Ellen Patrick, Director and nationally Registered Yoga Teacher, Ellen is nationally certified and registered with the Yoga Alliance as a teacher at the advanced 500-hour training level, in addition to being certified as a Yoga Therapist. Dedicated to serving the unique needs of her students, Ellen emphasizes “the appropriate application of yoga for the individual”. Even in group class settings, Ellen works at refining the skill of understanding each student’s body and recommending modifications, where necessary, so they may truly experience the benefits of their yoga practice. An extremely caring teacher, Ellen encourages her students to explore their abilities and limitations during their practice on, or off, the mat. The practice of yoga is to serve the individual, not to have the student serve the practice. She believes that everyone can benefit from yoga and yoga should be accessible to everyone regardless of age, body type or physical limitation. It is Ellen’s extensive training in yoga and dance, along with her nurturing spirit that make her a truly gifted teacher.
Caroline Martinez-Zuber, nationally Registered Yoga Teacher - Caroline, a Swiss citizen, began practicing Yoga in 1998 when she was living in Mexico City. Her first yoga teacher was also a Practitioner of Natural Medicine--a topic which was woven throughout his classes. Caroline soon became fascinated by the link between physical workout and spiritual consciousness that her teacher presented. When she moved to the US in 2002, she immediately enrolled in and became certified through Alan Finger's Be Yoga teacher training program. Her teaching style incorporates the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga that address the individual needs of each student. In her classes, asana is adapted to every students' needs which may include the incorporation of props.
Patricia came to yoga in 2000 after a long and fulfilling career as a high school dance educator. She felt a calling to yoga throughout her career and upon retirement began her practice and studies. She completed her yoga teacher training in 2003 with Brahmani Leibman at The Rivertown Center for Yoga and Health in Dobbs Ferry. For Patricia, "yoga has become a very rich practice. It continuously teaches and leads me deeper in all aspects of my life. When I retired from public school teaching, yoga became a most natural and wonderful way to take care of myself. I also hope to inspire others to do the same".
Deborah Gorman, Certified Yoga Teacher - Twenty-five years ago, Deborah's heart and soul were deeply moved during her first Kripalu Yoga class. She has been a yoga devotee ever since. Deborah received her Kripalu Yoga Teacher Certification in 1997 and has been teaching throughout Westchester, Putnam and Manhattan for the past fifteen years. Through yoga, she has found it easier, "to appreciate each moment, allowing me to be more loving, forgiving and compassionate to myself and others". Through her teaching, Deborah hopes to impart these same life-affirming skills to her students.
Jean McCabe, Certified Pilates Instructor - Jean has been teaching The Pilates Method of Body Conditioning. She had the privilege of being trained by Romana, Joseph Pilates protege. Jean loves Pilates for its holistic, challenging and life-altering possibilities. In her teaching, she draws from her experiences as a ballet dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet, as well as studying and teaching yoga for many years, during which time she counted among her private clients, Yoko Ono.. She hopes you will enjoy and receive many of the benefits of the Pilates Method.
Reyna Gonzalez, nationally Registered Yoga Teacher and Reiki Master - Reyna first discovered yoga in 1976 as part of her high school's physical education curriculum. Years later, while recovering from a C-section birth in 1995, Reyna benefited from the stress reduction and muscle relaxation effects learned in her yoga classes. Not too long after that, she enrolled in Yoga Haven's teacher training program and was certified in 1998. Reyna began her Prenatal Yoga studies as a way to help her through her second pregnancy. She now regularly teaches Prenatal Yoga classes as well as adult classes. Her style of teaching is influenced by the many rich traditions that yoga has to offer. She has taught multi-level classes over the years but especially enjoys "introducing beginner students to the overall benefits of yoga."
Corey is a kid at heart--constantly moving and constantly curious. She discovered yoga in as a dance major at Skidmore College, and has been an avid practitioner ever since. Her practice led her to Om Yoga Center in where she completed her Teacher Training Program. Amazed by yoga's unique and constant opportunity for mental and physical discovery, Corey believes that anyone can enjoy the benefits of yoga. In class, Corey uses her playful nature to create a safe and encouraging environment in which student can explore, challenge and discover. In addition, Corey is currently the children's yoga specialist with the Butterflies Program at University Settlement in Manhattan. She is grateful to all of her teachers who have shared their knowledge and is continuously inspired by her students.
Franklin is a certified Kripalu yoga teacher whose focused, yet playful, approach to the practice reflects the possibility of transformation through compassion and self-awareness. He began practicing yoga as part of his search for wholeness. As his practice helped him to attain this wholeness, he developed a desire to share the benefits of this ancient practice with others. Through his teaching, Franklin embodies the joy of his experience and hopes to guide others to discover their own joy. He wants his students to learn to “Breathe, relax, and listen to the inner body as you discover your own yoga”.
Nancy attempts to incorporate Yoga into everything she does, both on and off the mat. For over 20 years, she has been motivating individuals to feel more comfortable in their bodies and happier in their daily lives through personal training and step aerobics classes. Nancy began practicing yoga because it brought her to a special place both physically and mentally. She decided to teach yoga so she could share both the physical and spiritual benefits that yoga offers. She has several certifications that include a 200-hour training from Betsy Kase at Yoga Haven and a 500-hour training from Urban Zen with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman. Nancy teaches yoga from her heart. She hopes to inspire her students through a fun and engaging experience.
A veteran of New York's public relations jungle, Emily found meaning and perspective in yoga's ability to quiet the mind and strengthen the body. Her teaching approach encompasses the precepts of sthira and sukha (effort and ease), encouraging her students to trust their own bodies and enjoy the practice. In addition to her 200-hour training at Bright Spirit Yoga in Hoboken, NJ, she earned certifications in prenatal and restorative yoga from Yoga Works and in children's yoga from Neney's Yoginis. Emily expresses gratitude to her teachers Jillian Pransky and Carrie Parker Gastelu, and all those who have guided her journey.
Samantha first experienced yoga as somewhat of an accidental tourist. Approximately 10 years ago, a friend invited her to try a yoga class and she immediately fell in love with this ancient tradition. Before practicing yoga, she lived with constant anxiety that would strangle her breath and cause her chest to ache. After that first class, she felt she could finally breathe. She remembers feeling amazed that although yoga had been available her entire life she, literally, had no idea of its existence or profound transformative powers. Samantha has been practicing yoga ever since and it has led her on a path of expanding her yoga practice to study holistic approaches to health and well-being. Samantha was initially drawn to a yoga teacher training program as a way to deepen her own practice. But she soon realized she wanted to share all she was learning with others. In the spring of 2003, Samantha became a certified yoga instructor through Alan Finger's ISHTA Yoga (the Integrated Sciences of Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda). Today, as a certified yoga instructor, Samantha feels her practice and studies help her connect with her students. She loves seeing how yoga positively affects those around her. "Sharing what I've learned over the years about yoga with my students is priceless." Her classes combine both the dynamic movement of vinyasa style yoga (moving with the breath) with a focus on detailed alignment instruction in each pose. She has a warm, approachable teaching style, which allows students a place in any asana where they can personalize their practice by finding the openings they need. In July 2007 she completed a kids yoga teacher-training program at Karma Kids Yoga and learned how to make yoga fun for toddlers through teens.
Jill found yoga in 1998 after four years in college and in desperate need of something more than just another exercise class. Yoga was the answer. She practiced at many different centers in Manhattan and knew that one day she would want to take her passion and share it with others. In 2002, Jill began her training with Yoga Fit but couldn't find the right fit. Then in 2008 she decided to further pursue her education and enrolled with Charles and Lisa Matkin of Matkin Yoga, where she received her 200-hr certification. One of the greatest joys Jill receives from teaching yoga is in seeing each student finish their practice with a sense of calm and ease. She encourages everyone to take that feeling of peace and keep it with them at all times. Jill is also a Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Counselor and works with her clients on lifestyle changes for the body, mind and spirit. She counsels private clients here at The Yoga Sanctuary.
"Yoga has truly changed so much of the way I approach life. I've finally learned to breathe...its only taken me 40 years..andI'm still learning and discovering this new self on the mat and yes, sometimes blessed to take these concepts learned in the studio and practice it outside. And tennis. Cannot tell you how many people, peers and pros alike, have asked, 'what happened to you?' And calmly tell them Yoga...; for match play, so much easier to dial down the outside noise and find my breath always finding my breath always."
-- Veronica Coach
"I am so filled with gratitude for having you (Ellen) and the people of Yoga Sanctuary in my life!"
-- Marieke Cook
"I was a lucky raffle winnter of 5 yoga classes at The Yoga Sanctuary. I want to thank you for a very satisfying experience! I had the please of taking classes with Corey and Caroline. They were all fabulous, offering expert instruction and individualized attention in a gentle, supportive manner."
-- Deb Dolan
"Within a year, the Yoga Sanctuary became my second home. I love being there with its wonderful friendly staff and its very competent instructors."
-- Patrick Fraillon
Thanks! I'm so happy I found sanctuary at your sanctuary it's really changed my life!
-- Deborah Bers
Just thought you should know how great a teacher Jean is. I have spoken after class several times with students who all remark on how "nurturing" and supportive she is. Today a new student was talking to me en route to our cars about how personal Jean's instructions and attention are and I told her that Jean never "phones it in." She really is excellent and genuinely encourages me to go to a class I wouldn't stick with if it wasn't for her skills as a teacher.
I thoroughly enjoyed my class with Deborah yesterday! She was just terrific and went out of her way to help me and bring me along with the rest of the class. As someone who is new to the Yoga Sanctuary I must say that I was very impressed and am looking forward to coming back tomorrow. For me the important thing is to take it slow and gentle and consistently. Thank you for your encouragement.