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Fitness Teacher Biographies in Brooklyn, NY

 
 
Meet Millie Miraglia, Founder & Director
Certified Fitness/Yoga Instructor, Reiki Master
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.
 
 
 
Rosalind McLymont
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.
 
 
 
 
Anna Lekht - Certified Zumba instructor
Anna is a professionally trained Ballroom and International Latin Dance Instructor, Wedding Dance Guru, licensed Zumba™ instructor certified to teach Zumba basic with elements of Zumba core and is also certified in Personal Nutrition and Weight Loss Management. She has been teaching for over ten years now, working with kids and adults and all levels of proficiency starting from very beginners. So don’t be shy and give dancing and Zumba a try today!

Anna teaches Zumba here at The Exercise studio. Zumba is a fun cardio workout which targets all parts of the body, improves your stamina and puts a smile on your face. It also uses world rhythms to keep things even more exciting. This class is open to all levels and no prior experience is required. Our class sizes are fairly small as we like to give personalized attention to all of our students. Check out Anna’s energetic Zumba classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8pm!
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Jaime Vacca, Certified LaBlast Instructor
Jaime Vacca-Hoefner is a dancer, choreographer, and fitness instructor with over 15 years of experience in education. Jaime teaches Total Body Workout, Zumba, and she recently discovered LaBlast Fitness and was certified byWorld Dance Champion and “Dancing with the Stars” fan favorite, Louis van Amstel, in his new fast growing dance fitness program.
Jaime is excellent with beginners, but enjoys working with students of all ages and levels. Her teaching style incorporates dance, fitness, fun, and positive energy.
 
Phyllis Sorrentino
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.

Anna Reifman
, Pilates Instructor
Bio will be listed soon.
 
Sky Speaker, Certified Yoga Instructor
I am an Advanced IYI Teacher and Yoga Therapist (focus: Complementary Yoga Therapy), a multiple lineage Reiki Master Teacher, an AMA certified Hypnotist, an Advanced Rapid Eye Technician, and an IYINY mentee in the IYINY Teacher Trainer program. In private / therapeutic sessions, public classes, and various clinics, I teach, practice, and counsel an eight limbed approach, which includes pranic awareness, vibrational resonance therapy, hypnosis, reiki, and more. I aim to bring a simple yet uniquely transformative, and empowering experience and perspective to those I work with.