Elizabeth Gonzalez was first drawn to Yoga for the physical benefits of the practice; soon after she learned about chanting, pranayama, meditation and the yoga philosophy as a whole. During her 200 hour yoga training at Laughing Lotus, she was inspired by her teachers to develop her own daily meditation and yoga practices. She now develops sequences that allow the body to flow freely from one pose to the next. She aspires to create a deep connection between the movement and the breath, allowing the breath to become the bridge between the body and the thinking mind; bringing the practice of yoga to the here and now. Her classes are a joyful celebration of living and she draws her inspiration from the simplicity of life and the greatness of the human soul.
Mimi dedicates herself to her love of teaching by creating an environment that allows her students to grow both physically and psychologically. She holds certifications through Yoga Alliance with specializations in Pre-natal, and Senior Yoga, as well as being certified through The American Fitness and Aerobics Association, American Arthritis Association, and is a certified Hypnotherapist through the National Guild of Hypnosis. It was through her Graduate studies in Health Psychology that she discovered Yoga, as well as the mind-body practice of Pilates. As an avid, and life-long, dancer her love for movement, connection and flow came lovingly together in a perfect organic "Trifecta" that is Yoga, Pilates and Dance.
Mimi shares this love and passion and strives to help her students strengthen their body as well as their mind by opening them up for a transformational experience for self-actualization on, as well as “off the mat”. It all starts by taking care of ourselves and nourishing and embracing who we are. Creating a place for students to honor and pay homage to the gift of their mind and body, and reconnecting to the light that shines within.
Mimi is a native New Yorker, currently living in Queens with her beloved fur- baby “Romeo”.
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Brandon is a certified Hatha/ Vinyasa Instructor and Reiki Practitioner. He is dedicated to teachings of Yogic Philosophy, awareness through breathing, opening the inner Self and exploring the body’s healing potential. Whether this is your first yoga class or you have been practicing for years, you will be challenged and leave with a revived sense of mind and body. He encourages his students to breath mindfully, strengthen their body, while freeing the mind as they grow through daily practice.
Heesun is a 200 Hour Certified (RYT®200) Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance®. Most of Heesun’s practice since 2004 focused on Vinyasa Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Her motivations in lifeㅡto constantly learn, to be inspired, and to giveㅡled Heesun to humbly accept her calling as a Yoga Instructor. Heesun completed her 10-week training in New York from January 2011 to April 2011 with a concentration on Vinyasa Yoga.
Born in Argentina, Soledad trained professionally in the art branches of music, vocals, choir direction, Folkdances, Tango and Yoga. She was a dancer in Cuyo University, coordinator for events, parades, and traditional parties in Spain. She was also the director of Polifonico Español choir and established her own dance/music studios in her native land. Soledad directed ballet/flamenco workshops for three years; and has organized, directed and acted in productions such as La Mil y Una Noches, La Zarzuela y Luisa Fernanda with the Centro Sirio Libranes & Co. Soledad currently teaches singing, piano, and dance.
Kathryn has been practicing yoga for the past 10 years. A former middle school teacher, she saw the many benefits her yoga practice brought to her, such as better concentration and less stress, and wanted to bring these same benefits to her young students. In 2008, she received her yoga certification from Yoga Effects and completed Children’s Yoga training at Yoga Sutra. That same year, she began teaching power yoga to adults and children’s yoga to 6th graders at her school. When she became pregnant in 2010, Kathryn knew she wanted to use her yoga practice to prepare for childbirth, but wanted to make sure she didn’t hurt her changing body or her baby in the process, so she completed Prenatal Yoga training at Jiva Mukhti Yoga. Once her son was born, she again returned to yoga as a way to bond with her baby. Yoga has brought Kathryn so much joy and strength throughout her experience with pregnancy and new motherhood; for that reason, she loves teaching Baby Love and Prenatal Yoga classes for new mommies and mommies-to-be.
Susan Bek-Troy has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since 1999 in Singapore, eventually became a certified yoga teacher after moving to NYC and completing Yoga Teachers Training-200 hr program with OM Yoga in New York City. She believes in providing individuals with the tools and knowledge of Yoga to apply compassion to all aspects of life in a fun and non-judgmental environment that encourages individual growth, exploration and learning. Her Vinyasa flow-style class connects asana focusing on breath, alignment, balance, strength, flexibility, and body awareness. She finds great joy in teaching a variety of classes that encourage a fun environment for exploration to all levels of Yoga experience in Hatha Vinyasa style.
Sheila Started dancing ballet at the age of 7 but, it wasn't until she was 13 that she discovered her passion for Hip-Hop. She started taking classes in her native Dominican Republic at Ecos Espacio de Danza And she hasn't stopped dancing since! She was asked to choreograph at the age of 15 and it was then that when she realized she wanted to become a Hip-Hop teacher and give others the opportunity to learn this fun and contagious rhythm that has taken the world by storm. Sheila has performed at big venues and has appeared on TV programs in her homeland with numerous well known artist. She came to New York in 2008 to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dancer and choreographer. Sheila has a great way with kids and they enjoy her energy.
Sheila says: "For me Hip-hop dance is about self expression..."
Laura nurtures a deep appreciation for the healing powers of movement and yoga. After receiving her BA from The Evergreen State College she traveled all over the world studying dance and movement and eventually landed in New York City where she was able to pursue her passion. In 2008 she received her yoga teacher certification and then went on to enhance her yoga practice by getting certifications in Pre-natal yoga and Children’s yoga. She has taught yoga in New York, Argentina, Costa Rica and Wisconsin to all ages, all abilities and in various settings. Laura just received her Masters in Social Work at the Hunter College School of Social Work where she has been inspired to fuse movement, yoga and counseling together. Through the use of yoga she believes our whole selves can be transformed; our bodies stretch and tone, our minds become more at ease with the challenges thrown at us, and we evolve into our authentic selves.