We have been asked several times ‘Who is the y4c team?’. And its a great question. So we want to use this as a simple introduction to who’s who in the y4c world.
Tari Prinster is a cancer survivor and yoga teacher since 2003. She is the Founder of Yoga4Cancer, LLC (y4c) and the Retreat Project (nonprofit) -businesses that are bringing specialized yoga cancer survivors through classes & retreats. Also she leads a robust teacher training program to help enable yoga teachers to best adapt all styles to fit the unique needs of cancer patients & survivors. For Tari’s full bio, please see here.
Jennifer fell in love with yoga 10 years ago while completing a writing degree at Columbia College Chicago. With a deep interest in natural healing, she attended clinical massage therapy school at the SOMA Institute in Chicago, and was certified in 2007. She then jumped ship and embarked on a two year adventure in Australia, where she received her first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification from Bodymindlife Yoga in Sydney. There, she practiced massage, learned various energy healing modalities, and taught yoga to adults and Children. Jennifer became General Manager of OM yoga in NYC 2011, and there attended her second 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, followed by y4c teacher training. She now very happily serves as y4c General Manager, teaches y4c classes and privates, and also volunteers teaching yoga to families at Edible Schoolyard, Brooklyn. Email me at: email@example.com
Josi is the impostor in this group of yogis. Although she practices yoga personally and believes in its healing physical and emotional benefits, Josi isn’t an instructor. Josi bring the business acumen and organizational strategy to the team to enable efficient and sustainable growth of the program. Her background is in consumer marketing for FTSE brands like Hilton, British Airways and Avis in both London and in New York City. Josi is also Tari’s daughter so their unique, loving and familial approach lead all aspects of the business. Email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mimi Ferraro , RYT - y4c Teacher
Mimi’s first life-changing yoga moment came in Savasana at the end of class at her gym in Manhattan almost 15 years ago: she experienced the profound potential of yoga to calm and open the mind following an asana practice. Physically, yoga was instantly familiar to her. She developed her own highly-truncated home practice to manage lower back pain.
Following her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2006, Mimi was drawn back to yoga, which became her personal barometer — a few minutes or a few asanas into practice, she can tell where she is mentally and physically on any given day. Mimi decided to complete her teacher training specifically to teach people who have/had cancer. Her favorite moments as a teacher come when she introduces students to a new asana that they think they will never be able to do — but then, with diligence, patience and practice, they do it. She obtained her Vinyasa Yoga teaching certification from Frog Lotus Yoga International, and an additional certification in teaching yoga to women who have/had cancer from Tari
Prinster at OM Yoga in NYC (now the yoga4cancer). When she’s not teaching yoga, Mimi sings, writes songs, acts, drinks green smoothies, and hangs out with her two cats. She has an A.B. in English and Theater from Princeton University. More at www.mimiferraro.com.
Eric Pettigrew, RYT, LMT, DSH - y4c Teacher
Originally from Quebec, Eric began his career as a professional dancer and continues to pursue his passion for movement and healing through yoga, massage and homeopathy. Eric is a teacher & practitioner of yoga for nearly 15 years. He is an established and certified homeopath as well as a licensed massage therapist. Eric also participates in the “Urban Zen” integrative therapy program created by Donna Karan, Rodney Yee & Colleen Saidman-Yee. In collaboration with the local cancer support organization, Fighting Chance, Eric offers a yoga class catered for individuals & their caregivers affected by cancer and therefore serving the East End Long Island population of NY. www.holisticlifeworks.com
Jennifer Brilliant, RYT - y4c Teacher
Jennifer Brilliant has 27 years of experience guiding people in athletic, therapeutic and creative movement. Her vast knowledge of the human body is drawn from the Pilates method, the Alexander technique, Kinetic Awareness, meditation instruction in the Shambhala tradition, as well as 10 years as a professional modern dancer with Jennifer Muller/The Works. Since 1989, Jennifer has been teaching one-on-one fitness and yoga in homes and offices throughout New York City.
Jennifer had already been studying yoga for years when she decided it was time to take a teacher training program. She approached Cyndi Lee to ask if she would be interested in teaching her a private teacher training. Cyndi said yes and was ready the next day with the syllabus, reading list and take home test. Soon Jennifer became Director of OM Yoga Center’s Teacher Training programs. Under her careful eye, dozens of graduates became OM-certified yoga teachers. During Teacher Training at OM in 2003, Jennifer met Tari. She is grateful to be learning about y4c with Tari now.
Jennifer teaches all levels of group and private yoga classes in New York City and leads special workshops across the country.
Jennifer is the author of Doga—Yoga for Dogs. She has also contributed to other books, including Joyful Birth—A Spiritual Path To Motherhood and Start Your Own Personal Training Business.
Ani received her yoga teacher training at OM Yoga Center, where she was also a teacher, and is a graduate of the Advanced Studies Program in Anatomy and Breath-Centered Yoga at The Breathing Project. She has studied restorative yoga with Judith Lasater, mindfulness meditation with Larry Rosenberg, and Thai Massage through the Lotus Palm School. Ani is also a writer, and freelances with non-profit arts, education and healthcare organizations as a grantwriter and development consultant. She is honored to be collaborating with Tari Prinster and the y4c team to teach and develop the valuable programs y4c provides. Website: yogawithani.org
Kitty Blincoe, RYT - y4c Teacher
“A calm mind is the investment for success. If you know how to free yourself of tension you know how to solve your problems in life.” says Swami Satyananda Saraswati. A while ago I came across the description “soul nurturer” in reference to parenting, however it struck me as a possibly perfect description for yoga and meditation teachers as well. The ever increasing peace, serenity and unity with life – this nurturing of the soul my practice brings is what I hope to help the world experience. Having reaped benefits of yoga and meditation since my cancer diagnosis in May of 2004, it is my intention to assist others in learning how to empower themselves to better health through developing life coping skills, mindfulness and stress management – one being, one class, one breath at a time. Mindful movement, breath awareness and creative intelligent sequencing drawn from various lineages are key foundations of my classes. Expect an uplifting and fun playlist in a safe and caring environment. “Like a big hug” said one workshop participant.
I am currently obtaining my 300 hour advanced teaching certificate through Yoga Synthesis which draws inspiration from Krishnamacharya’s lineage (B.K.S. Iyengar, Pattabhi Jois, and T.K.V. Desikachar), Classical Hatha Yoga Schools (Shivananda Yoga and Integral Yoga), as well as Kundalini Yoga, as taught by Yogi Bhajan. I am a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists with special training in meditation and therapeutic yoga completed at Duke Integrative Medicine, as well as Kripalu and Om Yoga (with Tari). I am a trained y4c teacher and am certified in Reiki – Level II, Yoga of Awareness, Relax&Renew Restorative Yoga and am a Young Living Essential Oils Distributor/Consultant. I love sharing the beauty of yoga as a teacher trainer and through workshops too. I have taught yoga and meditation to cancer survivors and other populations in both the medical setting and in the studio setting. I am honored and thrilled to be a part of evolving the face of healthcare through the y4c program. For more details visit www.sharanyayoga.com.
Erin found yoga during a time of difficulty, and it transformed her perspective, instilling greater confidence and joy along with improved physical well-being. As a teacher, she is grateful to be able to share the benefits of yoga with students who have been affected by cancer. She teaches intelligent, creatively sequenced classes with attention to alignment, in which she encourages students to approach the practice with mindfulness, curiosity, and compassion. Erin completed a 500 hour teaching certification in vinyasa yoga under the direction of Cyndi Lee, Edward Jones, Joe Miller, and Frank Mauro at OM Yoga Center in New York. She assisted Tari Prinster in cancer survivor classes at OM and completed Tari’s y4c training before going on to teach her own y4c classes both privately and in studios. Additional teaching certifications include restorative yoga, meditation instruction, and prenatal yoga. When not teaching or practicing yoga, Erin works as a writer and educational test developer, and enjoys reading, taking photographs, exploring the city, and eating delicious food.
Michael Laskaris, RYT - Administrative Associate