teachers

  • Adriana Rambay Fernandez

    Adriana Rambay Fernández became certified to teach in 2013 at Kripalu where she also studied yoga therapy and trauma-sensitive yoga. She began teaching as a means to help people heal and to make yoga more accessible. She launched and led a trauma-sensitive yoga program for survivors of domestic violence and women recovering from substance abuse as well as a bilingual yoga series for Spanish-speakers. Adriana also has an MFA in Writing and Literature from Bennington College. She has lead yoga and writing workshops and retreats that combine her love of both practices. Adriana believes yoga is an expressive practice that has the potential to unleash an individual’s inner creativity and voice. Through an open, receptive, and gentle approach, Adriana offers classes that support the ongoing process of self-discovery with attention on the breath and alignment. adrianarambay.com/yoga

  • Elaine Hansen

    Elaine Hansen is director and founder of Yoga Shunya. Elaine has been a teacher for more than 30 years. She began teaching English as a second language in Paris in 1978, then painting and drawing at universities and colleges. In 1997, she started offering yoga classes in her painting studio at 111 First Street in Jersey City. Elaine believes learning is a creative act and that the study of yoga, in all its forms, offers a deep awareness of the connection between body and spirit and between the individual and the community. She practices and teaches yoga with a dose of precision, leaving space for intuition. Elaine is thankful for all her teachers: John Friend, Rodney Yee, and the staff at the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC. Her students are also her teachers.

  • Heidi Shaul-Yoder

    Heidi Schaul-Yoder first came to yoga in 2007 to recover and find nourishment after a violin-playing related injury. Her own healing process inspired a deep fascination with the therapeutic and meditative aspects of yoga. She delights in creating a space for students to discover their wholeness and innate healing potential through playful self-inquiry. An avid student of anatomy and movement, Heidi’s classes are infused with an inventive spirit while also creating a place of stillness from which we can access more of our power and grow into our potential. She is a certified Yoga Tune Up® and Aligned Flow teacher, and is ever grateful for her incredible teachers Jill Miller, Leslie Kaminoff, Bo Forbes, and Dana Covello.

  • Kim Larkin

    Kim Larkin earned her yoga teaching certification from OM Yoga Center in NYC and her prenatal yoga teaching certification from Janice Clarfield. After 10 years in the corporate world, she took a leap of faith and turned her love of yoga into a full time job. She is eternally grateful to Elaine Hansen for providing her with her first steady yoga teaching gig in 2006. On a daily basis Kim is amazed by the benefits provided by a regular yoga practice including a greater sense of mindfulness and clarity, an improved sense of well-being, and increased strength and flexibility. It is a joy to assist the lovely students at Yoga Shunya in discovering these and other countless benefits which bubble to the surface when yoga is present in our lives. Her teaching style is primarily vinyasa flow with an emphasis on proper alignment and breath awareness, infused with a little bit of fun. She is guided along the path by the thoughtful teachings of Margi Young, Genny Kapuler and Edward Jones.

  • Marc Dennison

    Marc Dennison began practicing yoga in 1999 and completed Anusara teacher training with Vishali Varga and Jonas Westrig in 2004. Marc has since accumulated over 650 hours of teacher training while studying with John Friend, Mitchel Bleier, Siana Sherman, Naime Jezzeny, Sue Elkind and Douglas Brooks. He is passionate about using the yoga practice as a gateway into the heart and vehicle for expressing the heart's intrinsically good intentions. He loves the physical aspects of yoga, its deeper philosophic aspects, and its practical uses off the mat as a metaphoric teaching tool for life. Marc is extremely grateful to all of his teachers.

  • Rachel Wifall

    Rachel Wifall, 200-RYT, began practicing yoga in 1999, just in time for the new millennium. A professor of English literature and a vocalist, she is passionate about integrating mind, body and soul. Inspired by the methods of Anusara and Iyengar yoga, her classes integrate an attention to alignment, the breath, and the voice--incorporating asanas, pranayama and mantra.

  • Shoko Dubiski

    Shoko Dubiski (E-RYT 500, RPYT) moved to NYC from Japan in 1999 to study dance with the highly esteemed dancer, Lynn Simonson, where she also taught for some time. Shortly after, she was introduced to the practice of yoga and discovered the freedom it can bring to one’s busy life. This movement combination piqued her interest in multiple styles of yoga and the individual benefits each one bestows the practitioner. As a result, Shoko's style is a heart-oriented approach to yoga, combined with a deep understanding of alignment, therapeutics and yoga philosophy. Being a Reiki master (2013) and teacher, Shoko blends her healing and compassion into all that she offers. Shoko's yoga teacher trainings and certifications include: Anusara with Zhenja La Rosa; Prana with Jeff Migdow, MD and Robyn Ross; Prenatal with Janice Clarfield, Restorative with Jillian Pransky and Yin with Karen Mandell. www.shokoyoga.com

  • Zurishaddai (Zuri) Ruiz

    Zurishaddai (Zuri) Ruiz enjoys teaching self-awareness by way of helping individuals understand how their bodies move. She realized her passion for serving others in her 10 years working as a retail visual merchandiser and store manager. In search for stress-relieving remedies, Zuri turned to yoga and consequently uncovered a new way of living. She earned her Vinyasa Yoga Teacher certification in 2015 with FlorYoga and additionally received her Prenatal Yoga Teacher training from birth doula and teacher, Kimberleigh Weiss-Lewit in 2017. Zuri’s Vinyasa style is influenced by modern science and its understanding of how different bodies can safely move towards mobility and stability for better living. Following the philosophy of Yoga, Zuri is a strong believer that the strength one develops in a hatha yoga practice can transcend off the mat and into all areas of life.