Jessica is the creator and director of The Yoga Loft. She is known for her straightforward approach to yoga, meditation, and life in general.
She is the owner of Soap for Sinners, a small handmade natural soap company based in Jersey City.
Jessica is passionate about creating human connections and healthy, sustainable lifestyles. She lives by the mantra of believing in humanity and kindness. She is a Reiki Practitioner with foundations in classical dance and athletics, and has studied and practiced yoga for over 10 years. Jessica is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and has taught in the United States and South America, working within studios, the public school system, orphanages, and universities.
Her classes are fun, hands on, feel good, and balancing.
Christina began her career in movement as a dancer, studying ballet and modern. After a brief hiatus from dancing, she looked towards yoga to fulfill her passion for the art of movement. Christina has been steadily learning over the past few years from her peers, instructors, and students to gain the spiritual and physical balance that yoga can bring to our lives. Her goal is for students to leave class feeling confident that they will feel the benefit of their hard work in their daily lives.
Dalien aka 13 Hands
Dalien is a two-time Grammy nominee, Professor of Yoga, ERYT500 instructor, kirtan wallah, presenter and sound therapist who has been immersed in many studies, approaches and styles of yoga, holistic health education, shamanism and contemporary/ world chant music for over 20 years. A survivor of Crohns disease, he healed himself completely through a very inspiring journey to go on and implement this wisdom and stages of healing into the programs, workshops, teacher training modules, concerts and personal development work he shares to help people with general health, stress reduction issues and in the recovery of post traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Additionally, his instrumental healing music that has been proven to reduce anxiety and improve sleeping challenges. He shares with joy, love, passion, community, a super sense of humor and has shared those gifts presenting along side and/or with at events with Jack Kornfield, Anne Lamott, Mark Nepo, Snatam Kaur, Shiva Rea, Seane Corn, Dr. Masaru Emoto, Gary Null, Amy Ippoliti, Dharma Mitra, Elena Brower, RUN DMC, Ani DiFranco, Marjorie Fair, Ours, Paula Cole, Laurie Anderson, the late Pheobe Snow and beloved Shyamdas, Krishna Das, WAH!, Dave Stringer and many more.....along with many other wonderful teachers, healers and artists at festivals, ashrams, retreat centers like Kripalu, Omega, ECA, WSSC fitness conferences and other spiritual/yoga events like Yoga @ the Great Lawn, Global Mala, Sounds True Wake Up Festival & Wanderlust NYC to name a few.
For more info: http://13hands.com
Sri Pattabhi Jois once said that yoga students are drawn to practice by an internal craving that cannot be silenced. This is exactly how Ariel began yoga practice, with some intuitive knowledge that it was what was meant to be, that it was simply in the cards she was dealt, her dharma. After attending her first yoga class not only did she fall in love with the practice, but felt that there was no deeper or more rewarding gift that she could offer society than to become an instructor. After a year of daily practice Ariel attended a teacher training by Yogafit and then truly developed her understanding and instruction through her most influential instructors and gurus: Richard Freeman, Kino McGregor, Shiva Rea, Raji Thron, Trella and Andrew Dolgin, Carolyn Cohen and Dion Boehm who she is ever grateful for. Her instruction is rooted in creating a deeper mental awareness of the body through vinyasa, pranayama, elements of kundalini and influences from her personal practice in Acroyoga and Ashtanga.
Jenn had been studying the practice of Yoga for over 3 years and received her 200 RYT certification through the Yoga Alliance from Three Sister Yoga in NYC, studying many styles with some of the best teachers in the tri-state area. She regularly attends workshops and classes with all of them to continue on her life journey of exploring the practice of Yoga. She has fallen in love with the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of the beautiful practice of Yoga. Not just the physical asana practice, but the breath and meditation practices as well. She believes our minds are often allowed to have much more control then they should, and taking that control back can be difficult. In The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali's Yoga is defined as "The restraint of the modifications of the mind-stuff is Yoga." If you allow it, Yoga will change you. She is excited to share this practice with you.
Jenna received her 300 hour Jivamukti Yoga Teacher training certification at Omega in May of 2013. She is trained to teach open, basic, spiritual warrior, vinyasa flow and mediation classes in addition to various workshops. She is currently training under her advanced Jivamukti mentor to receive her 800 hour certification. The intergraded method her classes are based on helps guide students toward their inner self, true limitless happiness and liberation through compassion for all living beings. Her classes are well balanced including ahimsa, bakhti, mula bundha, paranyama, asana and mediation to upbeat and inspiring music. She is available for group classes, In Class Privates, private lessons and workshops throughout New York.
Jessica Cheung is a 200 RYT Power Yoga teacher, trained at Garden State Yoga. She grew up as a competitive dancer, with over a decade of experience in Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Pointe and thus cultivated a strong mind/body connection. She later translated this into a profound love of yoga. She has a deep foundation in the Iyengar method with strong roots in alignment and safety, and rounds out her own practice with Mysore Ashtanga. Her teaching style is a combination of strength building Vinyasa Flow and strong technical knowledge of the Asanas.
When she’s not teaching yoga, she’s practicing. When she’s not teaching or practicing, she’s sitting with fashion designers deciding on prints and fabrications for their next collection. To Michelle, Yoga is about balance. She believes the beauty of leading a double life is that she’s constantly working on balance. Balancing out her time, energy, and mind.
She bring this sense of balance to her style of teaching. She can relate with so many of you that seek out solace and clarity from a busy work day. Whether it’s an early morning class or evening class, she will help you leave the worldly stresses behind and focus on building strength while co-existing in peace and balance.
Mondee is committed to inspiring others through yoga. She has found yoga to be a release from her daily life, giving her a moment to feel alive, simply by being present and aware of her body and breath.
She emphasizes a Vinyasa flow while centering the mind, in addition to keeping an awareness of breath and body harmonization. She provides varying levels of intensity in her class, along with modifications in order to welcome everyone to join the class. She is attentive and well versed in body alignment, which helps accommodate children, adults and the elderly.
Mondee is a certified yoga instructor with over 200 hours of teacher training from “Yoga to the People” in New York City. She is also certified in CPR and AED for infants, children and adults.
Natalia Nagy, originally a medical doctor from Europe, started to like asana ( the physical exercise of yoga) while trying to find an ideal fitness training first, only later with deepening her practice and studying the yoga philosophy she started to appreciate the spiritual depth of yoga. Observing the tremendous power of yoga to heal the body and mind she came to a conclusion that yoga is the ultimate way of a healthy lifestyle and preventing illness. She earned her yoga teacher certificate in the USA and continues to study Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga. She loves to spread her knowledge and passion for these ancient disciplines to help her patients, students, her kids and the rest of the world.
Tamara first discovered yoga in 2004 as a way to prevent and heal her injuries that she experienced as an avid runner. She became a devoted practitioner when she discovered her teacher, Stefanie Eris of Exhale, in 2010. It was there that she fell in love with the beauty of yoga and realized the importance of the mind body connection. Tamara focuses on a traditional vinyasa flow and freedom to explore your edges. Her classes are athletically challenging, with focus on building strength, endurance, flexibility and concentration. She uses music to create a soulful, sweaty and moving meditation, with the awareness of breath and alignment. Tamara completed her 200-hour training program with Exhale, under the guidance of Stefanie Eris, Elisabeth Halfpapp, David Magone, Isaac Pena and Nixa DeBellis in the spring of 2014. She is forever grateful to all of her teachers and hopes to share the gift of yoga to help others in their journey - on and off their mat. Tamara also holds a Masters in Social work from NYU and is certified in Children’s Yoga, and spent time teaching yoga to kids in schools throughout Manhattan.