Originally from Pittsburgh, Kristen first began her movement training at the age of 5 when her parents enrolled her in dance class. She was first introduced to Pilates as a young dancer and was hooked. Kristen graduated from Point Park University with a BA in Dance. While attending college she studied anatomy, kinesiology, and body alignment alongside her dance classes.
After moving to New York she completed a 600-hour Pilates certification course through The Lab (Brooklyn, NY) in 2010. She also holds certifications in TRX Core Suspension and Personal Training. Kristen strives to help her clients create the body they've always wanted.
Mimi Borda 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”.
Florence "Flo" Cabre-Andrews, a native French speaker, became a mother seven years ago and decided to dedicate herself entirely to the practice and teachings of yoga. Since completing her 200 hour teacher training at The Center for Yoga Studies at Sonic Yoga, Flo has also completed over 200 hours of children's yoga training, an advanced mum and baby training, pre/postnatal training, as well as the three immersions from Anusara. Flo teaches children, youth and adults all around New York. A strong believer in the transformative power of yoga, she encourages her students to follow their heart by embracing their greater potential on the physical, mental, and emotional levels. Everyday, she practices to find peace, harmony, and integrity within her body, mind and spirit.
Castulo "Rama" Castro, a New York-Venezuelan, has been an active practitioner in the Martial for 34 years, beginning with traditional Kung-fu in the late 1970’s. He earned his Black Belt in 1989 and has also been a member of the World Black Belt Bureau since 1996. He also holds certification for other styles such as Chi Kung and Tai Chi Chuen. It was not until 2003 when he read an interesting article about Hatha Yoga from Sri Sathya Sai Baba of India, in which it stated the benefits for spiritual evolution, Rama's life began another path. In 2004 he did a 6 month teacher training course with the “Great Universal Fraternity” (La Gran Fraternidad Universal), pioneers of yoga in Venezuela. In 2006 he received his teacher certification in Bikram -"Hot Yoga”, and in 2011 he did an intense teachers course with Vyasa Deva, director of the “School of Life” Maryland USA. Rama enjoys teaching and likes to combine some of his martial arts techniques with his style of Yoga, he considers himself a Bhakti Yogui (devotional). Always included in his class sessions are mantra chants from the Vedas” and occasionally he offers hands on healing such as Reiki and Thai Yoga Massage.
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.
Kristan Jackson received her training and certification from the Kane School and from Teri Lee Steele, Steele Pilates Mat Training. She holds a B.A. degree in dance from the University of California, Irvine and her Post-graduate diploma from Trinity Laban Dance and Music Conservatory in London, England. She began teaching dance and movement training in 2004 and upon joining Union II Dance Company based in England, she took her teaching across borders from the USA, Europe and Eastern Europe. While performing and teaching, she discovered a large disconnect between people and their mind-body and fitness health. So began her quest in gaining more expertise to help people become more knowledgeable about their bodies, physical health and to create ways for them to enjoy their personal creative movement and body intelligence. Besides teaching Pilates, Kristan works as a professional performer and dancer, performing across the Nation and internationally. She is also an active member and artistic collaborator with, Dance Partners and Partners of the Americas, where she brings dance and arts to underprivileged children. Kristan is a cultural ambassador between Indianapolis and Rio Grand do Sul, Brazil.
Azul is a professional Argentine Tango dancer and teacher. She has taken an active role in major performances in Buenos Aires and many cities around the world. As a dancer, she has performed Acrobatic Tango and Lyrical Jazz in various ballroom companies on the Italian Riviera, the Costa Brava in Spain, and the Cote d'Azur in France. In the United States, Azul has been invited to represent the Tango as an important aspect of Argentine culture. As a special guest dancer, she has also been part of several Tango exhibitions for the Argentine Embassy in Washington, D.C. In her teaching role, Azul runs her own Dance Academy in Buenos Aires and today she continues to offer workshops and classes in New York City. Azul and Ruben became dance partners to develop and take forward demonstrations and presentations of Argentine Tango in New York and Washington, D.C.
Brandon Silaco 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. In addition to being a popular Yoga Instructor he is also a music teacher.
Roshani Thakore decided to become a certified instructor in 2011 after studying the Masala Bhangra Workout® for three years with founder Sarina Jain and Master Instructors Mickela Malozzi and Gail Rivas. She was most recently featured in the latest Masala Bhangra Workout® DVD, Bhangra Burn, has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning News and ABC Nightline, and has taught and orchestrated Masala Bhangra Workout® classes and workshops throughout New York City. As an Indian-American she is thrilled to be able to share her love for her culture while helping people get stronger and healthier.
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