Illumina East is a community of real people doing deep shit. It’s not about who you are or what you wear, but that you want to dive in and explore. We are seekers held together by different modalities from different cultures, different strengths and unified with the desire to live from the heart and explore the authentic self.
Our doors are open to all and to practice here is to embrace diversity, embodiment, heart. Here you will feel safe and supported while exploring the deeper questions that life poses and yoga supports.
Our teachers are highly skilled and relate to more than one modality of practice. They bring in their own experiences and truths to inform a unique class experience in the full spectrum of the yogic path.
In our full spectrum approach to the practice, our teachers will guide you through a journey inspired by their own unique truths, personal experiences and conscious relationship to the world. Our classes will shed light on a specific human concept or theme which is woven through all layers of the class from physical to subtle with confidence and skill.
Rian is a 500 hour ERYT yoga teacher, in Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga. Having trained with Guru Dharam/ Siri Sat, Sonic Yoga and Yogamaya, assisted Elena Brower, and strongly influenced by the methodology of Katonah Yoga (Abby Galvin). Rian’s teaching is “skilled, sensitive, and strong.” His work has also been called “impeccable, heartfelt, and accurate”.
What you can expect: You will learn how to direct your energy in the most potent way possible. Expect to explore your blindspots, and gain deeper awareness of how your mind operates and how the body responds. This yoga is the mastery of reverse engineering that process to elevate your mind and spirit.
Johanna’s yoga journey started when she was a wee tot, dancing to express the things that had no words, writing to find the images that evoke… These loves carried her through years of training as a classical ballet dancer, a degree in theatre with an emphasis on literature and a successful career as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer in New York and on the road. Her dabbling into yoga turned serious when she discovered Sonic and the expressive joyful, forgiving energy of the space. She graduated from the 200-hour program under the guidance of Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields and soon realized that the teachings made sense of everything she ever believed in and brought all her separate pieces together. She’s never looked back…becoming teacher and manager of the 2nd Sonic Space in Westchester almost immediately…guiding that studio through it’s transition to Quest Yoga Arts, Joining The Sonic Training Faculty and ultimately stepping into her home base in NYC as Co-Director in 2009, serving Sonic and all its training programs in that capacity until 2014. In the midst of all that, she was blessed with a 500-hour certificate under the guidance of the incomparable Sri Dharma Mittra and has continued to be inspired through the lineage of Shiva Rea, the wisdom of the Tantra, the Pneuma System and ancient Shamanic wisdom. She is a Reiki Healer and has studied under Guru Dharam Khalsa for her certificate in Kundalini Yoga Therapy. She is married to the most magical man and fellow Yogi, Jim Bell. They reside with their daughter Lucia in Carmel, NY.
I decided to stop believing the myth that feeling terrible was my fate. I didn’t want to walk around with a smile on my face while my body was in pain. I wanted to OWN my body and my health. I wanted to take care of myself.
I believe that great health is a holistic matter: when your body, mind or emotions are out of alignment, it throws the whole system off. However, the more you come into balance, the greater your magnetic potential, purpose, meaning, and love in life.
What to expect:
A quicker paced vinyasa class. Classes are typically dharma focused with an emphasis on the energy centers (chakras) of the body. Expect flowy sequencing with a steady metronome of breath and movement. I love finding music I like to move to and I use my dance background, eye for detail, and alignment training to find seamless sequencing and integration of more challenging postures. There will be core strengthening, lot's of standing poses, and a few restorative postures to cool you down out the end. Let’s breathe, sweat and flow!
My appetite for information has never been satiated. Since 2006 I have participated in dozens of trainings as a student, assistant and teacher. I have met some incredible teachers and they have all taught me much. I am so grateful for Alan and Jean, Jillian Pransky, Cyndi Lee, Manorama and for Elena Brower who I have been studying with since 2013 when I attended her Art of Attention 100 Hour Advanced Training. She introduced me to Katonah Yoga, and after returning home to Brooklyn in 2017 I have had the privilege of connecting with Abbie Galvin at the Studio where I've continued learning this wonderful method.
My classes are an evolution of my own study. I bring everything that inspires me to the mat and to my students. My teaching is very precise and practical with a flair for the mystical. I'll gladly teach you about the Full Moon and your Pelvic Floor. I am so thankful to live a life that keeps me inspired and to continue meeting incredible students and teachers. Thank you.
I am passionate about making this practice accessible (and fun!) for every body - and mind. My goal is to create a space space for individuals to connect with their body, mind, and soul so they can more fully connect with their community, environment, and beyond.
Love and gratitude for these teachings, my teachers, and to each and every one of you.
What you can expect in my class:
Mood music meets intelligent sequencing as we dance the delicate dance between softness and strength.
A vinyasa style yoga class using asana and pranayama as vehicles to heightened awareness. Through practice we find balance physically, mentally, and emotionally, allowing you the opportunity to release tension, old patterns and behaviors creating space for growth and transformation.
She has specialized training in Children’s Yoga, Yoga Nidra and Restorative Yoga and received her certifications in those modalities under Shakta Kaur Khalsa, Mona Anand and Marlie McGovern respectively.
What to Expect: Her classes are rooted in the Vinyasa style with an emphasis on alignment and breath awareness. With a background in dance, creativity and self-expression are an integral part of her classes, incorporating mantra, explorative movement and meditation. She is most interested in exploring the harmony of opposites, and creating balance in the body-mind and spirit.
An avid world traveler, skier and surfer, off the mat, Kristin is happiest when she is active and outdoors.
Kristin is also passionate about the work she does with Kula for Karma. teaching yoga and meditation to The Veterans of The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic, NYU Langone Medical Center. Also developing and managing programs across NYC hospitals and facilities.
She is both a city and country girl, dividing her life, work and love between New York City and Woodstock, NY. This polarity, this balance keeps her grounded and makes her smile ~ big and often ~ as she mothers two young boys and one large dog.
Bhajan is insanely passionate about the Healing/Creative Arts, Magic, Symbology, Eastern Ritual Musical instruments, Chocolate and the deep sacred art of Humor.
Recently, while traveling through Europe, South America, Thailand and India, Bhajan developed Amaru yoga, a powerful hybrid of Kundalini-Tantra yoga, Ecstatic Dance, Breath work, Gong Wash and Art.
Recent engagements include facilitating Sound Healing concerts and private healings at a Kundalini Research Institute teacher Training, in South Bali. Bhajan was honored to have performed on the Sacred Sound Stage which made its debut at the 2017 International Yoga Festival in Rishikesh India and provided Gong- Singing Bowl support for Sukhmandir Singh Kalsa.
Bhajan participated and completed a 30 day work-study program at Casa Kiliku, a Tantra Shamanism school in Tumbaco- Ecuador. At Casa Kiliku Bhajan received his Certification in Tantra Yoga and Mindful Nutrition, while teaching daily Kundalini yoga classes, Sacred Water Purification and Cacao Ceremonies for students from all over the world.
Bhajan received his Kundalini yoga teacher training in 2017 from Guru Dass Khalsa, Rachel Sat Siri Dougherty, and Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa.
In 2015 Bhajan studied Dr. Joesph Micheal Levry’s Naam- Kundalini, is certified in Tantra Yoga / Mindful Nutrition and a practitioner of the Universal Kabbalah. Bhajan was very fortunate to have worked-studied under two Sundancers (Taino,Lakota Lineage) Salvador Bolivar and Roman Guaraguariox Perez, providing support at traditional healing ceremonies.
In 2013, Bhajan studied and completed a level one Thai Yoga Massage course with Master Thai yoga Healer, Therdchai Chumpoohpon in Chang Mai Thailand. Bhajan In 2016 received a Himalayan Bowl Therapy Certification from 3rd Generation Singing Bowl Grand Master Healer, Shree Krishna Shai in Nepal and is Currently collaborating-mentoring under GongMaster Sanjay Hall.
My intention is to make the Vedic teachings and Bhakti philosophy available to everyone. I endeavor to make this sacred ancient wisdom applicable to our everyday life. I teach to the body and spirit and create space for deep revelation. Being fully engaged in the practice of mantra and chanting I often bring this element of yoga to my teachings. I lead kirtans every month and offer various kirtan trainings around New York. My hope is to bring light to the shadows of our existence. To remove the veils of ignorance and illusion so that we may connect to the soul. To create space and freedom in the heart so that we may move away from the things that hold us back, and embrace all that uplifts and connects us.
Hari Om Tat Sat
Kevin Tobar Pesantez
He completed his Level One Training at Kundalini Yoga East in New York City under the supervision of Sat Jivan Kaur Khalsa and Sat Jivan Singh Khalsa and Level Two-Lifecycles and Lifestyles at Hari, NYC with Hari Kaur Khalsa and Krishna Kaur Khalsa and Mind and Meditation at Hacienda de Guru Ram Das Ashram in Espanola, New Mexico with Deva Kaur Khalsa, Devinder Kaur Khalsa, Ravi Kaur Khalsa and Nirvair Singh Khalsa.
He is also certified in Divine Alignment by Guru Prem Singh Khalsa and Simran Kaur Khalsa.
In addition to Kundalini Yoga, Raj Mantra has also completed both Level One and Level Two Gong Resonance Training with Crown of Eternity’s Mike and Gallina Tamburo.
What to Expect: Kundalini Yoga is the yoga of awareness. Having the experience to find the YOU in you. Each class is taught with integrity and authenticity as taught by Yogi Bhajan. Holding a safe space for you to Poke, Provoke and Confront yourself to unblock subconscious blocks in order to Elevate yourself and explore your Infinite (unlimited) self.
Each class, you will be challenged through Kundalini Kriya’s (A prescribed set of exercises) consciously using Pranayam (Breath), Asana’s (Postures), Mudra’s and Meditations. Be prepared to have YOUR experience.
Susanna created Devi Soul Yoga, an approach to teaching that includes Hindu myth, mantra, mudra, and meditation in each of her classes. She combines these practices with a careful attention to alignment and an emphasis on the breath to guide flowing movement sequences. Her classes are challenging, inviting students into the deep sweetness of svadhyaya, or self-study.
Off the mat, Susanna spends her time writing and drawing. Her book, Yoga 365, was released by Chronicle Books in October 2016, and is in its fourth printing. Susanna writes for numerous publications, including The Huffington Post, Mantra Wellness, Yoga Journal, Elephant Journal, and NY Yoga+Life Magazine.
Susanna created the popular Writing Your Practice and 30Things workshops and online courses, which apply yoga philosophy and myth to the practice of writing, unlocking yogis’ creativity and refining their self-expression. Students from over 25 countries have participated since 2011.
Susanna is based in New York City, but teaches internationally. Her current weekly classes are at Brooklyn’s Abhaya Yoga and YogaWorks Soho. She teaches public workshops in Yoga Philosophy, Myth, Mantra, Meditation, and Writing, and guest teaches for numerous teacher trainings. She teaches, mentors, and coaches privately in these areas as well.
Susanna Harwood Rubin
Yoga is my medicine, my temple and my space for communicating with the divine and emptying out the sub-conscious matter that can cloud my vision. My classes travel deep into the healing field, offering students tools and opportunities to align with their higher selves using transformative Kriyas, Meditations and Mantra from the Kundalini yoga tradition. My guru is my breath and the breath of the universe. My path has been illuminated by many wise ones, namely, Gurumukh Kaur Khalsa, Gurushabd Singh Khalsa, Yogi Bhajan, Pema Chodron, Guru Dev Singh, Robert Vetter, and countless mystic poets, spiritual healers and seers from the worlds traditions. My teacher at this moment in my life is Guru Dharam Singh Khalsa, with whom I study Kundalini medicine and yoga therapy. I believe that when we begin walking with the Yogi’s and Rishi’s we travel close to a current of grace. Beginning yogis require an openness to explore and receive in conjunction with a personal commitment to practice with genuine effort and integrity. This balance between softness (opening to the grace) and firmness (creating a keep-up spirit) will start to make magic happen in the life of the practitioner.
Jarrod Byrne Mayer
Known for his sense of humor, music, and extensive knowledge of the healing field, he offers a direct and fun approach to the healing dynamics of Kundalini Yoga. Amanbir currently shares his in-depth understanding of energetic and physical anatomy in numerous Kundalini Yoga and therapy trainings worldwide. He serves as one of the lead teachers and directors of Golden Bridge Yoga trainings around the world.
He teaches at many major yoga festivals including Sat Nam Fest, Wanderlust, Yoga Journal conference, and Kripalu. He has produced “Akal Groove”, an album to inspire and uplift others that captures his modern embrace of the ancient sound current of mantras. He holds a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.