Meet our "Revolutionaries"

Amie Barsky

6742dcc5c0f948f38f79892b15764f0fAmie Barsky is a light hearted, heath conscious human being who has been teaching in the health and fitness community for over 10 years and has a zest for life. Her motto – I AM, YOU ARE, together WE are CHANGE. She is on a mission to change the world one conversation, one connection, one commitment at a time, striving for balance and progress in all avenues of our lives by loving our temples from the inside out. As a certified yoga, pilates, barre, and meditation instructor, Amie finds herself more and more passionate about inspiring others by helping them set personal goals, motivating them through affirmation and inspiration, and assisting them to make a commitment by taking action steps toward their evolution.

Amie is the founder of Maryvale Angels, a subsidiary of Maryvale – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Los Angeles, CA. Maryvale is a safe haven for children who have recently been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect or abandonment – children in the midst of crisis.  If you would like to learn more about what Maryvale Angels does or support this cause, please visit her website.

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Angela Knight Benoit

warriorsAngela started her practice of yoga while living in Brooklyn, New York in 2006.  It was through this practice that she found consistency and grounding in a very unpredictable life.  Having had the opportunity to live, work and practice both nationally and internationally, it was in 2010 that she took her training in Hatha yoga while living in Seattle.

After the earthquake struck in Haiti in January of 2010, Angela set her sights on going down to offer any assistance that she could.  Having been involved in the building of schools, working in cholera centers, living in villages, and working with orphans, life was forever changed when she met her husband and stepson while working in a village in the mountains of Haiti.  Her husband and son recently immigrated to the U.S. in the spring of 2016.

Angela has recently become a doula and is a student midwife .  Love of yoga and birth work sparked the inspiration to continue training to begin teaching prenatal/postpartum yoga and restorative yoga.  The abundance of knowledge that has been gained by the incredible teachers that have been encountered, makes her proud to stand on her mat.

Lindsay Westcott

b0a9eeb615994fb8a13172b0e38c8356Lindsay is a surf yogi certified in the Hatha Vinyasa style with a flair for inversions and a passion for yin. She is also an accomplished SUP and surf instructor.

Lindsay began her yoga journey in New Jersey where she grew up in the world of dance- specifically ballet, but discovered yoga in 2010 and instantly fell in love! Thereafter, she traveled abroad, expanding her yoga education and surf experience in several foreign countries, including India, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Mexico, Fiji, Indonesia and Ireland.

Lindsay’s teaching style is constantly inspired by the diverse teachers she comes upon on her journey. However, her greatest inspiration is drawn by nature, specifically the ocean.

In her classes, Lindsay combines creative sequencing with a spirit of playfulness and fun loving tunes to inspire deepening in her students’ practice. An adventurist at heart, she promotes an inversion practice to help her students face their fears and change their perspectives. By teaching, she hopes to spread the astonishing benefits of yoga to as many people as possible and to encourage everyone to go with the flow!

Kiley Holliday

Kiley HolidayRaised in Los Angeles, Kiley Holliday spent her early years training as a competitive figure skater before moving to New York City for college. After several years characterized by extreme bouts of sitting in the library, she turned to yoga to regain the strength and flexibility she’d had as a young athlete. In 2007, she left graduate school to become a yoga teacher and hasn’t looked back. She views yoga as a means to heal the body and balance the energy of the mind in order maintain a relative state of equanimity. Her classes emphasize precise physical alignment while increasing strength and flexibility within an innovative vinyasa sequence. Kiley is certified E-RYT 500 by Yoga Alliance, and has studied closely under Dana Flynn and Ana Forrest, as well as numerous other talented teachers in LA and NYC. She teaches hot power yoga, acrobatic vinyasa flow, and yoga for athletes both privately and at her home studio, Pure Yoga, in addition to leading retreats around the world.

Vanessa Van Noy

VVNVanessa Van Noy has been teaching in the NY metro area for nearly 15 years. She has worked with pro and collegiate athletes, people with physical limitations, and everyone in between. She specializes in creating practices that are fluid, functional and fun. She encourages humor & compassion, perseverance & perception, love & laughter. Her training as a Certified Thai Yoga Massage Therapist allows her to be very hands on in her classes, using touch as a way to deepen a posture or just show a little love.

Vanessa’s classes are always a little bit different from the last. With music that motivates the body and lifts the spirit. Her class environment is conducive to laughing one moment, or discovering your true inner-self the next. It is always a flowing style, intelligently formulated to move toward some fabulous postures with comfort and ease.

She will sprinkle some breath work, sometimes some Kundalini, being mindful of alignment and modifications to keep everyone safe while digging deep.

Vanessa is the founder of “Headstands for Hunger” an annual yoga-based community event that feeds hungry people and homeless pets in Monmouth County, NJ. Taking yoga off the mat is where it’s really at.

Erica Bleznak

Erica Erica began her yoga practice in 1995 in the Ashtanga yoga tradition after suffering an injury while training for a marathon. That injury was a gift that led her to the path of Yoga. In 2005, she met her primary teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll and completed her Pranakryia Yoga Teacher training. Erica enjoys making even the most challenging practices accessible to everyone and believes that with patience and breath anything is possible.

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Heather Grutzmacher

f7dac6981659447b8aa5dc470f40a0b5Owner, Pilates Reformer, Barre Instructor at The Buddha Bar Yorktown Plaza. Heather has been dancing since the age of 3 and today is blessed with her own studio, where she continues to share her passion for dance, Yoga, Pilates, Barre, Meditation and Nutrition with her community in Pennsylvania. She has a BFA in Dance from Temple University and began her love for Vinyasa Yoga 5 years ago. Heather focuses on body awareness and postural alignment and has recently discovered her new love for Acro Yoga. She is more than excited to continue to share her energy and knowledge with Spiritual Revolution!

Allie Starfox

566bb01ad8cb453c99a005c94abf0ebbAllie started practicing yoga in 2014 and quickly fell in love with it. Yoga was definitely a life changer for her, in more ways then one. It taught her to be more positive in every day life as well as how to love your practice and not push yourself too hard. I practice yoga just about every day. when you enjoy something you’re doing, it’s easier to make time for it.  SRY yoga mats are absolutely amazing and I am beyond happy I found them. They are completely eco friendly which is a necessity to me personally. They also have a super soft top with gorgeous pieces of artwork dyed into them. I have honestly never seen a better mat. My favorite mat is the rainbow chakra mat. I love the colors and sacred geometry of it. If you set your mind to something, you can achieve it. You just have to be willing to work as hard and as long as it takes to get there.

Oceanic Society

albatrossOceanic Society is not just another nature travel provider. Founded by concerned citizens in 1969, San Francisco-based Oceanic Society became the first ocean conservation non-profit. We were created to promote stewardship of the world’s seas, and to deepen the connections between people and nature. Oceanic Society has provided exceptional first-hand experiences in nature to generations of travelers, and we now promote #BlueHabits, a program that motivates ocean-friendly changes in the human behaviors that threaten the seas.

In 1976, renowned anthropologist and ocean explorer Thor Heyerdahl praised Oceanic Society for being a pioneer organization focusing public awareness on the dangers of pollution in our seas. Our reputation as a leader in addressing the marine debris problem continues to this day. In 2013 we created an Artist in Nature program and combined forces with award winning artist Pam Longobardi. Together we have led field projects around the world that harness community creativity through installation art, educating and inspiring people to address the plastic pollution problem.

In 2015 we started an albatross adoption program to increase the awareness of the severe threats to these majestic birds from plastic pollution. Through the program we are creating a community of Albatross Ambassadors who are invested in both communicating the problem to a worldwide audience, and in creating sweeping behavior change to reduce the use of single use plastics around the globe.

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