Nick Demos, subtle body/pranayama
Nick Demos received his 500 hour certification from William Duprey Yoga. Nick teaches a blend of Vinyasa and Hatha styles, meditation, pranayama and his own personal experiences. Nick brings creativity, passion and humor to his classes and helps transform his students by focusing on their inner life and how it is reflected on the mat. He currently teaches at Sonic Yoga, Power Pilates and Yoga- Chelsea, and The Yoga Collective. Nick is a Tony Award winning producer of the Broadway hit Memphis, and is the Artistic Director of ONE Healing Arts COMPANY, a new company that creates theatrical experiences for and about mind, body and spirit. Read more about Nick at nickdemos.net and onehealingartscompany.com.
Jan Orland-Go, asana/hands on assists
E-RYT200, RYT500 TSY 200 Hour Alum 2013, 300 Hour Alum 2014
Jan takes a personal and individualized approach to teaching yoga, influenced by his own experience as a practitioner of Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. He is a Three Sisters Yoga 300 Hour Alum 2014 and 200 Hour Alum 2013. In addition he has 120 Hours of Advanced Anatomy Training, and 85 hours of pre/post natal training and 25 hours restorative training. The basis of his teaching philosophy is that yoga can benefit all body-types: if you can breathe, you can benefit from yoga. In class with Jan you will experience a breath and alignment based exploration of familiar asana while exploring challenging and often untapped asana. Always committed to being intuitive, compassionate, and non-judgmental the cornerstone of Jan’s practice is a joyful exploration into challenging and new asana with modifications offered for all.
Lisa Benner, subtle body/sadhana
An actor, mover and dedicated breather, the moment I was introduced to yoga, I knew it was for me. I came to yoga shortly after I discovered pilates, and found I was able to use both to correct and/or improve different physical issues, including chronic headaches. For a long while I practiced both, but as I experienced the personal transformations it brought, yoga won my heart. I graduated from Sonic Yoga’s 200 hour Teacher Training program, Hathavidya’s 500 hour training, and Bread & Yoga’s prenatal program. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance as E-RYT 500 and Pre-Natal. I teach at various locations around NYC and am the studio manager for Sonic Yoga. I am also an assistant director for Hathavidya and co-teach teacher trainings at the 200 and 500 hour level (www.hathavidya.com ).
I teach from the Hatha philosophy in the Vinyasa style, creating each class on a theme, and incorporating pranayama, mantra and meditation. Strong attention is given to alignment. I am greatly honored to be able to share the transformations that yoga brings, to teach and to continue to learn. Many thanks to my precious teachers, including Will Duprey, Susan Duprey, Johanna Bell, Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields.
Jazmin Graves, sanskrit
RYT 200, TSY 200 Hour Alum 2012
Jazmin Graves is a doctoral student in the South Asian Languages and Civilizations Department at the University of Chicago. Jazmin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University in the City of New York in 2013, graduating magna cum laude as a Middle Eastern South Asian and African Studies major with a Linguistics concentration. Jazmin’s research concerns premodern Indo-Muslim literature, with particular focus on the Islamic devotional tradition of the Sidis (Indians of African descent) of western India. Her research interests include the intersections of Sufism, Yoga and Tantra in Indian Sufi romance literature. Jazmin completed her 200-hour yoga teacher certification at Three Sisters’ Yoga in 2012, and her certification in First and Second Degree Reiki Healing at Healing Reiki Brooklyn in 2011.
Colleen Herman, chanting
Yoga has helped shape the way I live in the world – provide a vision for engagement with self and others, work and play. I’ve been practicing yoga for the past 20+ years and teaching since 2009. A 500hour certified instructor, I study regularly with Nikki Costello, Carrie Owerko and Abby Galvin. I teach privately and at Yoga Vida NYC.
Cat Juliano, trauma/PTSD/addiction/asana
E-RYT200, RYT500 TSY 200 Hour Alum 2012, 300 Hour Alum 2013
Cat Juliano is a proud graduate of Three Sisters Yoga, where she became a 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). She also has over 50 continuing education (CE) hours in both Restorative Yoga and Yoga for Addiction Recovery and Relapse Prevention.
Currently she’s serving students who are recovering from trauma and addiction. She teaches at Liberty Avenue Middle School, where she interns as a Social Worker; Partnership with Children, where she helps Social Workers integrate yoga into the therapeutic setting; and at T.H.R.I.V.E., Long Island’s first addiction recovery center.
She also volunteers with the Northport-East Northport Drug and Alcohol Task Force, where she helps develop community-wide activities that address addiction prevention, student and parent education, and community safety.
Dana Slamp, therapeutics/restorative – 300 Hour
Dana Slamp has been honored to teach at Pure since its first year in the U.S. She’s studied with the Sonic Yoga (vinyasa), Gurmukh (prenatal), Guru Dharam (yoga therapy), and Dana Flynn (500 hour certification). She continues to sing, create, write, and present internationally and at national conferences. Whatever the style of yoga, she seeks to empower the students to relish their lives and participate in their own healing.