Kate was lucky to find Hot Yoga during her first semester of college and is still best friends with the girl who brought her to class. She has taught for 4 years and practiced for 11 while living abroad in Italy, China, Thailand and Texas.
Kate loves that although the 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises never change, the practitioner does. Over the years, she has practiced for health, exercise, meditation and alone time. This yoga helps Kate know herself better and introduces her to the most amazing people. Her other passions are hip-hop, cooking (usually Asian food), reading novels and getting lost in her hometown of NYC.
"No matter how far you travel, you can never get away from yourself." - Haruki Murakami, After the Quake
Alex's goal is to motivate students beyond pre-conceived barriers so they are rewarded with new-found abilities. Through consistent practice, one will rediscover and reclaim one's own body.
Alex started practicing hatha yoga in 1997 and stumbled upon the Bikram series in 2001. After years of back and forth, love and hate with the Bikram series, she realized it gave her the structure and discipline she needed--physically, mentally and emotionally.
After 3 years of consistent Bikram practice, Alex graduated from teacher training in Spring 2011 and has been teaching steadily since. She has taught at many studios around the country including in NY, CA and TX. In 2015, Alex competed in the Yoga Asana Championships at the national level.
When she's not teaching or practicing, Alex is in Brooklyn walking her dog, trying out a new recipe or watching Top Chef re-runs.
Riji is happy to join the new and growing YO BK yoga family and to be part of the (r)evolution of yoga in Brooklyn. As a native Queens-NYC girl who grew up playing basketball in rival school gyms and asphalt courts in BK parks, it is meaningful to return to teach and practice yoga in blossoming Williamsburg. One of her favorite things about YO BK is the view of the bridge, always perfectly satiating to the heart, whether during a pinkish sunrise, bluish midday, ruddy reddish sunset, or pitch black night.
Riji has been teaching the Bikram Method since Fall of 2006, and she is honored to have been part of the staff for two Honolulu Teacher Trainings, learning under the precise guidance of phenomenal teaching legends, some gone, some here... She is also thankful to have studied under the compassionate masterful tutelage of Sri Dharm Mittra and has taught his style since completing his Teacher Training in 2010. Besides her work in studios around NY, Riji teaches private clients through a language that is always extending and expanding from and within her personal consciousness and connection: a nonstop flow and weaving of all of her studies, teachings and life exxperiences on and off the yoga mat. On her off the mat time, Riji is a model and creative spirit working in fashion and media in New York City.
"Eyes High Walk Light": transliterated daily quote from her beautiful and inspiring mother.
Frank began practicing Bikram Yoga in January 2009. Out of shape and unhappy with his poor health, he was determined to turn his life around.
Frank felt a transformation after his first class. Bikram Yoga has allowed him to strengthen his body, increase flexibility, and improve balance; while also calming and focusing his mind. Four years later, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Bikram's Teacher Training in Spring of 2013.
In addition to teaching full-time, Frank works with “One posture at a Time” teaching yoga in treatment facilities for individuals in recovery from substance abuse. He is truly grateful to this yoga and believes in its healing abilities.
Natalie started practicing yoga a week before her 21st birthday in Burlington, VT. From the moment the sweat dropped onto her mat, she was hooked. Prior to that, she had struggled to find a physical activity that bettered her overall health. She could easily see herself heading down a toxic path. After that first encounter on January 18, 2006, everything changed. Natalie was determined to unlock the mysteries of her body and mind and lock her knee! Three years into her practice, Natalie realized she wanted to become a yoga teacher. It took almost three more years to make that dream a reality. Natalie completed her Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in November 2011. Her journey as a student and teacher had only begun. Yoga continues to inspire and challenge her in countless ways. Getting certified in Inferno Hot Pilates has brought her new challenges and new inspiration, in both teaching and practicing. Sharing the practice of yoga and Pilates with students is one of the greatest joys of her life. Natalie believes that through movement in yoga & Pilates we can heal our bodies, minds and spirits, experiencing a profound level of health and vitality. Her goal is to help people discover their potential one breath, one posture, one yoga class at a time. It's all about feeling good baby!
In graduate school, Tracy had a professor who would lead the class through brief meditations and simple yoga poses to re-energize her tired students during long evening lectures. This mindful practice turned a high-energy, former gymnast to the practice of slowing down and enjoying the present moment. Since then, Tracy's love of yoga and meditation has grown rapidly. She studies and practices many styles of Hatha yoga. She completed her first 200 hour Yoga Alliance Training in 2013 before training with International Yoga Champion Jared McCann in 2015. She currently coordinates Teacher Training at Lighthouse Yoga School.
Tracy graduated with a Masters in Early Childhood Special Education in 2011 and currently works as a Special Education Itinerant Teacher. She teaches both group and private yoga to adults and children around NYC. Tracy believes that the the practice of meditation and yoga, with careful attention to alignment and breath, increases strength and flexibility to balance and connect the physical body to its mind and soul. While practicing and teaching yoga, Tracy encourages people of all ages to channel their inner child and explore their curiosity, individuality, fearlessness, and creativity through their yoga practice.
Sarah Ghilardi, 28, grew up in Zurich, Switzerland. She started practicing the Bikram Method at the age of 14. Since then, she has practiced many styles of yoga--mainly Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Sivananda.
Sarah completed Bikram's Teacher Training in 2012 in Los Angeles. She recently earned her 200-hour Vinyasa certification from Lighthouse Yoga School in Brooklyn. In 2012, Sarah won first place at the Swiss Yoga Asana Championship and competed internationally in Los Angeles.
Sarah speaks German, French and English. She has lived in the United States for two years and is passionate about sharing her love for yoga.