INSTRUCTORS

Bixi
Li

Bixi has practiced yoga for 8 years (mostly Ashatanga). She completed her 200hr.Hatha Yoga certificate in China and a second 200hr. certification at Atmananda. She has assisted many famous Ashtanga Teachers around the world including guruji Pattabhi Jois’s granddaughter Sharmila Jois. She was selected to be an international yoga ambassador in China Yoga Conference. In addition, her study in Tai Chi and Chinese medicine inspires her tobelieve that everyone can live a healthy life with grace.

Joanna

Joanna description.

Kira
Mason

As a dancer from age two, Kira deeply understands the connection of body, movement, and mind. She became a formal student of yogic history and philosophy in 2012 and first fell in love with the healing practice of yoga in Buenos Aires, Argentina while attending Dharma Mittra style classes. She strongly believes in the healing potential for mind, body, and spirit through yoga. After negotiating the challenges of injuries from dance, she turned to yoga for healing, and was inspired to share this powerful work with others. Her practice today draws from her dancing roots as she links Vinyasa flow sequences to the breath. She values proper alignment in each posture, employing Iyengar yoga techniques to assist her students. Kira has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, is a certified clinical sound healer through IASH, and often ends her classes with Yoga Nidra and Tibetan bell relaxation therapy.

Maggie
Camden

Maggie Casden is a certified RYT-500 HR Yoga Instructor. She is also certified through Integral Yoga institute as a Postpartum & Prenatal Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing yoga for years, but really got into it in 2008 after injuring her knees from long distance running. She turned to yoga to find the same meditative and physical challenge that running provided. Yoga became much more than a physical practice it was transforming every aspect of her life. Her passion for yoga inspired her to want to share with others, and help people find their inner & outer strength through self-care. After graduating from Tulane University, she worked in event planning & design for several years. After wanting a change of pace she started working in her family run interior design firm. She found that the spaces & essence of a zen home created an inner sense of peace for clients; just like the physical and subtle body in yoga. “The quieter you become the more you’re able to hear” - Rumi

Monica
Afesi

Yoga asks me to look deep within myself for the truth. This space of self-exploration through Yoga practice has been most empowering and enlightening. Whether in a group class or private lesson, my goal is to use my knowledge, skills, and life experience to aid my students in finding their own truths. My own back issues have lead me to practice and teach with a focus on maintaining spine health. I love teaching and sharing ideas with all types of students in order to expand and deepen their practice. I like to think that for the short time I'm with my students, I'm facilitating a part of their lifetime journey of practice and exploration. Without knowing it, they do the same for me.
Monica obtained her 200hr and 300hr certifications at Atmananda Yoga Sequence and is registered with Yoga Alliance.
Monica obtained her Chair Yoga certification at Yoga Union and is a also certified Thai Yoga Practitioner. She is currently completing an additional certification in Yoga for Backcare.

Natalia

Natalia Descriptions

Miguel Mendez

Program Designer

Originally from Colombia, Miguel has travelled the world exploring his passion for cooking and adventure. Although he came to New York with the intention of being a chef, he was inspired by the Atmananda Yoga Sequence teacher training program. Miguel liked the sequence and Jhon T’s expertise of yoga so much that he received both the 200-hour and 500-hour certifications. Under the Jhon T’s guidance Miguel has developed a strong personal practice based on meditation, breathing techniques and consistency. He currently lives in New York and is working towards going deeper into the various aspects of yoga.

Yoko Poko

Studio Manager

Aloha! As long as I can remember, food spoke to me and gave me a colorful language to communicate with. After 8 years of working in NYC restaurants I found refuge at Atmananda. Connecting with my body, I started feeding my soul with nourishment. I let go of the fear of solitude and embraced the universe's multitude. I rediscovered self-love. Today I wake up each day to share my love for plant-life, animal-life and One-life. To remember our place in eternity as we walk this planet to a new dawn, a new peace. Let us hold the light within…

Jhon Tamayo

Founder

Jhon Tamayo was born in 1967 in the south of Colombia. At the young age of 13, he left home in search of his true self. Jhon began traveling throughout South America, where he had the opportunity to meet and embrace countless people, with whom his experiences would later prove to be pivotal in his journey to discover a deeper understanding of life in a raw, organic form. Jhon created the Atmananda Yoga Sequence after he saw many yoga students in New York City injuring themselves, and realized that this was a result of other various yoga styles paying little attention to alignment in their teachings. He created the sequence in such a way that equips yoga practitioners with the tools they need to become more conscious about which movements may be the source of their aches and pains, and learn how to adjust their practice in order to prevent future injuries. The word Atma means ‘self’, and the word Ananda means ‘bliss’. No one has the power to give you bliss, only you can elevate yourself to total self­ bliss.

Sarah Giordano

General Manager

With over 15 years of yoga experience Sarah continues to study a variety of yoga techniques (including vinyasa, kundalini, tantra, and yoga therapy) as well as pilates, gyrotonics, and dance. The primary focus in her yoga classes is to guide her students through asanas to help them gain flexibility, improve posture, reduce chronic aches and pains, and improve muscle tone. Sarah is also a registered nurse working in an Emergency Department in downtown NYC. Her background in both western and eastern approaches to wellness create a holistic approach to the body. Sarah continues to be drawn towards a lifelong journey of learning which she hopes to inspire in our teacher trainees at Atmananda.

STAFF

Jhon Tamayo

Jhon Tamayo

Founder

Yoko Poko

Yoko Poko

Studio Manager

Miguel Mendez

Miguel Mendez

Program Designer

Sarah Giordano

Sarah Giordano

General Manager