Eliza Brine (co-coordinator) was introduced to yoga through her mother’s holistic healing practice and has been exploring yoga and developing her own dedicated practice ever since. Her yogic influences include Vinyasa flow, Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions, and her own yoga practice is strongly complimented by meditation. She leads a class to inspire mindful and joyful movement, an appreciation of the beauty and love that surrounds us all, and an exploration of the connections between mind, body and breath. In sharing the practice of yoga, she hopes to cultivate and spread gratitude and bliss.
Isabel Vazquez comes from a family of performers based in Upstate New York. Her parents both practiced yoga throughout her childhood and encouraged her to practice with them. She began practicing regularly in middle school while recovering from an eating disorder. A few years later, she met and began studying with Vinyasa teacher/studio owner Sara Trapani, and worked as her teaching assistant when Sara became pregnant with her first (and later her second) child. Isabel started volunteering as a yoga teacher in her sophomore year of high school, and began working professionally as a yoga instructor last summer. She specializes in alignment-based Vinyasa.
Uche Elueze completed his 200 hour yoga teacher training at Kripalu Yoga Center in June 2014. He started doing yoga to help him increase his flexibility but his relationship of yoga has delved into very much deeper levels. Yoga has helped him grow as a human being and as an Artist. He is very excited to teach and share his knowledge and gifts to the yoga community at Brown.
Sarah Weiss started exploring yoga at age 8, when she asked for a yoga party for her birthday. It happened and was really cool/adorable. After taking a decade long hiatus, Sarah rediscovered practice and has loved it ever since. She completed her 200-hr certification at Yandara Yoga Institute in 2014. Sarah thrives in arm balances and anything upside down. For her, yoga is a centering, compassion cultivating, fun and meaningful way to be in her body. Her classes focus on strength, balance and breath-work. She is yet to have another yoga birthday party.
Shayna Zema Completing a dare given by her best friend five years ago in Guatemala, Shayna has been humbly practicing yoga ever since. Drawing on teachings from friends, students, teachers, and styles from around the globe- well, mostly Latin America- she enjoys leading classes that allow the physical body to feel liberated in order to begin to delve into the spiritual essence of every being. She is amazed by the beauty of time, as well as its transience, and is blessed to serve the YAM community one more year. Smile, inhale, and exhale your spirit unto others.
Emma Murray stumbled into yoga in 2011 as a way to balance her mind and body and has been in love ever since. She completed her 220 hour certification during the summer of 2014 in Cuzco, Peru. Heavily influenced by Vinyasa flow and Iyengar yoga, Emma likes to compliment her practice with meditation and chakra awareness and cleansing. She loves anything outside, meeting new people and spending time exploring the universe.
Kate Silzer began practicing yoga in high school for its physical benefits, but quickly fell in love with the whole experience as she found self-acceptance, peace of mind, compassion, empowerment, and clarity on her mat. She received her 200-hour certification in the spring of 2013 with Ohra Yoga and Wellness in NY. She is continually inspired by the way yoga positively influences her daily life and by all of the beautiful people she has met through her practice. Her teaching style focuses on the creative, invigorating energy of Vinyasa Flow, encouraging her students to follow their breath, and to be mindfully aware of what is best for their unique bodies and souls. Kate is so grateful and excited to be part of the YAM community this year.
Melissa Mello began practicing yoga as a senior in high school and very quickly began to notice the subtle transformations that a steady yoga practice brings. When Melissa came to Brown in 2010, she felt supported and encouraged by the Yam community and continued to develop a daily yoga and meditation practice amidst her studies. Melissa graduated from Brown in 2014 with a B.A. in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies and is now teaching at a community-based school in Providence called, The Sovereignty School For Love. She also graduated from the 200hr YTT at the Bhakti Center in New York City in March 2017. Melissa is beyond excited to be able to give back to the Yam community. Her classes are Vinyasa in structure but incorporate pranayama, meditation, and restorative poses. They are intended to bring vitality, strength, and nourishment to the physical body as well as to the mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Natalie Pearl started practicing yoga in middle school, and has been hooked ever since. Coming from an athletic background, Natalie works to emphasize flexibility with strength for injury prevention and body alignment. Natalie is an avid skier and loves using Yoga as a method for keeping her strong, agile, and balanced.