Personal Trainers In New York

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Joshua Margolis;  Founder, Fitness Consultant and Personal Trainer

Joshua Margolis is a personal trainer with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Psychology. He holds certifications from A.C.E., A.I.F.E., and N.A.S.M, and is also prenatal and postpartum fitness certified.

ace-logonasm-logoJoshua has been working in the health and fitness arena for over 8 years designing personalized fitness programs which incorporate motivational techniques to enhance performance. Joshua is also the fitness model in “THE DUKE DIET“: World renowned health and fitness book. His fitness philosophy: “Your self image and habits go hand in hand; change one and you will automatically change the other.”

Other venues that Joshua has influenced are within the Corporate Sector and the great Outdoors. In the past Joshua has  provided corporate fitness plans to improve the over all health of private companies and their employees. For those clients interested in working in the outdoors Joshua has gone everywhere from nearby parks to surfing the beaches of the Atlantic and Pacific to the Rocky Mountains. Whatever your fitness goals are, he will help you realize your dreams.




Alan Baron

Personal Trainer
Whatever your present state of fitness may be, Alan’s training sessions will provide you with a positive, professional and personally supportive program enabling you to achieve your physical fitness goals. An exercise program will be designed to meet your specific needs and will be accompanied by the philosophy of positive progressive training. In addition to fitness training, Alan specializes in areas that offer unique advantages to those with special needs such as pre-habilitation, injury rehab, postural distortions, training for the sport of motherhood (including preconception through all trimesters and postpartum fitness), the elderly and the physically challenged.

Alan has a long history of working in the Arts coupled with over 19 years of fitness training experience that includes working with several prominent fitness companies in New York. He has seven years experience working with visually impaired people and two years of American Sign Language studies. Alan stands tall with a professional commitment to continuous education for both the trainer and the client, enabling them to successfully improve their health and fitness lifestyles through ongoing positive changes.

Nolan Chancenolan

Personal Trainer / Yoga

Nolan’s strength lies in developing exercises for better outdoors sports performances. His work emphasizes core stability training. A personal trainer for the past 10 years, Nolan has worked with private clients as well as spending a year as a full-time trainer at Equinox. Nolan has also taught rock climbing safety and technique at Go Vertical in Connecticut for five years and spent two years snow boarding in Colorado.



Alexander Galvez



Personal Trainer
Alexander specializes in strength training, rehabilitation, pre and post natal, balance/stability core training, and boxing. While embracing traditional fitness components, he also focuses on health and lifestyle modification.

As a trainer, Alexander strives to help his clients by connecting them with appropriate members of his ‘team,’ which includes a massage therapist, yoga teacher, Pilates instructor, Reiki, physical therapist as well as other healing professionals. Alexander’s various colleagues work together to help the client achieve optimal health and fitness.

Hilary McLemore



Personal Trainer
A personal trainer and swim instructor certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Hilary specializes in weight loss, corrective exercise, and endurance training for triathletes. A swimming, surfing, running, and outdoor enthusiast, she believes that when working out, there should never be a dull moment!




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Barbara Evans

Personal Trainer

Barbara is a certified personal trainer throug

h the National Strength and Conditioning Association.  In addition to her personal training certification through the NSCA, Barbara is pre/postnatal and CPR-AED certified and is a former top-level trainer with Equinox Fitness Clubs.  She holds a BS in Dance from George Washington University and has toured with professional dance companies nationally and abroad.  This dance background helps Barbara bring a heightened awareness of posture, form and efficiency of movement to her sessions, allowing her clients of any age or fitness level to quickly and safely achieve their goals.  Barbara still takes dance class for fun, along with hiking, biking, and recently, surfing!




Danyelle Demchock

Female Personal Trainer

Over the last 7 years, Danyelle has helped clients use a step-by-step approach to achieve weight loss without dieting, increase energy and vitality without sugar and caffeine, reestablish balance to the metabolism, and enhance posture and sports performance through corrective exercises.

With great enthusiasm, Danyelle provides a range of holistic healthy lifestyle services. With her guidance, clients have learned to take responsibility for overcoming their own health obstacles, achieve permanent weight loss without dieting, and take back control of their life and health. She welcomes you to achieve your own inner clarity in your life!






Holly Corey

Holly Corey

Personal Trainer
After a long career in corporate recruiting, Holly decided to pursue her real passion: fitness, health and wellness. She specializes in core strength, balance and flexibility exercises and believes a healthy body is a happy body. Her fitness approach is to keep it fun, challenging, creative and safe. Her goal as a trainer is to help you along the way and provide you with positive support, encouragement, and the proper workouts to help you attain your goals. She holds a certification through the American Council of Exercise (ACE).





Puy Navarro

Personal Training/Yoga/Latin Dance

Born in Spain, Puy has been an actress and a producer of theater about Social Issues and Human Rights in NYC since 2005. Since September 2009 she has been teaching Yoga for Executives at the US/Spain Chamber of Commerce at the Empire State Building and also at The Hispanic Society of America. She currently teaches at ISHTA. She has been to India twice where she has deepened her studies on the Sutras, Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda. She believes that when we are in full command of our physical, mental and emotional capacities we can live fearlessly, and we can open ourselves to new experiences, new challenges, and let our energy flow freely to express our unique talents.

Darryl Whiting

Personal Training

Darryl is a Fordham University football alum and former Tennessee Titan. He loves to help others succeed in achieving their fitness goals. Towards the latter years of his career, he was plagued with injuries only later to find out that most of them could have been prevented. Darryl wants to pass on his knowledge of corrective exercise, functional movement and sports performance to others. He holds certifications in kettlebell training, integrated stretching and pre/postnatal, as well as a certificate in mat Pilates.





Sadie Gilbertson

Personal Training/Pilates

Sadie has been an explorer of movement for over 25 years. She began her training in dance, performing and teaching professionally throughout the country and abroad. With an ever curious mind, she continues to seek additional pathways of whole body fitness, with a holistic and joyful approach. She has been a certified personal trainer for eight years, with the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM). She is also a certified Pilates instructor (focusing on neutral spine) from the prestigious Erika Bloom Pilates program. Sadie takes the best from all modalities such as: sports training, dance, yoga, and Pilates to best support her clients with their goals.


Mike Czech

Personal Trainer

ACE Certified Personal Trainer & Group Exercise Instructor
Certified RRCA Running Coach
Certified TNT Triathlon Coach

Mike Czech has spent his lifetime involved in fitness and business marketing. A professional triathlon and running coach since 2001 with over 20 years of racing experience, Mike specializes in endurance athlete training and sports conditioning. Mike is a marathon age group winner and 4 time Ironman Triathlon finisher.

He covers Northern New Jersey for Mind Over Matter Fitness and specializes in:
*Strength Training and Planning For Endurance Sports (swimming, cycling, running)
*Speed, Power and Agility for Youth Athletes
*Injury Prevention and Prehab / Knee and Hip Rehab
*Strength Training and Nutrition Planning for Weight Loss
*TRX Suspension Training
*Balance and Coordination for active older adults and youth athletes

“My goal is to ensure that every interested person gets a chance to be the best they can be – in the gym, in sports, in work and in life. That means a carefully detailed physical training and mental preparedness program to ensure long term success. The quick fix mentality is yesterday. Today is about communication and support to propel motivated people forward.”

Sharon Jackson

Personal Trainer

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Sharon’s background in fitness began as a dancer when she attended the High School of Performing Arts in NYC, and continued at Hofstra University where she continued to study dance and earned a B.S. in Exercise Physiology. After college, she competed in fitness dance / competitions and body building.


Creativity is a big component in Sharon’s workouts with clients in order to keep things fun and interesting. She likes to mix it up with bands, towels, a T


RX and boot camp drills for example. Over the years, she’s studied Yoga and Pilates which has added to her already keen eye for detail when it comes to proper form. Good form follows good function as the saying goes. If someone’s bio-mechanics are faulty then they need to do more fundamental exercises before moving on to more challenging ones

Sharon is a former personal chef and studied at the Natural Gourmet Cooking school. She’s well versed in grain, gluten-free and dairy free cooking. She loves sharing recipes and can offer suggestions for how to transition to a Paleo or grain free diet.

Sharon enjoys working with a variety of people from seniors, to pre and post natal women. Her personal interests include, spending time with her daughter, Sophia, working out, screenwriting, film, travel, and cooking nutritionally dense and health supportive food.




Danny Binstock

Personal Trainer

Danny is a NCSF Certified Personal trainer with a background in yoga and Alexander Technique. He believes in moving hard and moving fast in the gym in order to move well in daily life. Danny integrates balance, flexibility, and strength into workouts designed to get you feeling your best and meeting your fitness goals. He is also an accomplished marathon runner and has trained many clients to marathon and half-marathon success. Outside of the gym he can usually be found at the theater, in the kitchen, or playing with his dog.





Ana Nieto

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Ana Nieto is a trained nurse, personal trainer, nutrition specialist, dance instructor and choreographer. She is the founder of Turtle Shell Health a company that offers consulting services for sustainable living. Ana strongly believes that balanced energy is the key to physical and spiritual success. “By applying customized techniques to suit our clients’ individual needs, and focusing on the present rhythms of each session, we are able to maximize your workouts in order to deliver short term, as well as long term results.”

Grow Strong from the inside out and transform yourself. Our guided strength training sessions will safely and effectively strengthen your whole body in as little as 30 minutes a week. Our cutting edge techniques stimulate the muscles to work intensely and under safe conditions.

Experience the long-term fitness benefits of high intensity strength training. This is a life-changing, safe method of exercise that uses the slow movement of weights and is excellent for people of all ages, delivering proven effects: Grow Stronger, Get Leaner, Balance Strength with Flexibility, Develop a Deeper Mind-Body Connection and Optimize Your Overall Health and Wellness.



William DeMerritt

Personal Trainer

William DeMeritt is an American Council on Exercise certified personal trainer and level 1 CrossFit trainer, with additional accreditations in TRX suspension and SFG Kettle Bells.
William also has a background in martial arts. Currently he is employed by one of the major corporate gyms in New York City.






Nathalie De Jesus

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Nathalie’s philosophy is movement without limitations. She believes strongly in conquering any and all fitness goals through proper education, effective and progressive programs, and most importantly, fun! Nathalie grew up with two athletic older brothers, and parents who were very active. So it is safe to say Nathalie followed in their footsteps and took over the torch. As sports became less prevalent in her brother’s lives and her parents suddenly became bombarded with work, Nathalie’s passion for sports and fitness continued and led her to pursue a degree in Exercise Science with study in the field of physical therapy, and athletic training. Nathalie is a certified personal trainer from the National Council of Strength and Fitness and is currently studying for her CSCS. With Nathalie’s education and training experience, she has worked with post injury clients, young kids, pre/post natal, special populations, elderly, athletes, and anything in between. Her greatest satisfaction lies in being able to customize a program that can improve someone’s quality of life through fitness.

Franka Cappella

Personal Trainer

Franka Cappella is a fitness professional born in Grenada & raised in Argentina. Fitness has always been a part of her. She started doing sports at the age of 4 as a gymnast, swimmer, hockey and volleyball player.. She studied Administration in College and several languages. Her certificates includes NCSF Personal Trainer, NASAM nutrition. Kettlebell. Kettlebell Athletics. Yoga. Yoga Alliance. Pilates. ACE. Pre/Post Natal. TRX Suspension training. EFTI Equinox FitnessTraining Institute. Franka has experience working with a wide variety of populations through many different fitness domains including weight loss, strength and conditioning, injury prevention, wellness coaching, and endurance training. All this certificates helps her help the athlete in every aspect of fitness: Balance, Strength, Flexibility, Power, Cardiovascular Endurance. Healthy body, healthy mind, HAPPY LIFE. She currently enjoys weight lifting, HIIT, doing Yoga and practicing Muay Thai. Her greatest attributes are professionalism, Education, Dedication to the client’s specific needs, patience, a firm hand AND FUN. After a workout, she likes to refuel with anything she can put peanut butter on.

Lesly Utstein

Personal Trainer

Lesly started teaching while she was pursuing a career at the time as an artist, actress & dancer. She decided to pursue her passion, training & fitness, getting her 2 Personal Training Certifications, one from Marymount College & the other from Personal Fitness & Bodyworks Association.

Lesly has taught exercise for 20 + years starting from the very beginner all the way up to the ultimate  athlete, while integrating flexibility, muscle endurance & cardiovascular efficiency in an effort to always keep the workout, fresh, fun & challenging. Having a diverse clientele of all ages, she incorporates many types of different exercises, designing a personal training program for each client individually, whether it is a workout in or outdoors.

Sigal Rosenzweig

Personal Trainer

I was lucky enough to have been born into a family in which health was a way of life. From the age of 5, I have been a dancer and gymnast. While in High School, I decided to become a personal trainer, so that I could share my passion with others. I started off working in a gym, and loved every moment. Then I decided to open my own private business training private clients clients singular, in a pair, and in groups. All my clients became happier with themselves, and were excited to share their accomplishments with me.

What sets me apart from other trainers? I believe in training my clients not just physically, but by educating them on how to live a healthy lifestyle. In time, the lifestyle becomes second nature. Besides for the fitness component, I educate about proper nutrition.

I incorporate many different styles of training. I train indoors and outdoors. In order to achieve optimal health, my sessions includes cardio, strength, resistance, and toning. Depending on each persons likes and dislikes, I have a vast selection of styles to chose from. Plyometrics, floor work, dumbbells, flexibility, pilates, dance, gymnastics, planks, jump rope, resistance, and more. At every level of fitness, cardiovascular health, strength, and muscle tone can be improved. I’ve trained all ages, children through seniors. I have trained clients with no equipment at all, using only body weight; as well as with various types of weighted equipment. I customize each workout based on the individual needs and level of each person. I can travel between Manhattan and Brooklyn for your convenience. Each of my sessions are fun, unique, and sweaty!


Laura Kovall

Personal Trainer

Born and raised in New York City, Laura has always wanted to do it “all”. From her days as a three sport varsity athlete and captain in High School, to her completion of three New York City Marathons while news producing at CNN, working at the NYPD as an Intelligence Analyst, and studying International Affairs and Arabic at Columbia University, fitness has been the one constant in Laura’s life. But it wasn’t until she was pregnant with her daughter; born in March 2012, that she was determined to turn her love for exercise into a career. Laura is empathetic to all who want to remain fit while juggling multiple responsibilities. She created a program with this in mind.  All of her classes are time efficient, nonstop movement and incorporate a total body workout that could be done barefoot.  Whether you are a mom who wants to get in shape, a busy bride who is looking for a time efficient total body workout program, a working executive who could only sneak in workouts during the day, or a marathon runner who wants to target important complementary muscle groups that will aid in the race, Laura’s fitness program will cater to your needs. Laura is also extremely passionate towards yoga and swears on it as a way to increase core strength, maintain flexibility  and prevent injury especially for those who are runners and cardio enthusiasts.  For this reason, she decided to bring a yoga program to her portfolio as well, and did 100 hours teacher training in Ashtanga Yoga.


Josh Denenberg
Personal Trainer

As a kid, Josh found himself overweight, pre-diabetic, and hypertensive. He immediately realized that this weight would keep him from playing the sports he loves and more importantly, increasing the risk of developing major health issues. Josh not only embarked on a successful weight loss story, he became inspired and helped influence those who needed that extra motivation or proper direction to reach their ultimate goals.

With over eight years of experience working in a hospital and physical therapy based fitness & wellness club, he learned and became familiar with functional movement, rehabilitation of injuries, special populations, and many more. He is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Josh’s fitness sessions focus on stabilizing the core, increasing joint mobility, stability, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, overall muscle strength, and more!




Barbara Kaminsky

Practicing yoga has transformed Barbara’s life, allowing her to pass on the benefits to her various clients. “I love that with every breath in yoga, we get to begin again,” she says. “No matter where we are or where we want to be, doing yoga shows us a way to be present and in the moment.”

Barbara has ten years of yoga practice behind her, and is certified in the Barkan Method. She also enjoys Anusara and Vinyasa.

Ola Widera

Yoga Instructor

Ola has been studying and teaching yoga for many years in NYC.  Her private classes combine the knowledge of yoga, science, andolawidera human anatomy to explore the power of the body to heal on all levels.  Ola’s expertise in the Anusara alignment principles empower her dedicated students to shift and transform from the inside out, in order to create a foundation for radiant health, creativity and illumination in their life.

With warmth and joy, Ola clearly articulates to her students how to resolve all of their therapeutic issues.  Her intention is to provide accessible, practical guidance while teaching clients how to use their awareness of breath combined with precision of muscular alignment to discover their full capabilities. Ola invites you to find the true healing connection with your body and mind to realize the healthy balance of flexibility and strength.

Nan Goldstein

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Nan combines her enthusiasm and love of yoga with a knowledge of alignment and body mechanics. Nan’s softer, gentler, slower-paced classes are fun and playful, with easy-to-follow instructions encouraging students to practice deeply while honoring and working with their limitations. By catering to each student’s individual needs, Nan is dedicated to making yoga accessible to people of all ages, sizes and fitness levels, so each can benefit from its transformative powers.

Nan began teaching yoga after many years in the corporate world in order to make a positive change in her life and the lives of others. She received her yoga teaching certification from Alison West / Yoga Union. Nan is also a certified chair yoga instructor. Besides yoga, Nan is also passionate about snorkeling and the conservation of coral reefs.

Hillary Helmling

Originally from Indiana, Hillary moved to New York City with a BFA in Music Theatre in hand ready to take on the Big Apple. While pursuing a performing career, she found she needed an outlet from the long days of pounding the pavement. Hillary stumbled into a yoga studio in Union Square and was hooked! She received her certification from Sonic Yoga – Center for Yoga Studies and The Prenatal Yoga Center.

Hillary is very passionate that yoga is a daily practice that can help gain perspective, balance, and mindfulness in all aspects of your life. She incorporates many forms of yoga into her sessions through a creative flow and fun music, as well as a strong emphasis on breath work, alignment, strength, and intention. Hillary is grateful to all the teachers she has had the privilege to study with who have helped to shape her own yoga practice and hopes to help you find your own journey as well.

 April Evans


April works with adults of every age and ability and is passionate about helping her clients achieve balance, strength, and flexibility. She is co-director of New York Yoga’s 200 Hour Teacher Training program where she specializes in teaching philosophy and meditation.  April is certified at the E-RYT 500 Hour level with Yoga Alliance and has over 600 hours of training from New York Yoga, Sonic Yoga, ISHTA Yoga, MetaAnatomy, AntiGravity Fitness, and with master teachers Shiva Rea and Sally Kempton. In addition to teaching full time, she sings in the Brooklyn-based rock band After School Special.

Puy Navarro

Personal Training/Yoga/Latin Dance

Born in Spain, Puy has been an actress and a producer of theater about Social Issues and Human Rights in NYC since 2005. Since September 2009 she has been teaching Yoga for Executives at the US/Spain Chamber of Commerce at the Empire State Building and also at The Hispanic Society of America. She currently teaches at ISHTA. She has been to India twice where she has deepened her studies on the Sutras, Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda. She believes that when we are in full command of our physical, mental and emotional capacities we can live fearlessly, and we can open ourselves to new experiences, new challenges, and let our energy flow freely to express our unique talents.

Michele Rafferty

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Michele, a certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher (RYT) and Movement Specialist, trained at the prestigious Laban Centre for Movement and Dance in London and has over a decade of experience teaching dance and yoga. She is inspired by many disciplines: Modern Dance–Doris Humphrey, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement, Bodywork–Healing Touch, and Kripalu and Sivananda Yoga.

Whether an individual or group session, Michele designs a framework that keeps the student focused and grounded, and within it creates a dynamic experience that is spontaneous and creative. ‘I want you to feel inspired to take care of your body and mind–yoga, or any wellness/fitness program is not a quick fix, but an opportunity to reach your fullest potential, whatever your goal!’

Chrissy Sheehan

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Chrissy Sheehan started practicing yoga believing she had just found a fun new exercise program. Little did she know in a few short years her life would be completely changed. She found on the mat a safe place to have fun, fall down, and never stop learning and exploring. It is this sense of adventure and unlimited possibilities she wants to pass on to her students. Chrissy has spent most of her life studying both blank verse and the human condition while on stage, and loves bringing her crazy theatrical energy to her classes. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Sonic Yoga in May of 2012, where she learned at least as much about herself as she did how to teach.





Emily Schreter


Emily found yoga after being diagnosed with scoliosis in 2007. She quickly realized yoga also addressed postural misalignment and other feelings of discomfort she had been feeling in her body for years. Today she has a completely different level of energy and perspective on life which she attributes to the powerful physical practice of the postures and also the more subtle energetic aspects including meditation. Combining breath based movement with longer holding poses and detailed alignment instruction, Emily guides students to move easefully while listening inward connecting body, mind, breath, energy and spirit. Emily is interested in how the teachings and tools of yoga help to cultivate awareness and can positively affect our everyday lives from feeling comfortable in our bodies in daily activities to improved concentration to staying present.

Emily’s journey to wellness has led her to continue her studies. After 8 years in the corporate world she recently quit her job to and is also currently working towards her degree in Health and Nutrition Science at Brooklyn College. Incorporating her undergraduate studies in psychology and her passion for food and healthful living, Emily also works with individuals as a health coach.

Amy Perri

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Practicing for nearly 20 years, Amy began with pre-natal yoga while expecting her first son in 1996. After completing her 200 Hour Teacher Training with Into This World Yoga Productions on Long Island in 2007, she was drawn to continue her studies with Rolf Gates, (Master Yoga Teacher and acclaimed Author of “Meditations from the Mat”). Amy completed Rolf’s 500 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in 2010 from which she graduated as a Yoga Alliance Certified 500 Hour ERYT. Amy enjoys teaching adults and children, bringing yoga to the developmentally disabled and presenting workshops in area studios. She also takes great pride in using yoga as a fundraising tool to support local charities. She is a member of the Long Island Yoga Assn as well as the Asperger’s Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Assn for which she facilitates a parent support group.

Sarah Anjali


Sarah Anjali holds a Yoga Teacher Certificate from The Kripalu Center in Lennox Mass. Kripalu Yoga is a conscious practice of physical yoga postures, breathing exercises, meditation and relaxation techniques for integrating body mind and spirit. Sarah is particularly interested in intensive core strengthening in her classes, she believes a strong core translates into stability, stamina and alignment in all standing poses.

In addition to Yoga, Sarah was formally trained in ballet, and has instructed personal training and aerobics classes. She holds a graduate degree in education and taught in the public school system for 13 years. Sarah loves all things to do with the beach and watersports, in the summer you will find Sarah teaching paddle board yoga in and around her hometown of Southampton NY. Sarah believes in consistently maintaining and improving her professional knowledge and competence, striving for professional excellence through continued education and training.

Natalie Green


Natalie Green is a professional dancer, yoga and pilates teacher based in Brooklyn. Her teaching style is fluid and light-hearted with an emphasis on spinal health, proper anatomical alignment, efficiency of movement, core coordination, and mindful breath work. Natalie is a spirited mover and compassionate teacher who strives to empower individuals to live embodied and active lives according to their own goals and priorities.



Zoe DeMoss


Earned her Senior Yoga Instructor Certification from the Asian Yoga Association in 2007, and completed her 500 R.Y.T. program through the Triad Yoga Institution, NC. Zoe owned and managed Meizi Yoga studio in Shenzhen, China before coming to U.S., and starting teaching and sharing her yoga passion in the States since 2009. She believes yoga is a powerful tool to balance our mind, body, and spirit, and everyone can use this tool to empower all aspects of their life. Zoe has attached yoga training with Aadil Palkhivala, Bo Forbes, Elise Miller and Nicolai Bachman. Her teaching styles include alignment based yoga, Vinyasa flow yoga, restoraitive yoga, Yin yoga, and therapeutic yoga.


Anne Tangi

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As a dancer with back pain, Anne first saw yoga as a marvelous physical exercise that left her body feeling open in ways she had never experienced. She later discovered that there is so much more to yoga than asana, or the postures. For Anne, yoga is the connection among all things, being present, accepting what is and moving forward from a place of love, faith and hope.

After beginning to experience additional elements of yoga, such as meditation, the power of breath, and ways to connect the poses to other aspects of life, Anne wanted to help others experience that depth and bliss. She completed her RYT-200 hour certification through Yoga Bliss/Yoga in the Woods in 2011. In her classes, Anne loves helping create a safe, encouraging space where students let their breath guide their practice. She uses imagery and metaphors to help bring her students to a deeper place. She incorporates her background as a dancer, choreographer, and fitness instructor to create fluid sequences that leave the body feeling super-mobile, stimulated, open, strong, and nurtured. Ultimately, as a teacher, Anne aims to help others feel more comfortable in their own skin, tap into their unique rhythms, and shine their light.


Caryna Wong


Caryna’s main focus is using yoga for health and longevity. Having been in IT for 15 years, she brings a very analytical and systematic approach to her work which combines Vinyasa, Hatha, Aerial, & Restorative methods. She has used yoga for pain management of herniated discs in her neck and lower back, reducing her scoliosis curves, dealing with a shoulder injury and overall strengthening to maintain good posture and coordination. She has studied with Dr. Loren Fishman and Alison West and teaches Dr. Fishman’s Methods that include Yoga for Osteoporosis, Yoga for Arthritis, Yoga for Back Care & Scoliosis, and his Rotator Cuff “Cure”. She continues to study and is fascinated by the body’s ability to heal itself.


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As a professional actor, dancer, and singer, my body is my instrument. I treat it with love and care, and I seek to help my yoga students do the same. As a yoga teacher, I hope that anyone with any level of knowledge or ability can take my class and leave a happier person seeking to expand their yoga practice. I teach an innovative vinyasa style that strikes a balance between strengthening, challenging sequences and peaceful, restorative practice.

For many years, I attended extremely demanding vinyasa yoga classes while dealing with chronic shoulder pain. Then I began Back Bay Yoga’s teacher training and discovered the wonders that a subtle yoga practice has to offer. I learned more about my body and the healing process than ever before. I believe that the best way to allow the body to heal and become stronger is by finding a balance between challenging the muscles and releasing the tension within the body. That’s why my classes are designed to marry strength and ease on the mat. A well rounded practice makes for a balanced yogi and a balanced lifestyle.

I studied at Back Bay Yoga in Boston, MA (now YogaWorks) and completed Back Bay’s 200-hr teacher training with Lynne Begier, Ryan Cunningham, and Renee LeBlanc.


Liz Thompson


Liz’s yoga journey began more than twenty years ago. Credentials and certifications include training in Kundalini, Bikram, Jivamukti, Vinyasa, Restorative, Ashtanga, Anusara and trauma-informed yoga. Her teaching style is based on alignment and flow through the use of the breath as well as meditation and focus, allowing students of every level to find peace and joy through a deeper connection to self.

She has had unique opportunities like teaching inmates at Rikers Island, mentally challenged adults at AHRC and various senior centers throughout the five boroughs.  Her work has even lead her into the corporate world where she holds space for relaxation and mindfulness in some of the most stressful environments.  Liz has also been a performing arts teacher and educator working with children in NYC public schools which lead her to creating her own after school and summer programs.  Training in all levels of yoga at various yoga studios and private one-on-one sessions presents a well rounded teacher in our midst.





Najla Said

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Najla has been doing Pilates for over ten years, and was certified as an Authentic Instructor in 2004 through the New York Pilates Studio. An avid runner and lifelong athlete, she discovered Pilates method while recovering from knee surgery and a hip injury. Pilates was the first truly tough and satisfying workout she was able to do (and enjoy) despite her injuries. SInce she began, she has been virtually pain free, and now is thrilled to be able to watch her clients achieve the same relief as they also build a strength, flexibilty and endurance that allows them to succeed in any other athletic endeavor they choose. She wholeheartedly believes that anything is possible; no one should feel that an injury prevents them from getting a safely, effective, challenging, and fun workout.


Sadie Gilbertson

Personal Training/Pilates

Sadie has been an explorer of movement for over 25 years. She began her training in dance, performing and teaching professionally throughout the country and abroad. With an ever curious mind, she continues to seek additional pathways of whole body fitness, with a holistic and joyful approach. She has been a certified personal trainer for eight years, with the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM). She is also a certified Pilates instructor (focusing on neutral spine) from the prestigious Erika Bloom Pilates program. Sadie takes the best from all modalities such as: sports training, dance, yoga, and Pilates to best support her clients with their goals.


Eudora Ellis

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Eudora Ellis is a 500 hour yoga alliance certified yoga teacher who studied Vinyasa flow with Exhale New York and Prana flow with Shiva Rea California.

  • She is in the Mentor Program with Co director of Sonic Yoga Johanna Bell.
  • She has a 500 hour massage therapy degree from the Baltimore School of Massage
  • A 300 hour Ayurvedic consultant certificate with Maria Garre from the Ayurvedic Institute New Mexico.
  • Eudora has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary studies encompassing movement therapy, psychology and philosophy with a minor in dance.
  • Experienced with Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Pilates and Fitness Training with Weights

Her professional life is in music as a jazz singer, composer and vocal coach graduating summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She lived in Europe for many years and is well traveled. She is passionate in exploring the music and dance traditions of various cultures and likes to bring world music into her classes.

Eudora will lead you through a chakra balancing class in Vinyasa flow yoga exploring the relationship between the breath, movement and sound. The use of mudras, special hand gestures, chanting, and pranayama, breathing exercises, will send energy to particular chakras bringing you into a deep peaceful inner silence. Meditating with the music allowing the sounds to resonate and open your heart and soul to bliss!



Daria Fain

Chi Gong instructor

Daria Faïn has been certified in the Alexander Technique since 1991. She has studied with Chi Kung Master Mantak Chia and senior teachers of the Universal Healing Tao (Mantak Chia Chi Kung University) since 1996 and has been an instructor of this system since 2001. Faïn has also studied with Chinese acupuncturist/herbalist/Chi Kung/martial Art master, Dr Jian, founder of the Kimetao in Paris from 1988 to 1995. Over the years Faïn’s somatic research has led her to work with psychotics, the developmentally disabled, and blind-deaf individuals, leading to a complex understanding of the body as a endless resource of knowledge.

Daria Faïn is also an acclaimed New York choreographer originally from Antibes, France. Her choreography fuses her European cultural background with two decades of practice in Asian philosophies of the body and American dance training. From this diverse background Fain has developed a unique movement and performance approach. She studied the classical Indian dance form Bharatha Natyam for five years in Paris with Amala Devi and in Madras, India with Swarnamuckie (State dancer of Tamil Nadu, 1982). In India she also studied the co-relationship between this classical form of dance and temple architecture. She was deeply influenced by her work with the Butoh-based artist Min Tanaka. From 1984 to 1986 she studied at the Graham School in NYC.


Melanie Maar

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Melanie is a certified Yoga instructor through Laughing Lotus since 2002. She will soon be receiving a teacher certificate through Master Mantak Chia’s program/Universal Healing Tao. Melanie has been practicing and teaching Qi Gong for many years within the system of lineage of Daria Fain, Master Mantak Chia and Sifu Mathew Lee. She also incorporates Tai Chi forms and practices into her classes.


Laura Shapiro

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Laura Shapiro is a choreographer with over three decades of experience teaching people of all ages and abilities in group classes and one-to-one sessions. She currently works with men and women, aged 20s to 90s, seeking to enhance fitness and energy levels; pregnant and postpartum women; and adults dealing with the discomfort and wear and tear resulting from postural habits and/or injuries—at venues including the Center for Healing and Awareness, AHRC, two YMCAs, as well as Mind Over Matter.

Her credentials include permission from her chi kung/tai chi teacher to teach (this is traditional/authentic certification); certification for IM=X Pilates Basic and Super-Advanced Floor Work and Tai Chi for Arthritis; post-certification training for the pregnant and postpartum woman with Debra Goodman, PT; and decades of professional dance and related studies including Aikido, Body-Mind Centering, Chi Kung and Tai Chi, Meditation, Neuromuscular Re-education, several approaches to Pilates, Sensory Awareness and Voice.

Anna Carapetyan

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Anna Carapetyan has studied Chi Gong with Daria Fain for five years. Her deep understanding of movement and the body is also influenced by Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Technique, or Awareness Through Movement, and twenty five years of dance training in many forms and styles. She is passionate about health and wellness and is grateful for the opportunity to gain insight into the energetic body through engaging with other practitioners.

Ronney Ascher

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Ronney has been enjoying a career in fitness and health for the last 15 years. He had a career as a dancer that brought him to studying the Alexander Technique. Along with the Alexander technique, he has studied Qi Gong with Lee Holden.

Ronney firmly believes that health and fitness are a choice that one can make. Watching people change before your eyes and find confidence with themselves has to be one of the most rewarding experiences ever imagined. Weight training is a great way to build the body you long to have. Qi gong helps bring the mind and spirit into the picture.

Ann Reibel-Coyne

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Ann Reibel-Coyne is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of New York, and is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Relieving joint pain, inflammation, insomnia and stress related conditions with Acupuncture and Auricular Therapy are among her specialties. Clinically, Ann’s extensive experience includes 20 years in private practice, an acupuncturist’s supervisory position at the Swedish Institute, and treatment of HIV+ clients and Spanish speaking seniors.

Ann is also an enthusiastic teacher of Tai Chi and Qi Gong and is certified by the National Qigong Association. She believes a gentle practice yields greater health benefits.

Ann’s own journey to maintaining vibrant health has inspired her to work with others. She strives to provide unique exercises designed to address each individual’s health concerns, while also improving mobility for those with physical limitations. The emphasis is on relaxation, breathing and posture.
Ann has loved Tai Chi & Qi Gong since her first class. Over time she came to value the Qi Gong exercises noting that she felt more open, limber, and calmer afterwards. This improved focus enhanced her Tai Chi form and her skill as an acupuncturist. Ann acquired training in Tai Chi and Qi Gong from years of ongoing study with Masters Jeffrey Yuen, a Taoist priest, and Huaqi Wang, a Buddhist and silver medal recipient from competitions in China.

Ann’s philosophy is to ease discomfort by raising awareness of lifestyle choices and, most important, she compassionately inspires patient confidence in healing.



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Massage Therapist

Heather Raymond knows the transformative powers of bodywork, exercise and holistic health. Drawing upon17 years experience as a licensed massage therapist and personal trainer with a deep love of her craft, Heather customizes each massage session to your individual needs, preferences, and past/present physical condition.

Selecting from modalities such as Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, myofascial release, sports massage, pregnancy massage, stretching, and bio-cranial technique,  you can relax as Heather works to eliminate your pain, rejuvenate your body, and facilitates health inside and out.

Recently listed as one of the best LMTs, in New York City for the book, “Keen on New York, Platinum Edition”, Heather is described by one of her clients as “an angel with hands from heaven, who never met pain she could not remove.”

Franco Castiglione

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Franco is a hands on healer, who graduated from the country’s finest Massage School: The Swedish Institute of Massage therapy and Applied Health Sciences, here in New York City.

He has been working in the field for many years all around the city, and has vast experience with several different modalities of massage, including Swedish, Deep Tissue, Sports, Medical, Thai, Reflexology, Shiatsu, Prenatal, Cranial-Sacral, Lomi Lomi, Hot and Cold Stone, and several others.

He is also certified in Nutrition and Personal Training, and sometimes adds a touch of Reiki to his sessions.

Sessions also can include body assessment, alignment, moisturizing, and aromatherapy.

Massage can be an important way to release stress, and free inner channels. It can open the flow of your life force, release blocks, and tune up and align your physical house.



Deanna Nemes

Line Dance Instructor/Nutrition Consultant

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Deanna has been teaching line dancing to a students of all ages for the last 5 years on Long Island with a total of seven years’ experience. She is a member of the National Teacher’s Association (NTA) and Long Island Country Music Association (LICMA). Deanna designs and leads students through dynamic classes that offer a wonderful workout that is exercise in disguise. Beyond the obvious physical benefits of dancing, line dance also offers wonderful cognitive, social, and spiritual advantages. In a world that often lacks connection, there is nothing quite like getting on a dance floor with a group of strangers and finding commonality with music and movement.

Deanna has been a dancer all of her life with a background in jazz, ballet, modern, lyrical, jitterbug/swing, ballroom and country line dancing. Additionally, Deanna holds a Master’s Degree Holistic Nutrition (MSHN) and is the owner of Fork Therapy. She does not believe in dieting but rather using food to support optimal health. Due to biochemical individuality this can mean different things for different people. Deanna is also co-coordinator of Talk About Curing Autism – New York. She has successfully used dietary modification to alleviate many of the behavioral symptoms that are associated with Autism in her daughter. She now helps guide other families in making similar changes.


Nicole Glassman


Nicole Glassman’s passion for helping others stems from her experience overcoming her own health challenges. After completing a Graduate Degree in Food Studies at New York University, Nicole Glassman was one of the first practitioners to achieve certification in Dr. D’Adamo’s Blood Type course. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is certified in Holistic Health Counseling and in Bio-Energetic Assessment. Nicole has presented on holistic health at numerous corporations and institutions throughout New York City, including the Ethical Culture School, Hostos Community College, Colgate Palmolive, Chelsea Movement, Therapy and AMC Theatres. She runs a successful private practice in Manhattan specializing in holistic nutrition and detoxification.



Puy Navarro

Personal Training/Yoga/Latin Dance

Born in Spain, Puy has been an actress and a producer of theater about Social Issues and Human Rights in NYC since 2005. Since September 2009 she has been teaching Yoga for Executives at the US/Spain Chamber of Commerce at the Empire State Building and also at The Hispanic Society of America. She currently teaches at ISHTA. She has been to India twice where she has deepened her studies on the Sutras, Hatha, Tantra and Ayurveda. She believes that when we are in full command of our physical, mental and emotional capacities we can live fearlessly, and we can open ourselves to new experiences, new challenges, and let our energy flow freely to express our unique talents.

Myron Tucker

Fitness & Life Coach

Myron is a Fitness and Life Fulfillment Engineering Coach for individuals, small groups and organizations. His fitness coaching sessions focuses on plyometrics which include weight conditioning, core conditioning, cardio/active rest exercises and nutritional evaluation. His Life Fulfillment coaching utilizes several models including the Whole Life Model, 5 Levels of Focus Model and SMART Goals Principle. Additionally, Myron has attended classes taught by Rev. Michael Beckwith of Agape International Church, and Rev. August Gold formerly of Sacred Center New York Spiritual Center. He is currently studying Nichiren Buddhism.

Cynthia LaChina MowKwan

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Cynthia La China is fun, fit, fabulous and fifty+. She is an energetic fitness instructor, passionate dance teacher, creative director, choreographer and veteran social dancer specializing in Salsa, Latin, Afro Cuban, Caribbean & World dance rhythms. A designer by trade, dance teacher/performer by passion, Cynthia has been teaching and choreographing dance routines as alternative outlets for creative thinking and artistic expression since 2000. Founder of NYSalsababy Dance, Cynthia has been serving communities, schools, cultural institutes with dance, music, cultural, social events for all ages; teaching fundamentals, essentials, benefits of dance through movement exploration, music education, cultural awareness, progressive learning, and connection in solo or partner dancing.

In 2014, Cynthia stumbled upon “ShapeupNYC Fitness Instructor Training Program” that launched her new venture as a fitness instructor. Currently she teaches Zumba, Latin dance, yoga & toning for Mind Over Matter Fitness. She is CPR/AED certified and specializes in:

* Zumba, Zumba Gold, Zumba Step, Aqua Zumba, Strong by Zumba
* TRX Suspension Training
* Practical Yoga Training
* New Mom Stroller Bootcamp
* Total Body Conditioning
* Stretch, Tone and Balance for active retirees
* SalsaXtrim – dance workout combining solo and partner dancing to various latin rhythms: salsa, mambo, cha cha, pachanga, boogaloo, latin jazz, rumba, afro cuban and more.

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Dance Instructor 

Ilona Bito is a dancer, choreographer, and educator based in NYC since 2010. Her teaching connects the internal practices of Qi Gong and Tai Chi with the external applications of martial arts and expressive action. After studying dance in its myriad forms for her whole life, the wisdom of the Chinese martial traditions, such as the law of the five elements, have invited her to cultivate transformative and balancing energy within herself as well as in others. She is currently training to be certified in Coremotion with Daria Fain, as well as to receive a Black Belt under Sifu Paul Koh. She holds two gold medals for Tai Chi push hands from the US Open Martial Arts Championship (NYC) with the William C.C. Chen team, as well as a BA and Ms. Ed. From Sarah Lawrence College. She deeply believes that teaching is an Art, and the dynamic relationship between teaching and learning are at the heart of her creative process.

 Linda Rubin

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Linda is a 2008 Graduate from the Natural Gourmet Culinary Institute. She has taught cooking classes at Lenox Hill Hospital, and obtained a Culinary Nutrition Certification in 2014. Chef Linda loves showing people that there is a big, wonderful world of quick, delicious and nutritious foods out there and that they aren’t daunting to prepare and cook as one might think! Chef Linda first finds out if a new client has food allergies/aversions and then builds a menu free of those items. Having worked full-time in the corporate world as a director of advertising, Linda completely understands the challenges of trying to grocery shop, chop, prep and then cook meals after a long day of work. Linda teaches shortcuts* to help people with limited time create quick and easy meals with maximum flavor and nutrition. *Shortcuts means in technique only, never using artificial preservatives.

Linda has created a line of organic energy bars and cookies called Lil’ Leenies. When not working in the kitchen, Linda enjoys dining out at the wonderful variety of restaurants found throughout New York, attends broadway and off-broadway shows, and is a New York history buff.

Kevin Salguero

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Kevin Salguero has years of experience working with student athletes of all ages around the New York City area. A native of Queens, NY, Kevin grew up with Shea Stadium, and the ball fields of Flushing as his playground. He was a relief pitcher for Queens College, where he double majored in Media Studies and English. He was a staple in the bullpen for the Knights, being known to keep cool under pressure. He continues to play the sport he loves, and he shares that passion for the game with all the young athletes he works with.

Currently, Kevin works as the Assistant Director for Home Run Baseball Camp, where he teaches baseball to elementary school youth. He is well known for exuding positive energy, for his zen like patience and his ability to bring out the best in all his players. Coaching has led him to travel to different ball fields across the country and around the world.

Kevin resides in the Upper West Side of Manhattan with his wife. He tries to read a book a week and has yet to encounter a food he dislikes. He also enjoys creating new dishes in the kitchen. Kevin is also an avid fitness enthusiast. If you happen to catch him going for a jog through Central Park, feel free to stop him for some tips on pitching or hitting!

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Group Dance Instructor

I’m a professional dancer who believes in developing strength, endurance, and proficiency of the body through movement. I have a dance degree through New World School of the Arts/University of Florida and I have been a personal trainer for over two years. I enjoy teaching my clients body awareness and working with their natural body weight. Fitness is universal, transferable to everything we do in our daily lives, and can be made lots of fun. My training will integrate breathing, functionality, and energized enthusiasm for you to enjoy your workouts. I specifically contour my programs for you to execute them in a gym as well as in your living room. I will provide you fitness made fun!!!

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Dr. Robert Morrison is a chiropractor specializing in Applied Kinesiology (DIBAK), Clinical Nutrition (DACBN), and Functional Medicine (FMU).  He practiced in Italy for 12 years before returning to his hometown of NYC in 2014.  He has earned acclaim as an international lecturer and published the authoritative textbook Applied Kinesiology Manual Muscle Testing in 2012.  He has worked extensively with dancers, athletes, and yoga students throughout his career.  Apart from reducing pain and improving metabolic health, his techniques focus on enhancing balance, coordination, and flexibility.

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