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 Director + 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.
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.
Teacher + Work Study Manager
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.
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.
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.
Michelle Martin is an E-RYT 500 yoga teacher and Reiki Master. Her affinity for yoga and curious nature compelled her to complete 2,000+ hours of training in yoga and meditation, informing her playful and creative style. Michelle travels to study and teach yoga all over the world, and is particularly inspired by indigenous culture and the power of community. She is currently pursuing her MA in Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute.
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.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
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.
Julie Kraisler first came to yoga as a way to quiet her busy mind and anxious thoughts. Never an athlete or a mover she appreciated the noncompetitive nature of the practice. Over time Julie has seen strides not just in her own physical journey but also spiritual and mental. She completed her 200 hr Vinyasa Teacher Training with Yoga to the People in 2014. After finishing her training Julie jumped right into teaching, extensive studio time and seminar work. Since moving back to New York City Julie completed her 500 hr under Jared McCann at Lighthouse Yoga School. Julie’s teaching style is firm and clear, yet loving and supportive. She loves guiding students to find their full potential in a practice that stretches body, mind and spirit.
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!