Meet the Teachers

Chantal Vice began practicing yoga 10 years ago. Walking out of that first class, feeling lighter and blissful, marked the beginning of a love affair. After the birth of her three children and the diagnoses of a heart condition, Chantal needed focus and wanted to take her practice to the next level. In 2010 she completed a 200 hour teacher training in Prana Yoga at the New York Open Center.  That training, which in addition to physical postures, focused on the Chakras and meditation, opened the door of knowledge to the existence of the higher Self. Thirsty for more, Chantal is currently working toward completing her 500 hour teacher training with Sri Dharma Mittra.

Chantal teaches a Vinyasa/ Hatha-Raja inspired class, encouraging her students to open their hearts and surrender in order to feel the connection with Spirit. Weaving yoga philosophy into her classes, she aims to help students go beyond their physical practice and move toward Oneness.  Chantal is a devoted practitioner and teacher and is committed to spreading the loving message that is Yoga.

 

Heather Simonson, LMSW, ERYT-200, RPYT a Licensed Social Worker and AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator, is the founder of Sexuality Education and Counseling Services, an organization that empowers others to help build the foundation needed to embrace sexuality with pride and in a positive light. Heather’s background and experience enables her to use a truly holistic perspective by fusing eastern and western derived techniques throughout her teachings.

As a Yoga Alliance Registered Prenatal and Children’s Yoga Teacher, Heather knows firsthand the power of yoga and the impact it has on pregnancy, birthing and parenthood. Yoga has been a true gift in Heather’s life, where her practice has become her mission off the mat, to empower others through their own inner wisdom.  She is the Founder and Director of The Yoga Womb, Long Island’s first Yoga Alliance approved prenatal yoga teacher training. Heather received her 200 hour certification as a Vinyasa Yoga Instructor from Always-At-Aum Yoga School and is also one of Long Island’s only Tantra Teacher.

A mother of two amazing children, Heathers prenatal yoga practice is the prenatal education that enabled her to have beautiful, natural, non-medicated births. Heather has been raising both her daughter and son on yoga since in the womb and knows that the quality of their relationship, the strength in their character and the connection they share, is largely due to being a yoga family.

 

 

goddess-LakshmiCher Meli-Lyman has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and teaching for more than 15.  Throughout the years she has earned almost 1000hrs of teacher training. Her first teacher training was hosted at the White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara where she was mentored by her first and forever teacher, Erich Schiffmann.

Her credentials also include assisting and traveling with Shiva Rea, and a 500hr training with the Healing Yoga Foundation, where she had the incredible opportunity to study with TKV Desikachar. She also has had training and extensive practice in Yoga Therapeutics and Meditation. Cher’s passion as a student and teacher of yoga, is to explore and share the finer, more subtle aspects that lie deep within teachings of yoga which can enable one to experience and become their most authentic self.