Leslie Pearlman, founder and director of Good Ground Yoga, is a Forrest Yoga Mentor Teacher and Guardian with more than 20 years teaching experience and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the highest level (E-RYT 500). She is widely known for her radiant energy as well as her compassion, support, humor and warmth. Leslie has the unique ability to help her students reach their personal best and go deep without compromising form and integrity. She has taught thousands of students in New York City and the Hamptons and conducts workshops nationally and internationally. She is a well-known assistant to Ana Forrest, the founder of Forrest Yoga, and assists her with workshops across the country. Leslie is one of the most senior Forrest Yoga teachers in the world. In fact there are less than 10 teachers world-wide who have been given this honor of guarding the legacy of Forrest Yoga.
Prior to teaching yoga full-time, Leslie was an attorney at Brooklyn Legal Services where she provided legal assistance to domestic violence survivors. It was through this work that Leslie saw the connection between personal empowerment and self-healing. This link is at the heart of Leslie’s teaching. She has a deep conviction that yoga can help you observe how you’re treating yourself and those around you.
Leslie understands how to use yoga therapeutically and is creative in developing modifications for all her students. Her classes move people deeply. Leslie has the uncanny ability to see where students are blocked and help them move forward and heal.
Erica was born and bred on long Island. After dabbling with a few classes here or there, Erica found her home at Good Ground Yoga. Having discovered the transfromative impact that yoga had to her body and soul, Erica knew she wanted to pass this forward to students of her own. Erica is a Level 1 Certified Forrest Yoga Teacher and a graduate of Good Ground Yoga’s 200-hour Teacher Training Program and GGY’s Mentoring Program. With a young spirit and soul, Erica is a big believer in breath work and awakening the core. Her playful spirit shines through in her classes inspiring her students to grow both on and off the mat.
Amy took her first Forrest Yoga class at Good Ground Yoga and that day marked the start of her yoga journey. Through her practice she has learned to breathe deeply and connect to feeling. More importantly, Amy has felt the transformational effects yoga has in all aspects of her life on and off the mat. She recently completed GGY’s 200 hour Teacher Training and continues to enrich her practice with ongoing education. She is currently under the mentorship of Leslie Pearlman. She hopes to help others find their yoga path by guiding them in a practice that develops their skills in connecting to their strength and feeling in their body.
Ann was working on Wall Street and a runner and read how yoga with Beryl Bender would make her a faster runner. When she walked into class she began a love affair with Yoga that has lasted for 22 years. When she moved out to the east end, she began taking other Astanga Yoga classes and found Yoga Shanti. Ann trained in their first teacher training in 2004 has taken workshops with many teachers who have touched her heart, from Rodney Yee to Anna Forest. Ann’s classes are slow, deep and exploratory, about listening carefully to the body, connecting with mind and spirit.
Ann Harmon is certified at the 500 hour level at Yoga Shanti. She is also certified in Thai Soma Veda Body Work Level 1 and works with Young Living essential oils. Come to class and have fun.
Hilary Woodward is a certified Forrest Yoga Instructor and has taught since 2005. She has also practiced meditation since 1975. Both yoga and meditation inspire her to be strong, present, awake and open. Hilary brings to students joy, humor and a passion for the transformative effects of a dedicated yoga practice. She helps students seek the true teacher within through breath and movement. Guiding her students to a mindful, self-compassionate yoga practice helps them take these qualities off the mat and into everyday life. Hilary has a BS in Education. Her instructional expertise is drawn from classroom teaching, school directorship, choir directing, knitting instruction and dance calling. She spends time organic growing, cooking, knitting, sewing, writing, hiking, cycling, and , of course, on her mat. But, not all at once! She lives in Southampton with her husband Eric. They have two grown daughters, Lucy and Emma.
Kaitlin took her first yoga class at age 14, hoping to ease anxiety, heal from anxiety and an eating disorder, and build strength in a new way. After exploring various styles and teachers since 2005, she fell in love with Forrest Yoga in 2011 and completed her 200-hour teacher training in a Forrest-inspired Vinyasa style at Good Ground Yoga’s first teacher training in May 2014. Kaitlin’s classes focus on healthy alignment, deep breathing, building strength, and creating space and freedom in the body and mind. Kaitlin uses creativity, warmth, humor, and challenging pose sequences to create a welcoming, yet intense, class specific to each student’s needs at any level. Kaitlin is also a certified fitness trainer and holds an A.S. and B.S. in Biology, a M.S. in Nutrition, and is currently working on her M.A. in Marine Conservation and Policy at Stony Brook University.
Laura took her first Forrest Yoga class in 2012 and has been hooked ever since. A recent graduate of Good Ground Yoga’s 200 hour teacher training program, Laura teaches a style of Vinyasa Flow deeply inspired by Forrest Yoga. She has continued her yoga education by attending the Forrest Yoga Symposium in 2013 as well as attending workshops with Ana Forrest learning how to assist students in a more healing way. Laura comes from a decade long career in healthcare before switching gears and now works as a designer in Bridgehampton, NY. Her education and background is apparent in her classes giving her students clear direction and compassion while having fun! “Yoga has been one of the most transformational experiences of my life. It has taught me the relationship between the mind and body and given me the gift of breath”. This has given Laura the ability to not only let go of stress and achieve personal balance but given her the gift to lead her students down the same path.
Corrin received her Kids Yoga Certification from Karma Kids Yoga in NYC. She has taught and coached gymnastics to children ages ranging from 2-18 years old for more than 10 years. She graduated with a BA in Early Childhood Education and is currently a Pre-K Teacher in Southampton. Corrin is also working on her MA in Occupational Therapy. She is enthusiastic about teaching kids yoga because it allows her to combine her love for yoga with her love for children. In May she will complete her 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Additional certificates include Prana Flow Energetic Alignment and Hands on Assists, Prana Flow Embodying the Flow, and Prana Flow Chakras.
Shannon’s yoga journey began in 2002, when her mother took her to a Bikram yoga class in Bridgehampton. Since that day, she has been an avid and eager student and has practiced various styles of yoga all over the country including Bikram, Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Bhakti, and most recently Forrest yoga. All of these varieties of yoga have influenced Shannon’s practice as well as her teaching. In 2014, Shannon completed her 200-hour teacher training and is a certified Vinyasa Yoga instructor. She believes that yoga is for everybody and welcomes all walks of life into her classes. With a playful and effervescent spirit, Shannon’s classes aim to get students out of everyday autopilot and to start breathing, feeling, and connecting on a deeper level. As a certified occupational therapy assistant, Shannon fiercely believes in the power of the mind body connection for optimal healing and rehabilitation. She is currently working towards specializing in the recovery and reintegration of patients who have suffered from a stroke or other neurological injury or accident, and hopes to spread the healing properties of yoga to other rehabilitation professionals in the process.
Kris dabbled in yoga and other sports for most of her life, but it took getting tired of feeling stiff and “old” for her to commit to her practice. She discovered Good Ground Yoga and the style of Forrest Yoga in 2011 and fell in love with the combination of strength, breath, integrity, and spirit that infuses the practice.
Having completed her 200hr teacher training in May of 2014, and Mentorship Leslie Pearlman Good Ground Yoga in September of 2014, she is a RYT certified Vinyasa Flow teacher with a Forrest Inspired practice.
Kris’ classes invite students to focus and get grounded, giving time for muscles to heat, energy to build and an opportunity to delve deeper within both physically and emotionally, and so discover the true medicine that is yoga. Her classes are nurturing, yet tough, and sprinkled with enough humor to keep it fun. Kris believes that yoga is for ‘every body’, and is committed to guiding her students mindfully through their practice, to ensure they honor their body – its strengths and weaknesses – to prevent injury, build stamina, balance and inner calm. She welcomes all levels of students to join her on the mat to discover what they are capable of.
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