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Why she loves yoga: Practicing yoga postures helps us learn the language of the body and allows us to listen to the body with simple awareness. Eventually this creates even more awareness: to mind and to spirit which will ultimately assist us in reaching our greatest human potential! How I Teach: I teach to who is in front of me, always with breath-centered flow, alignment safety and manageable pacing. I teach Yoga Philosophy in teacher training programs around town, so you can also expect a bit of chanting and philosophical inspiration too! Jill teaches in NYC and co-teaches the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Sacred Sounds Yoga in Greenwich Village. Jill's training: Atmananda in 2001 and Advanced Training with Adrienne Burke 2003. Inspirations: Sharon Gannon, Edwin Bryant, and Guta Hedewig. www.jillcamera.com
Dr Edwin Bryant
As a personal practitioner of yoga for 35 years, a number of them spent in India studying with traditional teachers, where he returns yearly, Edwin strives to combine academic scholarship and rigor with sensitivity towards traditional knowledge systems. In addition to his academic course load at Rutgers University, Professor Bryant currently teaches workshops on the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and Hindu Philosophy at yoga studios and teacher training courses throughout the country. His translation of and commentary on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is specifically dedicated to contributing to the growing body of literature on yoga by providing insights from the major pre-modern commentaries on the text with a view to grounding the teachings in their traditional context.
After moving to New York City to pursue a career in Musical Theater and Dance, Rachel Jesien’s path changed dramatically when complications arose due to her Scoliosis. She came to the Yoga Union Center for Backcare and Scoliosis to find relief and improve her alignment. After being so positively influenced by Alison West and Deborah Wolk, she decided to turn her attention to a career in teaching with the hopes of spreading the knowledge and clarity that she found in her own practice. Rachel’s teaching focuses immensely on the individual needs of her students, both in group classes as well as private yoga lessons in Manhattan and New Jersey. She is a Yoga Union 200 hour RYT with certifications in both Backcare as well as Wall-Rope use. Rachel is also excited to become an Elise Browning-Miller certified Yoga teacher for Scoliosis. Her approach to teaching is incorporating all of the structural and subtle benefits to both Vinyasa and therapeutic classes. By applying her extensive dance and performing background as well as ever-curious attitude towards anatomy and therapy, Rachel constructs playful and integrated sequences that strive to promote joy and focus within all of her students. Follow Rachel on Facebook at Yoga with Rachel Jesien.
Michael has been teaching yoga and dharma in New York City since 1997. His classes weave together philosophies, asana, music and meditation to experientially guide students along their paths through humor, scholarship, and artistry. In 2009, Michael founded Sarva Yoga Academy www.sarvayogaacademy.com]. Sarva offers a multi-faceted, whole life training based inlineage practices and teachings dynamically organized into logical sequences.
Michael is a graduate of Berklee College of Music, a video instructor and blogger for Guitar World magazine, tours internationally, and composes for dance, television and film. His musical catalog can be heard on airwaves and in yoga classes all over the world. Listen and download at [http://michaelhewett.bandcamp.com/]
Vanessa Nassif, E-RYT
In 2003, on the eve of her theatrical directorial debut, Vanessa was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and began a journey of self-healing that led her to discover the practice and power of yoga. Vanessa’s spiritual name, Jeet Kaur, means “The Lioness of God whose relationship with her Soul brings victory over all obstacles.”
Since returning to health, she’s dedicated herself to helping others through the practice of yoga and meditation. Yoga Aliance and Kundalini Research Institute certified, she’s grateful to her teachers: Dana Flynn, Jasmine Tarkeshi, Sat Jivan Kaur, Sat Jivan Singh, GuruMeher, Tom Kelly, Geri Portnoy, and Leslie Kaminoff. She holds a BFA in directing and performance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
For years, Vanessa taught at Laughing Lotus and to individuals and corporations throughout NYC. She and her husband were blessed to live in the yoga mecca of Encinitas, CA before settling in South Orange, NJ. Vanessa has mentored aspiring yoga teachers and taught in advanced YA teacher trainings in NYC, NJ and CA.
Vanessa specializes in the personalized practice and devotes most of her time to private clients. Her focus is on breath-centered movement, organic alignment, and most importantly, stilling the mind.