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.

Danielle

Danielle
Bio
Raised in Baltimore, MD, Danielle Gerkens (she/her) followed her intuition to move to Brooklyn, NY. She initially moved to NY in 2018 to elevate her career as a Makeup Artist in the Fashion & Film industry, but quickly realized New York’s open mindedness would open her path to exploring her deepest inner knowing; her intuitive gifts.

While working on set as a MUA, Danielle practiced tapping into her intuitive abilities with co-workers & friends. She quickly realized, these gifts may be more than just a party trick— but could provide real resonance to others. Word got out and Danielle was offered her first Psychic-Medium job at a New Years Eve Party in 2020.

Since, the pandemic hit— Danielle knew she was being called to help others in a more meaningful way. She started taking her intuitive gifts more seriously and has worked with about 350+ people remotely (& for in-person events) since 01/01/2020. Her clients vary from locations such as Australia, the UK, South Korea, and multiple cities around the U.S. Danielle has also had the opportunity of working, behind the scenes on Comedy Central’s TV Series, Impractical Jokers as a Psychic-Medium, as well.

Danielle is deeply passionate about helping her clients rediscover their essence through empowering 1:1 remote or in-person sessions.

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.

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.

Kyle

Kyle Dupree
Bio

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 grown both physically and mentally.

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.

Randi

Randi
Bio

Movement has always been a vital part of Randi’s life. She began dancing as a toddler and continued to dance, perform, and choreograph throughout college and after. Although she initially moved to New York City to focus on dance, she soon found that yoga was not only something she loved to practice, but it also helped reduce the foot pain she had developed from years of dancing. This “aha” moment inspired her to pursue yoga teacher training so she could help others overcome their own physical injuries, cope with mental and emotional struggles, or just find clarity and a sense of calm after a hectic New York day.
After Randi completed her 200-hour training at Yoga Vida NYC in 2014, she continued her education through their mentorship program the following year. From there she went on to study Katonah Yoga with Abbie Galvin to expand her repertoire. She currently instructs various types of yoga including vinyasa, yin, Katonah-inspired, kids, and meditation. In addition to teaching public classes and private and corporate clients, she leads national and international yoga retreats through the company she co-founded, Om Tribe Yoga Retreats.
Randi’s teaching style focuses on helping you find proper body alignment to connect with physical sensations before moving deeper into a posture or state of meditation. Her sequences are challenging for all levels, yet she ensures they are attainable for new students by providing many posture variations and hands-on assists. You can expect lots of flowing vinyasa movement with a focus on core strength and balance. Randi is constantly inspired by the teachers and students she encounters worldwide and looks forward to joining the Sacred Space community!

Sutton

Bio

Sutton is an intuitive tarot card reader, witch and magickal practitioner who grew up in Chicago IL. Logging nearly 500 hours reading Tarot in person and over Zoom, she has connected to this form of divination as a touchstone to help her clients and herself understand the world around them. Hoping to help people liberate themselves from weakness, confusion and fear with the help of the Tarot, while also drawing attention to all the ways one can find balance

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.

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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