Sarah co-founded ISHTA Yoga with her husband, Alan Finger and their partner, Bruce Wilcox in 2008, and helped develop one of the most renowned Teacher Training programs in New York City. Her partnership with Alan has informed her teachings on multiple levels and graced her with the opportunity to teach all over the world including Tokyo, Munich, Stockholm, and India. Sarah is the Managing Director of ISHTA, which has been ranked one of the top 7 yoga studios in Manhattan by Citysearch. Sarah holds the title Yogiraj and developed her own signature class “Sweat and Samadhi,” which is taught by ISHTA teachers worldwide. Her classes offer a blend of alignment-based flow, breath awareness, kriya techniques and Tantric meditation that enable the practitioner to experience the essence of the Self. Her daughter, Satya, inspires her every day to live a life based in truthfulness and self-empowerment. www.sarahplattfinger.com
Erica is the Co-Owner and Director of Harlem Yoga Studio (HYS), founded in 2009 with the mission of making yoga accessible, welcoming and fun for Every Body living in Harlem. A thriving community, HYS offers a wide variety of classes for students of all ages, abilities, and body types. Erica holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the Wharton School and a Masters degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. She brings her experience in Marketing, Project Management, and Organizational Effectiveness to her role at ETI. Having viewed the world with a systemic lens for many years, Erica sees the internal connection between body, mind and spirit as a mirror (and magnifier) of our connection to one another, and incorporates her understanding of yoga and her background in group dynamics and social organizational theory to help teams work together and engage more effectively. She is continually inspired to deepen her knowledge of the body, mind, and spirit, and is profoundly grateful to her teachers both on and off the mat. www.ericabarthyoga.com
Claire is a Spiritual Financial Coach combining her passions for yoga and finance, to help people understand money as energy. After 15 years on Wall Street, Claire left to study spiritual traditions in indigenous places around the world. There she gleaned insights into the universal principles of abundance that she applies in her teaching. Claire has a thriving practice providing guidance, support and inspiration to individuals, entrepreneurs and couples. She is a certified 500-hr hatha yoga, prenatal, and meditation teacher.
Amy joined the Board of Exhale to Inhale after co-directing the organization with Kate Mitchell for its first two years. Amy provides leadership in marketing, fundraising, and program development for Exhale to Inhale. A classically trained marketer with over 25 years of experience, Amy now offers her skills on an “as needed” basis as a freelance agent. In this capacity she has worked with a variety of Fortune 500 clients across the consumer packaged goods, education, and pharmaceutical industries in developing new business initiatives and enhancing current efforts. Amy holds an MBA from Northeastern University, a BA from the University of Vermont, and a 500 hour Professional Teaching Certification from YogaWorks. She is grateful to her clients, colleagues, and students for giving her the opportunity to work, teach, and learn in harmony.
Ashley has had a longstanding passion for advocating for women and marginalized individuals, tracing back to her work as an undergraduate student, documenting the stories of female survivors of domestic violence. Ashley is an attorney, with expertise advising clients in the healthcare industry, both at large law firms, and currently, “in-house” at a healthcare start-up. In addition, she has provided pro bono legal services to women and LGBT individuals seeking asylum, and various non-profit organizations. Outside of work, Ashley is an enthusiastic runner and athlete, and has, for over six years, through Achilles International, participated as a running guide for blind and disabled runners in road races, including the New York City Marathon, which brings her great joy. She is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and a teacher with Exhale to Inhale. 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.
Bomsinae’s two passions are practicing yoga and serving victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. As former Executive Director of Korean American Family Service Center that assists victims of domestic and sexual abuse, she is thrilled to be part of Exhale to Inhale with a mission that combines two of her passions. Bomsinae has been part of the non-profit community in New York City, first as a hotline volunteer for KAFSC, then as board member and executive director at various non-profit organizations. Bomsinae is grateful to be able to share her non-profit governance knowledge with ETI as she deepens her practice of yoga and continues her journey of being inspired physically, emotionally and spiritually by those around her.
Dhiren is passionate about the developing world, raising awareness and improving access to education and financial services for the poor in nations with particularly dire conditions. He devotes a great deal of personal time and resources to related causes. He has worked with a large global foundation on their programs focused on improving the availability of financial services for the poor, working closely with the payments ecosystem in Nigeria and South Africa. He is a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal Corporate Performance Improvement in New York. With more than 20 years of experience serving as a trusted advisor, he focuses on delivering business transformations and integrating complex systems. In recent years, he has served in numerous interim CIO/technology leadership roles, most notably for a $1 billion not-for-profit organization, a leading mortgage servicing bank as well as a large professional services organization. Prior to joining A&M, Dhiren was the COO of a FinTech company focused on algorithmic trade execution & Smart Order Routing. He was also a partner in Accenture’s Capital Markets group, where he was instrumental in building their Capital Markets Data Management services business. Dhiren earned a bachelor’s degree in business information systems from Staffordshire University in the U.K.
Kate joined the Board of Exhale to Inhale after co-directing the organization with Amy Tobin for its first two years. Prior to joining Exhale to Inhale, Kate built a career that spanned the public and private sectors. She worked in marketing at technology start-ups, Citigroup and a Community Development Financial Institution in NYC. Kate also spent time abroad working in the nonprofit sector in the Dominican Republic and West Africa. She splits her time between New York and Singapore, where she imports products. Kate holds an MBA from Thunderbird School of International Management and is a 200-hour certified yoga instructor through YogaWorks.
Regina is dedicated to advocating for women and children in need. During her time at Fordham Law School, she leaned on her experience interning with Stein & Ott, LLP, a boutique matrimonial firm, to volunteer with the Domestic Violence Awareness Center, assisting survivors file uncontested divorces. After graduation, as an associate of Herrick, Feinstein LLP and then Goodwin Procter LLP, Regina continued to provide pro bono legal services to survivors and their families through organizations such as My Sister’s Place. Regina started her practice of yoga as a first-year at Wellesley College. Since then, yoga has been instrumental to helping her find balance, calmness and strength through chaotic and difficult times. She could think of no better way to continue her service to survivors than through the powerful work of Exhale to Inhale. Regina is Associate General Counsel of TP ICAP, a global financial services firm.
Stephanie came to know Exhale to Inhale during her journey of moving beyond the teaching mat to something bigger. In 2018, she joined the Board of Exhale to Inhale after lending professional project management and operational experience to the successful execution of Exhale to Inhale’s 5th anniversary celebration. In joining the board, Stephanie is happily living an expansive version of her yoga, offering both professional and personal experiences as a resource to survivors.