Instructors

Ronen Divon

Ronen

Ronen has been instructing Yoga, Tai Chi and Qigong since 1995. He is an E-RYT 500 Yoga Alliance instructor. Continuing to explore and practice the ancient ways of Yoga and Tai Chi, as well as other Eastern methods and philosophies, Ronen stresses in his Yoga classes elements of relaxation, elongation and breathing. Yoga practice includes the various classic asanas, yoga series, relaxation and breathings techniques. The Yoga instructed is in line with Sivananda Yoga.

Ronen’s primary interest is in individual and personal exploration of the body, and through it, a glimpse into the soul.

Ronen is also an author of adult fiction and children books, latest of which is www.DaddyFixesEverything.com, as well as novels, articles and short stories. His other passions include scuba-diving and film (see his column and recommendations at www.RonenRecommends.com). You can read Ronen's blog (posts related to spirituality) by clicking here as well as daily life lessons by clicking here.

 

Juliana Marchesano

Juliana

Juliana began her yoga journey seeking rehabilitation for a running injury. She was immediately enthralled by the grace, strength and focus of the practice. Experiencing heightened energy and inner happiness instilled by the yoga practice, Juliana embarked on a journey that included self-study and deepening her understanding of the peaceful connection between mind, body and spirit. When the opportunity to become a certified yoga instructor presented itself Juliana embraced it wholeheartedly. After nine months of training at Monroe Yoga, Juliana is honored to share her wisdom of yoga, giving individuals the personal knowledge and balance to transform their lives in small yet significant ways. Her practice is ever evolving and she is excited to help others discover their own journey of joy and wellbeing.

 

Dennis Rocks

Dennis Rocks

Dennis was first drawn to Yoga to improve flexibility, balance and overall wellness, as well as to complement a recreational lifestyle. The more Dennis practiced the more he began to experience deeper awareness. He became further interested in linking breath with movement. In his own practice, as well as in his classes, these are currently the areas where Dennis hopes to share his experience as well as explore it further with his classes participants.

 

 

Melisa Idelson

Melisa Idelson

Melisa’s tender approach is worth experiencing firsthand. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Karin Divon

Karin Divon

Karin took an interest in Yoga since she was 6 years old. She had completed a Junior Yoga Instructors' course and teaches children ages 6 - 12. Her classes journey into imagination and combine story-telling with yoga asanas.

 

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Beard

Jennifer Beard

Jennifer instructs her yoga classes based on the classic Hatha Yoga, Sivananda style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colby Rolando

Colby

Colby Rolando is a 500-hour certified yoga teacher who studied under Senior Teachers Jodie Rufty and Chrissy Carter at YogaWorks Manhattan. She has been teaching group classes and private sessions for the last 5 years and has created and led yoga retreats in Costa Rica and Ireland. As a formally trained dancer in classical ballet, jazz and modern, with extensive experience in choreography, Colby’s background has facilitated a deep understanding of movement and mindful sequencing, which translates well into her authentic style of teaching. Her clear, detailed and light-hearted instruction has helped students cultivate strength, flexibility, and clarity in asana. Colby teaches an inspired, challenging class that blends the precision of Iyengar’s alignment, with Ashtanga’s heating flow and emphasis on the breath. Forever a student of yoga and of life, she is consistantly deepening her own practice as well as applying the yogic teachings to her daily life. She is passionate to share these treasures with her students so that they too can create a deeper connection within, leading to greater peace, balance, wisdom, freedom and joy in their lives.

 

Jennifer Schmid (visiting instructor)

Jennifer

Jennifer is a Yoga & Meditation instructor. After spending three years living and studying at Ananda Ashram in Monroe, NY, she feels inspired to share her work with others. While living at Ananda, Jennifer immersed herself in a daily practice of Vedic fire ceremony, meditation and the study of yoga philosophy. She received a full introduction into the Sanskrit language, which incited her love for chanting. In March of 2008 Jennifer received her certificate to teach Yoga. She later completed a nine month Spiritual Leadership Training with Meditation Teacher Harshada Wagner. Her classes focus on the natural expression of movement supported by the breath & inner awareness. Her intensive studies have helped her to integrate meditation and yogic philosophy into her teaching in order to create an atmosphere of healing and peace. She dedicates her service and studies to the peace & well-being of all.

 

Arlene Kobylinski (visiting instructor) 

Arlene

Having studied yoga for over 15 years in New York City, Arlene is a seasoned AFPA Certified Yoga instructor. A past marathoner, Arlene learned yoga during her training, becoming hooked on the benefits that Yoga lends to the Mind, Body and Spirit. Her goal is teaching adults and children how important it is to incorporate, breathing, stretching and "being present" into our everyday lives. Arlene lives in Highland Mills with her husband, two young boys and her dog Buddha.

 

Toni-Anne Leone (visiting instructor)

Toni-Anne Leone

Growing up having a grandfather from China has left me with an affinity toward Eastern Asian cultures and religions. I was 19 years old when my professor and RYT, Dr. A.K.B Pillai, asked, “What is the most vital thing in life?” Many of the students in the class offered answers such as love, success and variations of health. For the entire semester our professor withheld his answer. All the while offering subtle hints, after lectures on Hinduism and Transcendentalism, he would pause next to each student and take deep inhalations and even longer exhalations. “Ah, the breath my students!” he exclaimed with great love and laughter. “We must learn to breathe with one another.” And together, we learned to breathe and meditate. Over 15 years later, with two glorious children and a career teaching public school in Monroe-Woodbury, I’ve managed to continue my love affair with the ancient art of yoga and meditation. I’ve been blessed with a handful of yoga teachers and continue my quest for knowledge as a student and teacher right here at Monroe Yoga. It is my intention to share my experiences and natural respect for yoga so that I can spread this message of wellness and compassion to adults and children in our community.

 

Daniel Goldman

Dennis Rocks

Daniel has been interested in alternative health care traditions ever since he realized the limitations of the western medical system. While traditional health-care focuses on the treatment of symptoms for a disease that had already developed, Daniel found himself gravitating toward ways that attempt prevention in the first place.
Two and a half years ago, the desire to learn about alternative systems led Daniel to the practice of yoga. Since starting his practice, a desire to become more deeply involved slowly grew until he realized the next logical step was to take a teacher training program. Daniel completed his 200 YA teacher training in 2012 which allows him to convey what he has learned to others.

 

Linda Dougherty (visiting instructor)

Linda

Linda Dougherty, RYT 200, hour has been a yoga teacher since 2008. She enjoys teaching all levels of Hatha yoga and is committed to sharing her passion with others. In addition, she is a certified social worker and a 2nd degree black belt in Soo Bahk Do martial arts.

 

 

 

 

Ran Baron (visiting instructor)

Ran Baron

Ran Baron is a spiritual seeker and a public speaker in the field of theology, Eastern philosophy and mysticism. Ran has instructed numerous meditation workshops, Yoga retreats, and has given hundreds of talks and lectures about the nature of spirituality and self inquiry. He has lived through many different spiritual paths including being ordained as a Hindu priest (Brahmana). Ran is a certified Yoga Instructor, a Tai Chi & Qigong instructor, and has been studying and practicing Buddhism, Zen, Hinduism and the many flavors of Yoga. He emphasizes a non-dogmatic approach that allows for personal growth through an honest thirst for truth. Ran recognizes that all spiritual paths are of various colors and hues, and that different individuals utilize their own palettes when painting their life's picture. Ran is a substitute Yoga & Tai Chi instructor at Monroe Yoga & Tai Chi.

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