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 #2 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, Basic 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 Kelly: Yoga has been a constant presence in Kelly’s life for over 20 years, especially during transformational times. She found yoga after a knee injury prevented her from playing basketball in college. Kelly fell in love with yoga and developed a daily practice shortly after moving to St. John in the Virgin Islands. When she decided to stop teaching elementary and middle school, Kelly focused on sharing her love of yoga and became a yoga teacher. She completed her 200hr Yoga teacher certification at Emerge Yoga & Wellness in Bellmore, NY, has multiple Antigravity Aerial Yoga certifications from Christopher Harrison’s AntiGravity Lab in NYC, and a StandUp Paddleboard Yoga certification from Yogaqua in Marina Del Rey, CA. Whether on the mat, in a hammock or on a paddleboard, Kelly knows that yoga is for EVERYbody and her classes reflect this philosophy. She believes that yoga is transformational and can assist in becoming more flexible in all aspects of your existence: physical, mental and spiritual. Kelly believes that Yoga has the ability to meet every student right where they are and that it brings a greater awareness of both body and mind. She is so appreciative to both her teachers and her students and feels honored to be a part of the SOUND Body & Mind community.
Hometown: Bellerose Village, NY
What to expect in your class: a relaxed and supportive environment where all students are welcomed and encouraged to make choices to help create a practice that is perfect for them.
Currently listening to: I vary between calm and gentle atmospheric and acoustic music, which is the type of music I often play in classes, to upbeat dance music like deep house, hip hop and reggae, that I often play in my car :)
What you're grateful for: too many things to possibly list, but in general…love, kindness and yoga
Random fact: I was the volunteer coordinator for a distribution site at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Long Beach, NY after Hurricane Sandy.
What Kelly teaches at SOUND: Gentle Yoga and Aerial Yoga
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, Acoustic Flow Yoga
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 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 Yoga, Slow Flow Yoga
About Sumati: Sumati is a Certified Yoga Instructor, with a Masters in counseling. Sumati has been practicing yoga since 1999 and teaching since 2003. She has experience teaching a wide-range of classes including Beginner, Intermediate, All Levels, Prenatal, Mommy & Me, Family, Partner Yoga and Advanced Yoga for Adults. She has also taught Kids/Teen classes, black light yoga and birthday parties. Sumati has taught in areas all over Long Island in homes, studios, camps, libraries, schools, and hospitals. Her trainings consist of Basic Teacher Training from Integral Yoga Institute, Yoga for the Special Needs Child, Prenatal/ Postpartum/ Labor & Delivery Yoga Certification, Thai Yoga Massage, Reiki, and a Masters in Counseling.
In Sumati’s own words:
It is my “soul” purpose to convey a deep understanding of the mind, body, and spiritual connection with each of my students/clients. Yoga is a powerful vehicle for change. As you build strength, you start to believe in your own potential; allowing others to see your greatness. In addition to yoga, the art of Reiki, Thai massage, and counseling can add to or complement the growth for the individual.
Together, we look at what’s needed, what’s missing and what the intended outcome is. From there, we begin our work together and start the individual healing process, or yoga journey.
I am here to guide you and aid you with the tools necessary on your personal journey…whatever that may be!
What to expect in your class: you can expect to be taken care of and challenged
Currently listening to: my kid always (music changes daily on my mood)
What you’re grateful for: my daughter, freedoms and ability to live
Random fact: I currently have 23 tattoos and delivered my daughter at home in a pool of water
What Sumati teaches at SOUND: Family Yoga
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 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: Flow Yoga
About Lianna: Lianna is a 200 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
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 Amanda: Amanda starting practicing yoga regularly in college to manage stress, health and wellness. After college Amanda moved to Burlington, Vermont to work for a conservation organization where she fell in love with yoga all over again. She practiced daily until June, 2015 when she was hospitalized and diagnosed with a rare blood disease which dramatically changed her yoga practice. She found a regular meditation practice and used yoga as a healing tool. Yoga had a profound impact on her healing process. After moving to Long Island for treatment she began a yoga teacher training to share her love and gratitude for this practice. She completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at The Funky Om. Today, she is thankful for yoga's huge impact on her healing journey and is happy to say she's in remission. Amanda is a gardening, surfing, crocheting, 4 eyed, story telling barista who is beyond stoked to teach yoga and share her love on this incredible journey.
Hometown: Northport, NY
What to expect in your class: a creative sequence with a bit of a challenge, a little mind and body strengthening, some fun tunes with a different playlist each week and a lot of light hearted fun.
Currently listening to: jam bands (always Phish), comedy podcasts (2 dope queens!) and whatever live, local musicians I can find.
What you're grateful for: this wonderfully wild life, the ocean, my beautiful loving partner, my health and all the rad humans who lift me up.
Random fact: I studied primatology in college, met Jane Goodall and travelled to West Africa to study chimpanzees and primate populations.
What Amanda teaches at SOUND: Flow yoga