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Yoga Instructors

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Adam is an experienced and dedicated yoga teacher and practitioner. His classes are physically challenging and are centered around breath and anatomical alignment. He has studied with world-renowned teachers such as Sri Dharma Mittra, Jared McCann and Yoshio Hama. In addition to Adam’s daily asana practice he also maintains a daily pranayama and meditation practice as well.

 

Certifications:

  • 2012 Yoga to the People 200-hour teacher training 

  • 2013 Yoga to the People Hot Yoga teacher training

  • 2015 Dharma Yoga Center 500-hour yoga teacher training 

  • 2016 Lighthouse Yoga School 200-hour yoga teacher training 

  • 2017 Dharma Yoga Center 800-hour yoga teacher training 

  • 2018 Science of the Self 500-hour yoga teacher training 

VINYASA & VINYASA BASIC

ADAM

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“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” - John Lennon

 

Carolina teaches Hatha Basic and Vinyasa, her classes are taught with an alignment focus, flow and a spiritual or emotional theme to explore. She’s a firm believer in that yoga is for everyone and loves to meet students on all levels! She gets inspired in nature and from the energy she gets from her students. Carolina has been teaching dance for about 10 years and after experiencing how yoga helped both her body and mind to feel balanced, she decided to become a yoga teacher as well. She’s been teaching yoga for the last 2.5 years and is so grateful to be able to share the practice with others.


Certifications:

  • 500 H TT with YogaWorks

VINYASA & HATHA

CAROLINA

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“Yoga and I are in a very committed relationship. Yoga tests me, challenges me, grows with me, changes with me and has changed me. It brings out my best self. I teach because I know how powerful this practice is, how it has changed my life for the better. I want to offer that to others. To help guide my students in finding a deeper sense of peace and clarity within their physical body and mind that will hopefully translate into all aspects of their lives.” – Dani Z

Dani is a New York based teacher and Teacher Trainer for YogaWorks. She has been exploring the relationship of body, breath and mind for almost her entire life, which began first as a dancer. Before studying yoga, Dani earned her BFA at The Dance Conservatory of Purchase College, SUNY, and went on to dance professionally in NYC in the Amy Marshall Dance Company. Through the work of Educational Outreach Lecture Demonstrations with the dance company, Dani’s excitement and curiosity for teaching movement and the connection of mind, body, breath was ignited.

Dani holds an E-RYT500 certification through YogaWorks as well as an Advanced Teacher Training certification in Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Injury Awareness/Prevention, Biomechanics/Kinesiology under the teachings of Jason Ray Brown. Dani’s approach to teaching yoga asana is through the lens of understanding anatomy and biomechanics along with an openness and playfulness. This allows her students to feel safe and have permission to explore postures in new ways that work best for their own fabulously unique anatomy. Dani is also certified in Thai Massage as well as YogaTuneUp® which is a fitness therapy format founded by Jill Miller that uses Corrective Exercise, Self Massage and Yoga to eradicate pain, improve posture and enhance physical performance. Dani continues to study the relationship with body, breath and mind because it is her passion and mission to help people live better in their bodies.

VINYASA

DANI Z.

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment or the smallest act of caring, all of the which have potential to turn the life around.” -- Leo Buscagilia.
 

Iryna has been practicing yoga for over 8 years. As a teacher and a yoga practitioner
she loves the physical aspect of yoga the most because, as she says, “shapes and
forms of asana create so much space inside.” Along her yoga path Iryna has studied with different prominent teachers and practiced varies styles of yoga. Her especially deep gratitude runs towards Nikki Vilella, David
Hollander and Nikki Costello. Her biggest passions are Ashtanga and Vinyasa.
Beginners and experienced yogis speak of Iryna’s classes as creative and intelligent. She uses many props in order to get deeper into the pose and get a better alignment which is especially appreciated by beginners. Iryna’s unique sequences are filled with pranayama (breath work), hands on assist, and a space for self-study. Come and experience the true art of yoga with Iryna.

VINYASA, VINYASA BASIC & HATHA

IRYNA

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“The point of gathering stillness is not to enrich the sanctuary or mountain-top, but to bring that calm into the motion, the commotion of the world.” - Pico Ayer, “The Art of Stillness”


Jenna Conner first discovered yoga in college to ease stress and back pain, and never turned back. She comes from a dance background of 16 years and has always had a passion for movement.  In 2016, she received her 200-hour certification from Sun Salute Studios in Torre de la Horadada, Spain under the instruction of Amanda Dee Smith (a former teacher at LIM). Jenna’s classes are creative vinyasa flows that
incorporate breath, alignment, meditation, and philosophy all to a fun, eclectic playlist. Forever a student of yoga, there’s so much more she still aspires to learn. Jenna loves to travel and has taught yoga in Spain, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. She continues to work and spread her love of yoga around NYC and the world, making it available to all types of people regardless of size, shape, color, culture, or ability.

Certifications:

  • E-RYT 200, YACEP, RPYT

  • 200-hour Vinyasa at Sun Salute Studios: Alicante, Spain

  • 80 hour Prenatal at Integral Yoga Institute: NYC

  • 17 hour Trauma Informed Yoga at Exhale to Inhale: NYC

VINYASA, VINYASA BASIC & PRE-NATAL

JENNA

Yoga creates balance in my life and my biggest joy is to inspire others to find balance in theirs by sharing the gift of Yoga, that my teachers have share with me. My Vinyasa classes are uplifting, energetic and challenging, but inclusive s lots of lightness and humor. My Yin classes are deep, meditative and investigative. I strive to carter to a wide audience of students who seek well-rounded classes with a sprinkle of pranayama, philosophy and playfulness. 

VINYASA & YIN

MARIA

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VINYASA OPEN, PRE-NATAL & BARRE

LEAH

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“Yogic realizations are amazing” - Shivasutras 1.12

 

A student of yoga for over 40 years, Mary Reilly Nichols has been teaching at Life in Motion since its inception. She specializes in Hatha yoga with an emphasis on alignment, ease, gentleness and transformative breath work. Her classes offer insights from neuroscience, evolutionary biology as well as from the Upanishads, Advaita Vedanta, and the Tantric methods of Kashmiri Shaivism and Kundalini Yoga. She holds a BA in anthropology from Harvard University, is on the faculty of the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science and completed five years of residency in meditation ashrams in both India and the US. Currently, Mary teaches stress management in psychiatric settings and is involved in ongoing research on the mind/body benefits of yoga and meditation.

HATHA & GENTLE YOGA

MARY

“The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are” - C.G. Jung

 

Missy aims to challenge her students while encouraging them to move in a way that feels playful and authentic.  Her classes incorporate dynamic sequencing with options for practitioners at varying levels.  She views asana, pranayama and meditation as tools to facilitate self-discovery and personal empowerment.  Missy completed her 200-hour training at PURE Yoga in Manhattan and has advanced training in hot-power vinyasa as well as yoga for trauma survivors.

VINYASA OPEN

MISSY

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VINYASA & YIN 

RILEY

“Practicing yoga with strength and in a relaxed manner gives rise to harmony with the physical body.” – Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

 

Ron Longe is a Vinyasa and Hatha yoga teacher with 3 years of teaching experience. Ron is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher who mentored with LIM’s very own Dani Zuccheri through the YogaWorks Teacher Training Program. His classes are designed to motivate, challenge, and inspire students to explore the amazing world of yoga. With both the physical and spiritual elements of the practice, his goal is for students to grow stronger and more confident, to find balance in their lives, and to have fun as they embark on this journey of self-transformation and discovery in an environment that is safe and friendly. Most of all, he wants his students to explore their practice with a steadiness and ease which means that no matter how intense the postures are, they should find a reason to smile and let go.

Certifications:

  • 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification, YogaWorks Teacher Training with Dani Zuccheri and Heather Seagraves

  • 300-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification, YogaWorks Professional Apprenticeship Teacher Training with Dani Zuccheri

VINYASA & VINYASA BASIC

RON

 

Pilates Instructors

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PILATES 2/3 & PILATES 1/2

CINDY

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"When you feel like quitting, think about why you started" - Unknown

 

Has over thirty years of experience teaching fitness & dance.  For the past 18 years, she has devoted herself to conducting Pilates Mat classes here at Life In Motion. Jeanette quickly breaks down each exercise to the lowest common denominator, then seamlessly offers more advanced variations to challenge her most experienced students.  She is recognized for her articulate cueing, knowing each of her students by name, giving individual corrections throughout the class ... and for making you laugh!  This is Pilates Mat taught with love, humor, passion, & precision.  *Prior to receiving her first Pilates certification, Jeanette enjoyed a successful career as a musical theatre 'triple threat', playing Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and NYC Opera @ Lincoln Center. 

 

Certifications: 

  • LindaFit Pilates, NYC

  •  IM=X, NYC

PILATES 2/3 & PILATES 1/2

JEANETTE

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PILATES 3 & PILATES 2/3

JULIA

 

Dance Instructors

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NIA

BARBARA

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Ellen comes to LIM as an energetic 3-year certified Zumba instructor, highly inspired by LIM’s mentor, Yxia Olivares. Ellen has taught all levels of jazz dance and ballet at Broadway Dance Center in NYC,
International Dance School in Carnegie Hall, and several other dance studios throughout the New York area. She has performed professionally throughout the US, in Europe and on television as a featured dancer and choreographer.

Ellen brings to LIM the concept of sharing the pure joy of movement in her Zumba classes; dance, great music and fitness for de-stressing the mind and physical body, freeing up the muscles and joints while building strength, cardio stamina and agility, proper body alignment, the extremely important brain-body coordination we build through dancing, and true enjoyment of our workouts. That makes us crave more! Ellen’s mantra: “Dancing is basically continually changing your body weight from your right foot to your left foot – with style! All moves can be modified for one’s individual needs, and everyone can enjoy dancing!”


As a New York State licensed medical massage therapist with a bustling private practice for many years, Ellen continues to work closely with all types of athletes, classical musicians, assists at births, and with terminally ill patients. Her experience as a body worker has given her a vast, appreciative knowledge of what our amazing bodies are capable of achieving, another concept that trickles down into her dance-fitness classes.

ZUMBA

ELLEN

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“We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” - Japanese Proverb

 

Many Zumba instructors have backgrounds as actors, dancers or athletes. Emi has been all three. That’s why she fell in love with Zumba because it’s a perfect way to entertain people, dance with them, and work out with them at the same time! She is very passionate about dancing and living life to the fullest, and she looks forward to sharing her passion with you!

 

Her Zumba class is designed to make you have so much fun that you might not even notice that you’re actually working out. Let yourself enjoy the music, keep dancing with fun choreography, then before you know it, you’ll be drenched in sweat! It’s highly recommended that you bring water with you, as hydration helps you get a better and safer workout.

 

Certifications:

  • Zumba

  • Zumba Gold

ZUMBA

EMI

“Thoughts Become Things”

 

Go Kato has been dancing as professional since 1999 and teaching Zumba since 2016. He is inspired by his former jazz teachers, Ray Leeper, A.C., Frank Hatchett and Zumba superstar Francesca Maria. He absolutely loves teaching Zumba classes for the simple fact that every class feels like a party!  Forget about the things that will get you down. Come join Go! He guarantees you will have a blast!

ZUMBA

GO

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NIA

MARINA

“Dance isn’t a form, it’s a way of life.”

 

Roger Puckett: 81, Designer of dance technique, Groove Young At Heart. He is from Texas. BFA, TCU, Fort Worth, Tx, a veteran Broadway Show dancer, a member of NYC Chapter, Dancers Over 40, (DO40), and was a dancer at the Metropolitan Opera. He was owner of Triton Gallery, Broadway Show Poster Shop for 50 years. He is a certified Nia Dance White & Blue Belt Instructor, currently teaching Nia & Jazz/Ballet Choreography at Life In Motion on Broadway at 105th St, Council House, 72nd St. (Nia 52 Wise Moves) McBurney YMCA, Asphalt Green, UES, DOROT Community Center and teaches Nia at Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan. Roger is a certified GROOVe Movement Instructor. Co-created Groove Young at Heart dance design for seniors with wife, Yvonne Puckett. Classes are held at Stanley Isaacs Community Center. He is a certified Zumba Basic & Zumba Gold Instructor at Amsterdam DayCare. Also an instructor for the Young at Heart classes at Stanley Isaacs Senior Center. He is an expert in free weight training for Seniors, having trained with Paul Frediani, Equinox. Roger is CPR Certified. He is married to Fitness Instructor Yvonne Puckett and is the father of Serena (Nia Instructor) & Matthew Puckett (composer, songwriter) Roger is the proud grandfather of 3 grandchildren, David James, Molly Moon and Jack Star.

NIA & ZUMBA GOLD

ROGER

“Life’s a dance, you learn as you go. Sometimes you lead and sometimes you follow.”

 

Yvonne is 80 years young, lives in New York with her husband Roger on the upper west-side. She started dance classes at 8 years old. She was a teacher of all forms of dance (at 16) and became a professional at the age of 18, in Hollywood, California. She has played roles in Musical Theatre, performed in night clubs and on television. Yvonne’s film credits include 2 films with Elvis Presley (Roustabouts and Kissin' Cousins) also movies with Fred Astaire, Debbie Reynolds, Marge & Gower Champion and Jerry Lewis.

Yvonne is an award-winning playwright. Winner of the New York Foundation Playwrighting Award, Jonathan Larson Award and TRU Award. She is married to Roger Puckett (50 years) is the proud parent of Matthew Puckett (songwriter) and Serena Puckett (dancer) She is the grandparent of David James, Molly Moon, and Jack Star.

JAZZ BALLET, NIA & ZUMBA GOLD

YVONNE

“Thoughts Become Things”

 

Yxia Olivares is a native New Yorker who has always nurtured her passion for the arts, for movement, and longevity. This explains how after finishing her Associates Degree in Fashion Design at F.I.T., she immediately immersed herself in the commercial dance industry and went on to enjoy over 23 years of performing in music videos, world tours, stage and tv performances with artists such as Britney Spears, Sean Paul, Wyclef Jean, Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Salt N’Pepa, Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige and many more.
When she was blessed with the birth of her daughter, Sahara, it was the perfect opportunity to not only settled down at home in NYC, but to finally embark on a fitness career she knew would allow her to grow and share her love for movement and health with the masses.
What she loves most about teaching dance fitness? Encouraging people to keep moving, to be fearless, to have fun and make dance and exercise a lifelong lifestyle choice. Her goal? To help you release stress and tension and help lift your spirits with joy and a sense of release and freedom while keeping your brain sharp with her fun choreography moves.

 

Certifications: 

  • Zumba Basic, Zumba Step, Zumba Kids & Kids Jr., STRONG by Zumba®️

  • Bungee 4DPRO Reaction Trainer, TRX Flow.

ZUMBA

YXIA

 

Barre Instructors

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BARRE, CYCLING & FITNESS

DOLLY

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"If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance". ~ Ugandan proverb 

 

LaToya started dancing when she was 7 years old. She trained in modern, West African, Hip Hop and ballet. She studied at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem and Hubbard Street Dance.  LaToya also has been a competitive cheerleader and dancer since the age of 7. Competing on the Michigan State University Dance team in Nationals as seen on ESPN.

 

Certifications:

  • Zumba

  • Barre

BARRE & PRIVATE TRAINING

LATOYA

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BARRE, FITNESS & YOGA

LEAH

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