STACEY BRASS and BRYN CHRISMAN
Stacey and Bryn are co-founders and co-owners of Yogamaya Yoga Studio.  Together they have taught 5 Teacher Trainings and have certified over 180 individuals to teach Yoga.

Bryn & Stacey

Known for their personable and individual styles of teaching, many consider them to be perfect complements to each other.

Their deep commitment to understanding and teaching Yoga in a way that honors and upholds Tradition comes through in everything they teach.

Their inspired signature style of teaching brings together alignment, focused & inventive sequencing, yoga philosophy and devotion, creating a complete Body, Mind & Heart experience for their students.  Fully believing that Yoga is ACTION and not just something to learn about, Stacey and Bryn teach with enthusiasm and humor that seamlessly brings together Ancient Teaching and Modern Living.

DEBORAH BAGG
A native South African, Deborah’s love for yoga began on a trip to the island of Mauritius in 1996, where she discovered the magic of the body moving into stillness. Deborah has studied a number of different styles of yoga beginning first with Sivananda Yoga in India and South Africa. Deborah eventually moved to Boulder, CO to obtain her Masters Degree in Somatic Psychology and Play Therapy from Naropa University.

She discovered the profound teachings of Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga with Sofia Diaz, her life-long teacher.

Deborah challenges her students to confront comfort zones and their perceived limitations with compassion, discipline, and a sense of humor. She invites her students to stay present moment to moment in order to deepen his or her own understanding of the nature of Self. Practice is an opportunity to create spaciousness, skilled awareness and heart awakening.

Deborah is also a Doula and pre-natal teacher.

http://deborahbagg.com/

ANNA GREENBERG

Anna is a graduate of the Jivamukti 300 hour teacher training, another 200 hour Prajna Yoga teacher training, and has done Advanced Asana study in Yogamaya’s 300hr Teacher Training. Anna’s great strength is teaching a flowing and challenging vinyasa class while maintaining a strong focus to proper alignment. She creates a safe space for teacher trainees to learn and practice their teaching .

EDWIN BRYANT
Edwin Bryant received his Ph.D in Indic languages and Cultures from Columbia University. He taught Hinduism at Harvard University for three years, and is presently the professor of Hinduism at Rutgers University where he teaches courses on Hindu philosophy and religion. He has received numerous awards and fellowships, published six books and authored a number of  articles on Vedic history, yoga, and the Krishna tradition.

As a personal practitioner of yoga for over 30 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load, Edwin currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (North Point Press, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2009) is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context.

http://www.edwinbryant.org/

LISA BERMUDEZ
Originally trained as a dancer, Lisa Bermudez discovered the yoga practice through her lifelong passion and appreciation for the body and movement. She completed her 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in NYC, her completed her 500 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training at Yogamaya New York, in addition to
another 100 hour Asana Study Intensive at Yogamaya. Lisa has also completed her Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training through Samba Yoga and her Prenatal Pilates training through Evolution Pilates. In addition to adults, she is also certified to teach children and teens through the internationally respected Karma Kids Yoga Teacher Training in New York City. Lisa has also studied extensively at The Bhakti Center where she’s taken various courses on the Bhagavad Gita and courses on Bhakti Yoga.

In addition to her regular scheduled classes, Lisa leads various workshops, runs yoga events, and co-leads yoga retreats around the world. She has been a regular teacher for Self Magazine’s “Workout in The Park”, Women’s Health’s “Are You Game?”, and NYC DOT’s “Summer Streets.” Lisa also taught classes for Global Mala Yoga For Peace, Best Friend’s Animal Society Fundraiser Events, and Time Out New York’s “Kid’s Fest”.

KAUSTHUBHA DAS
Kaustubha Das is a long-time Yogi and spiritual scholar of the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and other important texts.  He is a wonderfully clear & illuminating speaker.  It is a powerful practice to reconnect to our deeper INTENTION in asana and to be reminded of why yoga really WORKS!

JONATHAN FITZGORDON
Jonathan began practicing yoga at Jivamukti in 1995 and started teaching in 2000 after receiving his certification from Om Yoga Center and studying extensively with John Friend, the founder of Anusara yoga. He owned and operated the Yoga Center of Brooklyn for many years.

Jonathan has always been passionate about and deeply understands yoga anatomy and the moving body. He teaches the subject of yoga anatomy in a engaging and fun way that is accessible & digestible.

Jonathan is the creator of the Fitzgordon Method Core Walking program that has been featured in the New York Times and on Good Morning America and the author of the book “PSOAS Release Party”.

http://www.fitzgordonmethod.com/


KEELY GARFIELD
Keely Garfield is a certified E-RYT 500 yoga teacher and an Urban Zen Integrative Therapist (UZIT) utilizing yoga, restorative yoga, meditation, essential oils, reiki and contemplative care. Keely has a strong background in Iyengar and Vinyasa yoga and practices in the Soto Zen Buddhist tradition of the White Plum lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi with her teacher Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara.

Keely has taught all levels of yoga, yoga teacher trainings, and her signature restorative workshop Stop, Drop & Roll at many yoga studios as well as leading Yoga & Wellness for Dancers at Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and at universities. Keely teaches yoga for The Village Zendo, leads Urban Zen trainings at Yogaworks, and is a lecturer in dance at Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts. She has served as the clinical coordinator for UZIT at The Farber Center for Radiation Oncology, worked in oncology at Beth Israel Medical Center PACC, and led two UZIT trips to Haiti working at Saint Damien’s Pediatric Hospital and Orphanage. 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, and by being a loving mother. (www.keelygarfield.org)

DHANURDHARA SWAMI
Dhanurdhara Swami was initiated into the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1974.

He is the author of three books — “Waves of Devotion: A Comprehensive Study of The Nectar of Devotion”, “Greetings from Vrindavana”, a selected collection of his thoughts and realizations from 2000–2004, and “Japa Meditations: Contemplations on Entering the Holy Name”, a collection of selected personal realizations on japa meditation by himself and others. Dhanurdhara Swami is currently working on several writing projects including a contemporary book on bhakti.

Dhanurdhara Swami spends half of the year in India where he focuses on bhajana, studying, writing and taking people on pilgrimage of holy places. The other half of the year Maharaja is in the west where he spends his time traveling and speaking about bhakti-yoga.

DDS is a dynamic speaker, filled with knowledge and depth of perspective.  One of his great gifts is his ability to speak on high subjects in a way that is practical, relatable, and makes sense to the audience. Whatever your level of spiritual knowledge, after spending time with Dhanurdhara Swami you will understand “Yoga” and its most important teachings in more powerful and useful way.

http://www.wavesofdevotion.com/

JAI UTTAL
Jai Uttal is a pioneer in the world music community & a Bhakti Yogi.  At the age of 19, Jai moved to California to become a student of Ali Akbar Khan for traditional voice training and to learn the sarod, a 25-stringed Indian instrument. Later he traveled to India where he was deeply inspired by the Bauls, the wandering street musicians of Bengal. Jai settled among them, communicating only through music, which ultimately helped establish his unique style.

During these early visits to India, Jai also met his Guru, Neem Karoli Baba, and spent time with many great beings of both the Hindu and Buddhist traditions. He became deeply absorbed in the practice of kirtan, the ancient yoga of chanting, or singing to God. This form of prayer became the core of his musical and spiritual life.  He is a master storyteller and his devotional potency has inspired thousands of people onto the Bhakti path.

http://jaiuttal.com/