Our teachers specialize in the practices of Classical Yoga within the lineage of Sri Dharma Mittra. They are graduates of the BYS 200 Hour Teacher Training program and/or have studied directly with Dharma Mittra in his training programs.
Co-Founder & Director
Lily was born in Idaho and loves nature and animals of all varieties. She has been practicing yoga since 1998. After many years of intense self practice, she began studying Classical Yoga with Sri Dharma Mittra in 2007. Under his guidance, Lily dedicated herself to the exploration of happiness and service through yoga. For several years she served as the Co-Director of the Dharma Yoga Teacher Training program, as well as assisting Dharma Mittra in his teachings worldwide. In March of 2010, Lily and Jeremy founded the Brooklyn Yoga School, where Lily currently is the director and manager. Lily also serves as the Executive Assistant to meditation teacher and New York Times bestselling author, Sharon Salzberg and has worked for world-renowned chanter, Krishna Das, for many years. Through these many channels Lily serves the same goal of sharing the practices of compassion, patience, courage, joy and peace. Learn more about her offerings on her website.
Jeremy has been studying yoga and meditation since 2006. He spent several years studying and traveling with Sri Dharma Mittra, assisting his workshops and teaching in his Teacher Training Programs. He received his 200 HR teaching certification from Integral Yoga Institute and his 500 HR certification from Sri Dharma Mittra. In addition, Jeremy intensely studied Advaita Vedanta and the Bhagavad Gita with Swami Prabuddhananda Saraswati for many years. Predominantly a documentrayt filmmaker, Jeremy is the director of the award-winning documentary film "One Track Heart: The Story of Krishna Das" and is currently working on several new feature film projects. Please note: Jeremy is currently away from the regular teaching schedule, but occasionally can be found leading kirtan on Friday nights.
Adina started taking yoga at her gym in 2003, and for the next six years muscled her way through power yoga classes and adamantly refused to Om. In 2010, she stumbled into BYS, where her real practice of yoga began in glimpses of inner peace, purpose, and happiness. She kept coming back, and learned to slow down, sit still, stand on her head, fall on her face, and slowly start showing up in life. In 2012, Adina completed the BYS 200 HR Teacher Training, and began sharing her practice with others. She holds profound gratitude for her many teachers and for the incredibly humbling opportunity to develop and share her practice in this beautiful space.
Clayton walked into his first yoga class in 2008, and since then his intrigue with the practice has failed to cease. He completed his 200 HR Teacher Training through the Brooklyn Yoga School in 2012, and is eternally grateful for the magnitude in which it has opened his mind and changed his life. Clayton primarily teaches the classical yoga style according to the lineage of Sri Dharma Mittra. His classes most closely resemble the Hatha Yoga style, with elements of Vinyasa and Raja Yoga mixed in. Off the mat, Clayton shares his love of singing, music, and performing with as many as possible and as often as he can. Spreading compassion, awareness, thoughtfulness, and understanding through his actions is, above all, his highest goal.
On any given day you will find Isaac teaching Dharma Yoga, Vinyasa, Power Flow, traditional Hatha and Yin Yoga. His intention as a teacher is to hold space for students to glance the Divine within. Isaac is currently working to get his 500 HR teaching certification from Dharma Mittra where he also completed200 HR TT. In addition, he holds 200 HR certifications both from Sonic Yoga and Brooklyn Yoga Project and is certified from the Liberation Prison Yoga. Isaac puts this training to work teaching yoga at the MDC jail in Manhattan and is currently working with the Osborne Foundation teaching the philosophy of yoga and meditation to teens who have a parent(s) currently or formerly incarcerated.
Jacquie started practicing yoga in 2002 when she signed up for a physical education yoga class. She immediately felt most at home (in life) practicing yoga. Her self practice has included Vinyasa, Mysore Ashtanga, and Hatha yoga. Jacquie recently finished her 200 HR teacher training at Brooklyn Yoga School where her understanding of yoga and its influence on her life blossomed beyond the asana practice to more of a happiness practice. Surprisingly, she loves teaching yoga. Jacquie is very excited to share her experience and is eager to continue learning.
Katurah took her first yoga class when she was 47 years old. Since then she has studied Yoga Asana and meditation under the guidance of many devoted teachers on the path. In 2009 she had the good fortune to see a yoga documentary briefly featuring Sri Dharma Mittra and immediately became his grateful student in a 200 HR teacher training. For the last five years Katurah has deepened her study of meditation and yogic texts in silent retreats of several weeks time in India and in a pilgrimage region of rural Spain. She has also studied Sanskrit and Advaita Vedanta in NYC with Swami Prabuddhananda Saraswati for many years. Katurah hopes always to practice and teach in the spirit of devotion to all of her teachers along the way, in and out of the classroom.
Marvin was first introduced to the yoga of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. After returning from a three month trip to India, he began to explore the world of Modern Dance and became friends with a fellow dancer, Eva Grubler and her husband Dharma Mittra. Around 1991, Marvin started taking class with Dharma and in 1996 began teaching at the Dharma Yoga Center. Since then, Marvin's classes have become known as Gentle Yoga. Marvin's classes offer a peace and calm like no other, and he has a devout following of students who have regularly taken his classes for years.
Pam was born in London. Her first yoga class helped her to relieve the stress of studying for her Masters program. After a few years of doing Vinyasa yoga, she was searching for something deeper. Her teacher recommended that she go to New York and visit Sri Dharma Mittra, a true master. So she did just that and booked her flight for a week in NY to take Sri Dharma Mittra’s noon class every day. Those classes were filled with spiritual bliss, love and compassion. She had finally found what she was searching for and moved to NYC to study under him. Since then she has completed the 200 HR and 500 HR teacher trainings. She is extremely grateful to have this opportunity to continue studying with him and share the teachings of love and compassion with others.
Shaina Hecht was drawn to the physical practice of yoga after many years as a gymnast. She began her practice with Bikram and became a certified instructor in 2008. After three years of intense asana practice Shaina began to discover other paths of yoga. This exploration led her to Sri Dharma Mittra, with whom she has been studying ever since. In his presence Shaina has learned the real practice of yoga: to surrender the ego and attain purity of the mind, in order to realize the Divinity dwelling within. In 2012 Shaina completed a 200 HR teacher training at the Brooklyn Yoga School. Shaina hopes to share the blessings of spiritual bliss through teaching and with constant practice.
Vaishali Veronika Carmichael
Veronika came to yoga from dance background around six years ago. She has studied extensively with Dharma Mittra as well as other teachers such as Isaac Pena, Raghunath, Alison West, and Dana Flynn. Her interest in yoga and meditation has taken her to the Sivananda Ashram, Vipassana Meditation retreat, Advaita Vedanta studies, Aromatherapy studies, and the Ayurvedic style of living. Veronika completed her 200 HR teacher certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga in early spring of 2012 and immediately began teaching yoga. In August 2013 she completed an additional 100 hours of training with Lotus Fly & Bhakti school and is now finishing her 500 HR training certification with Sri Dharma Mittra.