Meet Our Teachers
These expert guides will elevate your yoga practice.
As an athlete accustomed to traditional activities such as weightlifting and running, Adam had the opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga after experiencing a personal tragedy. After experiencing his first yoga class in 2018, Adam knew it was his calling. Adam made it his goal to obtain a yoga teacher training certificate, completing a 200 hour teacher training at bambooYOGA. Yoga has contributed many positive changes to his wellbeing. The lifestyle change has made a positive impact in most areas of his life, including acting, playwriting and directing. Adam still maintains a traditional training program, but primarily to improve his asana practice.
Anne began a regular yoga practice in 2007, after moving to Forest Hills. It helped her to grow much stronger and more flexible in her body, mind and spirit. Her primary career is in corporate training and adult education, so when the opportunity came up to be trained to teach yoga, she jumped at it! Anne has benefitted so much from yoga, and she's delighted to be able to share those benefits with others through teaching. Some of her classes are quiet and meditative; others are fun and playful. She enjoys encouraging her students to grow in their own practice. Anne loves to travel, play music, draw, read and go for long walks around the New York City parks.
When Charles began practicing Yoga in 2005 he was unable to touch his hands to his toes. After many years of commitment to the practice he embraces Yoga as a lifestyle. He began teaching in 2009 and, in addition to being a RYT-200, has pursued certifications in Kids Yoga, Prenatal Yoga and Restorative Yoga. Charles' classes emphasize alignment while focusing the breath on strengthening, stretching and toning the muscles of the body. He looks forward to helping you reach your goals as you develop your own practice here at Living Yoga.
Christy Alvarado is a California born and raised vinyasa yoga instructor who has made her home on the mat since 2007. She has taught for over 10 years at various yoga studios in California and Florida. Christy strives to bring the community together with fun, upbeat and challenging classes that connect the mind, body and spirit. Always a constant student to the practice, Christy travels around the world taking classes from renowned instructors and tries to bring the knowledge of every experience into her classes.
Denise is a dancer, yoga instructor and pilates practitioner and combines elements of dance, yoga and pilates into each class. With her love of dance and passion for yoga, she creates fluid, alignment based sequences. You can expect to be both challenged and rejuvenated, walking away energized but calm.
Duane views yoga as a practice of sharing humanity with others and most importantly with ourselves. An inclusive and body-positive practice is paramount to his views on sharing wellness; they are essential components to his yoga classes as nurturing environments of self discovery, growth and spiritual peace. Originally trained in Kashmir, he is a dedicated high school teacher with an intrinsic passion for spreading wellness and mindfulness to all. Duane first began to explore yoga by founding a “Meditation Club” at the age of 16 in Queens, NY and has since completed training in Hatha and Vinyasa traditions both in India and in New York City. He works as an educator and eternal student now bringing yoga to inner city youth and communities of educators, as well as to classes of experienced yogis and new students who desire a greater connection between mind, body and spirit.
Giva "G. Ann" Wilkerson is an educator, writer and yoga teacher from Philadelphia, PA. She has been teaching and writing on self-discovery and personal development for almost 10 years. In 2012, she founded The Learning Curve Woman, LLC a series of programs designed to educate and assist women and girls with their personal and professional development. Giva’s relationship with yoga started out of sheer curiosity; but after her first class she was immediately drawn in by the calming, cleansing and rejuvenating effects of the practice, leading her in 2018 to became a certified yoga teacher. A proud and strong advocate for "empowerment" over "improvement", she embraces yoga as a tool for personal growth, clarity and acceptance. Her teaching places great emphasis on body awareness and the connection between breath and movement. Her goal is for her students to leave class more empowered, relaxed, self-aware, and most importantly, happy. Giva describes herself as a wanderer who leaves her expectations off the mat and embraces her practice as it is — a philosophy she encourages her students to take in and outside of class.
Through yoga, Jen learned to move and breathe into deeper parts of herself that she had either ignored or just didn’t even know were there. She found myself connecting to something real, something higher. Yoga didn’t change Jen into someone else -- it introduced Jen to her truest self. And her truest self is her natural state is joy. That’s what she tries to bring to her own teaching; to create an atmosphere that is welcoming and supportive, a space where people can uncover/recover/discover the joy of who they already are. Jen holds 200 hour and 300 hour certifications from LL Studio (formerly Laughing Lotus NYC). Her website is www.trueselfyoganyc.com.
What remains true for John over the years of his practice is that the art of breathing, physical movement, and meditation create opportunities for heightened awareness, clarity, and personal wellbeing. John weaves traditional postures, yogic breathing, cleansing techniques, and meditation into his classes to create both new and familiar experiences for the mind and body. John studies Dharma Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Rocket Yoga, and Ghosh Yoga. He infuses his classes with principles from these lineages to create a dynamic experience for practitioners. He is an E-RYT 200hr and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).
Joneil is a devoted student of Sri Dharma Mittra and the owner of Living Yoga. He believes yoga offers a powerful set of tools for achieving physical health and wellness, emotional healing and mental clarity, and most importantly, Self-discovery. He found yoga in 2011, when it helped him overcome the loss of a beloved pet. A Dharma Yoga Registered Teacher, Joneil’s classes can be challenging, but he always encourages students to explore their limits safely. It brings him tremendous joy to see them achieve poses they never thought possible. In the style of his guru, his classes include a variety of backbends, hip openers, and at least one headstand. He also incorporates mantras, pranayama, and meditation for a complete practice.
Maggie is a native New Yorker who was introduced to yoga as a child. As an adult she travelled through India extensively to dive deeper into the roots of yoga. She received her 200hr Teacher Training from Sonic Yoga NYC in 2011 and has since become certified to teach Prenatal/Postnatal, Mommy and Me, Kids Yoga, Senior Citizens, Chair and Special Needs Yoga. Maggie believes yoga has something to offer every single person in every stage of their lives. She is able to cater to such a wide variety of students and help them find what they seek by her authentic, kind, non-judgmental almost intuitive teaching style. Maggie is best known for deepening her students practice and helping them become stronger, balanced and more flexible both on and off the mat. Her favorite type of yoga to teach is Power Vinyasa. Maggie describes it as rigorous poses inside creative sequencing couple with encouraging adjustments and motivational cues, all infused with a dose of yoga philosophy, inspiration, and bursts of playful humor -- all while focusing on the breath and and intention. Her students gather to sweat and to soar!
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Mi Han started practicing yoga over 20 years ago. She enjoys the discipline required, the beauty of connecting the mind and body while moving through space. Each time she is on her mat, Mi Han discovers a little more about herself. Yoga has helped her through many milestones, and brought her inner balance whenever she needed it most. This eventually led her to becoming a yoga teacher. As a practitioner, Mi Han believes that breath and body alignment are the most important aspects of asana practice. As a result, her yoga teaching always focuses on breath and body alignment. She wants her students to understand that we are all physically unique. Mi Han believes it is important while on the mat to discover one’s beauty -- both physically and mentally -- and allow oneself to surrender with each breath. As a flow style teacher, she enjoys creating sequences that will bring fun and joy to her classes. The graceful movements, the breath, and the proper alignment -- it becomes the dance within.
Nancy began her hot yoga practice during her very intense and long retail career! And this yoga practice changed her life. After two years she decided to do the Bikram Yoga College of India 9 week teacher training. She then opened a yoga studio in Astoria and operated it for 10 wonderful years. She lives in Forest Hills with her kids and husband, and her loyal dog companion Buddy. She is so grateful to instruct the students of Living Yoga!
As a social scientist, Neelu is at the intersection of leadership development and wellness. Combining her background in organizational psychology, adult learning, Yoga, Mindfulness, and Ayurveda, she helps organizations, teams and individuals be more peaceful and purposeful. Her spiritual studies began in 2004 with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and since then she has delved deep into the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda, Meditation, Kaballah, and Mindfulness. As she continues to study, she continues to teach across the world. Neelu is honored and blessed to be a part of the Living Yoga Family.
When it felt as if there was no place to go, Sam found respite on her yoga mat. Yoga provided her a space for her thoughts and a place to connect. She is a 200hr certified yoga teacher at Yoga to the People who taught mostly at the former Williamsburg, Brooklyn location for 2 years with classes ranging from 20-60 students. Specializing in power vinyasa, she's got a penchant for the heat and loves when the room is so hot and the busy mind quiets. Professionally, she is a trained actor & filmmaker. Her ongoing physical theater training with mentor Yorgos Karamalegos is a lifelong dedication in freeing the mind & body in order to be fully present. The heart of her teaching includes creating a haven for all types of bodies, moving with empowerment & deep awareness and hopefully a bit of fun!
For nearly 20 years, yoga has been a part of Shirley Wu’s everyday life. Whether it’s a practice at a studio, on her bedroom floor while her kids sleep, in her high school classroom, or during her commute — it is what grounds and centers her. She completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training program with her very first yoga teacher. Her classes focus on breath work, alignment, individual creativity and movement. They are designed to provide a safe space for all levels, ages and abilities to explore and to enjoy the practice of yoga.
What began as a means of maintaining balance in her life transformed into a passion as Susie Concelmo explored various styles and realized the many benefits of yoga and meditation. After practicing yoga for over half of her life, she decided to further pursue her passion by completing the 200 Hour Vinyasa Teacher Training at The Yoga Room in January of 2012. In April of 2014, 2015, 2016, & 2018, Susie traveled to Costa Rica and became certified in The Barkan Method Level II/III Hot Vinyasa. She earned her 300 hour certification with Master Teacher, Jimmy Barkan, making her a RYT 500 hour/E-RYT, 200 hour in 2016. Susie's classes are sensitive to students' specific needs. She challenges you to use the postures as tools to build awareness, while exploring your potential, embracing where you are, and welcoming what the practice brings to you.
Yashmani Seepaul’s journey began with the study and practice of yoga and healing methods in 2006, when when she immersed herself in the world of Taoist Energy. After experiencing first-hand the physical, mental and emotional benefits of yoga, she was inspired and motivated to share it with others. In 2010 Yashmani took her first Hatha-Raja yoga class and was immediately drawn to the practice, receiving her 200 hour certification from BambooMOVES in Queens, NY in 2011. She was very interested in delving deeper into the practice of yoga, not only the poses, but also the philosophy of yoga and self-knowledge. That in turn led her to the Dharma Yoga Center, where she received her 500-hour certification in 2017. Yashmani’s teaching style and personal practice are strongly influenced by Sri Dharma Mittra. Dharma Yoga is a system of classical Hatha Raja Yoga. A devotional practice that emphasizes good health, a clear mind and a kind heart.