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Aino Siren

Aino grew up in Finland and moved to New York in December 1999 to pursue dancing at several dancing schools in NYC. She included yoga as a complement to her dance training, was stunned with the healing benefits, and has been a devoted practitioner since. She has been taught by these teachers who are filled with grace and knowledge: Jean Koerner, Alan Finger, Sarah Platt-Finger, Thea Frey, Chrissy Carter and Jodie Rufty, to name a few. Aino is beyond happy and pleased to have the privilege to teach this wonderful science at ISHTA Yoga, and to share it with as many as possible to create balance and harmony in the mind, body, and soul. As our bodies get stronger and more flexible so does the...


Ann Mosca

Ann Mosca is a senior instructor who has been teaching yoga for 13 years and practicing for almost 18. Her classes combine a vinyasa flow, stretching, and core strength building, with particular attention to alignment and its benefits. Ann’s dance background in both classical and modern techniques, along with aspects of her interest in gardening, reading, and Eastern and Western philosophies, also make their way into her classes. A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, (BA in Communications), Ann is interested in the therapeutic and subtle effects of yoga and has been a teacher trainer for the past nine years. Sadaka & Primary Trainer...


Gina Menza

After years of practicing and teaching multiple level ISHTA yoga classes, Gina Menza, E-500RYT, RPYT, RPYS, began to develop a passion and following for two different niches, restorative and prenatal yoga. She holds advanced certification as a Relax and Renew Restorative Yoga Trainer and presently teaches four weekly ISHTA restorative classes. She co-created both a first and secondary Restorative Yoga Certification held yearly in New York and worldwide. When not sweetly coaxing bodies into rest, she has been creating a strong prenatal yoga following. Gina leads the prenatal modules of Teacher Trainings at Ishta Yoga, among others and is thrilled to be the co-founder of Anandamama Prenatal Yoga, the first Yoga Alliance registered prenatal yoga school in Manhattan which debuts this summer 2015! Her expertise is...


Cassandra Ferland

Cassandra Ferland began to incorporate yoga into her life over ten years ago. What inspires her practice and her teaching is space: the creation of space to gain perspective, to find balance, and to reconnect with the joy and beauty of moving through life. Her approach to yoga is informed by her career in the arts, and her classes encourage exploration and experimentation. She currently teaches yoga and art to children and adults in the NYC area, both privately and in group classes. Sadhaka & Primary Trainer...


Kelly Eudailey

Kelly Eudailey began studying yoga more than a decade ago in Richmond, Virginia, as a complement to her dance training. After moving to New York in 2001, Kelly had the good fortune to practice at Be Yoga under the guidance of Beverley Murphy, Alan Finger, and Jean Koerner. She completed her 500-Hour teacher training in the ISHTA Yoga lineage, and has also studied extensively with Leslie Kaminoff at the Breathing Project. Kelly’s style is inspired by a deep respect of anatomy, a playful attitude, and the wish to see more city-folk take a deep breath and enjoy the moment! Sadaka & Primary Trainer...


Melissa Brasier

Melissa Brasier is a 500-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher. She began her teacher training in 2000 under the guidance of Jean Koerner and Alan Finger at Be Yoga in NYC. Melissa has a BFA in modern dance from Marymount Manhattan College and comes from a strong performing arts background. Her ISHTA Yoga classes explore athletic, graceful movement while flowing on the breath. She welcomes students of all levels to begin or continue their practice with her. Sadaka & Primary Trainer...