Andrea comes from a background in classical ballet and butoh dance. She began asana and vipassana meditation practice at the age of eleven. Her father was her first teacher.
Through her training at Integral Yoga Institute, she studied classical hatha yoga, a tradition strongly rooted in pranayama, devotional chanting, and meditation.
She has been a devoted student of Sri Dharma Mittra for many years, and has also studied primary and secondary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.
Her teaching is heavily influenced by her teacher, Dharma Mittra. He created the famous black and white Master Yoga Chart, a poster of 908 postures for his guru, Yogi Gupta, at the age of 45.
She teaches basic to strong, advanced yoga practices with the intention of leading the student to be receptive to the grace within themselves. Cultivating compassion and love for themselves, everyone, everything...
Anna has over 3000 hours of teaching experience. In addition to studio classes she’s teaching private and corporate sessions. She’s been teaching yoga to scientists and led yoga retreats in and outside of New York City. She continuously sets time aside for selfstudy and further education to grow as a teacher and student.
In her classes Anna puts the emphasis on breath awareness as a way to deal with the physical and mental challenges responsibly. She also stresses how individual the practice is; infinite opportunities opens up when one chooses to follow ones own path, trust in the bodies immeasurable knowledge about itself, and make the exploration more internal than external. That allows the practice to meet you where you currently are and take you to where you need to go. In that vast ocean of possibilities we can at the same time while on our own journey find solace and strength in the undeniable truth our practice reminds us of time and time again: we're all inherently interconnected somehow.
Anna studied yoga under the tutelage of Sam Chase, to whom she's infinitely grateful and continues to be inspired by, and breathtechnique under Cecilia Berefeldt in Sweden and Mirka Yementsakis in Greece. Anna holds a master in fine arts from The Stockholm University of Drama and Acting.
She lives in Astoria with her husband and ukulele playing 3-year old son.
Student, teacher, musician and creator of the children’s program, Jodi the Yogi, Jodi Epstein has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2004.
Graduating from the University of the Arts, where in addition to theater she studied the Linklater and Alexander techniques, Jodi believes that this formal education continues to inform her teaching and practice. She credits her acting background with her ability to communicate, engage, and be fully in the moment during her classes. Having completing her 200 hour training at Sonic Yoga, and Leslie Kaminoff's year long anatomy course, she considers herself a lifelong student and practitioner.
Continuously inspired by many styles and teachers, Jodi is a firm believer that our greatest teacher lies within. Her classes are comprised of creative sequences with a focused attention upon finding a personal sense of presence in both mind and body. For updates on what Jodi will be sharing in class on a bi-weekly basis, go to Yogajodi.com to sign up for her newsletter.
Juan received an undergraduate degree in English and Communications in New York, and pursued a successful career in corporate marketing spanning 15+ years. His passion for yoga led to his pursuit of an alternate career path. He holds a certification in Yoga recognized by The Yoga Alliance; and is committed to living the principles of Yoga on and off the mat, continuous study and practice.
Increased stamina, reduction of anxiety and stress, increased clarity of thought, general well-being, and an overall sense of serenity are just the some of the rewards the student will find practicing with Juan. Possessing in-depth experience in teaching both groups and individuals, he is bilingual in English and Spanish, and conducts classes in both.
With the belief that Yoga, if practiced mindfully, can be a transformative experience leading to increased self awareness, Juan’s mission is to support his students in developing their own practices, ultimately identifying their own inner teacher. Whether a beginner, intermediate or advanced student, he invites all to share in the gifts yoga has to offer.
Juan is proud and grateful to be part of the Yoga Agora community and be in the company of such a special group of teachers and students. Namaste!!!
Kelley has been drawn to movement her whole life, starting as a competitive gymnast at a very young age and making a healthy switch to ballet and modern dance as a teenager. Dance carried her through college at CalArts and brought her to New York in 2007, where she was a principal dancer with compani javedani and Yelleb Dance Ensemble. Yoga started out as a fun way to sweat and relieve stress after moving to NYC, but her casual hobby blossomed into a way of life thanks to her teachers at Yoga Vida, most notably Kyle Miller and Domenic Savino. Kelley leads a fun, creative, challenging yet attainable Vinyasa sequence set to a sweet, obsessively curated soundtrack that will get your heart rate up then calm you down. She offers modifications and advancements to make each class accessible and engaging for all levels of yogi.
Matthew Lombardo is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher, guest lecturer and teacher in many trainings and workshops in and outside of the U.S since 2003. His asana classes are creative, thorough, and every now and again, funnier than anything you've seen on Instagram or on-demand cable television.
Nick's classes are led with an emphasis on deep breathing and mindful movement. Practitioners are encouraged to move at their own pace and use meditation as the thread to connect breath to movement. Nick is very thankful to all his teachers, his first being Adrian Molina, creator of the Warrior Flow method, and then Sam Chase at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health. Nick is a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher under the guidance of his dear teachers David Life, Sharon Gannon, Jules Febre, and Rima Rabbath. Beyond asana practice, Nick also studies Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation technique under the tutelage of Joshua Pittman and Bhakti yoga with Prof. Joshua Greene and Radhanath Swami.
Nicholas found his journey to Yoga through the channel of dance and theater. He has over 300 hours in training from Pure Yoga NYC. Classes with Nicholas focus on strong alignment and control fused with creative awareness empowering movement. Classes are also inspired by his work with Polarity Therapy and the power to heal through the body. Notable mentors: Loren Bassett, Kiley Holiday, Miles Borerro, Scott Harig, Ellen Kruger. He has participated in workshops with Dr. Ray Long, Kirstin Leal, and Patrick Beach.
Nora is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and movement educator. She teaches classes on asana, pranayama, meditation, and yoga philosophy, as well as teacher trainings and yoga retreats in the U.S. and abroad. She loves to make and share music with people in a variety of collective settings, including yoga classes.
Movement and dance have always been part of Randi's life. She began dancing as a toddler and continued to dance, perform, and choreograph through college and after. She moved to New York City to continue her focus on dance and movement and found that yoga was not only something she loved to practice, but it also helped reduce foot pain she had developed from years of dancing. This "aha" moment inspired her to become a yoga teacher so she could help others cope with physical injuries, mental and emotional struggles, or just find clarity and groundedness after a hectic New York day. She completed her 200-hour teacher training, as well as a 100-hour mentorship program under Cindy Lanzas, at Yoga Vida in Noho.
Randi's teaching style largely focuses on helping students find proper alignment before moving deeper into a posture. Her sequences are challenging for students of all levels yet attainable for new students, as she provides variations for many postures. Randi is constantly inspired by the teachers and students she encounters in the New York yoga community and is very excited to deepen her ties with the Yoga Agora family. Visit randiceriniyoga.com for more information.
Rikki began practicing yoga in 2004 and started teaching in 2009. She has fallen in love with yoga and meditation for their ability to help us find both freedom and refuge in our bodies. In her classes you’ll find creative movement, breath awareness, and a strong focus on mindfulness rooted in the Vipassana tradition. She teaches practices that harness our attention, help us find ease in our most immediate experiences, and redesign our habitual patterns. Rikki has studied meditation with Josh Korda at Dharma Punx, Chris Crotty, Tara Brach and Ralph De La Rosa; yoga anatomy and alignment with Sam Chase and Tiffany Cruikshank; and she received her Reiki I certification from Lisa Levine at Maha Rose. Her investigation of mind and body are ongoing and she loves sharing these tools with others.
When she's not teaching, Rikki works as a freelance video editor. With a background in photography, she holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, where she focused on non-fiction multimedia and documentary film.