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     

 

Kira Svesko

Kira has been practicing yoga asana since 2005 and completed her teacher training at Ananda Ashram in 2013, where she was introduced to the healing power of the Ashtanga practice. She later mentored under David Hollander completing an additional 100 hour training in Mysore style Ashtanga teaching. She has traveled to India to study with great masters including Sri BNS Iyengar, R. Saraswathi Jois, Sri V. Sheshadri and Rolf Naujokaut. Most recently she has studied with Tim Miller in California. She is very grateful to be a resident at Ananda Ashram, in contact with so many gifted teachers and friends.

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.

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

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.

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.  

Yehnemsah Oneha

Yehnemsah 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.

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.

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.

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.

Geena Williams

In 1992 I began practicing yoga as physical therapy to relieve a back strain, experiencing relief almost immediately. I knew this was something my body needed to stay healthy. During massage/Structural Integration (aka Rolfing) training on Maui, I studied Viniyoga, an asana-based therapeutic practice. Combining yoga training with massage and bodywork has been a passion of mine forr the past 25 years.

Adding to the mix, I discovered and began the study of Self Realization Fellowship, following the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda while living in Southern California.  I began teaching yoga at the Ventura, CA, YMCA in 2006 and continued for 11 years. In April, 2017, I drove cross country to NY, to work at Omega Institute for a six month season.  I discovered Ananda Ashram last November 1, planning to visit for 3 weeks to recharge my spirit and body before journeying back to California.

The journey is still unfolding as I’ve remained at the Ashram, working in the kitchen, studying Vegan cooking, and furthering my studies of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. I’m so thankful for this ashram family and for being part of the yoga community of teachers and students. Om Shanti!