Nancy Weshkoff, E-RYT, Reiki Master Practitioner, 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 since added the fun Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group where you can learn how to knit, crochet or do quilting while meeting interesting people, as well as the Moonflower Yoga Mah Jongg Club, and the Women’s Gathering group which meets on topics relevant to women.”
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 2,000 hours of teaching experience. Nancy has also received YACEP status as a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider. 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 Muscle-skeletal 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 and is a Reiki Master Practitioner and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master Teacher.
Nancy teaches Beginner Yoga on Saturdays at 8:30 AM and Sundays at 10 AM, Unwind and Relax on Thursdays at 745 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. (Chair Yoga is also offered on Thursday mornings at 11:30 AM with Lynn and Wednesdays at 5 PM with Lynn.) Nancy leads workshops at Moonflower Yoga on various topics.
Jessica Saraswati, RYT:
Jessica Saraswati teaches several great classes at Moonflower Yoga which you will love! Try her 30-minute guided meditation on Tuesday mornings at 8:45 AM, followed by her wonderful “Morning Meditation and Movement” class at 9:15 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 select Tuesday nights at 7:30 PM. Jessica is a Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance guidelines and received her training on Long Island. 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. Jessica will be on maternity leave starting in January, 2018, as she welcomes her first child into the world.
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 Practitioner .
Lynn Carapella, E-RYT 200:
Lynn Carapella, E-RYT 200, has over 5000 hours of teaching experience in various yoga asanas including ashtanga, anusara, vinyasa, and restorative styles as well as experience instructing family, teen, child and pre-natal yoga. Lynn, who has been practicing yoga for over 30 years, is humbled to share her experience of yoga with each student to a deeper mind-body connection within themselves. She believes that yoga is for everyone: that the beneficial rewards of the eight limbs of yoga are awaiting anyone who is willing. Join her in a peaceful practice to cultivate mindfulness, steadiness, patience, compassion and the interconnectedness of all beings, all creation – through the beautiful gift that is YOGA. Lynn teaches a wonderful “Rejuvenate and Stretch ” class on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 AM and a “Balance and Tone” class on Wednesday evenings at 6:15 PM which helps you improve balance while building strength and flexibility. Lynn teaches Chair Yoga, which is great for everyone, on Thursdays at 11:30 AM and Wednesdays at 5 PM. (Chair Yoga is also offered on Tuesdays at 11 AM with Nancy.)
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 select Tuesday evenings. Connie offers Reiki training at Moonflower Yoga and leads select workshops. She is a native Long Islander and spiritually considers herself lucky to be living in these exciting times.
Theresa Mariano Doyle, RYT:
Theresa 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. Theresa teaches Stretch and Tone on Saturday mornings, Stretch, Intense, Restore on select Monday evenings, Yin + Restore on select Tuesday evenings, and Friday Stretch on Friday mornings. Come give one of these great classes a try!
Stephanie Rose, RYT, IKYTA:
Stephanie 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 and a strength-building 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 Sunday mornings at 8:45 AM. She also teaches select Kundalini yoga classes on the schedule.
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 & meditative, drawing on the influence of her guiding teachers from the Kripalu lineage. Rosanne teaches Beginner Stretch on Monday at 6 PM.
Dona Chandra, RYT :
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. Dona teaches Gentle Yoga Stretch on Wednesdays at 745 PM.
Rose Edelman, RYT
Rose Edelman is a RYT200 yoga teacher. She emphasizes proper alignment, safety and comfortability for students during each class. Rose has a passion for working with others to help create an empowering, inspiring environment for enrichment and self-discovery. Her goal is to help people use lifestyle tools on and off the mat. Her background as a plant-based, whole foods chef and graduate studies in health psychology, both influence her knowledge of the mind-body-spirit approach in working with student. Rose teaches Beginner Yoga Fundamentals on Mondays at 430 PM and is also a substitute teacher for other classes.
Jacqueline Lee, RYT:
Jacqueline Lee is a 200-hour registered Hatha yoga teacher, Reiki practitioner and writer. Through the help of her mom, Jacqueline was introduced to yoga. The peaceful state that yoga provided her resonated so deeply and changed her outlook not only of herself, but the world at large. In order to share this healing light with others, she decided to deepen her practice and become a yoga teacher. She completed her yoga teacher training on Long Island in 2015. Jacqueline truly feels that through yoga, we are able to be in the present moment long enough to make that powerful mind body connection with our true authentic self. It is here that we can turn our attention inward in order to heal, grow, learn, and ultimately love ourselves, and others fully. Jacqueline Lee joins the Moonflower Yoga staff in January of 2018 as she teaches Jessica Saraswati’s Yoga Basics and Move & Stretch classes on Tuesdays while Jessica is on maternity leave.
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 Tuesday 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 (hand positions for meditation & relaxation). 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.
Lucia Magnoli, RYT (currently on maternity leave):
Lucia teaches beginner-level yoga at Moonflower Yoga, perfect for students of all levels, particularly beginners. 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 uses 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 17 years of experience as an elementary teacher. Lucia is also the author of the children’s book, “Math + Yoga = No Way!” combining her 2 passions of teaching children and yoga.
Maife Santillan, RYT (substitute teacher):
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.