STACEY BRASS and BRYN CHRISMAN
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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”.
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”.
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.
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.