Meditation: Yoga Nidra


This class is taught by:

Mary Aranas

Mary Aranas


HOMETOWN

Taipei, Taiwan (raised in Toronto and Ottawa, Canada)

PHILOSOPHY

Mary embraces yoga as a perfect blend of athleticism, creativity and spirituality. She encourages her students to find their joyful edge of inner and outer strength, beauty and expression.

CLASSES AT PURE

Slow Flow Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Restorative

EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS

E-RYT 500. Practice since 1996 Teach since 2002. Certified: ISHTA, AcroYoga, YogaSlackers, Thai Yoga, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, Reiki 2nd Degree.

MENTORS

Yogiraj Alan Finger

BEFORE YOGA

Actress in regional and off-Broadway theater

Karen Nourizadeh

HOMETOWN
New Britain, CT
PHILOSOPHY
Karen teaches adults and children to focus on alignment and pay personal attention to their bodies.
CLASSES AT PURE
Vinyasa Flow, Hot Power, Beginner’s Series, Meditation, Yoga Philosophy
EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS
Certified Yoga Instructor (kids and adults)
MENTORS
Rodney Yee
BEFORE YOGA
Attorney and Broker
 

Laura Brandel

HOMETOWN
Malverne, New York
PHILOSOPHY
Laura Brandel has a strong understanding of the principles of yoga and how to share these teachings from her heart. She is a kind and intuitive teacher with a calm yet dynamic voice. One of her most outstanding qualities is how attentive she is, watching each student and seeing what they need as individuals.
CLASSES AT PURE
Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa & Restorative

EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS
E-RYT 200 RYT 500 from Pure Yoga with a focus in Yoga Therapy

MENTORS
Dana Slamp

BEFORE YOGA

Sho Higuchi

HOMETOWN
Queens, New York

PHILOSOPHY
Sho believes that the purpose of our lives is to be happy (and share this happiness with others) - this shines through in his class. He incorporates elements of unconditional love by building awareness in friendliness, joy, and equanimity among all souls.

CLASSES AT PURE
Yin, Restorative, Classical Hatha, Meditation, Yoga Nidra, Slow Flow

EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS
Student of meditation since age 7; 800 hour certified in Yogic Lifestyle & Science, Classical Hatha Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama, Restorative Yoga, Yin Yoga, Pre-natal Yoga; On-going training in Contortion, Circus Arts, Life-Coaching, Philosophy, and Yoga

MENTORS
Hisao "Genki" Horiguchi, Yogi Charu, Mary Aranas, Isaac Pena, Kazu Chan, Shelly Zagor

BEFORE YOGA
Pastry Chef

Jimmy Burgio

HOMETOWN
Virginia Beach, Virginia
 
PHILOSOPHY
Where the body goes, the mind will follow. Jimmy teaches a rigorous, fluid vinyasa-based class that encourages his students to use their yoga practice as a way to create space in their lives for unceasing grace.
 
CLASSES AT PURE
Hot Power Yoga
 
EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS
13 years of practice, E-RYT 200, Former director of New York Yoga's 200 and 500 hour teacher training programs where he taught Meditation, Chanting, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and The Bhagavad Gita.
 
MENTORS
Lisa Asha Rapp, Rachel Page, Dhanurdhara Swami, the teachings of Swami Satchidananda, Dana Flynn and Sri Dharma Mittra.
 
BEFORE YOGA
Dancer and Choreographer. Artistic Director of Mitra Dance Collective, a NYC-based contemporary dance company.

Shakti Assouline

SHAKTI
ASSOULINE

HOMETOWN
France & Key West, Florida.

PHILOSOPHY
Shakti was born in a yoga ashram in France and began seriously practicing yoga & meditation at age 13. After college, she spent 6 years in India, studying under Srila Bhaktivaibhava Puri Maharaj. She has studied and taught throughout India, France, Italy, the UK, and America. Shakti believes shifting the way we think is the key to being more at peace with ourselves and happy in our lives. She teaches Yoga Nidra and Meditation with this purpose in mind.

CLASSES AT PURE
Meditation/Yoga Nidra and Hatha

EXPERIENCE & CERTIFICATIONS
20 year practitioner, studying under master such as Krodhashyamani, a direct student of BKS Iyengar, BV Puri Maharaj, Bikram, Kanti and Yogi Chandra. Yoga Certification and Yoga Teacher Trainer Certification from VIHE, Vrindavan and NY. Leads Yoga Nidra and Meditation Training courses internationally. BA degree from Sarah Lawrence College.

MENTORS
BV Puri Maharaj, BKS Iyengar, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, Vishnu Maharaj, Krodhashyamani, my parents who studied under AC Bhaktivedanta Swami.

BEFORE YOGA
There was no before, but I also act and write.

Yoga Nidra (Psychic sleeping) – Yoga Nidra is the art of conscious relaxation. It is a powerful practice where the body and mind are liberated from their tensions and anxiety. One learns how to put the body into sleep while the mind remains fully awake. The brain wave drops into the theta state where deep levels of healing takes place on the emotional, mental, and physical planes.

Upcoming classes:

  • Mon May 01 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm with Mary Aranas
    at Pure East
  • Tue May 02 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm with Karen Nourizadeh
    at Pure West
  • Wed May 03 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm with Laura Brandel
    at Pure East
  • Thu May 04 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm with Sho Higuchi
    at Pure West
  • Fri May 05 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm with Karen Nourizadeh
    at Pure East
  • Fri May 05 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Karen Nourizadeh
    at Pure West
  • Sat May 06 11:45 am - 12:45 pm with Jimmy Burgio
    at Pure West
  • Sat May 06 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Laura Brandel
    at Pure East
  • Mon May 08 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm with Mary Aranas
    at Pure East
  • Tue May 09 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm with Karen Nourizadeh
    at Pure West
  • Wed May 10 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm with Laura Brandel
    at Pure East
  • Thu May 11 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm with Sho Higuchi
    at Pure West
  • Fri May 12 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm with Karen Nourizadeh
    at Pure East
  • Fri May 12 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm with Karen Nourizadeh
    at Pure West
  • Sat May 13 11:45 am - 12:45 pm with Jimmy Burgio
    at Pure West
  • Sat May 13 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm with Laura Brandel
    at Pure East
  • Mon May 15 1:15 pm - 2:00 pm with Shakti Assouline
    at Pure East
  • Tue May 16 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm with Karen Nourizadeh
    at Pure West
  • Wed May 17 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm with Laura Brandel
    at Pure East
  • Thu May 18 7:15 pm - 8:00 pm with Sho Higuchi
    at Pure West