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7:25am-8:30am Presented by Athleta - Instructor: Drisana Carey with Special Pre-Class Meditation by Tao Porchon-Lynch    

Tao_web_2013Tao Porchon-Lynch is a master yoga teacher, 94 years young, who synthesizes the most positive aspects of Indian, European and American thought. She studied with Indra Devi, Aurobindo and BKS Iyengar in India, she has trained and certified hundreds of yoga instructors and she exemplifies the positive “can do spirit” that can accomplish anything. Tao lives her philosophy, “there is nothing we cannot do if we harness the power within us.”  Tao is the founder of the Westchester Institute of Yoga. Find out more about Tao at : www.taoporchonlynch.com or Google her name and be entertained by the listings of her life’s accomplishments.

Drisana Carey - Driven by an inner desire to connect serve and empower, Drisana enjoys blending the art and science of Yoga and Traditional Oriental Medicine. Using these ancient traditions she dedicates her life to facilitating inner strength, joy and natural balance within herself and others. A practicing acupuncturist and veteran yoga instructor in San Diego, Drisana is thrilled to be involved in this year's Summer Solstice. Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Div 1 athlete at Syracuse University NY, Master's degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, NY & San Diego, CA.



Paual_web_201310:00am-11:15am Instructor: 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 Masters degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters 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.


1:00pm-2:30pm Bikram Instructor: Donna Rubin with Special Guests


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 the Yoga Madness event 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, 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, New York 1, 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.


5:30pm-6:30pm Instructors: Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney YeeColleen_web_2013

Colleen Saidman Yee’s introduction to yoga was in 1987, at the urging of a roommate, who convinced her to attend a class in New York City. Soon after, her worn-out running shoes, her basketball, and her boxing gloves became things of the past. In 1994, after back surgery, Colleen’s commitment to her yoga practice deepened. A graduate of Jivamukti’s 1998 teacher-training program, Colleen opened her own studio, Yoga Shanti, in Sag Harbor, in 1999. She has taught several teacher trainings at Yoga Shanti, some with her husband, Rodney Yee.
The New York Times christened Colleen "The First Lady of Yoga," in their recent profile of her on the front page of the Sunday Style section. She has also been featured in Vanity Fair, New York magazine, Oprah, Marie-Claire, Allure, and Yoga Journal. Before that she had a varied career: She was a cover girl, a student of shiatsu, and she lived in Calcutta, working with Mother Theresa at the Home for the Dying and Destitute.
More recently, together with Rodney, Colleen helped to create Urban Zen's Integrative Yoga Therapist Program, Donna Karan’s worldwide initiative. She and Rodney are also authors of the Gaiam Yoga Studio, as well as several popular yoga DVDs. Colleen's latest is  "Yoga for Weight Loss." Colleen currently lives in Sag Harbor.

Rodney Yee has been teaching yoga for more than 25 years. He has studied with the top teachers internationally, and has become a master in his own right. He opened Piedmont Yoga Studio in 1987, and has been teaching classes, workshops, retreats, and teacher-training programs nationally and internationally for 20 years. He is featured in over 30 yoga DVDs produced by Gaiam, and has written two books, Yoga: the Poetry of the Body and Moving Toward Balance: 8 Weeks of Yoga with Rodney Yee, both in collaboration with Nina Zolotow. Rodney, with his wife Colleen Saidman Yee, created and present the online Gaiam Yoga Studio (gaiamyogastudio.com), and they are the yoga directors of the Health and Wellness Initiative of Donna Karan's Urban Zen Foundation (urbanzen.org). He currently lives in Sag Harbor, NY, and teaches weekly classes at Yoga Shanti.

7:45pm-9:00pm Instructor: Douglass Stewart

Douglass Stewart for instructor pageDouglass Stewart - Douglass Stewart is the cofounder of Yoga in Times Square Mind over Madness. He is a featured yoga instructor on the Yoga Zone video series and has led workshops in Canada, Amsterdam and Italy. Douglass currently teaches at the ISHTA Center and at Yogaworks and volunteers a yoga class at the Lesbian Gay Transgender Bisexual Community Center.