COUNTDOWN TO NYE
2018 Class Schedule
Pre-class Aerie Wellness Segment by Cassey Ho of Blogilates
7:30am - 8:30am: Douglass Stewart (YogaWorks, Ishta)
Pre-class Aerie Wellness Segment by Yoga Vida Co-founder Hilaria Baldwin
9:30am - 10:30am: Jodie Rufty (YogaWorks)
Special Pre-class Visit from Mr. D.P. Misra, Consul from the Indian Consulate in New York, to acknowledge the International Day of Yoga
11:30am - 12:30pm: #AerieREAL Empowered Flow with Catherine Gignac (Aerie)
Pre-class Aerie Wellness Segment by Gymnast Aly Raisman
1:30pm - 2:30pm: Donna Rubin, Jen Lobo, and Friends (bodē nyc)
Pre-class Aerie Wellness Segment by Body Positivity Activist Iskra Lawrence
3:30pm - 4:30pm: Colin Lieu (youth mindfulness instructor – NYC schools)
Pre-class Aerie Wellness Segment by Celebrity Trainer Kendra Smith
5:30pm - 6:30pm: Amy Pearce-Hayden (Yoga International)
Pre-class Aerie Wellness Segment by Aerie Senior Stylist Erin Collins-Rittling
7:30pm - 8:45pm: Swami Paramananda (Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers)
2018 Instructor Bios
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.
Jodie Rufty is a Senior Yoga Teacher/Trainer and East Coast Director of Trainer Development for Yoga Works in NYC. She has been teaching yoga since 1995 throughout New York and California as well as internationally. Jodie co-founded Amrita Yoga Center NYC in September of 2002 and helped launch Nava Yoga Center in Zagreb Croatia in June 2004. She is also the author of “The Art of Yoga Sequencing,” published in 2008.
Catherine is so excited to rep Aerie at Solstice for the second 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.
Catherine is constantly inspired by how many of us overcome struggles on our mats. In 2012, Catherine was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and despite its challenges, it has changed her practice and lifestyle for the better. Catherine knows she’s not alone—so many of us struggle with physical and mental challenges—and she believes that 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 Aerie pop-ups across the country and at Amazing Yoga in Pittsburgh, where she teaches classes focused on upbeat flows, long sequences that challenge patience and breath, and heart-opening variations. 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 and Jen Lobo Plamondon led the hot yoga revolution in NYC with their first studio opening in Times Square in 1999. Now, 19 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 tradional hot yoga really fills her need for a hard workout and a great feeling afterwards.
Colin Lieu is a youth yoga and mindfulness coach working with young people to help them fulfill their potential in some of New York City's most under-served communities. He trains educators and works with over 200 students each week in collaboration with community organizations such as SoBro, South East Bronx Neighborhood Centers, Manhattan Youth, Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School and The School Yoga Project.
The class will reconnect us with our inner child and be welcoming to newcomers while offering challenges to seasoned yogis.
Amy Pearce-Hayden has devoted twenty years of study, practice, and teaching to classical yoga, Ayurveda, Tantra, and meditation. She founded the RajaHatha School of Yoga in 2003, and continues to certify teachers in her 200 and 500 hour lineage. She is thrilled to return to Times Square for this magical Summer Solstice event, after participating as a co-host in 2013 and 2014. As an advocate for re-exposing the inner limbs of classic yoga, Amy is known for making the ancient wisdom of yoga accessible and profoundly healing. She is co-author of Living the Sutras, A Guide to Yoga Wisdom Beyond the Mat, which was released by Shambhala, June 2018. When she’s not busy guest teaching for Yoga International, working on her next book, or directing her studio, TANTRA, she can be found happily leading a retreat with the ocean visibly nearby.
Swami Paramananda is one of the main Hatha Yoga professors in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers organization, and teaches the Hatha Yoga portions of the Teachers and Advanced Teacher Training Courses at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch in NY, and also around the world. He frequently teaches various yoga programs at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Chelsea, NYC.