Nancy Weshkoff, E-RYT, and Owner of Moonflower Yoga Inc.
Nancy is a baby boomer who discovered yoga over 16 years ago, and it changed her life. Working at that time in a very stressful executive position in corporate America, she realized that her yoga practice enabled her to de-stress and better cope with life’s challenges while building strength and flexibility. Her love affair with yoga continues every single day, and she brings that dedication to Moonflower Yoga.
Nancy built Moonflower Yoga so that everyone can enjoy yoga and work towards a healthier lifestyle. Nancy further explains Moonflower’s underlying philosophy and mission: “Over the years, it has been so disheartening to me to see people, especially those who are baby boomers, be afraid to try a yoga class because they’re intimidated. As a fellow baby boomer, I understand how your body is different at this point in your life and you might need a gentler practice. I wanted to create Moonflower Yoga so that people of ALL ages and fitness levels can have an enjoyable yoga practice with a wide variety of classes. Yoga is a wonderful way to help you feel better, remain flexible, become stronger, and gain balance, and Moonflower Yoga’s small-class setting enables us to pay close attention to you. Moonflower Yoga has a team of very special teachers who are dedicated to provide you with a great yoga experience. I’ve also met so many wonderful friends through my years of practice. I’d love you to come and try a class, meet new people, and have fun while getting stronger. In addition to our great yoga classes, you can learn new things in our engaging and interesting workshops on a variety of topics held on Friday evenings or weekend afternoons. I also launched the Moonflower Yoga Book Club which is a great way to have some lively conversation while enjoying home-baked goodies.”
Nancy Weshkoff is a member of the Yoga Alliance and is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT200) under Yoga Alliance guidelines. As an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, Nancy has more than 1,000 hours of teaching experience. She received her yoga teacher training at LYH in NY. Nancy is also a member of the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association and has attended accredited courses at Kripalu on “Yoga as Medicine”, “Adapting Restorative Yoga for Chronic Illness”, “Chair Yoga for the Rest of Us”, “Evaluating Musculoskeletal Imbalances” and “Nurturing the Sacred Time of Pregnancy”. Nancy is a member of the Long Island Yoga Association, where she has attended numerous workshops, and is an active member of the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce.
Jessica Saraswati, RYT:
Jessica Saraswati teaches 5 great classes at Moonflower Yoga which you will love! Try her 30-minute guided meditation on Tuesday mornings at 9 AM, followed by her wonderful “Morning Meditation and Movement” class at 9:35 AM. On Tuesday evening, Jessica leads an energetic “Move and Stretch” class at 6:15 PM. For complete relaxation, give Jessica’s fabulous singing bowl meditation classes a try on alternate Tuesday nights at 7:45 PM. Jessica also teaches a fantastic “Mindful Breath and Movement” class on Saturday mornings at 11:15 AM. Jessica is a Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance guidelines and received her training at A Jewel in the Lotus studio in Islip. She believes in bringing love and compassion to each pose and she inspires her students to step into their power and live from the heart. In 2011, she began practicing yoga to expand her spiritual practice and learn how to unite the body, mind, and spirit. Through diligent practice, Jessica discovered how compassion, surrender and patience have the ability to transform us on and off the mat.
Lucia Magnoli, RYT:
Lucia teaches a wonderful Beginner Stretch class on Monday nights at Moonflower Yoga, perfect for students of all levels. Lucia is a graduate of the teaching training program at Yoga Darshana Center. She’s had a passion for yoga for the last ten years and is now committed to teaching her love of yoga to others. She hopes to use her educational background to help others achieve positive balance through learning the importance of the mind- body connection. Lucia loves Long Island and spending time outdoors with her family. She is passionate about educating others and has over 16 years experience as an elementary teacher.
Lori Pappas, RYT:
Lori Pappas is honored to share the ancient yet timely teachings of Kundalini Yoga with fellow seekers. Known for its ability to promote health, creativity & spiritual awareness, Kundalini Yoga combines physical exercise, breathing techniques, mantra & meditation. Her classes are infused with a unique sense of humor, positive energy & personalized attention. Catering to both beginners and advanced yogis, Lori strives to offer a space wherein students feel accepted and safe to embrace the greatest mission of our time…moving from the head to the heart. In the words of Yogi Bhajan “There is nothing outside of us. It’s all in us.”
Rev. Constance Barley:
The Rev. Constance Barley is an interfaith minister, as well as a Reiki Master teacher and healer. She offers meditation, counseling, astrology, Tarot readings, and Feng Shui. Connie is our most popular workshop presenter at Moonflower Yoga, and she also teaches a wonderful, guided meditation class at the studio. Connie is a native Long Islander and spiritually considers herself lucky to be living in these exciting times.
Joseph Panico has been studying martial arts for more than 15 years. He began his Tai Chi training in 1997 at Red Dragon Kung Fu Center under Sifu Rafael Gomez, and has been studying Tai Chi and Qigong extensively with Sifu Joseph Laracuenta since 2002. Joseph comments: “Our goal is to live a long and healthy life. By focusing on ourselves, we get to improve the quality of our life. And by expressing that quality outward, we get to improve the lives of others.” Joseph is also a certified instructor by the Arthritis Foundation. He has won various awards including a US Open Martial Arts Championship in Queens, NY.
Christine brings her love of healing energies to Moonflower Yoga. She is an advanced Reiki practitioner, a Master/Instructor of Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) (Angel Healing) & has attended numerous workshops & retreats studying tapping, the chakra system, yoga and meditation. Christine offers a wonderful IET (Angel Healing) class each month at Moonflower Yoga. Christine also teaches other classes at the studio including angel meditation, tapping, and understanding yoga mudras. In addition, Christine teaches IET (Angel Healing) basic training at the Moonflower Yoga studio so that you can learn how to perform IET on yourself and others.
Dona Chandra, RYT:
Dona joins Moonflower Yoga and teaches an interesting new Yin Yoga class (great for stretching while calming the mind!) on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 AM. Dona is a yoga practitioner of 5 years and a Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance guidelines. Her teaching style is passionate and positive, enthusiastic and supportive, and she encourages her students to explore their path of personal development with Ahimsa love, compassion and understanding. Dona teaches various styles of alternative fitness classes, is an active member of the running community, is an Holistic Health Coach, meditates daily, and raises her backyard chickens.
Rosanne Cassidy, RYT:
Rosanne discovered many years ago that the practice of yoga helped to still her mind and ease the physical stress in her body. This inspired her to enter the teacher’s path to bring these benefits to other people. Rosanne is a RYT with Yoga Alliance and has completed over 400 hours of training. At present Rosanne is enrolled in the Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation Program through Spirit Rock Center in California to deepen her education in the potential benefits of combining yoga and insight meditation. Rosanne’s classes are gentle and meditative, drawing on the influence of her guiding teachers from the Kripalu lineage.
Marilyn Flower, RYT:
Marilyn is a Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance guidelines. Marilyn received her teacher training in Kripalu having studied asana, pranayama, meditation, yoga philosophy, Hindu religion, anatomy and physiology. Marilyn has also continued her studies in ashrams including India and Hawaii. Marilyn emphasizes being non-judgmental, mindful and caring to our body and soul. Marilyn teaches our Sunday Flow class. Come try this great class!
Maife Santillan, RYT:
Maife is a Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance guidelines, and a graduate from the Kripalu School of Yoga and a Kripalu Yoga and Ayurveda Association member. Maife is a Registered Nurse, and is currently an active member of the running community. Her passion and love for yoga began many years ago. As her practice deepened, she felt a calling to become a teacher and inspire others to awaken their higher potentials. Maife believes the practice of yoga and mediation offers powerful tools to cultivate health, personal growth and transformation. Beyond teaching how to stretch and strengthen, Maife invites her students to explore open hearted awareness, honor your inner wisdom, encourage self- acceptance and invite deep peace in your lives.
Moonflower Yoga is excited to have Raquel Wolf-Jadeja bring Laughter Yoga to the studio. Laughter Yoga is a very fun and energetic class that will make you feel great! Raquel is a Certified Health Coach, Laughter Yoga Leader, dedicated mom, and owner of West East All-Natural Bistro & Wine Bar in Hicksville. She most enjoys empowering and inspiring others to live a truly happy, healthy life – full of energy and free of stress. When she is not working one-on-one with clients, her passion is bringing together community, fostering friendship, happiness and well-being.