Teachers

Briana Aguilar-Austin

 

Briana began practicing yoga in 2002 and immediately loved it. After suffering torn hamstrings in 2010, Briana's learned to value yoga not just as a physical exercise but also as a deeply personal practice.

Briana incorporates yogic spiritual traditions, and weaves alignment, technique, music, with a dose of energy and excitement, into each class. She strives to make yoga accessible and inviting to all levels of students, and wants you to leave her class feeling healthy and happy.

Briana completed her M.S. in animal behavior and human psychology in 2014. She completed her 200-hour certification at Yogamaya in Manhattan. Briana is proud of to teach at Mala, as both Steph and Angela were among her first teachers.


JoAnna Ross

 

With over 16 years of experience in Yoga and Dance, JoAnna Ross is a renowned instructor who understands the mechanics of the human body and their movements. After completing her intensive training in LA’s City Yoga Anusara Teacher Program under the direction of Sue Elkind, Naime Jezzeny, and Noah Mazé, she continued her education with Desiree Rumgaugh, Douglas Brooks, and Sally Kempton.

JoAnna’s strict alignment-based approach is underlined with celebratory elements. She believes that repetition is the key to learning, but laughter is the basis of true growth. With her personalized approach to yoga, she has an all-star client list, which ranges from Hollywood celebrities and Broadway casts to children of all ages, who inspired her DVD Yoga By the Dozen.


Blakeney Schick

 

Yoga has been a passion of Blakeney's her entire adult life, but it wasn’t until she walked through the doors of Mala in 2007 that she discovered a deeper connection her practice — the precision, the complexity, and the subtle power of her own body and breath.

Blakeney strives to pass on that tradition to all of her students, and, whether you're a beginner or have years of experience, she's devoted to giving you the space and support you need to discover the power of your own practice.  With Blakeney as your guide, you can become stronger, find more mobility, and achieve greater stability, in both body and mind.  What's more, she will make you smile.  After years of practicing and teaching yoga, Blakeney knows that a sense of humor is as important to the practice as any pose.

Blakeney completed Mala’s 200-hour teacher training in 2012. She completed the FAMI program in 2016, which focuses on anatomy and injury prevention. Her gratitude to Angela and Steph for their support, insight, and guidance runs very, very deep. 

www.yogarunrepeat.com

Blakeney is also an RRCA-certified run coach for The Run Studio.


Jennifer Whitney

 

Jennifer Whitney has practiced vinyasa yoga since 2003, and has taught since 2006. She completed her 300-hour Jivamukti Yoga teaching certification, studying the integrated form with masters Sharon Gannon, David Life, and Manorama. The depth of their teachings spurred Jennifer to move from Hawaii to New York to further her studies. The integral tenets of Jivamukti yoga form the foundation of her teachings. She incorporates the wisdom of Ram Dass, Michael Stone, and Rodney Yee.

In her classes, vigorous uplifting flows are met with explorations of yoga philosophy and meditation. Jen incorporates succinct alignment, challenging poses & sequences, and deep, timely and often humorous philosophy. Chanting and music are integrated into every class. For every student, Jen works to cultivate space in which the joy and peace of the teachings can be experienced, and personal practices expand into the lives of all beings. Lokah Samasta Sukinoh Bhavantu.

www.jwhitneyyoga.com


Jen Burch

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Jennifer Burch began practicing yoga and meditation in 1994, following the lineage of Sri T. Krishnamacharya (the teacher of B.K.S. Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois). She was certified to teach in 2005. She met Master Zhongxian Wu in 2007 and has been studying Classical Shamanic Qigong, Daoism, and the roots of Chinese Medicine with him since then, with his permission to teach. She offers the practices as timeless methods for fostering clarity, health, balance, and joy--an ability to live with ease, in flow.


Alia Bisat

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Alia’s inspiration is driven by the uniqueness of our body and the unique relationship we each have to it. She believes strongly in our capacity to live a more joyful life off the mat when we explore our mental and emotional relationship to our physical being on the mat—her goal is to make that journey accessible to everyone that walks into her classroom. Her classes are designed to thoughtfully guide students to move while strengthen, learn while question, and focus while decompress.

Alia’s relationship with yoga began in Charleston, SC after experiencing bouts of lower back pain from a career in the restaurant industry and from running. While her back pain disappeared and she felt amazing physically, it wasn’t until she moved to New York in 2012 that she delved into the meditative and spiritual qualities of yoga that got her hooked.

Alia completed her 200-hour training with Jata Veda in Brooklyn, continued her training with Leslie Kaminoff at The Breathing Project in Manhattan, and recently completed her Yin Yoga Training with Corina Benner. Alia is so grateful to all her teachers whom she continues to study with including Steph and Angela at Mala and Jules Mitchell of Yoga Biomechanics.