After teaching Vinyasa yoga for nearly a decade, Lauren opened Lucent Yoga in January 2016. Her classes incorporate creative sequences of traditional asanas and emphasize alignment, opening and synchronicity between breath and body.
With playful transitions, challenging conditioning and thoughtful, fluid sequencing, her classes become a place to let go of expectations and boundaries and a way to explore new levels of lightness and strength. Lauren is also a Registered Ayurvedic Nutritionist and the founder of Ayurvedic Yoga Detox, an eight day cleanse that employs ancient and modern healing modalities to eradicate sludge of all sorts. Visit ayurvedicyogadetox.com for more information.
*Lauren is currently on maternity leave
Jes has explored movement, deep connection and personal liberation her entire life. Yoga has been the “aha” switch to all things transformative. Life, relationships, creation and reflection have always been her greatest teachers. Her classes are fluid and smooth, conceived through intention and self-inquiry. She incorprates pranayama and moves through sequences laced with mudras to explore and create, using the body as a tool to stimulate consciousness. www.jesallen.com
Amanda is a soul centered yoga instructor. Her classes aim to meet the student where they are and guide them where they never thought possible. Students can expect to flow safely and expressively throughout the practice, all in attempt to raise their inner awareness and shift their outward vibration.
Inspired by astrology, shamanism and her love of India, she offers mantra and astrology workshops, shamanic breath work sessions, and tailor- made ceremonies for groups and individuals. After going through her own healing journey, she views sacred traditions, esoteric knowledge and healing work as pivotal ingredients for illumination. Her yoga classes are simply a stepping stone for the student to go deeper if they should choose.
Amanda has traveled with her work to India, Indonesia, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico and throughout the United States. She has studied under Dana Flynn, Thomas Ashley-Farrand, Maya Tiwari, Swami Brahmananda Saraswati of the Shankaracharya lineage and is currently a disciple of recognized Taino Elder and ceremonial leader Maestro Manuel Rufino.
My intention of sharing yoga is to deepen our connection and union with all living beings of this planet, and with the divine power of the Universe that embraces and holds us all together. I believe that much positive transformation can take place in the world when we realize this sense of One-ness, and I seek to offer time and space where we can reconnect with our true divine nature. I completed my training at Laughing Lotus in 2008 and took additional trainings in Prenatal, Yin and Restorative Yoga. I am also a certified Reiki master practitioner and a student of Chinese Medicine. I am eternally grateful for all the teachers, including all the students I have met on this path for their endless inspiration and guidance. Visit www.moon8sun.co for more on Nami.
Patricia has been teaching yoga since 2008. Her classes incorporate creative sequences, strengthening movement, Kundalini kriyas, great music and meditation. Her commitment to a steady physical practice led her to find Pilates after she was forced to take a break from yoga due to injuries. She has been teaching Pilates since 2014. She is the founder of Love Surf Yoga, a retreat company that curates surf, yoga and meditation retreats around the world. Patricia has also helped develop teacher training curriculum and has taught Anatomy and Therapeutics for numerous teacher trainings in New York City and Miami. Patricia is a local to Lucent, and lives in Greenpoint.
Gabrielle Casper has been teaching yoga in New York for 17 years. Over that time, her teaching has evolved, and she now offers an emotionally-based practice through a hatha-vinyasa style class. Influenced by the teachings of Iyengar, Integral Yoga, Jivamukti, Rodney Yee, and ultimately her own training as a psychotherapist, Gabrielle’s heart-based classes explore how the emotional body is housed in the physical, inviting students to go deeper through a slow and investigative yoga practice.
Ultimately, her greatest teachers have been her dedicated yoga community, whose committed practice has offered immense support and inspiration for her teaching.
Born and raised in Northern California, Jamie jumped at the opportunity to explore the SoCal life as an undergrad the University of California, Irvine. She graduated in 2006 with degrees in both dance and psychology and moved to NYC to pursue a career in dance.
In 2010, she completed her first teacher training at Pure Yoga and began teaching immediately. Seeking to deepen her practice and knowledge, she went on to study with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee and hasn't left their side since 2012. After 4 years as a mentor at Yoga Shanti, she is now a lead faculty member in their 200 hr teacher training program. She calls Rodney and Colleen her “Yoga Parents” and is extremely grateful for their honest support and wisdom.
Self-study, asana, meditation and philosophy all inform her daily practice and teaching. You can expect a mixture of these qualities in her classes as well as an inspiring playlist.
In addition to teaching private, public and corporate classes, she is a guest teacher on Yoga for Bad People retreats. For a full schedule of classes go to www.jamielugo.com. Check out what she and her 3 chihuahuas are up to on instagram @jamielugoyoga.
I originally came to study human anatomy through massage therapy. I have always been fascinated by the human body and how it can hold stories that shape us.
Through the practice of yoga, I have learned how to find space in my own body through breath, focus and consistency. I teach because if I'm able to translate even the smallest part of the experiences and shifts that I have had in my own life, then I am blown away by the process of sharing this same gift with others.
I am inspired by the precision of alignment, meaningful movement through the lens of vinyasa and the essence of Hatha yoga. The stillness in each pose with the steadiness of breath, paired with overcoming judgment and internal noise will lead to imminent silencing of the mind. My intention is to challenge my students to delve deep within themselves for any content that resinates from within themselves. Be it physical, emotional or mental - perhaps if the awareness heightens, change occurs and surrender can happen.
I am eternally grateful for the clarity that Schuyler Grant has helped me find in my teaching, Raghunath Cappo for enabling me to get out of my own way when traveling in India and the various teachers that have lit up my path throughout the years. www.mikaoakes.com
Sasha is a yoga instructor, wellness + lifestyle coach, sustainability enthusiast, dancer and music lover from California, based in Brooklyn. She works with individuals who are looking to seamlessly integrate wellness practices into their modern lifestyle and teaches Vinyasa style yoga.
An avid traveler, she seeks to discover and introduce yogic principles and practices in the form of food and culture worldwide. Sasha is committed to a sustainable lifestyle from the food we eat to the clothes we wear, products we purchase, and way we live.
Sasha teaches Vinyasa style classes that flow in tandem with attention to the breath, alignment and thoughtful execution. She applies yogic principles of sthira (effort) and sukha (ease) via sequences that challenge strength strength, mindfulness and dedication, while simultaneously encouraging playfulness, and the appreciation for simply showing up for yourself exactly as you are. For more information, visit sashayogawellness.com.
After owning a successful online luxury boutique for 5 years, Leslie found herself moving away from the high intensity world of fashion and more drawn towards her long-term yoga practice. Not only was yoga a wonderful way to help deal with her daily stress, but it was also a phenomenal way to stay in shape.
Inspired by her yoga teacher and friend Tara Stiles, Leslie began teacher training under Tara in 2011. Through this she found, rather unexpectedly, her new path: “Nothing makes me happier than working with my students and seeing their smiles. Teaching yoga and helping others achieve their physical and mental goals is the most satisfying job I’ve ever had or could ever imagine.”
Zoe is a freelance dance artist and yoga instructor based in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Originally from Vermont, Zoe graduated from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts before earning her BFA in Dance from the Ailey/Fordham BFA program. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2005, and has been teaching at studios, gyms, corporate locations and with private clients for the past twelve years, alongside a career as an international professional dancer and choreographer.
Influenced by her practice of dance and choreography, as well as 15 years of yoga study, Zoe’s classes feature unique and thoughtful physical sequences designed to align, strengthen, and open the body. Through precise verbal cueing and hands-on adjustments, Zoe focuses on alignment, the breath and mindfulness to guide and deepen one's practice.
Diana has always used movement for healing, self-expression and connection. Growing up, she studied and taught gymnastics, cheerleading and dance. After years in NYC, she discovered the benefits of a devoted yoga practice and continues to find deeper peace and understanding through yoga. Diana leads a balanced yoga practice to develop self-awareness and self-mastery, thereby enhancing peace, connection, compassion, and freedom in our lives. Her classes are a blend of her studies in Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Katonah. Classes are accessible and emphasize intelligent sequencing, proper anatomical alignment, and awareness of the breath. She is eternally grateful for her community and teachers. When she’s not with clients, you can find her doing handstands, reading up on holistic health, experimenting in the kitchen or hanging with her doggie Brutus. Find her on www.dianapaschalyoga.com
Throughout the years, yoga has become a way of returning home to an honest and spacious place where I can work and live with clarity. I wish to create this space for my students, where one can mindfully allow themselves to unravel and explore in a safe environment.
From my hometown of Ljubljana, Slovenia to Vienna, Austria to New York, I had many aspirations: being a dancer, becoming an actress. After several years of working in the entertainment field, I found myself in a yoga teacher training. At the time, I was not really certain why I was there, but something about it felt right.
As the years go by and my practice evolves, I see a vast space of possibilities. It is from this space I wish to offer these teachings to others.
I’m a 500-hour RYT certified yoga teacher. I teach a smart, alignment-based Vinyasa class. At times it can be vigorous, other times it is soft. I encourage a healthy attitude, include a grain of wisdom, and teach with a caring approach. At the end of the day, I wish to create a space for my students where they are able to see the boundless possibilities to flow intuitively and playfully, on and off the mat.
As a teacher, Kyle aims to cultivate each student's spiritual practice while guiding them through intelligently sequenced poses. He's studied under Dina Tsouluhas of Moksha Yoga Montreal, Rhonda Fogel of the Shadow School of Hatha Yoga, Schuyler Grant of the Kula Yoga Project and Nikki Costello of the Iyengar method.
Shahar Lion teaches all levels of yoga with a specialization in prenatal yoga. She is a Licensed Social Worker with a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from New York University and a certified Movement Analyst from the Laban Institute. Shahar’s unique movement/mind approach helps her clients de-stress, bring positive change both physically and mentally, and create balance in their lives. Shahar's classes are unique in their pairing of physical challenges with grounding and emotional stabilization exercises. The class will help you to design a routine appropriate for your pregnant body and mind and will boost you with confidence inside and out. This class is open to all levels. shaharlion.com
Parker Leventer was first introduced to yoga through the dance department at Colorado College. As a student of both dance and philosophy, she investigated the human experience both physically and intellectually. Yoga naturally bridged these disciplines.
Over the past 16 years, she has taught movement, dance, improvisation, and acting; and has integrated yoga into her teaching of all these disciplines.
After a summer at the American Dance Festival where she practiced yoga daily, she began to appreciate the power of yoga in cultivating the mind/body connection. She studied with the brilliant and joyous Anusara teacher, Neesha Zollinger in Wyoming for several years. She also studied yoga as part of the core curriculum at the Dell'Arte School of Physical Theatre and at Brown University/Trinity Rep where she earned an MFA in acting.
She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Om Yoga with Cyndi Lee, and her Prenatal Yoga training through Living Now Yoga and Juliana Mitchell. She brings her education in developmental movement (through the School for Body Mind Centering) and her experience as a mother to her Baby and Me yoga classes.
Her teaching inspires presence, clarity and loving kindness. A Detroit native, she now lives in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.