Yoga, Meditation, Pilates, Ayurveda, Energy Healing,
Life Coaching


At Roots & Space, community is our base. 

Rooted in connection & diversity our intentions, energies and teachings flow from a cooperative environment to allow space for awareness, growth, and exploration. 



Yoga Teacher, Intuitive Coach

About 20 years ago I was introduced to yoga through my interest in Ayurveda. I was hooked immediately, and I loved the effects of learning breath work, improving my posture, building strength as well as connecting with a new community.  From that time, yoga has been a part of my life in different ways, sometimes more, sometimes less, but always there and always influencing who I am and who I have become.  After many years of contemplating teaching, the right teacher and training came along at the right time and I started studying in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar tradition. In this tradition, I’ve found yoga that makes sense to me on a deeply profound level, one that is not just about having a “fit” body, but one that is a journey of self-growth, self-awareness, permeating all aspects of my life.  I want to share this full spectrum of yoga with my students as well and hold the space for them to find their path on their journey.

My journey with coaching first started in sports.  Being an athlete most of my life I know and understand the need for support, encouragement and accountability to achieve a goal and  get through the difficulties that inevitably come up along the way. I have coached other athletes as well, which has given me the opportunity to guide and support others to be the best version of themselves that they can get to. A big part of my path also includes hours of listening to people as a peer counselor in which I honed the skill of listening to many different people from many different places, cultures and experiences, and accepting them wherever they’re at in the current moment without bias, judgement, or expectation. I have also done many hours over many years of deep self-reflection and healing through being listened to without bias, judgement or expectation. 


In 2012, I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition as a Certified Holistic Health Coach which gave me my first taste of working with people one on one in a personal coaching setting, helping them achieve their wellness goals, and implement a sustainable approach to overall health and happiness. I have always believed that life is not just about one part, but about the integration of the parts into the whole. In recent years, I have become interested in more spiritual and energetic practices and modalities as well, looking to assist people on a deeper level, bringing the support, encouragement and accountability I know from sports into a personal development arena. 


I understand that we all have places where we get off track or get stuck and feel frustrated, isolated, or self-sabotaging. Sometimes we veer off our course for just a little bit and sometimes for so long that we forget what we wanted, forget what our dreams and passions were and can’t even tell they’re still possible.  Whether it’s a roller coaster of ups and downs, or a long forgotten pursuit, I know that we can have the lives we truly want and were meant to have...that we can find the confidence and eagerness we need to get unstuck, get back on track and wake up fully to our lives.  We all need that extra little push sometimes to get there and as a coach, I love being part of that YOU! 



Yoga, Pilates Teacher, Personal Trainer

My journey as a teacher began as a patient as it does for many people.  My first passion was dance, starting when I was 8 years old practicing Ballet, Jazz, and Street Dance and eventually bringing me to New York City in 2007 to further my professional career. After an experience with a foot injury and panic attack from being in the competitive performance and entertainment industry, I was compelled to study the practices of Yoga and Pilates as part of my healing process. This journey created the desire in me to help others heal as well. 


My interest in Pilates came first and I completed my teacher training at the Kane School of Core Integration in 2011, Studied Personal Training at Studio Luxe/ NCSF. Then yoga, taking my 200 hour RYT yoga teacher training at Dou Yoga and 500 hour RYT training with Guta Hedewig at The Yoga School NY, training in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar tradition. I also went to the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India to complete the Jivadhara Intensive Course, gaining a deeper understanding of Subtle Anatomy and Pranayama/Breathing Techniques in the Krishnamacharya Tradition. 


I am passionate about supporting my clients on their path to healing, teaching methods that create sustainable well-being and helping people to realize their full potential. 



Yoga Teacher, Energy Healer, Reiki Master

After an accident in 1995 left me in constant pain, little did I know that it would be the impetus for my lifelong journey towards health, healing and wholeness.  When modern medicine was unable to provide relief, I began discovering and studying alternative healing modalities.  The energetic healing potential of Reiki, Shamanism and the sacred geometry of the Merkabha resonated deeply and opened me up to worlds within that I never imagined.  


My journey into yoga, which began shortly after my accident, led me through various styles of yoga including other teacher trainings but it wasn’t until the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar tradition, that I knew I had found my home.


This unique combination of modalities and experiences into the mind-heart-body connection grounded in self empowerment is the basis of my one on one and group sessions.  I strive to lovingly support my clients and students on their path to self discovery, awareness and living their truest lives.  



Yoga Teacher, Ayurvedic Health Counselor

Yoga has turned my life upside down. From my first Hatha class  10 years ago to now, I have experienced first hand the mental and physical benefits of yoga in my everyday life: more stamina, the ability to deal with difficult situations without letting negative emotions take over, and the pure bliss of learning how to appreciate life's small pleasures and joys.
For me, yoga is surely about reducing stress and back pain, but it is also about incorporating more mindfulness, love, and compassion into all aspects of daily life through pranayama, mudras, mantras, and the philosophy of yoga as well as the asanas. During my teacher training at Laughing Lotus in NYC, I was introduced to Ayurveda by the wonderful Ali Cramer. All of a sudden, it felt like all the pieces of the puzzle were coming together to create a harmonious understanding of my physiology and psychology, and more importantly, ways and solutions to help me come back to a state of balance. I decided to dive deep into the study of Ayurvedic modalities under the guidance of Kathryn Templeton,Sarah Guglielmi and Kara Aubin and the philosophy carried forth by the Himalayn Institute.

Funda Gul