It’s no wonder that Laughing Lotus continues to be voted BEST Yoga Center in New York City! Our outstanding teachers are the core of our community. Certified through Laughing Lotus Yoga School, each of our instructors is committed to deepening their studies, growing as teachers and guiding their students along the path of self-discovery. They are inspired by and instruct from their own practice — experimenting, innovating and sharing with you what they discover.
Hometown: Saratoga Springs, NY
Astrological Sign: Pisces
Inspirational Deity: Krishna
Playlist Faves: Beyonce, Reggae, Mantra Music, Electronic
Chelsey loves the mental clairity and relaxation that is brought on through yoga and meditation. Chelsey has found that with dedication everything is possible, she uses this as motivation that stretches into all areas of her life. During her classes she hopes to inspire others towards their own light, strength and expansion.
Name: Mark Berger
Hometown: NOLA, Ya Heard!
Astrological Sign: Taurus
Inspiration Deity: Shiva
Play list Favorites: Lil Wayne, Revivalists, Stevie Nicks, Beatles, Big Freedia
As a competitive triathlete/runner, I got into yoga to recover faster & prevent injury. After years of taking yoga, it became very much apart of my mental & spiritual way of being as well. I became a teacher to bring this practice to others who needed something to compliment everything they do in all aspects of life. I like to make my flows fun & challenging, while bringing in dharma & movement patterns that people can relate to.
Hometown: Kansas City, Kansas
Astrological sign: Pisces
Inspirational deity: Xangô
Playlist favorites: Indian electronica, Pink, Sia, and all the other screaming divas
Jakob is a true traveling Yogi, having taught since 2005 in San Francisco, NYC, Brazil, Europe, and was one of the first yoga instructors in Malaysia. He was a Yogi without a home until he met Dana and the rest of the amazing Laughing Lotus family. He loves charming his students to find deepness in asana by using the strength of the body and mind, while still adhering to safe alignment.
Hometown: Uniontown, Pennsylvania
Astrological Sign: Cancer
Inspirational Deity: Lord Ganesha
Playlist Faves: Neo-Soul, Devotional, Drum Driven
Through the yoga practice, Jordan hopes to cultivate a space where all humans feel welcome and comfortable expressing themselves. She hopes to bring awareness to and de-stigmatize the issues surrounding mental health and share how yoga has helped in her own struggles.
Hometown: Waynesville, NC
Astorogical Sign: Capricorn
Inspiration Diety: Krishna
Playlist Favorites: Soul Sweat Serenade with live local music, Rising Appalachia, Sweet Crude, The Givers
Dan Wally came to yoga for physical flexibility and stayed for the community and calmer mind. A dance teacher and music lover, he appreciates the moving meditations, singing mantras, and sequencing that integrate breath and body and spirit in Lotus Flow.
Hometown: New York
Astrological Sign: Scorpio
Inspirational Deity: Kali + Ganesha
Playlist Faves: Ixchel Prisma, Porangui, Masood Ali Khan
Jenn Lee Superstar is a high spirited healing catalyst, truth seeker, and joy promoter. She uses her yoga practice as the truest barometer of her life. She believes that with an open mind and a devoted practice, miracles become abundant and magic can be witnessed everywhere.
Hometown: Lafayette, LA
Inspiration Deity: Leonard Cohen
Play list Favorites:Funk/Soul, 80s-00s Pop, Animal Sounds, Eno
Rien vowed never to become a yoga teacher. But after completing the Church of Yoga’s 200-hour teacher training in the summer of 2018, he kept showing up. A working professor, he enjoys instructing beginners at the Church, as well as several local jails, and loves the quiet, calm promise of restorative yoga.