Carissa is a singer and a yogi from Southern California with a love of spicy foods and her transplant New York family. Having grown up performing in theater, training the mind, body, and emotional spirit to work in tandem has always been her key to creating art and community and thriving in this life. She is both a Vinyasa teacher and a studio manager at Daya. When she is not at Daya, playing live shows with her band, Carissa and The Voodoo Lilies, or making natural skincare products she can likely be found messing with her cat Lumby or cooking something that has never been cooked before. Her teaching style is rooted in Vinyasa and Kripalu, although she has studied Rocket, Hatha, Yin, and Kundalini. Every moment is an opportunity to grow, spread love, and create something beautiful. matsushimamusic.com IG @matsushimamusic
Lauren completed her teaching training from Daya Yoga Studio in 2016. She is constantly in awe by the magic found in movement of the body through yoga asana, and the mental and soul nourishing presence yoga provides. Enchanted by travelling the world, she believes yoga is to return home to oneself, and loves to teach and practice wherever she goes. She teaches a sensuous vinyasa flow with rhythmic ambient music to find a deep and powerful practice; body and mind.
Alexis is a calm and diligent yogini who began her practice over one decade ago. She seeks to cultivate an atmosphere of contentedness, transcendence, truth, and unending compassion in her classes, accessible through breathwork and challenging somatic awareness. She lives to serve as your gentle mirror, reminding you that the ultimate teacher is within yourself.
Emily is devoted to yoga as a lifelong spiritual journey. After experiencing the stressful, hectic mindset of doing what she was supposed to, she dropped the 'should' out of her life, took her yoga teacher training in India, lived in a bungalow in Thailand, then moved to New York City, the city of dreams! Along the way she fostered a Rocket yoga practice which enabled her the strength in mind and body to pursue yoga full time, and the flexibility to adapt to each new situation. Emily's Rocket classes include handstands, inversions and backbends that make students feel unity with their body and energized in their life. Her background as a ballerina and collegiate studies in yoga inspire her strong and graceful practice.
Lisette Cheresson is a writer, storyteller, traveler, reader, and dirt-collector. She received her 200-hour Vinyasa certification from Daya in 2016, and her Reiki Level II attunement in Varanasi, India, in 2012. She spends her days as the Director of Content at Wanderlust.
Meghan first found yoga while filling a college credit. She was immediately intrigued and began exploring the world of yoga.
College led Meghan into the fast paced fashion industry, where she looked to her yoga practice as a place of solitude and sanity. She soon realized how the soulful impact of Yoga had transformed her outlook on life. Deciding to fully immerse herself in study, Meghan left the fashion industry, and made her way to the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, a Yoga Alliance certified school. There, she studied under Coby Kozlowski and Randal Williams during their month long 200 hr Yoga teacher training program. She connected with the compassionate Kripalu practice and began to integrate Kripalu in with her Vinyasa Flow.
Truly understanding the stress of city life, Meghan returned to Brooklyn, more motivated than ever to spread the light and positivity that Yoga has to offer.
In her Kripalu Vinyasa classes, she combines the inward, meditative, compassionate Kripalu approach and marries it with the free flow and fluidity of Vinyasa. Expect some playful free flow, and blissful meditation.
Meghan’s goal is to spread her love and Kripalu to the community!
Since my initial training in 2011, I've been fascinated by the human body's ability to heal itself. In the years I've been teaching I've had the opportunity to work with both with children and older adults; serious athletes and people who spend a great deal of time sitting down. I've led sweaty, intense classes and restorative ones where no pose requires effort; conducted classes, in conference rooms, schools, studios, tiny apartments, luxurious ones, outside in the summer, and in studios with no heat in the dead of winter.
Over the years I've learned to blend a growing knowledge of how the body works with traditional yogic instruction and practice to facilitate healing, homeostatic maintenance, and cultivate greater states of calm for high-strung New Yorkers.
As of 2015, I've reenrolled in school to work towards completing a degree in physical therapy, which allows me to better serve my students as I learn.
Jenny is overjoyed to share her meditation practice with the students of Daya. Before moving to Bushwick Jenny taught a popular meditation class in the east village for over 8 years. Her classes are rooted in the Tibetan Buddhist practices of compassion and sunyata (more about that when we meet) Her classes aim to open the heart and the mind, from being conscious and kind in our interactions with people throughout the day to looking at the ultimate nature of the mind. Every class is open to ALL levels! Beginners please come early so you can get a few extra personalized pointers.
Jenny’s meditation classes have known to be fun (believe it or not) She demystifies meditation and presents it in a practical way to ordinary people living their lives in Brooklyn.
Jenny has studied in the Gelupa lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and she has completed three 30 day solitary retreats in the mountains of Guatemala and Colorado.
Carmina’s yogic journey began as a way to quiet the mind and gain flexibility in her body. From the moment she was able to touch her toes for the first time in her life, yoga has grown to be one of her deepest passions and continues to evolve with the ebb and flow of life. She believes that yoga has a magical healing power in which she wishes to share its abundant gifts with everyone around her. In Spring 2016, she completed her 200-hour teacher training at Daya Yoga Studio and is infinitely grateful for her amazing teachers and beautiful community. Carmina's overall intention for her classes is to create a safe space for students to reconnect to their bodies, hearts, and minds through movement, breath technique, patience, and love that will in turn bring about a meaningful life, beginning on the mat and beyond.
Maggie is a native New Yorker, teaching vinyasa yoga throughout the boroughs since 2012 when she completed her 200-hour training at Yoga To The People. She is also certified to teach children's yoga through Om Schooled since March 2014. In the not-so-distant future, she hopes to complete her 500-hour training at the Dharma Yoga Center in NYC. She feels so grateful to call Daya her home.
The practice of yoga not only connects Maggie to her place in the universe but to all living beings. Inspired by the teachings of Dharma yoga, Maggie’s classes incorporate pranayama, mentally and physically challenging asana, and deep meditation. She believes that compassion towards the Self and others is essential to embody the spirit of yoga, both on the mat and in all areas of life.
When Maggie isn’t teaching or practicing, she is doing work towards her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from SUNY Downstate Medical Center. With her training in anatomy and movement, she hopes to help both children and adults heal themselves.
Inspired by the mantra, “Your practice is a privilege,” Madeline strives to bring this awareness onto the mat. After years of practice and developing a parallel lifestyle, Madeline completed her 200-hour intensive yoga certification at Daya Yoga Studio. To appreciate the privilege, she structures each practice in the order of breath, intention and asana. Join the flow!
Linnea Vedder is a guide and teacher of yoga, meditation, and song. She has been leading private ceremonies for most of her life, having learned the art of Wicca from her mother at a young age. Her love of the earth and the spirits of the earth has lead her to focus on healing women through leading women’s moon ritual groups. Linnea is one of the co-creators of Moon Church, a brooklyn based women’s spirituality group. As a healer and mover, Linnea was drawn to Yoga as a teenager. Her long personal yogic path lead her to teaching and healing large groups through movement and yoga classes. She teaches group classes at Daya Yoga and Dou Yoga, both in Brooklyn, and teaches Corporate classes at Eileen Fisher, as well as private classes around NYC area. She studied yoga at Kripalu Center in the Berkshires in 2010, under the guidance of Priti Robyn Ross, with whom she still studies. Linnea is currently studying with Lorin Roche and practicing with the ancient and vibrational text that he translated, called The Radiance Sutras, also know as the Bhirava Tantra. With Roche she is studying to become a private meditation teacher. She is excitedly awaiting the Publication of her book of illustrations, slated to come out in April 2017, that is a collaborative effort with her mother, who wrote the text, and focuses on Oracle techniques for the modern witch.
Caroline has been offering yoga to her community since 2011. With her BA in Care of the Self from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, both academic and experiential pursuit support her in focusing on the individual, teaching each student how to find the teacher within. She practices Aerial Reiki and is a Reiki Master Teacher and co-teaches "Tools for Being", an energy medicine training with Reiki Level 1 & 2 Attunements. A student of biomechanics, whether she's teaching power vinyasa or restorative, advanced practitioners or beginners, awareness of one's musculoskeletal structure is of priority. A safe space must be cultivated within the body, so that it can be recognized without.