Ashley Marie Straw (Ash) is a gifted transformational healer and musician. She has over four years of experience working with organic food, body care products and herbal/alternative medicine. She is a 200-hr certified yoga teacher and a partner at Daisy Office Yoga. As a transformational coach, she excels in designing rituals to confront and release the past. As a musician, she is a powerhouse vocalist, plays the piano and mountain dulcimer; she plays in the Brooklyn-based contemplative-music band Wild Lotus.
Cathy, originally from Paris, found yoga over 10 years ago and and has fallen in love with the practice. It helped her through many different life challenging moments including the passing of her father in 2007 and that is when she decided to share her passion and become a yoga instructor. Cathy has a 500 RYT certification. She also studies and is certified in Ayurveda, Restorative Yoga, Energy and Subtle Body & Yoga Nidra. She loves movement and music. In her class you can expect to flow, breathe deeply while listening to fun beats and learn to relax your body and stretch your mind.
Danielle’s yoga practice began amidst her search for a new physical activity. It wasn’t too long until her love for the physicality of the practice evolved into a hunger for the mental focus of yoga – transforming her perspective. Danielle’s first training in NYC nurtured a new direction and rerouted her away from the city. She travelled and taught in the Philippines, and later on completed a residency-training program in Rishikesh, India. Based in Brooklyn, Danielle works as a yoga instructor and freelance designer. She strives everyday to balance her New York – always gotta be doing something – mentality with her yogi island girl – barefoot for life – soul. Her practice and teaching help her grit and free spirit coexist. Danielle’s [Vinyasa based] teaching style fuses flow, pranayama, alignment principles and mindful intentions with her playful, quirky and creative nature. She sustains a lighthearted, engaging, and humble environment in class, listening and adapting to what her students need. She doesn’t care what brings you to yoga, just come. Everyone starts somewhere. www.danielleespiritu.com
Duygu is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) at the 200 Hour level with Yoga Alliance. She primarily teaches Vinyasa (flow) classes, integrating the spiritual and philosophical teachings of yoga. Duygu Padir was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She attended yoga classes sporadically to improve flexibility and strength. Her relationship with yoga shifted when she developed a consistent practice at an authentic studio in Istanbul. It was there that she began to explore the idea of deepening her practice and perhaps one day teaching. She moved to NYC in 2009 and is dedicated to live her yoga with passion, and to teach with a commitment to the ancient traditions of yoga. She attends continuing education workshops and study groups, and is devoted to the on-going learning experience of being teacher and practitioner. She is also a Holistic Health Practitioner, specializing in Health/Lifestyle Coaching. Learn more about Duygu at her website http://duygu-padir.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/
Grace has been a dancer and artist from the time she could walk and talk! She is an E-RYT experienced YA yoga teacher. Born and raised in NYC, she competed in gymnastics, tennis, track and field, soccer, and studied traditional ballet and jazz at Spence and The Joffrey Ballet School in NYC – needless to say, she loves movement. She was introduced to yoga through her Yogi History and Current Events teacher through the power of pranayama. He taught her senior class how to change their stress levels through alternate nostril breathing and his soothing voice. Following various injuries from sports and life, under pressure at Cornell University’s pre-med program, she found herself awakening to a gentler form of movement at college in hatha yoga gym classes. She also studied ballet, jazz and modern under teachers Sharon Romeyko, Keisha Beckford at Spence, Vinyasa Yoga under Amma Wilson and Kemetic Yoga with Master Teacher Yirser Ra Hotep. She opened Move With Grace Studio as a multipurpose space in January of 2007. “I love Brooklyn, I love my community and I wanted to provide a place for people to learn with teachers who carry a philosophy of unity and love in their yoga practice and enthusiasm in dance. So far we have had artists and students from around the world play in our space.” Grace also credits her love of movement from African dance, modern, Afro-Caribbean, contemporary movement and music. She began performing at 6 years-old, fell in love with choreography at 10 years-old and has had the joy of performing on some of NYC’s greatest stages. Move With Grace Studio is about exploring our creative side and finding joy and relaxation through movement. Her yoga classes are breathe focused Vinyasa Flow with influences of Kemetic and Iyengar Yoga. Grace also taught 4 years of yoga/meditation/awareness based practices for NYC at-risk and incarcerated youth with the Lineage Project and Fortune Society. Grace also followed her dream of opening a juice bar in 2012. The juice bar specializes in making unique blends influenced from her Afro-Indo-Guyanese heritage, Ayurveda, and her own experience with juice cleanses and fasts. “Juicing is more than just a trend. Juices & liquids can serve as supplements to your daily nutrition or replace processed unhealthy foods. Juicing and eating raw can help us heal from sickness, depression, injuries and skyrocket one towards optimum health. Mother nature has given us an abundance of healing foods and herbs, my job is to make those combinations healthy and delicious.” Grace is in gratitude of all of her many teachers, mentors, students and supporters! In May of 2016, Move With Grace opened a second location and will soon offer yoga, meditation, indoor cycling, pilates, fitness, dance workshops, teacher trainings and space rental!
Hokyu is a Zen practitioner in the tradition and lineage of Kodo Sawaki and Taisen Deshimaru. He received Bodhisattva ordination at the New Orleans Zen Temple where I was given the Dharma name Hokyu. Since 2007, I’ve had the privilege to lead and provide beginning meditation instruction in a variety of places, most notably the Center for Buddhist Life at Yale University, and with the Interfaith Zen Fellowship at Fordham University. Connected to my journey as a Zen practitioner and student, is my general fascination and scholarly pursuits in religious studies. I’ve earned a BA and MA in Religion and am completing a doctorate in Theology at Fordham University. In my work as an academic, I am interested in how interfaith and non-faith perspectives affect our understanding of our social and cultural life and how rethinking our understandings of religion and society can lead to new ways to think about what it means to be human in the here and now.
Lawrence is an orginal New Yorker, born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens. He graduated from Ithaca College with a bachelor of science in Therapeutic Recreation in 2007. He purchased his first bike in 2005, and has been an avid bicyclists ever since. He believes in optimal operation in your daily living. When it comes to cycling, that means knowing your machines (bike and body) and making them work the best way possible. His goal is to have you pain free and efficient. Ride hard, sweat, have fun, and feel good!