Kelly Foong is originally from Malaysia and Australia, and moved to New York in July 2019, where she eventually found AOP! In 2016, she completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Meghan Currie. She has also since completed a 50-hour yin training with Bernie Clark, a 50-hour aerial yoga training with Om Factory in NYC, and a hands-on adjustment training course with Nicky Grimsdale in Melbourne, Australia. She also loves continuing to learn from Scott and Jamie at AOP. Her hope is to share the practice with others in a welcoming and non-judgmental manner and to hold space for them to go through their own unique pathway. Expect classes that are slow and focused on transitions so you can start to build strength and flexibility whilst learning to align as you move with your breath. Kelly loves the juxtaposition between the fluid and creative sequences of vinyasa with Ashtanga’s logic and structure and so in her classes, she tries to bring aspects of both her loves into her teaching.
After receiving his 200-hour yoga certification at Sonic Yoga in 2009, Juan Gamboa went on to get a 100-hour certification in Restorative Yoga, a 200-hour certification in MNDFL training for meditation, and a 75-hour certification from Kula Yoga Project. He attended a 2-week pilgrimage to India with his teacher Raghunath in 2015. In June 2020, he launched the P.A.R.C. (Practice And ReCover) initiative in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic to serve communities in Harlem, UES, UWS, Tribeca, West Village, and his own backyard. He has also led and co-led retreats all over the world – Dubai, Bangkok, Mexico, Cartagena, Koh Sammi, Goa, Sri Lanka, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Santa Catalina. However, he is probably most at home in his tiny West Village space, a part of New York City he has called home for the past 10 years.
Eddie Teboul has been a dedicated student of the famous American yogi David Life since 2001. In 2007 Eddie graduated with the residential 300 Hours Jivamukti Yoga Teacher Training certification, followed by a one-year mentorship at the NYC Jivamukti location with advanced senior yoga teacher Nicole Nichols (Narayani). Eddie upgraded to a certified 800 hours Jivamukti method yoga teacher with mention and recognition for his skills leading from the seat of a teacher, blending eclectic music, giving efficient personalized posture assists, and a strong understanding of philosophy. His sequencing of posture flow for specific and beneficial purposes in each class where all students of different abilities find the level of the class adapted to them regardless of injuries or need for modifications.
In addition, he is a 500 hours experienced registered yoga alliance teacher (500 hours E-RYT). Between the years 2007 to 2022, Eddie has been leading daily group classes at PURE YOGA, EQUINOX, THE YOGA ROOM, SACRED SOUND YOGA, ALO YOGA, TELLURIDE YOGA FESTIVAL and leads the YOGA from MARS style training, workshops, and events.
RYT-500. Ben completed RYT-200 training with the faculty of Pure Yoga NYC, and over 300 hours of Ashtanga teacher training with his mentor Scott Harig, John Campbell and Manju Jois. At the AOP Shala, Ben assists and teaches in the Open Practice and Led Primary classes. For Ben, teaching is part of the practice, and daily practice is the best teacher.
Claire Wang began practicing yoga in 2008 in Santa Fe, NM. She completed her 200-hr yoga certification, her 100-hr Ashtanga Yoga certification with her mentors, Scott and Jamie Harig, and her private yoga teaching certification with Sonja Rzepski, all at Pure Yoga NYC in 2018. Claire has assisted in Ashtanga Open Practice since 2018. She has also studied Ashtanga yoga with Manju Jois, David Swenson, and John Campbell. Claire also teaches meditation and has learned about yoga Nidra from Jamie Harig. Claire loves helping students to find peace and joy in their yoga and meditation practices. After recovering from reconstructive foot surgery, Claire became even more passionate about supporting students through physical challenges. Claire is a Mom of two and has been known to catch an extra nap in savasana when needed. Claire graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in History and French Literature. She was previously a French teacher and a school administrator.
Lori has been studying under Scott Harig (and Jamie) for the past 13 years. She has been an assistant for Ashtanga Open Practice since 2018. Lori has completed a 100-hour Ashtanga Yoga teacher training with Scott, a 200-hour teacher training with Pure Yoga, and a kids yoga instructor certification with Little Flower Yoga. Lori has studied with Manju Jois in Chicago and Encinitas and has taken various workshops with David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, and John Campbell.
Lori holds a Master’s Degree in Media studies and has worked in Marketing for most of her professional career. She enjoys working on the AOP website, correspondence, and newsletters combining her professional experience with her passion for yoga.
Lori resides on the UWS with her husband, 3 teenage sons, and her Shih-Tzu dog -who all keep her on her toes. Yoga has served as a great way for her to escape the daily craziness, and she can vouch that yoga has taught her patience, devotion, and compassion. Lori remains passionate about sharing her love for yoga and wellness with those around her.