teachers

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Shoko Dubiski

    Shoko Dubiski came to New York to study dance in 1999, and fell in love with yoga. She is now a certified RYT 500 hour yoga teacher, having completed her first Prana Yoga Teacher Training with Jeff Migdow MD and Robyn Ross. She began teaching in 2006. Shoko completed Anusara teacher training with Zhenja La Rosa in 2009. Her style is a heart-oriented approach to yoga, combined with a deep understanding of alignment, therapeutics and yoga philosophy. Shoko is grateful to teach throughout New York City, New Jersey, and Japan. www.shokoyoga.com

  • Kim

    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.

  • Jessica Van Itallie

    Jessica van Itallie began practicing yoga over 14 years ago and her love for the many facets of the practice only increases with time. She completed her first yoga teacher training at the 200-hour level through Yoga Union in 2003. In 2008 she completed a second training with Ellen Saltonstall, Lois Nesbitt and Julie Dohrman. Jessica encourages her students to expand their individual practice through connection with the breath and finding the beauty of their own alignment in each pose. Her belief that yoga is beneficial to anyone, of any ability, has led her to teach adults, pre-and post-natal and children's yoga. Jessica was motivated to begin teaching prenatal yoga after the birth of her son seven years ago and she is continuously inspired by each of her students' journeys through pregnancy and parenthood. Jessica is grateful to have studied prenatal yoga with Jennifer Pettit, Mia Borgatta, Juliana Secches and Bobby Clennell.

  • Ola Widera

    Ola Widera's classes combine the knowledge of yoga, science and human anatomy to explore the power of the body on all levels. Her students learn how to use their inner resources, breath and internal awareness, to discover their full potential. Her first training was in Vinyasa at Sonic Yoga Studio, NYC. This led to studying Ashtanga Yoga under the eye of Pathabi Jois in India. Finally, it was the elegant arrangement of the principles of Anusara Yoga that became her foundation and passion. She continues to deepen her study of Anusara Yoga under the guidance of a great community of teachers: John Friend, Elena Brower, Zhenja Larosa, and philosophy teacher, Douglas Brooks.

  • Kelly Devi

    Kelly Devi Swails, RPYT, CCE, CEIM, M.A., is an Integral Yoga teacher with certifications in general hatha, prenatal, postnatal and restorative yoga. She is also a doula, childbirth educator, infant massage educator, and mom of three.


    Kelly's wish is to help women connect with the sacredness of pregnancy and labor by developing trust in the body's ability to give birth. Kelly's classes include a strong focus on pelvis floor awareness, its connection to the breath and ways to find space, stability and comfort during pregnancy. Students also gain a deeper understanding of the physical, emotional, and spiritual changes of pregnancy, as well as the importance of honoring the body's needs during each trimester. Kelly's ultimate goal is to encourage pregnant women to fully embrace their innate power and awesome ability to grow, nurture and birth babies from that deep maternal place of "knowing".


    Kelly has worked with hundreds of pregnant women and their partners in the past decade. As she continues to witness the profound nature of birth first-hand, her dedication to this work has only grown and deepened. For more information visit: kellydevi.com

  • Brad Roberts

    Brad Roberts graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Double Major in English Literature and Western Philosophy in 1988. Since then he has been the singer/songwriter/front man for Crash Test Dummies selling millions of records and touring around Canada, the America's, Europe, Asia and Africa. Currently Brad is studying the history of yoga, particularly the Rajanaka Tantra, as passed on to him by his teacher Dr. Douglas Brooks (U of Rochester, NY). Brad has a daily, prolific mantra practice and has released an album set to modern electronic music (see Rajanaka-Mantra.com). Brad did his yoga teacher training at Virayoga, and he is most grateful to his teachers, Susanna Harwood Rubin, Dana Covello, and - most especially - Laura Juell, whom, over ten years ago, first breathed life into his hitherto ungovernable constitution and whose teachings have informed his practice ever since.

  • Adriana Rambay Fernandez

    Adriana Rambay Fernández, RYT-200, discovered yoga in 2001 as a practice of healing and awakening. She 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 to diverse populations. In addition to her regular classes, she teaches survivors of domestic violence and women in recovery from substance abuse.


    Through an open, receptive, and gentle approach, Adriana offers classes that support the ongoing process of self-discovery and healing. She guides students to a place of inner balance, harmony, and union with attention on the breath and alignment. Adriana is registered with the Yoga Alliance and a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association. adrianarambay.com/yoga

  • Anna Brooks

    Anna Brooks first approached yoga as a music student, hoping to develop body awareness to empower and heal her singing. She was and continues to be fascinated and humbled by the ways and extent to which yoga can hone our wisdom and communicative potential through somatic experience. Through her yoga practice she fell in love with singing again, and hopes to inspire her students to clearer speech in some fashion. She has completed trainings at Abhaya Yoga and at Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago, and is mentored by Julie Dohrman, Shaktiyoga NYC, and Jennifer Pettit, E-RYT 500, RPYT, Chandrakala Yoga.

  • Mercedes Bermejo

    Originally from Madrid, Spain, Mercedes Bermejo is a professional singer, writer with an M.A. degree in anthropology and voice. Mercedes holds a 500-hour RYT yoga teacher certification with a variety of disciplines specializations in the filed, and over 10 years of experience teaching yoga and meditation.


    She is thankful to her teachers - Helmut Lips (voice), Shiva Rea (Prana), John Friend (Anusara), Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa (Kundalini), Sadie Nardini (Core Power), Lakshmi Voelker (Therapeutically), Dharma Mittra and Rodney Yee (Traditional Hatha) - but most of all, she is thankful to her students and to her family for their guidance.

  • 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.