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.  

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.

AASIA Aasia completed her teacher training at Kula Yoga Project, working closely with Nikki Vilella, Magi Pierce, and Nikki Costello. She began practicing yoga in 2011 in a spinning/yoga studio in Toronto, Canada. Baddhanguliyasana side bend while cycling frantically to Lady Gaga? She knew yoga had to be deeper than that. She moved to NYC in 2012 to pursue a Master’s in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU, completing her degree in 2015. Throughout her studies, she spent several hours per week deepening and enriching her yoga practice in the Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar lineages, attempting to find spiritual sustenance and increased focus and discipline in an unfamiliar, transient, and fast-paced vibrant city like NY. Soon thereafter, yoga transformed not only Aasia’s awareness of her own Self, but also illuminated a path to staying present and developing gratitude. She infuses spiritual teachings and lessons on self-building and refinement throughout her classes, creating mindfully-creative sequencing of a purifying nature. Expect an explorative, challenging, and playful practice that will reinvigorate and cleanse the body, mind, and soul.

AASIA

Aasia completed her teacher training at Kula Yoga Project, working closely with Nikki Vilella, Magi Pierce, and Nikki Costello. She began practicing yoga in 2011 in a spinning/yoga studio in Toronto, Canada. Baddhanguliyasana side bend while cycling frantically to Lady Gaga? She knew yoga had to be deeper than that.

She moved to NYC in 2012 to pursue a Master’s in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at NYU, completing her degree in 2015. Throughout her studies, she spent several hours per week deepening and enriching her yoga practice in the Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Iyengar lineages, attempting to find spiritual sustenance and increased focus and discipline in an unfamiliar, transient, and fast-paced vibrant city like NY. Soon thereafter, yoga transformed not only Aasia’s awareness of her own Self, but also illuminated a path to staying present and developing gratitude.

She infuses spiritual teachings and lessons on self-building and refinement throughout her classes, creating mindfully-creative sequencing of a purifying nature. Expect an explorative, challenging, and playful practice that will reinvigorate and cleanse the body, mind, and soul.

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.

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.

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.

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.

HOLLY Holly received her 200 hour certificate at the Kula Yoga Project, working most closely with Nikki Vilella and Magi Pierce. She loves how yoga can empower us to more fully understand our minds, emotions, bodies, and connection with the world. Studying yoga alongside dance has allowed her to find greater depths within each study. She currently dances with Vashti Dance Theater, a West African and contemporary company, and runs her own company, Muliebris Dance Theatre, alongside Samantha Bergman. Holly studied Thai Yoga at Two Souls Massage with Al Turner II. She is excited and grateful to be part of this strong community. 

HOLLY

Holly received her 200 hour certificate at the Kula Yoga Project, working most closely with Nikki Vilella and Magi Pierce. She loves how yoga can empower us to more fully understand our minds, emotions, bodies, and connection with the world. Studying yoga alongside dance has allowed her to find greater depths within each study. She currently dances with Vashti Dance Theater, a West African and contemporary company, and runs her own company, Muliebris Dance Theatre, alongside Samantha Bergman. Holly studied Thai Yoga at Two Souls Massage with Al Turner II. She is excited and grateful to be part of this strong community. 

LAURA Laura Yan is a writer and artist. She discovered yoga at Yoga to the People in NYC almost ten years ago. The practice has accompanied her across coasts and continents, from power vinyasa and Jivamukti to hatha and Iyengar. Her classes are dynamic and playful alignment based flows, with the opportunity to get quiet, and find strength within. She completed a 200 hour teacher training at YogaOne in San Diego, and hopes to bring yoga to everyone: especially people of color and marginalized communities.

LAURA

Laura Yan is a writer and artist. She discovered yoga at Yoga to the People in NYC almost ten years ago. The practice has accompanied her across coasts and continents, from power vinyasa and Jivamukti to hatha and Iyengar. Her classes are dynamic and playful alignment based flows, with the opportunity to get quiet, and find strength within. She completed a 200 hour teacher training at YogaOne in San Diego, and hopes to bring yoga to everyone: especially people of color and marginalized communities.

LAUREN Lauren found yoga over 10 years ago during an especially challenging transitional period in her life and has been drawn to its magic ever since. As a classically trained singer, her practice has fostered an ever-deeper connection to her breath, body and spirit that informs both her art and the way she moves through the world. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2012 with Ossi Raveh and is truly grateful for the ability to share this transformative practice with others.

LAUREN

Lauren found yoga over 10 years ago during an especially challenging transitional period in her life and has been drawn to its magic ever since. As a classically trained singer, her practice has fostered an ever-deeper connection to her breath, body and spirit that informs both her art and the way she moves through the world. She completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2012 with Ossi Raveh and is truly grateful for the ability to share this transformative practice with others.

MEG Meghan is a Rhode Island native living in Brooklyn by way of adventure. An elementary school teacher by day, Meghan has been practicing yoga as a way to ground herself and spread joy to those around her. She received her 200 hour training and wants to create a space where her students can have fun and find their truth. 

MEG

Meghan is a Rhode Island native living in Brooklyn by way of adventure. An elementary school teacher by day, Meghan has been practicing yoga as a way to ground herself and spread joy to those around her. She received her 200 hour training and wants to create a space where her students can have fun and find their truth. 

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

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.

SHALA Shala is originally from Miami, Fl. Four years ago she moved to NYC to become an actress. While searching for inspiration to fuel her art she found love, compassion, and the ability to trust her intuition through yoga. When she took her first yoga class she felt closer to God, which made her feel closer to herself.  She had tough times when first moving to New York and yoga kept her grounded. Becoming closer with herself lead her to become a birth doula. Supporting people journey through childbirth is definitely a blessing for her. Shala encourages expecting parents to trust their bodies, and feel empowered. She recently completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Brooklyn Yoga Project. In her Vinyasa class, she guides with compassion, breath, and focuses on the Charkas. Yoga is more than the Asanas. Yoga is a community, an unconditional love for yourself, it's the light when you are surrounded by darkness, Yoga is love. 

SHALA

Shala is originally from Miami, Fl. Four years ago she moved to NYC to become an actress. While searching for inspiration to fuel her art she found love, compassion, and the ability to trust her intuition through yoga. When she took her first yoga class she felt closer to God, which made her feel closer to herself.  She had tough times when first moving to New York and yoga kept her grounded. Becoming closer with herself lead her to become a birth doula. Supporting people journey through childbirth is definitely a blessing for her. Shala encourages expecting parents to trust their bodies, and feel empowered. She recently completed a 200-hour yoga teacher training at Brooklyn Yoga Project. In her Vinyasa class, she guides with compassion, breath, and focuses on the Charkas. Yoga is more than the Asanas. Yoga is a community, an unconditional love for yourself, it's the light when you are surrounded by darkness, Yoga is love. 

SYLVIA Sylvia started more regularly practicing yoga during her years living in Kenya. The practice was a constant that she was able to keep coming back to to challenge her perspective, spark personal reflection, and soften her heart. Over time, her mat became a place where the worries and anxieties of the day all fell away for one sacred hour. A place where she could stop, take a step back, and look at herself and others in a new light. A place where she decided to love others and herself more fully. With the help of extraordinary teachers at Stanton Street Yoga and The Ayurveda Health Retreat in Alachua, Florida, yoga became a means to open her heart and make it an instrument for fostering compassion in this world. Sylvia is honored to share this special place on her mat with her students. Her classes pair yoga philosophy with flowing breath and movement for an experience that consumes the body and the mind. Sylvia hopes she can use yoga to bring attention to how, and with what intention, her students practice, providing them the opportunity to choose things that serve on and off the mat. 

SYLVIA

Sylvia started more regularly practicing yoga during her years living in Kenya. The practice was a constant that she was able to keep coming back to to challenge her perspective, spark personal reflection, and soften her heart. Over time, her mat became a place where the worries and anxieties of the day all fell away for one sacred hour. A place where she could stop, take a step back, and look at herself and others in a new light. A place where she decided to love others and herself more fully. With the help of extraordinary teachers at Stanton Street Yoga and The Ayurveda Health Retreat in Alachua, Florida, yoga became a means to open her heart and make it an instrument for fostering compassion in this world. Sylvia is honored to share this special place on her mat with her students. Her classes pair yoga philosophy with flowing breath and movement for an experience that consumes the body and the mind. Sylvia hopes she can use yoga to bring attention to how, and with what intention, her students practice, providing them the opportunity to choose things that serve on and off the mat. 

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.

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.