Meet our teachers

Melissa French

Melissa is a Taoist yoga teacher, mama of a spry toddler, and a spiritual healer. She has studied yoga, meditation, TCM, and alternative medicine since 1999. Her lessons are engaging, informative, and encouraging, affording students the ability of tapping into their personal power to transform themselves. Melissa had the pleasure to study with master yoga teachers Nevine Michaan and Abbie Galvin, and explores Taoist qigong under the Dantao Dragon Gate Lineage with Shamanic Qigong practitioner German Sanmateu.

Kathryn Leary

Kathryn Leary

Kathryn D. Leary is a writer, adjunct professor and inspirational teacher of Bikram Yoga and other forms of Hatha Yoga, who lives and works in New York City. She has BAs in Communications and Administration from Antioch College, an MBA in Marketing from Stanford University, and a lifetime of cultivating spiritual wisdom and growth. Kathryn is a meditation teacher and recently became a celebrant, performing weddings and other celebrations of life.

Kacie Chang

Kacie Chang draws on her history as a modern dancer and her personal experience of the benefits of yoga during pregnancy and beyond to inform her teaching. Her yoga and pilates classes focus on increased body awareness, alignment, strength and biomechanics. Kacie studied with Shelley Gilbert and Laura Staton. She received her yoga certification from BabyOm in 2004 and has taught at All Bodies Yoga Pilates, NYU’s Coles Gym, Artcetera, Urban Monster, Dancing Dialogue, Yoga Mandali and the Shala Yoga House.



Lauren Magarelli

Lauren is a registered 500 E-RYT. She opened her dream studio, BeBhakti Yoga Center. Lauren has been a student of yoga for over 20 years and has been
certified since 2005. She has led over sixteen 200-hour teacher training all around the tri-state area, in addition to being part of the Laughing Lotus and BhaktiBarn teaching teams, supporting their 300-hour programs. Lauren has also led kirtans for many years and recently released her first album of mantras which can be purchased on BeBhakti’s website or through CDBaby and iTunes.  Through a combination of asana (physical poses) and “Lila” (divine play), she seeks to extend the practice of yoga into everyday life, helping to remind us of that which we may have forgotten.


Kristin Jay

Kristin has a Ph. D in Psychology from UCLA, specifically in cognitive neuroscience. She has studied and taught about the mind-body relationships within this framework for more than 10 years. Kristin aims to create spaces in which students can develop a deeper presence and appreciation for all aspects of their personal experience. Learn more

Charlotte Blake

Charlotte is a Certified Pilates Instructor and the Founder of Charlotte Blake Pilates, a boutique Pilates studio in Greenwich Village, New York City. She has been working within the perinatal community for over ten years, providing one-on-one support, group programs, workshops, lectures, and distance learning for prenatal and postpartum. Charlotte empowers birthing bodies with tools that can be integrated during pregnancy and well beyond childbirth. Charlotte intends to disrupt the way in which women heal postpartum and is committed to spreading science-based, not fear-based, information + support that is tailored to each body. She takes the time to get to know each client and determine what will best serve their body, listening attentively even when others haven’t. As a mom herself, Charlotte brings a fresh perspective to Postnatal Pilates. It is her intention to help people better understand their body so that they can stand firm in their power and embrace the beauty in their life.