DK Dyson is well known to the yoga community and teaches Mixed Level Vinyasa every Monday at 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Pre-registration is required.)

1.     How did you get started with Yoga?
My older brother Jim Seitu Dyson, told me at 5 years old I was doing spontaneous yoga asana. He was a Master Martial Artist, rest his Dear Soul In Divine Peace.

 2.     What got you hooked?
Drugs were intentionally flooded into black neighborhoods in Brooklyn, Harlem and all over the inner cities to quell the Civil Rights Movement and the conscious awakening of the people. I saw the Brothas and Sistas in my hood, nodding out from H and the wild positions they nodded into, like Wheel, Arda Chandrasana, Uttanasana. And I would try these positions out on my own, and being crazy young I didn’t know it was the drugs (causing them to go into those positions).

Then when I was around 11 years old, my same older brother bought me “Light on Yoga” and I saw they were doing YOGA!! I then formally tried some poses in my bedroom and voila!! I connected the high feeling I got to yoga and the cats on the corner nodding in crazy poses they otherwise couldn’t do, to deep relaxation.

Breath, relaxation, and Asana = Natural High!!! I thereby passed through my whole life drug-free!! Thank you, Yoga. And may I say, Rest In Divine Peace to all those Souls who died from Drug ODs… 

3.     What’s one of your favorite poses/ moves and why?Headstand, Peacock, Handstand, Twists, Splits! I dig all poses now. Peacock and Handstand I practice against a wall. One day I’ll get Peacock away from the wall fo sho!! Why do I dig these? If I can overcome gravity I can overcome life’s difficulties and get high for free in the process! 

The poses that I once couldn’t stand, I need the most! Some my body says “Nah” … I listen when that happens. Nah it will be! 

I also like different poses for different seasons according to Aryuveda. Grounding for Vata, active vinyasa for Kapha and calming poses for Pitta. 

4.     What makes a private studio different/better than a yoga class at the gym?
The vibrations from chanting, service to a higher cause, deep love and caring can transform any place but a great Yoga studio is a safe haven from the madness of the world for me and the vibrations from chanting, service to others and deep love build over time. You can feel a good yoga studio’s Vibes instantly. Studio 108 has great vibes and it’s building more and more! 

5.     For someone who’s never tried yoga before, what are the main benefits they may gain from practicing it?Overcoming your own overpopulated and overrun with monkey mind!! Seeing that you ain’t all that and yet you absolutely ARE!!! The duplicity of hard pose, soft heart, sweet breath!! I owe my very life to yoga. My cogency, my Spirituality, my love for Life, my living!! 

6.     What styles of Yoga do you teach? Besides the style you teach, is there any other you enjoy? 

I love Vinyasa and yeah I know I teach that!! That’s my absolute fave! I also teach Restorative, Chair and Trauma Sensitive Yoga  (TSY) which mmmmm I ADORE teaching TSY!!  TSY is my Great Calling!  Now, personal practice? Restorative and  Vinyasa don’t even step to me with Kundalini–I turn violent Hahaha!!!

7.     Do you do anything else to stay in shape?
Bike, weights, trampoline, walk. I  take the NYC subway, see, that bad boy elevators don’t work sometimes there are millions of steps, see me bustin a move runnin for trains !!  

8.     Who inspires you to stay motivated? How often do you practice when you are not teaching?
My Husband, Daughter & Fur Loves ( my dogs) keep me motivated. The anger from so many different directions that the world pushes people into keeps me motivated to stay groovy into my yoga. All the serious teachers at Studio 108 keep me on my A game too. My Ancestors keep me deeply motivated to never stop, it AINT a option!  

I practice some form of yoga EVERY DAY! Physical, study, meditation, service to others, loving up on everybody ( Bhakti Yoga)

9.  How seriously do you take nutrition?
VERY!! Why spoil my Divine Temple w radiated, poisoned chemical imitation foodstuffs. Watermelon… just the thought… Lordy!!! Now that’s the MOVE in Summer!! Avocado toast right now made by my own hands, shoot, now we talkin!! Once I came back from my first trip to India, Brazil & Italy…key food wasn’t makin it no more!! 

10.  What’s an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?
I ain’t tellin!! Ha! 

I am a singer and have taught my dogs how to sing and sing with dynamic’s ( varying volumes!!) I need to get a life!! 

11. Please tell us more about the class your teach at Studio 108.
It’s a Sacred Space my class, where you greet yourself with your total attention to what you can do TODAY not yesterday and the truth of your beauty. It’s a magical ride on your breath and an absolute challenge to your Spirit, Mind, and Body. Work hard and sink into the comfort of rest. Hip music, oils and if I’m feeling great, free massages at the end or beginning of classes!!

Theresa Conlon

Theresa is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor (200-hour RYT) who has been teaching since 2013. She is skilled in various yoga styles including Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Restorative, and Meditation. Theresa also brings an extensive dance background to her yoga practice, which includes teaching both modern dance and ballet. She has over 40 years of dance/theater performing experience and currently showcases her choreography as part of Bergen Dance Makers, a dance collective in northern New Jersey. Theresa’s yoga classes offer a calming mix of traditional asana postures and creative movement flows, supported by energy-moving breath. Students of all skill levels are invited to find ease and peace in their bodies/minds/spirits through the joyful bliss of yoga movement.

Carrie Parker Gastelu

Carrie Parker Gastelu, E-500 RYT, has been teaching yoga since 1993. Carrie began her journey when Yogi Raj Mani Finger initiated Carrie into the ISHTA Yoga lineage after training with Mani’s son, Yogi Raj Alan Finger. In addition, she has studied many other yoga traditions as well as anatomy, physiology, movement, and awareness practices to create an eclectic style all her own. She is known for her honest, non-dogmatic yet passionate approach.

Carrie is a regular speaker and contributor at conferences, websites, and print publications and has been featured in Fit Magazine, the Yoga Zone Book, and in the Yoga Zone Video, “Flexibility and Stress Release.”

Lisa Podesta-Coombs

When Lisa found yoga in 2008, she started to find herself again and it set her on a path of health and healing. She received her 200HR RYT certification from Raji Thron of Yoga Synthesis, and her 30HR Chakra Yoga Teacher Training certificate with Anodea Judith and holds a Y12SR (Yoga of 12 Step Recovery) certification. She is also a Holistic Health Coach (certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). Lisa believes we’re all on a journey of learning how to trust ourselves; she helps her clients build that trust by supporting them in creating better habits for a better life through various functional movement modalities like yoga, barre, Pilates & strength training, mindset, and whole food nutrition.

Forever a student with a passion for people, holistic health, and self-actualization, Lisa is always embracing opportunities to advance her education to better serve; Ayurveda workshops & immersions have been of particular interest as she continues to deepen her knowledge of and experience with food as medicine and she recently completed Unleash Her Power Within, a transformational program of rediscovering our truest selves, powered by Tony Robbins.  

As she continues to give herself space and grace to nourish her natural self and actualize her potential, Lisa continues to share the gift of movement as medicine to inspire authenticity & health in body, mind, and spirit. You can expect mindful, accessible, dynamic, playful, and uplifting classes from Lisa.

Tanisha Sutton

Tanisha’s yoga journey began when she was an undergraduate student studying at university. Changes in her health coupled with anxiety over grades, relationships, and life in general, forced her to search for healthy lifestyle choices she could implement to help manage the stress that she was experiencing as a new adult. A friend of hers suggested that she attend some community yoga classes to help with the anxiety and increase her daily physical activity. Initially, she was reluctant and filled with all these false ideas about yoga and the people who practiced yoga. Like many others, she was concerned that her body type and lack of flexibility automatically excluded her from being a student. Curiously yet hesitantly, she journeyed on to her first class and began laying the foundation for a home and public practice that has supported her over the years.

On this journey, she has discovered that yoga has nothing to do with appearances nor is there anything, but an open mind needed to begin. She intends to provide you with a gentle yoga session that is safe, inclusive, and accessible. Her classes are an expression of self-love and are a deliberate choice to tend to ALL the parts of our being that are neglected, ignored, or disregarded during the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Through meditation, deep breathing, and gentle movement we will collectively share space to observe, rest and re-set. Tanisha is honored to share her practice with you and looks forward to seeing you on the mat!