Our Teachers

We are so thankful to all of our teachers for volunteering their time to share their love of yoga with our students.

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Sandy Pina

ERYT 500

Sandi has been teaching our Monday night yoga class since 2008.The class is designed to focus on alignment, flow and to experiment with poses that challenge your mind and body to go further and reach your inner hidden yogic potential.  Hence, the class is more intense but she makes it fun.  Sandi has been teaching throughout the New York area since her graduation from YTTI in 2006 after many years of personal practice.  She continues her yoga studies by taking workshops and training courses and is influenced by the many wonderful teachers that she is blessed to study with.

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Valerie Nichols

ERYT 500

My yoga journey began over 35 years ago starting with the work of Richard Hittleman and Lilias Folan. My attention to yoga was diverted for a few years to dance and teaching aerobics & body toning classes. Yoga was always in the background and especially needed through the many injuries from dance and aerobics. About 20 years ago, I found my way to Mokshapriya and the ashram and returned in earnest to the dharma of my yoga practice. In 2002 I participated in YTTI’s teacher training program.  My current teaching schedule includes classes in nursing homes, senior centers, yoga studios (including the ashram in Queens), athletic clubs, for corporations and for private clients. I am also the Director of Asana Training at the Yoga Teachers Training Institute (YTTI).  In addition to being a storyteller, I am a Reiki & IET practitioner and teacher. To tell a story is a gift from the heart. Teaching yoga is also a gift from the heart. Let our hearts be open to receive from each other!

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Michele Nunez-Alman

ERYT 500

Michele is a passionate yoga teacher and Reiki Practitioner with 15+ years of teaching experience. She has been studying yoga for over twenty-five years and has dedicated herself to sharing yoga tradition, lifestyle, and philosophy. She is known for her ability to conduct warm and inviting classes that foster an invigorating, centering, and calming environment. She is a compassionate gentle teacher who has the ability to develop positive relationships with all her students. When Michele’s not teaching yoga she’s busy advocating for animals and the environment. Some of Michele’s certifications include: Primary Series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, LI Ashtanga,-  500Hr Registered Yoga Instructor,  Yoga Teachers Training Institute – Restorative Yoga, Judith Lasater Relax & Renew – Children’s Yoga Teacher Training,  Sivananda Yoga –  Serenity Yoga Teacher Training, Serenity Yoga – Reiki Practitioner, Level 1 & 2

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Rhodie Volpe

RYT 500

For many years I practiced yoga before I decide to expand my journey in yoga. I became a certified yoga instructor in both  200 and  500 hours through the Yoga Teachers Training Institute.  I continue to grow in my teaching, studies and practice.  For me yoga is about inner changes and awareness. My passion is to share the positive effects it has on my life in hopes to bring those positive effects to others.

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Sita Akbarally

RYT 500

Sita believes that Yoga sadhana  allows her to show up in the world as the best version of herself. She is honored and privileged to be able to practice yoga, learn about yoga and share her knowledge. Teaching is Sita’s service . It is her way of saying thank you; her way of giving back. She graduated from YTTI in 2014 and teaches the Wednesday Evening class.

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Nicole Adamonis

RYT 500

Nicole Adamonis is a YTTI 500 hour graduate, a Meditation Teacher, Reiki Master and Artist. She found during her 20 years of practicing yoga, that meditation has made a dramatic impact on her life. She teaches all types of meditation to appeal to everyone. Nicole believes that observing the mind and taking steps to reduce stress and shift negative perceptions is one’s own responsibility for living a happier, more fulfilled life. She loves sharing her knowledge and helping people to change their lives for the better. 

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Melba Ariza

RYT 200

Melba Ariza She has several years of experience teaching yoga and many more of personal practice. She is highly qualified and an excellent teacher, who teaches with compassion and patience.

Melba graduated from St. John’s University in Psychology and from Sofia University in Psychology with concentration in Transpersonal Psychology. She made her research with children ages 10-12 on “Psycho-spiritual Training as Steps to Peaceful Children”.  She is trained on Montessori Early Childhood, has experience in Social Work and Counseling and serves as a volunteer translator of the Spanish and English languages for non-profit organizations in New York. 

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Tara Somers

RYT 500

Tara has been practicing yoga for 14 years.  Looking to deepen her practice she completed the  500hr  Yoga Teacher Training  at Yoga Teacher Training Institute.   She believes that she will always be a student of the practice and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom all her teachers have shared with her.  Tara currently teaches the Kids yoga class here at YogaShakti Yoga Center on Sundays at 10am.