Lisa Weinert created the annual Narrative Medicine program at Kripalu Center for Yoga
& Health. As an editor and publicist, Lisa has published and promoted hundreds of best-selling
and award-winning authors and witnessed firsthand how the written word transforms
lives. Motivated by the healing and transformative power of storytelling, she specializes in narrative
nonfiction and literary fiction with a special interest in memoir, spirituality, health and social justice. Lisa
is certified in both restorative and therapeutic yoga with Jillian Pransky where she learned how
we all carry stories in our bodies. She teaches yoga at Medicine Space in New York City and curates
workshops pairing yoga and writing called StoryFlow. www.lisaweinert.com
Penelope Gay Sheely, M.D., started practicingyoga 20 years ago right after her first son was
born. While raising her kids she worked parttime as a pediatrician. In a search for deeper
healing she became a Reiki II practitioner andtrained in Cranial Sacral Therapy and over the
years found herself using these practices moreand more with her own kids and with herpatients. In 2016 she left the pediatric groupand completed her 200 hour teacher trainingat Sonic Yoga in NYC, as well as 150 hours of
advanced inversion training with PatrickBeach & Carling Harps, and Laughing LotusYoga. She is a marathoner and a triathlete.She is excited to share what she has learnedfrom these experiences to help people toheal, to center, and to reach their highest potential.
Melissa Jhunja has been practicing yoga for over 10 years and loves to share this transformative practice
with others. She completed her 200 hour teacher training through YogaWorks and 500 hour training at ISHTA yoga. Melissa combines the flow of vinyasa with precise alignment and focus on breath in her classes, to nurture a profound and healing mind-body connection. Melissa is trained in Trauma Informed Yoga, which she applies with at-risk youth, veterans and prison populations. She is also certified in restorative yoga and Yoga Nidra. Off the mat, Melissa is a Social Worker, Reiki practitioner and animal lover. She is excited to share the healing practice of yoga
with her students at ETI helping them find strength and peace for mind & body. To learn more visit healinghathaflow.com
Ashley Antler committed to a regular yoga practice as a way to heal from a running injury. After consistent practice, she discovered the wide-ranging emotional and physical benefits of yoga. Driven by a curiosityto deepen her own practice, as well as a desire to guide others in discovering the mindbody benefits of yoga, she became a certifiedteacher. By day, Ashley is an attorney, withexpertise advising clients in the healthcare industry, both at large law firms, and “inhouse” at a healthcare start-up. An enthusiastic runner and athlete, Ashley has,through Achilles International, participated as a running guide for blind and disabled runnersin the New York City Marathon and other road races, which brings her great joy. She holds a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Ashley believes deeply in the power of movement to heal and empower, and is grateful for the opportunity to support others on their journeys.
Ariel Islam found yoga in 2010 and has been an avid practitioner ever since. In 2012, she completed her (200-RYT) yoga certification and has been focused on providing compassionate yoga care to her students. Ariel specializes in a Vinyasa flow style class and teaches at yoga studios in Manhattan and Brooklyn as well as private classes in student homes. Ariel hopes that through her work at Exhale to Inhale she can share with her students the power of their yoga and unlock the sense of serenity that yoga has provided to her. She spends her free time exploring the city, reading avidly, and practicing yoga.
Amy Apgar has practiced and studied movement since childhood, and has over six years of experience as a yoga
instructor. She holds a BA in Dance and completed her 200 hour YTT at Prana Power Yoga, has studied with I.Am.You.
Studio, The Baptiste Institute, Exhale to Inhale – and continues her studies each and every time she steps into the studio. In addition to teaching full time, she also works as a TeachingMentor on the teaching management team at Y7 Studio.
Amy’s goal is to help students listen and attune to their ownunique bodies and minds. Amy believes that yoga should be uplifting, cathartic, empowering, and FUN – a moving meditation that cultivates honor, respect, and value for all parts of your Self.