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: New Orleans
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Inspiration Deity: Ganesha
Play list Favorites: Nina Simone, Drake, LP, Bhagavan Das, Beach House
Zoe discovered yoga in the late 90’s at Jivamukti in NYC. She had never been athletic – in fact she was just emerging out of severe drug addiction when she took her first class with David Life. It was intense and challenging, but she kept practicing, and yoga soon became the best high she’d ever had. As healed people heal people, Zoe’s passion is to impart the healing powers of YOGA to underserved communities, New Orleans youth, and those struggling with addictions.
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.
Hometown: Escondido, CA
Inspirational Deity: Saraswati
Playlist Faves: Eunice, Teletextile, Elew
Claire feels so blessed to have been called to teach at the Church of Yoga. She likes to incorporate various natural healing modalities into her classes including Reiki, crystals, and essential oils. Claire finds her inspiration in the rhythmic dance between her body and breath that unifies her soul with the Spirit of the Divine.
Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska
Astorogical Sign: Sagittarius
Inspiration Diety: Ganesh
Playlist Favorites: Deep house, yogic beats, and the occasional nostalgia track
Chris found yoga while living in San Francisco 15 years ago and quickly discovered — with the guidance of teachers Rusty Wells and Janet Stone — the power of practice. He was especially floored by the way lessons learned on the mat could be applied to the transformation of his everyday life. Always curious and in love with adventure, Chris has been exploring ways to make yoga his “everyday” ever since; integrating his learnings into the ups and downs of life.
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Astrological Sign: Libra
Inspirational Deity: Brahma
Playlist Faves: Anything soulful, sexy, & powerful
The body and movement are my life, dancing & performing make my heart explode with joy! Let’s groove together through the Lotus Flow to find courage, compassion, gratitude, wisdom, peace and LOVE because we must change ourselves in order to transform our environment. We have all the power we need to make life amazing, and YOLO=You only live once so make it wild!
Astorogical Sign: Sagittarius
Inspiration Diety: Incredible humans who are on a path to greater fulfillment and freedom
Playlist Favorites: Marti Nikko, DJ Drez, Gramatik, Bob Marley
Yoga has been a deeply transformative and healing practice for Kimberly during her transition from life as a burntout NYC corporate lawyer to a more fulfilling path as a teacher, healer, creator, writer, and coach to help others along their journey of finding greater fulfillment. As a profound tool of self discovery, yoga has helped Kimberly experience the gifts of silence, stillness, body and mind awareness, emotional balance, compassion, and deeper connection to herself and others.
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Astrological Sign: Leo
Inspirational Deity: Indra and Ganesh
Playlist Favorites: Odesza, Alt J, Bonobo, Garth Stevenson
Yoga found Jordan at a time of deep pain, allowing her a space to explore and heal. Through steady and sweet practice, she discovered that healing itself is a journey and she is passionate about holding that space for others to heal and explore along their own journey. Jordan believes that we all create the spirit of yoga so her classes draw from ancient philosophies sifted through a contemplative modern lens to drop awareness inward to our truest essence.
Name: Brittany Wolf Freedman
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Astrological Sign: Virgo
Inspiration Deity: Ganesha and Hanuman
Play list Favorites: From the brass bands of New Orleans to the sitars of India and everything in between
Brittany found yoga fifteen years ago; she instinctively knew that she happened upon a special practice and vowed to incorporate yoga into her daily life. Off the mat, Brittany is a plaintiff’s attorney deeply committed to equality and justice. She consistently strives to employ yogic philosophy in her legal practice. She believes that yoga is a vehicle through which we may cultivate compassion for ourselves and others, counterbalance the physical and mental stress of daily life, and better one’s mind, body, and spirit.
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.
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: Borneo, Malaysia
Astrological sign: Sagittarius
Inspirational deity: Ganesha
Playlist favorites: Indian electronica, chill yoga, and all the other relaxing music songs.
Mike has been teaching yoga since 2010, and has taught all over the world. His students love his good sweet and light hearted personality. Mike believes if you aren’t having fun, what’s the point? He’s so happy to have met Dana and be a part of the amazing Church of Yoga family.