MEET OUR TEACHERS
your expert guides to the practice
Anne Dorobis 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!
Yoga has given Ann so many benefits, 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. Ann loves to travel, play music, draw, read and go for long walks around the New York City parks.
Christy Alvarado strives to bring the community together with fun, upbeat and challenging classes that connect the mind, body and spirit.
Christy has made her home on the mat since 2007. Christy was born and raised in California and has taught for over 10 years at various yoga studios in California and Florida.
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.
When Charles Wharton 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.
David Ryan never thought that he would ever try yoga until he hurt his leg. His sister said that it might help his injury so he decided to give it a try. That was back in 1995. If he didn’t practice yoga, David is convinced he would be in a wheel chair today. He enjoys the challenge of a yoga class, which works his body, mind and spirit.
As a teacher David is inspired by all students, especially those who are older and dealing with severe injuries. When he was recovering from his last car accident, David often felt hopeless because it seemed like he wouldn’t get better. During those times, he would remind himself about the many other students who overcame greater difficulties. They still worked hard and kept a positive attitude. He knew that if they could do that, then he could do it too.
Today David is still working through his injuries by doing yoga. He does it because he feels better, and he is happier when he invests in himself. David believes by helping others, he is also helping himself. He feels truly grateful for his life because he knows it didn’t have to turn out as good as it has.
Denise LaPointe is a dancer, yoga instructor and pilates practitioner who 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 Sykes 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.
Jeana Barenboim’s outward venture into yoga started after taking up a suggestion from a friend, but really began as a small child when she would observe bodies in motion and be fascinated by the language they speak. When her own body began to change, she became excited. When her life started to change, she became devoted.
Her personal practice led to a profound shift in her understanding of both herself and the world; through self study one could come to a state of health and clarity, and that this experience could be had by anyone. Jeana’s desire to heal others led her to complete her teacher certification, and continues to keep her seeking. She is a Queens native and has a growing tower of books in her living room related to yoga, body work, kinesiology, spirituality and wellness. Her studies include putting those things into practice with the intelligence of the body through yoga asana.
Jeana is a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher, completing her last 300 hours through the Science of Self training led by Rose Erin Vaughn and Yoshio Hama. She has explored and studied various methods of Yoga including lineages from Iyengar and Dharma Mittra. She also has studied Tibetan practices, Yin yoga, Qi Gong, kickboxing, and the self cultivation practices of various martial arts.
Jeana compliments her understanding of the body through other modalities such as weightlifting and conditioning. She conducts group classes and private sessions that incorporate yoga with body work techniques catered to individual needs.
Mi Han Chiu
Mi Han Chiu 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.
As a social scientist, Neelu Kaur 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.
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 200Hr 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. The physical practice is a graceful and challenging practice, in which the main yoga postures/asanas are taught. Classes start with a vinyasa warmup, followed by more stationary poses that are held for a longer time. Pranayama and a short meditation follow when time allows.
Variations for all-levels are offered. Students are encouraged to explore their limits safely, and to surrender all the fruits of their actions.
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