The Yoga Trail is a New York based group that offers yoga classes outdoors in Central Park to inspire people to reconnect with Nature, even in Manhattan. We also have a new permanent location in Otranto, Italy, in collaboration with Orto Dell'idro. The Yoga Trail started in 2011 while Silvia, the founder, was traveling in Latin America, and sharing her yoga practice surrounded by beautiful natural settings: what an inspiring and powerful combination! Everybody should feel it!
About the Team
Silvia Neri, founder and director
Kate Dowdy, Monday at noon
Lauren Hemley, Friday at noon
Cecilia Fontanesi, Saturday at noon
Alexandra Moga, Tuesday at 6pm
Michelle Mullenax, Sunday at noon
Charlotte Pinkard, Thursday at 6pm
CECILIA FONTANESI, 200 RYT. Saturdays at noon. Cecilia is a dancer, yoga teacher, contact improviser, and researcher. Cecilia completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Laughing Lotus (NY), is a certified movement analyst at the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, LIMS (NY), and holds a MPhil in Neuroscience from CUNY, The Graduate Center. She recently became a Dance/Movement Therapist and currently works with people living with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. Cecilia also collaborates with Jody Oberfelder, and is a co-founder of the Parcon NYC dance collective.
MICHELLE MULLENAX, 500 RYT. Sundays at noon. Michelle is a yoga teacher with over 600-hours of training and a personal practice that has spanned more than 12 years. She was born and raised in beautiful Colorado, where connecting with nature was a way of life, a lifestyle she has continued since moving to NYC in 2012. Known for her engaging teaching style and welcoming demeanor, Michelle’s classes are athletic, yet accessible for all. She is passionate about sharing the wisdom of this ancient spiritual practice so others may find empowerment in their daily lives. She completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training with Yoga Vida in NYC and 500hr Advanced Training with Supersoul Yoga in Maharashtra, India. She is grateful to her teachers Raghunath Cappo, Kat Fowler, and Robert Lindsey. In addition to her yoga practice, Michelle is currently pursuing her MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business.
KATE DOWDY, 200 RYT. Monday at noon. Kate grew up in London (England) and had been practicing yoga for four years before traveling to India in 2015. In India she completed her first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha yoga at Shiva Shakti. After she completed a second 200 hour training, this time in Ashtanga/ Vinyasa Yoga at Kranti Yoga. Later that year she moved to New York to attend NYU, where she is currently studying the intersection of eastern and western healing modalities, with consideration of the relationship between the mind and the body. In addition to her studies at NYU, Kate has attended many additional trainings including “Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training with Jenn Turner” and “LifeForce Yoga: Yoga for Mood Management with Amy Weintraub”, both in 2016, and a 300 hour training in Bali with Zuna Yoga in 2017. Kate's classes have an emphasis on listening to your body and connecting with your breath.
ALEXANDRA MOGA, 500 RYT. Tuesday at 6pm. Alexandra's yoga journey began in her childhood, when during summer breaks in Romania she would meditate alongside her aunt who taught her practices in forgiveness, focused breathing, and energetic visualization. In her teens she took her first yoga asana class and was hooked, finding the practice perfectly suited her passion for movement and dedication to spirituality. After four years of university in Paris, she returned to New York where she immersed herself in the yogic path with over 1,000 hours of training and teaching various communities since 2010. Alexandra’s classes are dynamic and uplifting, weaving together creative sequencing, intuitive alignment, mind-balancing breath-work, the science of Kundalini, and poetic prompts informed by the Bhakti path to invoke a deep inner connection. She facilitates advanced yoga trainings in India and serves on the board of Supersoul Farm, a yoga school and permaculture farm initiative in upstate New York.
CHARLOTTE PINKARD, 200 RYT, Thursday at 6pm Charlotte first came to yoga years ago in college (PE credit!), and immediately embraced the grounding, strength and tranquility of it. Throughout the course of her corporate career in fashion, yoga has continued to offer a humbling, rewarding, and uplifting platform. Because of this balancing impact on her life, she felt compelled to become a teacher to share some of the magic. Charlotte received her 200-hour teacher certification at Yoga Vida in NYC.
LAUREN HEMLEY, 200 RYT. Friday at noon Lauren is committed to a lifelong practice of health and consciousness. She is a Yoga instructor, holistic health coach, and women’s circle leader as part of The Wild Woman Project. Lauren also holds a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition. Lauren offers classes in vinyasa yoga, restorative, prenatal, and children’s yoga. Lauren has studied in the Bhakti yoga tradition as well as alignment yoga with Alison West. Lauren’s two tenets of practice are Balance and Interconnectedness. She seeks to create a safe space where her students feel safe and open to explore movements of the body and intricacies of the mind. Lauren’s style is a combination of free flowing exploration and tuning into details of the unique alignment of each body. However, for Lauren, Yoga is ultimately a pathway to uncover layers around the Heart.
TAM KAMYA, 200 RYT Tam Kamya is a 200HR certified yoga teacher with a dynamic and devotional practice, and a Reiki Level II practitioner. Her classes are interwoven with chanting, storytelling, and examples from her personal experience on and off the mat, and topped off with soothing Savasana assists. Tamara completed her training at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, New York, under the guidance of loving mentors and the supervision of studio founder and beloved "teachers' teacher," Dana Flynn. She has been initiated into the Reiki tradition by Caroline Cunningham, Reiki Master. Tamara continues to express her boundless gratitude for all her teachers by offering selfless service or seva, and sharing the transformative experience of yoga with others. Tamara also holds a BA in Art History and degrees in Performing Arts, for the piano and voice.
MARIA MACSAY, 500 RYT Maria is a Dancer, Yoga Teacher, Fitness Instructor, Reiki Healer, and Eating Psychology Coach based in NYC. While she wears many different hats, she is passionate about helping others come into the present moment to find deeper levels of embodiment so that they can access more of their potential and live a life of increased ease, joy, and love.
CLARA MOISELLO, 500 RYT Clara is a graduate from the 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Jaya Yoga, Brooklyn, featuring in-depth study of ethics, asanas, anatomy, philosophy and pranayama, in alignment with the Vinyasa and Iyengar traditions. Her teaching practice includes flowing creative sequences and is infused with her experience as a neuroscientist, Reiki Master and music lover. She is a certified Eating Psychology Coach as well as facilitator for the New York Center for Non Violent Communication.
ERICA SERGOTT, 200 RYT A creative and caring individual, fellow practitioners and teachers alike have called Erica a “natural yogi.” Formerly a NYC fashion industry professional for prestigious corporations Erica found herself called to teach as yoga transformed her life. Through teaching she is inspired to help her students reveal not only their physical power but to also connect to their inner power, an ever-present source of teachings and activate the positive developments she continues to experience through her own practice
STEFANIE MIHOULIDES, 200 RYT Stefanie is a 200hr RYT with numerous additional hours of training. She takes a lighthearted joyful approach to the practice of yoga, and her classes are well-balanced sequences that incorporate breath awareness with movement. This will energize and restore your mind and body, increaseyour strength and flexibility and reduce stress. The practice of Yoga can dramatically improve the quality of life, and Stefanie loves to share this gift with her students.
NATALIE PEREZ, 500 RYT Natalie’s joy and passion for yoga are palpable and infectious. Her style brings together elements of strength, flexibility and balance, encouraging students to break through their perceived limitations both on and off the mat. What began as a purely physical practice led Natalie to discover the many spiritual and mental benefits of a well-rounded yoga practice. It is through pranayama, asanas and meditation that she taps into the sense of inner calm and self-acceptance that yoga brings, and she encourages her students to do the same.
ROBBERT ZOON, Reiki Master Robbert is a certified Reiki Master since 2003. Born in the Netherlands, he has traveled extensively in South East Asia, Central and South America deepening his spiritual and meditation practice with elements from these ancient cultures. He uses Reiki to reduce physical, emotional, and mental unbalances that cause stress and pain, bringing new energy and peace of mind.
About the Founder
SILVIA NERI, E-RYT500, Founder of The Yoga Trail Silvia's Yoga teaching focuses on a strong connection between breath and movement, as a means to honor the body, calm the mind, and find harmony within acknowledging our divine nature. We all have unique bodies with limitations and strengths, so understanding the individual range of motion and anatomical differences is key for a safe practice that stimulates the deep potential within ourselves, while recharging the body, and releasing tension and stress. Silvia was born and raised in Italy and lives in NYC since 2004. She received her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Ananda Ashram, NY under the guidance of David Hollander, and her 300hrs training in India with Raghunath and the Supersoul Yoga Team, focusing on Bhakti, Yoga Vedic phylosophy and Ayurveda.She is a certified Yin Yoga teacher after a training with Corina Benner at Integral Yoga, NY. Silvia is also a second level Usui Reiki practitioner. and she incorporates the flow of Reiki energy in her classes to stimulate the natural healing processes in the body. Silvia has her own channel at Online Yoga TV, a video platform powered by Yoga Magazine, and she appears on Yoga Downloads in the Life Force Project channel.