Sissy has been a student and teacher of Yoga for over two decades. She trained in LA with the original founders of YogaWorks; Maty Ezraty and Chuck Miller, and studied extensively with Annie Carpenter, Sean Corn and Vinnie Marino. In 2006 Sissy moved from LA to New York to study under the guidance and tutelage of Yogiraj Alan Finger, creator and founder of ISHTA Yoga. Prior to teaching yoga she was an ACE certified personal trainer with a specialty in nutrition and worked with clients on wellness programs.
She blends a variety of styles into her teachings always encouraging students to “listen” inwardly to allow the practice to serve and support them and to move from a place that is heart driven - uniting the body, mind and spirit and returning to wholeness..
Sissy teaches various levels and styles of Yoga from Beginner to Advanced, Vinyasa Flow, Yin, Therapeutic/ Restorative and Pre & Postnatal. in addition to yoga she also instructs Guided Meditation with Pranayama techniques in class settings as well as privately. She incorporates music, aromatherapy and healing touch, reminding students regularly to settle into their own personal bodies while the mind rests on the breath
Her certifications include: YogaWorks 500hr, Yoga Alliance, Anusara Yoga, Pre & Postnatal Yoga with renowned teacher Carrie Parker, Restorative Yoga with Jillian Pransky, Yin Yoga with Michele Sapanaro. In addition to yoga she is also a certified Aromatherapist and a Reiki practitioner. These two modalities work beautifully together and she is grateful to be able to administer healing light to those in need.
She resides in Manhattan with her husband and son and teaches around the city, working with private clients, in corporate settings, and as a regular teacher for YogaWorks. She recently launched her own aromatherapy line available at Yogaworks.
Her great hope and mission is to help uplift and guide students to that ever present, radiant light that resides in all of us and to realize we are all illuminated beings at our core.
You can also follow her on Instagram: @Yogasiss AND Twitter: @YogaSissy for regular motivational and inspirational tidbits!
Classes are created to bring balance into the body by strengthening the muscles as well as stretching them. Breath and alignment are key components. The middle portion of class is a dynamic flow, linking breath to movement (vinyasa). Students can expect to be challenged but as always encouraged to modify or rest as needed. Practice always culminates with Savasana, deep relaxation, enabling the student to integrate the "information" for body and mind, leaving feeling strong, stretched and centered.
Designed to introduce students to yoga through slow and gentle stretches and movements. Repetition is key here as we start to lay the foundation for an open body and calmer mind. Better breathing and increased awareness are emphasized. Also ideal for those coming back to yoga or working with limitations.
This type of Yoga will restore and reset your body and mind back into a place of harmony and equilibrium. Restful and supportive postures are held with the help of props encouraging the body to relax and open, enabling a profound sense of inner peace and quietude. Gentle stretches, meditation and aromatherapy are also incorporated.
Ideal for times of stress, when you are recovering from an injury, working with a physical limitation or are simply low on energy.
Yin Yoga is a quieting practice mainly done all on the floor, that targets the deep connective tissue of the body, our "inner scaffolding" that holds us together. The emphasis is on using ones own body weight in the poses, and giving yourself the gift of TIME (3-5min) in the poses to let the muscles completely relax and create specific areas of compression, targeting the various meridians of the body, which once released allows for a free flow of energy to those areas, nourishing and hydrating the tendons, ligaments and joints. Experience how Yin Yoga can compliment your regular yoga or exercise routine and give you an opportunity to deeply stretch tight, overworked muscles while opening the connective tissue making it more pliable, increasing mobility and releasing blockages enabling optimum range of motion in your body.
Classes guide students through various poses while connecting to the healing power of their breath. Every practice is geared towards strengthening the resilience of the body, calming the mind and soothing the nervous system
YOGA CLASS SCHEDULE
Third Avenue (75th-76th St.)
Vinyasa Flow Level 1/2:
Sundays 11:45AM -1:00PM
Gentle Yoga 1 w/music
Tuesdays 8:15AM - 9:15AM
Gentle Yoga 1 w/music:
Thursdays 8:15AM - 9:15AM
Vinyasa Flow Level 2:
Saturdays 12:45PM - 1:45PM
56 East 11st Street
Yin + Aromatherapy
Fridays 3:00PM - 4:00PM
(available for individuals, couples or groups)
All levels, as well as Pre/Postnatal. Fine tune your practice with specific, personalized instruction.
Deeply healing energy work, through light touch and aromatherapy.
Guided meditation using breath techniques (Pranayama) and Visualization.
Customized products to enhance and support well-being according to individual needs.
Starting at $150/hr
Inquire for corporate rates.
AROMATHERAPY STORE - VISIT
Sissy’s essential oil blends are specifically created using only the finest oils in a base of pure organic jojoba oil, absorbing easily and leaving skin luxuriously soft and silky
Serenity ~ notes of Lavender, Rose and Chamomile are highlighted in this sanctuary oil. In a base of pure Vanilla infused jojoba oil. Best used as a stress reliever on wrists, inner arms or across collar bones. (also available in 2 oz Luxury Bath & Body oil - works like magic to melt stress away and create silky, smooth skin).
Vitality ~ a citrus scented oil with aromatic Sweet Orange, Bergamot, Grapefruit and Lemon will instantly perk up your energy and mood! I like to refer to this one as my "happy oil". Rub into the heels of your hands, cup hands to face, close your eyes and inhale sunshine.
Breathe ~ my favorite when I'm feeling sluggish, under the weather or need to FOCUS. This mint medley is a perfect balance of Peppermint, Spearmint, Rosemary and Eucalyptus to open sinuses, ease headaches and bring mental clarity. Use on wrists or the heels of the hands to inhale, on temples or the back of the neck to relieve headaches.
Open Heart ~ a feminine bouquet of sweet florals, Bulgarian Rose and Neroli to "open" the heart, and Ylang Ylang and Lavender to balance emotions and hormones. Lovely when used as a light fragrance.
Gravity ~ get grounded and rooted with this earthy blend of Vetiver, Sandalwood and Ho Wood. Soothes anxiety and promotes feelings of calmness and stability.
Meditation ~ connect to your higher truth, your vision, your spirituality with this specific synergy blend of frankincense, clary sage, lemon, black spruce and spearmint. Ideal for meditation, reflection, prayer or any time at all you need to feel the support and guidance of Universal energy (God/Spirit, etc.).
Inspiration ~ Tap into a creative mindset with this unique blend of Laurel, Pink Grapefruit, Fennel and Cypress. This sweet and slightly spicy aroma encourages confidence in your ideas, fortitude and direction.
Baby Bliss ~ safe for babies and children 6 months or older. This is a very mild blend with a soft and subtle scent with what I like to refer to as the “lullaby oils”; Lavender, Frankincense and Chamomile. A dap behind the ears, nape of the neck or on a nearby pillow or cuddly will ease your little one into a blissful nights rest. For grownups too! Also available in 2 and 4oz easy pour bottles for body massage.
. Sizing: 10 ml clear roller bottle $25 - $35
Peace ~ Calming and centering. This specifically blended fragrance of Sandalwood, Frankincense and Copaiba has a sedative effect, soothing the nervous system and promoting feelings of peacefulness. Ideal to use anytime, especially when stress and anxiety are weighing you down.
Sweet & Spicy ~ warm Vanilla and Sandalwood with Sweet Orange, gently spiced with a hint of Cinnamon gives this oil a seductive quality. Use it to bring out the sweet and spicy in you❣
Anti-Bacterial Spray - Eliminate germs and bacteria while cleaning and refreshing the air naturally! This all purpose spray can be used around the home or on your yoga mat (or borrowed mat!). Keep yourself and your space germ free. Essential oils of Sweet Orange, Lemongrass, Lavender, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Clove, Oregano and Rosemary.
Sizing: 2 oz or 4 oz cobalt blue glass spray bottle $15/ $25
Magic Muscle Rub ~ A soothing balm for achy muscles and minor injuries. Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender, and Ginger are the key ingredients in this unique salve along with pure Arnica oil to improve circulation and alleviate minor pain. Also may be used to ease the discomfort of arthritis. In a base of all organic shea butter, calendula infused olive oil, beeswax and vitamin E. NOW WITH CBD OIL.
Sizing: 1.7 oz cobalt blue glass jars. $30
4 oz (BPA free cobalt blue durable plastic) $55
Hand Butters ~Yummy rich shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil and vitamin E, blended with essential oils provides a moisture rich layer to dry, chapped hands hydrating and healing cuticles leaving skin luxuriously soft. A must have on the bedside table.
*available in Serenity/ Vitality and by request - specialty blended to uniquely suit you.
Sizing: 1.7 oz cobalt blue glass jars $30
Organic Bath & Body Oil - Nourishing aromatic body oils specifically created to hydrate the skin with aromas proven to reduce feelings of stress and enhance feelings of well-being. perfect to use anytime - especially after bath or shower.
• restore moisture and deliver instant radiance
• soften and moisturize skin with a nourishing blend of certified organic
jojoba and sweet almond oil.
• 100% natural, no mineral oil.
Sizing: 2 oz cobalt blue glass bottle $25 - $40
*Available in 4oz and easy pour, cobalt blue, lightweight PET (BPA free) plastic bottles
(Larger sizes available upon request)
* shake gently before use and keep away from sun and heat * recommended to do a test patch first *
Facial Serum - RADIENT ROSE
This exquisite anti aging oil is a beautiful combination of nutrient rich, hydrating oils designed to firm, smooth and give your skin a radiant glow!
Pricing: 1oz $45 (lasts about 2 months)
*Personalized custom blending is available with a private consultation*
* shake gently before use and keep away from sun and heat *
* recommended to do a test patch first *
Made with L💗VE
A Note on Essential Oil Safety and Care
Essential oils are highly concentrated and mine have been carefully blended and diluted in a carrier oil for immediate use on the skin. However their safe usage still requires that they be treated with care and respect. They should be kept away from sunlight and heat to prolong their longevity and quality and kept away from children as they can be particularly dangerous if ingested.
Some further precautions:
• Skin test oils before using. Apply to the skin on your inner arm, do not use if redness or irritation occurs.
• For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes.
• If redness, burning, itching or irritation occur, stop using oils immediately.
• Angelica and all citrus oils make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. Do not go out into the sun with these oils on your skin.
• Sweet fennel, hyssop, sage and rosemary should not be used by anyone with epilepsy.
• People with high blood pressure should avoid hyssop, rosemary, sage and thyme.
Oils to Avoid During Pregnancy ~ Bitter Almond, Basil, Clary Sage, Clove Bud, Hyssop, Sweet Fennel, Juniper Berry, Marjoram, Myrrh, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme and Wintergreen
Skin Irritants ~ Allspice, Bitter Almond, Basil, Cinnamon Leaf, Cinnamon Bark, Clove Bud, Sweet Fennel, Fir Needle, Lemon, Lemongrass, Melissa, Peppermint, Tea Tree and Wintergreen