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.


Nayobi  Perdomo


Nayobi Perdomo is a, RYT-200, Spanish bilingual Vinyasa teacher, with additional certification in Kids Yoga and Chair yoga. She takes a personal and individualized approach to teaching yoga, influenced by her own experience as a practitioner of Vinyasa Yoga. Nayobi’s classes emphasize strengthening the basic fundamentals of yoga through alignment and a steady connection to the breath, therefore, enhancing ones personal practice and self-awareness. Nayobi aspires to help people improve their health and achieve a better quality of life. She believes that everyone, no matter what age, can benefit from the effects of 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-RYT, Rev., CAPP, EFT, is a certified Yoga teacher trainer and Meditation teacher. She incorporates a comprehensive and multi-dimensional yogic approach with her extensive studies in complimentary mindbody modalities. Her professional certifications in Yoga (Hatha I and II Gentle, Chair, Stress Management, Meditation) and other modalities (WFPB, EFT, MB-EAT, 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. 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.”


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.


Yaprak Buyukteoman

New York based RYT 500 and KRI certified teacher experienced in Hatha and Kundalini Yoga.

Yaprak started practicing yoga in 1999 at Kaivalya Yoga Ashram in Istanbul and became a dedicated student applying asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques in her daily life. 

Yaprak has been teaching yoga and meditation in Turkey, Itay and USA since 2010 in various studios. Her main focus is opening a physically and mentally safe space for students where they can experiment, observe their patterns and have fun.

She holds a Master of Science degree in design from Politecnico di Milano University of Italy, and she conducted research about collaborative creativity and movement as a visiting scholar at Parsons Design School in New York. 

She’s completed Hari Kaur Khalsa’s Kundalini Yoga teacher training in New York and Kia Miller’s advanced Radiant Body Yoga training in Los Angeles and Rishikesh. Yaprak is also a student of other somatic disciplines such as Laban Movement Analysis, Bartenieff Fundamentals and Alexander Technique, expanding her understanding of the human body, movement and its effects on cognition.


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.


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. For more information or to say hi, visit:


Polina Kalyuzhina

A 500-hour RYT certified teacher, Polina has studied studied yoga around the world – from India to California to her current home in New York City. Her unique style of teaching incorporates elements of Vinyasa and Kundalini with meditation, mantra and kriya. She believes in the power of yoga to help us realize our fullest potential as human beings and create the lives we want.

Through her approach as an attuned and compassionate teacher, Polina creates space for students at all levels to build a personal yoga practice that helps them experience a healthier and happier life.


Eve Marie Mugar

Eve Marie Mugar is a relentless truth seeker with a passion for heart-centered living, boundless creative expression, and reminding herself and others of the magic inherent in existence. An actress for most of her life, Eve shifted her focus to her long time love of Spirituality and Yoga after taking her Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center where she returned soon after to live for a year as the intern for the School of Yoga. Eve is currently a graduate student at NYU where she is taking her love of helping others to new heights by getting a Master’s degree in Clinical Social Work.  Eve is a 200 hour trained Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Yin Yoga Teacher, and Yoga Nidra Guide, and is currently enrolled in Kripalu’s 300 hour training. Eve’s wish for her students is that they leave her class with a deep connection to their heart, a vibrant clarity in their mind, and a joyful freedom in their body.


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.


Melissa Brading


Melissa Brading is a dancer, teacher, and arts administrator originally from Topeka, KS. She started her yoga practice over 10 years ago and was extremely fortunate to have completed her 200 Hour Contemplative Teacher Training at AllYoga under the instruction of Casey Beauchamp and Christina Rufin. It is Melissa’s hope that during our yoga practice together, we will find strength, ease and an inner spaciousness that is truly our own. 


Destiny Dunkle

Destiny Dunkle has been interested in movement from a young age, starting with ballet. Love for ballet translated into love for theater which ultimately brought her from Florida to New York to study acting at Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute through NYU. There she was introduced to Tai Chi and reunited with ballet. This flowed into yoga when she was assigned to go to Yoga to the People for her dance class and she fell in love. She maintained a Vinyasa practice after leaving NYU, and decided to complete Yoga to the People’s 200hr teaching certification program in Spring 2017. A few months later she also completed a Trauma Informed workshop with Feet on the Ground. She continues to teach with Yoga to the People and hopes to bring some of the best aspects of their practice to AllYoga. By incorporating self-led sequences into her classes as well as vibrational breath, she hopes to cultivate space where students can learn to challenge habits and encourage freedom of and compassion for self. 


Jennifer Porter

Jennifer found yoga after completing her BA in Psychology at Baruch CUNY in 2012 to further her studies of herself. She is a certified Vinyasa Teacher through Yoga Room and is also certified in Ayurveda and Restorative and Yoga Nidra through ISHTA Yoga. After the birth of her son, she received her certification in Pre-Natal Yoga through the Yoga Room and is currently pursuing her passion of mommy bodies and baby bodies in her teachings at All Yoga and to preschool children across NYC. Jennifer is well vested in the Eat Right, Move Right and Think Right philosophy and shares it with the NY community at large. Good health is optimal!