Co-Founder & Managing Director A dedicated, devoted teacher & student, Theresa (Tre) has a deep love and respect for the practice of yoga, and is committed to making Come Together an honest, welcoming community for all to enjoy and feel at home in. Theresa has completed over 500 hours of yoga training and is a certified to teach Restorative Yoga. She is also a personal trainer and group fitness coach. Tre believes her mission in life is to help others, to provide a space for them to find support and happiness. She believes that yoga gives us the tools we need to expand ourselves spiritually and physically, and allows us to live up to our truest potential. Yoga helps us become more accepting of ourselves, and others and allows us to live a more connected, purposeful life.
www.vidya-samyogah.com Prem Sadasivananda, a scholar of Vedantic Philosophy, Hindu Scripture and Sanskrit, is well-known for his lively and humorous talks, his accessible teaching style and his unique ability to bring the ancient Yogic scriptures and texts to life in the modern world. A true life-coach, he has drawn on a deep knowledge and years of practice of Yoga to create popular courses on Meditation, Positive Thinking, and Anger Management and Relationships. A trained musician, his Satsangs and Kirtan (chanting) are uplifting, thought-provoking and inspiring. Formerly known as Swami Sadasivananda, Prem Sadasivananda's spiritual journey began as a sannyasin (monk) for 24 years in the Sivananda Organization. He served as the Director of the Sivananda Center in New York City from 2003 to 2014 and the London Center from 1990 to 2003. Known for his skill at making Vedantic philosophy to applicable to everyday life, he has taught hundreds of Yoga Teacher Training Courses and Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Courses for the Sivananda Organization at their Centers and Ashrams throughout the world. Prem Sadasivananda is a direct and long-term disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, the disciple of Swami Sivananda and through his teachings of Yoga and Vedanta he continues his service by helping others in their spiritual pursuits. Building on his unique experience as a sannyasin and now as committed teacher on his own, Prem Sadasivananda strives to provide loving and gentle guidance, perspective and inspiration for all levels of spiritual aspirants in search of a deeper purpose in life.
Sasha Petukhova (Anandi)
Deeply established in her personal practice of yoga asana, meditation, and pranayama as well as study of yoga philosophy, Sasha encourages her students to smile and focus on their breath as they move through dynamic and challenging asana sequences. After completing her 200-hour teacher Training at BambooMoves, she began teaching yoga to students of various ages, physical fitness levels and backgrounds. Sasha is also certified to teach kids yoga, and prenatal yoga classes. Sasha believes, that through the practice of Yoga, we strengthen our bodies, grow emotionally, learn to control our minds and finally unveil the soul. It is through the purifying of the body and the mind, we can begin to experience many gift of yoga practice, the most cherished one – compassion and humility, understanding that deep inside we are all the same!
Michael Gentile (Vishnu)
Life experience, scientific study, and faith have molded my practice around the healing benefits of yoga and the belief that we have the power to heal our mind, body, and spirit. Yoga was found, after years of searching for the right wellness program, to restore a healthy balance in my life whereby time devoted to nourishing activities increased, with less time spent on depleting ones. Yoga practice restored this balance and helped rediscover unexpected routes to happiness, peace and fulfillment in a frantic world. My new purpose is to assist those with their yoga practice and help them realize the power within to heal and maintain wellness, to be free from suffering, be as healthy and happy as a body needs, and to have ease of being”. Michael (spiritual name “Vishnu") is native to Long Island and a Rockville Centre resident for 30 years. He attended Fordham University and has a Masters Degree in Biology. Michael attended the University of Bologna School of Medicine and Surgery and has professional certifications from New York University and Columbia University. His professional career focused on maintaining worker safety, health, wellness, and environmental protection. After 38 years, Michael retired only to restart his new life as a yoga instructor. In 2015, he completed the Yoga Bhakti Dharma School’s RYT 200-hour Teacher Training and is now assisting others discover the yogic power of healing. Michael completed RYT 500 hours of Advanced Teacher Training on June 5, 2016 and has over 200 hours of teaching experience. Michael is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. From September 23-25, 2016, Michael completed the Veterans Yoga Project Mindful Resilience Yoga Training (Level 1) and is certified to teach mindful yoga for trauma recover for veterans and emergency first responder. Michael teaches all level Hatha Yoga blended with his scientific and medical knowledge and his wisdom that laughter is the best medicine. Om, Smile.
Janice's philosophy teaches with close attention to alignment guiding her students with compassion and humor so that they can gain knowledge, awareness and understanding of themselves through their practice. Yoga is NOT about being bendy...Yoga is about uncovering who you really are. Its about being kind to yourself so that you can be kind to others. Yoga is about discovering some of the thoughts that we create in our heads are not always reality. It's about slowing down to get strong. It's about breathing, moving and smiling... Janice got her Bikram certification in 2008 and 200 RYT through Yoga Polarity 2011. Janice is working towards her degree in Ayurvedic studies as a holistic health counselor.
Dawn Bossman (Bharati)
When Dawn first took up yoga, it was as a way to do physical exercise, but she quickly realized that yoga is so much more. Yoga is part of Dawn’s life every day, not only physically through the practice of the asanas, but even more so the awakening she has experienced through the philosophy and scriptures of yoga, and through selfless service. Yoga has helped Dawn to discover a deeper love and respect for all, and she is learning to live free from worry and self-doubt. It has given her courage and a greater sense of peace. It is her wish to help others discover how yoga can help us to develop a healthy body, mind, spirit, and heart. Dawn is an dual certified RYT 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher and a Level 1 Reiki practitioner. She teaches open level Hatha Yoga classes, Beginner Yoga workshops, and Yoga Nidra. “Love expects no reward. Love knows no fear. Love Divine gives - does not demand. Love thinks no evil; imputes no motive. To Love is to share and serve.” – Swami Sivananda "Health is Wealth, Peace of Mind is Happiness, Yoga shows the way! " - Swami Vishnu-devananda
Kristen grew up in an active household and was an athlete from a very young age. Her main focuses were on basketball, softball, volleyball, and swimming, but she also acquired a passion for literature and education. She received a bachelor's degree in English and a Master's degree in literacy. Kristen currently works at a high school teaching English, but as she began her career, she sought to find a exercise practice that was both physically and mentally challenging. Kristen found yoga and almost immediately completed her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. She was inspired by the ever-changing and stimulating practice of yoga, which trains the mind to find strength in awareness and teaches the body balance, flexibility, and discipline. As she deepened her own practice, she began to understand the healing nature of yoga asana and implements this understanding into her teaching. Kristen enjoys vinyasa flow as well as Dharma inspired sequencing, which build internal heat in the body and build strength and flexibility. She enjoys the ability to share the practice of yoga with those seeking to better understand the interaction between mind and body to build both inner and outer strength and peace.
Loreen Lawrence (Krishna Priya)
Loreen's mission through yoga is to make everyone and anyone feel comfortable about taking her classes. Her passion lies in working with the community and showing others the benefits of yoga practice. Growing up, Loreen was an avid athlete and continues her active lifestyle through not only yoga but coaching basketball, running and pilates. She knows that having a positive outlook will encourage positive results.
After completing her RYT 200-hour certificate at the Yoga Bhakti Dharma School, she began teaching yoga to groups consisting of a wide range of ages, abilities and interests. Upon meeting Prem, taking his classes as well as attending his spiritual talks, Loreen was inspired to further her yoga practice. Helping others with their yoga journey or life goals is something Loreen puts her heart, mind and soul into and hopes to positively encourage as many people as possible.
Lesley Trenaman (Lalita Devi)
Lesley (Lalita Devi) first stumbled upon yoga in a college course she had taken at Penn State University. Always having had an interest in the body, how it moves and fitness ...she took to it immediately and found it to be a place to center herself, in order to give her best “self” to the world and those she loved around her. Slowly learning and practicing more throughout the transitions of a professional career, and later as her most prized position a mother of two little girls...she became more dedicated and quickly realized how much she loved and was devoted to the practice and craved the community that surrounds it. Lesley has had years of experience in the fitness world teaching private and group pilates based classes, as well as personal training. After completing her yoga training through the Yoga Bhakti Dharma School, she feels it has enhanced the way in which she teaches and relates to others. She feels that when we feel strong, confident and at peace within ourselves, we are able to bring compassion and kindness to others. Lesley is a sunny and positive spirit whose passion and enthusiastic way of teaching makes all feel welcome and creates an encouraging environment to practice. As you explore your own mindfulness and flexibility on the mat, Lesley advocates to keep that peace of heart, mind and spirit within and witness the benefits throughout the day. She feels blessed to be part of the Come Together Yoga family and lucky to share her practice and what she loves with others.
Kris learns under Sri Dharma Mittra. 8 Limbs of Yoga is his foundation and seeing the divine/ourSelves in all beings. Living every moment with intention and surrendering to the higher power are the most important to him. Grateful to serve and having fun while doing it.
Jane began practicing yoga more than 30 years ago while raising her two sons as a single parent. She soon realized that yoga was far more than mere physical exercise or stress reduction technique. Along with the asanas, she was drawn to the deep meditation and inner reflection provided by her favorite teachers. Her practice continued intermittently over the years and became firmly rooted when she retired from teaching in 2012. She completed the 200 hour teacher training through CTY. Initially, the training was simply a decision to deepen her own yoga practice, and now a calling to teach others is emerging in her heart. It is Jane’s deep desire to welcome beginners to the practice of yoga …to encourage those who may be reticent or fearful or merely shy, to try something new and different. Life has a way of closing us down, constricting our movements, restricting our breath. Yoga practice is a way to open again to life, to release the tightness of isolation, and to breathe more deeply with ease. It is a journey through the body to the Divine presence…and it’s never too late to be a beginner…humble and fresh on the mat.
Amy found yoga 14 years ago after a troubling time in her life. At the time she wanted to get in shape, but yoga gave her so much more. Yoga has helped her to find herself, create balance, learn mindfulness and how to be present. Yoga has enabled her to slow down in order to see the beauty of life and all it has to offer. Amy’s yoga practice today brings her back to herself and centers her in the midst of all of life’s ups and downs. Amy enjoys practicing Ashtanga and Vinyasa and finds that the details of her preferred practice change day to day...some days she enjoy rigidity and discipline, other days she likes to be more playful and creative. Some days she prefers music, other days she is steadied by the sound of her own breath and enjoys the silence. As an elementary school teacher for over a decade, Amy has a love of teaching and working with others. After seeing the positive impact yoga has had on her life, she wanted to be able to teach and share the amazing benefits with others. Amy is honored and humbled to pass on the teachings of yoga, something she is so passionate about. Amy completed her 200 hour Vinyasa training at Five Pillars Yoga school in NYC. The training also included prenatal teachings, as well as therapeutic and restorative yoga, creative and dynamic sequencing, precise cueing, Ayurvedic teachings, yoga philosophy, and anatomy. Amy is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance.
60 Maple Ave, Rockville, Centre, NY 11570 516-761-6633