JYLL As the  creator of Urban Asanas, Jyll seeks to diversify the yoga community with classes that cater to every ethnicity, gender, and budget.  She bows down to her greatest teachers of all: her children Sierra, Cypress, and Indigo for all their inspiration and love.  In line with her dedication to sharing the many benefits of yoga, Jyll has taught students of both public and independent New York city schools. Additionally, Jyll has taught at the YWCA, numerous sports clubs, and select private students. Jyll is a certified Thai Yoga practitioner and a doula.  

JYLL

As the  creator of Urban Asanas, Jyll seeks to diversify the yoga community with classes that cater to every ethnicity, gender, and budget.  She bows down to her greatest teachers of all: her children Sierra, Cypress, and Indigo for all their inspiration and love. 

In line with her dedication to sharing the many benefits of yoga, Jyll has taught students of both public and independent New York city schools. Additionally, Jyll has taught at the YWCA, numerous sports clubs, and select private students. Jyll is a certified Thai Yoga practitioner and a doula.  

TORRIE Torrie was first introduced to yoga by her mother in high school. Though a reluctant practitioner at first, yoga has since become a crucial part of her life practice. Torrie has been lucky enough to learn in classes ranging in everything from Iyengar, Bikram, Anusara, aerial and acro yoga, and many more on both coasts. Once a sedate bookworm, yoga has opened up her world to the joy of movement and meditation. It has allowed her to safely pursue her passions of healing, aerial arts and fire spinning. After years of personal practice, it was only during her graduate school studies that she realized that her path led to the mat, rather than academia. For her, yoga should be an even balance of strength, flexibility, breath and calm, along with a bit of circus sass and humor. 

TORRIE

Torrie was first introduced to yoga by her mother in high school. Though a reluctant practitioner at first, yoga has since become a crucial part of her life practice. Torrie has been lucky enough to learn in classes ranging in everything from Iyengar, Bikram, Anusara, aerial and acro yoga, and many more on both coasts. Once a sedate bookworm, yoga has opened up her world to the joy of movement and meditation. It has allowed her to safely pursue her passions of healing, aerial arts and fire spinning. After years of personal practice, it was only during her graduate school studies that she realized that her path led to the mat, rather than academia. For her, yoga should be an even balance of strength, flexibility, breath and calm, along with a bit of circus sass and humor. 

TARA Tara is a Washington, DC-native, brought to Brooklyn by magic and good fortune. After her transcendental meditation studies began in 2006, Tara's passion for meditative movement and the arts became rooted in her professional pursuits. She brings a joy for life to each class, and now as part of the founding team that brought cold-pressed WTRMLN WTR to market, she aims to infuse the broader community with clean hydration alternatives and positive energy.

TARA

Tara is a Washington, DC-native, brought to Brooklyn by magic and good fortune. After her transcendental meditation studies began in 2006, Tara's passion for meditative movement and the arts became rooted in her professional pursuits. She brings a joy for life to each class, and now as part of the founding team that brought cold-pressed WTRMLN WTR to market, she aims to infuse the broader community with clean hydration alternatives and positive energy.

ERICA Erica’s dance background provided a strong foundation for her yoga studies, although it took years before she took her first yoga class.  She first practiced Bikram yoga, known to many for it’s sequence of 26 postures performed in a 110 degree room (with 60% humidity).  After 2 years of disciplined practice, she then ventured to Iyengar, Jivamukti, Forrest, and Vinyasa- taking workshops on chakras, asana history. All of these branches helped to prepare her for Ashtanga.  This Krishnamachariya lineage is characterized by it connection to movement with breath, and it’s vinyasa between asanas. She received her 200 YTT with intense study of yoga philosophy, ancient text, ayurveda, sanskrit, thai massage, and anatomy.  Her teachers have included Amy Santos, Schulyer Grant, Genesh Mohan, Dharma Mitra, to name a few and she is inspired by all of them.  Erica teaches in Brooklyn NY, and is currently working on her 500TT.

ERICA

Erica’s dance background provided a strong foundation for her yoga studies, although it took years before she took her first yoga class.  She first practiced Bikram yoga, known to many for it’s sequence of 26 postures performed in a 110 degree room (with 60% humidity).  After 2 years of disciplined practice, she then ventured to Iyengar, Jivamukti, Forrest, and Vinyasa- taking workshops on chakras, asana history. All of these branches helped to prepare her for Ashtanga.  This Krishnamachariya lineage is characterized by it connection to movement with breath, and it’s vinyasa between asanas. She received her 200 YTT with intense study of yoga philosophy, ancient text, ayurveda, sanskrit, thai massage, and anatomy.  Her teachers have included Amy Santos, Schulyer Grant, Genesh Mohan, Dharma Mitra, to name a few and she is inspired by all of them.  Erica teaches in Brooklyn NY, and is currently working on her 500TT.

AUTUMN Autumn Leonard has been immersed in the Yoga world since 1999. She started at Kripalu with their three-month Spiritual Lifestyle Program Intensive and proceeded to work her way through the Iyengar, Power Yoga, Forest and Anusara lineages. She traveled to India to study and completed a the first Ashtanga series in Mysore. Autumn has used Yoga in teaching everyone from community groups, incarcerated juveniles to busy professionals.  Believing that Yoga is a tool for transformation Autumn realized she wanted to live in the midst of culturally rich city (and not studying in a cave above Rishikesh) with other colorful people. She's excited to be a part of the Urban Asanas family. Autumn graduated with a BA in Theater Studies at Yale and holds an MFA in film from the University of Texas at Austin.

AUTUMN

Autumn Leonard has been immersed in the Yoga world since 1999. She started at Kripalu with their three-month Spiritual Lifestyle Program Intensive and proceeded to work her way through the Iyengar, Power Yoga, Forest and Anusara lineages. She traveled to India to study and completed a the first Ashtanga series in Mysore. Autumn has used Yoga in teaching everyone from community groups, incarcerated juveniles to busy professionals.  Believing that Yoga is a tool for transformation Autumn realized she wanted to live in the midst of culturally rich city (and not studying in a cave above Rishikesh) with other colorful people. She's excited to be a part of the Urban Asanas family. Autumn graduated with a BA in Theater Studies at Yale and holds an MFA in film from the University of Texas at Austin.

CHAUNCIE Training within the yoga practice and being certified in both Hot yoga and vinyasa flow I have found an outlet to express and cultivate my true self. Through the yoga practice I've opened up myself to experience more in life and want to help other open their hearts. I continueto help and grow with individuals using my skills. Through breath and movement within the dance and yoga practice I inspire to connect people with themselves and with others.

CHAUNCIE

Training within the yoga practice and being certified in both Hot yoga and vinyasa flow I have found an outlet to express and cultivate my true self. Through the yoga practice I've opened up myself to experience more in life and want to help other open their hearts. I continueto help and grow with individuals using my skills. Through breath and movement within the dance and yoga practice I inspire to connect people with themselves and with others.

KATIE Katie Cercone has been practicing yoga for seventeen years. Originally from Santa Rosa, California, she became a certified yoga instructor in 2011 at Namaste Yoga & Tranquility Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her approach to teaching incorporates Divine Feminine principles and views asanas (poses) as tools for deep transformation and mind-body-spirit balance. A regular practitioner of Kundalini yoga, some of her classes incorporate elements of Kundalini pranayama (breath work), chanting and meditation. Katie is Reiki 1 certified and incorporates light healing touch into her classes. In addition to teaching Hatha Vinyasa style yoga Katie is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and co-leader of the radical feminist collective Go! Push Pops. Katie has led Yoga & Sacred Arts workshop with Go! Push Pops internationally including recent projects in Japan and the UK.

KATIE

Katie Cercone has been practicing yoga for seventeen years. Originally from Santa Rosa, California, she became a certified yoga instructor in 2011 at Namaste Yoga & Tranquility Center in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her approach to teaching incorporates Divine Feminine principles and views asanas (poses) as tools for deep transformation and mind-body-spirit balance. A regular practitioner of Kundalini yoga, some of her classes incorporate elements of Kundalini pranayama (breath work), chanting and meditation. Katie is Reiki 1 certified and incorporates light healing touch into her classes. In addition to teaching Hatha Vinyasa style yoga Katie is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and co-leader of the radical feminist collective Go! Push Pops. Katie has led Yoga & Sacred Arts workshop with Go! Push Pops internationally including recent projects in Japan
and the UK.

MICHELLE Michelle Yard is a professional dancer in New York City and has been studying Pilates since 2006. It has been an important part of her life and a constant companion for many years.  Michelle received her mat certification from Balanced Body in 2011. [MICHELLE TEACHES URBAN PILATES WORKSHOPS]

MICHELLE

Michelle Yard is a professional dancer in New York City and has been studying Pilates since 2006. It has been an important part of her life and a constant companion for many years.  Michelle received her mat certification from Balanced Body in 2011. [MICHELLE TEACHES URBAN PILATES WORKSHOPS]

REGINA Regina is a Brooklyn-based Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and Yoga instructor, living in NYC since 2004. Coming from a dance background she decided to use her knowledge of the body and anatomy to connect to a deeper spiritual path. In 2014, after years of self-study, she received her certification in Ayurveda from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda followed by a 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Kripalu. She believes her challenge in this lifetime is to live in the now and sharing Ayurveda and Yoga are a constant reminder that the present is all there is. Her love of Ayurveda and yoga has lead her to study within  the US and India helping her to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience that she is enthusiastic about sharing with her students. She is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Yoga Allience member. Wolfmedicinemagic.com @wolfmedicinemagic

REGINA

Regina is a Brooklyn-based Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor and Yoga instructor, living in NYC since 2004. Coming from a dance background she decided to use her knowledge of the body and anatomy to connect to a deeper spiritual path. In 2014, after years of self-study, she received her certification in Ayurveda from the Kripalu School of Ayurveda followed by a 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Kripalu. She believes her challenge in this lifetime is to live in the now and sharing Ayurveda and Yoga are a constant reminder that the present is all there is. Her love of Ayurveda and yoga has lead her to study within  the US and India helping her to gain a wealth of knowledge and experience that she is enthusiastic about sharing with her students. She is a member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) and Yoga Allience member. Wolfmedicinemagic.com @wolfmedicinemagic

EMJAY DJ emjaynyc, a Trinidadian born Brooklyn raised music-aholic, has been making people dance for a long, long time. Inspired by his parents' musical influences he developed a passion for making a party break into a sweat. An early start as a mobile dj he attained the experience that launched his career from club lounges to dance floors, and made "music, no gimmicks" what he represents.

EMJAY

DJ emjaynyc, a Trinidadian born Brooklyn raised music-aholic, has been making people dance for a long, long time. Inspired by his parents' musical influences he developed a passion for making a party break into a sweat. An early start as a mobile dj he attained the experience that launched his career from club lounges to dance floors, and made "music, no gimmicks" what he represents.

DESIREE Desiree is a New York City-based artist, writer, mother, Reiki and Tantra practitioner who is joyfully devoted to being of service through her work. She brings a passion for the Sacred Feminine and the narratives of women in the African Diaspora to the Urban Asana community. Desiree is the founder of Lula Kala,  a virtual temple for women who wish to return to a sacred knowledge of sex and the embodiment of the Goddess.Through workshops, coaching sessions, tantric tarot, Goddess archetype studies and prenatal yoga, Lula Kala supports women in claiming pleasure and sexual consciousness as paths to personal transformation and spiritual empowerment.

DESIREE

Desiree is a New York City-based artist, writer, mother, Reiki and Tantra practitioner who is joyfully devoted to being of service through her work. She brings a passion for the Sacred Feminine and the narratives of women in the African Diaspora to the Urban Asana community. Desiree is the founder of Lula Kala,  a virtual temple for women who wish to return to a sacred knowledge of sex and the embodiment of the Goddess.Through workshops, coaching sessions, tantric tarot, Goddess archetype studies and prenatal yoga, Lula Kala supports women in claiming pleasure and sexual consciousness as paths to personal transformation and spiritual empowerment.

DERRICK Derrick is a part-time yogi and a full-time artist as well as a therapeutic sound practitioner with a daily meditation practice The roots of Derrick’s personal practice are in Kundalini Yoga but these days Derrick utilizes a wide range of meditation techniques and often mixes ancient and traditional techniques with creative and even experimental ones to create his own unique practice.

DERRICK

Derrick is a part-time yogi and a full-time artist as well as a therapeutic sound practitioner with a daily meditation practice

The roots of Derrick’s personal practice are in Kundalini Yoga but these days Derrick utilizes a wide range of meditation techniques and often mixes ancient and traditional techniques with creative and even experimental ones to create his own unique practice.

APRIL April has studied yoga and mindfulness with a focus on addiction recovery and supporting under-served schools for the past five years. In 2010 she was certified in her 200 HR teacher Dharma Yoga certificationand has since brought yoga into under-performing schools as a means of social justice and peace. She is also certified in Yoga for 12 Step Recovery, a program that connects the spiritual principles of yoga with addiction recovery, cultivating a mind body connection. She teaches yoga and meditation in addiction centers in low-income areas throughout New York City and believes in the healing powers of yoga to resolve past trauma that could have led to addiction. She recently received her leadership training with Off the Mat and Into the World, a program that connects yoga with social justice initiatives. She is extremely thankful to hold space for her students to reconnect with their body and inner teachers through the yoga practice. Living in Crown Heights,she loves how Urban Asanas is for the community and with the community. She is a a certified Laughter Yoga teacher and believes in bringing playfulness to yoga to cultivate inner joy.

APRIL

April has studied yoga and mindfulness with a focus on addiction recovery and supporting under-served schools for the past five years. In 2010 she was certified in her 200 HR teacher Dharma Yoga certificationand has since brought yoga into under-performing schools as a means of social justice and peace. She is also certified in Yoga for 12 Step Recovery, a program that connects the spiritual principles of yoga with addiction recovery, cultivating a mind body connection. She teaches yoga and meditation in addiction centers in low-income areas throughout New York City and believes in the healing powers of yoga to resolve past trauma that could have led to addiction. She recently received her leadership training with Off the Mat and Into the World, a program that connects yoga with social justice initiatives. She is extremely thankful to hold space for her students to reconnect with their body and inner teachers through the yoga practice. Living in Crown Heights,she loves how Urban Asanas is for the community and with the community. She is a a certified Laughter Yoga teacher and believes in bringing playfulness to yoga to cultivate inner joy.

T'AI JAMAR T'ai Jamar Hanna, LMT has been a yoga practitioner since 1996 and a professional in healing arts since 2006. Having been a collegiate athlete and coach; a companion in the end of life process; a health/wellness advocate and a small business project manager, her passion is to facilitate lifestyle design, mindful movement, and conscious breath. She is a senior teacher with Reflections Center for Conscious Living and the founder of Integral Healing Arts. She studied Massage Therapy at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, graduated in 2012. She holds a Masters in NonProfit Management from Milano, The New School  University, 2010.   She offers international and domestic workshops, trainings, and classes in yoga therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, and dynamic movement. Whether on a table, on the mat, in classroom, or within her personal relationships, T’ai believes in the power of loving kindness.

T'AI JAMAR

T'ai Jamar Hanna, LMT has been a yoga practitioner since 1996 and a professional in healing arts since 2006. Having been a collegiate athlete and coach; a companion in the end of life process; a health/wellness advocate and a small business project manager, her passion is to facilitate lifestyle design, mindful movement, and conscious breath.

She is a senior teacher with Reflections Center for Conscious Living and the founder of Integral Healing Arts. She studied Massage Therapy at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, graduated in 2012. She holds a Masters in NonProfit Management from Milano, The New School  University, 2010.  

She offers international and domestic workshops, trainings, and classes in yoga therapy, Thai Yoga Massage, and dynamic movement. Whether on a table, on the mat, in classroom, or within her personal relationships, T’ai believes in the power of loving kindness.

LACEY SEIDMAN

Lacey first became enamored with anatomy and the fundamentals of balance as a gymnast in her early teens. After discovering yoga’s health benefits during post-surgery rehabilitation, she was inspired to use her 15 years of practitioner experience to make yoga more accessible for others. Lacey leads strong-but-nurturing yoga classes, workshops and individualized instruction in the Hudson Valley and NYC. With a background in alignment-based ashtanga-vinyasa, her articulate cues and mindful hands-on adjustments allow students to explore body awareness and breath-centered movement through their own unique lens. www.laceyoga.com