Christina Rufin

Christina Rufin has a 21-year practice she began at Sivananda Yoga in NYC where she immersed herself in the teachings of yoga as well as the asana practices, pranayama and meditation. After receiving her 200-hr certification from Aura Yoga, RI, she pursued her goal of reaching communities to whom yoga is not easily accessible and became certified with YogaEd to teach yoga to children and educators. Thereafter, she certified through School for Compassionate Action, 300 hr, where she was trained to teach yoga and meditation to In-Need Communities. She is currently teaching children and at-risk teenagers who inspire her through their playfulness with asanas and their embrace of meditation. She also teaches Seniors who apply the asanas and breathing for optimal health. Christina strives to empower the student to be their own teacher by giving them the space to listen to their own bodies and minds.


Christina “Taran Inder Kaur” Cáceres


Taran Inder Kaur is a vinyasa and kundalini yoga instructor, and a student of tantra yoga, also a mother, nu age/ mantra singer, songwriter, dancer and artist. Christina is an eternal student, loves traveling, collaborating with other musicians and artists, being in the mountains, near the sea as well as walking through a rain forest and getting to know a new city and their people.

She began practicing vinyasa yoga 9 years ago, and quickly fell in love with the graceful and powerful movements which were close too her love of dance. Yoga became a strengthening force in her life and an agent for personal change, igniting the desire to learn more, connect with her soul and teach this ancient high art. Kundalini training followed shortly afterwards which connects to straight to you heart to help one realize their creative potential. Her goal is to help others connect with their inner-self, their creativity, Adi Shakti (primal power), to strengthen their bodies, minds, their auric energy fields and ultimately their health and happiness.

She teaches in Spanish and English. A graduate of the Yoga to the People NYC a Yoga Alliance Certified School with a 200hr teaching certificate and also a 200hr Level One certified kundalini teacher as a certified member of IKYTA the (International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association). She completed her kundalini teacher training at Kundalini Yoga East NYC. Blessings and gratitude to her teachers, Sat Jivan Kaur, Sat Jivan Singh, Angad, and the guidance of the omnipresent Yogi Bhajan.

A board member of the Shanti Yoga Ashram U.S.A the classical tantra program under the direction of Guru Yogi Prakash from Nepal. Co founder/director of Yoga of the Light studio, teaching kundalini & vinyasa yoga classes, workshops, retreats here in New York and around the world, spreading the light of yoga. Ang Sang Wahe Guru -”With every limb, every part of me, I belong to the Divine.” Om Namah Shivay Om Sri Chakra Vasinyai Namaha, Om Sri Lalitambikayai Namaha Om and Salutations to she who provides abundance Satnam


Akiko Nishijima


Certification : Yoga Alliance 200hr at YogaWorks, 500hr ISHTA Yoga, Prenatal Yoga TT with Janice Clarfield, Yin Yoga TT with Corina Benner, Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra TT with Mona Anand, Kids Yoga TT at Hosh Yoga

Akiko’s first yoga class was taught by her Spanish choreographer when she was a dancer in Japan and France. She was amazed by how yoga can open up whole body in all direction Akiko became a certified Yoga teacher and began teaching in 2007. But it was after 2011, the year of which deadly earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear power plant catastrophe hit her home country, that she realized the real meaning of Yoga. After many months of healing process, Akiko feels happy and fortunate just being alive, just being with her son, just practicing and teaching Yoga.


Derrick Little


Derrick Little Kundalini Yogi, a visual artist, a sacred sound practitioner and spiritual warrior dedicated to serving as a friend, teacher and brother to all.

When not painting, making music or mentoring teenagers, he studies many esoteric traditions including symbolism, tarot, palmistry and mandala art. Derrick also has a keen interest in the teachings of Jesus Christ as interpreted by the late Edgar Cayce.

Derrick began what would become a lifelong experience of yoga in 1996 with a teacher named Suresh Bonjoli in Rishikesh, India.

Derrick’s study and practice of Kundalini Yoga began in 2001 with Sat Jivan Singh and Sat Jivan Kaur Khalsa at Kundalini Yoga East in NYC. 

He has attended and participated in white tantric gatherings at the solstices in both New York and New Mexico with 3HO.

He remains a student of Kundalini Yoga to this day as he maintains a daily sadhana and shares the teachings and wisdom of the practice as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Ph.D..

Rev. Lila Lucy Nelson


Lílā Lucy Nelson, E-RYT500, Rev., is a certified Yoga teacher trainer and Meditation teacher. She incorporates a comprehensive and multi-dimensional yogic approach with her extensive studies in complementary mind-body modalities. Her professional certifications in Yoga (Hatha I and II, Gentle, Chair, Stress Management, Meditation, Yin, Restorative, Trauma-Informed Yoga, Therapeutic Yoga, and Raja Yoga) and other methodologies (WFPB, EFT, MB-EAT, CAPP, YogaDance, DEL) provide the ability to connect authentically with many audiences at various levels. She has brought the teachings and the principles of Yoga and Stress Management to the medical and the workforce industries through workshops, courses, and international speaking opportunities. For years, she taught Yoga group classes, offered private sessions, and worked in diverse environments (medical settings, workplace, outdoors, etc.). She studied Interspirituality and several contemplative Eastern traditions and Western religions at OneSpirit Interfaith Seminary, wherein she was ordained as an Interfaith Minister. She is also a certified Positive Psychology-based practitioner and life coach. Her yoga practice is rooted in the Integral Yoga lineage as taught by Sri Swami Satchidananda. She believes that one of the elements of a healthy life, a balanced body and mind, and a contributing expression of the self, is cultivated by developing a way of being wherein “Peace starts within.”


Shawn Garnier

Shawn Garnier is thrilled to be on staff with AllYogaNyc. Shawn is originally from Colorado, and discovered gymnastics and dance at a young age. While in high school, he was a three-time state champion, as well as an All-American in gymnastics. From there, went on to a 16-year professional dance career that included 3 world tours, working off-Broadway with John Seylas (ABT), WNBA Liberty, and Broadway with the Radio City Rockettes. After retirement from the stage Shawn returned to school and received his MFA in choreography with honors from the Conservatory of Dance, Purchase College. He is faculty at three area colleges.
Shawn discovered yoga at AllYogaNYC and has not turned back. He completed his 200 hr Contemplative Yoga Training under the precise and highly qualified guidance of Christina Rufin and Casey Beauchamp. He is excited that his journey has brought him to a yoga practice that he wants to share with others. The importance of an open mind, the correct alignment and synchronized breath in his teaching are essential parts of his focus in yoga. He is excited to embark on this yogic journey with you and discover new pathways.


Shieri Yamafuji

Shieri Yamafuji is a professional dancer and certified Yoga/Pilates instructor having completed her 200 hour teacher training at Dou Yoga and holds a certification in Restorative Yoga from ISHTA. She has experience teaching both group and private classes and has led numerous workshops in Japan. She is passionate about health and fitness and helping people attain their physical and mental goals.


Djuna Passman

Djuna’s aversion to yoga quickly dissipated after she discovered the strong physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of a daily practice during a time of personal upheaval. A life long love of moving and firm belief in the healing that comes from developing and deepening the mind-body connection have led her to successful careers as a dancer, choreographer, and dance/movement therapist. Feeling a strong desire to share the wonders of yoga with others she received her yoga certification through mang’Oh as part of their inaugural teacher training in 2011. Blending extensive knowledge of the body with choreographic skills and the ability to create and hold a safe space for self-exploration and play, Djuna aims to challenge and inspire her students.


Carey Macarthur

Yoga entered Carey’s life in 2010 in the form of an aerial silk. Driven by the desire to heal chronic pain, she found that hanging upside down and surrendering to gravity relieved her body & mind of tension. By 2014, she felt compelled to pass on the healing power of the mind-body-sprit connection to others. She received her 200 Hour Vinyasa training from Sacred Sounds Yoga, followed by her certification in Unnata Aerial Yoga, Advanced Unnata Aerial Yoga and most recently her Sound School certification from Maha Rose. Along the way, her curiosity has led her to explore various yogic & somatic traditions including Iyengar, Ashtanga, Rolfing, Pilates and Sound Healing. Her vinyasa classes draw from these eclectic sources while using the breath to create a sustained meditative state. When not on the mat, Carey works as a photographer & artist and focuses her studies on the nature of consciousness.


Katherine Phipps

Katherine, a brand strategist from Indiana, believes that the ancient art of yoga is a path to transformation, peace and freedom for all. Using the asana practice also as a vehicle to discuss more subtle aspects of yoga, she encourages students to develop a mindful practice both on and off the mat in order to promote yoga as a lifestyle for total wellbeing. After developing a profound love for yoga during her studies related to yoga and meditation at Pratt Institute, two years later Katherine completed the 200 HR YTT at AllYoga NYC with Christina Rufin and Casey Beachamp. An eternal student, Katherine aspires to continue to learn and share authentically as her practice continues to transform her experience in order to better serve her community and the world.


Michael King

Michael King is a certified vinyasa and yin yoga instructor, having completed his 200-hour teacher training at All Yoga. A strong believer in yoga’s ability to bring balance to the mind and body, to challenge as well as to restore, he is delighted to share this practice with the community. Hailing from southern Virginia and currently residing in Queens, Michael brings a free-spirited and calming energy to his students.