Nancy Weshkoff, E-RYT, Reiki Master Teacher, 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. We have since added the fun Moonflower Yoga Needle Arts Group where you can learn how to crochet and can work on your needle arts project while meeting interesting people, as well as the Moonflower Yoga Mah Jongg Club, the Moonflower Yoga Canasta 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 4,000 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 also attended numerous workshops at the Long Island Yoga Association. 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 and has received awards from New York State and Nassau County recognizing her commitment to the Long Island community. Nancy is trained in Reiki and is a certified Reiki Master Teacher and a member of the International Association of Reiki Professionals.
Nancy teaches several online yoga classes. Try Beginner Yoga on Sundays at 11 AM, Chair Yoga on Tuesdays at 12 noon, or Stretch and Flow on Thursdays at 10:15 AM. She also teaches an intermediate-level online Saturday Flow class on Saturdays at 10:15 AM. When the studio doors are safe to reopen after the coronavirus threat has passed, she teaches Beginner Yoga on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Stretch and Flow on Thursdays, Candlelight Restorative on alternate Monday nights, Chair Yoga on Tuesdays, and the intermediate Saturday Flow class on Saturdays. Nancy runs the Reiki training programs at Moonflower Yoga and leads workshops on various topics.
Lynn Pieroni, E-RYT 200 and Reiki Master Practitioner:
Lynn Pieroni, 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 several studio classes which you can attend when it is safe to reopen the doors of the studio to classes after the coronavirus threat has passed. These studio classes include a wonderful “Rejuvenate and Stretch ” class to help you build strength and flexibility and a Chair Yoga class. Or join Lynn for a fabulous Wall and Chair Yoga: A Supported Sequence class. Other studio classes include “Stretch and Meditate 101”, a great stretching class to help you relax combined with guided meditation to help you de-stress. Lynn also teaches a Beginner Yoga Fundamentals class, as well as a popular “Pilates Strengthen and Stretch” class. She has an ongoing workshop series “Anatomy of a Yoga Practice” which helps you more deeply understand the key poses that comprise your yoga practice.
Melinda Reidy, RYT 200 and Reiki Level 2 Practitioner:
Melinda is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher who is dedicated to bringing yoga to individuals of all ages and abilities. Through studying occupational therapy, Melinda gained a deep understanding of our physical and mental complexities and was inspired to teach tools to bring the body and mind into alignment. With each class, Melinda provides the opportunity to move and breathe with love and intention, encouraging more compassion for ourselves and others. Melinda believes yoga is a way of life. She leads her students to an inner peace on their mats, and teaches them how to carry that peace off of the mat and into their daily lives. Join Melinda for 2 online yoga classes: Yoga Basics at 5 PM or a lovely Stretch Meditate and Relax class on Thursdays at 7 PM. When the studio doors are open for business after the coronavirus threat has passed, you can join her for a Tuesday Stretch and Relax class at 615 PM or Evening Stretch and Relaxing Restorative Yoga on Thursdays at 745 PM. Melinda may also sub some of the other classes on the schedule. Melinda has also been studying Reiki at Moonflower Yoga and has recently become certified as a Reiki Level Two Practitioner.
Theresa Mariano Doyle, RYT and Reiki Master Practitioner:
Moonflower Yoga is pleased to announce the return of Theresa to Moonflower Yoga! Theresa was a well-loved yoga teacher at the studio but left to pursue other interests in the medical field. Theresa has returned to Moonflower Yoga and teaches a wonderful online Awaken The Subtle Body yoga class on Wednesday mornings at 10 AM. When the studio doors are open for studio classes, Theresa teaches a Stretch, Intense, Restore class on Mondays at 730 PM, a class she created for the studio a couple of years ago. Theresa is a Registered Yoga Teacher and a graduate from the Yoga Darshana Center. Theresa is a passionate student of yoga, and her dream has been to bring all of her life experience in wellness to her students. Theresa believes that we all have very different bodies and we should honor exactly where we are as students, moving in a way that feels right for the student. As an instructor, she focuses on bringing clarity to the nature of the postures so that the practice can become more fluid and flowing. As the practice grows, so does the body’s strength and the mind’s imagination. Theresa is also a Reiki Master Practitioner having taken her Reiki training at Moonflower Yoga. Most recently Theresa received her certification as a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) and she is also a licensed esthetician and a graduate of the Aveda Institute.
Jessica Saraswati, RYT200 and Reiki Master Practitioner:
Please welcome back Jessica Saraswati to the Moonflower Yoga teaching schedule! Jessica was a much-loved teacher at Moonflower Yoga before she took her maternity leave to give birth to her beautiful son, Leo. Moonflower Yoga is happy to announce that Jessica has returned to the teaching schedule on Wednesday evenings with a Slow Flow and Singing Bowls class. Jessica incorporates a wonderful array of singing bowls during her classes, and the vibration and sound from the singing bowls allows the body and mind to relax. Please join Jessica on Wednesday evenings at 7 PM for her great Slow Flow and Singing Bowls class!
Victoria Smith, RYT200:
Victoria became certified as a Yoga instructor in 2005. She teaches Hatha Yoga, which is a wonderful fundamental yoga practice, and her philosophy is that yoga is not exercise. Yoga is much more than that. Yoga is a practice that will strengthen our bodies but also our minds and our connection to our own spirit. When we enter the yoga studio it is a reminder to let go of our need to compete and just enjoy being in our bodies and being able to move and most importantly breathe. Victoria strives to have her students connect their breath to movement to help them stretch as well as to aid in relaxation. Please join Victoria for her great online “Chair Yoga” class on Fridays at 1130 AM or a new online “Breathe Stretch and Relax” class on Wednesdays at 515 PM. When it is safe to reopen the studio doors after the coronavirus threat has passed, Vicky also teaches a Weekend Beginner Stretch class on Saturday mornings at 11:15 AM.
Samantha Hedges, RYT200:
Samantha recently joined the Moonflower Yoga teaching team and teaches a popular Yoga Strengthen and Stretch class on Tuesday mornings at 9:30 AM and a new Hatha Yoga for Beginners class on Mondays at 5:15 PM, both of which are available as online classes. Samantha is a 200 hour RYT. She trained at Nature Yoga Sanctuary in Chicago, and has 6 years of yoga teaching experience at studios and gyms in Illinois, Indiana, and Vietnam! Samantha moved to Long Island for love in 2019 and promptly sought out her yoga community. Outside of her yoga life, she is finishing her PhD in education policy and spends her free time growing, cooking, and eating yummy food; sewing; hiking; and listening to live music. Come join Samantha for one of her great yoga classes!
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 recently moved towards pursuing her plant-based cooking career but is returning to Moonflower Yoga in June 2020 to teach her an online version of her great Friday Stretch class at 10 AM.
Cathi Nashak – Sat Akal Kaur, RYT, IKYTA, Reiki Master Practitioner:
Cathi’s specialty is Kundalini yoga. Kundalini yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan is a practice that will heal, invigorate and elevate your body, mind and soul and at the same time bring you to your highest potential. Cathi was first introduced to Kundalini Yoga in 2014 and was immediately affected by the positive shift, even in her first class. In December, 2015, Cathi began her Kundalini training which she successfully completed and received her teaching certification from IKYTA, the International Kundalini Yoga Teachers Association. Cathi is also a certified Usui Reiki Master Practitioner since 2014 and is a member of the Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher. Cathi teaches a lovely online Relaxing Guided Meditation class on Mondays at 7 PM. When the studio doors are open for classes after the coronavirus threat has passed, she also teaches 2 monthly classes as part of our “Stress Buster” series on Tuesdays at 730 PM. Come try her “less stress” meditation class or try her meditation and gong bath – both excellent classes to help you relax.
Dovie Chandra, E-RYT500, LMT:
Dovie is a yoga practitioner of 6 years and a Experienced 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. Dovie teaches various styles of alternative fitness classes, is an active member of the running community, is an Holistic Health Coach, a Licensed Massage Therapist, meditates daily, and raises her backyard chickens. When the studio doors are open for studio classes, Dovie teaches Yin Yang Yoga on Wednesdays at 7:30 PM. Dona Dovie subs for other classes.
Jeanine Bayer, RYT200 and Reiki Level 2 Practitioner:
Jeannine Bayer is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She has been practicing yoga for many years; but through her teacher training was able to find the right alignment for her body. Her Yoga Teacher Training and background as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist reaffirmed her belief that health and wellness exists on a comprehensive level; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Jeannine is a strong proponent of practicing mindfulness in our daily lives, and believes we must treat ourselves with love, kindness, and gratitude on and off our mats. Her teaching style focuses on proper alignment, supporting ourselves through use of props, and finding our bodies in a given pose. In her free time, Jeannine enjoys writing about the principles of yoga and nutrition, and how they can be incorporated into our daily lives. Jeannine has studied Reiki at Moonflower Yoga and is a Reiki Level 2 practitioner.
Lori Pappas, RYT, IKYT, Reiki Master Practitioner:
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.” 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 .
Rosanne Cassidy, RYT – substitute teacher:
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 & 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 taught Beginner Stretch on Mondays but has recently retired to pursue other interests. She will be a substitute teacher for various beginner classes.
Christine Senetto, Master/Instructor of Integrated Energy Therapy (Angel Healing) and Reiki Master Practitioner:
Christine brings her love of healing energies to Moonflower Yoga. She is an a Reiki Master 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 has taught IET (Angel Healing) classes and teacher training at Moonflower Yoga, as well as angel meditation classes and classes on understanding yoga mudras (hand positions for meditation and relaxation).