About Us

Our Teachers


Jen Whinnen

Jen Whinnen – Director


Jen began practicing yoga 22 years ago and continues to be inspired by yoga, calling it “the best refuge and healer in my life.” A Yoga Alliance E-RYT vinyasa teacher with over 14 years of teaching experience,  it is a joy and honor to teach others how to do what they love.  Teachers trained under Jen have gone on to deepen their practice, open their own businesses, teach all over the world and share their yoga wherever they can. Three Sisters Yoga’s approach to teaching is rooted in Jen’s Iyengar and Vinyasa training and her current studentship is guided by Nevine Michaan, Abbie Galvin, Todd Jackson and Iyengar Yoga New York.  Jen weaves together classes that are anatomically concise and safe while still being challenging, liberating and fun. Read Jen’s blog at: yogajen.blogspot.com

Kate English – Assistant Director

RYT-500, TSY 200 Hour Alum 2012, 300 Hour Alum 2014

Kate is a Long Beach based yoga teacher and former owner of The Yoga Collective, a rental studio space aiming to make yoga accessible to everyone. In addition to completing her 200 and 500 Hour trainings through Three Sisters Yoga, she is also certified in y4c (Yoga for Cancer) and pre/ postnatal.

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Daba Briggs, asana

Daba came to yoga over a decade ago to balance out soccer, running, and fitness. She describes her classes as mindfully aligned and aims at making poses accessible for every body and every level. Daba brings humor and lightness to her classes while leading students in a safe and challenging practice. A true student of the yoga practice, Daba now lives, practices and shares her yoga teaching in NYC, Jersey City, and North Jersey. Daba is an E-RYT 500 instructor. She has also completed training programs in pre-natal & post-natal yoga; currently studies Iyengar and structural yoga with her mentor and teachers Nikki Costello and Alison West; and studies gentle/restorative yoga. She is blessed to share yoga in the community every day. Daba studies and draws some of her inspiration from her many yoga instructors, yoga students, everyday life and her little dog Chuy.

Erin Moon, anatomy/asana

ERYT-500, YACEP, TSY 300 Hour Alum 2012

Erin has been teaching since early 2005. Erin’s favorite part of her very first training was learning anatomy. For over a decade since then she has immersed herself in anything to do with the science of the body and how it is reflected and upheld in all aspects of the science of yoga. She went on to focus on the neurophysiology of Stress and Yoga for her 300 hr (with Three Sisters Yoga) following the work of Dr. Robert M. Sapolsky, among others. She assisted and completed her 100hr therapeutics training with Pure Yoga NYC where she trained with famed yoga Anatomy teacher Leslie Kaminoff (whom she continues to follow). She recently completed her 200 Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (which looks deeply at the workings of the brain and body systems) with the Flourishing Center. She assisted and completed her Thai Massage Level One training with OM Sweet OM in early 2015. Erin studied under Kyle Shepard (yogi and Osteopath) and has gone on to work intimately with the doctors, chiropractors and neurologists at World Spine Care as a co-creator of the Yoga Project, a preventive and active care program for musculoskeletal issues and back pain. Most recently she completed a 50 hour Yin, Muscles and Meridians training through Love Light Yoga. She has worked with children in Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn NY, lectured in the 800hr therapeutics with PREMA Therapeutics and teaches Intro Anatomy and Advanced Anatomy for Yoga with: Three Sisters Yoga 200 and 300hr, Illumina Yoga in Carmel NY and Paris 200 and 300 hr, Lila Vinyasa 200 & 300hr and the Yoga Pagoda in Vero Beach Florida. As well as hosting workshops in Restorative and Therapeutic Yoga as well as Back Care yoga. She continues to hit the books, research papers and take courses whenever possible as there is no end to learning about the body!

Amber Paul, meditation/PTSD/trauma

E-RYT500, TSY 300 Hour Alum 2012

Amber Paul is the founder of Yoga for Actors, which teaches performers of all types how to overcome audition and performance anxiety through the freeing practice of yoga. She is a Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT 500 vinyasa yoga instructor and specializes in teaching meditation for the modern practitioner. Amber’s style of teaching embraces the individual, acknowledges the moment, and encourages joyful expression.

Amber is currently a yoga professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a guest lecturer in the graduate psychology program at Fordham University. She has been on faculty at Three Sisters Yoga since its inception in 2009 and is a guest teacher in the Prema Therapeutics teacher training at Pure Yoga. In addition to being the resident yoga instructor at Broadway Dance Center, she has taught yoga and meditation at the Chopra Center, Sonic Yoga, Yoga Collective NYC, Club H Fitness, Reflections Yoga, and for many corporate clients including Brooks Brothers and the law firm of Skadden/Arp. Her specialty workshops include Yoga for Auditions, Meditation for the Modern Practitioner, Yoga for Runners, and The Business of Yoga: A Spiritual Exploration.

One of her gifts as an instructor is introducing yoga and meditation to first-time practitioners. She teaches the Yoga & Meditation for Absolute Beginners Workshop at Broadway Dance and also volunteers her services for the Dress for Success Annual Diversity Career Fair. She donates her time to several private trauma survivors and veterans organizations by teaching specialized meditation and yoga techniques for PTSD. As a service to her community, Amber currently teaches a donation-based guided meditation class every Friday at Reflections Yoga in Midtown Manhattan. Visit www.amberpaul.com for more info or her yoga blog at www.amberpaul.wordpress.com.

Tess Ball, anatomy

E-RYT 200, RYT500 TSY 200 Hour Alum 2012, 300 Hour Alum 2015

Tess is a yoga teacher and strength coach who specializes in injury recovery and the practice of play. Her mantra — Move intelligently, practically and playfully. There are few things she enjoys more than helping students understand what is happening under their own skin, create better movement habits and ultimately have more fun in their body.


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.