The Yoga Trail is a New York based group that offers yoga classes outdoors in Central Park inspiring people to reconnect with Nature, even in Manhattan. We also have a Yoga Eco Farm in Otranto, Italy, called Orto Dell'idro. Come visit us! The Yoga Trail started in 2011 while Silvia, the founder, was traveling in Latin America, 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
Riley Rothman, Monday at 6pm
Sophie Ru, Saturday at 11:30am
Lauren Hemley, Tuesday at 11:30
Kate Dowdy, Sunday at 11:30
Alexandra Moga, Friday at 11:30
SOPHIE RU, 200 RYT. Saturday at 11:30am. Sophie likes to design integrated and balanced classes assisting her students to maximize their experience. She enjoys inspiring others to improve wellness and commit to long-term health and fitness goals. In addition to her yoga practice, she is an advocate for all outdoor activities, such as biking, hiking, kayaking, SUP.
KATE DOWDY, 500 RYT. Sunday at 11:30am Kate grew up in London (UK) and had been practicing yoga for four years before traveling to India in 2015, where she completed her first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Hatha yoga at Shiva Shakti. After her second 200 hr training in Ashtanga/ Vinyasa Yoga at Kranti Yoga, 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. Kate has attended many additional trainings including “Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Training” and “LifeForce Yoga: Yoga for Mood Management" in 2016, and a 300 hour training in Bali with Zuna Yoga in 2017. Kate's classes focus on listening to the body and connecting with the breath.
RILEY ROTHMAN, 200 RYT. Monday at 6pm. As a Kripalu Yoga Teacher, Riley creates an inward and individualized experience for her students, emphasizing breath awareness and self-observation. A dancer throughout most of her life, movement was always a creative outlet for Riley. After many years living in and working in NYC, dancing became a long-lost love and she was desperately missing that mind-body connection. Riley rediscovered that in yoga and found that it also supported her in countless areas of her life. She’s committed to providing her students with the space and tools for observation, enjoyment, and discovery in their own lives.
LAUREN HEMLEY, 200 RYT. Tuesday at 11:30am. 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. She also holds a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition. Lauren offers classes in vinyasa yoga, restorative, prenatal, and children’s yoga. She 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 open to explore movements of the body and intricacies of the mind, a pathway to uncover layers around the Heart. Lauren’s style is a combination of free flowing exploration and tuning into details of the unique alignment of each body.
ALEXANDRA MOGA, 500 RYT. Friday at 11:30am 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 eco farm upstate New York.
CECILIA FONTANESI, 200 RYT. 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. 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.
CHARLOTTE PINKARD, 200 RYT 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.
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
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.
MILKA GAVILANES, 200RYT Milka is a dancer, photographer, filmmaker, artist, and yoga teacher who loves to share her passions with others. She loves to combine her diverse knowledge and experiences with yoga to create an integrative flow and feel-good sequence to give students space to explore their own range of movement and learn more about themselves. Moving with intuitive connection, focused intention and conscious breathing is the key to making progress!
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.