OUR TEACHERS

JENNIFER ALACORN

JENNIFER ALACORN

RYT200 Yogaworks

Jennifer has been teaching yoga for 8 years. She did her primary training through Yogaworks led by Tzahi Moskovitz. She has also studied Rope Wall training with  Robert Corey and Pre-natal yoga with Julianna Mitchell. Her teaching is focused on safe and accurate alignment, and a mindful and grounded practice. You will find that her classes are engaging and challenging. She says, “Yoga can be life changing, and life saving, at the very least it will improve your day! I invite you to experience this with me.”

VICTOR COTTO

VICTOR COTTO

RYT 200-hr, Yoga Room

Victor discovered yoga as an outlet to relax, attain clarity, find strength and balance, and to keep centered and grounded. As an Occupational Therapist, he serves a diversity of clients of all ages and from all walks of life. These experiences have molded him into the yoga instructor he is today. A graduate of The Yoga Room’s 200-hour vinyasa training, Victor is now proud to guide students through a fun moving Vicyasa™ flow, while helping them break through real or perceived limitations in their practice.

LILY GORE

LILY GORE

RYT 200 hr, Pure Yoga

Lily has been practicing yoga on and off her whole life, but once she got serious about her practice in 2012, there was no looking back. A combination of growing up in the theater, sewing costumes and medical yoga therapy training has led her to her philosophy of “yoga for safety and self-expression.” Come to sessions with her to go deep into poses, form an honest and loving relationship with your body, and above all, move like yourself.

SHO HIGUCHI

SHO HIGUCHI

RYT 500-hr, Pure Yoga; 200-hr Yogic Lifestyle and Science from Savitri Yoga Shal; 200-hr Meditation/ Pranayama, also trained in Pre/Post-natal, Restorative, and Yoga Nidra.

 Born and raised in the North of Spain, Jose Ventura Juanatey has been passionate about various types of martial arts since he was a kid and had accomplished multiple trainings under different masters. Presently Ventura is a black belt and a certified instructor in Jun Fan Gung Fu (Bruce Lee Kung Fu) under Luigi Cuellar, Muay Thai under Ajarn Chai Sirisute (renowned Muay Thai master in the US), CSW (combat submission wrestling or mixed martial arts) under Erick Paulson (world light-heavy weight in Shooto). Ventura also received training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kali Filipino (stick fighting and knife fighting, self defense oriented). 

SALVADOR MARTINEZ

SALVADOR MARTINEZ

RYT 500-hr, Sonic Yoga, Abhyasa Yoga, Children’s Yoga with Little Flower Yoga 

 
Salvador began his yoga practice and training in 1995, exploring a variaety of desciplines such as Ashtanga-vinyasa, Vinyasa-karma, Iyengar, Shadow and Therapeutic.  While pursuing his studies, Salvador lived in San Francsico, London, and finally settling in New York City where he became a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. He deepened his knowlege of Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff in 2013 and Embodies Anatomy & Kinesiology with Amy Matthews in 2014 at The Breathing Project.  Salvador adresses structure and movement from an experiential perspective, using various yoga practices to discuss principles of alignment and therapeutic applications.   It is with a profound passion tat he offers teachings and practices of yoga, of self-reflection, self-realization and self-transformation, clarifying its relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.  
 
JULIANA MITCHELL

JULIANA MITCHELL

Emeritus Teacher

Vinyasa Yoga 200 hr. Om Yoga NYC; Advanced Restorative, CA; Restorative Yoga Level 1, Rope Wall Level 1; Prenatal Yoga

Juliana was introduced to yoga by her mom when she was 10 years-old. Since then, she has been a student of the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali, the Yama and the Niyama. She loves the study of anatomy and kinesiology and feels love is the final answer and the ultimate question. She has trained with the best to teach Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga, and Pre-Natal yoga for mothers-to-be. She makes raw, vegan, organic chocolates from scratch and loves cats! Juliana also teaches at Sacred Sounds Yoga (Manhattan), The Yoga Room (Long Island City), and New York Yoga (Manhattan).

MASAKO MIYAKAWA

MASAKO MIYAKAWA

Senior Teacher, Director of Programming

Integral Yoga, 200-hr.; OM Teacher Training, 60-hr; OM Yoga, Relax & Renew Restorative Yoga; The Breathing Project, Chair Yoga; Karma Kids, Yoga, Mommy, Buddha Baby Postnatal Teacher Training; Om Yoga, Relax & Renew Advanced Restorative Yoga Training; OM Yoga, Experiential Anatomy Teacher Training; OM Yoga, Yin Yoga Teacher Training; Unnata Aerial Yoga 

Masako stumbled into a yoga class after having a particularly hard day in February 2001. The rest, as they say, is history. She practices yoga not only for its physical, mental, and emotional benefits, but also because it is just so much fun! Sharing what she has learned and experienced with her students has brought her joy and happiness beyond all measure. She is known for her mindful, caring, kind and light-hearted approach to yoga and to her students. Masako also teaches at Sacred Sounds Yoga (Manhattan), The Yoga Room (Long Island City), mang’Oh yoga (Manhattan) and The Giving Tree (Astoria).

KASHA MUSZYNSKA

KASHA MUSZYNSKA

RYT 200-hr with Raghunath Cappo and Sondra Loring; 100-Hour Hot Power Yoga Teacher Training at Pure Yoga

Kasha completed her 200-Hour Teacher Training with Raghunath Cappo and Sondra Loring, and 100-Hour Hot Power Yoga Teacher Training at Pure Yoga with Tanya Bulton and Loren Basset. In her class you will work on building heat, endurance, flexibility and strength, while at the same time working with breath-centered meditation to calm and focus your mind. Her creative sequencing is often built around Surya Namaskar (sun salutations). She constantly asks herself and her students,  “How do I live my practice in every moment of every day?’’

AKIKO NISHIJIMA

AKIKO NISHIJIMA

Yoga Alliance 200hr at YogaWorks, 500hr ISHTA Yoga, Prenatal Yoga TT with Janice Clarfield, Yin Yoga TT with Corina Benner, Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra TT with Mona Anand, Kids Yoga TT at Hosh Yoga

Akiko’s first yoga class was taught by her Spanish choreographer when she was a dancer in Japan and France. She was amazed by how yoga can open up the whole body in all directions.  The next time she felt in love with yoga was at the Hare Krishna ashram in the East Village in 2002. This time she was attracted to the emotional equanimity that yoga can bring. Akiko became a certified Yoga teacher and began teaching in 2007. But it was after 2011, the year in which a deadly earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant catastrophe hit her home country of Japan, that she realized the real meaning of Yoga. After many months of healing, Akiko feels happy and fortunate just being alive, just being with her son, and practicing and teaching Yoga.

LIU SUO

LIU SUO

Kung Fu Kids' Teacher

The iconic martial art of Shaolin kung fu is actually descended from yoga (we’re not making this up), and we’re thrilled that Liu Suo — who actually trained at the legendary Shaolin Temple in Songshan (where he picked up several medals) — is now teaching Yumcha Yoga’s kids’ Shaolin class! Liu Suo was Yen Yen’s Shaolin teacher back in the day, and is now a specialist stuntman who has appeared in Blacklist, Blindspot and Daredevil amongst numerous shows. He was also the Green Ranger in the Power Rangers live show and just finished several years performing in Cirque de Soleil’s KA. Liu Suo really puts the “Warrior” in the “Warrior” poses! Check out his jaw-dropping showreel here! There’s probably nothing cooler you could possibly enroll your kids in than Liu Suo’s class.

YING WANG 王莹

YING WANG 王莹

Studio Manager

RYT 200 hr (2014), 500 hr (2015), YogaWorks

Ying teaches our Chinese classes, but is also fluent in English. She grew up in China, where she began practicing and learning to love yoga in 2002. She came to New York in 2014 and proceeded to complete her 200-hour and 500-hour teacher training with YogaWorks. She combines her studies in anatomy, her compassionate step-by-step approach, and her creativity to help students reflect on and also challenge themselves in order to achieve a more acute awareness of their bodies.

Karen "KZ" Zeng

Karen "KZ" Zeng

RYT 200 hr (2014), Joschi Yoga Institute

KZ is a yoga teacher and lifelong New Yorker who loves movement as a way to find healing, connection, and peace. She began practicing yoga to prevent injuries from long-distance running, and became deeply dedicated to the practice because of the emotional relief and healing it brought her. She completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training to share the gifts and guidance she receives from her teachers. KZ’s classes are rooted intentionally in body positivity, mindful movement, and self-compassion. She believes building ownership of one’s practice is an act of reclamation.