Teacher Bios

All students approach their practice in a different way. We often relate to a teacher because they approach their own practice in a way that resonates with us. As the buddhist proverb says “when the student is ready the teacher appears.”

Brianna Taylor

Brianna is a multidisciplinary movement artist, teacher, choreographer, performer, and investigator. She brings together over 12 years of experience teaching yoga and dance to people of all ages and abilities, along with a wealth of experiences facilitating creative performance events, classes and workshops. Her on-going study of various dance styles, tai chi, somatic practices, Thai massage and Reiki inform her yoga practice and teaching, and she blends these sensibilities into an alignment-based vinyasa class or quiet deep stretch and restore. She holds an MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, as well yoga teaching certifications from the Laughing Lotus in San Francisco, and the Eldorado Mountain Yoga Ashram in Colorado, totaling over 500 hours. Brianna was an adjunct professor at various NC universities, instructing courses in Yoga, Contemporary and West African Dance, and choreography, and has taught yoga in studios around Greensboro, Boulder, CO, and San Francisco, CA. Brianna’s intention as a teacher is to hold space for her students to find openness and joy in their bodies, through movement, breath, alignment, and sound, and she encourages an environment of listening and nurturing, playfulness and love.

Cassandra Motta

Cassandra obtained her BFA in Dance from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and upon graduating she moved to NYC to dance and form her own dance company. Here in New York she discovered her love of yoga and finds it to be an essential tool for survival in the world today. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Celebrating the Call along with a 20-hour Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra training through ISHTA Yoga. Cassandra especially enjoys teaching people of all ages how to slow down, breathe, and connect to the self.

Christina Mattus

Christina was first exposed to yoga when she was 8 years old and knew that it was something that she would continue to do whenever she grew up. Later, after practicing on and off over the years primarily for exercise, Christina embraced a fuller and more regular practice upon moving back to New York in 2006 when she experienced the healing aspects of yoga and its tremendous impact on her life. She then found the steadiness and discipline of Ashtanga Yoga initially from John Schneider, to whom she is very grateful, and later benefitted from the nurturing grace and benevolence of Erica Fae. In 2010 Christina spent some time studying with Yogis from all over the world in various places in India, and later that year in New York completed the Savitri Yoga Shal teacher training in the Hatha Yoga tradition with Yogi Charu. With gratitude to all of the teachers who have led her to her present path, Christina currently finds freedom in the flow of Vinyasa inspired by principles of the Hatha and Ashtanga traditions. Continually renewed by the depth and interconnectedness of yoga and all that there is to discover, Christina hopes to share this journey with you.

Emily Young

Emily is a 200-hour RYT Yoga Instructor, Certified Kids and Restorative Levels 1&2 Yoga Instructor, and also a Holistic Health Coach and RN. She believes that yoga is one of the ultimate self-loving practices that anyone can do. She loves helping hearts and minds grow, allowing one to feel and think in a more positive way. After becoming a mother and experiencing years of back injuries and pain, Emily has learned to modify her practice and to develop a deeper respect for the body. She believes that individuals should discover and determine their own personal boundaries and she strives to help her students feel safe and supported so that they may find the best expression of themselves at each and every moment.

Erika Mehiel

Erika believes that Yoga is a process of self-discovery and transformation that is totally unique and personal to each one of us, and loves helping others develop their own relationship with Yoga, both on and off the mat. She draws on the practices of Ayurveda, TCM and Aromatherapy, as well as the latest research in neuroscience, coupled with a playful curiosity, to create classes designed to inspire, inform, and empower. Erika began her practice in 2001, and earned her Yoga Teaching Certification at the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica under Brahmananda Don and Amba Stapleton. Erika has completed advanced trainings in Self Awakening Yoga Therapeutics, Ayurvedic, Restorative & Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is an herbalist, an Integrative Wellness Coach and member of the National Association of Drugless Practitioners, recently undertaking the study of Shamanic Reiki.

Gina Pulisciano

Gina began her yoga practice over 10 years ago initially seeking physical relief as her work as an esthetician was strenuous on her body. The mental, emotional, and spiritual benefits that unfolded sealed her commitment to her practice. After two life transforming trips to India she decided to delve further into the world of yoga by obtaining her teaching certification in 2011. Gina believes that yoga has made her a better listener and a more positive and confident human being. Her experience has proven to her that yoga is truly its definition: the union of mind and body. Gina’s background as a holistic esthetician informs her approach to teaching yoga: she is passionate about helping people and she believes that mind/body wellness is essential and individualized. Gina is a certified Reiki practitioner and also studies Ayurveda and aromatherapy.

Jan Orlando Go

Jan takes a personal and individualized approach to teaching yoga, influenced by his own experience as a practitioner of Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. He is a RYT-500, ERYT-200, receiving both from Three Sisters Yoga. In addition he has 120 Hours of Advanced Anatomy Training, and 85 hours of pre/post natal training and restorative training. The basis of his teaching philosophy is that yoga can benefit all body types: if you can breathe, you can benefit from yoga. In class with Jan you will experience a breath and alignment based exploration of familiar asana while exploring challenging and often untapped asana. Always committed to being intuitive, compassionate, and free from judgement, the cornerstone of Jan’s practice is a joyful exploration of challenging and new asana with modifications offered for all.

Jarrod Byrne Mayer

Jarrod is a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor and Brooklyn based musician, writer, and artist. All of his work and practice is a reflection of his inner vision and experience through Kundalini yoga and survival arts. Jarrod has studied with naturalist and master survivalist Tom Brown Jr. in the pine barrens of southern New Jersey and believes that a connection with the earth and nature is essential to expanding within the infinite. Jarrod incorporates this awareness into his classes with the intention to help students access the expansiveness that is both within and beyond their immediate surroundings. Through chanting mantras, meditation, pranayama, and kriya Jarrod shares the laughter and tears that may accompany the practice of Kundalini yoga.

Margherita Tisato

Margherita’s yoga practice spans over more than a decade and includes Hatha, Vinyasa and Kundalini traditions. She received her 200 hr certification in Vinyasa yoga from Lea Kramer at Prana Mandir, and her 300 hr certification in yoga and Ayurveda from Summer Quashie and Leigh Evans of Yoga Sukhavati. Further training includes yoga for incarcerated youth with the Lineage Project and trauma sensitive yoga/yoga for PTSD with Bessel A. van der Kolk M.D. founder of the Trauma Center and Hatti Figge, RYT, LCSW. Margherita believes in a challenging practice to awaken the body, find and accept our limits, and see the potential that lies beyond them. In her classes you can expect a combination of movement, breath, spiritual philosophy, stillness, and passion, to encourage each individual to find their own potential. Aside from yoga Margherita studies, performs and teaches Butoh and modern dance around NYC and beyond. She is forever indebted to all her Teachers, who showed her how to engage with mystery and awe.

Marion Mahima Jackson

Mahima (Marion Jackson) is an eternal light-worker, seeker of the truth, and a lifelong student of movement. She began her yoga practice in 2000 and has been teaching since her 200 hour certification at Integral Yoga NYC in 2005, additionally completing Vinyasa training with Shiva Rea and a 300 hour Jivamukti training. Drawing great inspiration from Buddhist and Vedantic philosophy she hopes to spread the ancient knowledge and to help awaken the inner teacher residing in all of us. Her carefully sequenced classes focus on organically aligned movement, integrated breath, energetic connection, sound and mantra, creating a peaceful, nurturing, and non-competitive space. Mahima is grateful to Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati and the Ananda Ashram, a yoga retreat and spiritual center where she lived, worked, and studied for the past 3 years. She extends humble thanks to all of her teachers, human and non-human. She has been a Gyrotonic trainer since 2005 and continues to teach this intelligent movement system in NYC. Also a sound healing practitioner, Mahima most recently studied Tibetan singing bowl therapy with 3rd generation Master Shree Krishna Shahi in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Melanie Jane Parker

Melanie began practicing yoga in 2003, and initiated a daily Mysore Ashtanga practice in 2011. She teaches yoga-based movement and mindfulness to young people at a public high school on the Lower East Side, and is pursuing a Master’s in psychology with a concentration in mental health and substance use counseling at the New School for Social Research. She extends boundless gratitude, respect, and love to her wonderful teachers.

Saskia Thode

Saskia was introduced to yoga in 2003, practicing on and off initially. After moving from the German countryside to New York City in 2006 yoga became an essential and substantial practice helping her to find stillness, peace, and clarity in this big city. She completed the first Sarva Yoga Academy teacher training at Go Yoga with teachers Lilia Mead, Michael Hewett and Matthew Lombardo. Saskia has studied various lineages of yoga, the wisdom of Tibetan Buddhism, Indian Yoga, and the Fourth Way. She was also certified as a Therapeutic Yoga Practitioner by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal at Integral Yoga and is a certified Reiki Practitioner of the 2nd degree. For Saskia yoga is not a physical practice but rather a combination of mind, body and spirit; and the healing powers of the unity of these elements. Saskia teaches both Therapeutic & Restorative Yoga and Vinyasa Flow, in which she aims to combine the inner and outer methods of healing simultaneously in motion.

Tara Ferri

Tara is trained in vinyasa, prenatal, postnatal, and restorative yoga with almost 10 years teaching experience and 20 years of personal practice. She was first introduced to yoga in her late teens when she moved to NY for art school, and began practicing regularly 10 years later when debilitating bouts of arthritis prohibited her regular workouts. Now all her arthritis symptoms have been eradicated which she attributes to years of yoga and has made her sensitive to injuries and the need for modifications. Alignment is key so hands on adjustments and verbal cues are a consistent part of class, and the use of props is encouraged to ensure that students have a safe yoga practice.

Taylor Jeanne

Taylor began her yogic journey as a means of expression, creative movement and ever-evolving discovery. She completed her 200-hour Teacher Training at Abhaya Yoga in Brooklyn under the guidance of Tara Glazier and is also a certified instructor of Chair Yoga and Radiant Child Yoga. Taylor aspires to cultivate a space where students feel empowered to move in their own unique way and hopes to inspire others to find a sense of lightness and playfulness in their practice. Through mindful movement, meditation, breath work, and a continuous practice of self-love, Taylor encourages her students to follow the guidance of their own inner teacher.

Vida Dominguez

A native New Yorker and classically trained ballerina, Vida is deeply aware of the joyous pairing of movement and music. She studied ballet at the prestigious School of American Ballet and was a dance major at the Fiorello Laguardia High School of Music, Art and Performing Arts. Eventually, she discovered yoga and devoted her life to that therapeutic and challenging practice. Yoga became an invaluable tool to her because it opened an awareness of inner peace and spiritual balance amid the turmoil of everyday life. Vida attained her 200 Hour Yoga Certification at Yoga Vida. Her highest intention is to teach the transformative and ancient practice of yoga to bring liberation to others those willing to embark on the journey of self-discovery and excellent health.

Virginia Richardson

Virginia’s practice emphasizes one’s own discovery through experience, rather than teaching through telling. Once she began consistently working with yoga, her life opened up. She found creative inspiration, nourishing relationships, and physical healing of chronic illnesses. Her continually transformative experience with yoga has encouraged her to explore a wide variety of consciousness and energy practices leading her to become a full-time energy worker and writer. Virginia views yoga as a combination of energy work, meditation, and philosophic tradition, as well as physical exercise. She strives to keep her both her yoga practice and her teaching from being too serious, always allowing plenty of space for play and inquiry so that yoga can introduce whatever lesson it has to teach.