Nicey Berkenfeld, E-RYT 500, received her training from the Long Island Yoga School in Great Neck, New York and has been teaching a vinyasa flow style of yoga since 2008. With the safety of the students paramount, she guides them through classes that are fun, creative and challenging. Always seeking to build her own physical practice and to incorporate the teachings of yoga into her daily life, Nicey motivates her students to do the same.
Nicey expands on her yoga education by frequently attending workshops and participating in classes in vinyasa flow, anusara and ashtanga styles. She is CPR certified with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and a member of the Yoga Alliance
As a child Adam suffered from severe asthma, as a teenager he suffered from clinical depression, insomnia, drug and alcohol addiction. He was sent to psychiatrists, psychologists, rehab facilities, alchohlics anonymous, narcotics anonymous and even emotions anonymous. He was put on anti-depressants, was told to follow the 12 steps and attend group therapy sessions. These approaches did not set him free. Even though he was still in this extremely unhealthy state he had been witnessing his behaviors and was searching for another more effective way out. He began a seated meditation practice at about 16 years old at a time when the practice was pretty much non-existent on Long Island and by the time he was 19 he put an end to his substance abuse through sheer will power alone. He began the physical practices of yoga which ultimately lifted the depression and cured his insomnia. In 1997 he went to live at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health for close to 6 months where he did asana, pranayama and meditation at least twice a day along with studying philosophy, chanting and performing seva (selfless service). He began teaching Yoga at the age of 20. Shortly after, he received his license in Massage Therapy and has continued his studies of massage/bodywork extensively throughout his travels in Thailand, India and China. He is the creator of Asian Fusion Bodywork® — a natural evolution of my experience.
Many years later he unfortunately slipped on ice, falling on a cement stairwell which resulted in significant damage to his body. In terrible chronic pain he eventually went to see multiple orthopedists seeking help. He resisted their strong suggestions to have multiple surgeries and decided instead to receive extensive bodywork in Thailand along with constructing an even more therapeutic yoga asana practice as an attempt to heal naturally. As a devoted Ashtanga Practitioner he has always found the system to be so elegant on so many levels, however it was not enough. He continued to practice Ashtanga but he started tacking on numerous other postures along the way which seemed both logical and instinctive. Ultimately this resulted in more stability around his damaged joints and he has been able to avoid invasive surgery. This sequence of asanas became his Signature Ashtanga/Vinyasa Blend.
With over 20 years of experience in Yogic Practices and Therapeutic Bodywork he hopes to the opportunity to assist you on your path to optimal health and happiness and to share with you what is transformative, healing and possible!
With an emphasis on self-care and mindfulness, Kristen encourages her students and clients to connect with their own inner wisdom, accessing and strengthening their own unique gifts to share with their communities. Kristen has seen the transformative power of a regular yoga and Reiki practice in her own life and is passionate about sharing this vibrancy with others. She is deeply grateful to her many teachers and supporters over the years who encourage her to always “reach for the stars”.