Meet the Staff
Shira Turkl-Rubin started Soul Flyte from scratch. Her knowledge of yoga, fitness, digestive health, body awareness, meditation and nutrition lead her here to this very moment when she decided to open her own studio in a bustling town filled with curious, open minded people. Shira is an E-RYT 200 and 500 hour certified yoga instructor with specialties in AntiGravity®, restorative, kids, digestive yoga, vinyasa and hatha. The market in Nyack is ripe for change and AntiGravity® yoga and fitness has the ability to create excitement and buzz that will keep you flying high for days after class. Shira has used the AntiGravity® technique to rehabilitate her neck as well as her belly. She has suffered from ulcerative colitis since 2007 and the act of tipping herself upside down daily - without the pressure on her neck of a headstand or regular handstand - has brought her major relief. Shira is more then excited to share this new technique with Rockland County.
Join her for a fundamentals, flying fitness or restorative class today! Since space is limited, please don’t forget to sign up!
Jenevieve discovered the magic of yoga, witnessing its ability to transform and heal. In her journey as a 200-hr RYT & Certified AntiGravity® teacher, she fell in love with the benefits of going upside down. She believes yoga is for everyone at any stage of life and wants to share the freedom of inversion therapy that the AntiGravity® hammocks allow. As an Esthetician, she can attest to the anti-aging benefits that inverting has on the skin, refreshing the circulatory system for a glowing complexion. Her classes take a creative approach in guiding students to connect to their breath to help awaken and celebrate life. Jenevieve enjoys cultivating a higher level of self confidence and personal wellness with her students, and encourages them to take an interest in their bodies and minds as a long term investment in their health and well being.
Ruth's love for yoga goes back many years, before yoga was as popular as it is today. She taught Hatha yoga to adults who were trying to reduce their stress levels. The practice of yoga became a life's journey for her. Ruth is also a psychotherapist in private practice in New Jersey and Manhattan. Her style of psychotherapy fits very well with the philosophy of presence and connecting breath with mind body awareness. When she became certified as an AntiGravity® yoga/fitness instructor she knew that this was the perfect fit and realized that this practice was the road to her recovery from neck injuries and overstretched muscles. The act of inverting with zero compression on her spine re-calibrates her body, releases happy hormones and makes her feel renewed and refreshed each time!
Join her for a relaxing, restorative class where you'll "hang out" and de-stress together!
Leigh has always had a love for fitness, movement, and stepping outside the box to try something new. She has spent many years skiing, snowboarding, and playing roller derby. She is a Level 1 and CrossFit Kids Certified Coach as well as a 200 hour RYT. She found AntiGravity in an attempt to continue to expand her horizons. Immediately following her first class she felt the benefits that the zero compression inversions had on her chronic back pain. She's been hooked ever since! Leigh is a Certified AntiGravity instructor and loves that she can share the numerous benefits that this modality has with her students. Come "hang" out with her!
Truly believing that fitness should be fun and interesting, as well as effective, AntiGravity® yoga has become the perfect fit for Robyn. She has been a Group Fitness Instructor for over a decade now and holds certifications through AFAA, Turbo Kick, PiYo, Booty Barre and AntiGravity®. Also an actress, singer & dancer, she has performed regionally, nationally and internationally. She feels that everyone deserves to feel comfortable in their own body and strives to help people find a way to achieve this through her own love of fitness and movement. Join her in class soon!
Kate grew up in a fitness-family, with her parents owning a local gym for over 40 years. She is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer through AFAA. Additionally, Kate is certified Les Mills, PiYo® LIVE, Country Heat™ LIVE, AntiGravity®, Barre Certified by exhale®, and a Level 1 Restorative Yoga teacher. She self-admittedly has become a collector of certifications, knowing that knowledge is power and teachers should also be students. Prior to joining Soul Flyte, Kate worked in corporate America, but continued to teach fitness classes on the side. Fitness had always been a part of Kate’s life, however it was in 2015 when she discovered AntiGravity® that the reemergence of her true calling occurred. AntiGravity® truly blended the mind-body connection and made her more present and self-aware. This connection was the catalyst for Kate’s decision to leave corporate America, making a full-time commitment to the fitness industry and helping others in their own fitness journey.
Laurie Miller-Donnis, RYT-200, CAGI, is thrilled to join the Soul Flyte team! Laurie has been practicing yoga since 2010 and received her teacher certification through Yoga Alliance in 2015 under the tutelage of Mandy Grant. Laurie became a Certified AntiGravity® Instructor (CAGI) in 2016 while studying under Creator Christopher Harrison and Senior Instructor Eileen Kielty. Laurie teaches yoga to adults and kids around Bergen County. In her spare time, she is a singer in KNOB, a Bergen County-based classic and alternative rock cover band. In each of her classes, Laurie encourages wellness, body awareness, balance, strength, flexibility and levity. She can't wait to "Fly High" with you!
Nicole is a 500 hour advanced certified yoga teacher having received her 200 hour certification in 2015 and her advanced certification in 2016 under the tutelage of Raji Thron. She became Antigravity certified in 2016 and went on to receive her Exhale barre certification in early 2017. She believes in fusing modalities and styles of physical movement to help students empower and heal their own bodies, and is passionate about holistic health, wellness and nutrition. She is currently studying East Asian medicine and draws from this knowledge in both her group classes and private sessions. Also passionate about making yoga available to everyone, Nicole works with underprivileged women and youths teaching them yoga and meditation, believing in yoga's ability to offer something to everyone. Her classes range from strenuous and toning to deeply relaxing and restorative.
Diane Finkelday has been teaching fitness for over 32 years. Before that she was a dancer, performer, & athlete. In the beginning of her career she worked in NYC with many gifted individuals that have made the fitness industry what it is today. When she first began teaching there were no Pilates or Barre Certifications just the original studios of Joseph Pilates and Lotte Burke, the original Barre – she took classes at both. Since that time she became certified in Pilates Apparatus and mat certification, 200 hour Yoga Certified, Numerous Barre Certifications, Personal training, National Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA), National Group fitness/ kickboxing/personal trainer- certification through AFAA. Cycling through Schwinn and Spinning with Mad Dog.
Barre has always been the training that has put me back together when I had injuries or surgeries or was just plain in need of an uplifting, focused, safe and effective workout. Anyone can participate in Barre and gain success. Come by and give it a shot!!!
Kiara is a 200-hr RYT and brings her practice with her on and off the mat and hammock. Her journey of yoga began with Soul Flyte, when she stepped in through the door and began practicing. Instantaneously, she became enamored with the apparatus, the teachers, and the community that is Soul Flyte. Her emphasis in life is to create happiness for herself and help show others the tools to gain that same space in their hearts. Other than being a yogi, Kiara is an artist and a singer. Can't wait to fly with you all! Namaste.
Sarafina Orbe is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, Pilates and barre instructor. She has a bachelors degree in Exercise Science which gives her a unique insight on how the body functions during exercise. Sarafina has always been extremely active and started dancing at a young age which was a catalyst for her passion for movement. An injury at the age of 16 had her trade in her ballet shoes for a yoga/Pilates mat. She then realized her calling as fitness instructor. In her classes, she sprinkles different aspects of Pilates, barre and yoga, making sure to give you a fantastic workout that will never become boring. Expect to feel energized by her ever changing playlist and creative new ways to strengthen and lengthen your body.
Emyli’s love of aerial fitness was born when she began taking pole fitness classes many years ago. It was there her journey truly began when she experienced the beauty of movement and flow in dance fitness. Her passion continued into Acro yoga and when AntiGravity® Fitness came into her life, she knew this was the perfect blend of all her three of her passions! Emyli is a Certified Level 5 AntiGravity® Instructor and also holds her Pole Fitness Instructor Certification. You will often find Emyli fusing these art forms together to defy gravity in a fun and creative way!
Lauren Cozza has been teaching all styles of dance and kids yoga for 15 years. She also has BFA in musical theater from the University of the Arts and has numerous professional regional theater credits. Lauren has also danced for the NBA’s 76ers and the NJ NETS dance teams which is when her love of mixing dance and fitness began. After having her second child a couple of years ago, Lauren wanted to find a workout she could be truly passionate about and then discovered Barre at Soul Flyte! She was so inspired by Barre that she got certified to teach it and she looks forward to sharing her love of this blended dance, pilates, and functional fitness based program with you!
ANDREA MAXINE FRADE
Andrea is a visionary guide who supports women on a spiritual path to find their true purpose in life. She completed an MFA in Contemporary Art from the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland in 2003 and has been evolving her teaching practice ever since. Her work is a blend of Yoga, Meditation, Reiki Healing Energy, Craniosacral Therapy and Guided Intuitive Coaching. She is a Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, E-RYT500, YACEP, Reiki Master, Craniosacral Therapist and Akashic Records Practitioner. Andrea holds a healing space with a balance of powerful presence, compassionate understanding and spiritual awareness. While supporting the precious gifts of vulnerability, she nurtures a healing process for her clients, encouraging their own inner landscape of guidance to unfold from within. Andrea’s intention is to lead by example. She believes honoring the impeccable nature of the human heart is to move the entire culture of human spirit into awakening. She believes in the healing power of love and is deeply honored to share her work with others.
Shannon believes in the life-changing effects of yoga to help heal the mind and body. She first stepped onto her mat when she was a stressed-out grad student who needed an outlet to destress and learn to breath. She was inspired by how quickly her mind and her body were affected by the practice and it has completely transformed the way she lives her life. Shannon received her 200-hour certification from Riverstone Yoga in 2015. She also received her 20-hour Restorative Yoga certification from Yoga Haven in May 2016, followed by her 60-hour Aerial Yoga certification in June 2016, and most recently, her Yin Yoga certification in July 2017. Shannon encourages her students to enter class with open minds to learn more mind and body awareness for themselves.
Leanne has been practicing yoga for over 5 years. She is a RYT 200hr certified Yoga instructor as well as a NASM certified Personal Trainer. Her specialty certifications are with Yoga 4 Cancer and Corrective Exercise. Leanne first became drawn to yoga as a compliment to her regular workouts. After taking her first Ashtanga class, she discovered her love for the practice and the spiritual connection it creates. Leanne took her first AntiGravity class with her best friend Kate (who also teaches at Soul Flyte!) 3 years ago and has been taking classes ever since. The therapeutic benefits of AntiGravity plus practicing yoga upside down, yes please! Leanne cultivates a class environment of relaxation combined with high energy, providing students with a fun and positive experience. Come and join her on a mat or in hammock!