Lauren began teaching Vinyasa yoga in 2007 and opened Lucent Yoga in January 2016. She is registered as an E-RYT 500 instructor. 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 release sludge of all sorts. She is endlessly grateful for the teachers in her life that have inspired and supported her walk on this path: Swami Jaya Devi Bhagavati, Raghunath Cappo and Schuyler Grant to name only a few.
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 ajnapura.co for more on Nami.
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
Tiffany Marie Chandler
Yoga means union. Yes, we have been told. Union also means integration; being fully connected to all the parts of ourselves and our life experiences without exception. Only through this radical kind of self-acceptance are we able to experience true freedom (i.e. relaxation). Asana is the lens through which we view our internal world. By becoming aware of our physical habits, through form, we are able to identify more clearly the habits of the mind, which either promote or prevent optimal states of well-being and ease. With this awareness comes the potential to completely transform; from the physical body, to the emotional and psychological mind, to the more subtle, energetic aspects of our being. I encourage students to approach this fascinating path of self-discovery with great tenderness, playfulness, and curiosity, for the benefit of one's self and of all living beings.
In 2014, I completed my 800-hour certification through Jivamukti Yoga School in New York City, and have been teaching full-time in studios across New York and Brooklyn, as well as internationally, since. My classes are influenced by the many teachers I am honored to have studied with; inspired by the sadhana (devotion to the path) of Sharon Gannon, the powerful assists of David Life, the passionate and sagacious dharma of Rima Rani Rabbath, and the challenging yet graceful sequencing of Nichole Nichols (Narayani).
In addition to the physical and philosophical practices of yoga, I have spent the last several years studying Tibetan Buddhism with many renowned teachers, most notably and personally, Dr. Miles Neale. In 2016, under the guidance of Neale, I completed the Nalanda Four Year Program in Sustainable Happiness, a certificate program which illuminates the psychology and neuroscience underpinning ancient techniques and practices of Indo-tibetan Buddhism.
As a perpetual student, my greatest desire is to be a conduit for the powerful teachings and lineages I am constantly humbled to be a part of.
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.
A native to the Northwest, Marissa was first introduced to yoga while studying Dance at NYU. After several trainings at Laughing Lotus, Marissa married the world of dance with yoga, building a strong focus on body alignment with an overarching theme of inner freedom and breath connection. Through subtle sequencing and chakra-inspired themes, a deeper awareness of breath and body are revealed. When not practicing in the studio, you can find her in the mountains rock climbing!
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.
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.
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.
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
As a 500 hour RYT, Lizzie is guided by a fearless spirit and the sheer enjoyment of bringing people together. Her classes are filled with good beats and energized flows, with a dash of mantra, mudras and meditation. Her inner goddess is a cross between Cleopatra and Gilda Radner.
Raj is a keen yogi as well as a holistic nutritionist all the way from Sydney, Australia. She first started practicing yoga after a very average break up in 2008 and quickly discovered that the correlation of breath and movement had some pretty powerful side effects. After several years of practice, Raj decided to do an official 200hr training in Byron Bay, Australia. She has studied under mentors in both Sydney and New York and continues to learn and practice the profound insights that yoga provides. Her sequences are designed to drop you into your body at a deeper level. Expect rhythmic movement, longer holds and intentional transitions as well as fun tunes and a lot of breath awareness.
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.
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.”
Originally from Northern California, Bonnie grew up doing gymnastics, ballet, and cheerleading. She followed her passion in college studying Dance and Creative Writing at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and now dances professionally for Lauren Beirne Dance Works, KGD Dance, as well as freelances for several other NYC choreographers. One of her choreographers suggested taking Pilates to strengthen her core and alignment, and she fell in love with it after noticing vast improvements. She later completed a certification to teach and enjoys drawing from her extensive background in dance to put together challenging, dynamic classes.