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NEW Masthead Solstice
5:30am - 6:30am:
Tim Tompkins

7:30am - 8:30am:
Heather Lilleston

9:30am - 10:30am:
Bethany Lyons

11:30am - 1:00pm:
Donna Rubin And Friends
2:00pm - 3:00pm:
Paula Tursi

4:00pm - 5:00pm:
Barbara Verrochi, Kristin Leigh,
and Annie Piper

6:00pm - 7:00pm: 
Douglass Stewart

8:00pm - 9:15pm:
Ali Cramer

Tim Headshot5:30am - 6:30am: Sunrise Vinyasa
Instructed by: Tim Tompkins

Tim Tompkins is the President of the Times Square Alliance and the co-founder, with Douglass Stewart, of Solstice in Times Square. He became a certified yoga instructor through Laughing Lotus’ teacher training, led by Alison Cramer and Keith Borden. He is grateful to them and also to Douglass for his wisdom and patience and for inspiring him to become a teacher in the first place. When not hanging out in the most urban and unnatural place on the planet, Tim also enjoys being on his sailboat Prana, enjoying the beauty of New York harbor.

Heather Lilleston7:30am - 8:30am: Salutations to Summer
Instructed by: Heather Lilleston

Heather Lilleston has been living and teaching yoga in New York City since 2003. She completed her 800-hour Advanced Certification with Jivamukti in 2008 and has continued her training by exploring a more Iyengar-based approach with Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee. Heather has trained numerous new teachers at Pure Yoga, The Shala, and Yoga Vida. She is the Yoga Director at Yoga Vida in downtown Manhattan and teaches classes there, as well as at Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor and New York City, and Love Yoga in Montauk, NY. She is co-founder of Yoga For Bad People, a yoga based company focused on leading retreats worldwide. Her classes integrate creative vinyasa sequences with meditation, chanting, good music, and spiritual philosophy.

Bethany Lyons Headshot9:30am - 10:30am: Power Yoga
Instructed by: Bethany Lyons

Bethany Lyons is a powerful leader, creator, community builder and co-founder of the only Baptiste-style yoga studio in Manhattan: Lyons Den Power Yoga. Bethany is a classically trained ballet dancer, certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher and Master Instructor at SoulCycle. She has appeared as a yoga and fitness expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, TLC and CNN, and has been featured in Forbes, New York Magazine, US Weekly, SELF, Shape, Fitness Magazine, Pilates Style and Dance Spirit, among many other publications. In co-founding Lyons Den Power Yoga, Bethany seeks to showcase the endless possibilities all around us and to show up in a big way for her students and in her life.

Donna_web_201311:30am - 1:00pm: Bikram
Instructed by: Donna Rubin And Friends

Donna Rubin, certified Bikram yoga instructor since 1998 and co-founder of the first Bikram Yoga in NYC, began her professional career as a dancer with the National Ballet of Canada and went on to star as Meg in the original Canadian cast of ‘Phantom of the Opera.” She then brought her career to Broadway where she performed in “Carousel” at Lincoln Center and on the National tour.

Donna was able to apply her dance and yoga background to exclusively teaching the 26 pose Bikram yoga method. Teaming up with Jen Lobo in 1999, the duo has opened 4 Bikram locations in Manhattan in the last 12 years. Donna was one of the first yoga instructors to be certified as a judge for the Regional and National Yoga Asana Championships and, along with Jen, Bikram Yoga NYC produced the very first Yoga Asana Championship in New York, which it has continued to produce and host for the past 8 years.

Bikram Yoga NYC was one of the first yoga studios chosen to participate in Solstice in Times Square where Donna taught class to over 500 enthusiastic yogis in the heart of The Crossroads of the World. In addition to Bikram, Donna also completed a 200 hour certification in Ishta yoga with Yoga Master Allan Finger.

Donna has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, New York Post, Elle Magazine, and Jane Magazine. She has appeared on Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC and WPIX television networks, most recently on the Today Show and The Kathy Lee and Hoda Show. The studio has also been featured on cable networks such as MetroChannel, NY1, and on such programs as Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and Single in the City.
Bikram Yoga NY has become involved in fundraising for worthy causes by hosting a monthly cabaret, proceeds of which are entirely donated by the studio. Recently, Donna performed at one of these Bikram Yoga NYC Cabaret Nights for Cystic Fibrosis, the Sunny Shores Sea Side Camp, to honor her niece Nicole who is living with the disease.

Donna is currently working on the documentary “Curtain Up” about her experience growing up as a young dancer in the “National Ballet School of Canada.” Donna is married to Elliot Matlin and has one son, Ari.

Paula Tursi headshot2:00pm - 3:00pm: Slow Flow Vinyasa
Instructed by: Paula Tursi

Paula Tursi is the Founder and Director of Reflections Yoga and the internationally renowned Reflections Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has been working with alternative healing practices in New York City and internationally for over twenty years. Paula developed Reflections Yoga as a way to integrate what she found most inspiring in other practices with her own personal truth. She began her training at Integral Yoga, where she studied Hatha and restorative Yoga. She went on to work with esteemed teachers such as John Friend, Rodney Yee and Angela Farmer. She has also worked extensively with Leslie Kaminoff and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the art of yoga, breath work, anatomy, and movement awareness practices. She is certified at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance and is an affiliated Anusara teacher. Most of her current studies are in Body Mind Center with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Paula’s work focuses on the alignment of mind and body, understanding that we move not only from our muscles and joints, but also from the support of our inner body. Movement or asana can start from the inner or outer body, however, movement initiated from the inner body can be an expression of the organs bringing awareness and health to the deeper systems of the body. Her teaching and insights are born of the ongoing study of anatomy and kinesiology with master teachers such as Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Irene Dowd, Tom Myers, and Gil Hedley for anatomical dissection.

Paula holds a Master’s degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Master’s degree in Education from Hunter College. She did her clinical post-graduate training at the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Paula conducts biannual Teacher’s Trainings in New York City and Latin America, teaches workshops nationwide and in Europe. She teaches on going classes, holds corporate workshops and offers individual instruction in breath awareness, partner yoga and yoga for body ailments.

4:00pm - 5:00pm: Sun Sequence for Bent on Learning
Instructed by: Barbara Verrochi, Kristin Leigh, and Annie Piper

Barbara Varrochi HeadhsotBarbara Verrochi co-owns The Shala in Manhattan and Brooklyn with Kristin Leigh. She began her teaching career in 1986, as an elementary school art instructor in the South Bronx. She continues to work as a curriculum adviser and training supervisor for yoga and meditation programs which aim to serve public school communities, including Bent On Learning and the Sonima Foundation. In 1990, Barbara began studying yoga at the Iyengar Institute and Jivamukti Yoga. In 1996, she established three daily spiritual practices: Ashtanga Yoga with Eddie Stern, singing and harmonium lessons with Gulum Mohamed Kahn, and Buddhist meditation with Sharon Salzberg. Barbara made the first of many trips to Mysore, India, in 1997, where she met her most influential teacher, the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. She received his blessing to share the Ashtanga method with her students in 2002. Barbara bows deeply to all of her teachers for their continuous guidance. She lives in Brooklyn with her beautiful son, Workneh.

Kristin Leigh HeadshotKristin Leigh has co-owned The Shala in Manhattan and Brooklyn with Barbara Verrochi since 2002. She began practicing Iyengar yoga in San Francisco in the mid-1980s. By 1992 she was in New York practicing at Jivamukti, where she was certified in 1998 by Sharon Gannon and David Life. Since 1997 she has been studying Ashtanga yoga with Eddie Stern and has made periodic visits to India to study with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and R. Sharath Jois. Kristin co-teaches The Shala's Teacher Training program and The Shala's Mysore Ashtanga program and their mentorship program. She has studied extensively with Rodney Yee, Colleen Saidman Yee, Tim Miller, and Sharon Salzberg. She has also studied anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff, dance with Ronald K Brown and Pat Hall for the past17 years. Every class she teaches is infused with humble gratitude to all of her teachers, especially Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Eddie Stern. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her 5 year old son, Jules.

Annie Piper HeadshotAnnie Piper teaches at The Shala, Kula Yoga in Tribeca, and designs/ teaches asana for the actors of both NYU's School of Graduate Acting and the Yale School of Drama. Previous work as an actor and theater director led her down a path to yoga, breath, body, heart, and mind. A vigorous, breath-led practice is the basis of her teaching style with particular emphasis on calming nerves and quieting the mind.

Douglass Stewart Headshot6:00pm - 7:00pm: Breath Informed Vinyasa 
Instructed by: Douglass Stewart

Douglass Stewart has been teaching yoga since 2000. He was recently initiated as Yogiraj in the ISHTA  Lineage by Alan Finger. Douglass teaches at Yogaworks and at the ISHTA Center. He has served as a volunteer yoga instructor for classes at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center for nearly 15 years. He is the co-founder of Solstice in Times Square.

Ali Cramer Headshot8:00pm - 9:15pm: Sunset Flow
Instructed by: Ali Cramer

Ali Cramer was one of those kids from the 'burbs who couldn't WAIT to get to New York City. She moved at 16, and (except for one lost year in LA) has never left, and never plans to! She is the Director of the Ayurveda Program and a Creative Director at Laughing Lotus NYC and leads teacher trainings, workshops and retreats nationally and internationally. Her vinyasa style is influenced by her previous career as a dancer and choreographer, the energy and creativity of her beloved New York City, and the amazing Community of Yogis worldwide. She is so grateful to be a part of this incredible event, and truly believes in the Power of these Practices to get our minds over our own madness and guide us towards a more peaceful, happy, useful life.