Instructors

AJ Wolbrum

AJ Wolbrum

Yoga Instructor

"Yoga is about coming home. Connecting back to your sense of self that went missing in order to survive. Helping you to live a life of choice. To re-discover joy. To be love."

AJ is an international yoga instructor. Studying and teaching in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and South East Asia. A full-time yoga instructor in NYC, AJ thrives in her native habitat. As a New Yorker by birth she understands the needs of the city dwellers to escape but accept their hectic lifestyle. AJ teaches a blend of yoga; incorporating many styles into both her slower and more dynamic classes. You can expect a well-balanced class; encompassing challenging asana, intentional breathing and time to be silly and free. AJ adds a lightness to her structure that allows you to feel safe to open your mind, body and heart.

Certifications:

  • 200hr Vinyasa @ Power Living Australia
  • Truama yoga @ Exhale to inhale
  • Currently: The Breathing Project 9 months (Anatomy of breath-centered yoga)
  • Coming up: Restorative 25hr @ Yoga Vida

Carolina Lindoff

Carolina Lindoff

Yoga Instructor

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” - John Lennon

Carolina teaches Hatha Basic and Vinyasa, her classes are taught with an alignment focus, flow and a spiritual or emotional theme to explore. She’s a firm believer in that yoga is for everyone and loves to meet students on all levels! She gets inspired in nature and from the energy she gets from her students. Carolina has been teaching dance for about 10 years and after experiencing how yoga helped both her body and mind to feel balanced, she decided to become a yoga teacher as well. She’s been teaching yoga for the last 2,5 years and is so grateful to be able to share the practice with others.

Certifications:

  • 500 H TT with YogaWorks

Daniel Zuccheri

Daniel Zuccheri

Yoga Instructor

“Yoga and I are in a very committed relationship. Yoga tests me, challenges me, grows with me, changes with me and has changed me. It brings out my best self. I teach because I know how powerful this practice is, how it has changed my life for the better. I want to offer that to others. To help guide my students in finding a deeper sense of peace and clarity within their physical body and mind that will hopefully translate into all aspects of their lives.” – Dani Z

Dani is a New York based teacher and Teacher Trainer for YogaWorks. She has been exploring the relationship of body, breath and mind for almost her entire life, which began first as a dancer. Before studying yoga, Dani earned her BFA at The Dance Conservatory of Purchase College, SUNY, and went on to dance professionally in NYC in the Amy Marshall Dance Company. Through the work of Educational Outreach Lecture Demonstrations with the dance company, Dani’s excitement and curiosity for teaching movement and the connection of mind, body, breath was ignited.

Dani holds an E-RYT500 certification through YogaWorks as well as an Advanced Teacher Training certification in Musculoskeletal Anatomy, Injury Awareness/Prevention, Biomechanics/Kinesiology under the teachings of Jason Ray Brown. Dani’s approach to teaching yoga asana is through the lens of understanding anatomy and biomechanics along with an openness and playfulness. This allows her students to feel safe and have permission to explore postures in new ways that work best for their own fabulously unique anatomy. Dani is also certified in Thai Massage as well as YogaTuneUp® which is a fitness therapy format founded by Jill Miller that uses Corrective Exercise, Self Massage and Yoga to eradicate pain, improve posture and enhance physical performance. Dani continues to study the relationship with body, breath and mind because it is her passion and mission to help people live better in their bodies.


Jen Hustis

Jen Hustis

Yoga Instructor

“Live with Love, Laughter, and Light...”

Jen is a native Floridian and incorporates warmth into every aspect of her life. She began practicing yoga over 20 years ago as a tool to balance her dancing career and discovered that yoga is not only a physical practice but also cultivates a mental practice and life journey lead by breath. She is most inspired by laughter and exploring opportunities in movement. Come as you are, clear your mind, do things you never thought possible, and ignite your inner light…

Certifications:

  • E-RYT® 200

Michael Graziano

Michael Graziano

Yoga Instructor

"The point of gathering stillness is not to enrich the sanctuary or mountain-top, but to bring that calm into the motion, the commotion of the world.” - Pico Ayer, “The Art of Stillness"

Michael Graziano has been practicing yoga for over 10 years, originally taking Power Yoga for exercise and drawn to continued study by the mental and emotional benefits of the practice. He specializes in basic level classes and loves working with beginners and those that feel their bodies “can’t do yoga.” His classes feature mindful sequencing with an emphasis on breath and extensive use of props to find ease in the poses. His aim is to work with students to develop a practical and fulfilling yoga practice that they can carry with them through the rest of their lives, no matter their age, health or level of fitness.

Certifications:

  • 200 RYS Yoga Alliance YTT at JP Centre Yoga with Magi Pierce
  • Yin Yoga Certification at Kalani Oceanside Retreat

Missy Backus

Missy Backus

Yoga Instructor

"The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are." C.G. Jung

Missy aims to challenge her students while encouraging them to move in a way that feels playful and authentic. Her classes incorporate dynamic sequencing with options for practitioners at varying levels. She views asana, pranayama and meditation as tools to facilitate self-discovery and personal empowerment. Missy completed her 200-hour training at PURE Yoga in Manhattan and has advanced training in hot-power vinyasa as well as yoga for trauma survivors.


Ron Longe

Ron Longe

Yoga Instructor

“Practicing yoga with strength and in a relaxed manner gives rise to harmony with the physical body.” – Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

Ron Longe is a Vinyasa and Hatha yoga teacher with 3 years of teaching experience. Ron is a 500-hour registered yoga teacher who mentored with LIM’s very own Dani Zuccheri through the YogaWorks Teacher Training Program. His classes are designed to motivate, challenge, and inspire students to explore the amazing world of yoga. With both the physical and spiritual elements of the practice, his goal is for students to grow stronger and more confident, to find balance in their lives, and to have fun as they embark on this journey of self-transformation and discovery in an environment that is safe and friendly. Most of all, he wants his students to explore their practice with a steadiness and ease which means that no matter how intense the postures are, they should find a reason to smile and let go.

Certifications:

  • 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification, YogaWorks Teacher Training with Dani Zuccheri and Heather Seagraves
  • 300-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification, YogaWorks Professional Apprenticeship Teacher Training with Dani Zuccheri

Sara Tumey

Sara Tumey

Yoga Instructor

"Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens." ~ Carl Jung

Sara Tumey is our Basic Hatha and Open Vinyasa yoga instructor with over 2 years of teaching experience and is an RYT 500. Sara teaches yoga to empower confidence, on and off the mat. Her own practice started over 10 years ago to balance her corporate world and personal world. Sara believes yoga empowers you with the strength to hold steady in what you believe is true, good and beautiful. Confidence in oneself to be honest builds integrity. Her yoga classes, led with music, will challenge you all with a bit of fun, laughter and play.

Certifications:

  • RYT 500 Hour - Yoga Alliance

Trainings:

  • 200 Hour training - Three Sisters Yoga
  • 300 Hour training - YogaWorks (Dani Z was my mentor)

Iryna

Iryna


Jenna

Jenna

Emily Lavelle

Emily Lavelle

Cycling & Barre Instructor

Indoor cycling and barre instructor Emily Lavelle is a lifelong athlete and healthy living advocate. She is Mad Dogg Spinning Certified and IBFFA Barre Certified. Emily's belief in the mind-body connection informs her teaching style, and her goal is for her students to walk away from every class feeling "better"-- physically, emotionally, and mentally. Emily has been described by members as a "wolf in sheep's clothing," as she pushes her students to their ultimate physical limits, but with a motivating, encouraging energy, and always with a smile. Emily focuses on form, technique, and somatic awareness in both her cycling and barre classes, and strives to create a positive, communal energy in the room. A native of Ohio, she has lived in New York City for ten years. She is also a writer and editor with a passion for nature and the outdoors. Spend 45 minutes or an hour with Emily, and you will sweat, sing, and smile!


Gwyneth Smith

Gwyneth Smith

Cycling/Barre Instructor

Gwyneth believes that it starts with just one class to begin to obtain the benefits exercise, not only physically but mentally as well. All you have to do is get started! Gwyneth has been a serious athlete since she could hold a tennis racquet in her hand. She quickly became an avid cyclist after suffering from -yet another- running injury and was urged by her doctor to take up the sport due to its low impact, joint-friendly nature. Gwyneth never looked back and has since become Mad Dogg Spinning Certified and IBFFA Barre Certified to share her enthusiasm for fitness with others. Gwyneth’s indoor cycling and barre classes are for all people of every level and her spunky music will keep you humming all day long!


Yung-Li Chen

Yung-Li Chen

Cycling & Barre Instructor

Yung-Li Chen is a Pilates, Barre, Cardio+Barre Teacher with 20 years of experience as an independent choreographer and professional dancer. Health, fitness, and movement have always been a large part of Yung-Li's personality. She holds a MFA in Choreography from the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College, SUNY as well as certification from Exhale Spa (Barre), OM (Yoga) and Balanced Pilates.

Her recent performance credits include: 2015 NY Fashion Week for Givenchy/Marina Abramovic, Kate Weare Dance Company, Jacobs Pillow, and Judson Dance Theater.

Yung-Li's Barre Class is fun yet challenging, focusing on self-motivational goals of strength and alignment. Take your body and mind to the next level- you deserve it!


Dolly

Dolly

Barre & Cycling


Mario

Mario

Cycling, Boot Camp, Body Sculpt

Christina S. Santiago

Christina S. Santiago

Body Sculpt & Zumba Instructor

"When you feel like quitting, think about why you started" - Unknown

A certified AFAA Instructor, Christina combines her love for fitness and her background in academia to teach safe, effective classes to all levels. Whether you're a gym novice or a fitness connoisseur, she truly believes that everyone is capable of achieving greatness and encourages her participants' success in every class. When she's not traveling, Christina likes to bring world cultures to the studio by using international rhythms for Zumba and strengthening your agility by traveling around the room during Body Conditioning. So pack your gym bag, bring your will power, and join her in taking this exciting journey together!

Certifications:

  • Certified Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) Primary Group Exercise Instructor
  • Zumba Fitness and specialties
  • STRONG by Zumba
  • INSANITY Live

Jeanette Palmer

Jeanette Palmer

Pilates Instructor

Jeanette Palmer has over thirty years of experience teaching fitness & dance. For the past 18 years, she has devoted herself to conducting Pilates Mat classes here at Body Strength. Jeanette quickly breaks down each exercise to the lowest common denominator, then seamlessly offers more advanced variations to challenge her most experienced students. She is recognized for her articulate cueing, knowing each of her students by name, giving individual corrections throughout the class ... and for making you laugh! This is Pilates Mat taught with love, humor, passion, & precision. *Prior to receiving her first Pilates certification, Jeanette enjoyed a successful career as a musical theatre 'triple threat', playing Broadway, Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, and NYC Opera @ Lincoln Center.

Certifications:

  • LindaFit Pilates, NYC
  • IM=X, NYC

Zada Juste

Zada Juste

Zumba Instructor

"Movement is the music of our body, the more we move the more we find our favorite genre. The goal in class is to discover your strengths and weakness in movement and conquer it!"

Zada Juste is our Zumba instructor with 2 years of teaching experience. Zada believes that Zumba helps you get excited about moving your body, and open up your joints. As a dancer in many other genres such as Hip Hop, African, and Contemporary, Zumba has inspired her to spread the love of dance to everyone. With her dance background, she knows how to fuse the cardio in Zumba, and the muscle training in dance. Her Zumba classes are led to cultural, eclectic playlists including Soca music, Spice Girls, and Beyoncé. She has a spirit of teaching that is playful and uplifting.

Certifications:

  • CPR
  • ZUMBA Certification

Go

Go

Zumba


Tiana

Tiana

Zumba


Julia

Julia

Pilates


Cindy

Cindy

Pilates


Mario

Mario

Cycling, Boot Camp, Body Sculpt


Yxia

Yxia

Zumba


Hiie

Hiie

NIA

"We dance for wellness, health, and joy!"

Hiie Saumaa has taught Nia dance for over six years. She loves Nia because it makes participants feel like dancers! She feels passionate about sharing this practice because it incorporates such a rich movement vocabulary and so many ways to learn about the body, mind, and emotions through movement. We use dance, martial arts energy, and somatic wisdom of mind-body practices. We blend easy choreography and free dance. Each class unfolds like a movement exploration, with a strong focus on sensing the body in motion. Hiie enjoys crafting playlists of world music to bring out the inner dance in everybody!

Certifications:

  • NIA
  • BodyLogos Active Meditation
  • Journey Dance
  • Pilates

Jana

Jana

Barre, Body Sculpt & KettleBell

Driven by an enthusiasm for both physical and mental wellness, Jana has become passionate about Kettlebells through personal training and teaching fitness classes.  She was trained by World Champion Kettlebell competitor Lorna Kleidman and has brought the knowledge she has learned to help her clients and students achieve their goals.

With a Bachelors of Science degree in Dance from SUNY Brockport and a Masters of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iona College, Jana has diverse knowledge of how to live a healthy and happy lifestyle.  She is a certified group fitness instructor through American Aerobic and Fitness Association of America and a certified personal trainer through American Sport and Fitness Association.  Her mission in fitness is to help people to better understand their bodies so that they attain maximum health and accomplish the results they are looking for.


Yvonne

Yvonne

NIA, Jazz Ballet, Zumba, Dance


Roger

Roger

Groove