teachers

Elizabeth Rossa is the founder/director of SHRIYOGA, once upon a time known as the celebrated Tribeca studio voted “Best Next Generation of Yoga” by New York Magazine in 2005. Since departing its original space at 443 Greenwich Street in 2009, Shriyoga has operated as an underground laboratory of genuine yoga, meditation and Self-Inquiry practices in the private home lofts of some of our most dedicated students.  It continues to be a remarkable experiment in community and sharing!

Originally certified to teach yoga 18 years ago by notable master teachers, Erich Schiffman and Max Strom, Elizabeth remains as dedicated to her on-going studies as she is to teaching.

Her principal teachers are the incomparable meditation/tantric philosophy master, Sally Kempton and the wildly brilliant yoga/philosophy master Richard Freeman.  Elizabeth credits Sally Kempton as her primary influence and mentor of 15 years, and honors her teachings, along with Richard Freeman’s, as the foundation of what she offers in her classes.  She respectfully acknowledges each of them, along with teacher, Mary Taylor (one of the yoga world’s genuine gems) for giving her the model of what it means to teach with the highest of integrity in the now Information Age when the subject of truth is a matter of great debate.

Further training and certification credentials include Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor’s month-long Ashtanga Teacher Training at their Yoga Workshop and subsequent, yearly advanced intensives; Two year-long “ Transformative Journey” courses with Sally Kempton, including her 2007 Meditation Teacher Training;  Kundalini Yoga with Guru Singh as taught by Yogi Bhajan at Yoga West, LA; Reiki Mastership through Wendy Miner of Memorial Sloane-Kettering’s Integrative Medicine Center; extensive silent retreat experience and Self-Inquiry practice with Adyashanti and most currently, Tibetan Buddhist philosophical study with Robert Thurman and Iyengar yoga with Genny Kapuler.

With immense gratitude she bows to Ram Dass as the teacher who opened the gates to an ever-unfolding devotional love.  His teachings of his direct experience with Neem Karoli Baba intimately shifted Elizabeth’s perspective of what it is “to be here now” and more acutely to be “still here.” 

As a contemporary teacher of yoga, meditation and Self-Inquiry practices, Elizabeth holds space “to study” our embodiment. She offers a fresh perspective, which allows the ancient and esoteric to become contemporary and real.  Students are encouraged to cultivate curiosity as they pause, breathe and sense into the internal cues of Life coursing through them in order to align even within a rigorous practice. Yoga as a healing art is revealed.

Primarily committed to Shriyoga’s NYC laboratory classes and private lessons, Elizabeth has also taught retreats with Sally Kempton at the Mount Madonna Center and Kripalu, on Ram Dass’  December 2010 retreat in Maui and has assisted Richard Freeman and Mary Taylor at both their Yoga Workshop in Boulder and at the Menla Mountain Retreat in upstate NY.   The locations of her other international retreats and workshops have included Tokyo, Luang Prabang, Tulum, Sicily, Morocco, Costa Rica, Italy and Bangkok.  She has also offered her expertise as part of the teacher training faculty of Sonic Yoga in NYC, the faculty of the Open Center in NYC and as a past guest presenter at Kripalu. She is looking forward to new collaborations in 2020 including an on-line mentorship/study of the Yoga Sutra, and the worldwide release of original mantra music through the collective, Laboratory of the Self!

Elyse McLaughlin is the Assistant Director of SHRIYOGA. She discovered yoga through her practice of movement and creative arts over 18 years ago.  She had originally practiced for the physical benefits of yoga.  The turning point for her came when intense work weeks in the corporate world required that she find a way to seek personal balance and relive stress.  Yoga became more than a physical exercise, but a way to reconnect to herself and find strength and flexibility on and off the mat.  Inspired by the way yoga had positively impacted her life; she decided to exit the corporate world at the end of 2014 to pursue the 200-hour Vinyasa Flow certification at Sonic Yoga, NYC.

Following her certification, Elyse began practicing and studying with her now mentor, Elizabeth Rossa.  It has been through this continued studentship and mentoring that Elyse has been able to develop a deep appreciation and gratitude for the never ending studying of what it means to be still, create space, and listen.  This is the place she now practices and teaches from.

She has pursued training in meditation with Sally Kempton, yoga for kids, restorative yoga, yoga for athletes, and yoga for those who have experienced trauma.

Elyse’s style of teaching is focused on alignment and incorporating the foundations of yoga.  Known for breaking down the poses, to then build them back up, in a strong and focused flow, her classes are accessible to all levels,  especially those new to, or wanting to return to and deepen their practice.

Hayley White Growing up in England with a dance and athletic background, Hayley initially found and toyed with the physical practice of yoga after being attracted to the strength, grace and flow of the practice. Upon her move to New York City in September 2015 and faced with the complexities of both a career change and creating a new life in the city, she felt called back to yoga, this time with a yearning to deepen her spiritual practice and explore the foundational principles of yoga to provide grounding and peace to guide her through these changes and ultimately to provide a set of values from which to live. 

Inspired to learn more, Hayley undertook her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Vida, NYC in 2017 and began working for her mentor, Elizabeth Rossa, in 2018. 

Hayley continues her studies and mentorship with a keen interest in alignment, biomechanics and mindfulness. She is profoundly grateful and humbled by the practice and looks to share this with others, aiming to create a peaceful and accessible practice environment.

Sarah Ireland is a certified 500-hour Educational Registered Yoga Teacher, Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher and a certified FRC Mobility Specialist. She has been teaching yoga and meditation fulltime in NYC since 2006. Her practical knowledge of yoga and easy sense of humor comes through in her clear instruction, which is filled with clarity and compassion. Sarah brings the practice down to Earth, makes it accessible, and is passionate about applying yoga mindfulness to aspects of everyday life. Her classes incorporate various physical modalities with a therapeutic approach to increase strength, mobility and flexibility guiding practitioners to return to a sense of comfort and ease in their body and mind.