Maya Jocelyn | Founder
Maya began dancing at age 5 and continued on to complete a BFA in Modern Dance at SUNY Purchase. She went to Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy and became a licensed massage therapist. For 10 years, Maya specialized in chronic pain/injury recovery and in 2006, transitioned her practice to movement specialist. Over the past 10 years, Maya has developed a core strengthening and injury prevention technique called the Maya Method. It is strongly influenced by the Martha Graham Technique, Release Technique, Pilates, Functional Training, Flamenco and the work of Caroline Myss. Maya received her certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Pilates International and Annett Lang (Post-Rehabilitative Training and Pre/Post Natal Training). She opened Studio Maya in 2008 to offer people a safe place to heal and develop their body in a holistic manner with techniques based on science and research.
Christine Krol | Administrator
Chris completed her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Arts at Purchase College. After many years as a designer, Chris is now a painter, collagist and visual arts curator.
Danielle Henry | Brooklyn Booty, Bosu Body
Danielle completed her B.S. in Communication and Gender Studies at Pace University. She became certified in Personal Training, Kettlebell Concepts as well as Annette Lang’s Pre/Post Natal Training and Intergrated Stretching. Danielle specializes in strategically driving muscles to fatigue in order to swiftly develop muscle mass.
Jess Grippo | Beginner Ballet
Jess grew up dancing ballet at the Joffrey Ballet School. She took a break from dance to go to NYU where she completed a BA in Psychology and Sociology with a focus on Culture and Gender Studies. After college, Jess returned to dance studying jazz, African & Haitian dance, as well as comedy, and theater. Because of her own journey back to dance, Jess understands how it feels to be intimidated by the dance studio. She enjoys creating a warm, welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere for all her dance classes. Jess now has a creativity coaching practice with a program called, “You Can Dance Again.”
Jessica McCarthy | Specialty Class Series: Candlelight Yoga
Jessica started dancing when she was 3 years old and has trained in ballet, pointe, modern, tap, jazz and Hip Hop. She went to NYU for a BFA in Dance with a minor in Psychology. Jessica has trained and performed nationally and internationally since she was 13 years old. She completed a 300 hour certification as a Mind Body Dance Yoga Teacher as well as certifications to become a Master Reiki practitioner. Jessica started Luminous Architecture in 2015 to inspire a deeper body/mind connection through healing bodywork practices.
Kathryn Davis | Speciality Class Series: Qigong
Kathryn is a Master Teacher of Qigong, an Energy/Vibrational Healer, Spiritual Doula and founder of the Kun Li Sheng™ System: She holds certifications in Teaching Qigong and Qigong Healing Techniques from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She’s also certified in Reiki EnergyHands-on & Distance Healing as well as the Sandlin Technique. Kathryn has traveled to Teotihuacan in Mexico to connect with the Mayan, Aztec and Toltec healing traditions of the Nahuatl Culture and has traveled to Mainland China several times to study with Masters of Qigong and Taoist philosophy.
Latoya Goree| Zumba
LaToya started dancing when she was 7 years old. She trained in modern, West African, Hip Hop and ballet. She studied at Alvin Ailey Dance Theater, Dance Theater of Harlem and Hubbard Street Dance. LaToya completed a B.A. in Advertising and Social Sciences from Michigan State University, and completed certifications in Zumba and Barre.
Sara Nielsen | Ageless Body, Slow Flow and Restorative Yoga, Post-Natal Yoga
Sara grew up as a competitive downhill ski racer in Lake Tahoe. She studied and performed professionally Brazilian, West African and Hip Hop dance. She is a licensed massage therapist with an Associates Degree from the National Holistic Institute in Therapeutic Massage. Sara has 500 hours of yoga training from Yoga Union Back Care in NYC and from the Nosara Institute of Costa Rica. She has ten years of teaching interdisciplinary yoga. In 2015, Sara completed Ishta Yoga's Restorative Yoga Training and started teaching Postnatal Yoga.
Tara Kashyap | Speciality Class Series: Pilates with Cables and Blocks
Tara was a client on the Pilates Reformer for over 10 years after which she completed her first certification in Classical Pilates. She began teaching on the Pilates Reformer and 8 years later completed another certification to deepen her understanding of the Pilates method. Tara was particularly drawn to the emphasis on correct form to create muscular balance and alleviate undue stress in the spine and overworked joints.
Tony Stephens | Bosu Body, Outdoor Class
Tony grew up playing basketball and football. During college, he became a lifeguard and taught swimming for 10 years. He then transitioned to personal training and completed the ACE and NASM certifications. Tony has a strong interest in yoga and meditation and has studied goal-setting and personal development for over 20 years. Tony specializes in functional training with a focus on cardiovascular endurance.
Tulsi Mehta Chase | Specialty Class Series: Yoga for Back Care
Tulsi grew up in India practicing yoga, meditating with her parents and studying Indian classical dance (Bharatanatyam). She holds a BA in Dance, Theater and Visual Art from Pomona College, and a Masters in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She completed a 1000-hour training in Yoga Education at Kaivalyadham Institute, Mumbai. Tulsi has taught yoga at the Harvard Wellness Center, directed programs at a community Makerspace and helped establish the first Altschool in NYC. Tulsi is a consultant to holistic entrepreneurs, including Studio Maya, and trains educators in yoga with Breathe for Change.
Yxia Olivares | Zumba, Samba, Hip Hop
Yxia grew up dancing Samba with her family. She studied at Ballet Hispanico, Flamenco at Steps on Broadway and Hip-Hop, street jazz and Flamenco at Fazil’s Dance Studios. Yxia went on to perform and tour with recording artists including Will Smith, Wyclef Jean, Salt-N-Pepa, Britney Spears, Missy Elliott, Mary J Blige and Sean Paul. Yxia transitioned her career to teaching after completing certifications in Zumba Basics, Zumba Step and Zumba Kids.