Practitioners

Aarti – Reiki

aratiAarti Sanan grew up in India and completed her entire 12 years of schooling at Swami Chinmaya Mission in Kerala, where Yoga, chanting, meditation, and spiritual teachings were part of the daily curriculum. After working for many years as a journalist, she felt a deep urge to return to her roots and explore and share the teachings she grew up with. In addition to being an RYT-500 Hatha teacher, she is a licensed KAY (Kidding Around Yoga ) teacher and works with kids of all ages, including tweens and teens. She is certified in Prenatal and Teen Yoga. Aarti has studied under Reiki masters in India and uses a unique blend of Sanskrit chants, chakra balancing, and meditation in her sessions. She is a certified Usui Reiki master and a Karuna Reiki practitioner.


Aiko Ishida – Swedish and Deep Tissue

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.


Brenda – Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

Brenda is a New York State–licensed massage therapist and a graduate of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. She has been working with clients with various needs for more than five years and is happy helping people regain a feeling of comfort and mobility in their bodies. Her modalities include not only Swedish massage but also Ortho-Bionomy™, a modality that works on a deep level yet gently. The body is positioned in ways that provide the greatest comfort; compression or traction is then added, causing a self-corrective response in the body. Brenda has found this approach beneficial to people with injuries old and new, chronic pain, and general postural issues.


Cat Basciano – Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

Cat Basciano is a graduate of the Swedish Institute in New York City where she earned her Associates Degree in Occupational Studies. Specializing in Swedish, medical massage, deep tissue, neuromuscular techniques, acupressure, and hot stone massage; she’s committed to offering herself as an ally to every client in their pursuit of wellness and to that end, she strives to make sessions an individual therapeutic experience. Sessions always include relaxation techniques while addressing physical issues because she believes that stress reduction is key to disease and injury prevention. If you wish, she will work with you to see which post-session practices will enhance the work done in the treatment room. Working in this way is helpful as it empowers you to take charge of your well-being. Her goal is to assist you in partnering with your body to minimize future issues and continue to be stress/pain free between sessions.


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.


Flor Taboada – Flower Essences

Flor Taboada_SpaFlor started studying and using flower essences in the early 1990s. Over the years, she has trained with various flower essence producers and teachers. In 2003 she completed a two-year professional training in the UK with the world-renowned flower essence expert and author Clare G. Harvey, gaining a diploma in International Flower Remedies and Gem Essences.
Flor helps people deal with the stresses that come from the pressure of big-city living, work, and life events. Her goal is to support and empower her clients to be their best and believe in themselves whatever their circumstances.
A former linguist, Flor has a certification in Energy Healing by the Healing Touch Program and a lifelong experience of and training in meditation. www.flortaboada.com


Francesca Biryukov – Acupuncture – Reiki

spaFrancesa 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. As a third level Reiki practitioner, Francesca uses the modality to reduce stress, relax the body and mind, and balance the body’s subtle energies.


Joule L’Adara – Sound Healing

Joule L’Adara is committed to serving others through the healing power of sound. She is a trained Acutonics® practitioner and a master-level Reiki practitioner and has studied with many experts in the field of sound healing. She is also a trained opera singer and has performed at the Metropolitan Opera and Carnegie Hall as a soloist. As the founder of Sounding Circles, Joule leads group vocal improvisational circles, designed to open up the potential for deep emotional healing and promote community cooperation and mutual understanding. Joule produces regular Sounding Circles vocal play shops and the Sound Healing concert series “The Sound Soak” at the New York Open Center. She also hosts a sound healing podcast called “Sounding Circles Radio” and holds a yearly sound healing retreat on the Big Island of Hawaii.


Laksmi Scalise – Chakra Balancing – Reiki – Sound Healing

Laksmi ScaliseLaksmi Scalise, 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. Laksmi has also studied numerology, astrology, metaphysics, and theosophy (theology, science, and philosophy). She is a Reiki master teacher and a Karuna Reiki 2 practitioner, as well as a dowser, using pendulums and working with crystals, tuning forks, and sound mantras to clear the body’s subtle energies and balance the chakras.


Rev. Lílā Lucy Nelson – Spiritual Counseling

lucylilanelson_spaRev. Lílā Lucy Nelson , is an ordained Interfaith Minister and Interspiritual Counselor as well as a senior Yoga teacher at Integral Yoga Institute. She is also a Certified Positive Psychology coach, a Wellness Coach, and an EFT practitioner. She teaches workshops and courses and has speaking engagements as a Stress Management Educator. She holds a safe and compassionate space with an approach of wholeness of mind, body, and spirit. She facilitates discovery, spiritual direction, transition, and deep listening. She is eager to meet you.


Lisa – Myofascial Release – Cranial Therapy

Lisa_Wellness SpaLisa is a New York State licensed Physical Therapist and a graduate of Boston University’s Master of Physical Therapy program. She has 15 years experience working with people of all ages, pediatric to geriatric. Lisa received her certification in Integrative Manual Therapy in 2006 through Westbrook University and uses a holistic approach to treat the body as a whole and uncover the source of a problem. The deep healing techniques of Myofascial Release and Cranial Therapy are two she commonly uses and she is very excited to be sharing them with the IYI community. You can learn more about Lisa at www.alchemyphysicaltherapy.com.


Masami – Thai Bodywork – Prenatal Thai – Thai Feet and Hands Massage – Shiatsu

Originally 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.


Purusha John Donahoe – Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage

purusha-johndonahoe_spaPurusha John Donahoe, E-RYT-500, LMT, is a New York State‒licensed massage therapist and a graduate with honors from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences. He is also a teacher trainer and an all-levels instructor at Integral Yoga Institute. His training includes Swedish, medical, and deep tissue massage, as well as myofascial release, reflexology, and Shiatsu. Purusha has been working privately with clients for more than 25 years, first as a personal trainer, next as a personal Yoga teacher, and now as a massage therapist. He is a self-proclaimed “anatomy geek” who is constantly seeking more bodywork knowledge in order to serve his clients in the best way possible with personalized programs designed specifically for their needs.


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 for three years 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 – Shiatsu Bodywork and Moxibustion

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. She has for years been providing Shiatsu and Moxibustion 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

Swarupa Sky Oak Speaker is an advanced IYI Yoga teacher (RYT 500) and a multiple-lineage Reiki master teacher (non-touch). In private sessions, classes, and clinics, he also teaches, practices, and counsels Teen Yoga, pranic awareness, hypnosis, vibrational resonance therapy, meditation, and more. Swarupa brings a simple yet uniquely transformative, heartfelt, and empowering perspective to the individuals he works with. At IYI, he serves as a Yoga teacher, Wellness Spa spiritual counselor, and Reiki facilitator and is a regular workshop presenter.


Taravati Turcinovic – Restorative Healing

tania taravati turcinovicTaravati Turcinovic, R.N., B.S.N., has been a part of the Integral Yoga community for more than 20 years. She has been an active Yoga teacher since her initial certification, in 1998, and has been a teacher trainer for many years. She has studied Therapeutic Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Thai Yoga with Kam Thye Chow and has practiced healing and served as a nurse in various hospitals throughout New York City.


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.