Nancy Weshkoff, E-RYT, and Owner of Moonflower Yoga Inc.
Nancy is a baby boomer who discovered yoga over 15 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 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 the Little Yoga House in NY. Nancy has also studied “Yoga as Medicine” at the Kripalu Institute in Massachusetts and attends various continuing education programs. Nancy is a member of the Long Island Yoga Association and the Bellmore Chamber of Commerce.
Vicky Seff, RYT/RCYT:
Vicky is a mother of an eight year old and wanted to share yoga with her, and found the Yoga Ed. program; she completed her training in February, 2007. Vicky was on the Board of Directors, as well as the chairperson for the Planning Committee of the Long Island Yoga Association. She attends monthly workshops offered through LIYA to continue her studies in all aspects of yoga. Through their workshops, she has trained with such teachers as Lilias Folan, Beryl Bender Birch, Ana Brett, Ravi Singh, Charles Matkin, Gabriel Halpern, Rebecca Lerner, as well as some of the outstanding teachers throughout NY and the country. She is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Vicky is a RYT-200/RCYT with Yoga Alliance. She completed her yoga teacher training at the Yoga Darshana Center, and she has closely studied the teachings and principles of Iyengar yoga. Vicky is certified with the American Heart Association in CPR and the use of an AED. She is currently working towards her degree in the field of physical therapy.
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.
Jeanine Talento, RYT:
Jeanine comments as follows: “My life mission is living and cultivating a life of balance in serving others. I was lucky enough to be introduced to the healing and life changing benefits that yoga has to offer when my journey began in 2006. I have taken a wide-array of classes and workshops on Long Island and in New York City as my passion for yoga is always growing and evolving. After graduating with a BA from Queens College, I knew it was time to get my Yoga Teacher Certification and continue to deepen my practice. I received my 200-hour certification from SchoolYoga Institute in Savusavu, Fiji and am certified in both Hatha flow and Vinyasa flow. The best piece of advice I have gotten is that even as a teacher, you are always a student. I look forward to learning from my students and always keeping a humble mind and heart. My goal is to share the gift of yoga and bring love and light into the lives of as many people as possible! I am overjoyed to be joining the Moonflower Yoga community and look forward to the next chapter of my journey with you all.”
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.
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 on the second Wednesday of each month at Moonflower Yoga.
Lucia Magnoli, RYT:
Lucia will be teaching a wonderful Beginner Stretch class on Monday nights at Moonflower Yoga starting in September, 2014, 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.
Amanda Cappuccio, RYT:
Amanda Cappuccio is an alternate yoga teacher at Moonflower Yoga. She is an early childhood and special education teacher who loves children and feels that yoga can benefit all people at any age or stage of life. Amanda fell in love with yoga after taking her first class and knew that yoga would provide her life with peace, balance, and harmony and wants to share that gift with others. Amanda has studied at the Yoga Darshana Center and is a Registered Yoga Teacher.
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.
Jessica Saraswati, RYT:
Jessica Saraswati joined Moonflower Yoga in July, 2014 and offers a wonderful “Morning Meditation and Movement” class. Jessica has been practicing meditation for many years. 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 is a Registered Yoga Teacher under Yoga Alliance guidelines and received her training from Angela Strynkowski of A Jewel in the Lotus studio in Islip. Jessica believes in bringing love and compassion to each pose and she inspires her students to step into their power and live from the heart.
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.”