Yoga Loft Instructors

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Paula Bellini

Paula found yoga over 25 years ago in her hometown, Rio de Janeiro, inspired by the beauty of Tantra Yoga Philosophy. Her very first class experience was an introduction to meditation and pranayama with energy visualization. Yoga has since become a way of living.

Paula left Brazil as a successful and traveled model arriving in New York in 1994 to live the "American Dream." From babysitting to waiting tables to bartending, she made her way to college and graduated with honors in 2001, already holding a full time job on Wall Street. Paula worked long hours on the 74th floor of Two World Trade Center and held on to her yoga in order to stay centered and positive. Her career was taking off fast and on September 10th, 2001 she met a client that was about to change her fate. But the following morning, September 11, 2001, has changed Paula's life forever!!!

Paula never made up to her office that morning, but her soon to be husband went up and never made it back down, leaving Paula 7 weeks pregnant with her dreams shattered and grief that could stop a heart from beating. Yoga then became home for a broken heart and enlightened Paula with the realization that this was all part of her journey. She embraced this journey and cherished every moment of her pregnancy.

Nicholas was born healthy and serene the following year. His birth brought hope back and filled Paula's heart with love again. She is now remarried and has a little girl that can fill the room with her smile and bubbly personality. Nicholas is a smart and very kind young man who is being raised to be a true gentleman, following the footsteps of his father.

Paula became a registered yoga teacher with the intention to share the empowering practice of yoga with her students, bringing a calming presence and uplifting style to encourage each student to “embrace their journey and live in the moment”.

Kate Bovers

Kate Bovers is a certified hatha yoga teacher and Reiki master who came to yoga at a time when her health was ruled by chronic Lyme disease. She feels that yoga brought her back to well being and desires to give back all that she has learned. Trainings include Katonah Yoga with Nevine Michaan, Yogaworks with Alan Finger, Om Yoga with Gina Norman, Anusara with Ross Rayburn, Anatomy and Physiology with Ellen Saltonstall, Restorative Yoga with Judith Lasater, Psychology of the Chakras with Anodea Judith and Sequencing with Christina Sell.

Kate utilizes specific alignment cues, kinetic awareness, mindful meditation, breath work and movement to access the subconscious language of the body. With a sensitivity to each student's individual needs, she loves to play with the aligned form of the body as a way to open the center of the heart . Kate is currently training on the Fundamentals of Teaching with Noah Maze and The Emergence Process (the shift from ego to essence) with Patricia Ellsberg and Barbara Marx Hubbard. She finds great joy getting lost on the reservation with her Cavalier mix Buella Bell.

Taylor Chen

A ballet injury brought me to yoga in high school and the practice has colored my life in varying ways ever since. Though I completed my first teacher training in 2005, my true training has come in the form of continued education, living and practicing in the city and my travels abroad.

My teaching is a reflection of my studies- an authentic blend of east and west. I am continuously inspired by the ways western science and eastern medicine reflect, inform, and explain one another. In my classes, we investigate the relationship between musculoskeletal anatomy and the subtler energies of the body as a means of harmonizing our internal and external environments.

Together we'll play with nourishing information in a safe and exploratory environment, often employing props, partners and imagination to access space. I hope each of my students leaves with the foundations for a more integrated connection to self and movement, along with the inspiration to continue exploring.

Katy Ferrarone

A 25 year practitioner and 15 year teacher, Katy Ferrarone is happy to call New York and The Bedford Post home again.

After earning her 500 hour teaching certificate under Alan Finger at YogaWorks in New York City, Katy has gone on to teach worldwide, including Pure Yoga in Hong Kong and several studios in Singapore.

Her practice combines Ashtanga, Iyengar alignment, Hatha and Pranayama principles. Her goal with each class is to create a safe, loving environment for each student to feel at home in their own mind, body and breath.

Cynthia Fuller-Kling

Cynthia Fuller-Kling, RYT 500 hr, has been teaching yoga based classes since 1983, most recently in her own studio across the river in Palisades, NY. Originally from Toronto, Cynthia began practicing yoga in 1982 during her career as a professional modern dancer. She also draws on an extensive background of bodywork, the Alexander Technique, Pilates, energy work and meditation in her teaching. Anusara has been her primary focus of study in yoga since 2002. Cynthia is deeply grateful to all her teachers, mentors and students, both past and present. In her ever unfolding journey of deep inner work, Cynthia has been developing "The Fuller Method," synthesizing her eclectic array of body knowledge and mindfulness. In her classes, Cynthia guides and encourages students to move into each asana/pose with the intention of creating optimal alignment so that they can experience themselves to the fullest.

Rebekah Jacobs

Rebekah serves as Director of The Yoga Loft at Bedford Post. She guided the studio to receive the accolade 'Best Yoga Center 2012' and '2013' through Westchester Magazine. Rebekah has a passion to make yoga accessible to everyone, give back to our community and make yoga fun!

She initially received her yoga certification through the Anusara method and is an E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. She continued her studies in Restorative Yoga (Judith Lasater), Pre-Natal Yoga (Mary Barnes /Jennifer Pettit) , Yoga for Youth (Christine McArdle-Oquendo), Pilates (PhysicalMind, NYC/Vancouver) and Meditation (Sally Kempton).

Rebekah is a Lululemon Brand Ambassador and was chosen to participate in the company's Ambassador Summit in Vancouver, BC., honored for her dedication and commitment to elevating our community.

She has read for the blind, taught reading to impoverished communities and looks forward to serving at a mental health clinic in the near future. She is grateful for opportunity to connect with you.

Susan Johnston

Susan Johnston is a 500 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and a student of yoga for over 15 years. Influenced by many different styles of yoga she has come to embrace the principles and spirit of Anusara Yoga. Susan's teachings offer a slow flowing practice with deep exploration of asana placing a great emphasis on alignment. A practice that nourishes the body, mind and heart, opening oneself up to their true potential on and off the mat. She is excited to learn and share the refined alignment, therapeutic qualities and inspiring philosophy of Yoga, which have helped her to experience life more fully. I am honored to be part of the Yoga Loft community, to share, study and practice this wonderful gift of yoga.

Patricia Keane

Patricia Keane received her Hatha Yoga 200 Hour Certification from Master Teacher Paula Heitzner and the New Age Center in Nyack, NY. She has been teaching full time for eleven years and continues her education through workshops with Judith Lasater and Chrys Kub. These trainings have inspired her passion for restorative Yoga, posture correction and the mechanics of movement. Her classes combine breath work, alignment and in depth instruction which promote conscious movement in a nurturing and safe way. Tricia’s warm presence, knowledge of anatomy and attention to detail provide every student with the tools to explore their own individual posture, core strength, flexibility and well being. Tricia sees yoga as an endless source of learning and joy, and is so grateful to her students for sharing it with her. She lives in South Salem, New York with her husband and two daughters.

Marisa Lieberman

Marisa received her 200-hour Vinyasa Certification at Sonic Yoga. She then went on to complete the 300-hour Jivamukti Teacher Training and had the privilege to apprentice under the amazing Cassandra Rigney, completing her 800-hour Jivamukti Certification. Each of her classes are a challenging and uplifting experience filled with joy and love. Her teaching focuses on allowing every movement and breath to create total harmony within oneself.

Marisa’s practice and teaching are a humble offering to her teachers: Phil Budin, Sharon Gannon, David Life and Cassandra Rigney. She is eternally grateful for the support of her ever-loving wonderful husband, Michael and her pure and inspiring children Jacob & Jaya.

Sandra Perlow

strongly supports the yogi's philosophy of seva (selfless service) and notes that in giving back, she receives tenfold. Her service began at In Touch Network in NYC, where she did weekly readings for the blind. After receiving two teaching certificates in both Hatha and Kundalini yoga, she studied in India, with Gurmukh of Golden Bridge Yoga and deeply into Vipassana Meditation. She shared teachings at women's shelters and youth detention centers across Westchester and has trained and worked as a hospice volunteer. Currently, she teaches yoga at Bedford Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison for women and just began a full time volunteer position at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla. Kundalini yoga, which awakens the awareness that we are all part of one divine energy, has paved the way for her compassionate, open-hearted service. She is eternally grateful for the teachers who have touched her life and the grace to be able to share the practices of uniting body, mind and spirit.

Dr. Kathy Sward

Dr. Sward is a exercise and stress physiologist, certified yoga instructor, reiki master, researcher and former Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Learn more about Dr. Sward at drkathysward.com

Rita Trieger

Rita Trieger is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Fit Yoga magazine (2003-2010), the author of Yoga Heals Your Back (Fairwinds, 2005), and Tranquil Mind. She teaches cancer patients and survivors at Stamford Hospital's Bennett Cancer Center, Intensive Cardiac Rehab (ICR) and at The Health and Fitness Institute (HFI). She works closely with Connecticut Challenge and is developing a Yoga for Cancer Teacher Training. Rita has presented yoga therapy to medical students at Yale University, at the International Yoga Therapy Conference (IYTC) and Montreal International Symposium for Therapy and Yoga (MISTY 2011). Her article, Open Heart Yoga was published in the Spring of 2011 and she contributed a chapter for the upcoming book The Sacred Thread of Yoga, by Kofi Buscia.

In July 2011 she was initiated into the Kalachakra Tantra by H.H. the XIV Dalai Lama inWashington, DC and continues her in-depth studies of Buddhist philosophy and meditation. Visit her blog at ritatude.blogspot.com

Lara Demberg Voloto

Lara Demberg Voloto, RYT, is a Certified Yoga Instructor, with 10 years teaching experience and co-founder of Vikasa Studio in Cold Spring, NY. Lara specializes in therapeutics and leads fun, challenging classes. She has studied with many gifted teachers, who have deepened her teachings, which are fun, challenging to the body and spirit, and always invoke a deeper purpose for stepping on the mat. Her open level classes blend many different abilities and challenges; everyone walks away challenged no matter what they bring to the mat.