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Sara Nicole Baxley is originally from Southern Louisiana,
where she began doing yoga postures with her mother as a
child and later began her professional dance career. Sara
Nicole discovered vinyasa Yoga at a dance symposium in
college in 1999. Since then, Yoga has complimented her
dance career and life. She is certified at the 500+ hour level
(soon to be an experienced 500 hour teacher) and an
experienced 200-hour teacher with the Yoga Alliance. Sara
Nicole is certified to teach Sadie Nardini's trademarked
core-strength vinyasa style yoga, by the Prenatal Yoga
Center of NYC and Deb Flashenberg, certified Doula and
prenatal yoga expert, to teach prenatal yoga, and by Karma
Kids to teach yoga to children of all ages. As an idealist at
heart, Sara Nicole hopes to change her life and guide others
to change their life one downward dog at a time.
Marisa is grateful to have found her first teacher whose
guidance, love and energy awakened her luminosity.
Humbled and inspired by how meaningful her yoga practice
is in her life, Marisa has a strong desire to share this
practice with others. Marisa received her 200-hour Vinyasa
Certification at Sonic Yoga. She then went on to complete
the 300-hour Jivamukti Teacher Training and will have
completed her 800-hour Certification by summer 2011.
Each of her classes are a challenging and uplifting
experience filled with joy and love. Her teaching focuses on
allowing every movement and breath to create total
harmony within oneself. In Marisa's class everyone
experiences her energy and enthusiasm, as well as your
own individual newly awakened and refreshed energy.
Marisa’s practice and teaching are a humble offering to her
beloved teachers: Phil Budin, Sharon Gannon, David Life
and Cassandra Rigney.
Sara Nicole Baxley
Marisa Lieberman
Sima has maintained a passion for fitness throughout
her life having competed in figure skating at an early
age and also playing field hockey and lacrosse. After
taking her first yoga class in 2009, she became
addicted to the practice and how great it made her
feel both physically and mentally. As she began to
strengthen her practice, her natural curiosity led her
to deepen her understanding of the benefits she felt
and fueled her desire to share those benefits with
others. One year later she completed a 200-hour
training program at Yoga Effects under the guidance
of Liz Mandarano. Sima’s vinyasa classes are
consistently challenging, combining a vigorous flow
with a focus on anatomy and alignment.
Sima Honig
Sheri spent most of her life pushing the limits of the
body. As a Division 1 athlete and subsequent work
out fanatic, her body finally told her to try something
new: Yoga.
What she thought would be a mere transitional
workout became a mind-opening practice,
challenging in far more ways than anything she had
ever attempted, or experienced. From a Wall Street
athlete to a full time yogi, Sheri has a passion for a
dynamic, multifaceted practice of yoga. She teaches
athletic vinyasa classes rooted in the breath, and
elevated by head boppin’, hip shakin’ sounds. Sheri
graduated from the Conquering Lion Teacher
Training, a program that unites Tibetan Philosophy
and the teachings of Geshe Michael Roach with the
Indian Hindu Traditions. She is currently in an
Advanced Studies Program with Lauren Imparato of I.
AM.YOU studio. Sheri gives thanks to all of her
teachers, especially Lauren Imparato, from where
she draws her inspiration and Kelly Morris from
Conquering Lion, who taught her to change her life
and the lives of her students.
Sheri Uslander
Nadya Andreeva began practicing yoga at the age
of 12 and in the past 13 years studied in India,
Russia, and the United States. Nadya is passionate
about sharing the benefits of yoga and ayurveda
with her students. She creates the most comfortable
environment for both seasoned practitioners and
beginners in her anatomy-based challenging slow
flow classes. Her classes are progressively built to
make transformational experience. Nadya maintains
a weekly blog about yoga and ayurveda at The blog provides easy to
implement tips to anyone willing to adapt to a
healthier lifestyle, whether it comes to yoga practice,
improving digestion, working out, losing weight or
reducing stress. Nadya holds an MA in
Industrial/Organizational Psychology from NYU and
is passionate about bringing yoga and ayurveda
knowledge into the corporate world.
Nadya Andreeva
Wielding a deadly smile, John Son wants nothing more than
to open your heart through asana, meditation, and the
written word. His classes reflect his training and ongoing
studies in Conquering Lion Yoga, Tibetan Buddhism, and
the Yoga Studies Institute, and are infused with warmth,
openness, and a wry sense of humor. By the grace of his
innumerable beloved teachers, John currently teaches
asana at The Three Jewels and Pablo Fitness. He is also
on the CLY faculty as a meditation instructor, and trains
ninja yogis and yoginis through his blog at Scholastic published his young
adult novel Finding My Hat in 2003. The East Village is
where he presently resides. His website is
John Son
Hemmings has always enjoyed an athletic lifestyle,
playing lacrosse, running, practicing Taekwondo and
one of her greatest passions; Dance. She studied
Theatre and Dance at a local college before getting
accepted to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts,
Laura enrolled in a Pre-Med program at Hunter City
University of New York, and will soon be attending
Medical school to specialize in Oncology. It wasn't until
after the unexpected and quick loss of her mother to
cancer that Laura first found yoga. It was in her
pursuit for an emotional, spiritual and physical outlet
that she attended her first yoga class, and a year and
a half later upon completion of her national Yoga
Alliance 200 hour teacher certification Laura was
ready to share her love of yoga to both yoga
newcomers and yogi's alike. Laura teaches athletic
power vinyasa flow yoga that incorporates her dance
background with a strong focus on anatomy, proper
alignment, and a mindful practice. Most importantly
this is fun, feel-good yoga, where one is always
encouraged to follow their own practice and listen to
their body.
Laura Jene Hemmings
Patricia Pinto began her yoga journey ten years
ago when she started taking classes in response
to the stress she experienced after 9/11. She fell in
love with yoga and became an avid practitioner of
the hatha, vinyasa, Jivamukti and power yoga
styles. She completed her first 200-hour training in
2008 in the power vinyasa style and has just
completed the Conquering Lion Teacher Training
program, founded by master teacher Kelly Morris.
Patricia's classes consist of a challenging vinyasa
flow that will make you strong in both your physical
and energy bodies. Forever a student, she is
grateful to have the opportunity to teach others.
Patricia Pinto
Angie believes in the power of the individual to grow, love and
transform.  She experienced this firsthand when she
committed to her yoga practice and uncovered her passion for
health and wellbeing.
In 2008, she graduated from the Yoga Effects Teacher
Training program with Liz Mandarano.  Currently she is
working towards her advanced certification under the joyful
guidance of Yogiraj Alan Finger at Ishta.
Angie is a veteran of the fashion industry and holds an
economics degree from the University of Pennsylvania.  She
gives thanks to all the teachers in her life, especially her
Angie Hsu
What does it mean to feel truly secure? Is it feeling
safe? At ease? Confident? Greg Bycoff's life has
been a continuous search for security, in a world
that can seem daunting and challenging at every

During this journey toward enlightenment, which
took him from his hometown of Boston to
Washington, DC at American University and then
to NYC after graduating, Greg discovered that
finding the playfulness in an activity is what
removes the fear. Greg finds play every day in his
yoga and Alexander Technique practices. Greg
even found a way to turn his amateur Mixed Martial
Arts career into an exercise in play and fun. Greg
delights in integrating all of this playfulness into
the new fitness practice he created called YOMA,
which he teaches in both private and group
sessions throughout NYC. Greg also volunteers at
Project Happy, teaching modified YOMA to people
with mental and physical disabilities.

When he’s not teaching YOMA, Yoga, Alexander
Technique or MMA, Greg can be found exploring
NYC; studying acting, screenwriting, dance or
performing an amazing  karaoke rendition of
Maneater by Hall & Oates.
Greg Bycoff
Ariana is both a passionate yoga practitioner as
well as a teacher who uses yoga to calm the mind,
tone the body and lift the spirits.  She loves a
vigorous flow that is upbeat and provides a good
workout.  Ariana completed her 200-hour teacher
training course in Vinyasa Yoga at Yoga Effects in
New York City.  She is also trained in Kundalini
Yoga and loves to incorporate the asanas and
pranayama she learned into her Vinyasa classes.
Ariana graduated from Fairfield University, with a
major in English Education and loves reading
books and going to the beach.
Ariana Cox
Not being born a natural athlete, May Tong started her
yoga practice in 2005 initially purely as a way to alleviate
intense backaches.  After her first beginner’s series, the
transformation she observed in her mind, body and spirit
was so profound that she has cultivated a daily yoga
practice ever since.  The mental and physical liberation was
so freeing that she has since taken on running and cycling
as well.  She went on study under Liz Mandarano and Jill
Camera in 2007 to attain her 200-hour Teachers
Certification from Yoga Effects and has been teaching
since.  She is currently studying under Kelly Morris to attain
her Advanced Teacher Certification in the Conquering Lion
Teacher Training Program and has started a regular
Ashtanga practice. She has also spent 3 years studying
and practicing Baptiste Vinyasa and has explored Bikram,
Iyengar and Hatha.
May is truly grateful and feels incredibly blessed to be able
to study under so many wonderful teachers and for planting
the seeds of this life-transforming personal journey. She
hopes to be able to have the same influence on her
students’ lives as her teachers have had on her’s by
teaching a spiritual, dynamic and powerful flow that
emphasizes strength and lightness
May Tong
Ambyr D'Amato loves to laugh, teach, sing and
learn.  She believes in “creating a life you love”.  
Ambyr is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance and the
co-director of The Yoga Sequence. She teaches
workshops all over the world, and is looking
forward to leading her upcoming 200-hour Yoga
Teacher Trainings at Pablo Fitness in NYC and at
The Standard Hotel in Miami. Ambyr has been
featured in Yoga Journal, Yoga International and In addition to teaching, Ambyr has a
great time performing with her awesome band
around NYC. To hear her music or view upcoming
shows, visit
Ambyr D'Amato