Meet Our Teachers
Kim Alexandrescu 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.
Sharlota Kay Small
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.
Kyle is a yogi/performing artist living in Astoria, NY. He fell in love with yoga several years ago and has not looked back since. After graduating college with his BFA in Jazz Dance from the University of the Arts, Kyle began to perform and travel all over North America and the world. Recently Kyle earned his 200-hour certification in Dharmasala, India. Using his knowledge of dance and yoga Kyle builds dynamic fluid flows while focusing on alignment and pranayamas. Kyle’s goal is to show individuals that yoga is for everyone and that we all are able to grow both physically and mentally.
Lisa has practiced yoga in New York City most of her adult life and began teaching in 2010 after training in both the physical practice and meditation at the World Yoga Center on the Upper West Side for many years. She has lived in Astoria even longer than she has practiced yoga and is happy to be teaching in her own neighborhood again.
Lisa is certified by the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour level and has continuing education credits in anatomy and yoga alignment and prenatal/postnatal yoga. With a full-time job in book publishing and a young daughter at home, she relies on her yoga practice, including teaching, to navigate life in this city. Lisa endeavors to create a nurturing environment in all her classes, both in the precision of her alignment instructions and the care with which she addresses her students’ inner experience. Teaching allows her to actively and regularly engage with the light of Awareness that lives in all of us, and for this, she expresses deep gratitude, for all her teachers, in all their forms.
Kim Amoroso Schaefer
Leya Van Doren
Leya is a creative artist and yogi. She’s been practicing yoga for the last 10 years after growing up on an ashram and completed her 200 HR teacher training in Rishikesh, India. She is passionate about using yoga as a healing modality to bring ourselves to the present moment, connect with ourselves and the world, tune into our body’s intuition, and drop into the creative flow. She is a writer, seeker, storyteller, and creativity coach. You can find her on Instagram @the_modernmermaid
Originally hailing from Virginia, Jennifer has been practicing yoga since the early 2010’s. She completed her 200 hour Teacher Training and a Vinyasa mentorship from the Om Factory. She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has completed Sadie Nardini’s Yoga Shred Part 1.
Yoga is Jennifer’s passion and she strongly believes that the practice is for everyone. She provides progressive variations and fun flows to not only challenge her students but to enhance understanding of the body and of yogic principles. Her favorite part of teaching is watching students grow and achieving or learning a pose for the first time.
Britt Dorazio is a multi-hyphenate artist, vibrational guide and certified meditation teacher dedicated to healing and liberation. She received her meditation certification from Sarvaguna Yoga Institution in Dharamshala, India under the wisdom of Dr. Keshava Murthy. She holds tarot sessions with her clients and creates customized visualization meditations. From a young age she has always been intuitive as well as passionate about connecting with the people in her life. Over the past 8 years she has done deep, personal development work that has greatly shifted her life. Brittany guides her life through meditation, Buddhism, tarot, the lunar cycle, affirmations, feminine movement, womb healing and different forms of journaling. She is dedicated to helping people take an active part in their healing under the principle of connection with self, other, and the Source that connects us all.
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.