Yoga Instructor (Polish/English)
Visionary Co-Founder, AwakeningNY
LEED Certified Business Consultant
Owner and 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. She is the founder and president of two non profit organizations: Belvedere Charity and Awakening Foundation.
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.
Ira Joan Macner
Ira’s massages have been described as loving, trance-like and therapeutic. Her guiding principle is that through presence of mind between the therapist and client, a higher life-to-life connection is achieved. Each individual’s body – its wisdom and its needs – reveals itself within the session.more »
Sondra Sun-Odeon is a musician and artist whose journey down many forking paths (including public health policy researcher and designer in the fashion industry) informs her teaching of yoga, as a powerful means of healing–for our bodies, mind, and overall reconnection to our heart and the eternal.
Sound Therapy Practitioner
Lucy Child is a singer-songwriter, musician, and sound healer. She independently released her first full-length album, “Mirrors and Folly”, in 2009 with warm accolades, and has been a consistent contender in the downtown Manhattan songwriter scene. She holds a Masters degree in Education from New York City’s Hunter College.
Leigh Evans is a yoga teacher and choreographer dedicated to awakening creativity and aliveness in the body. Leigh has been teaching yoga for 20 years. Her classes focus on healing and transformation by blending a strong vinyasa practice with gentler restorative asanas, meditation, and chanting.
Shamanic Healer & Dream Coach
Born and raised in the far North of Estonia, Katrin was drawn to explore the shamanic roots of her ancestral culture. Vivid dreams and vibrant connection to nature have nourished her since childhood, and she has brought the wildness of her upbringing to her current life in urban Brooklyn, hosting shamanic fire ceremonies in her backyard and full moon gatherings on the beach.
Leah is interested in the junction of body and spirit: how the body leads us through experience in the world, how our experience of our body influences our spirit, and how the spirit expresses itself through the body. She honors this connection in her massage practice, recognizing that healing comes through addressing both realms of the self.
Over 20 years ago Susan undertook a voyage, a voyage of self-awareness, thanks to an illness, which, as often happens, made it obvious to her that singing is not some abstract notion of a mechanical technique. Our soul reveals itself in the material world through the body and the voice is its manifestation through sound. The body is its means of expression and communication.
Iyengar Yoga Instructor
Leslie is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher. In 1998, Leslie began studying at the Iyengar Institute in Los Angeles, California where after just a few weeks of classes her scoliosis related back pain greatly diminished; she found a solace of mind she never knew possible and has been hooked on yoga ever since.
Ms. Mone is a Bio-Esthetician who has seen the impressive results of merging the mind-body-spirit energy in her practice. She uses an energy balancing system called ACMOS* which includes the Soluna spagyric herbal/homeopathic remedy. She discovers the imbalance by using the Lecher Antenna*and kinesiology. As a Reiki Master and a Reconnection Certified she employs a wide range of healing modalities.
Mary Onyango Odhiambo
Born in 1982, Mary has always had a passion for music, dance and sports. She started doing track and gymnastics at age 10 and Junior Olympic Volleyball at age 14. This passion carried her all the way to college earning her a Volleyball scholarship at John Jay College. What started out as a part time job at New York Sports Clubs during college turned into a career in fitness as a personal trainer and aerobics instructor.
Kendra began practicing yoga in 1999 and teaching in 2005. She has been influenced and inspired by each class she’s attended, whether its as a student or a teacher. Her fascination with yoga began with the revelation that one could move while in prayer, and has continued through the joyous articulation of the body’s strength in more challenging shapes and its capacity to release when we feel supported and safe.
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).
Life Coaching, Mystic Dance, Shaking Therapy
Gina Marie is a holistic health coach, healing arts practitioner, and facilitator of sacred rituals. For over a decade she has studied eastern and traditional health practices focused on internal cleansing, sacred dance, devotional ritual, the spiritual feminine, meditation and tantra.
Ola is an Anusara Yoga teacher who emphasizes the healing aspects of yoga therapeutics. Her classes cultivate the awareness of the alignment and work towards the optimal potential of flexibility and strength, so you will be invited to practice a diverse range of yoga poses to have fun and holistically address your injuries.Ola has been practicing yoga for over a decade.
Boot Camp and PowerStrike Instructor, Personal Trainer
My passion for exercise again when I was in high school. I was involved in the swim team and practice everyday. At an early age I injured myself and learned a great lesson. I learned that exercise can be and should be implemented in your everyday way of life and work, not limited to sports and the field. I began to study exercise sciences and I attained my first certification with the national academy of sports medicine (NASM).
Past Life Regressionist
Brian is a Healing Facilitator, who uses Negativity Clearing, Channeling and Past Life Regression to help his clients develop their true essence; that means, being free of negative influences from without and within and armed with the knowledge of the path they are intended to pursue.
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.
Since graduating from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelors in Psychology, Monica has sought out opportunities for therapeutic practice in diverse mental health settings. Before obtaining her Masters in Clinical Social Work at NYU, she worked at an integrative clinic providing neurofeedback services to individuals wanting to treat their mental health with noninvasive tools, such as biofeedback.
Olga is a native of Czestochowa, Poland. She took her first steps in the world of dance in 2006 in Musical School at Roma Theater. Then she engaged in other forms of dance and movement. She took lessons from dance artists in Warsaw, Paris and New York City.
Like many dancer yoginis, Sammy came to yoga to supplement her dance training, but stayed for so many more reasons. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, She began her yogic journey while in college at Ohio University. There she received her BFA in Dance Performance and Choreography in 2011 and shortly after moved to Brooklyn, NY. In March 2012, Sammy committed to her practice and completed her 200-hour teacher training at Sonic Yoga.
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.
In 2007 Sara attended the Institute for Therapeutic Massage and has since furthered her education at the Big Island Academy of Massage in Hilo, Hawaii to study Lomilomi (traditional Hawaiian massage) and Eastern studies at The Swedish Institute here in New York. Sara preforms the following modalities: Swedish, Deep Tissue, Pre-natal, Hot-Stone and Reflexology. Sara also enjoys integrating aspects of Reiki, Lomilomi and Aromatherapy into her treatment plan as to bring forth balance and a greater sense of well-being. Sara’s passion is providing holistic care through bodywork and to encourage the healing mechanisms that already exist within each individual.
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.
Yoga Teacher, Reiki Healer
In Alodia’s alignment based yet gentle vinyasa flow she strives to help students find steadiness and ease in each pose by using concise language and showing compassion to each student. During her class students are able to honor their bodies and stay connected with their breath. Alodia received her 200 hour certification at Greenhouse Holistic taught by Leigh Evans and Summer Quashie. Alodia is forever grateful for her teachers and fellow teaching training classmates for their unconditional love and support and hopes to bring that same unconditional love and support to each student she teaches.
OT, PKP, Kinesiopractor
ICPKP Kinesiologists are masters of mind-body integration. Kinesiology effectively detects blind spots and clears hidden energy blockages in body, mind and spirit allowing you to achieve your goals. Erin’s interest in complementary health inspired her to undertake comprehensive kinesiology training in four countries through which she gained a breadth of experience that included more than 4,000 hours of specific college level kinesiology training. Because of this Erin is one of the first persons in the United States to graduate with the Advanced Graduate Diploma in Kinesio-Practice from the ICPKP, and is one of only two Senior Faculty in the United States.
Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Seeker
Josie Lee is certified 500-hour yoga teacher, and a spiritual seeker. She teaches a soulful vinyasa practice with strong alignment cues to balance body and mind. She encourages her students to connect to the divinity within, our sacred intelligence for personal healing, spiritual transformation and radiant health. Her classes are influenced by her interest in Buddhist and Yogic philosophies. Josie is grateful for the guidance from her teachers Phillip Askew, Baron Baptiste, Schuyler Grant, Rod Stryker and Rodney Yee. She received her 200 hour from YTTP and 500 hour from Yogamaya. Before yoga, Josie was a marketing and communications executive.
Reiki Master Teacher, ACIM practitioner
Since 1996, Licia has practiced Healing of Hands and Anointing with oils through Prayer Groups. Her deep attraction to The Healing Teachings of Jesus Christ took her to Australia, France and Israel to experience Monastic Community life where she had the opportunity to study Medieval Art, Theology, Liturgy, Meditation and Iconography that she translates into her Spiritual Healing Jewelry and Byzantine Icons.
Licensed Massage Therapist
Work at a computer all day? Feeling tired? Are your neck muscles tight? Using both Western and Eastern modalities, as a Massage Therapist Dayyen is guided by her desire to enhance your sense of well being, reduce pain, and achieve relaxation through her massages.
Joseph is from Melbourne, Australia. He became a Kundalini Yoga Teacher in Cape Town, South Africa. He now lives in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is a beginner and his aim is to always be beginning. He creates a space for people to better understand themselves through the ancient practice and technology of Kundalini yoga. Joseph invites you to begin… at Awakening NY, every Sunday @ 11 a.m. Class is by donation
Life Coach, Reiki Healer
In 2010, I discovered life coaching and recognized that its focus on partnership was perfect for my strengths—helping others by offering incisive, practical and impartial guidance and by sharing relevant experiences from my own history. What better way to make everything I have experienced even more meaningful? Life coaching also enables me to show people how the subconscious holds sway over their lives, harkening back to my original passion for psychology.
Kids Yoga Instructor
Amy completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Greenhouse Holistic in Brooklyn, Relax and Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, and training to teach yoga and mindfulness for children and youth ages 3 to 18 with Little Flower Yoga. Amy’s own practice is a Hatha yoga Vinyasa base infused with Buddhist meditation. Her primary interest is in a creating a specialized practice for children and their caregivers in yoga, mindfulness and meditation and to nourish the relationship between children, their caregivers, and the world.
Clinical Hypnotist & Positive Change Advocate
Through hypnotherapy, Kristina guides individuals towards fulfilling relationships and meaningful changes. Kristina specializes in clinical hypnosis and NLP techniques to help individuals heal heartache, move in a new direction in life and achieve personal goals with clear and focused mind. Kristina was born and raised in Siberia, Russia. She has a private practice in New York City working mostly with women.
Prenatal & Teen Yoga Instructor
Morgan first found yoga when she was 16 through her dance studio, but it didn’t become a needed respite in her life until entering NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for Drama in 2004. She has been teaching since 2012 after receiving her 200 hr. RYT certification from Yoga Vida. Since then she has extended her studies in Therapeutic Yoga through Dana Slamp and Jon Witt’s Prema Therapeutics 100 hr. certification, Prenatal Yoga
Christine Cáceres (Christina) is a member of the Body Actualized collective in Bushwick since 2012 and the yoga director/ resident yoga teacher/ manager. She is a Vinyasa yoga teacher and graduate of the Yoga to the People NYC a Yoga Alliance Certified School 2012, with 200hr teaching certificate and is currently studying to complete her Level 1 Kundalini teacher training at Kundalini Yoga East NYC.