Your Teachers


 
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— AMANDA VAZQUEZ ~ MIAMI, FLORIDA

“Somewhere down the line between graduating from school and attempting to find my purpose, Yoga, Meditation, and Reiki so graciously made their way into my life, exactly when I needed it most. These practices have led me to cultivate a deeper mind-body connection and understanding of what it means to lead a conscious lifestyle.

I was fortunate enough to do my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at BuddhafulOM Yoga, complete an 8 Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Course with Mindful Kids Miami, and become a certified Reiki Practitioner.

My favorite styles of Yoga to teach are Vinyasa, Yin and Restorative. I aim to guide students through their practice while creating a sacred space that integrates asanas with the spiritual teachings of Yoga.

It is in my greatest beliefs that wellness is for everybody and that these practices can be absolutely life-changing when practiced with good intention and proper guidance.”

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— MELODY SCHRÖER ~ HAMBURG, GERMANY

Melody Schroeer finds inspiration in every facet of life---from nature, to people, to tender moments on the mat, she believes that the Divine can be found anywhere.

As a transplant from Hamburg, Germany, Melody fell in love with New York City the moment she arrived. She found her spiritual home at the Bhakti Center, where her wellness background expanded to devotional practices, too.

Melody is 500hrs certified through the Bhakti Center, a Reiki level 2 healer and Marma therapist. Her intention is to create a nurturing environment in her classes, where students can find their individual alignment so that they feel safe and at ease in their body. Her passion is to share the ancient practices of Yoga, Ayurveda and Marma therapy so that students can experience the deeper connection of the energetic and anatomical body.

“You’ll never find rainbows if you’re looking down,” sang Charlie Chaplin---and that’s her guiding mantra. She views the world through bright eyes, remembering that the soul is eternal, full of knowledge, and full of bliss (Sat Chit Ananda). Bhakti’s deep wisdom is to act in the consciousness of service, and to see the connection within every existing soul; that’s what inspires Melody to love all beings.

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— KRYSTEN VAZQUEZ ~ MIAMI, FLORIDA

“I started my journey into wellness in 2006 when I became a cross-country and track and field runner at my high school. When I began my trek towards obtaining a B.S from the University of Miami in Biology, with minors in Chemistry and Sports Medicine, I found myself in need of a wellness practice that would give peace of mind, while still providing the physical challenge I was seeking. I stumbled upon yoga at my university’s wellness center and instantly knew that yoga was what I needed at the time. When I graduated from Wake Forest School of Medicine, with a Master’s of Medical Science in 2017, I packed my things and headed to New York City.

While diving deep into my work as a Physician’s Assistant who strives to deliver quality healthcare to underserved populations, it struck me on how unattainable wellness is for the majority of the population. My goal is to provide a level playing field for people of all backgrounds to have access to equal care and the fundamental knowledge to sustain a healthy lifestyle- emotionally, spiritually and physically. Having completed my 200 RYT at Sonic Yoga gave me the healing, confidence, knowledge and strength I was looking for. I aim to integrate my experience, and knowledge of the practices of Yoga to provide a class that allows students to find their center and experience the therapeutic benefits that yoga has to offer.”


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— SHELBI SCHOOLER ~ LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY

“I am a New York based yogi who enjoys reading, eating new foods, and teaching yoga! I discovered the practice of yoga in college, and soon after graduating with a degree in theatre, I decided to pursue teaching yoga. I earned my 200 hour teaching certificate at Sky Ting and have continued to seek new learning opportunities since. To me, asana is about connecting our physical body with our deepest self - the source of our being - by linking breath with postures. Through effort we find grace!


In my class you can expect to link your breath to movement in a way that calms the mind and urges forward momentum. I love to sequence poses creatively and have a little fun! Follow me at @yogi_shelbi!”

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— JESS PECMEZOVIC ~ RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

“Things don’t happen to us, they happen for us.’ This quote has stuck with me since I first heard it during my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Stanton Street Yoga on the Lower East Side. I have found that by shifting our mindset ever so slightly, it’s amazing how we can begin to move through life with so much more love, compassion, and grace. And to me, this is what yoga is really all about.

I’m filled with gratitude to be able to share my love of the yoga lifestyle with you, which I believe is a delicate balance between our mind, body, and spirit. I aim to teach the kind of classes I most enjoy taking. You can be assured there will be a motivational quote to guide us through the flow, oddles of positive energy, warm candlelight, and a well curated playlist. And if it’s a small enough class, there will absolutely be head massages during shavasana, promise. I so look forward to connecting with each of you blissful souls in this beautiful Upper East Side sanctuary.”

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— DANIELA MATTOS ~ SANTA CATARINA, BRAZIL

“I am a Kundalini Yoga teacher and Meditation instructor. I previously worked at JPMorgan’s Private Bank as a Global Investor and fully understand the rigors and strains of a life in finance. Managing stress and chronic pain was a daily challenge for me. After the birth of my second child, I stepped away from the desk to spend more time with my kids and to learn meditation techniques to heal my body and better understand the interactions between mind and body. Today, I focus on helping professionals and busy mothers reduce stress and tension in their lives by teaching their bodies and minds how to relax. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology from Rochester Institute of Technology, a Radiant Child Yoga Certification and take great pride in being a Reiki 1 and 2 practitioner.”


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— MELISSA MORGAN ~ ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

“With an extensive background in gymnastics and dance, the transition to yoga was a path written in the stars for me. I first fell in love with the practice ~3 years ago and since then, my yoga journey has helped me grow stronger, more flexible and fearless, both on and off the mat.

As I sought a deeper understanding of the practice, I knew I had to go to the heart of its origins to fully embrace the asanas and philosophy behind them. I am grateful to have completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Sarvaguna Yoga Dhaama in Dharamsala, India. Since receiving certification, I have enjoyed sharing my practice with groups of all sizes and ages, but I will always be a student, learning and growing every time I step on the mat.

In my classes, my goal is to provide a safe and positive environment that encourages students to explore their full potential and strengths. My hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced, while still yearning to return and learn more.”

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— TOM SUTHERLAND ~ LOS GATOS, CALIFORNIA

Tom grew up in a motorsports family, becoming a top driver in his teenage years in some of America's premier open wheel and sports car racing series, winning multiple races and signing with highly successful factory teams. During his Psychology studies at Texas Christian University Tom decided to push away from the grind of life in the fast lane and put more emphasis on school and other interests. After completing school and a year’s experience in private wealth management Tom set off to the travel the world as an international yoga teacher to Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, Mexico, Dubai, and India before settling in Auckland, New Zealand for the next two and a half years. Here Tom became the Studio Manager of the luxurious hot yoga studio, Studio Red, and fell in love with the kiwi lifestyle down-under and its breathtaking landscape. But with time the land of the Long White Cloud became smaller and drew him further away from his family, which is when he decided to return home to America. Tom now joins the Eastern half of his family and loves calling New York City his home, where he has dreamed of living for so long.

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— LUISANNA TEJADA ~ DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Luisanna Tejada started her journey to enlightenment when she took her first yoga class in 2010. Since that moment, she has been applying the lessons of patience, endurance and acceptance to her everyday life. Luisanna’s true want to gain new perspectives on the pain, trauma and loss she experienced before taking her first deep breath in a studio was the motivator for this proud native of the Dominican Republic. As a certified yoga instructor with 200 hours of training , Luisanna now focuses her energy on creating a learning environment that supports her students while nourishing their spirit--not just helping them find ‘the perfect pose’. The gifts of change and renewal she continues to enjoy personally through yoga is the same one she devotes herself to give to the classes she leads. Luisanna instills to her students that no one knows their body quite like them. It was one of the many lessons she had to gain firsthand to see the beauty of this enriching practice. Helping you to find your individual way--in your own skin--is just one of the many teachings Luisanna is ready to help you learn.



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— DAN O’BRIEN ~ NEW YORK, NEW YORK

Dan has been practicing Yoga since he was 17 years old, and became more dedicated to his practice while living and teaching in Bali, Indonesia. Thinking of yoga as a moving mediation, Dan’s classes focus on advancing the body, while respecting the boundaries that we are currently working with. From Handstands to Savasana, each pose is enacted with purpose, and engage the body in ways not possible before. Dan’s specialties include Yin, Vinyasa, Hatha, and Iyengar Yoga. See you on that mat!

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— IZZE GIBSON ~

Izze has been practicing yoga asana since the summer of 2005. Inspired by the brilliant and giving teachers she has encountered, Izze became a teacher to bring yoga to all people, bodies, and minds with the belief that everyone’s yoga is a little different. She works to guide her students through a healthy and grounded practice with influences from physical therapy, dance, Pilates and a little bit of humor. She holds a BFA from The New School and a BA from Columbia College Chicago where she studied, music, business, dance, and anatomy. Izze received her 200-Hour YTT from YogaWorks, NYC.

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— STEPHEN MENDOZA-WILLIAMS ~ SAN JOSE, CA

“I have been exploring Yoga and meditation for over 14 years. It has been one of the only constants when it comes to creating space in my life, where I can truly look inward. Being able to do so has opened me up to a whole new awareness about myself and others. I now operate from a position of an observer. I am able to look at situations holistically, and react accordingly; from a place of love and kindness. Having this level of self-awareness has provided a newfound purpose in my life.”


— KATIE HERRING ~ SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA

Katie grew up all over the United States, and is happy to now be living in the greatest city that ever was, and ever will be. Katie is interested in many things, including reading, writing, craft beer, plants and animals, the great outdoors, and of course, yoga. She began practicing yoga in college, and received her 200 hour teacher training from Three Sisters Yoga here in New York City. Katie enjoys helping others navigate through their wellness path, as she has seen the benefits of yoga significantly in her own life. Her mission is to help you find courage, strength, and clarity through the practice of yoga. Katie is a firm supporter of the accessible yoga movement. Yoga is for everybody and every body. You do not have to be a certain way to practice yoga-- all you have to do, is do! Find her on instagram @herringboneyoga!

— EMMA SHOCKLEY ~

“A lifelong dancer, I began my yoga practice during college with the intention of adding another movement modality to my repertoire. Since then, my practice has deepened as I realized, and continue to discover, how yoga is a 24/7 experience of which asana is only a sliver. Through the years, I have only begun to scratch the surface of the spiritual depth that yoga has to offer and am continually working to further understand myself and how I can decolonize my practice and teachings. To this end, I received my 200-hour training at Yoga to the People and am also a Certified Movement Analyst. With these credentials, I strive to hold space in my classes for curiosity, exploration, and reflection so that people of all backgrounds and abilities can become grounded in their personal experience of embodiment.”