Meditation and Yoga Instructors

MindfulNYU instructors are some of the best in the city! Get to know them here:

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.

Jae Carey (Meditation Teacher) has worked in hospice, doula, and meditation instruction contexts since 2006. She received lay ordination from Teah Strozer in the Soto Zen lineage, and also studies with Lama Willa Miller because of her unique emphasis on embodied practice from the Tibetan tradition. Jae has instructed meditation at Brooklyn Zen Center, homeless youth shelters, Rikers Island Jail, and most recently for pregnant clients. She is also a Gallatin M.A. candidate, with a focus on Integrative Bereavement and Reproductive Justice.

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

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 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.

Marie Putko (Yoga Teacher) received certificates in Yoga and Yoga Dance at Kripalu Institute of Health and Wellness, as well has her Masters in Opera and Advanced Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy from NYU. She assists teacher trainings at Kripalu, teaches Yoga for Singers, and teaches privately in NY. She is a physical theater artist with the UME Group and dances with The Void Company in NY. She is the founder of Soma Voice, Freeing the Voice through Yoga, Dance and Qi-Gong to aid all artists in forming a mindful and positive relationship to their whole instrument.  

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.