Teachers

Ngone Mbaye

Ngone is a Co-Founder and Studio Manager of Greene Moments.

Ngone’s yoga journey started 7 years ago while working as a French language assistant teacher for Murray Hills Wee Ones Club, a Manhattan-based preschool. Once each week, a yoga instructor taught the children yoga movements. She became inspired by the way the instructor guided the children with games, music, and books while teaching various yoga poses and stretches. A short while later Ngone received her children’s yoga certifications from Little Flower Yoga, Urban Yoga Foundation, and Rainbow Kids Yoga.

In 2015, Ngone completed her 200-hour yoga certification and 300-hour yoga certification at Three Sisters Yoga in New York City. In 2017, she completed a 300-hour Hatha yoga certification in Rishikesh, India.

Ngone enjoys teaching yoga to children and adults. She guides all of her students through fun, intelligent, effective yoga classes and focuses on teaching relaxation, correct posture, and mindfulness. Her Goddess Yoga class invites all individuals to be present, honor and share the inner Goddess with others through uplifting movements and breathing. Every shape and all levels are welcome. Ngone believes that yoga is for every body. After each class participants leave with a piece of peace to share with family, friends, neighbors, and strangers.

Ngone’s classes are gentle and accessible to everyone. Individuals are encouraged to go at your own pace whether you are a beginner or experienced.

Augustine Diji  

Augustine is a Co-Founder and Operations Director of Greene Moments.

Augustine has been practicing meditation and Chi Gung (Carrying the Moon, Lifting the Sky, and Standing Mediation) for over 25 years. He has had the honor of expanding his knowledge of Chi Gung with lessons from Master Wong Kiew Kit and Master Robert Peng. Augustine trains in African Martial Arts systems and TUF Systems with friend and Master Heru-Ur Nekhet.

“Your body is your source of peace” is his mantra. A strong and healthy spirit, mind, and body is the foundation to enjoy one’s life.

Throughout every challenge, he has been blessed with a beautiful family, great friends, good health and a positive outlook on life. It was in Rishikesh, India Augustine learned to bring love and confidence deeper into his body during 200 hours of Yoga teacher training. His goal is to guide individuals towards a deeper Mind=Body connection so one can release emotional pain and find happiness within.

  Asmi Shah

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Asmi Shah has done yoga on and off for more than a decade, starting with old-school Indian DVDs. It was focusing on the breath and experiencing yoga as a moving meditation that transformed her life. She
completed her 200-hour teacher training at Yoga Vida in NYC and went to Nepal to study energy healing using Himalayan singing bowls. Her focus is on making yoga accessible for everyone and incorporating spirituality into the physical practice. She also offers a unique perspective as she is deeply connected with her Indian heritage and the everyday application of yogic principles.

Funmilayo Chesney

fumi 2                                                                                                                          Funmilayo was born in Brazil and grew up in Guyana. She has traveled extensively to Nigeria and Ghana, where she lived and studied dance for three years. She’s also visited the Congo, the motherland of her ancestors. From 1987 to 1992, she was a member of the only traditional Congolese dance company in New York City, Malaki MA Congo. Funmilayo has been teaching Congolese dance for almost 20 years in New York City and is the director of F.U.S.H.A. Dance Company, founded in 1995. In 1996, she won the Ethnic Dance Award for best African dance instructor. Funmilayo has also studied Ballet, Modern, Tap, Sabar, Guinean, Haitian, Afro-Cuban, Afro-Brazilian, Dahomey and Dunham dance. She is employed by the Department of Education and teaches ethnic dance to pre-k through 12th grades. Funmilayo realizes that the ancient dance of the Congolese people, combined with the creative movements and sounds of their descendants, have shaped the culture of many music and dance styles in the Diaspora, including Samba, Salsa, Hip Hop, Reggae, Calypso, Cassav, Jazz, BellyDance, and popular dances like the Electric Slide and even Michael Jackson’s Moonwalk. She was inspired to form F.U.S.H.A. Dance Company to empower and educate people in the healing powers of dance, and to celebrate the richness of dance and culture from Africa and the Diaspora. Funmilayo and F.U.S.H.A. Dance Company have performed at Harvard University and Alvin Ailey, as well as in Jamaica, Sweden and Italy.

 

Daya Parvati Fennimore

Daya.pic 1Guide to your own empowerment, with a focus on compassion and strength. Daya, is an energy intuitive who honors all the harmless paths that lead to the divine and each individual’s ability to access higher guidance. Passionate about building community while assisting the discovery of people’s personal power by guiding them through self healing of this and past life traumas and blockages.

She is based out of Brooklyn NY, and practices internationally, offering 1 on 1 sessions, group sessions of meditation, energy healing, tarot, esoteric workshops, house clearings and sacred jewelry design.

Having trained with many master healers and elders of wisdom traditions, she is a certified Reiki master & teacher, spiritual aspirant and practitioner of the Shamanic arts, trained Ignite Your Spirit and Pranic Healing therapist, ordained interfaith minister with Alliance of Divine Love, sacred talisman designer Birth Doula with Carriage House Birth, and tarot reader with 15+ years experience reading cards at Aum Shanti in New York City and Su’juk Brooklyn. Having alchemized early childhood traumas, addiction, depression and suicide; she pulls from all of this to offer an integrated healing meditation style of transcendental consciousness that uses chakra breathing, sacred
geometry, affirmations, and shamanic journey.

Kristen Rae Stevens

Kristen_Rae_Yoga-50Kristen Rae Stevens is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, Yoga Specialist and Mind-Body Educator. She has been on faculty of esteemed yoga and Ayurveda schools in NYC, lectured at Mount Sinai Medical to Primary Care Physicians and has been an adjunct professor at Colombia and Barnard Colleges. She maintains a private practice in NYC and Brooklyn, NY, where she currently
resides.

 

Maureen Maske

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Maureen has followed one goal her whole life: to live outside of the matrix.  Ever since childhood Maureen has valued her imagination.  Her soul always questions reality, while dreaming outside of the box.

When all of her peers rushed to grad school and salary jobs, she bought a two month trip to Thailand.  She wanted to see what it was like to be unchained to the traditional way of life.  There she volunteered teaching English in a small village, had a cultural exchange with a native tribe in the northern hills, and backpacked on trains, boats, and scooters.  Looking back perhaps she was a bit too fearless as a solo woman trecking around a foreign country.  But she later came to believe that her mother’s prayers and guardian angels kept her young and slightly naïve heart very safe.  This trip was the foundation for her journey ahead in life.  After, it felt like she could follow her own path, and it didn’t matter what people thought.  She even shaved her head to feel the feminine power from within, (though lipstick & big earings did accompany the new do)

Upon return to the states, she began waitressing, mainly in vegan restaurants, and this became what sustained her for many years.  She knew this wasn’t going to provide a huge income, nor get much approval from society.  But it was in alignment with her goal.  She was not stuck sitting behind a desk.  She was free to move around, constantly interact with new people, learn about healthy food and share her knowledge with others.  Plus, it supported her livelihood while taking trainings in the holistic field.

She completed her first 150 hour training in Classical Yoga by Kathy Elder in Hawaii.  This particular training was taught by a woman who not only knew every molecule of the physical practice, but also was masterly versed in the many other limbs of yoga.  This influenced Maureen to always value yoga as a lifestyle and a spiritual practice.

She then became interested in the power of our own human mind.  She completed a training was in Hypnosis, through the National Guild of Hypnotists.  Maureen using hypnosis to help people wash clear negativity and to build up their esteem.

She landed a job at the world’s leading holistic learning center, The New York Open Center.  She was surrounded by other mavericks of society.  Her co-workers were energy healers, birth doulas, aromatherapists, herbalists, astrologers and more.  The whole place is a community of artists and healers.  There Maureen got her second yoga certification 200 hours, in Prana Yoga, which is classical yoga that incorporates chakra work.  And her most recent certification was in Life Coaching, a nine month training by Leadership that Works.

Today Maureen helps people heal themselves and exit that matrix mentality.  We all have that inner rebel inside of us that wants more than what society deems admirable or possible. Maureen takes great joy in igniting that light in people.  She wants nothing less than to see humanity manifesting a better world from our unique dreams.

Bradley Lloyd

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Dedicated to serving a comprehensive, fun, safe and effective personalized training program specialized specifically for your needs.

Targeting males/females of all ages who aspire to improve their physical/mental state of being. Individuals who are not interested in large corporate gyms and huge equipment access, yet still desire improvement in health & fitness. With extensive certified training in resistance training Functional Movement Screen – FMS, TRX, TRX – Sports medicine, Kettlebells – KBC, TRX Rip Trainer, Group cycling Keiser M3 ride, NSCA – CSCS, NASM – sports performance enhancement, Pre/Postnatal postpartum.

Brad will provide you with an exhilarating workout that will exceed all fitness expectations. Whether your goal may be to lift heavier weights, run longer or faster, tone up or gain proficiency at a sport, improve flexibility or enhance overall movement qualities.  Brad’s motivating spirit and “get the job done” attitude will not disappoint.

Pena Verde

IMG_1346Pena Verde is from Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He started playing Capoeira when he was 15 years old with Mestre Sabia, the coordinator of The Association of Ginga Mundo Capoeira.

Pena has been teaching Capoeira for over a decade.  In addition to adult classes, Pena teaches Capoeira to kids ages 2 and up. New York City schools where Pena has taught include Community Roots Charter School, The Co-op School, Brooklyn East Collegiate Middle School, Essex Street Academy High School, Bronx International High School, P.S. 372-the Children’s School, Brooklyn Friends School, Music Time Kids, and the Tribeca Community School.

Pena believes that Capoeira has been responsible for transforming the lives of people all over the world. For this reason, he is thankful for the opportunity to teach Capoeira in New York City.