COUNTDOWN TO NYE
2019 Class Schedule
7:30am – 8:30am: Tim Tompkins (Event co-founder, Registered Yoga Teacher)
9:30am – 10:30am: Dana Flynn (Laughing Lotus)
11:30am – 12:30pm: #AerieREAL Empowered Flow with Catherine Gignac (Aerie)
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Donna Rubin, Jen Lobo, and Friends (bodē nyc)
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Rebecca Hajek (Yoga Vida)
5:30pm – 6:30pm: Koya Webb (presented by Pukka Herbs)
7:30pm – 8:30pm: Douglass Stewart (YogaWorks, Ishta)
2019 Instructor Bios
Tim is President of the Times Square Alliance and co-founder of Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga. He became a yoga instructor under Laughing Lotus’ Alison Cramer and Keith Borden.
Dana Flynn brings an ecstatic expression of movement, music and community to her practice and her students, as the co-founder of Laughing Lotus Yoga Centers and Lotus Flow Yoga. The former stockbroker, restaurateur, and MTV personality turned a life in the limelight into a spiritual transformation, studying with legendary yogis: Jivamukti’s Sharon Gannon in New York and master teacher Rodney Yee in California. Fiercely innovative and independent, Dana honors and knows well the ancient traditions and codified asana systems of the yogic practice. Dana and Co-Founder Jasmine Tarkeshi channeled over 6 years of organic movement experimentation into the creation of the Laughing Lotus Yoga Center and Lotus Flow Yoga. Lotus Flow Yoga is infused with a dynamic Dervish-like energy of dance, song, and joyous revelry. With studios located in Manhattan’s Flatiron District and in San Francisco’s Mission District, Laughing Lotus is now home to more than just a studio; it’s a diverse community of creative, spirited, and playful yogis. Dana has appeared in The New York Times, Yoga Journal and on Good Morning America and the TODAY Show.
Catherine is so excited to rep Aerie at Solstice for the third year. She always keeps it #AerieREAL—bringing honesty, confidence and love to everything she does—both in her yoga teaching and as the Senior Manager of Digital Creative for Aerie and AE.
For Catherine, yoga can be heart pumping, soul healing, deeply soothing and intensely challenging at all once. Through upbeat flows with less emphasis on perfecting movements and much more on allowing the practice to flood our bodies and take on its own shape, Catherine’s classes feel methodical and rhythmic, putting us in a vulnerable and honest space so we can find those qualities both with others and with ourselves.
You can find Catherine teaching every week at Urban Elements in Pittsburgh, and twice a year in Tulum, Mexico for The Retreat: a week-long opportunity to unplug, move your body, rest your mind and reconnect through yoga, meditation, relaxation and shared experiences. Follow Catherine on Instagram at @heyitsme_cg.
#aerieREAL Empowered Flow
Get ready to flow and feel empowered during this vinyasa practice led by Catherine Gignac, Aerie’s Sr. Manager of Digital Creative. We’ll be getting real about self-acceptance in an upbeat, high energy hour dedicated to loving our #AerieREAL selves.
Donna Rubin and Jen Lobo Plamondon led the hot yoga revolution in NYC with their first studio opening in Times Square in 1999. Now, 20 years later they have four studios and a new brand with a lot of history!
Donna Rubin is the co-founder and instructor at bodē nyc. She has been teaching the Bikram Method style of yoga since 1998 and is certified in Bikram Yoga, Ishta Yoga and Barkan Yoga. As a former professional dancer, Donna performed with the National Ballet of Canada, in the role of Meg Giry in the original Canadian company of Phantom of the Opera and later made her Broadway debut in Carousel at Lincoln Center.
Jen Lobo Plamondon is a native New Yorker and the co-founder of bodē nyc. Jen has been teaching yoga since 2001 and running the studios with Donna since its inception. Prior to that, Jen served as the Communications Director for IMG, the largest sports marketing company in the world. With a background in marathon running, soccer, tennis, skiing and golf, Jennifer discovered yoga – particularly the Bikrram method – as a great cross-training tool, which after a few short months became her favorite form of exercise. With her marathon days behind her now, Jennifer finds that traditional hot yoga really fills her need for a hard workout and a great feeling afterwards.
Rebecca Hajek is a NYC based yoga and meditation instructor. Attracted to yoga's physical benefits Rebecca began practicing yoga over 20 years ago as a complement to athletics. As her practice deepened with time she discovered the overflow of benefits of a daily practice not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well. She completed her teacher training over 9 years ago at Pure Yoga NYC and has been teaching and learning ever since. Self study, asana, philosophy and meditation are all apart of her self practice so you can expect a mix of those in her classes. In addition to teaching public, private and corporate classes all over NYC Rebecca is a mentor, teacher trainer and leader of retreats all over the world. You can find her public teaching schedule online at www.rebeccahajek.yoga and follow her at @rebeccahajekyoga.
The author of "Let Your Fears Make You Fierce," Koya is a wellness trailblazer, inspirational speaker, celebrity holistic health coach, yoga instructor and author who is on a mission to empower and uplift the global community through education and entertainment. She is also the founder of Get Loved Up, an international lifestyle movement and Yoga School that inspires mental, spiritual and physical health and wellness.
Douglass has been teaching yoga since 2001. He is the co-founder of Solstice in Times Square, celebrating the Summer Solstice by uniting the community of yoga enthusiasts across the country. He has received the Community Center Service Award for volunteering his yoga classes at the Lesbian and Gay Community Center. He is inspired by the notion that if peace is our goal, then it is also the means. Douglass is a Yogiraj at the ISHTA Center.