during their month long 200 hr Yoga teacher training program. She connected with the compassionate Kripalu practice and began to integrate Kripalu in with her Vinyasa Flow.

Lotsie Cash wants to share the ideas and values she grew up with, through my yoga and through every action she takes. She hopes to combine a deep understanding of the body and movement with a passionate desire to constantly strive for more, to dive deeper, to learn, to grow, and to fully, intentionally, and consciously live every second of life. 

Seth Lieberman  would describe his teaching as both local and organic. He is a native and current Brooklynite and has studied with teachers in Brooklyn and Manhattan. His teaching is inspired by multiple lineages of yoga but most recently by Iyengar yoga. His classes are rooted primarily in principals of alignment and his classes develop naturally from the needs of the students that come. He is committed to offering yoga as both a safe, challenging, healing and fun practice that can lead you into a deeper exploration of your self. He is also interested in how Yoga can be used to manage stress, anxiety, and depression. He completed his first yoga teacher training at the 200 hour level at Greenhouse Holistic Yoga under the guidance of Leigh Evans, Summer Quashie, and Paul Manza and is in the process of receiving his 500 hour certification in Yoga and Ayurveda through Yoga Sukhavati with Leigh and Summer. Also a classically trained musician, Seth teaches music privately and continues to play, leading kirtan (group chanting), accompanying yoga classes with live music, and recording an album of his compositions.

Kate Parisian  is a dedicated student of yoga since 1999. Kate was certified in 2010 under the loving guidance of Deborah Desmond and has been fortunate to teach regularly since then. She practices and teaches a style that integrates elements of classical Hatha and Ashtanga Yoga with a vigorous vinyasa flow and plenty of emphasis on Pranayama. She works to offer classes that are challenging yet meditative. More than anything, Kate believes in two simple things: The power of positive thinking and the transformative power of Yoga. To that end, she keeps her classes as straightforward and accessible as possible in the belief that by providing a safe, comfortable environment.

Jessie Smith is primarily a student of Ashtanga Yoga. She came to yoga six years ago and fell head over heels in love when she began a Mysore style practice. This practice heavily influences her Vinyasa classes which seek to maintain a synchronization of movement and breath, creating a spatially aware, rigorous, meditative flow.

Alexandra Moga began practicing Sahaja yoga kundalini meditation at the age of 7 under the guidance of her aunt. In 2001, she took her first yoga class and found the practice perfectly served her natural passion for movement and innate dedication to spirituality. In 2010, she completed the New York Yoga Society’s teacher training at Ananda Ashram under the tutelage of Ashtanga master David Hollander. After working with children in a Brooklyn charter school, she was drawn to the the Bent on Learning Kids’ Yoga training to better understand the subtleties of sharing yoga with children. In 2012, she traveled and studied in India for 6 months where the Bhakti Yoga path was revealed to her, adding a new facet of understanding to her practice and teaching. Alexandra’s classes are influenced by Ashtanga yoga’s physicality and the other 7 limbs which are indispensable to an integral asana practice. Frequent contact with the Iyengar style has also informed how she teaches postural alignment for a safe and ease-ful experience. She is grateful to the many teachers who have guided her ever-closer to understanding yoga, the divine, and how to be of service; namely: Raghunath, His Holiness Radhanath Swami, and His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Amanda McNussen is a dancer and choreographer who first started practicing Pilates while pursuing her BFA in Dance at the California Institute of the Arts. In 2011 she studied with Karen Clippenger for her Pilates Comprehensive Teacher Training with a Specialization in Dance through Body Arts Sciences (BASI) in Long Beach, CA. Most recently she completed at 200 hr RYS Yoga Teacher Training through Yoga People in Brooklyn Heights. She began teaching ballet and jazz dance techniques in 2004 and had developed a keen eye for proper placement in the body through many movement based anatomy classes over the past 10 years. Amanda’s classes integrate her entire movement background utilizing specific anatomy as well as imagery to help students realize their body’s potential in awareness, power, and control.

Leyla Tulun has been practicing yoga since 2009 and traveled to India in 2013 for her teacher training, a journey that has greatly influenced her own practice as well as her teaching philosophy. Her classes focus on using the breath to balance the mind, body, and soul, while quieting the mind. The classes can be described as an Ashtanga inspired Vinyasa flow with an emphasis on alignment. All postures are offered with modifications so that students at all experience levels are able to practice. Leyla’s passion for yoga grows every day as she is continuously inspired by the calmness and clarity it brings her. She is grateful and excited for being able to share the journey of this moving mediation with others. 

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