The Exercise Studio
2073 86th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11214
fitness • yoga • stress management
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Rosalind is a licensed Zumba™ instructor, specialized for the “gold,” market, and a certified Tai Chi Black Belt instructor. She teaches pure Zumba and classic Yang style Tai Chi, combining the two disciplines, along with Chi Gong, into a unique Total Body Workout and Body Toning program for women.
Since 1998, Rosalind has taught, demonstrated, and led workshops in Tai Chi, fitness and wellness, not only at The Exercise Studio, but at hospitals, senior centers, Health Fairs, Cable TV shows, holistic vacations in Jamaica; and in Malaysia while serving as an expert for a United Nations Development Program for African Women Entrepreneurs. She obtained her Black Belt at the age of 50 from Ming’s Tai Chi Fitness Academy in Rockland County, and has been a member of the Zumba Instructors Network since 2009. Rosalind feels she is blessed. She says, “Teaching all this, especially at my age, is like tying a big ribbon bow around the myriad benefits of dancing, fitness and martial arts and gifting it to others.”
Aside from her extensive fitness background, Rosalind is also an award-winning journalist and author. She is the executive editor of The Network Journal, the New York tri-state area’s pre-eminent magazine for African American professionals and small business owners.
Phyllis has been studying, performing and teaching dance for over 25 years. She has studied a variety of different styles, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, Latin and belly dancing. Certified in ZUMBA gold, Phyllis combines her own movement with classical ZUMBA, bringing enjoyment, fun and a light-hearted energy to the class. Her approach to teaching motivates students to let go of their inhibitions, dancing with their hearts in a fun-filled, enjoyable “delightfully drenching” workout.
Bio will be listed soon.
Julia DiOrio, Certified Yoga Teacher
Julia has been teaching yoga since 1997. A triathlete and marathon runner for many years, Julia attributes the lack of injuries so common to runners and athletes to her dedicated yoga practice. She found yoga "a wonderful transition from a rigorous, athletic endeavor to a more meaningful and soulful journey."
Her strong, energetic style is influenced by her gymnastics and athletic background and her passion for the dynamic, empowering styles of Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. Holding a B.S. in physical education and an M.S. in Science, Julia brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her teaching. Though her classes can be challenging, they are open to all levels, as Julia is skilled in helping each student adapt postures to their own level of ability. Her warm, upbeat personality makes everyone feel welcome and her love of yoga shines through in every class.
Susan Turis, R.Y.T.
Seeking to overcome a shoulder and neck injury, Susan turned to yoga only to discover her practice gave her emotional balance and spiritual grounding as well. She began studying the art of teaching in 2001, receiving her first certification with Diana Treglia through Yoga Spectrum. Soon her hunger for yoga knowledge led her to the Iyengar Yoga Institute in NYC where she studied extensively under Mary Dunn, James Murphy, Patricia Walden, and Carrie Owerko. In November 2008 she was fortunate enough to study under BKS Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar and Pranshant Iyengar in Pune, India, exposing her to Yoga therapeutics as she assisted in the Pune Medical classes.
Susan has a BA in Psychology from Brooklyn College and is certified Introductory Level 2 through the Iyengar Yoga National Assn. of US (IYNAUS), She is also certified in Thai Yoga Healing. An enthusiastic student of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita, she has completed a Sanskrit immersion course designed by Vyas Houston bringing her closer to the philosophy and language of Yoga.
Susan encourages students of all abilities and levels, regardless of age or afflictions, to have a safe and complete experience in class. Her attentive instruction, thoughtful rhythm and skillful sequencing of poses help students progress over time and become aware of the subtler aspects of a yoga practice.
Millie Miraglia, Founder / Director
Certified Fitness/Yoga Instructor, Reiki II Practitioner
A longtime fitness enthusiast with several sports-related injuries, Millie’s life was transformed by her first yoga class in 1981. Becoming aware of the mind/body connection, she founded The Exercise Studio in 1983, inspired by her vision of creating a fitness center where students would learn not only about their bodies, but also about themselves. The dynamic and inspiring Fitness classes at The Exercise Studio reflect this vision: combining the principles of yoga – breath, movement and body awareness – with powerful, effective yet compassionate cardio-fitness workouts.
As a cancer survivor, Millie’s passion for energy work and her knowledge of how emotions and fears impact healing inspired her to create an innovative modality called “Pathways to Healing.” Utilizing modalities such as reiki, visualization, meditation, restorative yoga and breathwork, Millie helps those coping with acute or chronic illness, medical interventions and surgery, to identify stressful issues in their lives and find ways to release them. In particular she has worked with cancer patients, including those with lung, ovarian, breast and colon cancer, on ways to strengthen the inner resources needed to enhance the healing process.
Diana Treglia, Yoga Director, E.R.Y.T. 500
Diana has been teaching yoga since she first met her Guru in 1975. Way before yoga’s present day popularity, Diana was at the forefront of bringing the practice of yoga to Brooklyn. A
full-time yoga teacher for the last 35 years, she has studied extensively in a number of different traditions, including Classical Hatha Yoga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Ashtanga. Her teaching reflects a unique ability to integrate these approaches, bringing joy and insight into the practice. Through her warm, attentive, style, and innovative, creative adjustments and assists, she addresses the needs of all of her students, inspiring and challenging each of them to reach for their highest potential. Over the years, she has trained and certified a number of yoga teachers. An adjunct faculty member since 2001, Diana has been instrumental in bringing credited yoga and meditation classes to students at Kingsborough Community College.
The foundation of Diana’s teaching is her belief that “yoga nurtures not only the body, but also the heart and soul.” A life-long student as well as a teacher, Diana holds a B.S. in Health Science and an M.A. in Experiential Health and Healing.
Jennifer began practicing yoga as a young child with her parents in Connecticut. After graduating from the New World School of the Arts with a BFA in Dance Performance, she was inspired by the path of yoga to become a yoga instructor. Jennifer is certified in Beginner, Intermediate and Prenatal Hatha Yoga from the Integral Yoga Institute of New York. She has been teaching hatha yoga since 2004, and finds great joy through blending creativity, movement, and yogic principles in all of her classes. Jennifer believes that yoga , with it emphasis on breath, enable the body and mind to become more peaceful and easeful in everyday life. Her personalized approach makes yoga accessible and beneficial for everyone. Currently, Jennifer spreads her joy of yoga teaching classes at the Studio. She is delighted to be teaching prenatal yoga, bringing the benefits of yoga to mom and their "yogis-to-be."
We're happy to welcome Jamie Vacca, certified Zumba instructor. Jaime is now teachng our Sunday Zumba 11:30 class.... Bio posted soon.