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.
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.”
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.
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”.
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!
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.
He continues to help people transform their lives through the practices of meditation and radical self-inquiry. He regularly leads retreats throughout the world including his very popular pilgrimages to India. He is currently authoring a book on meditation.