Level 2


This class is taught by:

John Seelye

John Seelye is a senior yoga instructor with over 25 years of teaching experience who is well versed in the all levels of yoga practice, the healing arts of yoga therapeutics and support of the subtle energy bio fields through the use of Pranic Healing and Reiki.

John is a certified Anusara® Yoga instructor, a graduate of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy program, Pranic Healing Level III, Reiki Level II and Yoga Therapy programs. His meditation practice dates back more than 25 years. A lifelong interest in human potential continues to fuel his journey.

He has been teaching private sessions, group classes, and leading retreats and teacher trainings in New York City and the Hamptons for over 25 years. He founded One Ocean Yoga 11 years ago, that today operates every summer in a tent-studio and indoors every winter on the grounds of Channing Daughters Winery. John teaches private sessions by appointment in the Hamptons and NYC and offers workshops in various studios in the northeastern US.

In addition to teaching yoga, John is on the Review Committee for Certification in the School of Anusara® Yoga and is expecting certification as a Master Trainer for future Urban Zen Integrative Therapists in the near future. He also sponsors and produces yoga related events throughout the year, including concerts with Krishna Das, Wah, The Hanumen, David Hykes and benefits for Urban Zen and Bent on Learning.

To contact John, please email john@oneoceanyoga.com

Anusara Yoga: www.Anusarayoga.com

Urban Zen Integrative Therapy: www.urbanzen.org/about/wellbeing/

Pranic Healing: www.PranicHealingUSA.

Kelly Bragger

Kelly Bragger has been practicing and teaching yoga for a combination of 12 years. She has studied with various teachers including Thom and Beryl Bender Birch, Molly Fox and John Friend. She is certified by Om Yoga Center, directed by Cyndi Lee and is currently working on her second certification in Anusara Yoga with John Friend, whom she credits for much of her transformation, both in her yoga practice and in life as well. She is an ace certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She is also a licensed massage therapist, in practicing for 17 years, and is known for blending her nurturing aspects of bodywork with her yoga teaching. She also practices Reiki levels I & II, reflexology, Thai yoga massage and yoga therapeutics. She currently teaches at various studios in New York City and The Hamptons as well as maintaining a private practice.

Lois Nesbitt

Lois began practicing yoga as a teenager and resumed her studies as an adult. She has practiced Astanga yoga regularly for seven years, under Eddie Stern of the Patanjali Yoga Shala in New York and under K. Pattabhi Jois of Mysore, India. She is certified in Anusara Yoga by John Friend, as well as by Yoga Zone and Integral Yoga Institute. She teaches group classes in Manhattan September through June and in the Hamptons during the summer, as well as private lessons. More information and updates are posted on her website, www.blueskyyoga.com.

Nina Heller

Nina Heller is a highly skilled health practitioner. She has spent more than twenty years devoted to the healing arts. Nina is certified and licensed in Anusara yoga, fitness training, and massage therapy including: Medical, Cranial Sacral, Visceral Manipulation, Swedish, and Tai Massage, Sports Therapy and Shiatsu. She trains privately in swimming pools and on land. Nina is a long-time expert in alignment and therapeutic healing practices. She is devoted to her clients and their families and to their continual well-being. She has helped many individuals avoid hospitals and surgeries. Nina works primarily in Manhattan and the Hamptons, but has traveled around the world to accommodate her clients. For more information contact: ninaheller@earthlink.net

Kathleen Stenson

Kathleen Stenson started taking daily classes with David Life at the original Jivamukti East Village location, and her journey began. Along the way, many teachers inspired her to continue on the path of Yoga, and eventually to become a teacher. She first certified with Alison West in the Iyengar tradition in 2000, and then by Baron Baptiste in 2003. Currently, she is studying Anusara Yoga with John Friend, and his learned disciples, and is working towards certification in the Anusara tradition. Students can expect a strong vinyasa flow infused with the Anusara Universal Principals of Alignment. Her classes are rich in dialogue and detail, and often have chanting, music and guided meditations. Kathleen extends her gratitude to her many teachers for their guidance and inspiration, and as a true and constant student of Yoga, looks forward to the discovery of many more! Kathleen has been teaching yoga in various studios in New York City for the past five years.

Jessica Bellofatto

Jessica Bellofatto,
Jessica Bellofatto has been a dedicated student of Hatha Yoga for the past seventeen years. Her interest in Yoga was piqued at the age of 18, while she was majoring in Dance at New York University. She completed the intensive year-long Teacher Training Program at the Jivamukti Yoga Center with beloved teachers Sharon Gannon and David Life in 1996 and has been teaching ever since. First and foremost a student, Jessica has studied extensively with such notable teachers as Genevieve Kapuler, Richard Freeman, Angela Farmer and Victor Van Kooten, John Friend, and most recently with Marcela Clavijo and Lara Brunn at the Iyengar Institute in New York. Jessica co-founded Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, NY in 1999, which has been featured in The New York Times, TimeOut New York, The New York Post, New York Magazine, and other periodicals. Jessica also co-led a 500 hr Teacher Training Program through the studio, certifying 20 new teachers through the Yoga Alliance. Jessica directed the studio for nine years, but has since moved on to be free to deepen her studies of Yoga as well as explore her other passions of assisting women at birth and training for triathlons!!

A former dancer, Jessica teaches from a deep understanding of movement as art, movement as play, movement as therapy, and especially, movement as a spiritual practice. She is also interested in the stillness within and between the movement; the spaciousness of silence. First and foremost a student of Yoga, she is continually in awe at the vastness of the subject and looks foreword to a lifelong journey in this ancient art.

Camille Petrillo

Camille has been practicing yoga since the age of ten. She taught for eighteen years, and after a seven year break is so happy to be back sharing her compelling passion for teaching, her knowledge of the body, her love of movement and music, and her constantly developing understanding of asana. Camille has received advanced certifications from Iyengar Greats Maxine Tobias and Shandor Remete, as well as Bikram Choudhury and Erich Shiffmann. Early influences in her life were Dharma Mittra and Ana Forrest. Camille developed a yoga vinyasa flow series she has taught to students and teachers worldwide. She has been featured in, "W," "Self," "Vogue," "Time-Out," and, "Hamptons Magazines," as well as publications such as, "The New York Post," and, "USA Today." She appeared on, "Live With Regis," as Regis' Yogini, as well as cable television programs in Vail, Miami, and New York. She is currently writing a book on her one-on-one work. She loves to sail and scull.

Eric Pettigrew

Originally from Quebec, Eric began his career as a professional dancer and continues to pursue his passion for movement and healing through yoga, massage and homeopathy. He earned his yoga teaching certificate while studying with Cyndi Lee at OM Yoga Center in New York City. Then, combining his love of yoga & dance and to increase his knowledge of the human body he studied at Finger Lakes School of Massage, achieving his license in massage therapy. His studies also include: Yoga for cancer survivors, pilates, polarity, reflexology, applied kinesiology, cranio sacral therapy and herbal medicine. Eric recently graduated from School of Homeopathy New York, a 4-year course in homeopathic medicine which, in addition to his yoga and massage training, allows him to heal in a truly holistic manner. Eric’s unyielding gratitude, deep commitment to his yoga practice, and years of experience contribute to an increased awareness and quality in his yoga instruction. To contact him for private yoga instruction, massage and homeopathy visit www.holisticlifeworks.com

Tracey Palmer

Tracey’s style of teaching is influenced by a dynamic conglomerate of sources and teachers (Vinyasa, Zen, Angela Farmer), but is built on a Kripalu foundation, having spend six months volunteering at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in ‘05 and then training for 500 hours in the Kripalu tradition in ‘07. After spending sixteen months in Costa Rica focusing on hands-on bodywork, and particularly Traditional Thai-Yoga Massage, she is glad to be back amongst her mentors in the Hamptons, and happy to back at One Ocean.
For more information about Tracey's services, please visit www.fifthelementwellness.com

Bruce Bailey

Bruce started practicing yoga at the age of 15 to optimize his body and mind for surfing and to heal from injuries when he pushed himself too far. His first certification was in 2006, Warrior Yoga, a power yoga that blends the principles of martial arts and yoga into a complete healing arts discipline. Bruce then travelled the path of Kundalini, the yoga of awareness, and Naam Yoga, the yoga of sound. Shakti Naam, Bruce's latest certification, is known as the yoga of immortality to those who practice it in the east, but is mostly unknown to the western world. "The practice of Shakti Naam can grant access to an endless energy supply that has the potential to revitalize the blood, reduce stress, increase strength, balance the hormonal and nervous systems, fortify the heart and increase one's lifespan." His teaching will challenge the body, tune the mind, and allow the spirit to integrate the benefits of this unique practice with the sacred sound of the gong in final relaxation.
 
Please visit my website www.sun-sessions.net

Gina Diao

Inspired by the Anusara tradition and grateful to her many teachers, Gina takes an integrative approach to her teaching style, strongly focused on mindfullness, foundation, and breath. Her approach can be summarized by the teachings of her mentor, author and Shaman Don Miguel Ruiz.. Always speak your truth... Always do your best... Dont make Assumptions.... and Don't Take anything Personally.... Namaste

Gina began her practice of yoga after suffering debilitating back pain following years of competitive sport. She discovered yoga while living in Hong Kong 12 years go, when Pure Yoga opened its first studio there in 2002. She was inspired there by her teachers Patrick Creelman, who first introduced her to the Anusara style, and subsequently Stephen Thomas, with whom she completed her teacher training in Koh Samui , Thailand, and who unveiled for her the spiritual and meditative aspect of yoga and with whom she has deepened her practice of pranayama, chant and meditation. Gina has further studied with Rodney Yee and Coleen Saidman, among others, to complete the Urban Zen 500 hour level training in 2009. Having completed advanced studies in the Anusara tradition with John Friend, John Seelye, Ross Rayburn and Louis Nesbitt, she maintains a deep respect for the principles of those teachings. Gina is also a level 2 Reiki practitioner and Healer, and is certified "Body Talk"  practitioner and uses the healing properties of  essential oils in both her yoga classes and integrative therapy.

Jonathan Shoemaker

Jonathan is an Anusara-Inspired yoga teacher. He teaches publicly and privately in New York City and on Long Island's East End. His classes are infused with loving care for each of his students as well as mindful attention to the greater context of the devotional practice. Teaching from his own experience, Jonathan works to attune himself to the currents of wisdom flowing from the great teachers who have come before him. And perhaps most importantly, he teaches from his heart.Jonathan is a graduate of the Virayoga Teacher Training program, holds the RYT 200 certification from Yoga Alliance, and is working toward full certification in Anusara Yoga. He has studied extensively with Anusara Yoga founder and master teacher John Friend, logging over 200 hours of workshops and teacher trainings with John. Additionally, Jonathan has studied with numerous certified Anusara teachers including Jackie Prete, Lois Nesbitt, Elena Brower, Zhenja LaRosa, Sianna Sherman and Ross Rayburn.Jonathan holds an M.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia In his spare time, he produces independent feature films.You can find him on the web at www.centrestreetyoga.com.

Emily W Weitz

Emily Weitz McLean has been teaching yoga in the Hamptons and NYC since she received her certification in 2008. Trained in the Anusara style by senior teachers Elena Brower, Lois Nesbitt, and Ellen Saltonstall, Emily also draws influence from her time living in Bangkok, Thailand, and studying eastern philosophy. Her gentle nature infuses each class, so that there's a sense of ease and softness even in the most challenging poses. Her precise alignment instructions are designed to prevent injury and keep practitioners safe as their practice advances. Learn more at her web site,
Emily believes that yoga is a tool to access the truth within, to remain grounded in the moment, and to breathe through the tight spots in life. Educated in the Anusara style, Emily combines themes like joy, grounding and centering with precise alignment instructions to help students bring the strength of their practice to their everyday lives. Learn more about her at www.yogamatized.com. Contact: Emily Weitz yogamatized@gmail.com www.yogamatized.com 631-278-0037

Katherine Shapiro

I have taught private and group classes in The Hamptons and NYC for over 15 years.  
My classes are challenging and creative, with playful exploration and deconstruction of poses,intelligent alignment,sequencing and mindful flow. I call them "sweaty and sweet". 
I have a BFA in Dance, 500hr ISHTA training,YogaWorks Bridge and YogaShanti Advanced training. I am registered with Yoga Alliance as a E-RYT 500 and YACAP (continuing ed. provider).
I am grateful to John Seelye for his support and teachings and the community at One Ocean Yoga.
I also currently teach at YogaShanti,YogaWorks,Hospital for Special Surgery's Public and Patient education Division and as part of NYU's Wellness for WIN.
My desire for mindful and compassionate living in a chaotic world brought me to the practice of yoga which I continually endeavor to integrate into every aspect of my life.

Mitten Wainwright

Mitten was introduced to Yoga at the age of 55 and in her very first class realized that the asana practice is a special gift to the body, mind, and spirit. She believes that it gives one the opportunity and ability to move with greater harmony and grace through the rhythms of life. Having lived in NYC for 60 years, of which 30 of those years she taught early childhood education at Park Avenue Christian School, Mitten was more than delighted to move east and continue teaching here, this time Yoga to adults as well as children. With practical insights, she encourages her students to take a playful but carefully aligned asana practice on the mat out into their daily life.

Mitten honors her many Anusara teachers and John Friend’s tradition, gives gratitude to those who have encouraged her to teach, and appreciates the many students who continually open her eyes to new possibilities.

Elizabeth Rossa

Elizabeth Rossa is the founder/director of SHRIYOGA, once upon a time known as the much celebrated studio voted “Best Next Generation of Yoga” by New York Magazine and now known as the petit underground laboratory of genuine yoga, meditation and Self-Inquiry practices.

Originally certified to teach hatha yoga almost 12 years ago by notable master teachers, Erich Schiffman and Max Strom, Elizabeth remains as dedicated to her on-going studies as she is to teaching. Her principal teachers are the incomparable meditation and tantric philosophy master, Sally Kempton and the wildly brilliant yoga master Richard Freeman. Elizabeth credits Sally Kempton as her primary influence and mentor of the last 8 years, and honors Sally’s teachings, along with Richard Freeman’s, as the foundation of what she offers in her classes. She respectfully acknowledges each of them for giving her the model of what it means to teach with the highest of integrity in the modern spiritual world.

Elizabeth’s credentials also include certification in Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Reiki Mastership through Wendy Miner of Memorial Sloane-Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Center, and extensive experience in silent retreat and Self-inquiry with Adyashanti.

As a contemporary teacher of yoga, meditation and Self-inquiry practices, Elizabeth holds space for clarity and freedom. She offers a fresh perspective which allows the ancient and esoteric to become modern and real. Students are encouraged to cultivate curiosity as they pause and breathe, deeply listening for the internal cues of Life. Primarily committed to Shriyoga’s NYC laboratory classes, Elizabeth also teaches retreats and workshops worldwide, is on faculty of the Open Center in NYC and is a guest presenter at Kripalu.

With immense gratitude she bows to Ram Dass as the teacher who opened the gates to an ever-unfolding devotional love. His teachings of his direct experience with Neem Karoli Baba intimately shifted Elizabeth’s perspective on what it is “to be here now” and more immediately, to be “still here.”

Evelyn O'Doherty

Evelyn O'Doherty believes in yoga & meditation as a means to facilitate an energetic inward turning as well as create a dynamic connection between the mind & body. A lover of Siddha Yoga meditation and a faithful practitioner of the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment, Evelyn's yoga experience focuses on the power of the breath, the principles of alignment and the poise of the heart in order to dive within and maximize our human potential. She loves to incorporate vinyasa flow and meditation into every class.
 

Isabella Channing

Isabella, the owner and primary teacher of The Shack Yoga, a yoga studio in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay, is a certified Jivamukti Yoga instructor. She began teaching in 2003 in Uruguay, South America where she was originally trained in the Sivananda Yoga method. She is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Health & Wellness Coach and has extensive training in Ashtanga and Anusara methods of yoga. She currently teaches private and group classes in NYC, the Hamptons, and Uruguay. She has partnered with John Seelye to host One Ocean Yoga on her family’s vineyard in Bridgehampton, NY.
 
http://www.theshackyoga.com

Jenna Walter

Jenna discovered yoga at seventeen and it propelled her on a journey to discover her souls destiny. Native American rituals, women???s healing circles, co-counseling and shamanic studies in the Incan tradition have all influenced her teaching style. She has also studied other healing modalities that complement her yoga, including Shiatsu massage at the Ohashi Institute, herbology with Arcus Flynn, nutrition and quantum energy studies with Karen Panish and Siddha Yoga chanting and meditation. She has also completed 300 hours of training in Peruvian Shamanism with Alberto Villoldo???s , The Four Winds Society.

Jenna is now leading workshops and retreats around the globe bringing her love of service to another level through her Dream Weaver Yoga and Shamanic Healing ~*~ 8 THREADS OF LIGHT INTENSIVES . These are transformational teachings for the era of enLIGHTenment.

For intermediate students. Basic knowledge of asana and alignment expected. Assumes unassisted Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Handstand) at the wall and Urdva Danurasana (Wheel or Upward Facing Bow) with straight arms.