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.


Our Senior Teacher 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 25 years, and has been teaching for over 12. She began her journey in college studying Kundalini Yoga. Her studying continued with ISHTA Yoga in 2001, where she received her first 500 hour certification at the Be Yoga School. Tracy then met Shiva Rea in 2002 and became a devoted student and friend, eventually receiving her 500 hour Prana Flow certification. She continues to assist Shiva Rea and is a mentor for her Prana Flow program.

She taught at Yoga Works in Westchester and New York , and had a home studio for 7 years before finding her home at Sonic Yoga in 2007.

Tracy currently teaches at Sonic Yoga in New York City, where she is a senior teacher as well as a teacher trainer for both the 200 and 300 hour programs. She is a devoted teacher , known for her knowledge of alignment , her attention to detail , her passion and sense of humor . She teaches Asana , Alignment, and both Pranayama and Ayurveda . It brings her great joy to watch her students evolve and transform .

She feels blessed everyday to be a part of such a dynamic and wonderful community . She hopes to help guide her students to finding their infinite potential , which she believes is unbounded .

Tracy manages the Sonic Yoga boutique and is also Sonic Yogas’ Liaison between students and the training programs.

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.

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.

Keith Partington E-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. Keith is Yoga Alliance certified E-RYT 500 through SonicYoga’s 200 hour program and Will Duprey’s Hathavidya 300 hour. Keith is featured on Sonic’s weekly schedule teaching beginner and advanced levels in Hatha based flow. All classes regardless of level are exacting, physical and meditative with an emphasis on a balanced practice. Keith leads monthly workshops for first timers and is part of the Sonic Teacher Training staff.


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