DISCOVER OUR TEACHERS
DISCOVER OUR TEACHERS
Meet Our Team
We teach the art of mind body connection
Our Yogis go through rigorous certification in order to capably guide others towards enrichment of the physical and spiritual self. We take pride in building strong, knowledgable instructors, to spread the teachings of yoga.
Mission Statement: To Inspire And Share The Knowledge Of Yoga Teaching To Yogis Worldwide
The YogaRenew Online Yoga Teacher Training Program was designed to enable yogis from all different backgrounds worldwide to be able to follow their dream and passion of getting their yoga teacher certification.
Our program was designed to make yoga teacher training accessible and affordable for all looking to deepen their practice and share their love of yoga to the world.
Our trainings offer you the opportunity to deeply enrich your practice and understanding of yoga. This comprehensive YTT will give you a strong foundation for yoga philosophy and practice.
As a student, you’ll learn all the aspects of yoga teacher training and learn all the skills needed to become a knowledgeable yoga teacher.
Knowledgeable, Passionate, and Enthusiastic. The YogaRenew team is here for you.
Patrick has been practicing and leading yoga classes for 20 years, receiving his E-RYT500 certification from Yogamaya New York and his RYT-200 certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. In addition, Patrick completed the Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program in 2019 for an additional 330 hours of study at the Iyengar Institute of New York.
Principles of Eastern medicine filter into his acupuncture practice in New York City and as co-owner of this own studios (Hudson Yoga Project), Patrick has built a thriving community around his warm and welcome approach to yoga.
She is also a NAMA certified Ayurveda Health Counselor, and through her business, The Prana Parlor, she works with clients to inspire transformational shifts in their health and wellbeing. Her lifestyle programs and workshops infuse together the ancient practices of Ayurveda, self-care rituals, plant-based nutrition and yoga to pave the path to balance and intuitive healing.
Lindsey is equally enthused by the practices of wellness as she is by live music, ice cream cones and interior design.
Melanie currently teaches as a full time Physical Education Associate at Barnard College in NYC. Here she is given the opportunity to teach yoga and other fitness activities to college aged students. Her hope is to present these activities to students in a positive way during a transformative time period in their lives. In addition, she has worked as an adjunct instructor at Columbia University and Hostos Community College. Her love of life and her appreciation for the human body are evident in each of her classes; it is a deep joy for her to nerd out with fellow yogis in movement and anatomy! She also absolutely loves to work with aspiring teachers to aid in spreading the practice of yoga.
When not doing yoga or teaching it, you can find Melanie doing something active like running or skiing, or you can find her on the couch watching Bravo TV.
She quickly discovered how much of a life line yoga in all it’s forms was. From her late teens to her twenties, through pregnancy and parenthood, her commitment and deep love for the work kept growing and inevitably a need to share her passion with others lead her to embark on the yoga teaching train. She’s been teaching full time since 2017.
Her classes are carefully sequenced with a particular attention on alignment. She aims to offer her students room to be playful, expand their awareness and explore their own yogic path through breath and movement.
Melie completed her 200 and 300hr YTT under the skillful eyes of lead teachers Patrick Franco and Anna Greenberg at the Hudson Yoga Project. She earned her 85hr Prenatal Yoga certification from the Prenatal Yoga Center in NYC.
She lives with her husband and two daughters in Jersey City, NJ.
In addition to her focus on Mindfulness, Rajaa is registered as a E-RYT 500 yoga teacher, YACEP, FRC® Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist and Bone Fit™ Trained - Osteoporosis Canada - all of which she incorporates in her yoga classes to ensure her students get a comprehensive and safe practice. She approaches teaching with enthusiasm and joy, with classes that evoke a spirit of innovation grounded in traditional practice and gracious integrity. Rajaa’s students always find their learning journey to be inspirational, challenging and rewarding.
Rajaa’s mindfulness and yoga journey started in 2007, and she has over 5000 hours of meditation practice. Hence, she has been delivering wellness programs, trainings, workshops and retreats for organizations and individuals using research-based studies, tools & techniques as well as engaging learning methods, all drawn from neuroscience, mental health and emotional intelligence recourse to create sustainable behavioral change.
Rajaa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a LEED Green Associate. Her study of architecture led her to draw parallels between architectural elements found within anatomy. She practiced for 15 years before dedicating her full time to teaching mindfulness and yoga.
Melissa has trained with some of the most recognized studios in the New York City area. Laughing Lotus NYC (200hr Vinyasa teacher training – 2017; Restorative yoga certification – 2018 and Chakra teacher training - 2019) and Hudson Yoga Project (apprenticeship with co-founder Patrick Franco – 2017; Prenatal certification, Chakra and Anatomy workshops – 2019).
Melissa has years of experience teaching across multiple disciplines. (Vinyasa, Hatha, Chakras, Restorative and Meditation) She has taught at multiple studios including ZenSpace, HYP and Asana Soul Practice. In addition to leading classes she has also served as a mentor over the past several years, delivering teacher trainings with Asana Soul Practice.
In Melissa’s words: “Yoga has become a lifestyle for me, and I cannot imagine life without it! I am hoping to share my passion for yoga, connecting and inspiring others as I have been inspired over the years. I aspire to help others become more knowledgeable by sharing what I know, leaving one feeling grounded, renewed and well balanced. My classes aim to be uplifting, heart opening and focus on finding a deeper connection with body, mind and breath. I am very drawn to the chakras. They fascinate me and this is something that has become a greater focus overall”
Lindsay is an RYT-500 who completed her 200hr Yoga Teacher Training at Hosh Yoga, and her 300hr Yoga Teacher Training at ISHTA Yoga in New York City. She is a 10th generation Usui Reiki Master, and has completed additional training in Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Laughter Yoga, Sound Meditation, and Yoga for Trauma, Addiction, and Mental Health.
Claire believes the yoga tradition offers powerful tools for healing. She draws from personal experiences and her spiritual contemplations to present unique perspectives on grief, loss, and trauma. Through vivid language and a poetic voice, she hopes to connect closely to her readers. When leading a yoga class, Claire relates to her students with similar intention. Her personal yoga practice and teaching style emphasize thoughtful sequencing, steady pacing and unwavering emphasis on the breath. She designs each class to reveal what she values most about yoga, which is its remarkable ability to stretch our hearts - wonder-drenched and mystical places - so pain and joy, gratitude and grief can all exist, side by side.