Meet Our Teachers

Our teaching staff comes from across New York City to bring you a variety of class offerings and teaching styles. 

Alex

Bio

Alex received his 200-hour teacher training certificate 5 years ago from The Giving TreeYoga Studio.He came to yoga at 35 years of age after taking a class with a close friend.Instantly he appreciated the mindfulness of the movements even though the physicality was more than he bargained for. He is a student first and still finds time to roll out his mat at every opportunity. This student first approach informs his teaching style. Alex believes that yoga needs to be accessible to every student that walks into his class. “Most everyone comes for a workout, and that’s great but people come back because yoga is a chance to connect to something deeper inside each of us.”This connection makes the work out better but also allows the practice to become a moving meditation. When practitioners experience presence, that is magical to witness. Alexis a student first and this always has him evolving his teaching style to challenge his students. He recently sat his first silent retreat. The yoga practice was his meditation even before he knew what these words meant. He lives in Astoria with his beloved children Nicholas and Stefania.

Asia

Bio

Asia is an Astoria-based yoga teacher and Reiki practitioner. Asia works with students to bring mental, physical, and energetic balance using yoga, meditation, and Reiki. With a focus on making yoga accessible for anyone, Asia’s classes and private sessions empower students to find strength and relaxation both in the studio and daily life regardless of age, skill level, or bodily constraints.

Asia is a 200-hour YTT certified yoga teacher with Reiki Level 1, 2, and 3 certifications.

Catherine

Catherine
Bio

Catherine began her yoga adventure many years ago on a visit home and she’s been practicing ever since. She completed various trainings, including Om Yoga’s Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training and Jason Brown’s Zenyasa Yoga Teacher Training. Catherine has taught yoga to adults and children, expectant mothers and new mothers and babies. As a yoga teacher, she values the community of a class and enjoys helping students play energetically with the shapes and lines of the poses. Her dance background allows her to see yoga as an art form, a place to experience movement, rediscover play and lift the spirit. Catherine is also a writer and has received two grants from Queens Counsel on the Arts. Her memoir Immigrant Daughter: Stories You Never Told Me received the Christopher Doheny Award from Center for Fiction. Her writing has appeared in Astoria Magazine, the Feminist Press Anthology This is the Way We Say Goodbye, CURE Magazine, and SalonZine. She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University and B.A. from Hunter College. Catherine is also an adjunct lecturer at City University of New York at Lehman College in the Bronx, where her students’ brave stories continue to inspire her. She grew up in near the mountains in Colorado and now lives between two bridges in Queens, New York with her husband and two sons.

Erin

Gina
Bio

Erin (she/her) received her 200-hr yoga teacher certification from Yoga Vida in 2020. She is a vinyasa style teacher who focuses on strengthening the mind and body with dynamic flows and fabulous playlists. She enjoys finding the best way for you to move in your body while also deepening your practice physically and mentally.

Erin is also a director and theatre maker. She currently lives in Astoria and grew up in Louisville, KY.

Ingrid

Jeanette
Bio

Inspired by her multicultural borough of Queens, NY, Ingrid’s interests include people, culture, travel and wellness. Ingrid is passionate about storytelling to connect with people and create meaningful conversations.

“I share the practice and love of yoga to empower, educate and connect my community through mind, body and soul, advocating kindness through everyday things and savoring the sweet moments we can extend beyond the mat to keep us grounded and inspired.”

Ingrid is a certified vinyasa teacher credited from The Yoga Room and Laughing Lotus. She is also a wellness instructor with Shape Up NYC. Ingrid completed her 100 hours certification in Yoga Nidra and Meditation with Yogi Charu at Pure Yoga, disciplined of the Saraswati lineage. She also volunteers her time with @nyyogalifemag as content contributor to celebrate yoga, culture and wellness throughout NYC.

She has contributed her marketing experience to empowering women, celebrating individuality, and inspiring others through sport via her various work projects.

Ingrid teaches a slow flow Vinyasa Class open level at Sacred Space on Wednesday’s at 7pm, all bodies welcomed.

Gina

Gina
Bio

Gina has been teaching group movement classes since the early 90s. When she first stepped on a yoga mat in the mid-90s, she was hooked. Initially attracted to the physicality of the practice, she has come to know yoga as a transformative practice of heartfelt inquiry that can lead to feelings of ease and spaciousness as well as liberation from habitual patterns. Gina is an eRYT500, Reiki Master, yoga therapist, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and OM Yoga certified meditation teacher. She lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where she is a seeker of knowledge; an eater of cupcakes; and, following an epic fail as a cat-fosterer, a devoted cat parent.

Jeannette

Jeanette
Bio

Jeannette has been living and breathing the practice of yoga since the late nineties. She believes that yoga is accessible to all. As a student, this is what drew her to the practice and continues to spark her interest. Her passion lies in supporting women’s health; specializing in pelvic floor, prenatal and postnatal yoga. Jeannette teaches an alignment based practice, with deep compassion of presence focusing on the power of the breath as a way of healing and moving the body. Jeannette is delighted to introduce the ancient practice of yoga to babies, children and families through the art of song, imaginative play and games. She firmly believes children benefit from yoga at an early age. Children are empowered by practicing yoga poses, in addition to exploring the connection to their breath.
Jeannette completed kids teacher training at Karma Kids Yoga in 2013 after being inspired by the baby/ toddler yoga classes she attended with her daughter. She received her 200 hour teacher training in 2018 at The Yoga Room. In 2019 she completed prenatal teacher training and is currently pursuing 300 hour teacher training, both through Living Now Yoga with Juliana Mitchell. Jeannette is honored to be teaching the sacred practice of yoga. She has been transformed by the practice and is inspired to share it with others while supporting students on their spiritual path.

Jen

Jen
Bio

Jen has been teaching some form of movement for over 20 years and has served as teacher and mentor to more than a dozen other movement professionals. Most recently, she served as Talent & Training Manager with Crank NYC on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and as Creative Director for Flow Factor, also on the Upper East Side.

She is currently the co-founder and Creative Director of hOMe Yoga in Greenwich Village and provides offerings through One Yoga House in DUMBO.

In addition to open class, she facilitates healing through yoga & somatics practice for those with PTSD + C-PTSD.

Jen completed her RYT-200 with Yoga Vida NYC in 2016 and went on to mentor with Christine Chen (Spellbound Yoga) and Dennis Teston. She later completed her trauma training certificate with Exhale to Inhale and continued her studies in a 3-tier trauma and somatics course with Somatics Experiencing International. She is currently enrolled in additional therapeutic learnings with Peter A. Levine.

Jess

Jess
Bio

Jessica first discovered yoga in her high school dance program when it was offered to students as a gym credit. She began to take classes regularly in 2015 to prepare for an organ donation surgery. Her commitment grew stronger offering her a chance to feel grounded throughout some of life’s uncertainties. She attributes a healthy recovery to yoga and believes it heals the body from the inside out. Practicing yoga became her biggest passion which led her to take her 200- hour teacher training in New York. Jessica leads her classes reminding students to honor the connection between breath and movement supporting the foundation of the yoga philosophy. She delivers calming, playful, and strengthening classes hoping to inspire others to lead with kindness and grow spiritually whether one is on or off their yoga mat.

Jun

Jess
Bio

Jun is a Thai Yoga Bodywork practitioner since 2017, with Thai Massage Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 certifications. In addition, she is a 200-hour certified Yoga Teacher.
Originally from Japan, where she was taught the philosophy of “Metta”—loving kindness through Buddhist culture—her work is always from the heart, and each receiver of her Thai Yoga Bodywork will feel the power of loving kindness through her compassionate touch.
From her own experience of improving her ability to handle the stress of urban living, and chronic pain from a herniated lumbar disc, she believes strongly in the beautiful healing art form of Thai Yoga Bodywork and Yoga, and she continues to study to find more ways to help people.

Kelly

Bio

After years of playing competitive sports, Kelly was drawn to yoga by how amazing it felt to practice accepting her perfect imperfections while still challenging her mind and body. This lesson served her greatly while battling cancer and dealing with the stress and shifting body image that can accompany healing treatments. She has been enthusiastically practicing yoga for over 10 years and teaching it for five to children, teens and adults alike. She completed her RYT 200-hour training at The Giving Tree Yoga Studio in 2015 and her classes are characterized by mindfulness, anchoring to the present through breath and radical self-acceptance.

Kim

Bio

Kim is the owner of Sacred Space Astoria. Born in Michigan with noticeable midwestern friendliness, she’s made Astoria her home since 2006. A chakra yoga teacher since 2012, Kim is also a reiki master, Urban Zen Integrative Therapist and intuitive reader. Her scientific background and clinical research experience gives her a uniquely grounded approach to yoga and energywork.

Kim’s work in nursing homes and end-of-life companionship through integrative therapy has been life-changing and magical. Urban Zen Integrative Therapy (UZIT) utilizes mindful movements (done in bed, laying on the floor, or in a chair), body awareness meditations, breath awareness, reiki, essential oils, and contemplative care to alleviate symptoms of pain, anxiety, nausea, insomnia, constipation and exhaustion. These modalities were created specifically for use in sick, elderly, or dying patients, as well as all forms of caregivers. The UZIT work and training is such a unique and purposeful fit to Kim’s background, as well as her love for yoga, mindfulness, self-driven healing, and self-care. UZIT training helped Kim identify her personal need for self-care as a mother; she learned the importance in taking care of your needs so that you may serve others. She was also introduced to the concept of contemplative care and bearing witness, which has changed and expanded her ability to be present with her loved ones, clients and the world at large. She opened Sacred Space Astoria to create a spiritual home where you feel held, supported and empowered in your body and can carry those sensations to all areas of your life.

Laura

Bio

Laura is a certified Reiki Master, Crystal Healer and Akashic Records Reader. She discovered these modalities while working through childhood trauma and searching for a solution to ease her anxiety. It was only after starting Yoga and Mediation that Laura felt a shift. That path eventually led her to Reiki and Crystal healing, which created more actual change in her life. One thing led to another and Laura ended up training in Reiki (eventually becoming a Reiki Master), Crystal Healing, Access Bars, Tarot and the Akashic Records.

She is passionate about sharing the tools that helped her cope and grow. When working with clients, her goal is to facilitate deep relaxation (which allows them to enter a parasympathetic state), so they can rest, digest, and heal. Laura believes it is our birthright to be happy and healthy and she is so grateful to have the opportunity to share these healing practices. Laura hails from the great state of Minnesota and loves Prince and tater tot hotdish.

Melissa

Bio

Melissa started her yoga journey to support trail running in college back in 2013. She knew that there was something exciting and profound about yoga from the start, and she loves how yoga helps connect to herself and others in a deeper and more multilayered way. She found inspiration in the way her teachers carried themselves with empowerment and soulful authenticity, which led her to complete her 200hr YTT and 50hr Restorative Yoga Certification at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center in 2017.

Melissa believes that everyone has the ability to create more expansiveness and peace in their lives. In her experience, yoga has an incredible way of equipping us to handle life’s challenges with more ease. Students can expect to feel grounded and spacious after taking her class. She strives to help students experience themselves with more presence, compassion, and curiosity.

William

Bio

William is a master healer and feng shui expert. He has practiced Energetic Feng Shui, a space clearing aspect of Energetic Field Work for twenty years. He knows from decades of experience and working with thousands of clients, that our living and workspaces can either support us or act as a hindrance depending on their energetic health. He is passionate about helping families, children, and businesses to grow in healthy, clear environments so they may flourish, be happy, and develop their gifts. William has cleared and set the fields in many residential and commercial spaces in New York City and abroad. He has helped many individuals, families, and businesses bring positive shifts resulting in greater fruitfulness, peace, growth, and financial prosperity. William was an early practitioner of Maha Rose in Brooklyn, NY and Maha Rose founder Lisa Levine shares how William’s work has been powerfully transformative personally and for the spaces of Maha Rose. In addition to his work with Feng Shui and Personal Clearing and Integration for individuals and groups, William was a lead facilitator, area coordinator, and instructor for The Way of the Heart for twelve years.

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Sacred Space

Sacred Space Astoria was created to offer a place for healing and connection – to your body, to yourself, to your relationships and to the world around you.   As you explore your relationship with your physical body through asana (physical yoga classes), students often become aware of the more subtle experiences of the body.  As mindfulness and awareness of your physical, emotional, mental and energetic sensations increase, the studio provides a wide variety of educational opportunities to support the exploration of your experiences – meditation, sound healing, restorative practices, breathwork, energetic bodywork, intuitive readings, manifestation tools, intuitive and creative development.  Sacred Space Astoria is a place to gather and be curious. We can’t wait to meet you!

With a wide selection of classes, workshops, healing arts sessions, and intuitive readings, the teachers and practitioners are a highlight of Sacred Space Astoria. Each member of our team has been personally vetted, ensuring a quality experience for our students. There’s no need to worry about whether you’ll have a “good” experience, as the energy behind all of our offerings is supportive, positive, and welcoming. Our teachers and practitioners have varied experience and training, allowing you to find the right match for your needs and growth.

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