Samudra is a Sanskrit word for Ocean. Samudra Yoga is about finding that natural rhythm of flow in your life through the practical, powerful and transformational practice of Yoga. To explore the rhythm that flows within all of us and to awaken our inner power with the knowledge that life is a flow of energy. Gerry Lopez, beloved surfer says it best: “Out in the surf, everything’s moving; everything’s happening. It never holds still, and life’s the same way. It doesn’t hold still for you, either. If you don’t move with it, life just like the wave, will pass you right by. You have to be paying attention; you have to be spontaneous; you have to be able to go with the flow.”
We will move through the physical form of Yoga with the breath to slow down our mind chatter and become more intuitive to the living sensations within.
We will breathe and move simultaneously to release tension, create flexibility, and strengthen our mind, body, and spirit.
We will learn to relax during challenging poses; relaxation is power.
“When the body relaxes, the mind follows. This skill can be applied to anything we do to increase the impact of what we do.”
This dynamic of effort and surrender is needed to evolve into whatever we choose to do.
There is a sense of freedom when we allow ourselves to go into the depth of our being.
“You are not just a drop in the ocean; you are the mighty ocean in the drop.” Rumi
The practice of yoga and meditation is not just a part of my life, it is my philosophy. It is the path which gives me structure and allows me more freedom and joy in my daily living.
I attended my first yoga class in 1995 and was deeply moved. It was clear from that moment on that a change was afoot. I continued my practice for the next eight years throughout NYC, Tokyo, and Long Island. My desire to deepen my practice led me to enroll in a Teacher Training course. In 2003 I received my 200 hour ISHTA (Integrated Science of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda) certification at Be Yoga, NYC, under the guidance of Yogiraj, Alan Finger. My continued thirst for knowledge led me to study with Shiva Rea in 2005. In 2011, I attended Laughing Lotus Grad School in NYC for their 300 hour advanced teacher training and was fortunate to have been mentored by the incomparable Dana Flynn.
I continue my studies by selectively practicing with amazing yoga and meditation teachers, a personal daily practice, reading relevant works, and learning from my own students. We are all students, and we are all teachers. I have found that by living with an open heart and a receptive mind, the true lessons are in our awareness of the present moment. There is truth in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
My mission through teaching this transformative practice of yoga and meditation is to help others find that deeper connection within themselves and the beautiful life around them. When we connect with the peace and love that is our true nature, we can bring it out into the world.
I received my 200 hour teacher training from J. Brown, the founder of Abhyasa Yoga Center in Brooklyn. In addition, I recently completed a training at Kripalu with Sage Rountree that specializes in teaching yoga to athletes. She is an internationally recognized authority on Yoga for Athletes. In addition, she is an endurance sports coach specializing in athletic recovery. Her insights and experience were critical in my further understanding of how to effectively introduce Yoga into the sports world.
As a former high-level athlete and a very active person, teaching Yoga to Athletes is near and dear to me. I credit Yoga with balancing my physical body as well as my mental state; it keeps me prepared for any and all activity I choose to pursue.
A bit of background.....Prior to my introduction to Yoga, I was a division I soccer player for Stony Brook University, serving as captain my senior year. Post-college, I proceeded to play professionally in Puerto Rico for three seasons. Later, I played two seasons with Wilmington Hammerheads in North Carolina. I have since moved on to the coaching arena, training several teams for Gold Coast FC in Mineola and at the Portledge School. I work with young athletes in order to help them to develop increased technical skill and an overall higher level of fitness. In addition, my love of the game keeps me playing soccer on several amateur teams across Long Island.
Dena Coduri is a yoga instructor and Reiki energy holistic healer, known for her challenging, yet soul-soothing yoga classes that address the whole person: physical, mental, and spiritual. She encourages her students to contemplate their existence, notice their own mind, and seek the truth within.
This 500-hour registered yoga teacher is certified in a variety of styles, from the active and dynamic alignment-based vinyasa flow, to the quietly intense yin yoga, to the gentle and meditative restorative yoga. Additionally, she is a Reiki Master Practitioner and holds a B.S. and M.A. in Mathematics.
Dena strives to teach educational classes, while still leaving room for silence so that her students may have their own unique experience. Her classes often involve eclectic music, essential oils, philosophical themes, and gentle adjustments. Dena is grateful to spend her time doing what she loves: teaching yoga, tutoring mathematics, and sending healing vibes!
WILLIAM DEVINE (BILLY)
Billy Devine is a Yoga Alliance certified teacher with a deep love and passion for the practice, which shines through in his teaching style. He leads class with a lighthearted demeanor, while inviting students to challenge themselves through functional posture practice and mindful transitions, driven by purposefully connected breath cues. He believes that yoga is the key to unlock the door to our own greatest insights and higher potentials - that the profound mind-body connection that yoga offers allows us to see our true inner Self, unbound by the confines of pretenses - that yoga has the power to unite us all.
Yoga Teacher | Massage Therapist
In 1997 I completed the Residential Spiritual Lifestyle Program at The Kripalu Yoga Center and later that year worked on staff at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies. I am a N.Y.S. Licensed Massage Therapist and Registered Yoga Instructor for 18 years. I have teaching certifications in Kripalu, ISHTA and Ashtanga yoga schools and studied under Edward Clark of Tripsichore Yoga Theatre in both the U.S. and London. Having maintained a daily discipline of seated meditation practice for the last 21 years, it is emphasized within my teaching. I was trained by Nateshvar Ken Scott in the art of Contact Yoga/Yogassage ( now called acroyoga) and have studied massage/bodywork extensively throughout my travels in Thailand, India and China. I am the creator of Asian Fusion Bodywork® — a natural evolution of my experience.
My background in clinical social work has shown me that making small changes can have big impacts on people’s lives. For me, yoga started as something small, but has become a way of life. I began practicing yoga because someone I care about recommended it to me. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis relatively young and needed a way to stay strong and active without causing any harm to my bones. What I didn’t know, was that yoga could also help improve my bone health.
I decided to become a yoga instructor to bring the benefits of yoga to other people like me.
I am passionate about sharing these benefits with people of all ages and abilities.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 hr plus Yin/Restorative Certification, with advanced training in Yoga for Osteoporosis.
MSW, LCSW with over 30 years experience.
| Certified Nutritionist
Anna Gannon is a yoga guide, the creator of The Healthy Root Blog, a 2014 Yoga Journal LIVE Event presenter, a 2015 ECA World Fitness Event presenter and a writer and contributor for MindBodyGreen.
Anna’s passion is to help people find a happy and sustainable life through movement, ease, life balance and healthy real food. Anna is 200hr Yoga Alliance certified, Strala Yoga certified, Ishta Yin Yoga certified and has also been trained in Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Hot Yoga and Restorative.
I don’t remember a time when yoga was not in my life. I began yoga classes at age 5, growing up with a yogi mom who practiced to help maintain mental clarity and mobility after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis before I was born. With early roots in the teachings of Swami Rama of the Himalayan Institute and Roy Eugene Davis of the Center for Spiritual Awareness, I spent my life practicing various styles of Hatha yoga.
After suffering a back injury and four subsequent surgeries, and seeking relief from the chronic pain, I found therapeutic Vinyasa Krama yoga in the T.K.V. Desikachar lineage. It helped me regain my mobility and alleviated my pain (and the anxiety and depression that resulted from it) so profoundly that I decided I wanted to share these teachings with others. I’ve earned my 500-hour certification in this lineage under the guidance of J. Brown in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
I hold an additional 200-hour certification in vinyasa yoga from Karuna Yoga. In 2017, I completed a 2-year advanced yoga anatomy program with world-renowned yoga educator, Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project in Manhattan. I am also a trained and certified Next Generation Yoga kids yoga teacher. I have continued my education further through numerous workshops, including yoga philosophy and yoga safety and injury prevention with Matthew Remski, and Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita and meditation workshops with Chase Bossart. I am registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT® 500 level.
I have had so many wonderful teachers throughout my life, beginning with my biggest inspiration and very first yoga teacher, my mom, Iris Helfritch. I consider myself a lifetime student, always seeking, learning, growing, and I am grateful to all my teachers for their wisdom and support. I also hold the belief that the greatest teacher you will ever find is the one who lies within, and so I give thanks to her.
When I’m off my mat, you can usually find me out in nature, hanging with my human and canine companions, skating, hula hooping, creating art and graphic design, climbing trees, exploring this great city and beyond, going to darkwave and punk shows, organizing events through my non-profit animal advocacy organization, geeking out on science, looking up at the stars, and enjoying this incredible life on the pale blue dot of a planet that we call home.
Caroline is a Long Island, New York based yoga teacher with a RYT 200 Yoga Alliance designation who completed her teacher training at New York Yoga. She received a B.S. in Biology from Saint Joseph’s University and a M.S. in Nutrition Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a Registered Dietitian and CertifiedDiabetes Educator specializing in weight management, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. She is also an ACE Certified Personal Trainer.
After taking one yoga class, she was hooked as she found the practice transformative both mentally and physically.
She hopes that after taking her class, her students are able to find a few moments of stillness in their fast-paced lives and feel more open both physically and mentally.
Lauren completed her 200 hour teacher training with Patricia Morris at Little Yoga House, and since that day she has not stopped learning, practicing, and teaching. Lauren continued to further her education with a 60 hour intensive study on the primary series of ashtanga, and an additional 300 hour ashtanga apprenticeship (1 on 1 training) with Aura Reverol at Ashtanga Yoga Long Island, she also specializes in trauma informed and special needs yoga. Lauren has committed herself to being a forever student, who is also a yoga alliance continuing education provider.
Lauren believes yoga is for everyone - not just the flexible, strong, and motivated. But it's just a matter of finding your way and your version of the practice.
Practicing and teaching yoga has been life changing for Lauren, who has suffered from mental health and diet issues in the past. Yoga has opened Lauren up to a healthier more holistic approach to life. This led her to explore how what we eat/do/think/feel affects our health and happiness. This prompted Lauren to complete her holistic health coach certification through the Integrative Institute of Nutrition.
Lauren thrives supporting others and sharing tools so we can all take steps towards being the best version of ourselves. Hope to see you on the mat.
Nancy, RYT-500, stepped onto the path of yoga seven years ago. Her love of the practice and the freedom she has discovered, both on and off the mat, informs her teaching. Nancy has received both her 200 and 500 hr. Yoga Alliance Teaching Certification from Abhaya Yoga. The Abhaya Method focuses on deepening awareness while releasing holding and gripping patterns in the body. By integrating eastern philosophy, healing practices, western therapeutic and functional movement techniques a holistic approach is used to align, heal and guide the practitioner toward a deeper freedom. She serves her community by offering yoga to her students in a safe, nurturing environment.
Rafael Rivera is a US Army Veteran who was positioned in Afghanistan for two years. His experience had taken a toll on his mind, body and spirit. He was inspired by the story of Arthur Boorman(Arthur's Story)who was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again but proved them wrong through a dedicated yoga practice. Struggling with PTSD along with transitioning home in 2012 he decided to give the practice of restorative and gentle flow yoga a chance and found it to be healing and lost 100lbs. Rafael teaches beginner and open level classes using gentle movements, emphasis on alignment and loves to mix in the practice of yin. His intention is to teach in a safe way for all students to get the most out of their own practice.
I am a 500 hour registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. In addition, I am a Group Fitness Instructor certified through ACE. I am a long time yoga practitioner with a dance background as well as being a lifelong athlete.
My training includes the constant and continuous study of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga System. All aspects are studied in this ancient practice, including; benefits, anatomy, modifications, alignment, adjustments and philosophy. Committed to a six day a week practice, I am able to understand the benefits and the dedication that is required of an Ashtanga Vinyasa practice. Gaining the knowledge of this healing practice, I am able to share this philosophy with my students. My training also includes, Yin Yoga, Yoga Warriors, and Restorative yoga.
Yoga is a life-time learning experience, I will forever be a student. Growing, learning and laughing with my students is one of my greatest joys. My classes are designed to keep you safe while being challenged.
Kimberly completed her 200 Hour Teacher Training under the loving guidance of Patricia Morris at Little Yoga House. She has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 2013 and continues to re-discover the practice every day, with every breath. Her goal as a teacher is to encourage students to find a balance between strength and comfort in their movement, and to practice with a sense of joy, lightness and a little laughter!
I discovered yoga seven years ago when I was in a state of dis-ease and feeling the most out of sync with my body. It did not take long for me to realize that this newfound hobby of mine would stick and become a paramount component of my identity. As I accumulated more and more years of practice under my belt, my spiritual and physical practice began to plateau. My practice became increasingly haphazard and visceral, rather than one of intention and mindfulness. I began to desire a new sense of clarity and purpose and decided it was time to advance my practice through a 200-hr YTT at YogaWorks NYC under the incredible and always inspiring Chrissy Carter. It was through this training that I discovered my love for an alignment-based, systematic approach to asana. It helped me attain the mind-body connection I felt I was formerly lacking. As a Registered Nurse I have been granted the gift of witnessing transformative levels of healing in my patients throughout the course of their treatments. As a teacher I have realized the same level of joy and spiritual bountifulness from the subtle transformations I’ve witnessed in my students. As the amazing Maty Ezraty once stated, “alignment is love.” I believe that through a devoted and intricate approach to asana and moving meditation we do not practice to improve ourselves, but rather unlock our awareness of the perfection already within us.
Nicole Stambo began practicing yoga as a form of exercise and pain relief 10 years ago. She quickly learned the benefits of meditation, asana and the overall yogic lifestyle and decided to become a yoga instructor in 2015. She studied Hatha yoga with Anayra Calderon and Victoria Arvizu and received her 200 hour teaching certificate. She immediately continued her education and love of a well-rounded practice and studied with Debra Donnally and Crystal Paone to receive her Yin yoga certification. She relays her passion to students by teaching dynamic, powerful vinyasa and hatha classes as well as calming Yin and Yoga Nidra. Her classes intertwine mindful meditation and movement to leave her students feeling balanced and blissful.
A former dancer, Eryn is as a licensed cosmetologist in both New York and California. She took her first yoga class in 2009. Like many, she had initially began taking classes for the physical benefits alone. Deepening her practice and being faced with physically challenging yoga asanas, provoked something greater in her mind and soul...
She obtained an associates degree in Merchandising and Marketing from FIDM Los Angeles. While perusing this degree, her passion for the physical practice evolved, as did she.
The practice of yoga would go on to inspire a career change, she is currently completing her degree in psychology at Adelphi University.
Yoga has improved Eryn’s physical capabilities, her way of thinking, and being. The practice increased her confidence and enabled her to become more patient and compassionate.
Eryn completed her first teacher training at Sonic Yoga, NYC in 2016. That same year, she accompanied this training with a teacher apprenticeship at Revolution Yoga. She has since obtained her level I Reiki certification. Eryn continues to educate herself in order enrich her own practice and bring more to her students.
As an instructor Eryn likes to have fun, incorporating her dance background with funky and challenging sequences; All while bringing great emphasis to proper alignment, strength building, and opening up the body through breath. She wishes to inspire her students to become the best versions of themselves, both on and off the mat.
I started yoga for all the wrong reasons, I was lost in life with no direction and yoga was just my workout, I wanted to be able to do all the “cool poses”. After my 200hr training in 2016 with Yoga Bhakti Dharma School (Come Together Yoga), my perspective has completely changed.
To me yoga is beyond the physical aspect, it is a way of life. It is about being present and content in the moment, accepting and loving yourself, as well as other beings. Yoga helps to shed the layers of yourself that has been created by social norms and expectations.
I like to create a safe environment and try to encourage practitioners to connect to something deeper within. To me witnessing the mind and concentrating on the breath is the key. It gives me pure joy to serve others in hopes of helping them find their own true self, power, happiness, peace and to reach their full potential through the path of Yoga.
I’m truly grateful to have the opportunity to learn, teach, inspire and share my passion.