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Meet Our Staff

Jared McCann

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.

Rebecca Causey

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.

Aviad Sasi

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.

Henry Winslow

Digital Manager + Teacher

Henry Winslow is a dedicated yoga practitioner of 9 years, whose teaching is rooted in the Ghosh, Ashtanga, and Dharma Yoga traditions. In 2018, Henry took first place in the International Yoga Sport Federation’s world championships. Although strength and flexibility initially attracted him to the mat and remain a focal point of his teaching, his appreciation for the practice has since expanded beyond the physical. To Henry, yoga is above all else a tool for cultivating clarity. Through workshops, private and group classes, and his podcast Dharma Talk, Henry empowers students worldwide to connect to their innermost selves, where our natural resilience, unlimited power, and universal compassion reside. Henry is grateful to his teachers — especially Jared McCann, Gloria Suen, and Rose Erin Vaughan — and his students alike.

Alexandra Peter

Karma Yogi Manager + Teacher

Alexandra Peter is a former athlete and a lifelong mover. She moved to New York in 2009, and received a BA in Dance and Communications from Marymount Manhattan College. As someone who had an on-again off-again relationship with yoga for years before finding a community and a true practice, Alexandra is able to cater her unique classes to all types of practitioners, from those who are advanced to those who are still finding their footing in their practice. Since solidifying her own practice and her love and dedication to yoga, Alexandra has completed 500-hours of training under Jared McCann at Lighthouse Yoga School. She is inspired by the power of community and spiritual practice, and seeks to create an environment where all levels of practitioners are able to explore.

Lulu Soni

Yoga 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

Yoga Teacher

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.

Samara Speller

Yoga Teacher

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

Yoga Teacher

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.

Daniel Mullaney

Yoga Teacher

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.

Michael Guiou

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.

Riji Suh

Yoga Teacher

Riji Suh has been teaching yoga for the last twelve years of her life.  Her practice journey has roots in the asana lineages of Bikram, Dharma Mittra, and the Ghosh 84 Asana series.  Riji was born in Seoul, South Korea, and together with her brother, was raised in Baghdad, Iraq and finally, New York City, USA.  From her off-campus time at Colgate University, she has maintained a deep connection to the people of the Tesuque Nation in Santa Fe, NM.  Teaching yoga has brought her to New Mexico, Hawaii, among many other states, as well as Denmark, Italy, and Costa Rica.  Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean are her home away from home.  Brooklyn, NY is her happy home base, and she is blessed to keep her creative anchor through her growing work on both sides of the fashion and media lens. Riji and Jared have been friends since meeting in Hawaii in 2007, and it is so special for her to share the practice of yoga in his Lighthouse Yoga School.

Yoshio Hama

Yoga Teacher

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.

Nikki Ortiz

Yoga Teacher

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.

Abhaijot Kaur

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.

 

Amanbir Singh

Kundalini Yoga Teacher

Amanbir Singh is a Kundalini Yoga teacher, yoga therapist & licensed acupuncturist based in New York City. He offers a healing and fun approach to the ancient lineage of Kundalni Yoga. In each class Amanbir is known for bringing his sense of humor, music, and extensive knowledge of the healing field.
 
Amanbir currently teaches his in-depth understanding of western physiology, eastern anatomy & astrology in various yoga and therapy trainings world wide. He holds a Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering.

Rose Erin Vaughan

Yoga Teacher

Rose Erin Vaughan, MSAc, is creator and lead of Science of Self Yoga Trainings based in NYC. Rose Erin is a seasoned Acupuncturist and Trigger Point Therapist, Yoga teacher & Anatomy specialist. She holds a Master of Science in Acupuncture, a BS in Biology, published 2 books on the subject of Yoga and Meridians, & has led numerous trainings and intensives in Yoga worldwide. She studied extensively with master Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra. Her training in a variety of modalities, techniques, sciences and philosophies has helped her to establish a contemporary and unique approach to heal people on an individualized basis in the New York City Metropolitan area & worldwide.

Tony Lupinacci

Yoga Teacher

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.

Sarah Ghilardi

Yoga Teacher

Sarah Ghilardi grew up in Zurich, Switzerland. She started practicing Bikram Yoga at the age of 14. Since then, she has practiced many styles of yoga — mainly Bikram, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Sivananda. 
 
In 2012, Sarah won first place at the Swiss Yoga Asana Championship and competed internationally in Los Angeles. She would later compete at the national yoga championship in the states. 
 
Sarah completed Bikram’s Teacher Training in 2012 in Los Angeles. She earned her 500-hour Vinyasa certification from Lighthouse Yoga School in Brooklyn 2016 and 2017. In 2017 she completed her first Mat Pilates training and is looking forward to do her second pilates training this fall in New York City.
 
Sarah speaks German, French and English and she has lived in the United States for five years. She continues sharing her love for yoga and is passionate about spreading the lifestyle in her steps.

Tracy Noh

Yoga Teacher

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

Yoga Teacher

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.

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