MEET OUR TEACHERS
About Jill: Jill is the co-owner of SOUND Body & Mind, a certified Yoga instructor, Board Certified Holistic Health & Nutrition counselor and senior staff writer for the #1 ranked natural health website in the world, Dr.Axe.com. She has loved dancing from a young age and now considers yoga to be her expression of dance as an adult. Jill first started practicing yoga in high school and grew her interest through college when she’d practice in her dorm room using early yoga YouTube videos. After moving to New York City in her early 20’s, Jill loved being exposed to all types of holistic practices that the city had to offer: every style of yoga, meditation, fitness, nutrition, you name it! She completed her yoga teaching training through Three Sister’s Yoga in NYC and studied nutrition and health coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Jill has been writing about all things health, fitness and nutrition related for the website Dr.Axe.com for several years, now as the company’s senior staff writer. Recently in 2016, as Jill's interest in mindful meditation really took off, she completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course through the University of Massachusetts.
Hometown: Huntington, NY
What to expect in your class: classes that are soothing, fun and very down to earth. My favorite poses are all types of back bends, especially wheel pose.
Currently listening to: I LOVE Tara Brach’s meditation podcast, Tim Ferris’s podcast, and all types of indie rock or yoga tunes on Spotify.
What you’re grateful for: getting to work with my husband, having a flexible schedule that allows me to spend time outside every day, and getting to meet and connect with new people every week.
Random fact: I am diligent about meditating everyday, most days doing 1-2 meditations in “savasana” pose for 15-20 minutes at a time. I also try to go for a walk outside 365 days of the year, including in the freezing cold, blistering heat, rain and snow!
What Jill teaches at SOUND: Flow Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga
About Adam: Adam is the co-owner of SOUND Body & Mind, an ACE certified Personal Trainer and Broga Yoga certified Group Instructor. Adam’s passion for fitness began at the age of 12 when his dad would sneak him into the gym for their father-son workouts (love you, dad!). He spent most of his professional career working a corporate job in Manhattan and over time he realized he needed a major life change. Driven by his desire to lead a more fulfilling life and make a positive impact on others and the community, Adam focused years of work on turning his passion for fitness and teaching into a career. Adam worked with some of the best trainers in NYC and completed multiple fitness certifications while still working at his former job. In the meantime, Adam’s wife Jill had been working as a health writer, yoga instructor and nutritionist. It became their dream to open a yoga and fitness studio together, and in late 2016 Adam and Jill opened SOUND in Huntington where they were born and raised.
Hometown: Huntington, NY
What to expect in your class: to be challenged and motivated to push yourself past your perceived limits. You can also expect a wide-range of music that will inspire you to work harder and get into a mental zone.
Currently listening to: Bob Marley, Kaleo, Hozier, Led Zeppelin, Van Morrison
What you're grateful for: Jill, my health, my family, my friends, a good slice of pizza and the opportunity to meet new people every day at our studio
Random fact: I was a black belt in Jiu Jitsu when I was 13 years old
What Adam teaches at SOUND: Circuit Training (Core, Strength and Cardio) and Strength & Stretch
About Marilyn: After driving west for the first time in 2013, Marilyn felt a divine sense of freedom and never looked back. Since then, Marilyn received her 200-Hour Yoga Teaching Certification at the Kripalu School, nestled in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts and is currently pursuing her 500hr training at Kripalu School. After completing an intense month of training with senior Kripalu teachers Rudy Peirce and Priti Robyn Ross, she dove right into teaching full-time on Long Island. Marilyn’s yoga classes focus on movement, meditation, and controlled breathing exercises, along with an intelligent flow that helps you get into your body intuitively and meditate in motion. A lover of music and dance, her classes often have a fun and funky playlist that matches the energy of each movement.
Marilyn traveled through India in 2015 while pursuing a degree in documentary film, completing a short film at the University of Hyderabad in Southern India. Later in 2015, Marilyn traveled to the small town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii, where she lived on an organic vegan cacao farm, The Hawaiian Sanctuary. While at The Hawaiian Sanctuary, Marilyn took courses in permaculture, environmental studies and vegan cooking, in addition to teaching yoga in the mornings and afternoons. Also in 2015, Marilyn was honored to serve as an assistant for a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at her beloved yoga school where it all began, Kripalu center. She mentored 60 yoga teacher trainees and was honored to share her practice, passion and knowledge of yoga.
Marilyn is connected to spirit and believes in a divine source of energy that we are all connected to. She hopes, through her yoga classes and workshops, that she can inspire others to join the revolution of conscious living. Marilyn continues to learn and go deeper into her own practice. With a strong interest in Hinduism and Yoga Philosophy, Marilyn takes Bhagavad Gita and other yoga philosophy based courses at the Bhakti Center and the Sivananda Vedanta Center, both in New York City. She is also a poet, an artist, a lover of rock and roll, queen of the road and considers herself happy by choice. She has been blessed to study among: Coby Kozlowski, Priti Robyn Ross, Rudy Pierce, Yogan and Michael Carol, Stephen Cope, Anette Danto and Jurian Hughes. She considers, however, the everyday flow of life her greatest teacher of all.
Hometown: Long Beach, New York
What to expect in your class: going on an inward journey through breath and movement
Currently listening to: Shpongle radio on Spotify
What you're grateful for: knowledge, teachers, self-awareness, consciousness
Random fact: my favorite way to practice yoga is off the mat, hula hooping
What Marilyn teaches at SOUND: Heated Flow Yoga, Meditation & Slow Flow
About Breanna: Breanna was first introduced to yoga about ten years ago in High School as a replacement for the normal gym class. She was immediately drawn into its ability to transform her mind and make her inflexible body able to stretch and bend in ways she never had before. After years of gradually falling in love with the practice, Breanna received her 300 HR-RYT training from Always At Aum Yoga School in Babylon specializing in Vinyasa Yoga. With a fun and lighthearted approach, Breanna likes to guide her clients through their own personal yoga practice. Each person’s body is unique and different and she makes sure to provide the proper modifications with respect to the individual. Breanna loves to see her clients grow and develop in their practice and get satisfaction at witnessing the peace and calm it brings into their lives after each session. Breanna also has special training in Restorative Yoga, Chair Yoga and certificates in Hot Yoga and Reiki Healing.
Hometown: Kings Park
What to expect in your class: fun flows with funky sequences. Core strengthening poses and uplifting music. At least one inversion, and arm balance to challenge you. I love switching up my class sequences to keep it engaging and interesting.
Currently listening to: the sound of my dog snoring and my diffuser pumping out the delicious and invigorating scents of Grapefruit and Lime.
What you're grateful for: my best friend and husband Dorian, whose helping hand and guidance inspires me each and every day. My family, friends and sister. My dog, Elsie. My health. The ability to help others through my teachings and do what I absolutely love each day as my job.
Random fact: before becoming a yoga instructor, I was a dog groomer. I love animals!
What Breanna teaches at SOUND: Core Flow Yoga, Flow Yoga, Gentle Yoga & Meditation
About Lauren: Lauren is a former dancer with 18 years of training and competition under her belt. She started practicing yoga in 2005 while she was living in Manhattan. Lauren was looking for a way to stay in shape while also finding an escape from the high-paced city life. From her first class, she was hooked and knew she would be an instructor one day. Lauren completed her RYT-200 training in 2010 at Kusala Yoga in Greenpoint, Brooklyn and started teaching part-time while also working at her fashion industry job almost immediately. Lauren has two daughters and is currently working on her Pilates mat certification and also teaches barre fitness classes.
Hometown: Northport, NY
What to expect in your class: a playful and sometimes challenging flow with emphasis on proper alignment techniques to help avoid injury and get the most benefits from the practice set to fun and inspiring playlists.
Currently listening to: political podcasts, but also really into early music from the 90's at the moment
What you're grateful for: my health, my family and the heated seats in my truck
Random fact: I went to FIT and worked in fashion for 12 years before becoming a full-time yoga & fitness instructor
What Lauren teaches at SOUND: Candlelight Flow Yoga
About Lisa: Lisa initially started practicing yoga to enhance her fitness routine, but before long, yoga became more than just a practice on the mat. It is a lifestyle that brings joy, peace, and fulfillment to Lisa’s life. Lisa completed her training at the White Lotus Yoga Foundation in Santa Barbara, California alongside her husband, making it an extra special experience. Lisa later discovered Antigravity Yoga and immediately fell in love. Teaching Antigravity has truly become her passion, and she feels blessed to be able to share her love and knowledge of Antigravity Yoga with her students. Lisa is also Therapeutic Yoga certified, Reiki certified, a belly dancer/belly dance instructor, and a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist.
Hometown: Plainview, NY
What to expect in your class: an invigorating, fun, and creative flow
Currently listening to: Gin Wigmore, Austin Basham, Pain of Salvation, Beats Antique
What you're grateful for: My family, health, love, nature
Random fact: I play the harp
What Lisa teaches at SOUND: AntiGravity Aerial Yoga, Flow Yoga, Teens AntiGravity Aerial Yoga
About Lianna: Lianna is a 300 HR-RYT with a concentration in Vinyasa, receiving her certification from Always at Aum in Babylon. She was introduced to her first yoga class during high school, where she practiced sporadically for a few years until she began to crave it as part of her daily routine. Lianna has always felt a strong passion for learning new things; in turn, adopting the mindset of yoga as a lifelong growth and learning experience has been one of the most attractive and fulfilling ideals of her personal practice. She hopes the happiness and growth she feels each time she steps onto the mat will resonate and spread like wildfire among her very own students each time they attend her classes.
Hometown: Babylon Village
What to expect in your class: A strengthening flow both physically and mentally, opportunities to practice challenging postures & new variations in a lighthearted and very fun way, and encouragement to try new things on and off the mat by stepping outside of your comfort zone.
Currently listening to: A documentary on tornadoes and the delicate purring of my 1-year old fur child sleeping on my feet.
What you're grateful for: The special relationships in my life, finding yoga & being able to immerse myself in it every day, adventures, scary movies & snacks.
Random fact: I had the opportunity to stand side stage at a giant arena in Tokyo in front of thousands of people while watching my boyfriend shred guitar to screaming fans!
What Lianna teaches at SOUND: Slow Flow Yoga, Gentle Yoga
About Nikki: Nikki has been a long time student of jazz dance and yoga, disciplines which have remained a constant in her life. She has a BA in Education from CUNY and her professional career has encompassed teaching children, working at ABC Network as a Production Manager, and currently as an Office Manager at AHRC Nassau.
In 2011, in the daily immersion of yoga teacher training, it became clear the yogi path was the path leading Nikki to bring her love of yoga to others and she never looked back. After receiving her Yoga Alliance certification (currently E-RYT 200), Nikki has been teaching at several studios and to staff at AHRC for "Yoga at lunch time".
A few years ago, Nikki received a certification in “Yoga for Autism” training under Sharon Manner of Samadhi Spectrum. At AHRC, Nikki has been able to utilize this training for those we serve in Family Support programs.
Hometown: Originally Flushing, NY – now Huntington, NY (where Nikki raised her children)
What to expect in your class: Classes that are heartfelt, nonjudgmental, breath-based and encouraging to students to find their yoga, using breath and movement.
Currently listening to: My playlists vary from Deva Premal, Wah!, and soft piano music, to Amy Winehouse, Bob Dylan covers and Stevie Wonder. I’m inspired by new music from WFUV and love to mix it up.
What you're grateful for: The support of my husband and children when I embarked on the yoga teacher training. A lifelong learner, I am grateful to continue learning and teaching and learning through teaching!
Random fact: I was a teacher at Teddy Roosevelt Sanctuary for a few years in the late 90’s and handled owls, hawks and other birds of prey in educational programs.
What Nikki teaches at SOUND: Gentle Yoga
About Kaitlyn: Kaitlyn began her yoga journey 15 years ago, attending classes with her mom at the YMCA. There she learned to stand and to breathe, that beauty is not about body image but about consciousness of movement and that rest is the best part of the day.
Kaitlyn committed to her yoga practice while in Tanzania as a Peace Corps Volunteer, when all she had were her inner fears and strengths to guide her through the day. She would practice asana in the morning before joining the community, in the heat of mid-day as everyone rested, or by candlelight filling the early evening hours. Kaitlyn found her center, the place where she knows she is loved and from which she can begin to share that love.
Kaitlyn received her 200 hour teacher training at the Funky Om, officially launching her into the world to joyfully share the gifts yoga provides each and every one of us, meeting us exactly where we are on and off our mats. Let us inhabit the silence within, bringing peace and freedom to our daily lives.
Hometown: Huntington, NY
What to expect in your class: An atmosphere of acceptance, a chance to gaze within, and the opportunity to release and relax.
Currently listening to: Birds chirping, wind in the trees, folks around me, and my inner stillness.
What you're grateful for: My partner who wholeheartedly supports my journey, a home cooked meal shared with good friends, daily walks (morning or evening), time to reflect.
Random fact: I work on at Orkestai Farm at the Planting Fields in Oyster Bay, supporting young adults with Autism
What Kaitlyn teaches at SOUND: Restorative Yoga
About Jeremy: Jeremy has completed both 200/300 hour hot yoga teacher trainings at Yoga Oasis. He has over 10,000 hours of dedicated yoga practice. His teaching style is a blend of Bikram, Dharma and power vinyasa yoga. He has been practicing martial arts, boxing and yoga since he was 5 years old. For Jeremy, Yoga practice in the beginning was solely about the asanas or poses, later he uncovered the essence or true benefits of the other aspects (limbs). He has a passion for inspiring others to improve their practice by breaking down the poses to the simplest and most attainable form. He believes fitness can be enjoyable and challenging at the same time. Yoga has been a powerful tool in his life and he enjoys helping people connect with their bodies on a deeper level.
Hometown: Long Island, NY
What to expect in your class: An upbeat, fun & dynamic class that is open to all levels of practice. Expect to be challenged but at the same time there will be many variations open to all! In his classes we'll focus on the power of deep breathing, correct alignment and focusing the mind.
Currently listening to: Desert Dwellers, Thievery Corporation, Mc Yogi, 311, Govinda
What you're grateful for: I am grateful for each breathe I take each day of every moment - you never know when it could be your last.
Random fact: Jeremy loves to play basketball, go the beach, take hikes, cliff drive - basically any outdoor activities!
What Jeremy teaches at SOUND: Flow Yoga
About Thea: Thea is most often seen dancing up and down the aisles of the super market or in between her student's mats during class these days, but she did get her start through dancing professionally right out of college. Since then her main focus has been primarily on dancing and defying gravity while doing so. Performance is in her veins and a thirst for the stage ...
Enter her son Brayden, now 4, through what can only be explained as divine intervention came into her world, humbly challenging her to be a better version of herself and to live from a place of service. She signed up for both the 200 & 300 hour teacher training at The Funky Om and hasn't looked back since. Integrating her already clean lifestyle and eating habits to deepen her spiritual journey and practice seemed like a very natural next step. Yoga is more than a practice on the mat to Thea and to have the opportunity to share that gift with new people as well as her family each and everyday is a blessing she never imagined she'd get to experience. Gratitude in abundance.
Hometown: Huntington, NY
What to expect in your class: Lots of smiling! Attention to alignment, connection to your breath, fluid flows and plenty of stretching. My hope is to provide a safe environment where students are able to express themselves through linking the breath with movement while still getting a physical push.
Currently listening to: Nahko and Medicine for the people and kirtan! Anything that makes my soul dance
What you're grateful for: The ability to feel so deeply.
Random fact: I have been in love with cows since I was three years old and I started to picnic with them. I still do!
What Thea teaches at SOUND: Slow Flow Yoga