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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.