Ariel Altman is dedicated to the growth of Exhale to Inhale through volunteer coordination efforts and other development initiatives. For her, Yoga has transformed from a means of exercise and mind-body wellness to a way to better the community. Ariel is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified vinyasa teacher [Sacred Sounds Yoga] and loves to “flow it out” while breaking a sweat. During the week you will find Ariel at her job in the Tech Industry and when she is not at work she is exploring NYC restaurants or trying out the latest fitness craze. She holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and loves all things related to healthy living.
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
Zoë is proud to be the Founder and Executive Director of Exhale to Inhale. Zoë found personal strength and comfort in yoga before completing her yoga teacher training in 2009. As a senior at Barnard College in 2013, Zoë founded Exhale to Inhale. She created the vision for the organization and ensured the correct individuals and systems were in place to make her vision become a reality. Zoë spent three years as a consultant at a boutique consulting firm in New York City, before gratefully returning full time to Exhale to Inhale. She is committed to curiosity, and to choosing joy and gratitude. Zoë is thankful to all of her teachers both on and off the mat.
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
Daniel Leventhal serves as Development Director for Pajama Program. He oversees all initiatives for development and growth of the organization. Prior to working at Pajama Program, Daniel was involved with fundraising and development at various organizations, including Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and NY Foundling. He is currently an MBA candidate at NYU Stern.
He became involved with Exhale to Inhale because of his passion to live in a world where no person must endure domestic violence, and because of his belief that yoga is a crucial avenue to empower domestic violence survivors.
Tara is a lover of nature, movement, color and creativity. Tara discovered yoga as a means of recovery from a relationship of Domestic Violence. Through her dedicated practice, yoga provided a way to reduce stress and regain strength and clarity in her daily life. Tara is a yoga and meditation teacher, Birth Doula and Master Reiki Healer approaching each healing modality through a trauma-informed lens. As Director of Curriculum and Mentoring for Exhale to Inhale, Tara strives to build a community where survivors and teachers can connect and experience the healing art of yoga.
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.
Sophia is a 500 hour level yoga teacher, trained at Abhaya. Sophia teaches private and public yoga classes in NYC designed to help people love themselves, regardless of their ability and body size. She also teaches private sessions and yoga based workshops to help people heal their relationship with food and body. Her classes are a blend of flowing movement, and relaxing restorative. When not teaching yoga Sophia is singing and playing music, and enjoying city life.
Eileen Fruithandler is the CEO of Third Eye Yoga Shala. She was attending a speech by Deepak Chopra when she first met Sarah Finger of ISHTA Yoga, and the ETI Board of Directors. Eileen is a Brand Ambassador for O, The Oprah Magazine as well as a Partner Studio with Yoga Journal Magazine. Eileen has attended trauma-based yoga training for Veterans, built philanthropic organizations in her community, and has a BS and MBA from NYU. She teaches yoga to high school students, sports teams and staff/instructors. Her goal is to create awareness not only for the physical healing benefits of trauma-based yoga, but also for how working together can do so much for our community, country and world.
Jodie Rufty is the Manager of Trainer Development for YogaWorks in New York City. She has been teaching yoga and training teachers worldwide for nearly two decades and is coauthor of The Art of Yoga Sequencing. Jodie has studied with incredible teachers including Alan Finger, Alison West, Ana Forrest, Desikachar, Eric Schifmann, Lisa Walford, Rodney Yee & Shiva Rea. She received her Master level Attunement and Certification to Reiki, is a Prema Birthing Practitioner, as well as a Rising Star and More Truth Will Set You Free teacher. Jodie resides in NYC where she continues to study, practice and teach. She leads workshops and retreats worldwide. Jodie believes these incredible tools and gifts are given to help us access and open the channels within, so we can awaken to the luminous Spirit and Truth that resides in us all.