UNHEATED - Open Vinyasa Flow


This class is taught by:

Lauren Hemley

Lauren is committed to a lifelong practice of health and consciousness. She is a Yoga instructor, holistic health coach, and women’s circle leader as part of The Wild Woman Project. Lauren also holds a Masters degree in Public Health Nutrition. Lauren offers classes in vinyasa yoga, restorative, prenatal, and children’s yoga. Lauren has studied in the Bhakti yoga tradition as well as alignment yoga with Alison West.

Lauren’s two tenets of practice are Balance and Inter-connectedness. She seeks to create a safe space where her students feel safe and open to explore movements of the body and intricacies of the mind.

Her teaching style is a combination of free flowing exploration and tuning into details of the unique alignment of each body. However, for Lauren, Yoga is ultimately a pathway to uncover layers around the Heart.

Melissa Otero

Melissa is a vinyasa yoga instructor and an award winning singer/songwriter with a passion for helping others. Yoga became an important part of her life in the year 2009 after a long battle with depression. Upon discovering yoga and its healing benefits, Melissa dove deep into the practice and finally decided to bring her new found love to others by going through a 200hr Vinyasa Teacher Training in 2015. Melissa hopes to share her love for yoga and music in her classes and inspire others.

Mercedes Bermejo

Mercedes is a Yoga and Wellness expert with over 12 years of experience in a variety of specializations in the field. She has been teaching at different NYC studios and leading Yoga programs like the Lincoln Center Ballet, the Rusk NYU Langone Health and creating programs like Yoga at the Roof in partnership with Plan USA Nepal.
 
This is how Sadie Nardini, Core Vinyasa founder, describes her classes: “Mercedes teaches a uniquely creative vinyasa style that leaves you feeling boundless and free spirited. It was marvelous to be able to surrender into a teaching that spoke to me and awoke my whole being.”
 
Mercedes has also taught yoga to cancer patients at Jersey City's RWJ Barnabas Medical Center.
 
Born in Madrid, where she was a professional singer, Mercedes also holds a M.A. degree in anthropology and voice. She leads Gamaya a devotional music band, loves to travel and is a passionate cyclist and advocate of a sustainable way of life.

Sarah Sumner

Sarah Sumner believes that yoga is a one of the greatest teachers of compassion, and crafts intelligent sequences to expand the body, heart, and mind to find greater empathy on and off the mat. By focusing on the reasons why we do the asana poses, her students surprise themselves with their willingness to dive deeper in them. She received her 200hr from Laughing Lotus, which helped her understand the importance of fluidity, joy, and intention in every practice.

After receiving her BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sarah incorporates her four years of breath, voice and body training into the asana practice, offering her students creative ways to tune in. She is extra sensitive to combine specific alignment cues to protect the body because she first came to yoga because of her severe case of Scoliosis.

Through strong postures and a fierce devotion to the breath, she hopes every student leaves the room stronger and more empowered.

Jeff Vock

Jeffrey Vock is a professional photographer who recently celebrated his 30th year of practicing yoga with Sri Dharma Mittra by getting certified to teach Dharma Yoga. His passion is to guide students of any asana level into deep relaxation, pranayama and meditation where they will reap the maximum benefits from this ancient practice.

Briana Bednarski


Brie is a 500hr RYT with styles rooted in Vinyasa and the Iyengar lineage of yoga. She began practicing yoga in 2011 as a means of exercise but fell in love with the practice after realizing the physical benefits were just the beginning. Brie's teachings are derived from the transformative power the practice has had on her own soul and the deep desire to share it with others. Her creativity comes through her sequencing and thoughtfully crafted playlists. She hopes to provide students with a warm space for self inquiry and with the tools to heal from the inside out.

Gina Garcia

Gina is an energetic and motivated individual who enjoys working with people and helping them build their self-confidence. As a teacher, her purpose is to help others seek and find self-love, as well as remind them that they are worth all of the greatness that they desire.
 
She is a RYT 200-hour, Pre/Post Natal, and Kids Yoga teacher. She aims to aid participants in relaxing and strengthening the mind and body, renewing their thoughts, and most importantly refreshing the spirit.

Magda Usarek-Witek

Magda was introduced to yoga at a young age by her family and has been going classes and kirtans ever since. She dove deeper into her practice in 2010 to find anxiety relief from the stresses and pressures of daily life. Once she found the benefits of bringing breath and movement into the body she could never look back. Her classes include mindful alignment with a playful sequence of poses. She strives to make each class unique and help every body experience yoga to their fullest potential: the mind, body, and spirit connection.

Magda is 500 RYT trained in vinyasa yoga through Bhakti Barn 200 RYT in 2013 and 300 RYT from Hudson Yoga Project in July 2018. In addition to the 200 RYT, Magda has special training with Yin Yoga, Hands on Assists, Back Care and Therapeutics in the classroom.

Asha Rao

Asha Rao, E-RYT 500, discovered yoga 20 years ago while trying to improve her family's overall health. Inspired by the results, she  decided to learn authentic Hatha yoga from revered masters of the art both from India and USA. She has taught Yoga to thousands of people in 4 countries since 2000 with the mission to help everyone, regardless of their fitness level or background to incorporate yoga in their lives to achieve optimal health, naturally.  She is certified in Ashtanga/Vinyasa Krama By Master Johnny Kest, Mitzi Henderson, and Guruji Jayaram. She is also certified in Authentic Traditional Hatha yoga Krama (principles and practice) by Guruji Sri. Venkateswara Rao and Sri. Baalayya.
Start or develop a safe and beneficial yoga practice. This traditional Vinyasa class explores basic to intermediate level yoga postures, alignment, and breathing techniques. No experience or flexibility requirement.
 
OPEN TO ALL LEVELS. TAUGHT IS AN UNHEATED ROOM.

Upcoming classes:

  • Thu Dec 13 6:15 am - 7:15 am with Lauren Hemley
    at Jersey City
  • Thu Dec 13 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Melissa Otero
    at Jersey City
  • Fri Dec 14 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with Mercedes Bermejo
    at Jersey City
  • Fri Dec 14 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Sarah Sumner
    at Jersey City
  • Fri Dec 14 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Jeff Vock
    at Jersey City
  • Sat Dec 15 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Briana Bednarski
    at Jersey City
  • Sat Dec 15 9:30 am - 10:30 am with Gina Garcia
    at Jersey City
  • Sun Dec 16 9:15 am - 10:30 am with Magda Usarek-Witek
    at Jersey City
  • Sun Dec 16 10:45 am - 11:45 am with Magda Usarek-Witek
    at Jersey City
  • Sun Dec 16 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with Lauren Hemley
    at Jersey City
  • Mon Dec 17 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Sarah Sumner
    at Jersey City
  • Mon Dec 17 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Asha Rao
    at Jersey City
  • Tue Dec 18 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm with Lauren Hemley
    at Jersey City
  • Wed Dec 19 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with Mercedes Bermejo
    at Jersey City
  • Thu Dec 20 6:15 am - 7:15 am with Lauren Hemley
    at Jersey City
  • Thu Dec 20 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm with Melissa Otero
    at Jersey City
  • Fri Dec 21 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm with Mercedes Bermejo
    at Jersey City
  • Fri Dec 21 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm with Sarah Sumner
    at Jersey City
  • Fri Dec 21 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm with Jeff Vock
    at Jersey City
  • Sat Dec 22 8:15 am - 9:15 am with Briana Bednarski
    at Jersey City