our teachers

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Exhale to Inhale teachers are grounded in both the philosophy and physicality of the yoga practice. We recruit certified yoga instructors and educate them about the nuances of teaching trauma-informed yoga. Our teachers go where others don’t—to the shelters and community-based organizations that work with survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Our teachers share the gift of yoga in the spirit of Seva, selfless service, by volunteering their time.

Amy Apgar

yoga instructor

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.

Ariel Islam

Yoga Instructor

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.

Ashley Antler

Yoga Instructor

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.

Melissa Jhunja

Yoga Instructor

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

Penelope Gay Sheely, M.D.,

Yoga Instructor

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.

Lisa Weinert

Yoga Instructor

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

Caroline Smith

Yoga Instructor

Caroline Smith began her practice in 2003. After living abroad in Italy from 2006-2010 she returned to New York and needed an outlet to provide a sense of grounding and stability. It was that need that quickly brought her back to yoga and she has been practicing ever since. Caroline is now a 500-Hour RYT yoga instructor and yoga integrative therapist. She teaches well-rounded and dynamic classes that blend playful and energetic asana with breath awareness, and self study. Her classes focus on alignment and intelligent sequencing by striking a balance between the Iyengar and Ashtanga traditions. Caroline also teaches restorative yoga classes that integrate mindful meditation, breath awareness, yoga movement, essential oils, and Reiki. Her teaching is inspired with love, compassion, patience, and humor. Caroline loves art, reading, cycling, cooking for friends and family, playing with her dog, and volunteering at local animal shelters and community centers.

Corinne Cappelletti

Yoga Instructor

Corinne Cappelletti completed Yoga Teacher Training at Kula Yoga Project, and holds an MFA in Modern Dance from University of Utah. Corinne teaches Hatha-based Vinyasa, specializing in Meditation, Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga. Deeply affected by volunteering at the NYC LGBTQ Emergency Homeless Shelter, she organized a team of practitioners and rediscovered her dance and yoga as healing arts. Her certification in Laban/Barteneiff Movement Analysis (CLMA), and Registered Somatic Movement Therapist & Educator (RSMT-E) informs her individualized practice. Corinne co-facilitates the ecodance social platform, "roodərəl (of a plant) growing on waste ground or among refuse," bringing audiences to the streets to reconnect, play, and experiment with weeds growing wild in Brooklyn. She is honored to share her curiosity and passion for the body-mind connection with ETI.

DK Dyson

Yoga Instructor

DK Dyson describes her "Great Mission" here on Earth as an effort to help realign this planet back to harmonic balance. She feels this can occur by aligning herself daily, and then inviting others to do so (through yoga and music) to a place of inner sunshine where she mindfully walks each day! She is fortunate to have studied spirituality under two Guru’s, Paramahamsa Muktananda and Gurumai Chidvalasananda for over thirty three years. DK has served her African American Community teaching yoga, helping to detox those addicted to drugs, and performing Rites Of Passage programs for men and women. She has brought yoga and music to troubled youth throughout New York, and dance to the hearing impaired. DK also conducts workshops for her Native American community teaching yoga and music on the Lakota Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.

Francesca Muffaletto

Yoga Instructor

Francesca Muffaletto was born in Brooklyn, and raised on Staten Island. From a young age, she connected with movement through dance, which made her feel alive, and present. Francesca spent 10 years at a 'real' career in fashion. While she learned and experienced so much during that time, she felt there was something missing. Then, she found yoga, this magic formula of movement and mindfulness that took care of her body, and her brain. More than anything yoga has made her feel empowered. As she explains “once you actually commit yourself to practicing yoga, it is for certain that you will get better over time. That your body will respond to your efforts, and that during the process of growing, your mind will become just a little more quiet, and less frantic. So much that you can start to hear your inner (positive) voice.”

Hélène Kerhervé

Yoga Instructor

Hélène Kerhervé discovered the beautiful practice of Yoga in 2002 while living in Asia. She used Yoga to rehabilitate and neutralize serious back problems. Soon, she began to see its tremendous physical and spiritual benefits. After moving to New York, she turned to a calm and mindful practice as she realized that her intense Ashtanga practice was potentially leading to injuries. Helene believes that yoga develops strength, flexibility, focus, as well as physical andspiritual balance. Her style is inspired by Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Yin and Restorative yoga, and by herwonderful teachers. Helene is certified as an E-RYT 500and has been teaching yoga for 10 years. She adaptsher classes to student’s physical capabilities, focuses on breath, alignment and use of clear, sensitive guidance.

Ivy Wang

Yoga Instructor

Ivy Wang is a California native and a yoga teacher based in New York City. Her firsthand experience with yoga’s grounding, healing effects, inspired her to share the practice with others. After graduating from Yoga Vida's 200-hour teacher training in 2017, Ivy had the honor of studying under the guidance of her mentor Kat Fowler. Ivy offers an energetic, playful vinyasya flow. Her classes are characterized by graceful sequencing and breath-focused alignment. Ivy received her BA from Wellesley College in Economics & Art History. She currently works full-time as an investment banker in NYC. Ivy is grateful to be part of the Exhale to Inhale community and committed to empowering women to take ownership over their well-being through the yoga practice.

Isabel Valdez

Yoga Instructor

Isabel Valdez started practicing yoga in 2012 when she was looking for a practice that complemented her more intense workouts, and fell in love with it. Motivated to deepen her practice, she spent the summer of 2016 in NYC getting certified by completing the 200- RYT. Originally from Mexico, she decided to move to NYC in 2017 and has been more immersed in the yoga community than ever, learning different styles from amazing teachers and taking advantage of the studios that the city provides. She’s passionate about the wellness world and loves to move her body in many different ways to keep her active and energized. Isabel loves the mind-body connection yoga provides and is always happy to get on her mat and share the experience that yoga offers. She enjoys running at least one half-marathon a year, visiting cute coffee shops whenever she can, and traveling.

Jess Blake

Yoga Instructor

Jess Blake has been teaching yoga in New York City for over eight years. She is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher certified through YogaWorks. She has additional certifications in Prenatal/Postnatal and Restorative Yoga. Jess’classes consist of intelligent and creative sequencing and she carefully guides her students through each pose so that they can practice with confidence and clarity. Jess infuses mindfulness techniques, meditation, and breathwork into her classes, offering students the opportunity to develop a deeper awareness of their own mind-body-spirit connection. She brings a sense of presence and compassion into her teaching and aims to create a nourishing and empowering experience for her students. To learn more visit www.jessblakeyoga.com

Jessica Apfel

Yoga Instructor

Jessica Apfel began her yoga journey in 2006, when she needed an elective course for her undergraduate studies. She found the practice to be incredibly grounding and healing, as well as a great tool to relieve her anxiety and depression. As she developed her steady home practice, Jessica felt inspired to take her practice further and completed her yoga school training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. Since yoga school, she has been drawn to learning and teaching trauma-sensitive, restorative, and yin yoga methodologies, specifically for helping women and girls. Jessica feels honored to be a part of the Exhale to Inhale community. When she's not practicing or teaching yoga, Jessica works as a creative designer/marketing coordinator. She also enjoys traveling, photography, and exploring New York City through food.

Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman

Yoga Instructor

Jocelyn Casey-Whiteman, E-RYT 500, is a teacher, teacher trainer, and poet living in New York City. Formerly a professional dancer, she integrates a love of fluid movement with a mindful, creative, and interoceptive practice that creates space for students to learn, explore, and transform. She teaches for Exhale to Inhale, Yogaworks, and Manhattan Country School, and earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University.

Jaclyn Spector

Yoga Instructor

Jaclyn Spector has always had a passion to help others. During her undergraduate years and while completing her Masters in Social Work in 2011, she was taking yoga classes on the side. She fell in love not only with the movement, but with the mind-body connection that yoga offers. On the search to deepen her practice, she was encouraged by her teachers and became a 200 hour certified RYT in Fall 2016 through New York Yoga. Her dream is to combine her two passions of yoga and Social Work. So when Jaclyn learned about Exhale to Inhale, she was beyond inspired.

Julia Suklevski

Yoga Instructor

Julia Suklevski remains humbled by her yoga practice and is a firm believer that yoga can empower anyone to achieve transformation in all aspects of life. Having practiced yoga since high school to feel confident and discover inner strength, she realized that one could find a sense of grounding and peace when faced with life’s hurdles by cultivating awareness of mind and body. She pursued her yoga teacher training through Yoga to the People, and saw a connection between holding space for students in the studio and being an advocate for survivors of domestic and sexual violence in her service as a rape crisis counselor at NYC hospital and community programs. Julia connected with Exhale to Inhale while a graduate student pursuing her Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University. She is currently a Licensed Master Social Worker on working with individuals with various mental health issues in psychiatric hospital setting, and is a therapist in a private practice providing individual therapy using a holistic approach that incorporates one's strengths and resiliency to overcome challenges they may be facing. Julia aspires to merge the worlds of yoga and clinical practice to address the unique needs of survivors and provide them with the support and guidance on a journey of healing.

Julie Segovia Rowland

Yoga Instructor

Julie Segovia Rowland is the recipient of a credential in Yoga Therapy from Loyola Marymount University’s YTRx program and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. She commits daily to her practice and to guiding others toward a sense of wholeness and wellness inherent in us all. Julie shares the teachings of yoga with participants of Dr. Ornish’s transformative and empowering program at UCLA Health. She also teaches yoga to cancer survivors at UCLA Medical Center Olive View. Julie also serves on the board of the non-profit organization the Heartstringz Foundation, which provides musical companionship, ukuleles, and musical instruction to hospitalized children and senior citizens. http://www.heartstringzfoundation.org

Kathryn Cornelius

Yoga Instructor

Kathryn Cornelius believes in the ability to transform traumatic events into powerful personal narratives. A survivor of trauma and abuse, with a diverse training background in yoga, neuroscience, meditation, breath work, and reiki, she offers an informed, experienced perspective that is creatively curated to individual needs. Kathryn’s personal yoga journey began in 2001, and she is certified in Dharma Yoga, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra. With her intuition, humor, and compassion, Kathryn helps students get in touch with their body, feelings, and spirit so they may feel safe to explore what speaks to them. Kathryn is thrilled to serve the Exhale to Inhale community

Jeesoo Park

Yoga Instructor

Jeesoo Park was certified with CorePower Yoga in Washington, D.C., and has been teaching since 2013. Her classes are empowering and challenging, designed to help yogis block out the stress of the city and feel strong every day. A former Division I track athlete and competitive equestrian, Jeesoo currently volunteers with Exhale to Inhale and teaches Hot Power Flow and Hot Vinyasa classes at New York Yoga on the Upper East Side. She works full-time with ABC News, and holds a B.A. from Bucknell University and an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Lisa Brody

Yoga Instructor

Lisa Brody began studying Iyengar yoga in London in the 1990s and moved to Venezuela, where she continued her studies with her teachers in the UK whilst also completing training in cranial sacral therapy. She began teaching yoga in 2001 in Venezuela, cultivating coffee on an organic farm, and writing. She studied and completed a 200-hour teacher training in Prana Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea in California where her understanding of the power of the breath and the benefits of a more flowing, feminine yoga practice profoundly increased. Since 2008, ISHTA Yoga in New York has been her home. In 2017 Lisa completed the 300-hour TT with the Trauma Center in Boston Massachusetts. She teaches TCTSY and trauma-informed yoga in Spanish and English in Venezuela and New York.

Lisa Lindstrom

Yoga Instructor

Lisa Lindstrom was looking for a way to spice up her exercise routine in her 20s, when she found yoga at a New York City gym. After a few years, three children and a move to the suburbs, her practice developed into a passion for yoga — the anatomy, philosophy and most importantly, the consciousness it brought to her everyday life. Through her lighthearted, nurturing classes, Lisa hopes to share with others the peace and contentment that yoga has helped bring to her life. She received her 200-hour teacher training certification through Yoga Haven in Scarsdale, NY and continues to explore all the facets of yogic study. She is grateful to and continually inspired by many beautiful students and teachers in Westchester and NYC.

Lisa Mehos

Yoga Instructor

Lisa Mehos is dedicated to bringing the benefits of yoga to children, adults, and those struggling to overcome obstacles, including domestic violence survivors. Certified in children’s yoga, family yoga, and trauma-sensitive yoga, Lisa's teaching methodology helps clients improve fitness, cope with anxiety, and build resilience and strength. She works with schools, shelters, and in private sessions to enhance fitness, self esteem; compassion; and combat bullying. Her focus of bringing yoga to underserved communities is driven by the belief that yoga can empower individuals to transcend barriers of race, gender, and economic status. Lisa graduated from Boston College; worked in business; and started a promotional marketing company; until her own children inspired her to dedicate herself to the health, happiness, and well-being of children, adults, and families.

Lindsay Gruskay

Yoga Instructor

Lindsay Gruskay began practicing yoga to cope with the anxiety and stress of living in New York City. She soon discovered the incredible physical and emotional benefits of the practice and its powerful ability to heal both the body and the mind. She completed her 200- hour Teacher Training with Y7 in 2015 and her ETI Trauma Informed Yoga training in 2017. Off the mat, Lindsay is a Media and Marketing professional at NBC, meditation practitioner, hiking and outdoor enthusiast and animal lover. Lindsay is extremely grateful and honored to teach on behalf of ETI and to use this platform to share the healing practice of yoga with her students, helping them find peace of mind and strength and ownership of body.

Maisah Hargett

Yoga Instructor

Maisah Hargett began practicing yoga whilst looking for a low-impact way to better maintain her body as a modern dancer. Though not always as enthusiastic about yoga as she is currently, she found her love for the practice in Vinyasa. Her classes center on linking breath and movement, on the importance of developing a practice that is safe for the body, the mind & the spirit while, honoring the individuality of each person’s practice. She completed Exhale to Inhale’s Trauma-Informed Teacher Training in the fall of 2016. In addition to her work with ETI she also teaches Vinyasa (ERYT 200), Restorative, Aerial Yoga, Kid's Yoga (RYCT), and AcroYoga throughout New York. There’s more about her at www.yogawithmaisah.com

Marlynn Wei, MD, JD

Yoga Instructor

Marlynn Wei, MD, JD (www.marlynnweimd.com) is a Harvard and Yale-trained psychiatrist, therapist, certified yoga teacher, and author. She is author of the Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga and writes the latest research on yoga, mindfulness, and nutritional wellness for Psychology Today, the Huffington Post, and Harvard Health. She has a holistic private practice in Manhattan specializing in anxiety, stress management, and career and relationship guidance.

Monica Esquivel

Yoga Instructor

Monica Esquivel discovered the benefits of Yoga/Ayurveda in 2014 while she was feeling miserable as her four grown children were leaving the nest and she was facing divorce. Yoga/Ayurveda has helped her discover her true self and her life mission, to help people be happy. The worst abandonment one can suffer is self-abandonment and Yoga/Ayurveda helps us reconnect with ourselves. Monica became certified in Ayurveda at Kripalu, yoga at The Yoga School New York, and with Exhale to Inhale. She serves as a volunteer helping families with addiction recovery at her Queens LDS church. Monica’s unique yoga style is self-love yoga where she helps her students become their best friends. She believes we came to this world to be HAPPY!

Nicole Dodich

Yoga Instructor

Nicole Dodich began practicing yoga in high school, but stopped for several years due to a ensitive knee injury. When given the okay by her doctor to resume yoga post surgery, Nicole returned to her ractice with renewed vigor and a deep longing to learn more about the philosophic and spiritual components. She completed her RYT200 certification at ISHTA Yoga in the summer of 2016. She is currently a graduate student at the Columbia School of Social Work in the Dialectical Behavior Therapy Program, a specialized training program for psychotherapy that integrates mindfulness and emotional self-regulation into the treatment experience. Nicole is eager to bring the benefits of balance, independence, and selfknowledge to others through movement and breath.

Nikita Cassidy

Yoga Instructor

Nikita Cassidy discovered her passion for yoga when she was just twelve years old at a summer camp for self-discovery in upstate New York. Dealing with severe anxiety and depression as a teenager, yoga changed and ultimately saved her life in so many ways. It gave her a safe space to explore her body, while also allowing her to get out of her head. Nikita's experience with yoga as a teenager inspired her to complete her 200-hour training and spread the healing power of yoga to children, teens, and adults. She currently teaches yoga to children and teens in schools in New York City, and founded Safe Camp Yoga to teach children and teens about yoga, selfcare, mindfulness, meditation, and holistic healing. Her goal is to give her students a safe space to explore themselves and make room for self discovery and transformation.

Renk Kocturk

Yoga Instructor

Renk Kocturk has spent most of her life in NYC. For the past 3 years she worked as a yoga and movement therapist in Turkey & Syria. After graduating from The New School with a degree in Dance and sychology, she studied with Elissa White, one of the pioneers of dance therapy. She has incorporated her love of movement, breath, and yoga for social change. Aside from being a professional dancer and a movement therapy practitioner, Renk is a certified yoga instructor, children’s yoga instructor, and a trauma- informed therapeutic yoga teacher. She has worked with children and adults of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities in the United States, South East Asia, and the Middle East.

Sammee Leigh

Yoga Instructor

Sammee Leigh changed her life with fitness. Yoga and running empowered her to care for herself by inviting in balance, and moving away from things not positively serving her. To deepen her personal practice, Sammee earned her Stråla Yoga certification but upon completion she was inspired to bring this dogma-free yoga to as many people as possible. She believes yoga is for everyone; that it's about moving everything you have with natural ease. She wants to inspire, encourage, empower as many people as she can to live their best life on their terms. Sammee believes health and wellness are not one size fits all. That it's not about stepping out of your comfort zone, it's about expanding your comfort zone from the inside out, starting right where you are, and working with what you have. www.sammeeleigh.com | Instagram & Twitter: @chasing_sammee

Sara Joy Madsen

Sara Joy Madsen is a trained yoga and meditation teacher with a focus on creating more joy in each area of your life. Hailing from small town Nebraska and moving to the big city in 2005, she spent most of her life in advertising sales until one day she received the calling to do her yoga teacher training. That night she signed up for her 200 hour with Three Sisters Yoga and 10 days later she was fully immersed in the philosophy and meditative movement that her true self was calling out for. Since her training she has left the ad world to become a full-time Life Coach. With over 300 hours of meditation and 200 hours of yoga training under her belt, she utilizes breathing and visualization techniques and unique shapes to provide a mental oasis for fast-paced entrepreneurs and hustlers opening their hearts to help find more joy.

Sarah Beranbaum

Yoga Instructor

Sarah Beranbaum found yoga through her rigorous dance training. While studying sensation based dance, she learned about the power of movement and touch, which sparked her excitement in discovering our untapped physical and emotional potential. Sarah completed yoga teacher training in Bergerac, France with Jennie Cohen of Yogaworks. There, she learned to teach both in English, her native tongue and French, her second fluent language. She has since studied Yoga for Trauma with Lisa Danylchuk, Jenn Turner, and Hala Khouri. Her exploration of the body continues as a researcher studying the psychophysiology of trauma. Sarah teaches people of all ages and developmental stages, starting with those who are 4 weeks old! Her classes are focused on proper alignment, which gives space for interoceptive exploration. Sarah wishes to create a safe space where any body is welcome to discover, play, and breath.

Sarah Yurch

Yoga Instructor

Sarah Yurch began her yoga journey as a stressed out grad student studying literature in New York and has been in love with her practice ever since. She completed her 200 hour teacher training with Deborah Hanekamp at the Namaste Yoga Center in Brooklyn and has since taught in New York, Miami, and Costa Rica. As a survivor of domestic violence, she is deeply honored to share the practice of trauma-informed yoga with others. Yoga was instrumental in her journey to find peace and calm in her own body, and she strives to create a nourishing class environment for all of her students. Off the mat, Sarah works in book publishing.

Shawna Wakefield

Yoga Instructor

Shawna Wakefield is dedicated to promoting women’s rights and gender justice with local and international organizations. She began practicing yoga in 2000, and developed her home practice to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and insomnia while living in Cambodia. The practices of yoga, and daily meditation have been increasingly critical to her path. Shawna completed yoga teacher training with the Kula Yoga Project, and has since completed Trauma Sensitive Teacher training, Nikki Costello’s mentor practice, a leadership intensive with Off the Mat, and is part of the Interdependence Project’s Secular Buddhist Studies Program. She currently teaches at Third Root, Shambhala Yoga and Dance Center, and with Exhale to Inhale. She co-leads an 8-week Yoga in Action series to help activists apply yoga practices to social justice work. Shawna helps students identify their own sensations, including pain, strength, resilience, compassion, joy, and the ever-fluctuating relationship between them.

Shikha Pursnani

Yoga Instructor

Shikha Pursnani developed a love for yoga from her grandparents but deepened her practice after college when she began exploring her relationship with self and the greater universe. In 2014, she completed a 200-hour teacher training at Yoga on Main (Philadelphia) and completed a Restorative Yoga teacher training soon thereafter. She is currently expanding her practice to incorporate rebirthing and other breathwork techniques to work with trauma. Off the mat, Shikha is a legal ethics professional by day and a law student by night with a passion for social justice and economic empowerment. She strives to bring mindfulness and stress management to the practice of law and to cultivate a community of mindful professionals. Shikha teaches a monthly restorative yoga class and a monthly funky flow class on weekends or in the evenings. To learn more, visit yogawithshikha.com

Suzannah Gratz

Yoga Instructor

Suzannah Gratz is a theater artist, yoga instructor, and movement enthusiast. Suzannah grew up performing and studied acting professionally earning a BA in acting performance from California State University Long Beach. Her performance studies blended with Yoga have led to many theatrical endeavors rooted in mindful embodiment and character building. When she isn't teaching yoga Suzannah might be found dancing in her living room, devising new theater projects, or exploring how we might bring social justice to our communities through movement! Her most recent curiosity and study has led Suzannah on the path to becoming a certified drama therapist. Since finding empowerment through her own journey of yoga beginning in 2010, Suzannah guides students to lead extraordinary lives through the courageous healing art of this practice.

Sweta Srivastava Vikram

Yoga Instructor

Sweta Srivastava Vikram (www.swetavikram.com), featured by Asian Fusion as “One of the most influential Asians of our time,” is an award-winning writer, three times Pushcart Prize nominee, Amazon bestselling author of 9 books, novelist, poet, essayist, and columnist. Sweta is also a certified yoga teacher and is most interested in sharing the love and power of yoga with trauma survivors. A graduate of Columbia University, when Sweta is not doing yoga, cooking, traveling, writing books, or posts for magazines, teaching creative writing, or giving talks on gender equality, she works as a digital and content marketing consultant. Sweta lives in New York City with her husband and can be found on Twitter [@swetavikram] and Facebook facebook.com/Words.By.Sweta

Tania Nunez

Yoga Instructor

Tania Nunez has been practicing Yoga since 1998. She is a 200Hr Certified Yoga Teacher in Dharma Yoga, and is currently completing her 500Hr certification. She is 200Hr Certified in The Science of Self (combining the power of Vinyasa Yoga with the Science of Meridians) and is also certified in Karma Kids Yoga. Her classes are creative and intuitive focusing on guiding students to release stress and restore balance, while gaining strength and flexibility. Tania is an artist and designer, and a graduate from the School of Visual Arts. When she is not teaching Yoga she can be found working in the creative arts arena. Tania is happy about having the opportunity to teach, inspire and empower the women of Exhale to Inhale's community.

Tara Johnson

Yoga Instructor

Tara Johnson completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at The Yoga School New York. During her teacher training, she found Exhale to Inhale and learned to incorporate its healing methodologies into her own personal yoga practice. As a former competitive figure skater, Tara practices yoga to reconnect with her body, breath, and mind. By day, Tara is an attorney practicing civil defense litigation in New York and New Jersey state and federal courts. In her spare time, Tara enjoys playing with her bulldog puppy, reading, and eating all the ice cream. As a survivor of domestic violence herself, Tara is forever grateful and honored to teach on behalf of ETI. You can find out more at www.taraajohnson.com

Tyvette Symone

Yoga Instructor

Tyvette Symone is a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Nomadic Healer, Artist, Writer and Intuitive Medium. In 2014 she founded Transcendence Yoga, a private collective based in Brooklyn. Using yoga as a therapeutic tool, her personalized classes are catered to adults and children suffering with PTSD. "Practicing yoga allowed me to get back in touch with my body. For someone like myself who grew up in a house full of violence and destructive anger, I latched on to those thought patterns because they were what I experienced my entire life. My yoga practice gave me the compassion that I needed to identify my triggers and realize that I have the ability to transcend the traumas of my past and break the cycle". Tyvette is proud to show children and adults who grew up in households with domestic violence that they are worthy of love.

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