As a former competitive equestrian, Alena grew up with an interest in challenging her mind and body, and an appreciation for the rewards of disciplined training. Alena has been studying yoga asana and philosophy for 10 years. Over the last six years, she has managed multiple Yoga to the People studios and is now Director of YttP East Coast Operations. With over 2000 hours of teaching experience, she has facilitated over 12 teacher trainings including the Vinyasa and Traditional Hot practices.
A studio owner, teacher trainer, and yoga educator based in NYC. She has over ten years of experience in yoga lineages including Vinyasa, Hot, Dharma, Bikram, Rocket, Ashtanga as well as graduate level anatomy and movement studies at Columbia University. She is a passionate practitioner and teacher and is deeply invested in continuing the conversation surrounding yoga education and its teaching.
Yoshio Hama started practicing yoga in Caracas, Venezuela in 1999. Between 1999 and 2008 he had the opportunity to study Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Iyengar Yoga under the guidance of different yoga masters. In 2008, he came to New York with the intention of practicing and studying all styles of yoga. The first studio he visited was the Dharma Yoga New York Center, and the same day he took his first class with Sri Dharma Mittra. He is a 200, 500 and 800-Hour Dharma Yoga Certified Teacher.
Rose Erin Vaughan
Rose Erin Vaughan, MSAc, is an experienced Classical Yoga Teacher and Acupuncturist specializing in Myofascial Trigger Point and the Science of Meridians. She is author of 2 books - Science of Self: Yoga, Organs, Pathways and Emotions and Science of Points and Pathways. For over 15 years, she has worked in a variety of settings including integrative medicine, sports medicine, aesthetics, classical Yoga, and devotional chanting. Her primary interest is on how the emotions affect pain patterns, aging, disease and overall well-being. Using the Science of Meridians combined with the techniques and theory of Hatha Yoga, she has developed a new approach to opening and healing for all levels - beginner to advanced. She came to NYC over a decade ago to study with Chant Master Bhagavan Das and has also studied thousands of hours with Master Yogi Dharma Mittra and other renowned healers. She is dedicated to understanding and addressing the physical and emotional ailments of our modern culture. Originally earning a BS in Cell Biology from Wake Forest U, she combines her knowledge of science with her devotion to yoga, embodied anatomy, and herbal medicine.
GERMAN began studying and practicing Hatha Yoga in 1961 in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. He began teaching yoga in 1972 and obtained his Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification from the Himalayan Institute Teachers Association as well as a CPR certification from the American Red Cross. He began working with the United Nations in January 1978 under various accomplished titles until retiring in 1999 after 22 years of service. Since then, he teaches yoga at the United Nations, where he is President of the Yoga Club; he also teaches at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the Lennox Hill Senior Center. He was a regular teacher at the Himalayan Institute in New York City as well as a yoga teacher in a South Bronx public school.
Katite Gumucio has been teaching since 1996 in San Francisco, California. Katite started her yoga practice in 1992 with Larry Schultz the founder of Its Yoga San Francisco. In 1995 Katite was introduced into the Hot Yoga scene in San Francisco. She attended classes at the Yoga College of India with some of the finest Hot yoga teachers Stephanie Schreiber, Mary Jarvis and David Houck. In 1996 Katite came under the tutelage of Bikram Choudhury at the Yoga College of India Los Angeles California and became a Bikram Yoga teacher. During that time she also apprenticed under Ana Forrest at Forrest Yoga Circle in Santa Monica, California and became a Forrest Yoga Teacher.
Subhan & Shanti
Subhan Schenker and Shanti Schenker-Skye have a combined 80 years + of meditation experience. They are the co-directors of the World of Meditation Center in Seattle, Washington, which was established in 1979, and have facilitated workshops around the world – in Asia, Europe, Mexico and the US – for over 30 years.
KATHRYN has been teaching at YttP since 2007. She has taught at VegasHot and Bikram Yoga Westside, both in Las Vegas, and also sees private clients. After 10 years of dancing professionally Kathryn was called to move deeper into the world of healing and has graduated with a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Growing up with two physical therapists as parents, Kathryn was exposed early on to the power that the body has to rehabilitate itself. She combines her love of movement from dancing, healing from yoga, and science from her studies to create a well rounded approach to the study of bodies.
Since 1965, Michel has searched for what Yoga offers. He holds several 200hr and 500hr certifications, and has participated in meditation, breath work and kriyas seminars. Michel studied the 4th way for 15 years with H.Grimsman and Bakti Yoga with ISKCON. He holds Reiki certificates 1st, 2nd, and 3rd level, and is Shiatsu certified 3rd level by Shizuko Yamamoto. He taught at CUNY for 12 years and at the Himalayan Institute for seven, as well as at several other venues. He also has held a meditation class at YttP on Saturdays mornings for the past 10 years.
Haven first became interested in yoga as a student studying dramatics and science at the NYU Tisch and Gallatin schools. After deriving great personal benefit from the practice, her curiosity about yoga’s effect on the mind, and its subsequent influence on the body’s biology, lead her to earning a yoga teaching certificate in 2008, when she quickly became passionate about teaching and then joined the Yoga to the People staff. She has since taught at studios across the country, in both the hot and vinyasa styles. Through the years she has continued to seek growth both as student and teacher, taking inspiration from those on and off the mat, including from her three beautiful children and husband. She is honored to once again be part of the YttP training staff, and looks forward to supporting each of you along the journey ahead.