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Solstice Instructors


7:00am - 8:00am:
Crystal McCreary

9:00am - 10:00am:
Lauren Imparato

11:15am - 12:30pm:
Douglass Stewart


2:00pm - 3:30pm
Bikram Yoga

4:30pm - 5:30pm:
Instructor Mary Dana Abbott

6:30pm - 7:30pm:
Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee



  noelle 27:00am - 8:00am
Instructed by: Crystal McCreary

Crystal McCreary is a dedicated student of yoga and has enjoyed teaching vinyasa since 2007. The 500-hour YogaWorks’ Professional Teacher Training program, Jason Crandell, and Jason Ray Brown’s Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers most significantly influence her teaching. Crystal’s classes offer a way of practicing asana that integrates vigor, flow, intelligent sequences and anatomy-based alignment. She also shares a mindful approach to cultivating attention and bringing balance to the body through yoga. Having careers as an elementary school teacher, curriculum developer, and performing artist are tools that allow Crystal to share yoga in a way that is accessible to students of all levels experience and backgrounds. She is a graduate of Stanford University as well as The American Conservatory Theater’s Master of Fine Arts program in Acting. Expect to leave Crystal’s classes feeling strengthened, grounded, and calm.



Lauren Imparato Web9:00am - 10:00am
Instructed by: Lauren Imparato

Lauren Imparato resigned her job as a VP on the Wall Street Trading floors in 2009 to launch I.AM.YOU, a wellness lifestyle company based on Yoga, Nourishment, Mindset and Music. In NYC and across the globe she is known for her athletic yoga classes and straight up, real approach to wellness, nourishment, yoga and life. Lauren pulls from various traditions to package wellness specifically for the chaotic modern lives we lead. She has been featured  Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, NY Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNN and countless others, and has led classes for thousands in Madrid, Panama, NYC, Ibiza, Cannes, Barcelona and more. Her blog has over 120,000 readers. She graduated from Princeton University and IIN, and is working on her first book, RETOX, due out with Penguin in late 2015.

Douglass-Stewart 201511:15pm - 12:30pm
Instructed by: Douglass Stewart

Douglass Stewart has been teaching yoga since 2000. He was recently initiated as a Yogiraj in the ISHTA Lineage by Alan Finger. Douglass teaches at Yogaworks and at the ISHTA Center. He has volunteered yoga classes at the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Community Center for nearly 15 years. He is the cofounder of Yoga in Times Square/Mind Over Madness.

Rajashree Choudhury2:00pm - 3:30pm: Bikram
Instructed by: Rajashree Choudhury, Donna Rubin and Jennifer Lobo

Rajashree Choudhury was born in Kolkata (Calcutta) India Rajashree Choudhury began her yoga journey at the age of four at the urging of her parents and was a five-time winner of the National Indian Yoga Championship from 1979 to 1983. She is certified in Hatha Yoga Therapy for Chronic diseases and disorders. She conducts seminars on yoga and personal development worldwide. Rajashree’s first book Rajashree’s Pregnancy Yoga will be available in May 2015.

Donna_web_2013Donna Rubin, after a career in dance and musical theatre, Donna Rubin became certified in the Bikram yoga method in 1998. Donna went on to co-found New York City's first Bikram Yoga studio with partner Jennifer Lobo. Knowing the therapeutic benefits of Bikram Yoga, Donna has been thrilled to be sharing these benefits with thousands of students over the last 15 years. Donna has been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Elle Magazine, Today show, and many others. 2015 will represent Donna's 7th consecutive year teaching at the Solstice in Times Squre event.

Jennifer LoboJennifer Lobo, a native New Yorker, partnered up with Donna Rubin in 1999 to establish NYC's first Bikram Yoga studio. Now, 15 years and 4 locations later, Jen continues to practice and teach with the same love of yoga as she had in the studios' inception. Jen practices yoga to help maintain flexibility and stamina in her other passions, which include skiing, soccer, tennis, golf, running and playing hard with her three young sons! Nowadays, she finds the mental benefits of yoga equally as important (as the physical) in maintaining a calmer approach to parenting!

samantha instructor image4:30pm - 5:30pm
Instructed by: Mary Dana Abbott

Chi-Town native Mary Dana Abbott first found bliss on her yoga mat as a kid and has spent most of her adult life teaching and studying yoga. She currently teaches at Equinox, Twisted Trunk and Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, where she is the director of teacher training. She is known for her detailed attention to alignment, precise transitions and an easy-going approach that makes her classes accessible to everyone. Also a writer, DJ, runner, world-traveler and sometimes stand-up comic, Mary Dana believes that a yoga practice is the key to a well-rounded and adventurous life.

6:Colleen and Rodney 201530pm - 7:30pm
Instructed by: Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman Yee

Rodney co-founded Piedmont Yoga Studio in Oakland, California, in 1987, and is the creator of dozens of yoga DVDs through Gaiam. He is the author of "Yoga: The Poetry of the Body" and "Moving Toward Balance."  Colleen graduated from Jivamukti's Yoga Teacher Training program in 1998 and is the owner of Yoga Shanti in Sag Harbor, New York. Her memoir/yoga book “Yoga for Life” will be released on June 2nd. Together, Rodney and Colleen created and are featured in Gaiam's online yoga club (gaiamyogastudio.com). Rodney and Colleen are Co-Executive Directors of Donna Karan's Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program.   They teach workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings worldwide.