Leah Hartofelis - Owner of Breathe N Flow Yoga
E-RYT 500, RPYT, RCYT- completed 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Certification through Sonic Yoga - NYC, and completed her 500 hour training at Om Yoga Center - NYC with Cyndi Lee, with additional certifications in Prenatal Yoga through Barnes Method Yoga for Two as well as Ma Yoga, Restorative Yoga certified through Judith Lasater, Relax & Renew, Yin Yoga certified through Wake Up Yoga. Leah is the Director of Breathe N Flow Yoga's Prenatal Yoga Program and Teacher Training.
While working full-time, being a mother of 2 boys and a wife I needed a way to find mental clarity. I found it hard to focus on the many day-to-day tasks. My energy level was low and I failed to dedicate any time to myself. For me, Yoga was and still is the answer to all the above.
I teach Yoga because of my personal experience and feel it necessary to share the benefits with others. Through yoga I have found the ability to focus and really be in the moment. I have the tools necessary to keep the lasting peace on and off the mat. My intention is that through Yoga, I can bring Peace, Joy, and Balance into the lives of my students.
Mindy Frenkel graduated from the Yoga Zone Teacher Training with Alan Finger in 2002 and completed her 500 hours in 2005. She has been a devoted practitioner and teacher since 2000. She is a Reiki Master and has been trained in Polarity Therapy and Thai Massage. In a life long search for meaning and depth, Mindy has found herself at the feet of many spiritual Masters. For Mindy, Yoga has been a transformational and healing practice and this is what motivated her to share this path with others. She continues to deepen her experience through the study of various styles of yoga including Anusara, Ashtanga and Jivamukti as well as studying inspirational and spirtual texts. She is currently studying Sanskrit, chanting and meditation with her Guru, Manorama.
Her teaching of yoga is steeped with an intensive background of yogic studies. Mindy brings a down-to-earth approach to her inspirational yoga classes. There is a high level of integrity and maturity to her graceful teaching style. You will find her classes challenging, informative, worshipful and fun! The path of Yoga is a journey and not a destination. It is my goal to help others access the teacher within. Om bolo sat guru.
Kristen Trieger has been practicing yoga for over ten years and received her first teacher training certification in 2003. In 2005, she completed her 200-hour certification through Vajra Yoga in SoHo, NYC.
Kristen's teaching style is intuitive, heartfelt, and alignment-based with a focus on the needs of the class or individual client. Her sometimes challenging classes are infused with a sense of lightness and humor with a deep respect for sacred yoga teachings as well as practitioner's limitations.
Joanna has been studying yoga with her esteemed teacher, Patricia Morris, since 2009 and has completed over 500 hours of training under her tutelage. Joanna has also had the privilege of completing several 40-hour teacher trainings with both Richard Freeman and David Swenson, in addition to participating in yoga and philosophy workshops led by some of the most inspired and experienced teachers of yoga. Much of her teaching is rooted in those of Guruji Sri K Pattabhi Jois as passed down through the Ashtanga Yoga lineage. Having completed several anatomy trainings as well as a Pilates training in 2008, Joanna's teaching is steeped with a thorough understanding of anatomy and alignment, providing her students with a safe environment in which to build a life-long and life-changing practice. Her hope is to share what she has learned and continues to learn from her teachers and through her own dedicated practice to inspire confidence, self-contentment, and unconditional joy in the hearts of her students.
Lisa Braun is a 200 hour certified Yoga teacher who began to practice as a way to maintain flexibility and strength. During my journey I discovered not just the physical but spiritual practice of Yoga. I received my 200 YTT certification in 2009 from the Yoga Polarity Center in Malverne and am currently enrolled in the 500 YTT. My desire is to bring not only the physical and spiritual aspects of Yoga to my students. I want to teach them to relieve stress and anxiety in their lives. My style is Hatha linked with a Vinyasa flow. A practice that shapes the body with its power and strength but also allows for moments of rest and reflection.
I believe that Yoga is the key to the balance of the connection between body and mind. I hope that my students can achieve physical and spiritual balance in my class and they sustain that awareness in their everyday lives.
"We don't see things as they are. We see them as we are." Anais Nin
Liz is a E-RYT 500 Hour Yoga Acharya through the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. She teaches open level Hatha classes, Kids classes, Teen classes, private instruction, workshops, group meditations, and retreats.
Shana Rae Gibau
Shana Rae is 200 hour level RYT who began to practice as a way to stay fit and relaxed. Shana Rae has background in gymnastics and also enjoys acting and the performing arts. After graduating college in 2010 Shana Rae began focusing on her personal practice which lead her to begin her journey into teacher training. After graduating from the Always- At- Aum Yoga School, Shana Rae found a new connection to her practice and the positive philosophy of Hatha Yoga, learning something new every day inspired her to start her career teaching. Shana Rae’s classes often focus on staying present on the mat, building self-awareness and strength by connecting to your breath. Shana Rae is currently teaching open level vinyasa classes. Her goal is to spread the word of yoga and encourage her students to be enthusiastic, present and mindful. Namaste
Evangeline Houlihan is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and certified at the 500 hour level. Evangeline completed her 200 hour teacher training at the Yoga Polarity Center on Long Island NY, 300 hour teacher training with Yogiraj Alan Finger at Ishta Yoga NYC, Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky, Director of Restorative Teacher Training for Yoga Works NYC, and Yoga Nidra 'Integrative Restoration' (iRest) with Richard Miller at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health.
Evangeline currently teaches vinyasa and restorative/yoga nidra at several studios, wellness centers and gyms on Long Island. Forever a student of yoga, she continues to train in workshops and practice the many different styles of yoga.
Sharon has been involved with health, nutrition and exercise for over 20 years. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and is certified at the 200-hr level. She received her certification thru Long Island Yoga School (RYS) in Great Neck, under the guidance of Laurie Ahlemann.
Her desire for continued self growth paired with the need to find inner peace, lead her down the path to practice yoga. Becoming passionate in helping others experience the inner peace she has found on and off the mat, led her to becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor. Her style of teaching is Vinyasa flow. Sharons focus is on mind and body awareness thru proper alignment and the connection of breath with movement. Her classes also combine strength and cardio conditioning with spiritual enlightenment. You will leave class with a feeling of complete relaxation and invigoration at the same time. It is only as we develop others that we permanently succeed. Namaste
After practicing yoga on and off for ten years in various gym's and in school, Jamie was introduced to the serenity that yoga studios provide. It was there that her passion for yoga was ignited. Jamie found it difficult to find exercising enjoyable until she started practicing yoga, loving the way she felt physically and mentally after each and every yoga class. Following in the footsteps of her very inspirational teachers, Jamie enrolled in and graduated from the 200-hour Vinyasa yoga program at Sonic Yoga in NYC. Jamie has been instrumental in getting many of her friends and family involved in practicing yoga on a regular basis, believing in the many benefits that yoga provides. Jamie intends to spread her love of yoga even further through her teaching, with classes focused on tuning inward, staying connected with the breath and moving prana/energy throughout the body. She is looking forward to expanding her yoga knowledge by teaching Restorative Yoga in addition to Vinyasa style of yoga.
For over a decade, Rita Trieger has been teaching yoga for various departments of Stamford Hospital, including the Bennett Cancer Center, The Sarner Health and Fitness Institute, and Intensive Cardiac Rehab where she has served as the stress-management facilitator and case manager for the Dr. Dean Ornish Program for the Reversal of Heart Disease. Rita also helped develop an ongoing meditation program for the hospital's psychiatric department, and is a senior teacher/trainer for the Connecticut Challenge Center for Survivorship, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing health and wellness options for cancer patients and survivors. Rita has presented yoga therapy to medical students at Yale University, St.Vincent's Nursing School, and Northern Westchester Medical School. Her abstract and article, Open Heart Yoga was published in the spring of 2011 for the medical journal, Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation, and she is the author of Yoga Heals Your Back (Fairwinds, 2005). She is the founder and former editor-in-chief of FitYoga magazine, and is member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Rita loves to incorporate healing therapies, like aromatherapy and Reiki, into each class, and really enjoys putting together fun and inspiring playlists for each practice. A few years ago she became an ordained minister and Rita's new favorite pastime is officiating weddings -- including her own daughter's. "Being an officiate is such a happy experience - it's so sweet to be around the energy of a wedding -- joyful, nervous, full of love, laughter, tears and usually a sprinkling of drama. Just like life."
Traci fell in love with Pound: Rockout. Workout. after taking a demo class at a gym. She knew she wanted to share this love with others and quickly became a Certified Pound Pro. Combining pilates techniques, yoga poses, drumming and cardio to the beat of great music, Traci found Pound to be an excellent total body workout and a fun way to get in shape at the same time. Traci has been involved in sports and fitness her whole life and loves to be active. In addition to her Pound Certification, she is a Certified Personal Trainer/Exercise Fitness Specialist, a Certified Silver Sneakers Instructor and a Certified Zumba Fitness Instructor. She also has a passion for yoga and hopes to one day pursue a 200 hour certification.
Jodi Langevin began practicing yoga ten years ago. After the birth of her second baby, her practice grew from merely physical into a way of life both on and off the mat. She completed her 200-hour level certification right here at Breathe n Flow Yoga and she looks forward to continuing her studies as both a teacher and student. On the mat, her yoga practice and teaching is strongly influenced by her mentors. She enjoys leading a powerful and playful class with attention on the breath. Off the mat, Jodi is a high school Spanish teacher and mother of two young boys. Her love for yoga has given her a sense of inner peace while enlivening her spirit. She is honored to share this love with everyone she meets along this path.
Serena graduated in 2003 from Emerson College with a degree in writing, literature, & publishing. She also played competitive sports throughout her childhood and all through college. This may seem like an unlikely combination, but it has prompted Serena to view the human body and its movement as art.
To Serena, yoga has always felt like poetry in motion. After practicing yoga for four years, Serena chose to enroll in Breathe N Flow's 200-hour yoga teacher training program, graduating in December 2013. Her interest lies in core strength, arm balances, and interesting transitions. She hopes that while in her class, she can help you find poetry and growth in your asana practice regardless of whether it's your first time, tenth time, or 100th.
In addition to her 200-hour training, Serena is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor through the International Fitness Association (IFA). Her background as an athlete and personal trainer has provided Serena with a keen understanding of injuries and anatomical alignment.
Angie found yoga after many years of dancing. Drawn at first to the physical practice of yoga, she soon found it to be so much more. After five years of practice, Angie completed her 200hr teacher training here at Breathe N Flow Yoga. Inspired by her dance background, Angie's classes are fluid and graceful with attention to proper alignment. She guides her students to find strength and ease within the practice by utilizing the power of the breath. Angie seeks to help others find clarity of the mind, space in the body and lightness of spirit.
Always physically active, Brian began his yoga journey in a rather unconventional way in early 2014. He was using an at-home DVD workout program with a yoga component. Brian found the yoga DVD to be especially challenging and decided to try a real class, which happened to be at Breathe N Flow. Brian was immediately hooked and jumped into all that yoga had to offer with both feet.
After diving into his yoga full-time during summer vacation (practicing 2 – 3 times a day), Brian completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training in December 2014, under the tutelage and guidance of Leah Hartofelis at Breathe N Flow Yoga Studio in Freeport, NY. Leah was one of Brian’s original teachers and helped truly guide and navigate him along his yoga journey. Brian is forever grateful to her for her knowledge, guidance, support, and belief in him. Brian has also completed a Yin training and certification with Corina Benner in February 2015.
Upon graduation from teacher training, his love of yoga only grew deeper, taking workshop with his fellow teacher trainers around the NY area and beyond as well as checking out as many different studios and teachers as his schedule would allow him to gain more knowledge to share with his students and deepen his own personal practice. Brian is enthusiastic to explore and share all the benefits that yoga has to offer, as well as trying to get more men and athletes involved in this wonderful practice and lifestyle. Brian’s classes tend to have a focus on core work, while also incorporating a faster flow as well as a cardio component (and maybe even a little humor and laughter). His classes are accessible for beginners all the way through experienced practitioners, offering modifications as well as employing the use of props to meet the needs of all his students.
In addition to teaching yoga, Brian has taught Social Studies and Anthropology at Long Beach High School for 11 years. In 2003, he graduated from Siena College with a B.A. in History, and in 2005 obtained his M.A. in Secondary Education from Adelphi University. Originally, Brian took the teacher training to expand his knowledge of yoga with no intention of teaching yoga but found a natural fit of teaching yoga because of his love of teaching high school. Brian is also an active fitness enthusiast who participates in 5ks, Spartan and other obstacle type races, cycling, cooking, travel, and loves live music.
John started practicing yoga 4 years ago to help improve his surfing. He used YouTube videos and practiced by himself. It wasn't until his first visit to Breathe and flow that he realized yoga is a lot more than balance, flexibility, and strength. His daily practice became more than just exercise. With meditation and pranayama, John continues to deepen his yoga practice. Due to surfing John has a developed a strong connection with the outdoors and nature. Often taking his practice to his favorite place, the beach. Yoga plays a huge role in John's life and he is eager to share its benefits. He received his 200 hour training from Breathe and Flow in 2015.