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Our Teachers

Our staff is here to serve the local community in order to help others achieve peace, balance and mindfulness in their lives. Our teachers have been trained at some of the top Yoga teaching certification schools around the world. We are committed to the wellness of our students through the classes and education we offer for everyone, to better their lives and overall whole well-being, mind, body and spirit.

Spartan Yoga

Sharon Fricker

Sharon first started practicing Yoga and meditation when it was introduced to her in elementary school.  She loved the practice right away and quickly realized that there was an energy around her and within her just waiting to be explored.  Through her teens and twenties she researched and developed much of her practice on her own and came to realize that her life path revolved around yoga, fitness and helping others.  With her 200 hour Yoga Teaching Certificate from Long Island Yoga School she teaches a full range of classes from meditation to restorative yoga to power and strength yoga. She has traveled the world and learned as much as possible from others across the globe.  Along with her daily yoga and Meditation practice, she also strength trains and runs.  She is very involved in the Long Island running community and has completed three Spartan Sprints, two half-marathons and one marathon, with two marathons on schedule for 2018.  She fully believes that her true destiny and daily mission in life is to inspire others to love and believe in themselves and to become the very best version of themselves.

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Wade Karlin

In the fall of 2007 Wade’s love affair with yoga began. Originally, approaching his yoga practice as a way to stay in shape over the winter months, Wade came to realize that there was more to this ancient and mysterious practice than just poses. At the urging of his first teacher, Katherine Alesio, Wade enrolled in the Yoga Shanti teacher-training program under the tutelage of Rodney Yee and Colleen Saidman. It was in this training Wade was introduced to a much deeper level of all eight limbs of Yoga. Wade also has had the privilege to study under Richard Freeman, Heidi Fokine and most importantly Richard Rosen. It was through Rosen that the pranayama work became paramount and continues to be a source of exploration. Upon completing his first 300-hour training he jumped in with both feet to teach. Subsequently, Wade completed another 200 hour training under Heidi Fokine and looks forward to more training augmenting his teaching abilities. Wade's goal is to make the art of Yoga accessible to folks who might not otherwise consider it. A native to the North Fork, Wade grew up as a commercial fisherman on the Long Island Sound and is all too familiar with the rigors of hard labor and how in affects the body , mind & spirit. Using a the eight limbs of Yoga in totality, he hopes to help people who currently have or have previously had the same experiences.

Graduating in 2008 from Stony Brook University, Wade is a recipient of a New York state secondary education teaching degree and bachelors degree in history.

Ananda

Jessica Milligan

Jessica's yogic path began in her late twenties when she was in search for the deeper meaning of life beyond the religious views she had been taught. She added yoga to her physical workout regimen to stretch and breathe at the end of her daily rigorous boxing training. Like most, she thought yoga was a physical exercise, not knowing that yoga was the philosophical and spiritual path that her soul had been searching for in this life. The path led her to California where she met her beloved teacher, Liv Thompson- energy healer, Reiki Master, and Director of the Celestine Center of Healing. Here she learned of the Celestine Prophecy, received her Reiki 2 certification and Aka Dua attunement. She then attended a Karma yoga program at Sivananda Ashram in Nassau, Bahamas where she received her Yoga Essentials Certification. In April 2016, she received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from the Ananda School of Yoga and Meditation at Expanding Light in Nevada City, California- founded by Swami Kriyananda, direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. It was here that she learned how to teach not only the physical postures of yoga, but the deep philosophical meanings of yoga, from Nayaswami’s Gyandev and Diksha McCord. The philosophy of yoga became prevalent in Jessica’s life. She is passionate about teaching the philosophy of yoga to people of all ages. Yoga helped uplift her life, and she only wishes she had learned it sooner. She believes it is her true path to help enlighten people in her community to the teachings of yoga. “If one thing I teach helps uplift someone’s life, then my job is done.”

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Jovita Rugienius

Jovita Rugienius came to the United States in 2006 from the small European country of Lithuania. Her yoga journey started when she took her first yoga class in 2008 and immediately found something really magical and meaningful about it. After having danced since early childhood, she found that yoga was another way to express and deepen not only the physical practice, but also to connect mind, body and soul as a one nurtured and inspired unit. In 2018 Jovita completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training at Yoga University - East Coast with master teacher Melissa Boyd. The training was based on the form and alignment of the Iyengar system with emphasis on Vinyasa. In addition, the training included chair yoga for seniors and people with injuries and also how to modify an adult practice to provide kids yoga classes. The training had a strong emphasis on injury analysis and modifications of all poses. Jovita has been teaching yoga with a life-long martial arts master and yoga teacher Andrew Harris from Gentle Strength Yoga at Comsewogue school district for teachers and employees. In addition she has practiced teaching students with disabilities, something that she found to be extraordinary fulfilling and meaningful. Her greatest desire is to share her yoga experience and practice with everyone. She hopes to help her students find body and mind balance and inner happiness. She wants to pass on her passion for yoga through her classes that focuses on alignment, breath and movement and make every student leave the class feeling at ease in mind and body.