Ellen Anderson, PT, PhD, RYT has been a physical therapist for over 30 years and a yogi for half of that. She is an associate professor of physical therapy with a strong background in therapeutic exercise, and has written a book, several articles, and many book chapters on the use of complementary therapies in rehabilitation. She teaches anatomy for yoga teacher trainings and has taught workshops on safe practice, yoga for back pain. Ellen is also a registered yoga teacher and regularly teaches Foundation classes for persons new to yoga or those wanting to practice yoga in ways that can address their physical concerns.
Ellen believes that her greatest accomplishment is realized through her marriage to Scott for over 30 years and their loving and adventurous children who are happily living their lives and like all of us, are trying to make sense of the world. Ellen loves to travel and enjoys all kinds of outdoor activities.
Sally Narkis has been teaching vinyasa yoga since 2003. Her extensive training is rooted in Shiva Rea’s PranaFlow methodology and the philosophy of the early Krama lineage. Her classes combine alignment awareness and organic sequencing with embodied movement. She focuses on a practice that is designed to balance the linear and stressful lifestyles we lead. Although her teachings are deeply reverent, her accessible spirit and sense of humor make the practice a delicious experience from Om to Om.
Stacy “Anuttara” Newfeld, E-RYT a spirited modern dancer began and continues her life journey a student of siddha yoga and gurumayi chidvilasananda. In 1991 she completed hatha yoga training in the Iyengar tradition and led classes in both South Fallsburg and Manhattan Ashrams. In 2005 she studied asana and pranayama and completed certification with Integral Yoga Institute, Next Generation Yoga in New York and began her exploration in prana flow with river guides, Shiva Rea and Twee Merrigan with whom she still trains. She is also certified in reiki, massage and ayurveda, most recently in India with Dr. David Frawley and Yogini Shambhavi. Her classes flow with breath, heart inspired intention and conscious movement. Yoga is for everyone regardless of age or physicality, its divine teachings are a gift to be shared among us all. With great respect and love I thank the entire Satsang Kula, Jai Ma!
Lisa Shakti Ferraro is an ecstatic devotional singer, harmonium playing musician and a mantra-chanting yogini. She loves to connect with the divine and to awaken others to their inner radiance. Lisa’s yoga practice was transformed with her first class at Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio. She then completed a 200-hour certification with Jasmine Tarkeshi and Dana Trixie Flynn at Laughing Lotus NY in 2005. She is also certified to teach kids and prenatal yoga which she has enjoyed teaching for 8 years from outdoor yoga at Wave Hill in the Bronx to yoga studios and libraries in NJ.
Lisa has been studying Sanskrit, mantra and nada yoga with her mentor, Russill Paul privately and in his Yogic Mystery School and instructs Sanskrit for Spiritual Practice in yoga teacher trainings in NY and NJ. She has also developed her own style of teaching she calls Sonic Bliss Yoga which combines the transformative power of āsana and chant together. Lisa, who also performs as an actress and singer, holds a BA in Music from Westminster Choir College and chants with her band, Sonic Bliss Kirtan.
Tammy Spiewak found yoga in New York City in her early 20’s as a form of exercise, but quickly discovered that the practice was much more than a trendy way to stay in shape. As she navigated through career changes, marriage, a move to the suburbs, and the onset of motherhood, her yoga practice became a way for her to stay grounded, find peace, and ultimately connect with her Self (with a capital “S”!) In 2012, Tammy completed her 200-hour certification through Yoga Manjari. A former NYC school teacher and preschool teacher, she recently left the academic classroom for the yoga studio. Tammy believes everyone can benefit from yoga regardless of age or physicality. Her classes focus on linking movement with breath and are designed for students of all levels. In addition to her 200-hour training, Tammy is trained, by Kidding Around Yoga, to teach yoga and meditation to children. She is currently studying and deepening her spiritual and meditation practices under the guidance of Gabrielle Bernstein. Tammy is eternally grateful for her teachers Ellen Kaplow and Sally Narkis, for their inspiration, guidance, and unwavering love and support. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to share her love of the practice at Satsang, the kula of her heart.
Michelle Weintraub fell in love with yoga in 1998 when she discovered Anusara; which in a nutshell is yoga from the inside out. “Instead of trying to control the body and mind from the outside, the poses originate from a deep, creative and devotional feeling inside, from the essence of divine goodness within.” Michelle continued to show up on her mat regularly and for years knowing the time would come to deepen her practice; ultimately sharing and teaching others. In 2012, Michelle found Tara Madore; certified Anusara teacher, chiropractor and owner of Inner Light Yoga Center, with who and where she completed her 200-hour teacher training — but the training never really ends. Since that time, Michelle has learned that we are all beginners every day. She hears regularly and from many all of the reasons someone cannot “do” yoga. Words like “I’m not flexible, I need to sweat, it’s not a workout…” And then the famous, “I can’t touch my toes”, leading her back to her daily words, “Yoga is a breathing practice, that’s all it is. If you can breathe you can do yoga. The physical effects of yoga are all just fringe benefits and stem from the breath. And that glow. Talk about an oxygen facial.
In Michelle’s classes you can expect to breathe into, move with and listen to your body (and some great music!). If something feels good, do it; if it doesn’t feel good, don’t do it. There is always another pose, a modification or refinement. Skipping a pose to hold the one you are in because it feels good is the message and once you get “the message” you are “doing” yoga.
Michelle thanks all of the yogis she has met on this amazing path. The teachers and students alike because at the end of the day, we are all teaching and learning together. A special thank you to Tracy and Jason Wendroff-Rawnicki, who dragged me (yes dragged – kicking and screaming) to my first yoga class ever. I will forever love you both.
When Michelle isn’t on the mat, she is mom to Drew & Jack, who she learns from every single day. In her spare time, Michelle manages her own business, forevergreen soaps, where she has been creating handmade soaps, candles & body products for 18 years.
“Yoga is a breathing practice; that’s all it is. The asanas (poses) are forms the physical body takes allowing it to “open up” giving the breath more room to move, expand and grow. Yoga is for everyone — if you can breath, you can “do” yoga”. These are the words Michelle repeats in every single yoga class she teaches.
Micki Weissbard is a certified yoga instructor having completed the Yoga Synthesis Teacher Training program with Raji Thron in 2002. She received her prenatal certification in 2004. She has completed advanced teacher trainings with Rodney Yee every year since 2007 and continues to study with him. She has also studied with such inspiring teachers as John Friend, Doug Keller, Kofi Buscia, Mukunda Stiles, Paul Grilley and Aadil Palkhivala. Micki holds a BS In physical therapy and is a registered member of Yoga Alliance. Her classes incorporate a creative synthesis of different yoga styles emphasizing breath and movement integration, proper alignment, meditation and relaxation. Micki extends a heartfelt thank you to her friend and first yoga teacher Ellen Kaplow for bringing the gift of practice into her life. She is also deeply grateful to her students for allowing her the opportunity to share her love of yoga.
Trish Wheeler has been teaching yoga since 2005 when she completed her 200-hour teacher training at Laughing Lotus in New York. A glutton for bliss, she recently finished the 300-hour Laughing Lotus advanced teacher training. Her classes celebrate the transformative power of music, movement, poetry and song on each of us. For Trish, the ritualized space we share in class (lokah samaste) functions as a lab where we can experience being happy, divine beings (sukino bhavantu) and then transfer that experience into in any situation in the “real” world. She is trained in the art of vinyasa or flow and her classes use the breath rhythms to move in and out of the asanas. Her daily yoga practice, dog walks and meditations guide her. She continues to be inspired by her teachers—both at the Lotus and at Satsang — by her students at The Pingry School where she teaches and by her children, Michael and Sophie. She lives in Kearny, NJ, comes from a modern dance background (MFA in Dance — The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) studies Cuban dance, and would like to say she gardens, but puttering is more honest. Lokah samaste sukino bhavantu.