Practitioners

To book an appointment, inquire at the reception desk, call 212-929-0585, ext. 88, or e-mail Spa@iyiny.org

Aiko Ishida – Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

aikoAiko, a graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences, is a New York State‒licensed massage therapist. She is trained in Swedish, medical, and deep tissue massage, myofascial release, Chinese foot massage, and Shiatsu. She works therapeutically at a chiropractor’s office in the city. Aiko grew up practicing Shiatsu-style massage on her family, and that experience built her core sense of how to feel clients’ physical, energy, and emotional bodies through her hands. She believes in the power of natural healing and massage as one valuable aspect of that.


Brahmi – Aura-Soma Color Therapy | Beamer Light Pen | Reiki | Flower Essences Therapy

BrahmiBrahmi has been a color therapy practitioner for 15 years having trained in the Aura-Soma color system in Italy, England, and Germany. Her newest tool in this modality is the Aura-Soma Beamer Light Pen, the next generation of Color Light Therapy. This tool stimulates the energy centers, harmonizing the subtle body with light and color. Brahmi is an Aura-Soma Advanced Level practitioner, registered at the Art &Science International Academy of Colour Technologies (ASIACT), Aura-Soma Beamer Light practitioner, and a Reiki Master. As a Flower Essence Therapist Brahmi identifies and prepares your unique blend of flower essences to be used in restoring overall well-being and balance.


Cristina Lipka – Foot Reflexology

Cristina LipkaCristina began practicing reflexology in 1998 after being certified by the American Reflexology Certification Board. She was a vice president on the board of the New York State Reflexology Association and also its newsletter coordinator for many years. During that time she developed a successful private practice and began working for a corporate health event organizer. She has continued to hone her skills by attending reflexology workshops and conferences over the years. In addition, she has volunteered at the medical examiner’s office, the FDNY, the PAPD (Port Authority Police Deparment) cleanup crew, and the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases—The Initiative for Women with Disabilities. Currently she is volunteering with Community Relief and Rebuilding through Education and Wellness (CRREW) doing reflexology on residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy on Staten Island, and she continues in her practice serving a wide variety of clients, given her ability to speak Spanish, Polish, and English.


Francesca Biryukov – Acupuncture | Facial Rejuvenation | Cupping

FrancescaFrancesa Biryukov is a New York State‒licensed acupuncturist and a National Board‒certified herbalist in the field of traditional Chinese medicine. She is a graduate of the Tri-State College of Acupuncture and served as the clinical director of the Yu Wen Acupuncture Clinic at the Swedish Institute for 15 years. With more than 25 years of experience in classical Chinese medicine, Francesca approaches her work from a perspective of body, mind, and spirit. Her respect for the uniqueness of each individual and for a person’s ability to heal in a safe and compassionate environment brings warmth and understanding to her treatments. Facial Rejuvenation using ancient techniques of Acupuncture is a safe and effective method of enhancing appearance to reduce the signs of aging by stimulating the flow of Qi to the meridian pathways of the face.  It leaves one feeling more energetic, calm, healthy and vibrant. Cupping places small suction cups over vital energy body points to break up blockages, restoring the body’s natural flow of energy and blood, promoting overall good health and well-being.


Rev. Laksmi Scalise – Shamanic Chakra Balancing | Reiki | Sound Healing

Laksmi ScaliseRev. Laksmi Scalise, IYM, RYT 500, an Integral Yoga certified teacher, began her Yoga practice in 1975. She went on to study under Swami Bua Maharaj for five years, becoming one of his teachers during his travels. Reverend Laksmi is a senior teacher under Grand Gong Master Don Conreaux, having begun her sound healing training with him in 2011. She has also studied numerology, astrology, metaphysics, and theosophy (theology, science, and philosophy). Reverend Laksmi is a Reiki master teacher and a Karuna Reiki 2 practitioner, as well as a dowser, using pendulums and working with crystals, tuning forks, Tibetan bowls, and sound mantras to clear the body’s subtle energies and balance the chakras.


Rev. Lílā Lucy Nelson – Spiritual Counseling

lucylilanelson_spaRev Lila Lucy Nelson, E-RYT500, is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Interspiritual Counselor and a senior yoga teacher at Integral Yoga Institute. She is also a certified teacher in Meditation, Raja Yoga, a Positive Psychology Coach, an EFT practitioner, and a Teacher Trainer. Lila facilitates Satsang, teaches workshops and courses, and conducts speaking engagements as a Stress Management Educator. Her varied offerings are held in a safe and compassionate space with an approach of wholeness of mind, body, and spirit. Lila facilitates discovery, spiritual direction, transition, and deep listening. She is eager to meet you.


Masami – Thai Bodywork | Prenatal Thai | Thai Feet and Hands Massage | Shiatsu | Restorative Healing

masami_spaOriginally from Japan, Masami encountered Yoga while living in New York City and working in the fashion industry. Although her lifestyle was hectic, she learned that the practice of Yoga gave her a sense of calm and peace that she had been unable to find elsewhere. She completed her teacher training with Yoga to the People to augment her knowledge and practice of Yoga. Then she discovered Thai Yoga Massage at Integral Yoga Institute. She had a profound experience and became acquainted with something from her inner self known as metta, or “loving-kindness.” Now, as a Yoga instructor and Thai Yoga Massage practitioner, she offers people a simple message that often seems difficult to comprehend: deep love and peace exist within each of us. You can learn more about Masami at masamithaiyoganyc.com.


Peter J. Amador – Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

Peter Amador_spaPeter J. Amador is a graduate of New York College of Health Professionals. He has been a licensed massage therapist since 2013 and specializes in Swedish, deep tissue, and sports massage. He is currently a top-tier therapist with Equinox fitness clubs and has a diverse background in fitness and martial arts. He enjoys constantly improving in knowledge and technique in order to provide the greatest benefit to all his clients.


Rev. Sam Rudra Swartz – Spiritual Counseling

Rev. Sam Rudra Swartz, IYM has been a devotee of Swami Satchidananda since 2001. A 2004 Graduate of the All-Faiths Seminary in New York he received ordination from Rabbi Joseph Gelberman an Interfaith Minister. He has performed wedding ceremonies around the United States, lead interfaith services, and Jewish services at the Actors’ Temple in New York as well as at other synagogues and gatherings. Most recently he lived and served at Satchidananda Ashram Yogaville Virginia as a Karma Yogi as well as participating in religious offerings.


Shakti Amitay – Acupressure | Yoga | Meditation | Holistic Wellness Consultation

Shakti Amitay_SpaShakti has been a practitioner of the healing arts for more than a decade. She has worked with clients to balance, relax, and restore, as well as served those with such chronic health conditions as cancer, kidney disease, and arthritis. She holds a certification in Shiatsu from the Ohashi Institute, has experience working in a clinical setting with physical therapy, and is a Kundalini Yoga and meditation teacher for self-healing trained at Universal Force. Shakti has also studied Yoga Nidra and other healing therapies in depth with various masters, integrating them into her practice. In her Holistic Wellness Consultation Shakti identifies self-healing tools and modalities to incorporate in your daily life. She is certified in interfaith meditation. Shakti has for years been providing various services to Integral Yoga Swamis.


Somaliah Williams – Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

Somaliah_SpaSomaliah Williams is a licensed massage therapist who graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. The foundation of the college is in traditional Chinese medicine, and it has equipped Somaliah with tools in meridian theory, acupressure, fire cupping, moxa, and gua sha, along with Eastern and Western massage modalities. Somaliah offers focus therapy in prenatal care as a certified prenatal massage therapist and doula. She has additional training in Thai Hara work, which is a massage technique targeted at an array of issues associated with digestion, reproductive health, and deep emotional blockages. Somaliah Williams gives full-spectrum holistic care to her clients with healing hands and attunement, which are the basis of her practice.


Swarupa Sky Oak Speaker – Reiki | Spiritual Counseling | Vibrational Resonance Therapy

Swarupa Sky Oak Speaker, C-IAYT, started studying Western methods of wellness, reason, and philosophy in college. Unsatisfied, he embarked on a decades-long journey of renunciation and self-discovery and continues to explore many current and ancient global traditions and practices. In classes, private sessions, clinics, and teacher trainings, Swarupa incorporates his ongoing study of all aspects of Yoga, pranic awareness, and vibrational resonance therapy, bringing them together in an accessible, complementary care approach that is practical, heartfelt, and transformational. Swarupa’s certifications include all levels of Hatha Yoga, Yoga Therapy, Yoga for Stress Management, Meditation, Yoga for Cancer, Gentle/Chair Yoga, Reiki (he is a master teacher), Yoga for Bone Health, Raja Yoga, and Teen Yoga. He is overjoyed to connect with and serve individuals, and communities of all sizes. You can learn more about Swarupa on his website: https://www.sattviclife.com


Tinuola – Thai Bodywork

Tinuola moved from London to New York City in 1998. She received her certificate as a Thai Yoga bodywork practitioner and later became a certified Yoga teacher after successfully completing her training at Integral Yoga Institute in New York. The breath is the foundation of Tinuola’s work. She encourages her students to connect initially with the breath before coordinating it with the mindful movement of Yoga or the assisted effort in Thai bodywork. That connection then becomes a place from which to heal and transition. Tinuola is passionate about her work and enjoys sharing the tools of wellness with others.