Energy Healer, Yoga Instructor (Polish/English)
Visionary Co-Founder, AwakeningNY
Developer of Belvedere Condominiums,
A sparkling light that radiates from within, it’s hard not to notice Mariola from afar. As a successful real estate broker developer for 15 years, she has established multiple, sophisticated brand new high-end condominium projects.
Her current project, Awakening New York, is an extension of Mariola’s own journey of personal transformation. In addition to her Master’s Degree in Special Education (earned from the College of Special Education in Warsaw, Poland), she is also a New York State Licensed esthetician. In 2010 Mariola completed a teacher’s training in Yoga Haven (Tuckahoe,New York) and is now a certified yoga instructor. Mariola’s mission is to help change the world for the better by helping people focus on personal growth and awareness to peace and a healthy environment.She is performing energetic hand on therapy-Aura and Chakra cleansing.
Reiki healer /Founder of WE MAKE PEACE
Marie is a published writer and the founder of We Make Peace, a non-profit raising peace awareness in schools internationally. Marie is a light and positive soul. Her passion for finding and making peace keeps her busy in the fields of art, healing and education. Her mission in life is to heal and support people into oneness. Marie’s brand of Reiki is simple, yet profound. “Its like taking a bath in love”. She practices Reiki true to the Japanese roots, using basic hand-positions around the head, body, legs and feet. Marie works intuitively with the healing energy and sets an intention with her clients before she begins to bring clarity and ease to the session. Clients usually feel very relaxed during the treatment and walk away feeling rejuvenated and energized. The aim of a Reiki session is to allow the energy to go to where it is needed and bring clients into balance and wholeness. You can read more about Marie’s work atwww.mariemamonia.com and check out her non-profit www.wemakepeace.org
Niko is a graduate of the Swedish Institute. He first began practicing massage on his grandmother at a young age, and after realizing he had the gift of healing decided to pursue a career in therapeutic bodywork. Niko believes in tailoring each massage session towards the individual needs of his clients
by using multiple modalities to get the most effective results. And Niko’s work doesn’t end when the session is over; he always assigns clients a bit of “homework” to do between sessions. “I remind clients that we all carry powerful healing abilities, and when they’re tapped into they can promote greater health and well-being,” he explains. “I teach all my clients that there must be a delicate balance between their busy lives; work; school; or any other high-stress area, and their well-being. Massage therapy is often considered a luxury, but as far as health is concerned, it’s a necessity. We should treat our bodies like an instrument and fine tune them to perform.” During a typical session with Niko, clients will experience a range of modalities such as Reiki, Shiatsu and trigger point therapy to correct imbalances and promote tranquility. “I enjoy my work because it comes from the heart,” says Niko. “A person’s body is their sacred space, and to invite another into that sacred space is courageous. I feel I must honor that the only way I know how: with love and respect.”
Eric became interested in the field of massage therapy after a friend introduced him to the world of alternative medicine and healing. Soon after, he enrolled at the Swedish Institute and became a massage therapist who is licensed in both New York state and Pennsylvania. In addition to being licensed in two states, he is nationally certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. His practice incorporates a range of modalities including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release.
Jennifer Hickman, MA
Through the use of intuitive guidance, Jennifer works from a heart-centered and positive perspective to empower her clients on their self-healing journey. Born and raised in California, Jennifer has resided in New York City for over fifteen years. Her personal experiences in this lifetime and extensive trainings in holistic healing have allowed her to build a busy practice of clients from all over the US. In order to best support her clients she holds certifications in: Bach Flower Therapy, Crystal Healing, Dowsing, Distance Healing and prenatal and postnatal yoga. In addition, Jennifer has training in curandismo, rebirthing, Toltec lucid dreaming, chakra healing and energy psychology. She continues to add to her knowledge and is currently a student of Master Healer, Althea Gray. Jennifer holds a master’s degree from New York University in Humanities and Social Thought and has worked as a writer, editor and in the arts. Jennifer is a member of the Flower Essence Society and the American Society of Dowsers. She resides in Brooklyn , NY with her husband and two children.
Born to a Yogi father and non Yogi mother in Bulgaria I grew up balancing between the daily reality of the material world and the quest for spiritual identity and life purpose. Today as a practicing NYC lawyer, Tibetan Buddhist and a lifelong meditator, I draw inspiration and wisdom from both – the modern life of a NYC professional and the ancient spiritual traditions & many yoga lineages I research and study. The Kundalini yoga classes I teach (as taught by Yogi Bhajan) are based on the science of yoga breathing, the healing power of human voice, sound and movement and offer a roadmap in understanding the medicinal wisdom of our own body. Meditation, Body sculpting sets, Mantra chanting and Dance are the main elements of a yoga class. Dream Gong and Tibetan Singing Bowls playing during class add to the healing experience and raise the vibrational frequency of the group to allow energetic alignment and chakra tune up. My goal is to help the yoga students develop their own spiritual practice and design the yogic lifestyle rituals of urban yogis and yogini that resonate with their individuality, support and empower their pursuit of sustainable happiness and holistic lifestyle.
Holistic Life Coach, Yoga Teacher, & Reiki Practitioner
Meredith holds sacred space for clear connection and conscious living from the inside out. She believes we are all whole and simultaneously moving towards a fuller experience of wholeness. Through the healing arts, her aim is to inspire, empower, connect, and serve others and the world. Meredith received her 200hr. RYT certification in Bali through Frog Lotus Yoga. Her classes liberate you to let go with the flow and enjoy a journey connecting mind and body with spirit. Meredith is Reiki 1 certified and takes every opportunity to sparkle energy healing in her classes. She leads monthly Wild Woman Moon Circles and workshops at Awakening and dreams of leading international retreats. As an artist, filmmaker, theatre director and producer for over 10 years in New York, Los Angeles, and London, Meredith weaves her passion for creativity and soulful living on a daily basis.
STEVEN PRESTIANNI (ANANDABHAIRAVA)
Steve began studying under the guidance of Sadguru Sri Mahayogi Paramahamsa, founder of the Mahayogi Yoga Mission, in 1996. He also had a definitive meeting with Sri Swami Satchidananda, founder of the Integral Yoga Institute, in 1988. Both schools profess the knowledge of Raja Yoga (the eight-limbed Royal Path), utilizing a classical form of Hatha for the third limb (asana or posture).
He instructs classes as he learned from Mahayogi, holding each posture for an extended period of time, focusing on the exact alignment for each individual dependent upon their present physical capabilities, focusing on a specific rhythmic breathing pattern, and focusing attentively with the eyes for each posture, to acutely increase ones ability to concentrate. Every posture is then alternated with repose in savasana (also called “the corpse” or “rest pose”). The two hour class concludes with approximately 10 minutes of pranayama (breath retention, or control) and a 15 minute seated silent meditation. Though the class is intense, it operates as a “one room school house”, open to all levels of practitioners, from first time beginners, to those physically challenged, to those highly advanced. Each will receive modifications appropriate to their level of practice. Steve’s teaching credentials include 4 years for the Mahayogi Yoga Mission, 2 years at the Kearny Correctional Facility with incarcerated women, 3 years for the Multiple Sclerosis Society with wheel-chair bound, chair ability, and mat capable members, 2 years at the Earth School with primary school children, 1 year with AHRP for those mentally-handicapped, including training the staff at AHRP to work independent of his person, 10 years and running with a community class run by donation at the Sixth Street Community Center in the Lower East Side, and 2 years and running at Greenhouse Holistic. He also teaches privately from his own home in the Lower East Side.
Ewa is a CranioSacral Therapist certified by the Upledger Institute. She infuses her technical skills of craniosacral therapy along with her own innate compassion. By applying sensitive touch and intuitive perception while always being mindful of the whole person, she provides a comprehensive treatment. Ewa creates sessions that offer a safe, gentle, and caring environment.
This environment allows for a deep relaxation to occur, fostering awareness and balancing the body, mind, and heart. She continually cultivates her clients’ own healing process bringing forth relief from pain and increasing clarity, insight and emotional stability thus creating an opportunity for optimum revitalization. Ewa finds that craniosacral therapy provides a structure and framework that incorporates all of her skills, interests and abilities into one unified whole. Ewa has also been fascinated with eastern methods of treatment and healing. She is a Third Degree Usui Reiki Master.
NICOLE LYNNE HOOLEY
Nicole’s background in Philosophy and Environmentalism is a strong theme in her practice. Her love for the earth is interwoven with firm foundations as she guides her students into each of the sacred geometrical shapes. Through earthly visualizations, joyful affirmations and chakra awakening, Nicole strives to empower her students and shed light on the importance of self love, playfulness and inner healing.
Yoga Instructor, (Adults, Kids, Prenatal, Thai Yoga)
Gina came to yoga at a pivotal time in her life, and is particularly nurturing towards beginners on the yogic path. Over the past few years, she has had the opportunity to develop her gifts under the loving guidance of teachers at Three Sisters Yoga, Karma Kids, Yoga for Two and the Lotus Palm Institute. As a yogi, writer and tarot reader, Gina sees stories wherever she goes. She believes in yoga’s potential to tap into and transform our personal and physical narratives. Through practice and presence, we can write and rewrite our own stories and create ourselves anew. As a teacher, Gina uses vivid imagery and intuitive touch to connect her students to the present moment. Her vinyasa classes are heartfelt and usually contain an element of play or poetry. She considers teaching a great privilege, and knows that her students are really the greatest teachers of all. Stepping onto the mat takes courage. Gina seeks to honor that vulnerability in those who come to practice with her. She can’t wait to meet you.
Kelly has been practicing for the last 3 years. She specializes in deep tissue work combined with trigger point release therapy. She believes your health is your greatest investment. “A lot of people think massage is just a luxury treat… There’s no denying it is a treat, however, most don’t realize it’s required body maintenance just like exercising regularly.” She believes we must honor our temple in all aspects. Staying conscious of one’s nutrition & exercise practices are expected but it’s just as vital to stay conscious of how you’re taking care of your muscular system. It doesn’t stop there though, massage affects the systems as a whole with many health benefits. She believes awareness & listening to your body are key in maintaining good health. It also takes a little self discipline, motivation & work. She plans to further her holistic practices by pursuing energy work & eventually an Ayurvedic education. “I want to help guide people into a healthy lifestyle and if they’re already living one then I want to help them maintain it.
“I want to be there to help them maintain balance of body, mind and soul and with each session feel renewed, rejuvenated and encouraged to keep loving themselves from their inner core.”
Ayurvedic Health Practitioner
It is Saadia’s deepest desire and dharma to help people live to the their fullest potentials.She has been involved in the healing arts for many years. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religion and a Masters degree in Childhood Education. Saadia is a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula, an Ayur-Yoga Instructor, and founder of Home Shanti, an organizing business where she helps people bring calm and clarity to home and offices. She is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and has completed the full two year program at the Ayurvedic Institute under the renowned leader in the field, Dr. Vasant Lad.
Daphne is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist. She received a Master’s in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College in NY. She has studied health and well being for almost two decades. Beginning with a degree in Psychology from Fordham University, she expanded her knowledge in healthcare through studying nutrition, and cultivating a spiritual and meditative life. Work with several teachers, healers, and guides led her to practice Chinese medicine, because of its ability to help the mind, body and spirit. Through internships and assistantships, Daphne has gained valuable experience in many styles of acupuncture including Traditional, Japanese, Five Element, Esoteric, and Cosmetic. Her own practice is an intuitive blend of these approaches, based on the needs and goals of each individual client.
“I am really passionate about healing: the deep, holistic, inside-and-out, past-present-future kind. I think that the biggest part of healing anything is our ability to be present in the moment. I mean it in the innermost sense: when we are in a quiet and focused place in our minds, where we approach change with confidence, and when we are honest with ourselves about what parts of us must evolve to facilitate our healing.” Daphne has been privileged to be a part of her clients’ paths to awakening health, growth, clarity, and vitality.
After practicing yoga with his teacher in Budapest, David left his business background and set out to discover India. He sent almost two years traveling around the country, learning yoga and meditation from a variety of schools and masters. His aim is to share what has been given to him and changed his life and the best way he can do this is by teaching yoga. In his classes he focuses on awareness, alignment and self study.
Phillia Kim Downs
Phillia is a visionary artist, scientist, social-entrepreneur and a shamanic healer. For many years she has been a dedicated disciple with the Shamans of the Andean Mountains and Sacred Valleys of Peru. Along the way, she discovered the beautiful medicine of the Peruvian Shamans, healing and releasing the layers of her own trauma and anxiety, until she went as deep and as dark as she could go within.
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