Jamie Surya (she/her/hers) began her journey of Yoga as a teenager looking for a way to ease the pain that inevitably comes with life. Initially drawn to meditation and yogic philosophy, her asana and pranayama practice soon followed. In 2012 at the age of 20 she opened up the Jamie Surya Yoga Studio in Sparkill, NY to share the teachings that had so strongly influenced her.
She soon realized the importance of gentle and adaptive yoga but was surprised how infrequently it was offered and discussed. This led Jamie to further her studies in anatomy, physiology, injuries, and alignment with the support of Andres Alves, PT, DPT, RYT. Jamie and Andres were the first to bring the LoveYourBrain Yoga Program to New York State, where they facilitate group discussions and adapt asana, pranayama, and meditation for individuals who have experienced traumatic brain injuries and their caregivers. In working with licensed mental health counselor Hayley O’Brien, M.A, LPC, RYT, Jamie deepened her studies further and learned how to adapt elements of the practice and studio space to be trauma sensitive and suitable for individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, eating disorders, PTSD, and other sources of trauma.
As a lululemon athletica alumni ambassador, Jamie creates and facilitates community events raising awareness and support for multiple organizations both locally and globally. In 2015, she was nominated and selected from ambassadors around the world to attend the Annual Ambassador Summit in Whistler, BC.
As an animal lover and justice seeker her whole life, human and non-human animal rights are at the forefront of Jamie’s community work. After learning of the animal abuse, environmental damage, and health impacts that result from using animals as food, clothing, and products, she set her lifelong habits and traditions aside and became vegan. Her inner yoga practice bloomed as a result of finally aligning her actions with her values and she continues to use her voice and her heart when advocating for all animals and humans alike.
Jamie co-created the community organization Together Vegan Change, a support system for local vegans and a resource for those interested in veganism. TVC organizes various community events, workshops, and forms of activism in the New York/New Jersey area. A proud supporter of her community’s local non-profits The Rockland County Pride Center and Center for Safety and Change, Jamie believes in the freedom and equality of all races, orientations, genders, and species, and will forever fight for the end of oppression for all.
LoveYourBrain Certified Teacher
Andres Alves has a Doctorate in Physical Therapy and has been working as a Physical Therapist for the last 8 years. His jiu jitsu practice and in-depth work with the body led him to his first yoga class, where he quickly felt the benefits of both body and mind. Always looking to learn more, Andres found the Jamie Surya Yoga Studio and after developing a consistent practice, he decided to take the 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training at the Jamie Surya Yoga Studio.
Andres is inspired by the beauty of movement, deep healing, and his understanding of the body on many levels. Each one of his classes include an extensive understanding of anatomy, attention to safe and logical movement, all tied with the freedom to take your body where it wants to go.
LoveYourBrain Certified Teacher
Theresa Talone found yoga unexpectedly at a local gym over 10 years ago. It was the best gift she’s ever received. She knew from very early on that she wanted to teach and give this gift to others. Her love for yoga is practiced on and off the mat. She incorporates a powerful, yet mindful and spiritual class with always keeping the breath as her guide. Theresa truly teaches from her heart and creates from her soul.
“My two daughters are my biggest inspirations for strength and spirituality. They remind me how precious life is through the sound of laughter, giving hearts and uplifting energy.”
Meredith LeJeune began practicing yoga in 2009 as a way to merge dance with strength building exercising. After moving to New York in 2016 and experiencing anxiety, she reconnected with the one activity that gave her peace. Through yoga, Meredith was able to connect with God and reconnect with herself. She wanted to share that feeling with the community around her. In 2018, she became a certified yoga instructor. She has taught at yoga studios and gyms in the local area and enjoys teaching a free-loving vinyasa flow. As a woman of color in yoga, she believes representation matters.
Gina Turner is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. Raised in New York, Gina Turner is a yoga teaching, internationally touring, multi-label releasing DJ, producer, radio host, mother and label boss. She is the co-founder of The Divine Movement and helps run The Third Thing Network with her Partner, Tim Rothschild.
After experiencing a traumatic neck injury, in which she used yoga and chair yoga exclusively to rehabilitate it. In 2012 Gina was certified with her 200hr YTT through Yoga Alliance certified Frog Lotus International, in Vinyasa Flow. Gina is also a certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor with a long time passion for Ashtanga and Inyengar Yoga. Gina loves to fuse her passions of spirituality, nonduality, yoga and music to create a one of a kind experience that welcomes all with an open heart.
Most Recently, Gina has developed a deep love with yoga therapy, and how to prevent rehab injuries with this healing practice. She has also started studying with A Society of Souls in Impersonal Movement 1&2 and is currently training with Nondual Shamanic Voyaging.
Margaret Mitard was trained at the Jamie Surya Yoga Studio. She gravitates towards yoga’s healing qualities which she incorporates in her teaching through graceful movement, conscious breathing, deep relaxation, and meditation.
Her studies in structure, anatomy and biomechanics of the human body enable her to understand the needs of the individual offering safe and effective modifications. In her classes, Margaret cultivates a harmony of the mind, body, and spirit, where one experiences balance and feels at peace. Margaret has experienced the way yoga can heal on all levels and has the intention for her students to experience the same. She feels honored to be teaching this traditional practice at this beautiful studio.