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rudrani

Rudrani Farbman Brown

 

Jackie Prete

Jackie Prete

 

Tracy Toon Spencer

Tracy Toon Spencer

 

Marjorie Nass

Marjorie Nass

Michael

Michael Fergot

 

Susan Kotcher

Susan Kotcher

 

Danielle Lee

Danielle Lee

 

Alice Hogan

Alice Hogan

 

Jana Castellano

Jana Castellano

 

Julia Pearring

Julia Pearring

 

Yael BenReuven

Yael BenReuven

 

Andrea Savolt

Andrea Savolt

 

Jorge Sevillano

Jorge Sevillano

 

Martha Kaiser

Martha Kaiser

 

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Elizabeth Gonzalez

 

Rudrani Farbman Brown

Rudrani began her study of Yoga in 1966 and founded the World Yoga Center in 1972 with a vision of spreading the greatness and luminosity of Yoga in the West. Originally certified as an Integral Yoga teacher in the late 60′s, she served on the Integral Yoga Institute’s National Board and as a staff lecturer, counselor and Hatha Yoga instructor. In 1974 she began a joyous life-long study of meditation and the path of Yoga having met a great master of meditation, and became one of his teachers running a meditation center in NYC and leading programs and meditation workshops throughout the U.S. Traveling as a speaker/teacher for many years, she lived for three years with him in India engaged in spiritual practices and the study of Yoga scriptures and philosophy.

On the west coast during the eighties, Rudrani was a resident meditation and yoga teacher in Santa Monica and Oakland serving SYDA fulltime. She was also on faculty at the JFK Graduate School of Consciousness Studies and the California Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and gave Yoga programs throughout the Bay Area.

Rudrani directs the World Yoga Center, teaching hatha yoga, meditation, Satsang and co-leading the Anusara Immersions Teacher Trainings and retreats. She has been a teacher of meditation, philosophy and transformational practices for over four decades. Rudrani is trained in several styles of Hatha yoga, and is an Anusara Inspired yoga teacher. A charismatic teacher, her hatha classes are woven with teachings, love and humor and are known for their clear instruction, and spiritual depth. An innovative counselor, Rudrani has maintained a private counseling practice since 1986.

jackie

Jackie Prete

Jackie’s passion for teaching yoga has brought her on a magical journey that started in 1990 with Sharon Gannon of Jivamukti. She left the world of musical theater and embarked on a new path to discover the inner realms of her own heart. She trained in Vinyasa yoga with the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara and Cyndi Lee at Om Yoga Center teaching at Equinox and World Gym in the early 90’s. After a serious lower back injury she began a very deep study of Iyengar yoga with Genny Kapular and Mary Dunn.

Jackie met John Friend in 1998 and became a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher in 2001. She is honored to serve as Chairperson of the Certification Committee for the new Anusara School of Hatha Yoga. Jackie was invited to teach in Japan by Yasushi Tanaka in 2005 and has returned annually ever since to train teachers and students in Anusara yoga and Therapeutics.

Jackie is the owner of Ram Sangha Retreats and leads retreats in Mexico, Costa Rica, upstate New York and Italy. This community is dedicated to practicing yoga and meditation in the beauty of nature deepening the student’s connection to their own true Nature.

In 2004 Jackie began collaborating with Rudrani Farbman, Director of the World Yoga Center, teaching Immersions, Retreats and Teacher Training programs. This deep connection has flourished and continues to mentor and train highly skilled yoga and meditation teachers who are connected to the essence of yoga.

Jackie currently sees 200 students every week in her NYC classes at the World Yoga Center, Pure Yoga and Equinox Fitness clubs. She has also led Advanced Teacher Training programs in therapeutics at Pure Yoga in NYC.

Tracy Toon Spencer

Tracy Toon Spencer

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, Tracy Toon Spencer has learned that all paths lead us “home” to the deep wisdom of the heart and the body; the adventures on her yellow brick road have taught her to stay curious, playful, willing, persistent, and buoyant.

Tracy has studied with experts in the fields of life coaching, mind/body medicine, and yoga. She completed teacher trainings with Amy Ippoliti and John Friend and has been teaching yoga since 2003.

She began teaching Yoga for Fertility at World Yoga Center in 2005 to create community and positive support after her own experience with infertility and isolation. She is grateful to Rudrani Farbman and all her students for giving her a home and a voice as a teacher.

She teaches at NYU Fertility Center where she leads the yoga program as part of the Wellness Team, and at World Yoga Center in Manhattan. Her yoga classes have been featured in The New York Times, ABC.com, and CBS. She also leads Fertility Mind/Body Support groups and teaches and coaches individuals. Her website is www.fertilelifenyc.com.

Marjorie Nass

Marjorie Nass

As a health and wellness guide, Marjorie teaches you how to live better in your body. In her yoga classes, you’ll practice a revitalizing blend of alignment precise poses and breath awareness, and will walk away feeling as though you’ve had a full mind body tune-up. Through her one on one wellness programs and retreats, Marjorie also incorporates yoga’s mind body science, Ayurveda, to help students sleep and eat better, and reduce stress. Learn more at Marjorienass.com.

Michael Fergot

Michael Fergot

Michael Fergot 500RYT, Anusara Inspired, was introduced to Yoga in 1982 while studying at the U.W. Madison pursuing an Asian Studies Major. Flowing through several forms of martial arts into a dance career, Yoga became a consistent thread in the tapestry of his life. In 2002, desiring a deeper understanding of Yoga and how to deepen his practice, he took his first of many subsequent teacher trainings, with Jackie Prete and Ellen Saltonstall which transformed the trajectory of his life. For more than a decade, Michael has had the very good fortune to be a student/teacher full time, having spent tens of thousands of hours teaching and studying Yoga more deeply. Yoga is truly an inexhaustible source of knowledge. In 2013 Michael completed an Advanced Teacher Training with Tara Glazier and Zhenja La Rosa. He looks forward to continued study and sharing of Yoga’s unique gift: revealing our own Self to ourselves.

Michael teaches the Thursday 10:00 class at The World Yoga Center. The class is based on alignment principles that facilitate the ever deepening experience of the Self. To be yourself is the Universe’s invitation. When most of the world wants you to be what it wants, Yoga is the practice of accepting the wonder and joy of being uniquely oneself.

Susan

Susan Kotcher

Susan likes to tell fellow yogis that she was born and raised at the World Yoga Center. In truth, she has been a grateful student of Rudrani and the World Yoga Center since the late 1990s and a teacher since 2001. Susan comes to yoga through the gateway of meditation, having practiced in the Tibetan Buddhist and Zen traditions for many years. Susan is known for her clear articulation of poses. Her classes balance the inner work of meditation and contemplation with play, sweat, and a healthy dose of alignment. Off the mat, Susan is a non-profit fundraiser and finds New York the perfect place to cultivate an open heart and steady mind.

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Elizabeth Gonzalez

Elizabeth was first drawn to Yoga for the physical benefits of the practice; soon after she was introduced to the practices of chanting, pranayama, meditation and the study of scriptures. During her first 200 hour yoga training in 2010, She was inspired by her teachers to develop her own daily meditation and yoga practices. This marked the beginning of an incredible journey into the inner world. After learning and practicing different yoga styles, Elizabeth took her first Anusara Yoga class while in vacation in Guayaquil-Ecuador. She fell in love with Anusara yoga’s life affirming philosophy and the universal principles of alignment that brought a level of complexity and depth that she had never experienced before. Back in New York, she was on the hunt for Anusara Yoga Studios and she stepped into the World yoga center without knowing that one day this beautiful place would become like her second home. Elizabeth completed her 200 Anusara Yoga training on 2013 at the WYC and she is thrilled to join the faculty.

Her classes integrate the spiritual and philosophical teachings of Tantra along with the precise alignment principles of Anusara and the flowing and energizing aspects of Vinyasa. Creating an intimate connection between the movement and the breath, students are encouraged to allow the physical postures to be an expression of the heart, while bringing the practice of yoga to the here and now.

With great humility and gratitude she bows down to the light and wisdom of all the teachers she has ever encountered throughout her path as well as the wonderful students she has the honor of teaching on a regular basis.

Danielle Lee

Danielle Lee

Danielle Lee offers a holistic approach to wellness and artful living, which weaves together disciplines of yoga, meditation, nutrition and health supportive cooking. Her yoga teaching integrates the insights of various traditions into a vital practice that cultivates strength, grace and awareness. Her classes draw on the heartfelt spirit and precise alignment principles of Anusara, the creativity of Vinyasa, and the quiet power of Yin and Restoratives to help students experience the stillness in movement and the flow in stillness. Also a private chef specializing in the detoxifying and healing aspects of food, Danielle regularly leads seasonal cleanse and attunement workshops and retreats. Her endeavor is to help her students recognize their life gift and savor the journey. Danielle is grateful to all of her teachers and students who continue to inspire her. Visit http://dlmoveablefeast.com/ to learn more about Danielle’s offerings.

Danielle Lee

Alice Hogan

It was the beauty of the language of Yoga and the experience of meditation that drew Alice into the deep practice of Yoga.

Alice’s mindful, meditative, Anusara classes help students come into greater physical alignment in order to relax, restore and renew their bodies. In her gentle classes, Alice shares her love of the wisdom of Yoga and is adept at helping students turn inside.

Since being certified as a Yoga Instructor by the World Yoga Center in 2008, Alice has completed over 500 hours of study in therapeutics, Anusara, the philosophy of Yoga and Kashmir Shaivism (Tantra), and meditation.

She is deeply grateful for ongoing opportunities to pursue her passion for Tantric philosophy and meditation techniques (and also the Yoga philosophy of earlier traditions) with some of the greatest teachers in the world – Mark Dyczkowski, Sally Kempton, Bill Mahoney, Paul Mueller Ortega, Carlos Pomeda, Chris Tompkins, Chris Wallis, and Rudrani Farbman Brown, whose potent meditation energy brought her and so many others into the deep practice of Yoga.

A lover of the arts and New York City, Alice enjoys travel to London, Paris and the seacoast of her native New England. In her own life she embraces Tantra’s life-affirming view – that everything is an opportunity for our expansion.

Jana Castellano

Jana Castellano

Jana was introduced to Rudrani through a mutual friend and became irresistibly drawn towards the practices of Yoga within the World Yoga Center student community. In May 2008, she completed WYC’s two year Teacher Training course and continues to study and grow in the practice and teachings of Yoga and meditation. She is currently E-RYT200, RYT500 certified with Yoga Alliance and is an Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher.

Jana is continuously filled with profound gratitude for the blessings that she has received since she found the path of Yoga, especially since she began teaching. When she is not at the WYC teaching the Early Bird classes or the Lunchtime Gentle class, she teaches chair/gentle yoga for Seniors on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, and also teaches yoga to less able populations, especially mentally challenged adults, through Activities for Life. At WYC, her classes are light-hearted yoga adventures, providing a step by step exploration of yoga’s power to transform through refining awareness of the body, thus discovering true self empowerment within. She encourages her students to dive deep in every class and discover yoga from the inside out. Her loving compassion welcomes students of all levels, especially those brand new to Yoga, and invites everyone to dance in the Light of their own Heart!

Julia Pearring

Julia Pearring

Julia is appreciated as a teacher who brings the Yoga teachings alive by applying their wisdom to understand the modern challenges of living each day fully. No matter where the student is coming from, through her clear, poignant language and her extensive knowledge of the physical body students are supported, engaged and led to explore their potential in her classes. This ability to make yoga accessible has led her to teach various populations including adolescents, seniors, athletes and those with severe physical challenges. Julia has studied Anusara Yoga for over 9 years and has also completed over 400 hours of anatomy studies with the country’s top anatomists, integrating the profound revelations that are on the forefront of holistic research into her teaching. She teaches at World Yoga Center, Cornell-Weill hospital, local NYC gyms, she leads seasonal retreats and is happy to be launching her anatomy courses this year.
www.JuliaPearring.com

Yael BenReuven

Yael BenReuven

“Say Yes!” is a life motto for Yael. She hopes to inspire her students to be thoughtful, bring a sense of openness and possibility into their lives and live their dreams. She brings this attitude of “Say Yes” into her own yoga practice and in her teaching which includes experience of other cultures, a sense of wonder at the variety of people in the world and a sense of play. Yael focuses rapt attention on her students and takes time with alignment details, anatomy awareness and application of therapeutics. As she conveys the philosophy and principles of yoga, Yael encourages her students to bring all this richness into their daily lives.

Yael thanks her teachers from different disciplines. She is grateful for having been deeply challenged to expand beyond her own limits and encouraged to explore new horizons.

RYT500, AcroYoga®, Anusara Inspired™, Thai Yoga
www.YogaYael.com

Andrea Savolt

Andrea Savolt

When Andrea took her first yoga class, her teacher had asked her before class; “what do you expect from practicing yoga?” Andrea’s immediate reply, “everything!” The teacher responded, “Then you shall get everything.” Throughout her years of asana practice and meditation, that response holds true. Andrea has gained more from her practice than she ever thought possible, in fact so much that she just had to share this beautiful transformational gift with everyone by becoming a teacher herself. Her teaching and personal practice soared with the introduction of Anusara Yoga. She fell in love with the intelligence of the mechanics drawn from the universal principles and found liberation in the tantric philosophy of Anusara yoga.

After moving to the city and attending her first class at the World Yoga Center with Jackie Prete, Andrea knew that she found her peaceful oasis in the swirl of Manhattan only two blocks away from her new home in the big city.

Andrea’s class is always a cosmic playground. She leads the class with the highest awareness to serve all, offering precise practical detail and a playful invitation to the inner depths of our being. Riding the waves of breath she provides the vehicle toward the highest experience of each pose. Beside the practical details and alignment, her classes emphasize the true gift of the practice, to be free and to unite with our higher Self.

Andrea is an Inspired Anusara teacher and has studied with a wide variety of Anusara Teachers; Zhenja La Rosa, Elena Brower, Ross Rayburn, Jordan and Martin Kirk, John Friend and is wholeheartedly grateful for all of her beloved teachers, especially Jackie Prete for her sweet welcome and continuous support.

It is a deep honor for her to be a part of the World Yoga Center’s community and share her passion for yoga with her students and fellow teachers.

Jorge Sevillano

Jorge Sevillano

Jorge attended a meditation course in 1996 that would change his life forever. It was after this program that he fell in love with Yoga and immersed himself in all the practices that Yoga has to offer. He especially loved Hatha Yoga and became a teacher in 2001. He has studied many modalities including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Ananda and AnusaraYoga. In 2003 he decided to study Anusara Yoga exclusively because he experienced a deep connection to the heart through this method. He then followed a course of comprehensive training with Anusara Yoga”s senior teachers.

Jorge weaves the spiritual and philosophical teachings of Non-Dual Tantra into the movements of the body in every class. Each class is unique and a new opportunity to connect to a much deeper and effervescent experience of Self. What drives his practice is a willingness to constantly refine the connection to the Heart. When you come to his classes, be willing to be playfully challenged, become more fully present in your body and to make a connection to your own Heart as well.

Martha

Martha Kaiser

Martha has been practicing yoga since 1998. Originally drawn to the physical aspects of yoga, she now describes her practice as allowing space for greater awareness. She seeks to share this discovery of the moving meditation in yoga with her students. Martha completed her teacher training with Jackie Prete and Rudrani Farbman, at the WYC, and with Lois Nesbitt, at Blue Sky Yoga. She also holds a PhD in Experimental Psychology. Her teaching is infused with an open heart, attention to alignment, sensitivity to individual needs, and her years of study. She has been teaching in the WYC Fertility Program for the past year and is delighted to be joining the WYC faculty to share the powerful practice of yoga. Her class of wall- and prop-centered asana provides an exploration of nourishing, supported postures bringing students toward improved self-care and a quieting expansion of the mind.