Lauren Hanna

Director & Founder

My inspirations:

My family, my beautiful, joyful, big hearted baby girl, our radiant Sonic Yoga community, nature and all of her glory.

My goals as a yoga instructor:

To practice daily, to maintain strength, inspiration and integrity to support my students on a path of inner peace and love.

A little about me:

Lauren began a serious study of Yoga with Sri Dharma Mittra in the early 1990′s. Since then she has studied with many of the great masters, but has been most profoundly influenced by the brilliance and spontaneity of Shiva Rea, the devotion of Dharma, the bhakti of Jai Uttal and Krishna Das, the unconditional love of Amma, and the radiance of Sri Swamini Mayatitananda. She is always in the current of studying Prana Flow with her friend and teacher Shiva Rea, who inspires her to live her life with spontaneity, to remain close to the source and to move deeply in tune with the pulse of the universe. Lauren  is a devoted Yogini whose deep love of nature inspires her practice and her life. She humbly aspires to share the insights of her teachers and to encourage her students to celebrate life, with an open heart and mind. She shares her passion with her students on Yoga surf retreats, from Montauk to Morocco. When not practicing or teaching, she spends her free time enjoying life with her family, JJ, her partner and her baby girl Jaya Lynn. She can also be found communing with nature, riding waves and snow, developing her inner creativity, dancing, chanting, gardening, cooking,  & playing djimbe in her home in the surfside village of Montauk, Long Island.

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Our Senior Teaching Training Staff

We are blessed with an amazing and dedicated group of teachers who study yoga beyond their certifications. Below are our Senior Teacher Training staff  that are here to share their love of yoga and are continuously inspired by our students.

Johanna Bell

Johanna’s yoga journey started when she was a wee tot, dancing to express the things that had no words, writing to find the images that evoke… These loves carried her through years of training as a classical ballet dancer, a degree in theatre with an emphasis on literature and a successful career as an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer in New York and on the road. Her dabbling into yoga turned serious when she discovered Sonic and the expressive joyful, forgiving energy of the space. She graduated from the 200-hour program under the guidance of Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields and soon realized that the teachings made sense of everything she ever believed in and brought all her separate pieces together. She’s never looked back…becoming teacher and manager of the 2nd Sonic Space in Westchester almost immediately…guiding that studio through it’s transition to Quest Yoga Arts, Joining The Sonic Training Faculty and ultimately stepping into her home base in NYC as Co-Director in 2009. In the midst of all that, she was blessed with a 500-hrour certificate under the guidance of the incomparable Sri Dharma Mittra and has continued to be inspired through the lineage of Shiva Rea, the wisdom of the Tantra, Pneuma and ancient Shamanic wisdom. She is a Reiki Healer and is completing study under Guru Dharam for her certificate in Kundalini Yoga Therapy. Johanna’s classes are sweaty soulful voyages into the heart of what it means to be human.

Tracy Mohr

Always a dancer in body and mind,Tracy has been practicing yoga for over 20 years, and has been teaching for over 10. She began her journey in college studying Kundalini Yoga. Her studying continued with Alan Finger and ISHTA Yoga where she received her first 500 hour certification through the Be Yoga School. Tracy met Shiva Rea in 2001 and became a devoted student and friend, eventually receiving her 500 hour Prana Flow certification. She began assisting Shiva in 2002. Tracy feels blessed everyday to be a part of such a dynamic and wonderful community in which she can liberate both herself, and her students in finding their infinite potential. She currently teaches at both her home studio in Westchester, NY and Sonic Yoga in New York city, where she teaches Prana Flow and is part of the teacher training program. She is also a mentor for Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow program.

Jeffrey Duval

Jeffrey also teaches at Columbia University, and instructs private clients. Registered as a 500 hour yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, he completed his teacher training at Sonic Yoga, NYC and Shiva Rea’s Samudra Global School of Living Yoga. Jeffrey also has a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and an MFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and currently dances with Tiffany Mills Company in New York. Jeffrey teaches and is inspired by Prana Flow®, developed by Shiva Rea, which sources the prana or vital life force energy, to initiate flow and a state of unified consciousness. Jeffrey has assisted Shiva Rea at Kripalu, Yoga Journal Conference New York, and at Omega and has lead a monthly Yoga Trance Dance™ since 2009.

Lori Mcallister

A staff member of Sonic’s teacher training faculty, I’ve been offering classes here since 2005. I completed my 200 Hour certification with David Hollander at New York Yoga, a 300 Hour certification in Prana Flow with Shiva Rea and Sonic Yoga, and a 75 Hour Advanced Kula Flow certification with Schuyler Grant. I’m a former modern dancer and gymnast turned yogini. A natural born mover and bona fide vinyasa junkie. A sacred activist serving up some altruistic truth for spiritual evolution. The choreographer in me geeks out on innovative and creative vinyasa sequences, the pitta in me likes a juicy, sweaty flow, the straight A student needs intelligent anatomical alignment, and the New Yorker I’ve become craves sweet relief from the battlefields of Manhattan streets in a blissed-out savasana. I’m honored and blessed to be part of this community. www.loriyoga.com

Keith Partington E-RYT 200, RYT 500

Keith came to yoga while searching for methods to heal a chronic back injury and ended up not only healing, but growing and changing in ways he never anticipated. This led him to SonicYoga’s 200 hour teacher training program in 2009 where he studied Vinyasa Flow yoga under Johanna Aldrich, Lauren Hanna and Jeffrey Duval and Hatha yoga under William Duprey. In 2010, he was guided by Lisa Benner in Sonic’s Mentorship Program. 2011 saw the completion of his 300 hour Hatha Yoga teacher training with Will Duprey Yoga. Keith is now featured on Sonic’s weekly schedule teaching Flow Fundamentals and Flow 2 as well as monthly workshops for beginners. He is thrilled to see all the guidance and generosity of his teachers culminate in his joining the Sonic Teacher Training staff in 2012. Keith’s classes offer a challenging, stripped down practice, with emphasis on a meditative quality throughout.

Lisa Benner

An actor, mover and dedicated breather, the moment I was introduced to yoga, I knew it was for me. I came to yoga shortly after I discovered pilates, and found I was able to use both to correct and improve different physical issues, including chronic headaches. For a long while I practiced both, but yoga won my heart. I graduated from Sonic Yoga’s 200 hour Teacher Training program, Will Duprey’s 500 hour training, and am currently completing Sonic’s 500 hour Prana Flow program. I am a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance, E-RYT 200 as well as Pre-Natal, I am the Assistant Studio Manager and Corporate/Private Liaison for Sonic Yoga and Will Duprey’s lead assistant. I teach at various locations around the city and even abroad, but Sonic is my home. I teach in the Vinyasa style from Hatha philosophy, creating each class on a theme, and incorporating pranayama, mantra and meditation. Strong attention is given to alignment. I am greatly honored to be able to share the transformations that yoga brings, to teach and to continue to learn. Many thanks to my precious teachers, including Johanna Aldrich, Will Duprey, Lauren Hanna and Jonathan Fields.

Chanel Luck

Chanel Luck is the co-creator and director of YogaThree and The Radiant Yoga School in Boston and Sydney, Australia. She also co-founded the not for profit, Yoga For Single Moms and Global Mala Boston. For over a decade, her students have enjoyed her creative sequencing, spirited music selection, and energetic teaching style. She has taught yoga to all levels and abilities – including the Harvard swim team, celebrities, Olympic athletes, busy professionals and people ages 10 – 72. Chanel’s classes are powerful and playful; expect to be pushed to your limit and cradled at your edge. Her extensive anatomy background keeps students safe and inspired to learn more about their bodies.

She is known for weaving intention with energetic anatomy awareness into her classes to help inspire total body awakening. In addition to holding yoga teaching certifications in four different styles of yoga including Ashtanga, Baptiste, Forrest, and Prana Vinyasa, she is a Cranial Sacral Therapist and Certified Postural and Movement Analyst through Tom Myers.

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