Rose Erin Vaughan
Rose Erin Vaughan, MSAc, is an experienced Acupuncturist, Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist, Yoga Teacher, and Anatomy specialist. Her extensive training in a variety of modalities, techniques, sciences and philosophies has helped her to establish a contemporary and unique approach to heal her clients on an individualized basis in the New York City Metropolitan area. She is the author of 2 books on energy anatomy and yoga. She currently teaches yoga classes in NYC and worldwide and runs yoga teacher training.
As a former competitive equestrian, Alena grew up with an interest in challenging her mind and body, and an appreciation for the rewards of disciplined training. Alena has been studying yoga asana and philosophy for 10 years. Over the last six years, she has managed multiple Yoga to the People studios and is now Director of YttP East Coast Operations. With over 2000 hours of teaching experience, she has facilitated over 12 teacher trainings including the Vinyasa and Traditional Hot practices.
In September 2012, I walked into my first “advanced class” at a now-defunct Bikram Yoga studio in midtown Manhattan. I had already been practicing fairly consistently for almost two years and seen steady improvement. Still, I was stunned by what I witnessed in that room. I could hardly believe the shapes I saw more experienced students contorting themselves into. Until then, I would have assumed those positions were anatomically impossible, or at the very least reserved for circus performers born with conveniently absent bones. Rather than get deflated, I got inspired. I saw what was possible that day, and it radically shifted my perspective. Six years later, here I am, executing all those poses with a smile on my face. More to the point, I no longer doubt myself or constrain my own development, on or off the mat, with self-fulfilling limiting beliefs. Yoga has done much more for me than dramatically transform my physical body. The practice has taught me above all else never to doubt my own capability. Since committing to a consistent and intense yoga practice, I have been empowered to leave a comfortable corporate job that did not interest me, travel the world and live nomadically out of a suitcase for 6 months, and marry the woman of my dreams. Yoga has given me the vision to see what I want and the confidence to settle for nothing less. It would be my privilege to share these sciences and practices with you, so that you too can witness and embrace your natural, infinite power.
Yoshio Hama started practicing yoga in Caracas, Venezuela in 1999. Between 1999 and 2008 he had the opportunity to study Vinyasa Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Iyengar Yoga under the guidance of different yoga instructors. In 2008, he came to New York with the intention of practicing and studying all styles of yoga. He is a 200, 500 and 800-Hour Dharma Yoga Certified Teacher. For him, to teach yoga means to transmit the message of compassion, collective mind and love for God. He is honored to be able to share this gift with the students at Yoga to the People.