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Staff & Guest Instructors


Jessica Diktas: Owner of Soul In Motion Yoga
Jessica was raised in peaceful Woodstock NY, and has always felt a deep connection with the body and soul.  Since early childhood she immersed herself in the world of dance and creative movement.  After graduating from Emerson College in Boston MA she quickly became apart of the entertainment industry. Performing,  instructing, managing and directing for MTV,  New York City Dance alliance, Nike, JCC, G.S.S Casting Agency and Club Med . Over the past 12 years her love and compassion has turned to the practice of yoga and jewelry design.  It is with great enjoyment and honor that Jessica gets to share her yoga practice and beautifully handcrafted jewelry here at Soul In Motion Yoga, in the hopes of inspiring her students to blossom within as well.  Yoga  is one of the most beautiful representations of our soul in motion, and it is her deep belief that if we love on the inside and love on the outside, then our whole world will be filled with love.








Anjali Bermain:
Anjali began practicing yoga when she was twelve years old. She began her studies in Woodstock, NY with Marcia Albert, a yogi from the Desikachar lineage.When she was 17 she traveled to India and explored her practice with various teachers in the Himalayan town of Rishikesh. After graduating from SUNY Geneseo, she immediately began her 200-hour teacher training at Kripalu in Stockbridge, Massachussettes. In January, 2012 she embarked on a solo return to India, exploring yoga and spirituality in various towns and ashrams in the south.  During this time she attended a 10-day Vipassana silent meditation course.She has taught at various schools in northern New Jersey and upstate New York. In her classes she aims to combine traditional philosophy with creative posture sequencing. Her classes mix hatha and vinyasa styles and she draws inspiration from all classes and schools she attends. She also emphasizes the importance of meditation, pranayama and the linking of breath with movement. In her classes, she fits her teaching to her students, adjusting the practice for them physically and mentally.






Erica Arce:
Swami Kripalu, the founder of the Kripalu lineage, writes, "I am a pilgrim on the path of love". Kripalu yoga's teachings are simply put, teachings on love. Kripalu yoga is the path of compassion, the path of coming home to the deepest truest self.
Ten years ago, Erica was given a gift that would shape the course of her life, B.K.S Iyengar's "Light on Yoga".
In 2009, after an intensely passionate inquiry into the study of sculpture and ceramics at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Erica became a yoga instructor. During her training, she experienced the life-altering gifts of profound healing and sangha (spiritual community).
Kripalu yoga for Erica symbolizes the womb of divine love. What has worked for Erica in her personal practice is what she offers her students. She encourages students to practice with patience, love and compassion for themselves, to be in the present moment in a way that is non judgmental and without attachment to results. She reminds them that everything is within, and that the breath and the journey will guide them towards a deeper awareness of themselves. Her classes range from gentle to challenging, and are pregnant with softness and space.


Melanie Finnern
Always a fitness enthusiast, Melanie stepped foot into her first Bikram class during a summer home from college. A few years later, she reentered the yoga studio to help with constant back pain and hasn't looked back since. While it began as a physical practice, it didn't take long for yoga to become a more special part of Melanie's life, changing her outlook on all things physical, psychological and spiritual. After becoming a mother in 2012, she has recognized how important it is to do what you love and has since received her 200-hour certification through Yogaworks. Melanie is grateful to all of her teachers, those who have given her the opportunity to make yoga a larger part of her life and she is excited to be able to share her practice with others.







Lana Goltsberg:
Lana was introduced to her first yoga class at the age of 15, but did not know at the time that this practice would become an integrated part of her daily routine.  Shortly after that first class, she enrolled in an immersion course to study Yoga....and thus began the journey into the exploration of Yoga & Meditation.  Many years and hundreds of yoga classes later, Lana has cultivated her own style of teaching as well as a deep appreciation for yogic philosophy. She strives to constantly evolve her classes to accommodate her students' needs, and infuses her teaching with emphasis on healthy muscle alignment, fluidity, present moment awareness...and a sense of humor.  She owes her passion to inspiring teachers, including Shiva Rea, Swami Sivananda, B.K.S. Iyengar, Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, and most importantly, her mom (an innovative yoga teacher).









Allie Kaspersetz:
The love of yoga was awakened in Allie when she took her first class in 1996. Since then, life has taken Allie on a journey that has included working as a graphic and web designer and subsequently co-founding a web & software design company. Since the birth of her two children, Allie chose to focus on sharing her love of yoga, and the changes it has facilitated in her life, in the hopes that it will help others heal and grow in a similar fashion.
 Allie completed a 200 hour yoga certification in 2009 at Yoga By The Way, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. She focused on vinyasa and power yoga, taught by Ellen de Jonge and David Campos. In 2013, Allie completed a second 200 hour yoga certification at One Love Hot Yoga, in Ridgewood, NJ, with Kim Crotty and Brenda Blanco. Allie is grateful to her teachers and blessed to share yoga with 
others.




Adra was raised in Northern California, and she has spent most of her life finding deeper connections within herself and with others.  She was introduced to yoga when she was pregnant with her daughter 10 years ago and began her journey as a teacher by teaching children's yoga for several years.  Her desire to make yoga accessible to everyone led her to Sonic Yoga, where she received her 200HR RYT certification. She is certified to teach children through Karma Kids Yoga and Post-natal/Baby Yoga though the Yoga Mom, Buddha Baby training.  Adra truly believes that everyone can find their way to yoga, and her Vinyasa style of teaching allows for students to connect breath & movement in their own space and time.  Her classes are a heart-centered practice & largely inspired her studies with her mentor, Johanna Bell, although she truly honors the teachings from all of her many teachers over the years.  Adra is grateful every day for her practice and for the ability to share yoga with people of all ages. 






Lara Szlamkowicz:
Lara first discovered yoga in 1999, while living and working in NYC.  The way that Yoga practice encourages deep self reflection, using the body as the vehicle to work through physical and psychic obstacles, made it clear to Lara that she had found her home.In 2001 Lara earned a Holistic Chef's degree from the Natural Gourmet Institute, and went on to cook in a fast-paced celebrity chef's restaurant, as a private chef and as a caterer.
As her yoga practice evolved, so did her sense of commitment to wellness. In 2004 Lara earned a Master's degree in Art Therapy from Pratt Institute.  She worked as an art therapist on an acute psychiatric ward in a NY hospital, with teen aged moms in foster care, and with special needs children.
Lara hopes to help students experience the transformative power of creative self expression, compassion, courage, and a deeper connection to the power within.
 She teaches with a light and playful heart, with strong regard for setting up foundational structure on the path to deeper expression of asanas.

Namaste

Kim Mittman