Dawn Bianca Feinberg BCMT, certified Jivamukti teacher & Licensed movement therapist is widely recognized as one of the most charismatic and highly respected yoga teachers in South Florida. Her classes, shaped by her warmth and love for movement, are both creative and physically challenging. Dawn's inspiration for her teachings come from a blend of the breath based essence of ashtanga and the evolving freedom of Jivamukti Yoga. In a typical class you will find inspiring asana topped off with great music and her signature sense of humor.
Dawn leads Jivamukti workshops and teacher trainings throughout South Florida weaving in key components gleaned from her daily Mysore practice. Dawn has been blessed with an auspicious line up of amazing teachers. She offers pranams to Sharon Gannon, David Life, Kelly Morris, Manorama, Loren Russo, Angelique Sandas, Kino Macgregor, and Nancy Gilgoff. She also offers pranams to her Bhakti Yoga teachers The Mayapuris, Krsna Kishor Rico & Visvambhar Sheth. Most of all she offers her maha pranam to her parents, loving husband, & sweet sweet son. When Dawn isn't focused on yoga, she spends time catching waves and hanging with her son Kai and husband Danny.
Liz began yoga as a means to de-stress. While living in NYC post college she began to suffer from digestive issues and anxiety. Over the next 5 years her mat became a place to return home to. Liz completed her first 200 hour YTT at Prana Power Yoga in Cambridge, MA. This life enhancing experience prompted her to make some real changes. Soon after, she visited Miami. The idea of embarking on a challenge to live somewhere totally unfamiliar was exhilarating – two years later and she is still here. In these two years Liz has completed another 200 hour YTT at Green Monkey Yoga.
In Liz’s classes you can expect a powerful, creative flow, hands on adjustments and just enough humor. Her regular Mysore practice allows her to tune in and grow, fueling her passion for teaching. She loves and is honored to guide others through this practice.
Day Christensen is a Level II Authorized Teacher from the K. Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute (KPJAYI) in Mysore, India. Day began her yoga practice in 2004 after receiving her BFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her college years as a fine arts major, a lifelong interest in yogic philosophy began to surface. She incorporated the study of yoga with her academic pursuits. Through the reading of sacred and historical texts proved to be interesting, it was lacking one major aspect: experience. With many signs pointing her in the direction of yoga, she took up the practice and began to gain the experience she was missing from study alone.
Asana required a different type of strength and mobility that she had not bargained for as a former athlete. Despite the frustration and challenges she often met on the beginning path of yoga, she continued and found a renewed sense of vitality and clarity.
Today Day is an enthusiastic student of Ashtanga Yoga, practicing in lineage of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, having completed the Intermediate series and learning the Third series under R. Sharath Jois’s guidance.
Day’s teachings are born from her own disciplined and dedicated practice. She encourages students to challenge themselves physically, while, at the same time, be easy mentally. She is thrilled to share what she has learned with students in Miami and around the world.
I’ve been practicing yoga for about 9yrs now. I fell in love with the way I would feel after leaving a class. In 2016 I decided to change my life, and go on a spiritual journey that would change my life as a whole. I took a trip to India and received my first certification in multi-style yoga at Siddhi Yoga International. I then relocated from New York to Miami and received my second certification at Ahana Yoga in Vinyasa Flow. In addition to being yoga certified, I studied and graduated Therapeutic Massage and Hydrotherapy. My passion being overall wellness both spiritually and physically. I love being a part of providing a service that brings connection, wellbeing and peace into people’s lives. It’s been and is a most rewarding journey, I continue to look forward to learning and growing so that I can provide the best of myself as a service to others.
Jillian creates a joyful atmosphere in her classes, encouraging her students to follow her rigorous lead, while offering intelligent options so that students of all levels feel welcome. Her classroom methodology is inspired by the discipline of the Ashtanga tradition and by the creative sequencing of Vinyasa flow. In Miami, Jillian worked under the direction of Kelly Brandon for her first 200-hour teaching certificate, and with Kino MacGregor for her second 200-hour certificate. She apprenticed at the Miami Life Center for three years, and has studied with R. Sharath Jois at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India as well. As humble and perpetual seeker, Jillian is constantly evolving, and continues her yoga studies here in Miami at Ahana.
While my first yoga class was almost 15 years ago, the asana practice only became a keystone in my life about 7 years ago. Yoga has helped me grow stronger mentally and physically and has provided me tools to take that strength and apply it off my mat. After leaving my position as a project engineer in some of Miami’s largest construction projects to have my daughter, I needed something for myself and wanted to deepen my yoga practice, that’s when I decided to participate in Ahana’s fall 2017 teacher training program. At the time I had no intention of teaching, however, over the course of the training I fell in love with teaching. While I did eventually return part time to construction, my passion for teaching remains. I strive to provide authentic, non-judgmental, playful environment to feed the mind, body, and soul. I love putting together fluid sequences with fun music while weaving in Patanjali’s philosophy of the eight-limbed path so that students come off their mat feeling refreshed and balanced.
My name is Kim Singer and I was born in London, England. Prior to teaching yoga I worked as an actress, but since moving to Florida thirteen years ago, I have been a mom and an acting coach. I’ve been practicing yoga for over 20 years and have studied and practiced many different styles. About 10 years ago I did my first Jivamukti yoga class and fell in love with it! I love the dynamic flow and the music. To me, kirtan is a very important part of the class, I find it creates a warm and inviting atmosphere, where you can put yourself first and connect with your body and breath. It allows you to truly be in the present moment and that, to me, is the goal of yoga. I’m also a trained massage and reiki therapist and incorporate those qualities into my class. I love practicing and teaching yoga at Ahana and believe that everyone can benefit from this beautiful practice... I would be honored to be one of your guides.
Maria, a native of Brooklyn, NY, and practicing attorney, uses her fast-paced and straight-forward attitude to create a dynamic and thoughtful practice. She first discovered yoga 8 years ago as a way to combat the stress of marathon and high-intensity interval training; however, she quickly came to appreciate not only the physical and restorative benefits, but also the benefits to one’s mental health that yoga provided. Designed for yogis of all levels, her power vinyasa classes are filled with creative and complex sequencing set to a fun and energetic playlist. With a focus on fun over form, students are encouraged to use their breath as motivation and silence their minds through movement.
Never in a million years did Maylen Dominguez imagine she would teach yoga. After graduating from Yale with a degree in Literature, Maylen moved to Los Angeles, which is where her yoga adventures began. She is grateful to have had the opportunity to study with many amazing yoga teachers, including Seane Corn, Erich Schiffmann, Mark Whitwell, Shiva Rea, Bryan Kest, and Saul David Raye, with whom she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training. Maylen received her M.F.A. from the University of Southern California and is the chair of the Filmmaking Department for the New York Film Academy South Beach.
Maylen is passionate about meditation, yoga, and writing, and the way all three help to heal and enable one to live a life of peace and joy. Maylen is grateful that yoga and the teaching of yoga found her because she loves teaching. “When I see people leave a class feeling good, I think I’m the luckiest person in the world to have had the opportunity to be a small part of that.” Maylen’s classes infuse mantra, meditation, strong vinyasa flow (linking breath with movement), visualization, deep inner balancing, and, most important, guiding students to find where the poses will best work for their own bodies. “I deepened my practice after my daughter was born because I needed to cover ‘mind, body, spirit’ in the shortest amount of time. Yoga did this. It started out as a practical solution, and it has turned into a deep way to center, heal, and balance my life.”
Mateo Lizarazo aka Madhusudan Das
Mateo was born in Colombia but moved to the states in his early teens. In his early twenties he moved to Miami, and it was then that he was introduced to yoga. It was love at first asana and he has now been teaching yoga for over 10 years. He completed his certification in Miami Beach and is a happily certified Chakra Flow & Vinyasa-Inspired 200hr registered yoga teacher.
He is deeply rooted in the eastern folk and culture with his primary inspirations including teachers of the Jivamukti and Ashtanga tradition. He is a Bhakti Yogi and brings his love of music, dance, and devotional chanting into his teachings. His classes are a celebration of life, kindness and self-acceptance!
Along with this he is also a Vedic Thai Bodywork practitioner certified through the Vedic Thai Conservatory and has a passion for drumming and kirtan spreading the knowledge we are all one.
Francesca Vazquez is a doctor in health psychology and a certified yoga instructor, in both hatha yoga and power vinyasa. She initially completed her hatha yoga certification as a way to study its effects in women's quality of life for her doctoral dissertation, soon becoming passionate about the practice and its unique ability to transform your mental state and prevent disease. She completed a second 200 HR certification in Vinyasa Yoga, 5 years later. She has worked in a variety of health settings, including Jackson Memorial Hospital, UF Health Cancer Center, independent health clinics, private practice and believes yoga is one of the most powerful therapies there is.
You can think of her classes as a form of mind body therapy, where you will sweat yet leave feeling renewed, energized, refreshed and in a complete state of relaxation. To find out more about her work, visit her website www.francescavazquez.com
Zack is a graduate of the Ahana Yoga Registered Yoga School. His classes will leave you sweaty and relaxed—combining flows and poses that will get you relaxed and ready to face the day (or night). Get ready for fun, flair, and the perfect playlist in every class.
While his first yoga class was more than 15 years ago, Zack rediscovered his love for asana practice when he joined Ahana Yoga as a student nearly two years ago. Through Ahana’s Teacher Training Program, he found the tools to share Patanjali’s philosophy of the eight-limbed path so that students come off their mat feeling refreshed and balanced.
Born in Paris and raised in Saudi Arabia, Mimi is a certified yoga teacher, lifestyle blogger and busy Mother of two. Since discovering yoga years ago, she says it changed her life in every way possible – physically, mentally and spiritually. So much, she took her practice further, educating herself on technique and training.
Whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned student, her classes tend to move at a faster pace for those seeking a good sweat and to feel energized.
For more ‘Mimi’ inspiration – including her latest fashion picks, adventures in yoga, travel and family, follow her at: @mimiliciousoffical or www.mimilicious.net
Stefy is a college student studying psychology. On her way to helping others she has become a teacher at ahana, accepting every student that walks into her class with an open heart, a place of no judgment where you can come sweat, feel the vibrations of kirtan, and flow into a place of peace.
Michael Stasko was born and raised in Miami, Florida. He earned a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, conducting research for NASA at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Later, while working as an analyst for Boeing Satellite Systems, Michael was deeply moved by a series of spiritual experiences that prompted him to leave his career and begin an inward journey. Soon afterwards, Michael met his spiritual master and has since dedicated the last eleven years of his life to serving his guru, learning yoga, philosophy, pranayama, meditation and other Vedic practices. Michael has lived in his teacher's ashram in India since 2011. He brings knowledge to his classes and workshops, along with a positive vibe, good energy and open heart.
With a background in the sports, entertainment, and fashion industries, Savanna’s mission is to use yoga as an avenue to inspire all to live a balanced and blissful life, no matter what your lifestyle. Savanna completed 6 months of residential study at the International Sivananda Yoga Centers in the New York City and the Bahamas. Subsequently, she received her yoga teacher certification from Ahana Yoga in 2018. Whether it’s your first yoga session, or you are a well seasoned yogi, Savanna gives you a relaxing and challenging class, balancing your mind, body, and spirit.
Maile’s journey with yoga began in 2001 at Jivamukti Yoga in New York. In 2005 she began practicing Ashtanga Yoga under the guidance and direction of Gretchen Suarez, a daily practice she is still devoted to today. Maile has completed teacher trainings with Tim Miller (100hr) and Ahana Yoga (200hr) and continues her yoga studies with Day Christensen at Ahana.
Ashley discovered yoga in her home city of Chicago at the age of 17. She started her practice as a way to counter balance her physically demanding career as a hair stylist and discovered the mental health benefits along the way. Yoga compliments her active lifestyle of scuba diving, running, & strength training. It has always been part of her life plan to become a yoga instructor, it was just a matter of when the stars would align. Ashley completed her RYT-200hr @ her home studio, Ahana Yoga. She not only teaches a physically challenging Ahana Power Flow class, but incorporates kirtan, meditation, & yoga philosophy knowledge into her class. Her students always leave feeling invigorated and rejuvenated. You won’t regret stepping into her class.
Dani, is an Ecuadorian - Miami girl that dedicates her life to yoga and music as a music! She completed her RYT - 200hrs at Ahana and is a an Ashtanga practitioner.
She first discovered yoga over 5 years ago in her native country and immediately fell in love with the practice because it helped deal with stress and emotions.
She has a very active and fast pace personality that transmits in her classes. Because of her involvement in the music industry, Dani bring new music to every class and tries to align the music with each flow and breath.
Her classes are designed for yoguis of all levels, whilst her power vinyasa class is filled with creative and fun sequences that will allow you to disconnect and release; her yin classes are designed to be 30 min of flow to warm up the body and 30 minutes of restorative yoga that will help you heal and reconnect.
Michelle Abreu is a Miami native and lover of movement. She has a background in classical dance having studied ballet, jazz and modern dance. She began her practice four years ago and recently received her teacher training from Ahana yoga in August of 2018.
Marie (YTT 200) is a former professional ballet dancer. Her yoga practiced allowed her to slow down and ease off on the sometimes rigorous training of a dancer. Her flows are dynamic and alignment-based focusing on the breath to movement connection. Marie believes that with a consistent yoga practice, everyone has the power to look deep within oneself, clean out all bad habits, surround ourselves with people who make us feel good about ourselves, and surrender to our inner guide. She completed her teacher training at Ahana Yoga.
After experimenting with other forms of yoga, Brett became a dedicated student of Ashtanga in 2015 under the instruction of Day Christensen, and since that time has been to India twice to study with Guru Sharath Jois at the K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Brett teaches with patience using his own experiences to help students better understand this yoga method
Caitlin is a South Florida native who first discovered yoga over 8 years ago, as a dancer who was looking for new ways to cross-train her body. Her love for movement led her to fall in love with the practice, however yoga’s ability to calm the mind is what kept her hooked. Now a dance fitness and Pilates instructor, Caitlin graduated from Ahana Yoga’s 200hr RYT program and is thrilled to be teaching at Ahana. Her classes are built for yogis of all levels, where you can expect a creative, fast-paced flow sprinkled with elements of fitness and dance. She aims to have you leave feeling relaxed, sweaty, and smiling.
Katharina started to practice yoga when she was pregnant with her first child. Since then she tried different yoga styles and loves to constantly learn more about physical asana practice as well as yoga philosophy. She strongly believes that there is a kind of yoga practice for everyone and for every phase in life. 2018 she moved with her family from Germany to Miami. Here in Miami she took the chance to do a 200h RYT yoga teacher training at Ahana making a profession out of her passion for yoga. <3
She teaches Vinyasa Flow at different paces with elements of Ashtanga and Jivamukti yoga. In her classes students can enjoy mindful assists that let you sink deeper into asana poses. Music is an important element in her classes. It ranges from her favorite playlist up to chanting to the harmonium at beginning or end of class. Get into the flow and take this time for yourself on the mat for more balance in your life off the mat. Give this world good energy.
Cristina is a RYT 200HR Power Yoga Teacher who loves Vinyasa flows. You may know her on social media as HighOnYoga. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, if you are in for a mindful vinyasa class with power yoga fusion, come try her class. Through her practice she hopes to inspire others to try yoga and implement it as a way of living. Her message to the world is, “You are enough.”