Our Amazing Teachers


Yuuki Hirano

Co-FOUNDER/Studio Director

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Yuuki is the proud owner of Dou Yoga as well as the co-founder of Suryaside Yoga and  Hosh Yoga. He is the Co-Director and Co-Lead teacher of the 200 hour teacher training program at Dou Yoga. 

In addition to a decade of practice, Yuuki has been teaching since 2008. He completed his 500 hour training with ISHTA Yoga but his thirst for knowledge and passion for the subtle body and energetics has brought him the  Tri-State  College of Acupuncture where he is currently to studying Oriental Medicine to become a licensed acupuncturist.

Yuuki believes in the importance of functional movement and using the breath as a foundation and progression of one’s yoga practice. With his understanding of anatomy, body mechanics, meditation, the breath and the energy that weaves all it together, Yuuki wishes to educate and create an environment of inquiry, healing and growth for his students


Amy Hansen


After literally kicking her way into life, Amy developed an active lifestyle at an early age, while running competitively and exploring many styles of dance. This activity, combined with endless hours of sitting at a desk, eventually led to knee injuries, which, in turn, led Amy to yoga. Initially frustrated by the confines of her yoga mat, she gradually found her yoga journey to be much wider and longer than her 2x6 blue mat.

To deepen her practice and satisfy her curiosity about both the physical and mental effects of yoga, she completed her 200-hour teacher training at Hosh Yoga, with Dou founder Yuuki Hirano. Although originally interested in the more vigorous and dynamic aspects of  yoga, she also grew an appreciation for the more subtle and meditative aspects. She then trained and became certified in Restorative Yoga and Yoga Nidra at ISHTA Yoga, with Gina Menza and Mona Anand.

Amy has been teaching at Dou since 2015. In her classes, she blends safe alignment, energizing flow, and meditative moments, to help students explore their personal balances between challenge, release, grounding and inspiration


Annaliese Godderz


Annaliese enjoyed yoga sporadically during her college years, drawn by the hip hop playlists and the promise of nap time in savasana. One summer morning, however, she felt pulled to something different. Waking ten minutes before class, she found a studio in her beach town, dragged her mom out of bed and was pleasantly surprised by the spiritual philosophy incorporated into the classes. She was unaware at the time that their mother-daughter ritual would lead to a much deeper soul exploration.

After receiving her 200hr RYTT certification (The Zen Den + Golden Buddha Yoga) Annaliese moved to New York with one suitcase and a one month sublet. Today she is a Brooklyn-based yoga teacher who provides the support to make the most challenging classes accessible.

Focusing on proper alignment and the power of breath to connect the body with mind, Annaliese seeks to inspire individuals and build community with dynamic flows that nourish the soul while challenging the body.

Through public classes, corporate, and private sessions as well as social media she invites a certain raw, supportive and fun honesty into focus, inviting students and followers to find new empowered layers within themselves.


Christina Rufin

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Christina Rufin has a 18-year practice she began at Sivananda Yoga in NYC where she immersed herself in the teachings of yoga as well as the asana practices and meditation. After receiving her 200-hr certification from Aura Yoga, RI, she pursued her goal of reaching communities to whom yoga is not easily accessible and became certified with YogaEd to teach yoga to children and educators. Thereafter, she certified through School for Compassionate Action where she was trained to teach yoga and meditation to In-Need Communities.She is currently teaching children and at-risk teenagers who inspire her through their playfulness with asanas and their embrace of meditation. She is also studying the first 108 hours towards a 300-hr certification with SCA.Christina strives to empower the student to be their own teacher by giving them the space to listen to their own bodies and minds.Christina is very grateful to all her teachers and especially Jill Satterfield for opening her up to the great Grace and is very happy to be practicing and teaching with her Brooklyn community.


Clarissa Romano

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A native New Yorker, Clarissa Romano was raised in Los Angeles, where she was introduced to yoga at a young age by her mother, an Iyengar instructor. Clarissa began practicing at Alan Finger’s yoga studio, Yoga Zone, in the late 90s while studying at NYU. She fell in love with vigorous vinyasa-style classes, and practiced for many years at YogaWorks in Los Angeles.

She began teaching in 2007, while pursuing a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of Mississippi. She did her formal teacher training with YogaWorks in Los Angeles, then continued her training with Annie Carpenter, creator of SmartFLOW, an intelligent blend of alignment and mindful movement. Clarissa has practiced all over the world and has explored all different styles of yoga, including hatha, Ashtanga, Forrest, Bikram, Iyengar, Anusara and Kundalini. She has a great respect for all yoga has to teach us, whether it's how to stand on our heads, how to breathe through one nostril at a time, or how to sit still and be.


David Silverberg

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I first came to yoga to help me with anxiety and depression. It worked. I started teaching full-time in 2010, and this is the only real job I've ever had. I did my 500 hour training at ISHTA Yoga, and will always be eternally grateful to Alan Finger and Jean Koerner for helping me find my passion. I mostly study now in the lineage of T.Krishnamacharya, widely considered one of the pillars of modern yoga, and his son TKV Desikachar. I firmly believe in helping students develop personal practices around their specific needs. Without a why, a how doesn't matter.

In 2015, after more than a decade of immersion as a practitioner, I began studying at Columbia University in order to learn Sanskrit and give myself a more panoramic view of physical and contemplative practices from the Indian subcontinent. I know I love Yoga, but I also didn't invent it. How did it get to me? My research interests focus on complicating linear narratives, and the interaction between traditions and cultures.

In 2015 I also began a pilot program with Fountain House, one of the nation's largest mental-health organizations, to study the effects of Yoga on managing symptoms of schizophrenia. I really like it.

I have been involved in the Dou Teacher Training since the beginning. In 2016 I became the co-director and co-lead trainer. I'm stoked.


Djuna Passman

Djuna’s aversion to yoga quickly dissipated after she discovered the strong physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of a daily practice during a time of personal upheaval. A life long love of moving and firm belief in the healing that comes from developing and deepening the mind-body connection have led her to successful careers as a dancer, choreographer, and dance/movement therapist. Feeling a strong desire to share the wonders of yoga with others she received her yoga certification through mang’Oh as part of their inaugural teacher training in 2011. Blending extensive knowledge of the body with choreographic skills and the ability to create and hold a safe space for self-exploration and play, Djuna aims to challenge and inspire her students. For more information or to say hi, visit: http://DjunaPassman.com


Emily Pantalone


Emily Pantalone is a yoga instructor and actor based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, she moved to New York in three years ago to pursue an acting career. Along the way she was beautifully awakened to a second passion – spreading joy through the breath and movement of yoga!

Emily trained here at Dou Yoga where she became a Yoga Alliance 200hr Registered Yoga Teacher. Under Yuuki and Ariel’s supportive instruction she studied the anatomy of classic yoga asanas, the science behind pranayama/meditation, and classic yogic philosophy. She recently journeyed to Ireland to learn more, completing her 70hr Yoga Tune Up® Level 1 Certification. In this training she delved deeper into the world of integrated anatomy, tension release, body blind spots, and therapeutic healing. Finally she competed a 20hr course in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga under Jenn Turner from the JRI Trauma Center in Brookline, MA. In addition to working in studios, she now teaches yoga to women in domestic violence shelters under the amazing organization of Exhale to Inhale. http://exhaletoinhale.org

As a teacher Emily focuses on movement that will provide mental and physical release. She hopes to enable her students to go through life feeling a little more at peace! Above all, her deepest desire is to inspire people to live joyously. Joy is essential to life, and it is up to each of us to find a way – no matter the circumstance – to live with joy. 


Elise Sokolw


Born and raised in Maui, Hawaii, Elise has spent the last eight years living in New York City, the last ten practicing yoga, and dancing since the start. She brings warmth, compassion and playfulness to each class, blending techniques from different movement modalities filtered through the lens of yoga. Through creative sequencing, a focus of proper alignment, and an activation of imagination, Elise seeks to teach classes that inspire students to nourish their spirits and challenge their bodies. Elise brings warmth, compassion, and playfulness to each class, encouraging students to build and refine their own discernment muscles, both in their bodies and minds. She also does her best to bring a rad playlist.


Jackie Wolff


Jackie has been practicing yoga for over 20 years with deepend study in Sivananda Yoga.  She holds her 200 hour certification from Laughing Lotus Yoga Studio and now has over 400 hours of teacher training with specialties in yoga for back care, prenatal yoga, trauma informed yoga, Yoga Tune Up and yoga for kids.

Jackie’s classes infuses rigor while drawing special attention to alignment and therapeutics. She is also a trained Birth Arts Doula. When not hanging out in a half moon (favorite pose!), you can find her in the pool as a member of the Brooklyn Peaches Synchronized Swim team or indulging in snuggle sessions with her 7 year old son.

Jana Malloy


Jana is a New York City based yoga teacher. She found yoga at the age of eighteen and began to deepen her study in her early twenties. Yoga was the tool that helped her transcend a youth riddled with drug abuse.  She discovered deep meditative states in the movement and shapes of practice. The stillness that remained carved a path through the darkness, as the breath carried her to the light on the other side.

Jana began teaching yoga in 2005. After a year and a half as a Registered Nurse, she was longing for a return to her passion, the sharing of the science of yoga. She has left nursing with an abundance of knowledge that reinforces her passion for self-care and wellness practices as preventive medicine.  She continues to deepen her study of yogic texts while maintaining a dedicated student of asana and meditation. Her main teachers are Nikki Costello and Lara Warren, both CIYT. Her other practices include Qi Gong, with Thomas Droge and she is a dedicated student of the 5 Rhythms Moving Meditation.


Visit janamalloyyoga.com for more information.


Jolene Festa

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As a yoga instructor I teach to the whole person. I believe every individual should and can be successful. And I want yoga to serve a person on and off the mat.

My yoga practice and teaching is influenced by my Quakerism. I believe deeply in the Light that burns bright in every person. I have a strong testimony of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, and equality. I use these tenets as the core of my teaching and believe strongly that our yoga practice must serve us on the mat and in our daily lives as well.

My teaching is also influenced by my extensive professional experiences. I first began my career working with adults with various developmental disabilities. I always wondered if these adults' quality of life would have been improved if intervention work had begun for them as children. This lead me to earn a BA in Early Childhood Education. For over 25 years in the classroom, I bring a whole child approach, teaching to all their interests.

Similarly these early childhood teaching practices I follow, I look at the whole person when instructing my adult and child yoga classes. How do we meet the needs of the whole person, whether in the classroom or on the mat, through asana (physical practice) meditation, mindfulness or Thai massage, while still maintaining a playful mind and heart.


JuAn Song

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I came to yoga practice like many, in search of a quieter mind. I began my practice about a decade ago while still living in Korea. After moving to New York in 2008 I continued to practice and completed 200 hr Teacher Training at Yoga People in Brooklyn Heights which drew from Jivamukti and Ishta influences. I've been a teacher at Dou Yoga since May 2017, which has followed by 200 hr teacher training under my teachers, Yuuki, Ariel and David. It has been a wonderful experience in continuing my depth of practice. I am very much excited to continue on my yogic journey with my teachers, Yuuki, Ariel, David and the Dou Yoga community who are all completely amazing. 


Karine Himbeault


Karine is a French-Canadian yoga teacher who loves to use creativity to explore all facets of yoga. Trained in Hatha Yoga (300H Teacher Training in 2013 + 250H Therapeutic Teacher Training in 2015), she has been practicing since early 2000. Her classes combine mindful alignment with well-dosed movement…and a good chunk of restorative moments. Karine also likes to share yoga with people with special needs. She has guided classes for cancer survivors, people living with conditions like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and anxiety, and more recently to women in domestic violence shelters (for the organization Exhale to Inhale). You can find out more about her below



Kate Liberman

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Kate Lieberman is a Brooklyn based yoga teacher, arts educator and performing artist, working with adults and children throughout New York City. She is grateful to be able to combine her dedicated yoga practice with her decade long passion as an educator in theatre, music, writing and directing.

Kate’s teaching style offers poetic rhythm and humor combined with a thoughtful approach to alignment based asana. Inspired by many different styles of yoga, she is committed to giving students permission to discover their own authentic practice. Kate is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher through Hosh Yoga.


Linnea Vedder


Linnea has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and is honored to be able to share its gifts of transformation with others. She received her yoga teacher certification at Kripalu Yoga Center in 2010.  Linnea creates a fun and loving space for practitioners to explore and deepen their yoga practice. Her classes integrate a strong foundation of alignment with a balance of heat-building vinyasa to challenge the body and silence to still the mind. In 2010 Linnea received a reiki level one attunement. This healing energy enhances her yoga instruction.

As well as being involved with yoga and reiki, Linnea is a drummer, singer and painter. Linnea’s relationship to her body as a rhythmic and tonal instrument helps her create interesting, dynamic, and fun yoga flows.



Macklen Mayse


As an artist and teacher, Macklen seeks joy in the slivers of life. Creative movement and quirky humor guide her form of communication. She weaves mindfulness, anatomical understanding, and functional movement into a nurturing environment where you can explore.

Macklen earned a 200-hour yoga teacher certification from Dou Yoga, under Yuuki Hirano and Ariel Kiley. She is a certified Level 1 Yoga Tune Up® Teacher, after completing 70+ hours of study. Additionally, she completed 18 hours of training in Trauma-Informed Yoga with Feet on the Ground, holds a Masters in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a 25-hour Kids Yoga certification from Hosh Yoga.


Natalie Mazur


I first started practicing yoga over 8 years ago. I was immediately intrigued by how someones words translated into tangible experience that invites one to explore, connect, and understand the different layers of self more deeply. My practice has become a part of how I function day-to-day and helps me show up and live from a place that is grounded, open, and at ease. Everything I teach is an invitation. My intention is to offer guidance and a safe space for people to connect to their unique experience through an exploration of movement and breath. 


Shieri Yamafuji


She is a certified Yoga, Pilates and foot fitness instructor. 

Compelled to study these practices after an experience with a foot injury. From this, She completed Pilates teacher training at the Kane School of Core Integration, her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Dou Yoga, her Restorative/Yoga Nidra teacher training at Ishta Yoga. Shieri has also led numerous movement workshops such as her unique pilates workshop that emphasizes the use of foam rollers and mixture of different exercises. She has started a core and belly dance workshop as well. From studying personal training and nutrition, Shieri is passionate about the well being of her clients and hopes that they can get the most out of her teaching.