Nikki Lewitan

RYT – Director, School of Hatha Yoga – has been serving as Director of the School since 2008. In 2010, she partnered with senior teacher David Hollander to co-direct the ISEWU's annual month-long Yoga Teacher Training immersion course. In addition to teaching, she oversees the daily operations of the Yoga School as well as planning retreats and workshops. She has lived and taught at the Ashram since 2007 while studying the yogic scriptures in the original Sanskrit and practicing meditation with several teachers who have deeply influenced her life. She further continues her study of Yoga in the winter months with travels to yoga centers in India, including Yoga Vidya Dham/Yoga Point in Nasik, Patanjala Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Shala in Mysore and Santosh Puri Ashram in Haridwar and, since 2011 has lead an annual 10-day yoga retreat to Peru.  For more information on the retreat to Peru please visit: www.sacredyogaperu.com     

 

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Kira Svesko

Kira has been practicing yoga asana since 2005 and completed her teacher training at Ananda Ashram in 2013. Inspired by the healing power of the Ashtanga practice, she later mentored under David Hollander at the Mysore room at Pure East and most recently travelled to India to study with great masters in the Ashtanga lineage, including Sri BNS Iyengar and R. Saraswathi Jois.  Kira also holds a BFA in Art History and Photography.  She is very grateful to be at Ananda Ashram in the spiritual oasis created by Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati, in contact with so many gifted teachers and friends.

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Jessica Ashen

Jessica Ashen has been teaching yoga since 2012. She is a 300-hour certified Jivamukti Yoga Instructor, has an additional 200-hour Hatha Yoga Certification and is certified in Pre/Post Natal Yoga and Kids Yoga. Jessica believes that asana practice, meditation, scripture studies and other types of yoga all lead to the same goal -- a state of unconditional love for all beings. In her classes, she draws attention to the waves of thought as well as to alignment of the body. She is grateful for her teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Rima Rani Rabbath, Amanda McDonald and Tarra Pipparo Madore.

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Kelly Kamm

Kelly's classes are musical, poetic, and deeply spiritual. She is known for her storytelling and her ability to make the philosophy of yoga relatable, to bring big subjects into an every day perspective. Expect a challenging and creative flow, plenty of great music, a dose of philosophy, a bit of chanting, and definitely some laughter! She is honored to study with and be influenced by many great teachers including Dana Flynn, Raghunath Cappo, Joshua Greene, Cyndi Lee and Douglas Brooks. She is also endlessly exhilarated by poetry, clouds, the Bhagavad Gita and the deep wisdom of her 8 year old guru Milo. Visit her website

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Susan Garver

Susan Garver received her teaching certification in 2006, through Integral Yoga Institute in NYC.  She then completed a vinyasa flow teacher training with Seane Corn.  In a vinyasa class, with attention to breath and articulation of the body in stillness and through flowing movements, we tap into the deep well of peace, joy and awareness that exist within each of us.  It is a pleasure to be able to share knowledge and personal discoveries of this ancient discipline.  It is an honor to hold sacred space and be the voice leading students through what is hopefully a grounded, expansive and transformative experience.  Yoga has enriched her life beyond words, and she is always thrilled to share the practice with others.

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Marion Jackson

Marion महिमा(Mahima) is an eternal light-worker, seeker of the truth, and a lifelong student of movement. After 18 years of dance training, she began her yoga practice in 2000 and has been teaching since her 200 hour certification at Integral Yoga NYC in 2005. She additionally completed Vinyasa training with Shiva Rea in 2008 and the 300 hour Jivamukti teacher training in 2015. Marion has worked with students of ages 6 to 92, beginner to advanced.  

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Yehnemsah Oneha

was certified as a Yoga teacher by "Seven Centers Yoga Arts" in Arizona, a center affiliated with the American Yoga Alliance and teaching the traditional style of the Bihar School of Yoga (founded by Swami Satyananda Saraswati). She has practiced Kundalini Yoga with certified teacher Datta Kaur Khalsa in Ithaca, NY, and has studied Patanjali's Yoga Sutras for many years with various teachers, most recently at Ananda Ashram, where she resides as a staff person. Yehnemsah has also been deeply influenced by the teachings of Bhagavan Ramana Maharshi.

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Gabrielle Washburn

Gabrielle was born at Ananda Ashram. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda Ashram, focusing on the classical eight limbs of Yoga in an immersion grounded in daily meditation, Sanskrit and study of the Yoga Sutras. Guided by the teachings of her Guru Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati and by Sri Krishnamacharya of the Mysore tradition, Gabrielle offers challenging Vinyasa flow classes based in Ashtanga, incorporating principles of alignment, sequencing and flow with awareness of the breath and meditation. With a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics, she brings to her teaching a holistic orientation toward health and wellness.

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Tammy (Vimala) Quinn


Tammy Quinn (Vimala) began her practice of Yoga in 2008 and immediately fell in love.  It was not long before she realized that Yoga was much more than physical exercise.  Her passion for Yoga led her to take the 200 hour “Life of a Yogi” teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra in 2011.  Tammy began visiting Ananda Ashram in 2013 in effort to continue her study of Asana, Yoga Vedanta Philosphy and Meditation; she has since become a full time resident at the Ashram.  Her goal as a teacher is to inspire and guide students along in their own personal practice.  Her style of teaching is a classic approach, incorporating Asana, Pranayama (breathing techniques) and the basic principles of Yoga.

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Elizabeth Vomero

Elizabeth was inspired by a meeting with Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati to begin an intense study of Yoga. She studied with Yogi Cidakasa, Ramesh Lahiri, received RTA certification from Paula Heitzner and continues to study Kriya Yoga under Swami Prajnanananda.

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Phoebe Miller

At first glance, you might see Phoebe as the girl next door. Go deeper and meet a woman who has lived several lives within this lifetime. The stories she will share with you, both on and off the mat, are awe-inspiring tales of strength, resilience, grace, hope, and gratitude. Phoebe has always been a nOMad in a sense that she is “an individual who roams about, a wanderer.” Her family moved around throughout her childhood, which taught her a great deal about freedom. It also taught her not to rely on firm roots in a place but rather in people and the heart. As an adult, Phoebe found a home for 11 years in New York City. But even then she was a wanderer, searching for the deeper meaning of life as a student and teacher of yoga. Since 2004, when she began her yoga career, Phoebe has been fortunate to travel to several special places in the world as an explorer, dancer, and yogini. Phoebe finds gratitude in the magical, simple, and even the tragic moments in life. She sees that all of these are gifts from the universe to guide us in the discovering of our deepest treasures and desires. Some have said that Phoebe leads a life full of alchemy, creating something out of nothing, but she believes we all have this power. Phoebe teaches that if we take time to step back, look a little closer at our roadmaps, observe our interconnectedness, and dig a little deeper, we all have the power to create a magical life.

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Bernadette Valentino-Morrison

Bernadette completed Sol Full Yoga's First 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training. She has an MS in Counseling and is currently enrolled in a Life Coaching certification program. Her teaching vision is to enrich her students with everything she has learned and will learn in her life and through her yoga journey.

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