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Helen Kilgallen

Helen began practicing yoga 25 years ago and became a teacher in 2009, graduation from the Joschi Institute in NYC.  She began teaching yoga on the beach in Rockaway, NY soon renting space in a dance studio and then in March, 2017 with Paulette Mancuso opened Ocean Bliss Yoga at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club, a beautiful open space that overlooks the bay.

Helen teaches a fun, creative flow in vinyasa classes with attention to alignment and breathing.  She also teaches restorative, yin, gentle and open level classes. Her intention is to teach students to be aware of their bodies and become one with breath, body and mind. Originally from Park Slope, Helen has called Rockaway her home for many year along with her husband Patrick and three grown children. 

Sarah Arikian

Sarah has been practicing yoga for over 20 years.  She is inspired by the strength, serenity and general feelings of wellbeing that are cultivated by yoga asana, breath work and meditation, and tries to evoke the same in her classes. She was first certified in 2010 with the Long Island School of Yoga, New York, and has since deepened her training with yin certification at Integral Institute of New York, and workshops in Kundalini and Restorative yoga. She is registered with Yoga Alliance (E-RYT), and teaches safe and fun classes locally, always with careful attention to the breath and alignment. She is grateful for all her generous and knowledgeable teachers, and the joy that comes with both practicing and teaching is a great blessing in her life. Although born in London, she has lived over 30 years in Rockaway and considers herself a native. She has raised three children and countless dogs and cats here by the beach and now she and her husband Steve split their time between Rockaway and Hoboken.

 

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Kathy Pastina

Born and raised in Rockaway Beach Kathy’s love of all things yoga...asana, pranayama, meditation, and the yoga sutras began by the sea and sand. Discovering the deep healing and restorative powers of yoga inspired her to train at Integral Yoga institute in NYC in basic level 1 and intermediate level 2 and is currently continuing her training with Adaptive/Gentle training at IYI working toward her 500 Hour certification. She is attuned to Reiki level 2 having trained with Joanne Crespo and trained with Alberto Villoldo in energy medicine. Kathy has her graduate degree in teaching from St Johns university. Her mission is to help support people feel better in their bodies especially during times of stress and to bring yoga to all no matter their limitations. She lives in Rockaway with her husband Lou and is blessed with 3 grown children. Om Shanti!