COUNTDOWN TO NYE
2017 Class Schedule
7:30am - 8:30am: Douglass Stewart
9:30am - 10:30am: Sarah Finger
11:30am - 12:30pm: #AerieREAL Empowered Flow with Catherine Gignac
1:30pm - 2:30pm: Bikram Yoga with Jen Lobo and Donna Rubin
3:30pm - 4:30pm: Aditi Shah and Rachel Cohen
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Colleen Saidman Yee and Rodney Yee
7:30pm - 8:30pm: LUNA Deep House Yoga with Lauren Taus and DJ Tasha Blank
2017 Instructor Bios
Douglass Stewart has been teaching yoga since 2000, receiving his certification through the ISHTA Yoga system founded by Alan Finger. Douglass co- wrote a yoga curriculum for The Reconnection and traveled to many cities in the world for its implementation. He currently teaches at the ISHTA Center and Yogaworks and he can be found at Yoga U online. He has volunteered a yoga class at the LGBT Center for more than 15 years. Douglass has been recently invited to teach at Kripalu in their Guest Teacher Program. He is the cofounder of Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga.
Sarah Platt-Finger is the co-founder of ISHTA Yoga and the private yoga teacher of Deepak Chopra. She teaches trainings, workshops, and retreats internationally with her husband, Yoga Master Alan Finger. Sarah is a featured teacher on Yoga U Online as well as Jiyo, a revolutionary new digital platform that brings health and wellness to online communities all over the world. She is on the Board of Directors for Exhale to Inhale, a non-profit organization that teaches yoga to survivors of domestic violence. Her daughter, Satya, inspires her every day to live a life based on love and unbound potential.
Catherine is honored to represent Aerie at pop-up events across the country. As a power vinyasa yoga instructor and in her “real life job” as Aerie Sr. Manager of Digital Creative, she lives #AerieREAL and loves to share her story and the power of self-acceptance with women. Catherine is constantly inspired by how many of us overcome our struggles, both physical and emotional, on our mats. In 2012, Catherine was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an auto-immune condition. Despite its challenges, it has changed her practice and her lifestyle for the better. She learned to modify her diet and yoga practice, and now she’s healthier and happier than ever. Catherine knows she’s not alone — so many of us struggle with physical and mental challenges — and she believes when we learn to listen to our bodies and recognize what’s happening under the surface, powerful shifts can happen. You can find Catherine at Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh, where she teaches classes focused on upbeat flows, long sequences that challenge patience and breath, and heart opening variations that inspire us to live honestly and unapologetically. Follow her on Instagram @catherinegignac.
#aerieREAL Empowered Flow
Get ready to flow and feel empowered during this power vinyasa flow taught by Catherine Gignac, Aerie Sr. Manager of Digital Creative and Amazing Yoga Instructor. We’ll be getting real about sweat and self-acceptance in an upbeat, high energy hour dedicated to loving our #AerieREAL selves.
Donna Rubin is a co-founder and instructor at Bikram Yoga NYC. She has been teaching the Bikram method for 18 years and is certified in both Bikram Yoga and Ishta 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.
A native New Yorker, Jen Lobo Plamondon partnered up with Donna Rubin in 1999 to establish NYC's first Bikram Yoga studio. Now, 18 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!
Aditi Shah is a NYC based yoga teacher who has been learning and practicing yoga from a young age. She has over 1000 hours of teacher training, and an understanding of yoga nurtured by her heritage. As a yogi and teacher, Aditi values discipline, creativity, self-discovery, and alignment. Aditi is the creator and original founder of The Yoga Department, a NYC based corporate wellness company, a mentor at Yoga Vida and a lead volunteer for the East Coast arm of the non-profit organization Yoga Gives Back. Along with her classes, she is a speaker and advocate for meditation and mindfulness. Aditi is grateful to have been able to lead class for Good Morning America's "Tone in 20," contribute to Well + Good's "Sweat Series," and to have been named one of NYC's Best Teachers by Classpass.
Rachel recently transitioned from a successful law career to dedicating herself to yoga. After curing a herniated disc, through frequent yoga practice, yoga went from being an hour escape from everyday life to so much more – it's how she finds balance, stability, health and happiness. Leaving her old desk behind and diving in, Rachel has already earned over 500 hours of teacher training. Her passion for cultivating community and wellness was evident upon co-founded The Yoga Department, The Blue Moon Collective, Kin Spaces and First Stop.
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 and New York City. 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.
In a world that tells you exactly who to be, true self-expression is no small task. Lauren combines decades of experience as a clinical therapist and a yoga instructor to create endless space for authenticity. Working with Lauren means developing new, improved thought and behavior patterns that unlock freedom, empowerment, abundance and joy in everyday living. Lauren trains leading innovators across a variety of sectors. Her client list includes successful startups in the wellness industry, hedge fund portfolio managers, and several celebrity clients. She also teaches at Soho House, Equinox, Love Venice, and she regularly leads transformative wellness adventures around the world. Join Lauren in an effort to bring peace into the heart of chaos.