Urban Yoga Foundation (UYF) Teachers and Ambassadors
A number of selfless individuals committed to service make the work of UYF possible.
Our team includes karma yoga teachers volunteering their time to teach studio classes, ambassadors donating their time to fulfill administrative duties, and mindfulness teachers bringing programs to schools.
UYF's very own founder, Ghylian Bell treats all her participants with her time of restoration and care. Always check the schedule for when she will be teaching a class or workshop. Contact her for a one-on-one session.
Clayton spent 30 years as a Broadcast Manager working for ABC, NBC and the world news leader CNN before taking control of his future and embarking on the next phase of chasing life and longevity as a Certified Yoga instructor. He was trained in India as a Hatha Yoga Instructor and is working with Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced students.
He is founder of the “Mens Movement Class” designed for Men 40 and over addressing special needs, working on flexibility, developing core and upper body strength, keeping the heart strong and the mind focused. He worked with the Fordham University Rams Football team in preparation for the 2013 fall football season.
T'ai Jamar Hanna
LMT, MS, 500-hr ERYT
T'ai Jamar was raised under the practices of Shinto Buddhism and has loved nature, ritual, and mindful practices since she can remember. She started studying Iyengar yoga in 1996 with Mitra Tredway. As soon as she could, she started teaching yoga, mostly to special needs kids in afterschool programs. As a lifetime dancer and athlete, she found yoga enhanced her mental performance and increased her physical flexibility.
T'ai Jamar Hanna started studying Thai Massage, along with becoming a Reflections, 200-hour certified yoga instructor in 2006.
Since then, and including learning reiki and reflexology at a young age, she has gone on to acquire hundreds of hours in Thai massage, yoga therapy and Osteo Thai.
Since 2007, she has offered Yoga Therapy to her private clients, and has lead workshops and trainings internationally. She was the Thai Massage practitioner in the physical/rehab program for the Fela Broadway cast in 2009. In 2011, she participated in a 6-day Human cadaver training, building a profound knowledge and passion for the anatomical and facial systems.
In 2013, she completed a Occupational Associate Degree with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine/NYC, with an emphasis on sports massage. Along with an internship with the Joffrey School of Ballet, medical massage/clinical practicum and hours of private tutelage from teachers, PTs, bodyworkers and healers, T'ai obtained her NYS- LMT, New York in State license in massage therapy in 2014. Her work is precise and authentic. She utilizes tools and techniques drawn from many modalities and many years of practice. And she loves what she does.
Tai Chi Instructor
Karma Yoga Instructors
Christa teaches creative and dynamic group classes that emphasize mindful alignmentbased sequencing. She is a certified Vinyasa and Restorative Yoga Teacher, completing her 200 hour yoga teacher training and restorative yoga teacher teaching at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center. Christa believes in using the tools of yoga to bring healing, serenity, peace and tranquility to one's life. This includes the use of mantra, mudra, sound, ancient breathing techniques (pranayama), asana and meditation. Christa also does one-on-one teaching with students to adapt the practice to students’ specific needs, whether a person is looking to have private yoga sessions for convenience, or because of an injury or other medical condition, or just wanting focused instruction that is specific to the person’s unique needs. Christa is extremely grateful that she works with so many amazing people and gets to share this practice that she loves so much.
Angela began practicing yoga in 2005. A grad student in public policy, a poet, and a film nerd, she never imagined teaching yoga. Instead, she felt more like a yoga tourist, visiting as many different classes as she could. While some styles of practice ignited her spirit more than others, Angela met and was truly inspired by many teachers whose lives had been profoundly changed by the practice. Over the next decade, yoga saw Angela through illness and recuperation, job and life changes, addictions and recovery, physical and emotional turbulence, and several periods of deep grief. She didn’t feel profoundly changed by her practice so much as deeply and lovingly held. Angela could no longer imagine herself not teaching yoga. In 2016, she headed to India and trained to be a certified multi-style yoga instructor. Always a student, she holds space for everyone to explore their practice and leads fun, uplifting classes that stress accessibility (yoga is for ALL bodies!) and alignment. Angela recently completed Level 1 Yoga Nidra training with Mona Anand at ISHTA Yoga and incorporates the meditation technique in her classes.
Brandee Ellis worked as a health coordinator for a non-profit organization in Harlem. In this role, Brandee was responsible for the wellness portion of the after-school program for approximately 350 students grades Pre-kindergarten to Eighth. She also facilitated the healthy lifestyle behavior modification program aimed to help families of obese/overweight children make healthier lifestyle choices at home. Brandee refined her communication and organizational skills within the community. Health and wellness is not only what she does, but who she is. Brandee further expanded her knowledge in wellness by becoming a registered yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance. She studied yoga in India and had a life-changing experience in an immersion training program. Brandee has recently joined a yoga internship at Forever Young Sports Spa where she teaches two classes a week and spends time in office. She has also given her time as a Seva Substitute at a neighborhood yoga studio for two years. Most importantly, Brandee has taken initiative in providing a free yoga classes in local parks, which is open to anyone who is willing to practice and become aware with their inner and outer body.
Chantell was born and raised in Harlem, NY. She is a NYC native who take prides in her community. An alum of Syracuse University, Chantell earned her 200-hour certification from Three Sisters Yoga school in March 2015. Chantell's classes are open level, beginner friendly, and accessible to people of all fitness levels and body types. Focusing on linking breath to movement, she encourages her students to go at their own pace and listen to their bodies. You can find Chantell on her website, TheCurlSwirl.com, a naturalista's lifestyle blog, where she talks hair, health, and self care.
Hegulka Scheiman was born in Nigeria, raised in New York, North Carolina, and New Mexico. She earned a Master’s degree in Public Health and works as a regulatory professional in the protection of human research participants. Hegulka started yoga several years ago to alleviate pain from various injuries. Her ongoing and evolving yoga practice is the foundation for her self-care. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Three Sisters Yoga. Her approach to teaching is rooted in the three basic ethical principles for research involving human participants, respect for persons (knowledge), beneficence (do not harm), and justice (equity). Hegulka draws inspiration from her experience as a personal trainer and considers the practical application of each pose and movement in daily life. Students can expect a soothing voice, attention to detail, and liberal use of props. Hegulka lives with her husband and their four dogs in Harlem.
Rosa Curry has performed as a dancer, singer and actress in New York City and on Broadway. She has also performed nationally in plays and musicals and internationally as a dancer. Ms. Curry has also taught dance to students ranging in age from toddlers to college students as well as conducted singing and monologue workshops.
Talia Torres instructs a yoga science class to grades K-5. Talia's focus with the scholars is to have a connection of breath movement. She demonstrates to scholars the scientific aspects of yoga, including designing a respiratory system, learning about health and nutrition and the importance of holistic health practices. Talia has taken the time to create a partner yoga performance with first grade scholars, teaching them the importance of team work.
Laura Cabrera born in Dominican Republic raised in New York City. She has a Masters in Business Administration and currently has a career in Higher Education. Laura began a consistent yoga practice in 2011 and embraced the positive enhancement in her life. After continuous practice and being a work-study at a yoga studio, Laura attained a 200hr yoga certification in 2015 at Three Sisters Yoga. She wants to share her passion for yoga with her community. One of Laura’s aspirations is to teach bilingual classes to the Spanish-speaking yogis. Her classes reflect her warmth, openness and kindheartedness. As a passionate instructor with an open level audience, she seeks to promote accessibility and understanding in her teaching. Her other passions include empowering young women and traveling. Laura enjoys learning about different cultures and empowering others to be the best they can be.
Public Relations Intern
Jourdan Archer-Sizemore is a graduate of William Paterson University with a Bachelors degree in Public Relations. She spent 3 years in school as a Resident Assistant creating a sense of community within the dormitories. She first started working for UYF as a public relations intern back in 2012. She continued her work with the company as a children’s yoga teacher in 2013 where she worked for the next three summers. Unsure of where the path of teaching yoga would take her she went in with an open mind and learned a lot, not only helping her to grow as a children’s yoga teacher but also that would help her in all aspects of her life. Learning just as much as she was teaching Jourdan continues to work as a PR intern and a children’s yoga teacher for UYF.
Digital Marketing Intern
A kid at heart, Jen's imagination helps fuel her creations. Her knack for artistic forms from illustrating what she visions into art pieces, expressively moving her body as a dancer to telling stories through the aesthetics of her style. Jen incorporates who she is and immerses herself into expanding UYF's mission for the community and youth to see virtually how we impact the digital world. She provides background knowledge from her degree in Advertising and Marketing Communication and the experiences she has shared with start-ups, non-profit organizations and advertising firms. Jen continues to bring UYF a modern and minimal, yet fun style, so our digital community can experience the simplicity and meaningful purpose of wellness and mindfulness practices.
Human Resources and Operations Intern
Clare is a senior at Fordham majoring in Psychology and minoring in Bioethics. She is planning on pursuing a Masters and PhD. in cognitive neuroscience in order to do research on Alzheimer's, Dementia, and the effects of zero gravity, microgravity, and radiation on cognitive processing during long-term space flight. Her love for science, health, and overall well-being have pushed her toward researching and studying irreversible and currently incurable disorders. She believes that the health of the body cannot be whole without the health of the mind as well, which is why she is so excited to be working at Urban Yoga Foundation. Clare is looking forward to learning and expanding her knowledge so that she can help others become healthy not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally.