Yoga 216 Teachers
The 216 teachers have studied with some of the world’s true yoga masters, including Alan Finger and Mukunda Stiles, from whom the studio inherits its alignment-focused lineage. With the latter’s seminal Structural Yoga Therapy as our guiding text, every member of the 216 teaching staff has undergone anatomy training in order to guide a class safely, from a place of knowledge and compassion.
Co-Founder, Structural Yoga Therapist, CIAYT, E-RYT 500
Nicole first began her yoga practice 19 years ago in Iyengar’s tradition – renowned for his emphasis on alignment and yoga as a therapeutic aid. In the fall of 2005 Nicole moved to New York City to begin studying movement with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company.
At SITI, Nicole studied Viewpoints, an approach that uses yoga as one of the vehicles to uncover emotion. In the fall of 2006, Nicole began teaching Movement at the New York Film Academy. She subsequently taught Movement at several other NY theatre schools, on a private basis for select theater companies and privately for actors.
While working with her students it became clear to her that we all carry our emotional histories as physical manifestations. Those manifestations, in the end, lead to habitual postures, which can lead to unnecessary injury and pain.
She began creating yoga practices for her students in an effort to bring their bodies back into neutrally-aligned and pain free states. In the spring of 2007 Nicole received her first yoga-teaching certificate and has since gone on to specialize in Structural Yoga Therapy. Nicole was drawn specifically to SYT for its individualized diagnostic properties while still maintaining firm roots in the spiritual practice of all 8 limbs of yoga.
As a long time practitioner herself, Nicole longed for a studio that could blend the benefits of private yoga instruction with the accessibility of the group structure and the restorative properties of a spa. She is ecstatic and grateful to offer her dream to you as Yoga 216.
Teacher Training Co-Creator, E-RYT 500, Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Esther came to yoga to heal dance injuries and, though initially skeptical, found herself steadily transformed by the practice. It was not long before she was eager to know more for her own practice and signed up for a teacher training. A few days in, she was certain of her love for guiding others on their own journeys of self study and awareness.
An ISHTA Certified Teacher, Esther has also completed formal training in Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra, Prenatal Yoga, ISHTA Marma Therapy, ISHTA Yin Yoga, Thai Yoga Bodywork, and anatomy with Irene Dowd and Kristin Leal. All of her teaching is infused with principles from the Alexander Technique, which she has been studying with Amira Glaser since 2010. Her study of yoga she continues under the guidance of several ISHTA teachers, including founder Alan Finger, Peter Ferko, Kelly Eudailey, and Jason Vinci.
Esther emphasizes building kinesthetic awareness in all of her classes, and particularly adores being part of the teaching team at Yoga 216, where she sees self inquiry fueled every day by group dialogue. When not teaching, she enjoys the company of her husband and two cats, going to the movies (big Miyazaki fan), reading comics, and writing about yoga.
Senior Teacher, E-RYT 200, Prenatal Yoga Teacher
Cynthia began practicing yoga shortly after moving to NYC in 2000. She was a casual student until she began to really see results. She was becoming stronger and more flexible not only on the yoga mat, but also in other aspects of her life. She was amazed by what was possible with regular practice and patience. In 2008 she completed a 200-hour teacher certification with Yoga4Soul in New York City.
Cynthia feels blessed to live in a city that gives her the opportunity to regularly practice many different styles with many different teachers. She continues her practice at studios throughout the city. She leads alignment-based vinyasa classes combining creative flow, good music, self-inspection, yoga philosophy and a sense of humor. She strongly believes that no matter a student’s perceived level or background, Yoga is for everyone.
Senior Teacher, RYT 500, Yin Yoga Teacher
Jennifer has been a student in A Course in Miracles for over 20 years where she first began to understand that the organizing principles of the universe transcend what we can perceive with our senses and that an inner journey is what genuinely brings us peace, health and vitality. She began her asana practice while serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in an effort to manage the stress that she found living and working in Central Africa and in order to stay physically fit. Back in NYC she completed her 200hr training at Yoga Works and her 300hr training at ISHTA Yoga. In addition, she has spent over a year and a half studying and training in the Prana Vashya lineage in Mysore, India. While she has been blessed to have been taught and influenced by many of the leading yoga instructors in the west her deepest devotion and gratitude is to her teacher Acharya Vinay Kumar. Jennifer aims to guide her students towards the path back to themselves through the practice of dynamic asana, breath awareness and meditation. All of her teaching maintains that movement follows the breath and that asana is in dedication to the breath, as well as the prana that nourishes the mind, body and spirit.
E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Prenatal Yoga Teacher
E-RYT 500, Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher
She has advanced her training in therapeutics with Martin Kirk and workshops with Anusara’s founder, John Friend, and continues to study with Elena Brower and Ally Bogard. More recently she has completed a 100 hour training with the Nalanda Institute where she studied the art of teaching mindfulness and meditation.
Forever a student, Myda is greatly indebted to the practice of yoga and all of its amazing teachers. She is continually thankful for all she has been given and has learned and hopes that she can share it with those who will join her in the path of growth, laughter, life and love.
Senior Teacher, RYT 500, Prenatal Yoga Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher
Naomi completed her 500 hour training at the Ayurveda Retreat Center in Coonoor India. Upon returning to the states she continued her certifications in Prenatal Yoga in New York, Yin Yoga with Ulrica Norbert, as well as the Yoga Birth Method with Dorothy Guerra. Naomi also continues to expand her studies in botanical healing as an Aromatherapist under Jade Shutes.
She began her yogic journey 15 years ago through the means of healing. Her many years of classical ballet and competitive swimming took quite a toll on her body. It was the gift of yoga that gave her the awareness and inspiration to take better care of her mind, body and spirit. Her highest intention is to teach through mindful movement, continuous practice of self love and to encourage students to find a sense of lightness and joy in their practice.
Senior Teacher, RYT 500, Ayurvedic Skincare
Through her yoga studies, Heidi began her training in Ayurveda Nutrition under Dr. Naina Marballi and Ms. Amita Banerjee, and is recognized by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP) as a Holistic Health Counselor. Her interest in Ayurveda Nutrition led her to continue her training with Dr. Marballi, where she began to study Ayurveda skincare while pursuing her esthetics license.
For seven years, Heidi had been sharing her skincare expertise in addition to her nutritional knowledge with clients at Pratima’s Ayurvedic Spa and Clinic in Soho. She now enjoys her new home at Yoga 216 working with clients by addressing their individual needs and goals through yoga, nutrition, and skincare.
Ann is a teacher at heart and is in the middle of a transformative journey towards being a full-time educator. In her former career as a fashion designer, she was always drawn to mentoring and guiding creative young people. This led to her position as an instructor at a fashion college, as well as the recent decision to pursue her master’s degree in education. In the midst of all this personal change, yoga was a place for her to find sanctuary and calm away from the busy streets of NYC and the responsibilities of life.
Ann has continued to follow her passion for teaching and completed her RYT-500 yoga teacher training at Yoga 216. She is a strong believer in the idea of inclusion and accessibility – yoga is for everybody and every BODY! She is so excited to be able to continue on her journey as both a student and teacher and share yoga within the special community of Yoga 216.
Cherith started a yoga practice to support her goals toward better health, to serve as a counterpoint to a very demanding job, and to heal from injuries. With an eagerness to enrich her personal practice and to share yoga with others through teaching, she completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training at Yoga 216. She has also completed Yoga Nidra and Meditation trainings at ISTHA Yoga.
A designer and plant lover, Cherith brings her love of life into everything she does. Yoga has become an extension and expression of her creativity and spirit. Cherith believes, and is grateful to be reminded when she forgets, that one of the beautiful things about yoga is how it ebbs and flows with life, that it is always there when we need it, when we are ready.
These days, when she’s not practicing yoga, you can find her immersed in a design project, reading, cooking healthy food (well, most of the time), or binging on the latest show on Netflix or Hulu (yes, she admits it!).
Kids’ Teacher, RYT 500
Asunda Peters started practicing yoga over fifteen years ago after long days working in the advertising world. She grew more interested, focused, and relaxed, and ultimately decided it was important to share that skill. She completed her 500-hour teacher training with ISHTA Yoga, and continued with Little Flower Yoga to complete her children’s teaching certification. She believes it is truly beneficial to introduce yoga at a developmental age to our children in a supportive and gentle environment. Her classes center on harnessing focus, coordination, awareness, steadiness, and calm.
Asunda spends her downtime being a bookworm, and doing crafts with and without her young daughter. She believes in teaching from a place of constant learning, remembering that you are always a student. Most importantly, she looks forward to learning more each day from watching each of her students’ practices grow – adults and children alike.
Kids’ Teacher, RYT 500
Mukti Devi has been teaching for 7 years. She completed her 200hr and 300hr Sivananda Teacher Training Courses, and served as a staff in the Sivananda organization for two years. She continues to teach in the Sivananda ashrams and centers around the world. She also teaches private yoga and meditation, and serves as a lifestyle re-organization coach. She teaches in various venues around NYC, including middle schools and corporate wellness at work programs.
Mukti Devi specializes in teaching yoga to all populations and loves teaching adaptive, modified, restorative classes to those with special physical, emotional, or developmental needs. She is passionate about helping people bring more Sattva (purity and peace) into all aspects of their life.