Meditation and Yoga Instructors
MindfulNYU instructors are some of the best in the city! Get to know them here:
Jessica Angima (Meditation Instructor) is a first-generation Kenyan American cultural producer and healing artist, working in the modality of meditation.In a constant state of process, she facilitates intimate community through the exploration of art, justice, and contemplative practice. She has taught for BRIC, the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, SELF Magazine, SHAPE Magazine, theSkimm and more. Jessica was a 2019 Create Change Fellow at The Laundromat Project and holds an MA in Arts Politics from New York University Tisch School of the Arts.
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.
Linda Kathrine Duverné (Meditation Instructor) is a senior at NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study studying Self-Care, Mindfulness, and Ancestral Healing for Haiti's future. Her concentration investigates the impact of the intergenerational trauma of the Haitian diaspora, specifically focusing on Haitian Millenials and on. She is trying to understand how self-care, mindfulness practices, and ancestral healing can be used to alleviate trauma found in the Haitian diaspora and reimagine development in Haiti. One of the ways she has found healing is through meditation, which she has practiced since 2017. She began leading others in meditation in 2019 as the co-facilitator of Stay Woke & Meditate. She looks forward to growing her meditation practice with the Haitian community after college.
Rev. Qalvy Grainzvolt (Meditation Teacher) is a native New Yorker and an ordained Shinnyo-en Buddhist priest. In addition to serving as the lead meditation guide at The Shinnyo Center for Meditation and Well-Being, he is a New York City Police Department (NYPD) clergy liaison in the Buddhist tradition assigned to the midtown South precinct in Manhattan. With an affinity for service, Qalvy is also a U.S. Army National Guard veteran, a police chaplain in Westchester county, the first Buddhist chaplain for the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and MTA police as well as the mindfulness instructor at the Westchester County Police academy. In 2018, Qalvy helped bring mindfulness to the official curriculum of the NYPD’s crisis intervention team (CIT) training at its academy as a visiting instructor. Qalvy holds a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling and recently completed a year of clinical work at NY-Presbyterian hospital’s personality disorders unit. Rev. Grainzvolt continues work in psychotherapy serving individuals with mental health challenges incarcerated in the jail system of the Westchester County Department of Corrections. Qalvy’s main talents are being tall (and dusting the high bookshelves) as well as having a unique name that works well in Scrabble, if ever proper nouns get their day.
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.
Marni Mendelsohn (Yoga Teacher) has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and has studied in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Restorative, Yoga Therapy, and Katonah Yoga. Her class explores the mind, body, soul connection through movement, breath and rest.
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.
Kendra Payne (Meditation Instructor), the founder of Brown Girl In Balance, is a 500 hr certified yoga teacher, Ayurvedic coach, and herbalist. She has been teaching yoga for the past 8 years and recently began the process of opening an inclusive wellness space in the Catskills of New York. Kendra specializes in bringing the ancient practice of yoga and Ayurveda into our very modern lives. These timeless practices have helped people find balance for hundreds of years and through the constant discovery of the practice, we can also find balance. When Kendra's not teaching yoga you can find her camping, dancing at music festivals, and traveling the world. To learn more come hang out with her on Instagram @browngirlinbalance or on her website at www.browngirlinbalance.com.
Michelle Pierce (Yoga Teacher) was born in Venezuela and lived there until the age of 14. Due to political turmoil in her native country, her parents decided to move the family to her now hometown Miami. It was there where she began her career as an elementary school teacher and eventually as a yoga teacher. In 2018, Michelle moved to NYC to live with her soon-to-be husband. She worked as a school teacher in the city for a year and she is now a full-time yoga teacher. Michelle found yoga in Miami back in 2013. The more she practiced, the more she realized that yoga was bringing lots of positive changes into her life. During her Teacher Training at 305 Yoga in Miami, FL, she went through a deep study of the chakras through a trauma-informed lens. This led to a huge transformation where she came face-to-face with her deepest fears and courageously embraced her truth. Michelle’s gratitude for her journey of healing and love has brought her to share the gifts of yoga beyond the poses. Using a trauma-informed approach, her students are guided through the poses and encouraged to explore and embrace their light and their shadow on and off the mat. Because of the way in which yoga changed her life, Michelle not only teaches vinyasa, restorative, and kids yoga in several studios around the city, but she also volunteers with Connection Coalition, an organization that provides yoga, mindfulness, and meditation to youth crisis. Her teaching style is said to be soulful, encouraging, compassionate, and spiritual.
Jackson Reddy (Yoga Teacher), pronouns they/them/theirs or he/him/his, is a black, queer, transgender artist, educator and healer. Jackson holds a BFA from The Theatre School at Depaul University and a Masters Degree in Theatre Education from Hunter College, where they were a Lincoln Center Scholar. As someone who has spent many years in education, Jackson understands personally the importance of a community culture that promotes self-care, especially in academia. Jackson completed their teacher certification at Moksha Yoga in Chicago in 2013 and has been studying and practicing yoga and somatic movement for over 15 years. Jackson enjoys creating unique classes and workshops based on specific themes and intentions that are tailored to the needs of the class/community they are serving.
Kim Thai (Yoga Teacher) is an Emmy-award winning producer and yoga-meditation teacher. She has spent her career, elevating marginalized voices, and is the founder of ganeshspace, a mindfulness organization dedicated to creating stories and experiences that raise our collective consciousness towards equality. As a queer Asian woman and a child of Vietnamese War refugees, she has and will always believe fiercely in the power of storytelling, understanding your body and unapologetically being yourself. She has been an avid meditator and yogi for the past five years and received her 200 HR from Laughing Lotus in 2018 and has continued her mindfulness studies in NYC and in India. Her yoga and meditation classes are playful, thought-provoking and rooted in community building and heart-opening practices. She is committed to making the world a kinder place, one breath at a time.
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.