Our Instructors

 

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. Our students range in age from 8 years old to 80 years old!   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, and we have now added the fun Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group where you can learn how to knit, crochet or do quilting while meeting interesting people.”

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.  She was  named “Chamber Member of the Year” in January 2016 by the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce for her commitment to supporting local businesses and charitable efforts.     Nancy is trained in Reiki Level One and Reiki Level Two.

Nancy teaches Beginner Yoga on Saturdays at 8:30 AM and Sundays at 10 AM, Unwind and Relax on Thursdays at 8 PM, Stretch and Flow on Thursdays at 10 AM, Candlelight Restorative on alternate Monday nights at 7:30 PM, Saturday Flow on Saturdays at 10 AM, and Chair Yoga on Tuesdays at 11 AM.  Nancy also leads workshops at Moonflower Yoga on various topics.

 

Jessica Saraswati, RYT:

jessica singing bowl singleJessica Saraswati teaches 6 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 a fabulous “Yoga Basics” class at 5 PM,  followed by 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 7:30 PM.  Jessica also teaches a fantastic  “Stretch and Tone” 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 6 PM 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, IKYT:

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.”  Come try one of Lori’s wonderful Kundalini yoga classes on Sunday mornings at 11:15 AM, Thursday at 6:30 PM, or Wednesday at 5 PM, or the amazing Sound Wash workshop events at Moonflower Yoga which pair Lori’s mesmerizing gong with Jessica Saraswati and her singing bowls. Lori is a Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance guidelines, as well as a member of the International Kundalini Teachers Association (IKYTA), and is certified in Gong Resonance Therapy.  Lori is also a Reiki Master.

 

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 on alternate Tuesday evenings.  Connie offers Reiki training at Moonflower Yoga.  She is a native Long Islander and spiritually considers herself lucky to be living in these exciting times.   

 

 Joseph Panico:

 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.  Joseph’s fabulous Tai Chi class is offered every Wednesday at 6:05 PM.

 

 Christine Senetto:

Christine brings her love of healing energies to Moonflower Yoga.   She is an a Reiki Master,  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 on a Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM (check the schedule for the exact date each month).    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.

 

Maife Santillan, RYT:

MaifeMaife 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.  Come try Maife’s wonderful Kripalu Yoga class on Wednesdays at 9:30 AM, Easy Beginner on Thursdays at 5:15 PM, or Sunday Flow and Stretch on Sundays at 8:45 AM.

 

Dona Chandra, RYT:

dona headshotDona joins Moonflower Yoga and teaches a fabulous “Blissful Stretch” class on Wednesdays at 10:45 AM, a great class for all fitness levels,as well as a “Gentle Yoga Stretch”.  You’ll love the deep stretching while also relaxing and de-stressing.  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:

rosanneRosanne 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.   You will love Rosanne’s lovely Evening Stretch class at Moonflower Yoga which is offered on alternate Wednesdays at 7:30 PM.

 

Stephanie Rose, RYT, IKYTA:

stephanie roseStephanie has always had an interest in the mystical qualities of life. Knowing inherently from a young age that there was “more than what meets the eye,” she has studied the spiritual, metaphysical and occult from an early age. For years her interest in yoga came from an intuitive knowing that it was an important piece to the puzzle when it comes to developing higher states of awareness. She practiced on and off for the better part of a decade in various styles. Her love for the physicality of Ashtanga/Iyengar practice and the deeply meditative and spiritual aspects of Kundalini and Tantra drew her to find Kia Miller in 2013, a teacher who blended these elements into a single practice known as Radiant Body Yoga. In March 2014, Stephanie took the journey of a lifetime to Rishikesh, India to complete her first 200 hour teacher training with Kia Miller. Living in an ashram for 30 days and studying these sacred philosophies in the birthplace of yoga allowed Stephanie to deeply integrate the teachings into her own life, as well as into the classes she leads. In 2015, Stephanie completed a second teacher training, the 220 Hour KRI Level 1 training for Kundalini Yoga to further deepen her knowledge of the practice. She wishes to share this knowledge with those who are open to receiving it. She is a registered member of the Yoga Alliance and International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. You might also occasionally catch her on News 12 Long Island – as a Traffic Reporter for the morning show.   Stephanie teaches a Radiant Body Yoga class on alternate Sunday mornings at 8:45 AM.  She also teaches select Kundalini yoga classes on the schedule.
Theresa Mariano Doyle:

theresa mariano doyleTheresa has enjoyed yoga for many years and expanded her love of yoga into becoming a yoga teacher.   She is a graduate of the Yoga Darshana Center and is a Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance guidelines.  Theresa’s teaching style is hatha yoga, which is great for beginners or those seeking a gentle practice.  One of the many benefits of practicing yoga is self-acceptance, as we all have very different bodies, and Theresa encourages her students to honor exactly where they are as students and to move and practice at what level feels right.  Theresa’s classes will enable you to become more flexible, develop strength, tone your body, improve your balance, as well as help you to quiet the mind to bring relaxation and inner peace.

 

  

 Raquel Wolf-Jadeja:

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.

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