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.
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/.
Emily Haydockfirst fell in love with the transformative power of Yoga in 2001 in her hometown of Boston. Since then, she has practiced Yoga while attending college in New York, studying abroad in France, teaching English in Japan, and volunteering in India. Having received her 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification through Greenhouse Holistic in June 2011, Emily is delighted to be able to share her playful and philosophical blend of Vinyasa and Hatha style asana practice with the Maker community.
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.
Lily Anna Rose Kardon approaches Yoga as an opportunity to tap into our subtle selves through the vehicles of body and breath. She delight’s in watching the practice take life in the classroom and finds herself inspired to connect with the subtle rhythms of self through study and movement. Lily feels truly blessed to be able to share this passion and way of life with others. She is ever grateful for my primary yoga teacher, Nataraja Kallio for sharing Yoga with me and for my parents for continuing to be my guides along the path to mindfulness.