Meet Our Family
The Yoga Parkside Foundation is extremely lucky to have an amazing, skilled, and diverse team of teachers that we are proud to call our family! You can read below to learn more about our teachers' different styles of teaching, as well as other cool info that they wanted to shared as you get to know them. Click here to check out their class offerings.
Aileen believes that practicing yoga is one of the best things she does for herself. This led her to complete her yoga teacher training at the Ashville Yoga Center in Ashville, NC. She teaches the importance of connecting with the breath, connecting breath with motion and letting the breath guide the practice. Her slow flow vinyasa is like a moving meditation that cultivates a connection with the self.
I started practicing yoga in Pondicherry, India in 1996 and attended my first vipassana meditation retreat in the Goenka tradition in Dharamsala, India, on the same year. I have been practicing ever since. Upon my return from India, I both participated in and facilitated insight meditation retreats in Israel and held an active sangha group in Jerusalem for several years. In 2002, I took a two-year yoga teacher training course with Orit San-Gupta, a disciple of B.K.S. Iyengar and Donna Holleman and the founder of the Vijnana tradition, after which I opened my own yoga studio in Jerusalem. In 2004, I left Israel to embark on my doctoral studies in anthropology, geography, and law in North America. Over the years, I was fortunate to practice with excellent teachers in a variety of traditions, including Iyengar teachers Patricia Walden and Eyal Shifroni as well as in the Ashtanga tradition. Being an active dancer until an injury in my late teens, my teaching emphasizes the connection between insight, breath, and movement. For me, the practice of yoga is an anchor for dealing with life’s challenges generally, and with the difficulties and burnouts of being engaged in social change in particular. In my free time, I teach at UB and write academic books on the politics of nature.
Yoga for Allie started at a young age, has been doing some form of yoga on and off for many years. She found Yoga of 12 Step Recovery (Y12SR) training and completed the training in 2018 which led to her incorporating the practice and philosophy of yoga into her professional world. She then completed her 200-hour teacher training in 2019 with Yogis in Service, and 2020, she completed a 25-hour Oracle Yin Yoga training. Allie loves the idea of practicing life skills on her mat, and finding a deeper connection to herself, and the people around her, and hopes through teaching she can share a piece of her heart and breath with you.
Amanda began dabbling in the yoga world in 2008. She had always been able to put her mind to something and achieve it rather quickly, but with yoga, she had to be patient both mentally and physically. Every time she steps on the mat, she becomes aware that she is a different person than the last time she practiced and may find new struggles or new successes.
Amanda completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Rising Sun Yoga in March 2015 and has taken many trainings over the past few years to continue her growth in the practice and teaching.
Deena's first introduction to yoga was in 2017, and she began teaching in 2022. She is passionate about not only making yoga accessible for all bodies, but also honoring yoga's roots.
Using it initially as a tool by which to connect to herself emotionally, and she tries to embody the eight limbs of yoga. She received her 200 hour yoga teacher training in Vinyasa, Yin, and Karma Yoga, as well as education in ayurveda. She is also experienced in Hatha and Restorative, and her teaching style centers compassion for the self and meeting every body's needs.
She continues to grow her yoga practice every day, and looks forward to helping students do the same.
In 2015, Elle walked into her first yoga class carrying very different intentions than what she left with. Elle never experienced the cathartic moment in savasana others talked about. She never nailed headstand like she wrote in her intention later at yoga teacher training. Instead, she gained so much more! Yoga provided a platform to replace judgement with inquiry. It provided space to practice self compassion.
Sharing this experience became so important. Elle completed her 200 hour certification in trauma informed yoga with Yogis In Service. Elle is also certified in Yoga for 12 Step Recovery, sharing the powerful benefits of integrating movement into recovery.
Jessica found yoga in 2011 and immediately felt aligned and connected with the practice. In 2019, she received her 200-hour training in Bali, Indonesia with a focus on vinyasa and hatha, and later received her 500-hour training in 2022 to include yin, yoga nidra, and other advanced practices. Her teaching style includes the fundamentals of connecting movement, alignment, and breath, through a vinyasa flow with a balance of challenge and accessibility. You can expect to be challenged in a safe way to recognize your strength and resiliency both on and off the mat, and leave feeling rewarded, empowered, and focused. Some experience recommended for class.
Jessie started her yoga journey over 15 years ago, and began teaching in 2020. She believes in creating space for her students to go inward and listen to the mind and body through yoga poses, breath, and relaxation.
As she continues on this journey, she has learned you don’t do yoga, you live it. She is always looking for ways to embody that in her practice and in her teaching. Her passion is finding ways to calm the nervous system and release chronic stress in the body as well as making yoga available to everyone both financially and physically.
Kaily is a certified vinyasa flow and yin yoga instructor who specializes in functional movement and mobility training. In her years of teaching she has had the opportunity to connect with many different communities all around Buffalo. Kaily’s teaching style is inclusive and modifications are always offered. Her main goal is to create a safe space for people to feel empowered and comfortable in their bodies so they can connect with a personal moving meditation. Kaily’s focuses are strength building, improving joint health, mobility, body awareness, and internal activation to light up our fire within!
Katie is a Registered Nurse, Reiki Practitioner, Certified Health Coach, and has her 200-hour Yoga Certification specializing in Addiction, Recovery, and Trauma.
Katie enjoys sharing the gift of yoga with others, and loves to hold space for each person to move, breathe and work through their own personal "stuff" on the mat. She has found yoga to provide a means to raise the vibration of the subtle bodies, while nourishing and supporting the physical body, making yoga accessible to all.
Liz is a lifelong yoga practitioner and mother who shares the benefits of yoga with her own child, as well as through the kids classes she teaches. She completed her 95-hour Children’s Yoga & Mindfulness training at the Omega Institute through Little Flower Yoga in 2017 and teaches Yoga For The Young Child and Yoga Adventures here at Parkside. Liz also completed an additional training through Kidding Around Yoga and is pursuing studies to become a certified KAY teacher-trainer. She completed her 200-hour training through Yogis In Service in 2019.
Yoga is the relationship that is built between our body, mind and breath. In the practice we create space for the daily obstacles. Maya is aims to help others find this release so they can comfortably and competently move their bodies through life. With a trauma-informed and compassion centered teaching style Maya enjoys weaving meditation and ancient wisdom philosophies to the practice. As a mother to 2 young boys, Yoga has been nurturing to her mind and soul. Her hope is to share this so that you step off the mat feeling nourished and balanced.
Studio Founder & Instructor
Megan's sacred path began early in life. She loves to work with people to help them become more connected to and aware of their bodies’ innate wisdom and potential. She has been teaching for over ten years and has studied many forms of yoga including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Kripalu and Integral, as well as Pilates, the Andrei Droznin method, and the Michael Chekhov Technique.
She is also a Reiki Master-Teacher and energy worker. Her Vinyasa classes are a lovely way to explore building strength and confidence while opening bodies and hearts. Megan combines her philosophy of energy work into her classes, and her classes also often include chanting, unique sequences and self-inquiry using yogic and buddhist principles.
Samantha Attard is the founder of Spiro Collective, where she uses yoga, meditation, Ayurveda, and modern nutrition to help women find their unique path to well-being in mind, body, and spirit.
She is a Buffalo native and received her PhD in Nutrition at UNC Chapel Hill. Sam has been teaching yoga and Ayurveda since 2015.
Learn more about Ayurveda and working with Sam one-on-one at SpiroCollective.com, or check out her podcast, Happy Healthy Human Radio.
Sorren is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant who enjoys keeping busy and experiencing yoga. She enjoy teaching and using yoga as a means to connect to herself along with something higher than herself. Maintaining her body in a happy and healthy way is what sets her soul on fire. She strongly believes that bridging body and breath in strengthening and restorative ways is beneficial, once we help heal ourselves, we can heal our community.
Symphonie is passionate about her work. As a Childbirth Doula, Certified Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher, Perinatal Yoga Teacher, and Alternative Healing Practitioner her goal is to bring conscious wellness into her own communities including the east and west sides of Buffalo. Symphonie is the proud owner and founder of Her Sacred Way LLC., focusing on feminine self-care and wellness offerings for black women and girls. She believes that we cannot expect life to be "easy” always, but we can however choose which “hard” will be most rewarding in the end, so that we can enjoy the journey along the way.
Teresa started practicing yoga more than 20 years ago, with the encouragement and assistance of her daughters. Meeting the physical challenges of yoga (building strength and improving balance) helped Teresa with other activities.
Over the last five years, Teresa’s yoga practice has become more regular and disciplined. Moving and breathing with others creates for her a deep, inner connection. Teresa’s love of yoga was something she knew she had to share.
In 2019, Teresa completed her 200-hour trauma-informed yoga teacher training with Yogis in Service. She now teaches yoga to children, adults, and families. Her favorite
style is a flowing Vinyasa practice, but she has a “beginner’s mind” and continues to learn about other yoga styles. Teresa loves teaching and sharing yoga.