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.

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.

Marika has been studying and teaching at Kundalini Yoga East, a premier teaching center for the study of Kundalini Yoga in NYC since 2003.  Over the years she has studied with various teachers such as Sat Jivan Kaur and Sat Jivan Singh who have deepened her knowledge and practice in the science of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Marika loves the depth and vast array of tools available to change any aspect of your life if you open yourself up to the experience of Kundalini Yoga.  She has taught all over New York City, New Jersey, Brooklyn, Atalnta Ga, and Miami Fl.  She can be seen in the DVD Peace of Mind in Stressful Times and on You Tube demonstrating a meditation for New Beginnings.

Here’s what people say about Marika’s classes: “Marika is so radiant, bright and upbeat I love coming to her class because I get a contact high from her energy. She teaches a potent class, nothing gets diluted, we get the whole truth of this science.”

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.

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 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”.

Keely Garfield received her 200hr yoga certification from Laughing Lotus and completed her 500hr training with Rodney Yee and Colleen Sideman Yee through the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program. Keely has studied Pranayama & Breath Awareness with Rodney Yee, Richard Rosen, Richard Freeman, Bobbi Clennell, and Roshi Joan Halifax. She practices meditation in the Soto Zen tradition of the White Plum lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi.  Keely is a member of The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care founded by her teachers Robert Chodo Campbell and Koshin Paley Ellison.

She has taught yoga extensively, led Integrative Restorative workshops at centers including Yogamaya, East Yoga, and Laughing Lotus, and taught Yoga Wellness for Dancers at The New School, Barnard University, and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.  Currently Keely teaches yoga at Yogamaya and Area Yoga, is an integrative therapist at Beth Israel Medical Center working with oncology patients, and a mentor in the Urban Zen 2011 training program. Additionally, Keely holds a BA and an MFA in Choreography, and is an acclaimed choreographer and dancer.  Om Tat Sat!

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.

Paul H. Sherbow teaches Hinduism at Rutgers University in New Jersey and holds a degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University. He was senior Sanskrit editor for translations published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in the 1970s, and his articles have been included in recent publications from Columbia University Press, Oxford University Press, and the Journal of Vaisnava Studies.  He is considered to be one of the most brilliant and thoughtful speakers on Sanskrit.

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.