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Cathy Lilly

Senior Teacher Cathy teaches to share gratitude, and help others discover the healing aspects of yoga. She encourages exploring yoga as the gateway to let go of the tense mind, body, and breath, so freedom that is our birthright can flow in. This was not apparent when Cathy took her first yoga class in 1976 as it appeared so easy due to her gymnastics training. Though 15 years later, medical practitioners and friends insisted she focus on yoga to treat physical injuries, and unresolved grief. Once filled with recovery and renewed spirit, Cathy eagerly explored styles of asana, pranayama, and meditation, and today is a Senior ISHTA yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 certification. Also, her B.S. degree in medical sciences plus perfumes/essential oils...


Irina Kruzhilina

Irina Kruzhilina is originally from Moscow, Russia, and became interested in movement and balance from her earliest experiences with gymnastics and ballet. Irina studied yoga and completed her 500-Hour certification at ISHTA in 2010. Irina blends asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques into a well-rounded, safe, and dynamic practice, to which she brings a passion for health, beauty, and creativity. Her classes are focused strongly on correct alignment, providing individual solutions for students at all levels through the use of props, hands-on adjustments, and suggested modifications. Aside from being a committed yoga teacher, Irina is a well-known designer of costumes for theatre and film as well as fashion. Blending the best of both worlds, Irina has designed a yogi clothing line based on the different Ayurvedic...


Cassandra Ferland

Trainer · Senior Teacher Cassandra 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...


Amy Coombs

Senior Teacher Amy Coombs E-RYT 500 has been teaching at ISHTA since 2009. Her classes provide smart sequencing, and sensible alignment cues along with opportunities for all individuals to find a practice that best serves current needs. Challenging breath based flow is mixed with time to slow down and absorb. Meditation and Pranayama techniques are offered. Students often marvel how each class remains unique and different and new learning opportunities are provided even to those who have been practicing with Amy for many years. The focus is on strength and grounding and classes are suitable for practitioners of all ages (18-80+!). Amy also teaches to these diverse populations at New York University and YogaWorks....


Evelyn Abruzzo

Senior Teacher Evelyn discovered yoga in 2001 after leaving the field of educational administration and relocating to NYC. Yoga passion took hold from the very first ISHTA class. She continued her studies through the 200-hour TT, intending only to deepen her practice. The 500-hour TT followed as soon as she realized she wanted to share ISHTA's gifts with others. Evelyn is a senior teacher at ISHTA with additional certifications in Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra and Thereoeutics. She had a Masters Degree from Stony Brook University and a Doctorate of Education degree from Hofstra University...