Meet Our Staff
Founder + Principal Teacher
Jared McCann is an international yoga teacher and holds an advanced E-RYT 500 designation. He is the two time national and 2013 world asana champion. Jared has studied yoga extensively with Dharma Mittra, Anna Forrest, and Mary Jarvis. He has decades of practice in Ashtanga, Bikram, Dharma, Forrest, and Iyengar yoga combining all disciplines together in his vinyasa series. He continually studies new and old traditions and implements them to both his practice and teachings.
School Manager + Teacher
Rebecca Causey is a lifelong student of movement and has taught Hatha yoga for over 10 years. Also a Pilates teacher, she intertwines Pilates principles in yoga class to help her students develop strength, avoid injury, and develop a more comprehensive understanding of their body and practice. Rebecca primarily teaches private lessons and loves working one on one with students to help them find more precision and depth in their practice as well as relief from chronic pain.
Constant curiosity about the intersection of our lived and anatomical bodies led her to complete several anatomy courses including Kinesthetic Anatomy and Biomechanics of Motion with Irene Dowd, and a Fascial Dissection Lab with Tom Meyers. She has completed over 2500 hours of training in various yoga and Pilates methods including Bikram Yoga, Tony Sanchez Yoga, and JM Vinyasa. Rebecca’s mission is to help students connect with their strength, flexibility, mobility and breath in a way that serves them in their practice and beyond.
Studio Manager + Teacher
Aviad Sasi began his 26 + 2 practice as a way to further his career as a surfer but quickly discovered the benefits of yoga in itself.
Soon after, he completed his Bikram training in Los Angeles in 2012 and has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher since.
Choosing to deepen his practice and widen his horizons, Aviad continued his studies in other forms of yoga, meticulously developing his own identity as a thoughtful and curious teacher with a keen eye for bodies and their own physical uniqueness. Aviad has a natural awareness for alignment, balance and breath. He approaches yoga with a thirst for knowledge and eagerness to pass that knowledge along to his students.
Aviad has been greatly guided by his teachers: Mary Jarvis, Jared McCann, Yoshio Hama, Erin Vaughan, and Michael Guiou.
Aviad is a Bikram certified teacher. He has received a 500 hour vinyasa training with Lighthouse Yoga School’s Jared McCann and worked as assistant to Ashtanga level 2 certified Michael Guiou at Bleecker Street Ashtanga.
Digital Manager + Teacher
Karma Yogi Manager + Teacher
Lulu Soni found her love for yoga through her training as a dancer. A firm believer in the power of movement and physical expression, Lulu helps her students connect to their breath, intuition, and the present moment to find a sense of home within the body. Lulu received her 200-hour Vinyasa and Traditional Hot Yoga teacher certifications from Yoga to the People, and completed her 300-hour certification with Jared McCann. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and works as a dancer and choreographer here in NYC. Drawing from her background in movement and her experience as a yoga student and teacher, Lulu guides students toward their untapped potential so they can heal their minds, bodies, and spirits.
Mila Byeon is a 500-hr certified yoga instructor, trained by Jared McCann at Lighthouse Yoga School.
In 2011, Mila took her first yoga class, looking for a chance to relieve the tremendous stress from her job as a hair dresser of 14 years. Soon thereafter, she found a charismatic teacher Marco Rojas, who focused on the system of Ashtanga and Iyengar. Studying closely under Marco, she traveled to several spiritual sites around the world to deepen her practice.
Mila is also a member of the Metta Earth Institute, a beautiful non-profit educational organization devoted to ecology, sustainability, and social activism.
Through introduction to various pranamaya and meditation techniques followed by strong and unique asana sequences, Mila wishes for everyone who steps into her class to leave with a sense of fulfillment, as well as a focused mind and strengthened body.
Originally a dancer, Samara Speller has always had a love for the discipline, creativity, and healing power of movement practices. She has completed over 500 hours of training in various yoga systems including Vinyasa, Forrest, and Katonah yoga. With the belief that a great teacher is always first and foremost a student, she continues to practice daily and study with her mentors.
Samara believes yoga is one of the greatest tools we have for self-renovation. She has trained specifically in leading therapeutic private sessions, especially for students with common injuries or chronic pain. Samara believes that the goal of a good adjustment (as well as the practice, in general) is always to change the student’s frame of reference and to provide them with an insight.
She has been teaching at Lighthouse Yoga School since its inception and currently manages its Work Study program.
Chauncie Parchment is an 1100-hr certified hot and vinyasa yoga teacher. He has studied Hatha, vinyasa, Bikram, advanced Bikram, Dharma, Kundalini and Kriya yoga. He’s studied under Jared McCann, Rose Erin Vaughan and Yoshio Hama. Chauncie originally studied Dance & Theatre for 11 years with American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, Complexions Contemporary company and Fiorella H.Laguardia High School where he studied Dance & Theatre for 4 years. He continues to further his knowledge by studying herbal medicine, history, jiu jitsu, and capoeira. Chauncie is a firm believer in studying so he can be of better service to his community. He seeks to spark inspiration within his students to create internal change. He travels every year to deepen his understanding of cultures and their traditions.
A one-time competitive triathlete, Daniel Mullaney came to yoga to find some balance in a triathlete’s demanding training schedule — and that yoga practice soon became his life’s work.
Diving head-first into teaching, he has since continued to seek out the many paths that yoga and other movement disciplines have to offer.
Daniel believes all yoga can be good yoga. He finds inspiration in the many traditions that have stemmed from BKS Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and Bishnu Ghosh.
Through rigorous practice and extensive studio and workshop experience, Daniel brings to each session a will to explore the potential of mind, body and spirit, with a passion to help others find their own purpose and peace in active, mindful movement.
Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
Michael Guiou is one of Lighthouse’s senior teachers. He is 500-hr E-RYT certified, and is an authorized Ashtanga teacher (one of the few in the world), graduating from the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India. He continues his studies each year, and travels to India to study with R. Sharath Jois. Michael is a yoga history and philosophy scholar, and has expertise in sanskrit. He has studied extensively with Dr. MA Jayashree, MA Narasimhan in Mysore, India, Dr. Edwin Bryant, and Srivatsa Ramaswami.
Michael teaches weekly led Ashtanga and regularly subs for Jared. His classes are often filled with humor and personality; he believes that although students should put forth work and effort into their practice, the practice itself should not be approached dogmatically.
Yoshio Hama started practicing yoga in Caracas, Venezuela in 1999. Between 1999 and 2008 he had the opportunity to study Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, Partner Yoga and Iyengar Yoga Method under the guidance of different yoga instructors. In 2008, he came to New York and started his new life: he found his guru (Sri Dharma Mittra) and aligned himself to a new spiritual family. Now, he spreads the teachings of Dharma and the light of yoga around NYC, guiding students to the path of righteousness.
Andrea Nicole Ortiz (Nikki), is a yoga teacher, performance and designer currently based in Brooklyn. Nikki is a certified yoga teacher with over 600 hours of training and under the mentorship and coaching of Jared McCann she became the USA National Yoga Asana champion in 2015. Her performance work has appeared at The Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum, Bonnaroo Festival and The House of Yes amongst others. She’s a collaborator at Hybrid Movement Company and Little Cinema.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Abhaijot Kaur is a healer who has been practicing yoga for 21 years. She is honored to serve others through the technology of Kundalini Yoga. Abhaijot is Kundalini Yoga Therapist, a Khalsa Way Certified prenatal teacher, Sat Nam Rasayan practitioner, and a Radiant Child Yoga teacher.
Abhaijot serves the community with Kundalini offerings to low income women and inner city children of Oasis A Safe Haven for Women and Children. She has shared the teachings in Uganda Africa to schools and women correctional facilities. Her love affair and gratitude for Yogi Bhajan (the master of Kundalini) and all of its teachings continues to embody her heart, life and classes with healing love, depth, transformation, abundance, and light.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Rose Erin Vaughan
Tony Lupinacci has had over 500 hours of teacher training and has spent nearly a decade studying with Jared. He is passionate about teaching the family of students and teachers at Lighthouse. His classes are fun, dynamic, and uplifting.
Tracy Noh, a former gymnast and frantic gym-rat, was introduced to yoga and meditation in graduate school. Tracy’s professor would lead a few minutes of mindfulness and simple yoga poses to re-energize tired, stressed students during long evening lectures, a practice that Tracy found surprisingly impactful. With a new appreciation for slowing down to enjoy the present moment, Tracy began to weave yoga into her gym routines and experienced profound improvements in both her mental and physical well-being, and found a mind-body connection that she never knew existed.
Tracy believes that the practice of yoga and meditation, with careful attention to alignment and breath, increases strength and flexibility not just physically, but also to balance and connect the physical body to its mind and soul. Her teaching style is thoughtful and accessible to all levels, rooted in the belief that a balanced practice can only be built through openness, consistency, and patience.
Tracy earned her teaching certification in New York City from Yoga to the People and Jared McCann Yoga, also serving as the Program Coordinator for the very first Jared McCann Yoga Teacher Training, helping develop and grow the program from when it was just a tiny seed!
Erika Jordan is a 500-hr certified yoga teacher. She discovered yoga as a teenager and has spent over a decade deepening her understanding and devotion to the practice. She’s studied Science of Self with Rose Erin Vaughan and Yoshio Hama and has practiced many styles of yoga, from vinyasa to ashtanga to Bikram. Yoga has been a guiding light in her life, and she feels called to share this light with others.