Archive for October, 2011

Glenn Riis

Spending his first three months of life in a small town just outside Toronto, Canada, Glenn eventually grew up and graduated from College in Northern California.

With illusions of grandeur, Glenn moved to New York City to pursue his dream of living and working in the financial capital of the world.

Eventually reality and the natural order of things asserted itself and he was directed to discover the art and practice of Yoga.

Subsequently, after a dedicated Vinyasa practice of seven years, he graduated from the Laughing Lotus Yoga College Teacher program in the beginning of 2009, and thus began his journey of deepening his yoga experience and applying his lessons and knowledge as a teacher.

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Bryn Chrisman

Bryn has been practicing yoga for over a decade and teaching since 2003.

Her teaching is deeply devotional, transportive and transformational.  Fun, but far from frivolous, she is known for her entertaining personality and dropping unexpected and salient truths along the path of a creative and challenging asana class, always (usually) set to an inspired soundtrack.

Bryn is a long-time student of Iyengar teachers Carrie Owerko & Kevin Gardiner. Her vinyasa class taps into the beauty and art of movement-based sequences while integrating the texture and subtleties of focused alignment in each asana & purposeful sequencing overall in each class. Deeply drawn to Kirtan and the Bhakti path, Bryn spends her free time singing kirtan with great devotees at RadhaGovinda Mandir and hearing deep philosophy from Dhanurdhara Swami and other devotional teachers & practitioners from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.

After graduation from Tulane University with a dual major in economics and business, she joined the corporate ranks in Washington DC. Less than two years later, she moved to New York City to seek a job in fashion.

After six months in a SoHo boutique, she discovered a yoga studio down the block from her apartment, and she knew instantly that she wanted to be a yoga teacher.

Bryn has led several Teacher Training courses and leads retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, India, and throughout the world.

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Stacey Brass

Stacey has been practicing and teaching yoga for over a decade. 

Starting out as a performer at the age of 10, her career in musical theatre and dance quite naturally led her to discover the beautiful and flowing movement of Vinyasa Yoga. In 2001 while looking for an alternative to waiting tables until the next acting job, Stacey completed her 200 Hour Certification and began teaching immediately all over New York City.

Before long, she realized that her passion for yoga easily translated in to teaching and wanting to share it with other people. Having studied acting as well as philosophy and psychology at New York University, Stacey’s interest in Yoga is not limited to the physical practice. Known for her particular attention to detail in the poses and extensive knowledge of the body, her deep fascination with the nature of the mind and yoga’s effects on the psyche and energetic body has profoundly influenced her teaching.

Over the years she has studied with various teachers such as Rodney Yee and Alison West who have deepened her knowledge of how the alignment of the physical body has a direct effect on the alignment of the mind.

Stacey’s teaching style is characterized by warmth, a sense of humor and accessibility.  Her challenging classes are known for their creative and precise sequencing, great music, and inspired enthusiasm.

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Frank Wildermann

Frank Wildermann wandered into a Bikram yoga studio 6 years ago and fell in love with the practice. Two years later, he had the luck of wandering into Keely Garfieldʼs vinyasa class and, once again, fell in love.

As a long distance runner, he believes yoga is a necessary compliment for all athletes. 

A consistent yoga practice is an awesome opportunity to work and deepen the physical nature of the body while expanding the depths of the mind and breath.  He believes in creating a joyful, compassionate vinyasa flow that will also challenge you.

Frank is a graduate of the 200 hour Yogamaya teacher training program, a graduate of the Equinox Fitness Training Institute, and holds a B.A. from Middlebury College in Middelbury, VT. Frank is an Eagle Scout, jumps out of planes, has run the NYC Marathon twice, and watched the sun rise from the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. 

Special thanks to Keely for getting me on the path, Bryn for her voice, Stacey for her intelligence, and all the other countless teachers on this journey.

Cristina Schulman

Cristina loves teaching yoga! 

Cristina’s classes are a well-rounded blend of flow, strength, and inner reflection.

As a former gym rat, Cristina was initially drawn to yoga for the physical benefits.  She was hooked right away but when she started exploring the many other beautiful layers of the practice, she realized yoga would be with her for life. 

As a musician and performer, she loves to match the fun physical expression of the asana practice to a great playlist. Everyday she continues to learn and grow from her teachers and her students.

Cristina is so grateful to her amazing teachers Stacey Brass and Bryn Chrisman.

Jennifer Grims

Jennifer Grims has been teaching yoga for the last seven years and has experience working with all levels.

After receiving her teacher training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, she realized she was particularly drawn to teaching those new to yoga.

She loves witnessing people discover what an enriching and grounding practice this can be, and then returning for more and more. 

Her classes combine spending time in the poses and simple, fun flow. She sees yoga as a grounding experience that can help us let go of fear and attachment and accept the process of who we are as individuals.  This is what she hopes to bring to students. 

She is extremely happy to be teaching at YOGAMAYA.

Anna Greenberg

Anna is excited to be a part of the Yogamaya community. She felt a strong connection the moment she entered the studio, and by the end of her first class she knew she had found a new home. Her mother, a lifelong practitioner, first introduced Anna to yoga. The sounds of her mother chanting used to make her laugh and even roll her eyes, but eventually & inevitably the yoga practices crept inside her soul and she was begging her mom to give her classes and tell her what studios to go to!

Anna teaches a challenging vinyasa class with attention to proper alignment, creating a safe space where practitioners of all levels can challenge, nourish, and expand their bodies and minds through the Yoga practice.

Through Yoga Anna has found the stability and strength to begin to embrace and find joy in the wonderfully unstable nature of life. She is a graduate of the 2010 Jivamukti 300 hour teacher training, as well as the 2010 200 hour Prajna Yoga teacher training, and has completed her apprenticeship with the lovely ladies at Mala Yoga. Anna is continuously grateful to and inspired by all of her wonderful teachers and students. They infuse her life and practice with knowledge, joy, and an endless curiosity and passion to teach and continue to travel this beautiful path.

Endless thanks to Stephanie, Angela, Christina, and Jen for their abundant love, support, and guidance.

Keely Garfield

Keely Garfield is a certified E-RYT 500 and an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT). Her teaching is informed by her varied studies in asana, pranayama, meditation, Reiki and Buddhist contemplative care.  Her classes are infused with her innate sense of movement and musicality creating a seamless flow that focuses breath by breath on the gift in the present moment. She unites a strong emphasis on alignment and a compassionate touch to travel barefoot with her students along the path of liberation.

Keely has a strong background in Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga and practices in the Soto Zen tradition of the White Plum lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi. Currently, Keely is the clinical coordinator for Donna Karan’s UZIT program at The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology. Additionally, Keely holds a BA and an MFA in choreography, and her path has been shaped by her work as an acclaimed choreographer and dancer (www.keelygarfield.org), and by the blessing of being the mother of two beautiful beings.

Om Tat Sat!

Patrick Franco

Patrick’s classes are devoted to creating a light~hearted atmosphere that encourages individual expression and creativity in the asanas.

He offers an energetic vinyasa practice infused with a gentle, compassionate, and soulful spirit that comes from his own daily practice and his love of music.

In any of Patrick’s classes you are bound to encounter an eclectic mix of chanting, meditation, pranayama, and a rocking vinyasa sequence.

He aspires to help students unlock the joyous and healthy spirit within themselves – the true teacher.

Patrick received his 500hr teaching certification from Yogamaya.

Jonathan Fitzgordon

Jonathan Fitzgordon began practicing yoga at Jivamukti in 1995 and started teaching in 2000 after receiving his certification from Om Yoga Center.

After studying extensively with John Friend, he owned and operated the yoga center of Brooklyn until the fall of 2009 and is now happy to be joining the staff at YOGAMAYA.

Jonathan’s classes are imbued with the love of anatomy and the moving body. He is the creator of the Fitzgordon Method Core Walking program that has been featured in the New York Times and on Good Morning America.