Our Teachers
Our highly trained and experienced teaching staff is led by Senior YogaWorks Teacher and Teacher Trainer Edwin Bergman. Most of our teachers have completed the world renowned and highly respected YogaWorks Teacher Training which puts an emphasis on precise aligment along with flowing movement and whose graduates include many of the top names in yoga today.  Our roots can be found in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, but our quality classes are accessible to all disciplines and styles.

 

 “I practice yoga because it heals, revitalizes, opens and strengthens me everyday.  It deeply supports me in being a better person.  Teaching Yoga simply gives me the amazing opportunity to share these incredible and miraculous benefits with others. "

 - Edwin Bergman

Edwin Bergman, ERYT500

Edwin began practicing Yoga in 1989 in New York City.  Over the last 20+ years, he has practiced and studied with many great teachers in the YogaWorks, Iyengar, Integral and Anusara schools of yoga. He is registered as experienced (E-RYT500) with Yoga Alliance and has 500-hour training certifications through both Integral Yoga and YogaWorks.  He has also completed the 100-hour Anusara Immersion Training.  Edwin has traveled the world, leading the renowned YogaWorks Teacher Training program ~ which he now offers in Miami.  Edwin teaches in the signature YogaWorks Style, which balances precise instruction, alignment, breath and fluid movement.  Prior to teaching Yoga Edwin was the creator and host of “You are the light”- an inspirational cable TV program- in New York and Los Angeles for 15 years.  Visit his website at www.edwinbergman.com

 

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Claudia Franklin

 

Claudia believes that yoga silences all that overwhelms us: the noise of our busy inner and outer worlds.  Even though the goal is stilling the mind, achieving that goal is dependent on rigor, alignment and commitment.  Claudia began practicing yoga in 1989 at Kripalu, eventually teaching Kripalu yoga in the Boston area.  Since moving to Miami, Claudia discovered first YogaWorks and then Iyengar Yoga.  Although she is now a student of various inspired Iyengar instructors including, John Schumacher, Ramanand Patel, Carrie Owerko, Rebecca Lerner, Bobbi Goldin, and Katrin Loveland, Edwin Bergman is her teacher.  Claudia is certified in YogaWorks and has completed a 100 hour Kripalu immersion. Passionate about alignment, she is working towards getting certified to teach Iyengar.

Sharon Hartley

Sharon attended her first yoga class in 1985 and felt herself transformed by the unique combination of peace and energy in the room.  In 2010, she closed her business to devote more time to writing, teaching yoga, and orchids, her three passions.   Sharon is a Registered Yoga Teacher and received her formal teacher training through YogaWorks.   She teaches a gentle, contemplative style of yoga, urging her students to let go of any competitive mindset, to accept and love their bodies just as they are at the present moment.   Sharon believes yoga is for every body and wants to share her knowledge and love of this ancient practice. 

 

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Andy Herrman

Andy began his yoga training in New York City with Cyndi Lee and Elena Brower.  When he moved to Miami 5 years ago, he dove into power yoga teacher training with Paul Toliuszis and Fred Busch and has been teaching ever since.  He recently completed a second teacher training in the YOgaWorks style with Edwin Bergman.  Andy teaches a mixed style class influenced by various yoga practices as well as his dance and performance background.  Classes are designed to increase strength, flexibility, alignment, balance and inner peace. 

 

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Alissa Stein

Alissa began practicing yoga regularly after attending a Yoga Journal conference in celebration of her 50th birthday.  Suffering from chronic low back and shoulder pain, as well as TMJ, she found that through the consistent practice of yoga her symptoms diminished considerably, and over time, disappeared.  She embarked on a journey of healing and restoration culminating in teaching certification in the Skanda and YogaWorks methodologies.  Alissa also has a BA in Early Childhood Education & Art History, in addition, to her Masters in Early Childhood & Special Education. She also earned her Reiki 1 & 2 certifications and is currently studying Sacred Embodiment- Subtle Body Energy with Ganesha, Michael Shapiro.  Mid-life has taught Alissa that you do not need to have a “flexy-bendy” body to begin, and with practice, all things will come.

 

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Allaine Stricklen

 

Allaine has been practicing Yoga for over 40 years and she has studied all over the world.  She is the creator of Gentle Therapeutics Yoga, a method utilizing props to restore the body’s balance and vitality.  She is Certified by the Yoga Alliance as a Master Yoga Instructor, is a Certified Scoliosis Specialist and has studied with Elise Browning-Miller, a Senior Iyengar Yoga Teacher.  Allaine believes that Yoga is for everybody and every body.  Her mission is to help students release old patterns that do not serve a higher purpose.  For more information bout Allaine, go to:  www.gtyoga.com 

 

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Lois Tepper

Lois is a life long resident of Miami Beach and stepped into her first yoga class after years of tennis, jogging and swimming.  She was transformed by the power of yoga to heal, expand and create a sense of freedom for her body.  She became certified in Hatha yoga with Peter Barber (2001) and studied Anusara yoga with John Friend.  She received her Anusara Inspired certification in 2006.  She has also studied Bikram and Iyengar yoga.   She is registered E-RYT 200 and RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance.  Her class flows with an inspirational theme and students will leave feeling uplifted and joyful.  

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Greg Waters

Greg came to yoga after decades as a competitive swimmer and triathlete.  His interest in yoga built gradually ~ experimenting with different yoga styles and teachers.  When he moved to Miami as a 2008 Teach For America corps member he began taking yoga more seriously, leading to completing the 200 hour YogaWorks Teacher Training with Edwin Bergman and then opening YOGA THAT in 2012.  Greg is a native of Chicago where he was a marketing and advertising executive in a variety of industries. Greg believes that with dedication and fearlessness ~ or practice and detachment according to the Yoga Sutras ~  all things are possible. 

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Farrah Yaspe

Farrah is an Anusara Inspired Yoga teacher who began her yoga practice in 2007, and quickly realized she had found the passion of her life.  She began teaching in 2009 to share the happiness and joy that yoga brought her.  Farrah has studied with Juan Carlos Sánchez and Esteban Salazar ~ an Inspired Anusara Yoga teacher. She has deepened her practice with a variety of certified Anusara teachers such as Jaye Martin, Kenneth Graham and Noah Mazé.  She helps students connect to their inner selves, strengthen their self esteem and improve their lives through yoga.  Armed with a BA in psychology, she has expanded into a holistic approach incorporating yoga to teach enhanced methods of emotional and spiritual healing in group and private practice.

 

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Emily Zoldan

Emily discovered yoga in 2000 and the simple yet compelling feeling of coming back to oneself  ~ with a quiet mind, and a revitalized body and spirit ~ motivated Emily to deepen her practice and live the yogic life.  She complete her 200 hour certification with YogaWorks in Pacific Palisades, California in 2011 and is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.   Emily's focus in the studio is to encourage proper alignment, creating space and building  body and mind awareness, breath-work to create a meditative flow, while using visualizations, positive affirmations and fun spirited energy to encourage playfulness and self-acceptance. She has a BA in Communications and Cultural Studies and a minor in World Religious Studies.  Emily is also very passionate about reading and world music.

 

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