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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 through the pandemic lock down in March 2020.  Since that time, our community has grown to be a remarkable virtual experiment in excavating the mysteries of our embodiment through time and space.

For over 2 decades, her principal teachers have been 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 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.

Since the pandemic lockdown of March 2020, Elizabeth miraculously found herself supported by the Village Zendo in her home city of NYC.  Logging on twice daily, she sat zazen virtually with the founding Roshis of the Village Zendo, Enkyo and Joshin, along with their brilliant and compassionate Sangha.  As time passed, her interest in koan study and liturgy led her to commit to several on-line retreats with the Village Zendo, and eventually, a commitment to Jukai in the Summer of 2022.  After an intensive period of time which required sewing her own rakusu, Elizabeth was given the dharma name Kodo, on August 7th, 2022 by Roshi Pat Enkyo O’Hara, Abbot of the Village Zendo.  Elizabeth has found her on-going practice and study of Zen Buddhism with the Village Zendo sangha to be a lifeline in this ever-changing world and an anchor to humanity.

In tandem to her practice/study of Zen, Elizabeth was granted private guidance of Vedic chanting master teacher, Radha Sundararjan in 2019.  In weekly private lessons, they met over Skype through Radha’s passing in May 2021 due to the Covid outbreak in India.  Elizabeth has since continued her private lessons with Helen Macpherson, Radha’s long time protege, and in addition, group classes in Indian philosophy with Nrithya Jagannathan, director of the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India.  Elizabeth will be traveling to study in person at KYM in February of 2024.

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.” 

Presently, Elizabeth is committed to the depth of study which the on-line realm has offered her and those that practice with her.  Although she still teaches all limbs of yoga, her primary focus is on meditation and chanting.  2023 is the inaugural year of her signature “90 Day Meditation Challenge”, an opportunity to meet every day for 90 straight days for real time guidance by Elizabeth.  It is a “by-donation” offering which allows anyone to join in what is a powerful shifting of daily priorities. 

Chanting circles are offered each month as a gift on both the New Moon and Full Moon.  These events have allowed people from all over the world to come together to bridge in the felt sense of our interconnected, mysterious existence through sounding out the ancient, sacred syllables of Sanskrit.

In addition to her rigorous study and teaching schedule, Elizabeth is spearhead a collaborative group of musicians and artists called Laboratory of the Self which will release a full length mantra music album titled CHAMUNDA in 2024.  The Laboratory’s short mantra film, GANAPATAYE won an award at the Non-Violent Film Festival and was recently screened at the Red Hook Brooklyn Film Festival.

   

Ylfa Edelstein, born and raised in Iceland, has been a seeker and student of yoga and contemplative studies for over 20 years.  Recently completing the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training with David Nichtern at Tibet House, Ylfa is honored to serve as a teacher on the Shri Yoga virtual platform.  It is a natural place for Ylfa to land, having been a student of Elizabeth Rossa’s since 2014.  She is also currently studying with Reverend Masaki Matsubara at The Zen Studies Society.  Other notable training includes intensive yoga studies and teacher training with master teacher, Steve Ross, at his celebrated Maha Yoga in Los Angeles from 2001-2006.  

Currently living in New York City, Ylfa is a life time professional actress, musician, writer and visual artist.  Welcome to her Tuesday 12pm Simply Meditation class!  

Johnny Rossa has been practicing meditation for quite some time with different teachers in Los Angeles and New York City. Primarily residing in LA, he has been working in the entertainment industry as both a performer and in production and is certified through the Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training at The Tibet House in NYC with David Nichtern. Recently he has created Mantra Music and a Short Film with his sister Elizabeth Rossa who is a yoga and meditation teacher in NYC.  During the early days of the lockdown, they collaborated as a sister/brother directing and editing team on a music video/short film for their original song “Ganapataye” in which Johnny just won the “Best Editing” award in the 2020 Global Nonviolent Film Festival.

Welcome to his class on Life Energy Meditation!