2014 Team BYS

Our 2014 team consists of 20+ teachers and students from the BYS community who have committed to sitting every day of the month  of February. Our main team members will be blogging on a regular basis throughout the challenge.

Adina Saperstein {BYS Teacher}  started taking yoga at her gym in 2003, and for the next six years muscled her way through power yoga classes and adamantly refused to Om. In 2010, she stumbled into BYS, where her real practice of yoga began in glimpses of inner peace, purpose, and happiness. She kept coming back, and learned to slow down, sit still, stand on her head, fall on her face, and slowly start showing up in life. In 2012, Adina completed the BYS 200 hour Teacher Training, and began sharing her practice with others. She holds profound gratitude for her many teachers and for the incredibly humbling opportunity to develop and share her practice in this beautiful space.

Alex_BYSBlogAlexandra Kelly {BYS Student}  first began a regular yoga practice in 2008 when she was traveling around the country with StoryCorps.  The mat became a reliable home in each place she traveled to.  When she returned to NYC, she found her yoga home base at Brooklyn Yoga School – a space where she learned to slow down and relish each posture.  Alex has 1 1/2 jobs and is looking forward to exploring a meditation practice in both workplaces and on the subway commutes in between.

Brian Glashow {BYS Teacher} was first introduced to yoga in college and has studied on and off with various teachers since that time. In 2010, Brian found out about this “great new spot” in Park Slope called the Brooklyn Yoga School, where he instantly felt at home. Eventually he went on to participate in their first Teacher Training, which he completed in the spring of 2012. He is honored to have the opportunity to teach and share with students the sacred healing knowledge of Yoga. Brian continues his studies at BYS, as well as with master teacher Dharma Mittra.

Picture Jennifer Heister {BYS Teacher} is a mom, a yogi, an equestrian, a graphic designer, and a photographer. I travel the world often. I teach yoga. I run marathons. I find inspiration in the colors and textures that make up this world. I am fueled by everyday interactions with my family, friends, and strangers. I love my animals; Alaska my cat, Mia my (past) horse, and Quest my pup. I take honey on my toast. I send greeting cards in the mail. I am addicted to the way type affects design. I love to be outside. I collect rare silverware.

photo (8)Kurt Lindsey {BYS Student} lives in South Slope, Brooklyn, somewhere between double-wide strollers and triple-wide churros. He earns his keep being creative, sassy and corporate for some of the city’s brightest and most powerful. And when he feels the need to get a little bit dirty, he plays with clay at his ceramics studio. It’s all good, but he wondered, “Is that it?” So Kurt went looking for the ‘more’ that would fill his otherwise secular whole. He found it in Sanskrit, yoga and Vedanta philosophy. Kurt studies with Swami Prabuddhanandaji, warbles devotionally at kirtan, ties his body up in knots at Brooklyn Yoga School…and wraps it all up with a bow with an annual year’s end pilgrimage to India. But, Kurt is the first to remember that this is a journey. After all, if he’d learned anything in his years of study and practice, he’d have started with the Mahavakyam, “Brahmo’smi,” “I am Brahman.” OM Shantih Shantih Shantih

Libby ParksLibby Parks {BYS Teacher} was first introduced to meditation in 2006 but it didn’t become a part of her regular yoga practice until her 200 hour teacher training at Brooklyn Yoga School in 2012. It was then that she was introduced to the teachings of Sharon Salzberg and the profound effects of Lovingkindness meditation. She practices and teaches asana at BYS and is dedicated to expanding her knowledge of Yogic and Buddhist studies with various teachers in New York City. Libby is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in clinical social work at NYU.

1476639_10151773755971854_1557436277_nLily Cushman {BYS Teacher}  is the founder and director of the Brooklyn Yoga School. A longtime student of Sri Dharma Mittra, Lily has dedicated herself to the exploration of happiness and service through Yoga. In sharing these ancient practices, she hopes to help others cultivate compassion, joy and ultimately, freedom.


Also joining this year’s team are with a commitment to sit are:

Carly Benkov
Hannah Bacon
Elena Gil
Becky Vas
Alicia Gilbert
Peter Engel
Kara Araujo
Brian Thompson
Kristen McClaran
Dianne Lovejoy
Don Rider
Kevin Serra
Leonore Smith
Vivian Lee
Maria Santiago

If you are interested in joining our team, contact us here.


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