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Mary Jo Marchisello

Senior Teacher Mary Jo is a 500-Hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher. She assisted at workshops at Kripalu in the 1980s, and sampled various forms of yoga until she discovered ISHTA Yoga with Yogiraj Alan Finger. After experiencing Alan’s profound knowledge of yoga philosophy, his ability to lead students into deep meditation, and his joyful presentation of alignment and balance, Mary Jo realized she had found the ideal setting for acquiring yogic wisdom in New York City. Her desire to share that powerful respite in the midst of a busy workweek led her to become an ISHTA teacher. Mary Jo strives to create a comfortable environment for students to develop a yoga practice that honors their individuality and encourages them to take the time to breathe and...


Cathy Lilly

Senior Teacher Cathy Lilly 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...


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 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...


Amy Coombs

Senior Teacher Amy Coombs is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) in Yoga Alliance’s National Yoga Teacher Registry at the 500-Hour level. She came to yoga seeking an antidote to the stress of overseeing the opening of a new performing arts center. Certified first in the YogaWorks method, and now proud to be part of the amazing lineage that is ISHTA, she offers a sensibly sequenced, alignment- based, challenging, physical practice that endeavors to promote vitality, relaxation and a sense of well-being. She incorporates ISHTA meditation techniques and pranayama, and offers numerous modifications to the asana portion to truly make her classes accessible to every level of strength and flexibility. Amy favors light-heartedness over a didactic trudge along the path to enlightenment, and strives to strike the...


Laura Butler

Senior Teacher Laura Butler is an E-RYT 500-Hour yoga, meditation, restorative yoga, and pre-natal yoga teacher. She started studying yoga in 2000, taking Vinyasa flow classes in Columbus, Ohio. She began teaching in 2007, and received her 200-Hour certification at YogaWorks, and then her 300-Hour certification from ISHTA Yoga. In 2009, she traveled to India, and went to The Yoga Institute in Santacruz, Mumbai. She has studied many types of yoga including Iyengar, Vinyasa flow, Anusara, and ISHTA. She has extensive training in asana, meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda, Marma points (a form of acupressure) and the healing aspects of yoga. Laura has been featured in both Yoga Journal and Boro magazines. For the past three years, she has assisted Summer Solstice in Times Square founder Douglass Stewart...


Evelyn Abruzzo

Senior Teacher Evelyn Abruzzo, Ed.D, E-RYT 500, discovered yoga after leaving educational administration in Long Island and relocating to NYC. The yoga bug took hold from the very first ISHTA class. She continued her studies through the 200-Hour TT, intending only to deepen her own practice. That intention turned into a passion. Her goal is to help others find a sense of peace, balance and joy in their lives. With this goal in mind she designs her classes with a dose of inspiration along with a strong emphasis on alignment and breath. Evelyn is a senior teacher at ISHTA, an E RYT-500, with additional training in Yin, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra; she is the yoga blogger for NewYorkCityBoomers.com. Evelyn has a Doctorate in Education from Hofstra...