Who We Are
At the heart of Yoga Love...
Our teachers reinforce the classic vinyasa flow style from the Ashtanga lineage. We foster a community of mindful practitioners, while encouraging a practice that transcends the physical body.
Shannon has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and teaching for the past 13. She integrates essential oils into her classic Vinyasa Flow classes. She was first drawn to yoga for the excellent "workout" but soon discovered the spiritual benefits surpassed the physical practice. Whether you are a serious athlete, or just want a serious challenge, she will help you find the focus, clarity and strength to reach your full potential. Her class encourages students to find their own moving meditation by connecting breath with movement. Fun, high energy, upbeat music helps to cultivate a relaxed environment. Students will experience an accessible class that will help them tap into the physical, emotional and spiritual strength waiting inside them. Shannon’s work has appeared in various publications including winning “Yoga Journal” magazine’s nationwide Talent Search which featured her specialty, arm balances.
Nancy has been teaching yoga for almost a decade. She became intrigued by the physical alignment of the body through her classical training as an actress and a dancer. Through injury she discovered Pilates and for over 15 years she explored its benefits of core strength and body alignment. Her first experience with yoga was purely for exercise and physical strength. She soon discovered that she couldn't maintain strength without breath, the necessary tool to fuel the body and clear the mind. Her classes incorporate this philosophy by teaching a powerful flow that unlocks hidden inner strengths and fortitude to change and heal your body, mind, and life. Students will begin to optimize their physical fitness, while bringing serenity to their minds and nourishing their spirits.
After receiving a master's in Mental Health Counseling and working in the field for a few years in the early 2000s, Jaimie realized she wanted to help people by way of movement. She is certified in yoga, personal training, group fitness as well as many specialty classes, and has been teaching, coaching, and educating both privately, for small studios and large gyms for the past decade. Jaimie takes a holistic, mind body cross training approach with her clients and provides modifications/progressions to all levels.
Allison is a Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher, Writer and Creator of mindfulness program KLARITY Mindsette. Her yoga classes offer nourishment for the physical body and the spirit with challenging and creative vinyasa sequences, dynamic music and real-life inspiration with a bit of humor thrown in. Ever since her first teacher training in 2005 in San Francisco with renowned Ashtanga Teacher (and personal instructor for the Grateful Dead), Larry Shultz she has continued to delve deeper. An educationalist at heart, Allison has continued her training with renowned instructors David Swenson, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee, Seane Corn, Sarah Powers and Jason Crandell; as well as completing a one-year Anatomy Studies for Yoga Teachers training program with Jason Ray Brown. Currently, Allison is completing an intensive two-year Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Certification Program taught by Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach and accredited through the Awareness Training Institute & Greater Good Science Center at University of California at Berkeley. She continues to study, practice and teach daily and is eternally grateful to all of her wonderful teachers, especially her biggest teachers, her two children. She resides with them, her husband and their two dogs in Irvington, New York.
Ani Laura Pidedjian
Ani first discovered the transformative power of yoga thirty years back as a college student at UCLA. After graduating and moving to Manhattan to work as a reporter, Ani began to more seriously practice and better appreciate the many dimensions physical yoga offers. Drawn in particular to the power of joining the breath, movement and attention, she traveled to Mysore, India, to study Ashtanga Vinyasa in 1999.
After experiencing yoga for more than a decade, she formally fulfilled the requirements of New York Yoga's training program under Michael Gilbert, Govinda Kai and David Hollander, making teaching official in 2004 at New York Yoga and Karma Yoga. Soon after she completed the YogaWorks Teacher Intensive and started leading classes at YogaWorks in NYC at the Westside and Eastside yoga studios, as well as, completing the Baby Om Teacher Training program.
Refining her knowledge of the vast practice of hatha yoga, its development and origins, she uses some of these practices to help students tap into their own physical and mental potential. Her relaxed and accessible teaching style while drawing from the lineages of Krishnamacharya also integrates a creative and analytical sensibility that centers on the whole person, beyond one particular pose or modality, alignment ideal, appearance or dogma.
She is inspired by her husband and two sons, and dedicated students during the world altering pandemic. Ani looks forward to returning to teaching at an actual yoga studio and is thrilled to be a part of Yoga Love. Ani is currently studying functional anatomy to increase her knowledge of better movement and as always to continue the exploration of the complicated and sensitive mystery of being a human.
Yoga Instructor/Meditation Coach
Jennifer Monness is a certified yoga teacher, meditation coach, and Founder and Director of The Meditation Lab. Based out of Irvington, New York, Jennifer works throughout Westchester County and New York City sharing her program - an experiential exploration of mindfulness and movement - with faculty, administrators and school age children in public and private schools. Since the program was founded in 2016, The Meditation Lab has been integrated into over forty schools and competitive travel athletic organizations throughout the country.
Participants are taught meditation techniques in simple practical ways to reduce stress, increase focus and improve performance. Jennifer has a unique way of delivering her message and makes what could be an intimidating subject fun and relevant. The tools and techniques she shares reinforce that happiness is a skill which you can train, just the way you train your body at the gym. With consistent practice, meditation can improve your work, relationships and health.
Jennifer has been practicing yoga and meditation since 1996. She has shared her program with more than 10,000 people since its inception.