Director - Ma Mokshapriya Shakti Ph.D. E-RYT
Mokshapriya is an Ordained Minister and certified Yoga instructor with over 40 years Yoga experience, both teaching and personal practice. She prepares and teaches Yoga and meditation classes and workshops at Yogashakti Yoga Center in Queens, New York. Prepares and gives Yoga retreats, workshops and classes throughout the New York area. Responsible for preparation and layout of books and publications produced by the Yoga Center.
In 1992 she was ordained "Ma Mokshapriya Shakti Saraswati" by Maha Mandeleshwar Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati at the Ujjain Kumbha Mela in India. She set aside a long professional career in the printing business to dedicate more time to community service and the propagation of Yoga. Mokshapriya started to teach yoga and meditation classes in 1970 and also acted as a Yoga Instructor in High School in Miami, introducing, designing and teaching an accredited Yoga course for high school students, which was adopted throughout the state.
In 1998 she joined Marianne Mitsinikos and formed the Yoga Teachers Training Institute. Prepares and teaches the curriculum for Yoga Teachers in the New York area that has trained over 280 yoga teachers in Long Island and New York. She is an active member of MYSIM - Ma Yoga Shakti International Mission and associated sister organizations since 1978. Pupil of Maha Mandaleshwar Ma Yoga Shakti Saraswati, the world-renowned expert and author of many authentic books on Yoga and philosophy. She received her Ph.D.in Education by researching and writing a "Comprehensive Eclectic Yoga Program: A Strategy for Self-Improvement" Curriculum for College from Warnborough College in U.K. Mokshapriya makes the study of philosophy interesting and life changing. She is very direct, but approachable.
Director of Physiological Studies - Miguel A. Andujar M.D.
Miguel Andujar, M.D. is a practicing physician who specializes in clinical hematology and disability analysis of work related injuries. He is the Medical director of Esperanza Training center of Mentally Retarded Adults. Dr. Andujar is an enthusiastic student of philosophy, psychology and comparative religions. He is a disciple of Maha Mandaleshwar Ma Yoga Shakti since 1991. He conducts classes and workshops in yoga and yoga philosophy and has translated into Spanish some publications of Ma Yoga Shakti, the world-renowned expert and author of many authentic books on yoga and philosophy. He has written the prolog and anatomy appendices for Yoga Para La Salud Fisica y Mental. Dr. Andujar participates with Marianne Mitsinikos and Ma Mokshapriya Shakti teaching anatomy and physiology to the students at the Yoga Teachers Training Institute.
Asana training and Physiological Studies Janine Ambroze, RN, BSN, RYT 500
Janine Ambroze is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Science Degree and an Associate Degree in Surgical Technology. This background led her to explore different healing modalities, culminating in her discovery of yoga and yogic philosophy in 2001. Janine has advanced training in prenatal yoga and is certified by the Yoga Alliance as a RPYT and as an E-RYT-500. She is an advanced trainer in restorative yoga under Judith Lasater’s Relax and Renew program levels I and II. Additionally, Janine specializes in working with diabetics as well as other individuals with various health issues in rehabilitative and therapeutic capacities. She has had the privilege of studying under Leslie Kaminoff, Beryl Bender Birch, Bo Forbes, and Jason Crandell. Janine is an active member of the LIYA where she often presents on various health-related topics. She is also the Director of Physiological Studies at the Yoga Teacher Training Institute (YTTI) 500 Hour program for advanced teacher training. Janine is a faculty member in YTTI’s 200 Hour Training program where she teaches anatomy and physiology to potential yoga teachers. She is a Reiki Master.
Asana Training - Valerie Nichols - E-RYT-500
My yoga journey began over 35 years ago starting with the work of Richard Hittleman and Lilias Folan. My attention to yoga was diverted for a few years to dance and teaching aerobics & body toning classes. Yoga was always in the background and especially needed through the many injuries from dance and aerobics. About 20 years ago, I found my way to Mokshapriya and the ashram and returned in earnest to the dharma of my yoga practice. In 2002 I participated in YTTI’s teacher training program.
Now whatever I thought I knew about yoga, I totally surrendered after entering teacher training with Marianne Mitsinikos. I am forever grateful for the excellent foundation Marianne provided. My current teaching schedule as an E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher) includes classes in nursing homes, senior centers, yoga studios (including the ashram in Queens), athletic clubs, for corporations and for private clients. In addition to being a storyteller, I am a Reiki & IET practitioner and teacher. To tell a story is a gift from the heart. Teaching yoga is also a gift from the heart. Let our hearts be open to receive from each other!