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 all her classes with attention to alignment and breathing. She 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 years along with her husband Patrick and three grown children.
Paulette joined Helen as co-owner of Ocean Bliss Yoga in 2017 aligning beliefs, thoughts and feelings about the practice of yoga and bringing people together in community. She received her 200-hour teacher training certification towards the end of 2012 at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico - a wonderful month of immersion in all aspects of yoga including breath and asana practice, meditation, “satya” (truth) sessions and kirtan. She has furthered her studies in yin and restorative yoga.
Paulette approaches her classes from a creative, feeling space, sharing what she experiences in her body, mind and heart while on her mat with those in the room forming a “yogic” connection of joy and peace.
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!
Denise is a 500 hr certified yoga teacher versed in a number of styles including Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara, Yin, Restorative and Chair yoga. It was her career as a Dental Hygienist and her passion for marathon running that led Denise to try yoga. The linking of movement and breath offered a method to improve body awareness, and reverse patterns from years of repetitive motions. Beyond the physical benefits, Denise discovered how yoga is a tool for transforming the mind, body and soul.
With over 13 years experience as a yoga teacher Denise describes her teaching style as an infusion of precise alignment connected with an easeful flow. Her intention as a teacher is to develop physical strength, and spiritual well-being for any body type, age or ability. Denise has studied with many teachers along the way and extensively with Tara Glazier, owner of Abhaya Yoga, where she completed her 200hr certification. She then completed her 500 hr certification with Cyndi Lee of Om Yoga, NYC. Additionally, Denise is a Holistic Health Coach and Reiki practitioner.
Denise’s students in the Rockaway community have inspired her to teach yoga on the beach and at Tribute Park with the support of other local teachers to fund various foundations. When not on the mat or on the sand, Denise enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren who are her greatest teachers of all!
Christine Walker has taught interdisciplinary yoga in studios throughout New York, Canada, and Costa Rica. She facilitates private and group lessons, helping empower people through the science and art of yoga. Christine’s varied experience includes vinyasa flow, bikram, ashtanga, yin, iyengar, and chair yoga. She promotes harmony, balance, and an overall sense of well-being in her classes fostering health and wholeness.
Focusing on pranayama and asana, which are breathing and postural techniques, Christine fosters steadiness and ease and guides individuals to create a union between mind and body.
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.
Christina Cruz is a native New Yorker, certified Vinyasa yoga instructor and Thai yoga massage practitioner. She loves fitness, has completed several marathons and triathlons, and was inspired to teach through her own yoga practice. She believes the benefits of practicing yoga can permeate in all areas of life, giving one a sense of health, inner peace, compassion, strength and flexibility; both on and off the mat.
A full-time yoga and meditation teacher for over 40 years, and a certified yoga therapist, Diana shares her knowledge and skill in a unique way; allowing every student to enhance and deepen her/his practice. The foundation of Diana’s teaching is her belief that “yoga nurtures not only the body, but also the heart and soul.” She feels blessed that her passion for yoga has also been her life’s work. Diana holds a B.S. in Health Science and an M.A. in Experiential Health and Healing. Since 2001, she has been instrumental in bringing credited yoga and meditation classes to students at Kingsborough Community College.
Rachel received her Bachelor's degree in Expressive Therapies with a focus in Dance/Movement Therapy from Leslie University in 2011 and is currently pursuing her Master's of Social Work at Hunter College. She became a certified yoga teacher through Prema Yoga in 2015. Rachel is also a certified Reiki System of Natural Healing and an attuned reader of Akashic Records. She believes compassion and awareness can change the world. Rachel has been practicing yoga since she was 12 years old, and has used it daily as a a tool for overcoming anxiety, depression, self-limiting beliefs, and so much more. She is beyond grateful for the opportunity to share the journey of yoga with others. Rachel's personal and professional understanding of therapeutic value of yoga is the backbone of her classes. Rachel currently attends the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in pursuit of her Master's in Social Work. She is passionate about applying the concepts of personal growth and transformation to improve society as a whole, particularly in the area of mental health.
Brenda took her first yoga class after track practice in 2009. She attended yoga classes periodically until 2012 when she enrolled in yoga as an elective at Brookdale Community College. Brenda felt right at home and was excited to take her practice out into the real world. In 2013, Brenda received her 200 hour certification at Christian Valeriani Evenflow’s School of Yoga and Meditation to deepen her practice. Since then Brenda has taught yoga at a few different places between NY & NY. Brenda currently teaches here at Ocean Bliss Yoga and for Pre-K at West End Temple & P.S. 183.