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OUR TEAM

MARCIA WOODFIELD

Yoga Teacher, Intuitive Coach

I discovered yoga about 25 years ago as part of my own journey for personal growth and wellness.  It was originally “prescribed” to me by an Ayurvedic doctor, but I was immediately hooked and practiced daily for many years.  Although my path took me through years of practicing on my own, not practicing at all and taking classes on and off, I always wanted to teach and I eventually found my teacher and took the leap to complete my 200hr training in 2018 through Yoga School of New York in the Krishnamacharya/TKV Desikachar tradition.  My training brought me renewed interest in the deeper subtleties of our personal journey that yoga can guide us to, beyond just stretching or pushing ourselves to accomplish a pose.

As a Life Coach, I combine my lifelong understanding of the importance of coaching from being an athlete with years of listening to people from many different cultures and backgrounds as a peer counselor without bias or judgement, holding space to encourage clients to be their greatest selves. 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 team...team YOU! 

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Founder 

SHIERI YAMAFUJI

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. 

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MIELE MOHAMMED

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.  

EMILIE BERGER

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.

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ARIEL LIM

Yoga Teacher

Ariel Lim (E-RYT500) - Known for her engaging and nurturing personality, she approaches her students with authenticity and humor. Her ability to pay attention to details make for clear verbal cues, allows her to help students reach their full potential and work around constraints. Her curiosity and love for yoga is ever growing and evolving, she has done more than 1000 training hours both in the Hatha Vinyasa and Yin Yoga tradition and have been teaching for over ten years. She is also a facilitator and teacher trainer in a 200hr Yoga Teacher Training Program in Spain. Her intention is to inspire others to use yoga as a space to nurture mind, body and spirit. Visit yogalumino.com to find out more about her work.