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Eve Holbrook

Eve Holbrook was drawn to yoga for relief from back pain following a childhood horseback riding injury. She has been practicing for 20 years. In 2001, she began teaching classes at theatre companies in New York City. Since then, Eve completed a two-year teacher-training program at the Iyengar Institute of New York, earned Junior Intermediate One level certification from the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US and founded of The Nerve of Expression, a community project offering yoga to artists with multiple sclerosis. She has experience with therapeutic applications of yoga for backcare and scoliosis, has assisted in the medical classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune, India, and in the Specific Needs class at the Iyengar Institue of New York with Senior Iyengar teacher, James Murphy. More about Eve.

Rachel Lynch-John

Rachel Lynch-John  moved to New York from her native England in 1989. She began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1990 and has assisted her Iyengar teacher, Genny Kapuler, since 2001. Through Genny, Rachel met and began studying with Donald Moyer. Rachel is certified in Embodied Anatomy and Yoga (EAY), Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga (EDMY) and is an Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME) through the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has assisted Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen (founder of the School Body-Mind Centering®) and taught in the EAY and EDMY yoga teacher training programs in NYC and Berkeley California.

Andi Wirz

Andi Wirz is a native of Switzerland. He found his way to yoga through dance and creative movement. He has been studying and teaching the Iyengar method for the last 20 years. Teachers that have influenced him most are Kevin Gardiner, Robin Janis, Donald Moyer and Genny Kapuler. He also studies yoga with the BMC ® approach with Roxlyn Moret and travels every summer with her to Switzerland to teach workshops. Andreas holds a physical education diploma from the University of Basel, Switzerland. He moved to NYC to pursue a career as a modern dancer. He performed with many modern dance companies and spent half a year in Japan performing with the Swiss mime group “Mummenschanz”. More

Miriam (Mimi) Rosetti

Miriam (Mimi) Rosetti was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 16. Following 6 months wearing a brace, she underwent corrective surgery fusing a large portion of her spine. Nearly 10 years late, in 2005, while simultaneously pursuing a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and delving into her first yoga teacher training at YogaWorks, Mimi began to reconnect with her scoliosis and the impact of her surgery. Since then, she has apprenticed extensively with Deborah Wolk and is certified as a Yoga for Scoliosis teacher through Elise Browning Miller. Mimi spent January 2011 as a student in the medical class at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India and is currently in the second year of the teacher training at the Iyengar Institute of New York. Mimi lives in Manhattan with her husband and 2 year old daughter. An interview with Mimi.

Frank Ricci

After leaving behind a career in the New York fashion industry, Frank Ricci was ready to find inner peace. What began as a casual yoga practice quickly became his passion, he found his true career calling: to help heal others. Frank received his yoga teaching certificate from Yogasana in Brooklyn, where he began teaching in 2010. Since that time, he has received extensive training in therapeutic yoga, including assisting Deborah Wolk. He studies regularly with his mentors and has had the pleasure and privilege of studying with Donald Moyer in the Yoga Room. In 2011, Frank traveled to India for a 5-week course of study In Iyengar Yoga with Rajiv and Swati Chanchani. Frank’s compassionate teaching style draws from Iyengar yoga as well as the Alexander Techique, creating a unique experience that is both encouraging and challenging.

Rachel Lynch-John

Rachel Lynch-John  moved to New York from her native England in 1989. She began practicing Iyengar yoga in 1990 and has assisted her Iyengar teacher, Genny Kapuler, since 2001. Through Genny, Rachel met and began studying with Donald Moyer. Rachel is certified in Embodied Anatomy and Yoga (EAY), Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga (EDMY) and is an Infant Developmental Movement Educator (IDME) through the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has assisted Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen (founder of the School Body-Mind Centering®) and taught in the EAY and EDMY yoga teacher training programs in NYC and Berkeley California.

Eve Holbrook

Eve Holbrook was drawn to yoga for relief from back pain following a childhood horseback riding injury. She has been practicing for 20 years. In 2001, she began teaching classes at theatre companies in New York City. Since then, Eve completed a two-year teacher-training program at the Iyengar Institute of New York, earned Junior Intermediate One level certification from the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the US and founded of The Nerve of Expression, a community project offering yoga to artists with multiple sclerosis. She has experience with therapeutic applications of yoga for backcare and scoliosis, has assisted in the medical classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Institute in Pune, India, and in the Specific Needs class at the Iyengar Institue of New York with Senior Iyengar teacher, James Murphy. More about Eve.

Scoliosis Intermediate

For students with mature yoga practice or who have been taking the Yoga & Scoliosis or Back Care class on a regular basis for a minimum of 1 year.  All poses will be modified with props and awareness techniques so each student can move along with his/her practice. There will also be some focus on inversions. The Intermediate class is not for new beginners.

Yoga for Atheletes

Join Ashlee Willaman for weekly Yoga for Athletes classes (appropriate for all levels and athletic experience) with a focus on back care and dealing with athletic injuries. You’ll learn poses to increase flexibility, especially in the hips and legs, while building sport-specific core strength to help make you a better athlete while lowering your recovery time and risk of injury. The first part of the class will focus on the athlete’s tight spots (hips, hamstrings, calves, IT bands, groins, back and shoulders) and we’ll finish up with restorative poses, which are essential to the athlete’s recovery.