teachers

Elizabeth Rossa is the founder/director of SHRIYOGA, once upon a time known as the much celebrated studio voted “Best Next Generation of Yoga” by New York Magazine and now known as the petit underground laboratory of genuine yoga, meditation and Self-Inquiry practices. Originally certified to teach hatha yoga over 13 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 and tantric philosophy master, Sally Kempton and the wildly brilliant yoga master Richard Freeman.  Elizabeth credits Sally Kempton as her primary influence and mentor of almost 10 years, and honors Sally’s 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 modern spiritual world. Further training and certification credentials include Richard Freeman’s month-long Ashtanga Teacher Training at his Yoga Workshop and subsequent advanced intensives world-wide;  Kundalini Yoga 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, philosophical study with Robert Thurman.  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 on 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 for clarity and freedom. She offers a fresh perspective which allows the ancient and esoteric to become modern and real.  Students are encouraged to cultivate curiosity as they pause and breathe, deeply listening for the internal cues of Life. Primarily committed to Shriyoga’s NYC laboratory classes, Elizabeth also teaches retreats and workshops worldwide, is on teacher training faculty of Sonic Yoga in NYC, the faculty of the Open Center in NYC and is a guest presenter at Kripalu.
Sarah Ireland is a certified 500-hour Yoga Teacher, 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and has been part of the NYC yoga community for over 10 years. She has studied with teachers like Manorama, Jonathan Fields, Shiva Rea and Lorin Roche. Her level-headed, light-hearted approach to the time honored practice of yoga comes through in her instruction, which is filled with clarity, humor and compassion. Sarah brings the practice down to Earth, makes it accessible, and is passionate about applying yoga mindfulness to aspects of everyday life.
KrissyShields Krissy Shields‘ path to yoga was simple.  She immersed herself in the practices after finally letting go of years of destructive behaviors.  Yoga lifted her physically, mentally and spiritually to another playing field.  The shift was gradual but holding poses strengthened her, breathing deeper and slower calmed her, and a daily practice built her confidence.

Her approach as a teacher is to offer the depth of tradition with levity and precision.  While everyone is on a different path, she will guide you to what will serve you in your daily life. We will move at your level to attain your specific goals. Krissy created Maha Mama in service of the mamas bringing in our future. She is an E-RYT 500 teacher with Dharma Mittra and A Khalsa Way Prenatal Certified Yoga Teacher with Gurmukh at Golden Bridge Yoga. Find out more at krissyshieldsyoga.com and mahamama.com.
Emma-Kate Croghan is an Anusara inspired teacher who grew up in Australia. She is a writer and film director. She became a dedicated Yogi when Yoga become a life-line in the transition to motherhood and America. Her teaching is motivated by her desire to share the life-enhancing gift that yoga has been to her. Her classes are fun and life affirming. Her teaching is inspired by her mentor Shriyoga director Elizabeth Rossa. Her Passion for yoga is reenergized daily by the great New York yoga community. With particular thanks going to her teachers Ross Rayburn, Zhenja La Rosa and John Friend. Emma-Kate spent the last year sailing the world with her family and has recently returned to NYC after many adventures at sea. Read more about her year at sea at: www.sailingondine.com