MindfulNYU instructors are some of the best in the city! Get to know them here:
Ellie Aaron (Yoga Teacher) is a certified yoga, meditation teacher, and health coach. She's the founder of Senmo (A confidence boosting movement practice for women). She has over 15 years of movement, dance, and meditation training. She's also a graduate of the institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied over 100 dietary theories. Ellie hosts her own podcast: The Ellie Aaron Hour where she has conversations that celebrate what it means to be human. Find her at http://www.ellieaaron.com/
Emily Bielagus (Yoga Teacher) has been teaching yoga to adults, kids, and teens since 2008. She is certified at the 500-hour level by Atmananda Yoga and also holds a degree in Dance from Oberlin College. Her class is an invigorating Vinyasa-style movement party that explores a variety of standing asanas, restorative poses, balancing postures, and inversions, as well as pranayama and meditation techniques.
Miles Bukiet (Meditation Teacher) has spent over five years studying meditation and related mind body disciplines full-time including one year at monasteries and practice centers in Asia, two years in solitary retreat in New Mexico, and one year at the Monastic Academy in Vermont. He recently completed a Master's in Applied Positive Psychology at UPENN focusing on the intersection of meditation and science. He is currently studying Alexander Technique in Midtown and loves sharing meditation as a way for people to learn about themselves and train their minds.
Sam Chase (Yoga Teacher) received certificates in Yoga Teaching and Positive Psychology at Kripalu, as well as a master’s from the A.R.T Institute at Harvard University. In New York, he teaches for organizations including the United Nations, National Guard, and Weill-Cornell Medical Center. He leads teacher trainings nationwide for Yoga to the People, and runs a private practice in Manhattan specializing in therapeutic and personalized yoga for clients of all kinds. He is the author of the forthcoming book Yoga and the Pursuit of Happiness, to be published by New Harbinger in 2016.
Amy Coombs (Yoga Teacher) is registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 500hr) and is certified in both YogaWorks and the ISHTA lineage. She teaches regular classes for these studios in NYC. Her instructions start with precise alignment for a strong safe asana practice that aims to challenge, but from there students are led toward a quiet place of self exploration that transcends the physical form. Amy believes that Yoga is for all bodies and all ages, and she empowers students to make modifications appropriate to their individual condition on any given day. Tastes of Pranayama and Meditation are often included and questions and conversation are encouraged both before and after class. beachyoginiamy.com
Qalvy Grainzvolt (Meditation Teacher) is a native New Yorker and ordained Shinnyo-en Buddhist minister. In addition to serving as the lead meditation guide at the Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-Being, he is also an NYPD clergy liaison in the Buddhist tradition with the New York Police Department. He is currently completing graduate work in counseling psychology and is in clinical rotation at New York-Presbyterian hospital where he leads various group therapy sessions, including mindfulness groups. Qalvy has been engaged in presenting academic research around the country on his design of a meditation program for the deaf community. Qalvy’s main talents are being tall (and dusting the high bookshelves) as well as having a unique name that works well in Scrabble.
Brian Liem (Yoga Teacher) has practiced yoga and meditation with devotion, humor, and compassion for over twenty years. He was an OM yoga senior teacher, teacher training faculty member, Director of Programming and community member for thirteen years. He has earned over 500ryt hours, and taught numerous workshops, conferences, retreats, and trainings. When OM closed in 2012 he helped found now:yoga in collaboration with The Shala to provide a landing place for the cOMmunity. He also teaches yoga and meditation at Equinox, David Barton Gym, in not-for-profit and corporate settings as well as in his private practice. He has completed all levels of The Way of Shambhala, and attended Warrior’s Assembly at Dorje Denma Ling in Nova Scotia. Brian was named one of 21 yoga teachers under 40 in Yoga Journal’s "The Next Generation of Yoga Teachers." He was selected to be the yoga teacher and a representative at the Gay Men’s Spirituality Project, a gathering of over 200 international gay spiritual leaders and visionaries at the Garrison Institute, to help further the ongoing discussion of what it means to be LGBTQ and spiritual. With deep, joyful gratitude he thanks his past, present and future teachers and students, his parents, friends, husband and son. yogawithbrian.com
Ric Mathews (Yoga Teacher) is a native New Yorker and the epitome of an urban yogi. In 2008, through the exploration of meditation he discovered the life-changing power of yoga and has dedicated his life to bringing this same transformative experience to others. After spending 15 years building a successful career in digital advertising, Ric decided to turn his personal passions in meditation, yoga and fitness into new professions and hasn't looked back since. He is a 500-hour certified yoga instructor teaching Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga and Yin Yoga. Ric is also certified in both Traditional and Ayurvedic Thai Yoga Bodywork, and is completing his certification in personal training through the American College of Sports and Medicine. With all of his work, he aims to bring people to a present-moment based lifestyle. He is a warm, caring, compassionate, grounding and sincere healer. Ric is extremely passionate about music and his playlists are notoriously requested. He loves nothing more than traveling the world, eating out and spending time with friends. You can learn more about him and his work at www.nubodyandmind.com.
Rev. Julie Novas (Senior Affiliate Chaplain; Meditation Teacher) is a Bronx native who is an Ordained Interfaith Minister, Licensed Master Social Worker and an Attorney. For 20+ years she has dedicated her life to self-healing, empowerment and collective transformation for the benefit of all beings. With a unique social justice, anti-oppressive lens she views the dharma as a vehicle for liberation. Julie was first introduced to Vippassana meditation in 2004 and has since been a lover of the dharma, incorporating mindfulness into her daily life and finding sangha in the NYC POC Buddhist community. In 2013, she sat her first three month retreat at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA. Upon her return, Julie participated in a ten month training on the factors of enlightenment under the leadership of Gina Sharpe and Jon Aaron. She was later nominated and selected to participate in the 5th iteration of the Community Dharma Leaders program at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in Woodacre, CA, which she completed in 2017. She has offered the dharma at NYC Insight, Harlem Insight and Sarah Lawrence College. Currently, she works as a mental health coordinator/clinician at an lgbt focused community health center, is an adjunct teacher at NYC Insight Meditation Center and serves as an Affiliate Chaplain at NYU where she co-leads Stay Woke, a weekly meditation gathering for students of color.
Rev. Doyeon Park (Buddhist Chaplain; Meditation Teacher) a Kyomunim, literally meaning one who devotes oneself to teach Buddha dharma in the Won Buddhist tradition. She has served as a minister of the Manhattan Won Buddhist temple and Alternative Representative of Won Buddhism to the United Nations since 2008. Also, she is the Buddhist chaplain at Columbia University and New York University. Rev. Doyeon focuses on creating a sangha (spiritual community) where various individuals and groups can cultivate their inner wisdom and compassion to live with peace and dignity based on the teachings of Won Buddhism. Realizing the interconnectedness of all through her spiritual practice, she is also actively engaged in interfaith dialogue and cooperation to promote mutual understanding and respect among different religions.
Hunt Parr (Yoga Teacher) is a yoga teacher and professional dance artist based in New York City. Hailing originally from Alaska, he completed his BFA with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and is an experienced registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance, having over 1000 hours of yoga teacher training from some of the most respected teachers today including Cyndi Lee and Adrienne Burke. His expertise has been called upon commercially as a yoga teacher for A&E Networks, Animal Planet, and the History Channel. His work has been featured on the Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, and he currently serves as a private yoga teacher for many well known NYC public figures. He is also a serious student of Tibetan Buddhism and an apprentice Reiki master teacher.
Tina Paul (Yoga Teacher) completed a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has been teaching yoga for over ten years and deeply values the therapeutic and transformative benefits of yoga on the mind/body system. She teaches a mindful and creative class with emphasis on space, breath and alignment. Please visit yogawithtina.com for more information.
Rev. Malik Walker (Buddhist Chaplain; Meditation Teacher) is a Zen practitioner in the tradition and lineage of Kodo Sawaki and Taisen Deshimaru. He received Bodhisattva ordination at the New Orleans Zen Temple where he was given the Dharma name Hokyu (Meaning "studies the dharma deeply"). Since 2007, He’s had the privilege to lead and provide beginning meditation instruction in a variety of places, most notably the Center for Buddhist Life at Yale University, and with the Interfaith Zen Fellowship at Fordham University. Connected to his journey as a Zen practitioner and student, is his general fascination and scholarly pursuits in religious studies, having earned a BA and MA in Religion and completing a doctorate in Theology at Fordham University. Malik is a New Orleans native and, in a former life, was a chef in his family’s business. He still loves cooking and still makes some of the best Creole cuisine this side of the Mississippi.
For those interested in teaching yoga for us, we require instructors to have a minimum of 500 hours of certification and 5 years of teaching experience.