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Meet Our Staff

Jared McCann

Founder + Principal Teacher

Jared McCann is an international yoga teacher and holds an advanced E-RYT 500 designation. He is the two time national and 2013 world asana champion.  Jared has studied yoga extensively with Dharma Mittra, Anna Forrest, and Mary Jarvis. He has decades of practice in Ashtanga, Bikram, Dharma, Forrest, and Iyengar yoga combining all disciplines together in his vinyasa series. He continually studies new and old traditions and implements them to both his practice and teachings.

Tony Lupinacci

Founder + Executive Director

Tony Lupinacci is the Executive Director of Lighthouse Yoga School. He is the general manager and runs the school’s operations and business development department. He has had over a decade of business development experience in beauty and fashion, managing and directing teams for some of the most recognized luxury brands in the world. Tony is a successful entrepreneur and has been managing Jared McCann Yoga since its inception. He is proud to lead the team at Lighthouse.

Tony has had over 500 hours of teacher training and has spent nearly a decade studying with Jared. He is passionate about teaching the family of students and teachers at Lighthouse. His classes are fun, dynamic, and uplifting.

Samara Speller

Work-Study Manager + Teacher

Originally a dancer, Samara Speller has always had a love for the discipline, creativity, and healing power of movement practices. She has completed over 500 hours of training in various yoga systems including Vinyasa, Forrest, and Katonah yoga. With the belief that a great teacher is always first and foremost a student, she continues to practice daily and study with her mentors.

Samara believes yoga is one of the greatest tools we have for self-renovation. She has trained specifically in leading therapeutic private sessions, especially for students with common injuries or chronic pain. Samara believes that the goal of a good adjustment (as well as the practice, in general) is always to change the student’s frame of reference and to provide them with an insight.

She has been teaching at Lighthouse Yoga School since its inception and currently manages its Work Study program.

Aviad Sasi

Studio Manager + Teacher

Aviad Sasi began his 26 + 2 practice as a way to further his career as a surfer but quickly discovered the benefits of yoga in itself. 
Soon after, he completed his Bikram training in Los Angeles in 2012 and has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher since. 
Choosing to deepen his practice and widen his horizons, Aviad continued his studies in other forms of yoga, meticulously developing his own identity as a thoughtful and curious teacher with a keen eye for bodies and their own physical uniqueness. Aviad has a natural awareness for alignment, balance and breath. He approaches yoga with a thirst for knowledge and eagerness to pass that knowledge along to his students. 

Aviad has been greatly guided by his teachers: Mary Jarvis, Jared McCann, Yoshio Hama, Erin Vaughan, and Michael Guiou. 

Aviad is a Bikram certified teacher. He has received a 500 hour vinyasa training with Lighthouse Yoga School’s Jared McCann and worked as assistant to Ashtanga level 2 certified Michael Guiou at Bleecker Street Ashtanga.

Henry Winslow

Digital Manager + Teacher

Henry Winslow resisted stepping into the role of yoga teacher for many years. To Henry, the practice was something sacred and powerful that he wouldn’t risk compromising by forcing it into a profession. But after several years of committed and disciplined practice, the yoga cut away his illusions about what life he should be living and steered him onto the path.
 
Henry has completed 500 hours of structured teacher training with Jared McCann and Lighthouse Yoga School, as well as thousands of hours of self-study through breath, sweat, and reflection on the mat. Apart from Jared, some major influences on his yogic development and teaching have been Gloria Suen (who developed his asana practice), Gabriel Tavera (who gave, nay, thrusted up him his first teaching gig), and Tim Ferriss (who taught him that time is his most precious resource). Henry believes you can acquire or create anything you want in this life, so long as you can get genuinely interested in the process.

Rebecca Causey

Yoga Teacher

Rebecca Causey is a lifelong student of movement and has taught Hatha yoga for over 10 years. Also a Pilates teacher, she intertwines Pilates principles in yoga class to help her students develop strength, avoid injury, and develop a more comprehensive understanding of their body and practice. Rebecca primarily teaches private lessons and loves working one on one with students to help them find more precision and depth in their practice as well as relief from chronic pain.

Constant curiosity about the intersection of our lived and anatomical bodies led her to complete several anatomy courses including Kinesthetic Anatomy and Biomechanics of Motion with Irene Dowd, and a Fascial Dissection Lab with Tom Meyers. She has completed over 2500 hours of training in various yoga and Pilates methods including Bikram Yoga, Tony Sanchez Yoga, and JM Vinyasa. Rebecca’s mission is to help students connect with their strength, flexibility, mobility and breath in a way that serves them in their practice and beyond.

Veronica Lombo

Yoga Teacher

Veronica Lombo is a teacher with a powerful heart. She has battled chronic depression for half her life, but over a decade of practicing and teaching yoga and meditation, she has identified the most powerful tools available for learning accountability and self-compassion. Veronica graduated from Bikram Yoga Teacher Training in 2009 and has completed 500 hours of teacher training with Jared McCann. She is dedicated to helping others face themselves, embrace their challenges as springboards for growth, and take everything one step at a time.

Rose Erin Vaughan

Yoga Teacher

Rose Erin Vaughan, MSAc, is creator and lead of Science of Self Yoga Trainings based in NYC. Rose Erin is a seasoned Acupuncturist and Trigger Point Therapist, Yoga teacher & Anatomy specialist. She holds a Master of Science in Acupuncture, a BS in Biology, published 2 books on the subject of Yoga and Meridians, & has led numerous trainings and intensives in Yoga worldwide. She studied extensively with master Yogi Sri Dharma Mittra. Her training in a variety of modalities, techniques, sciences and philosophies has helped her to establish a contemporary and unique approach to heal people on an individualized basis in the New York City Metropolitan area & worldwide.

Michael Guiou

Ashtanga Yoga Teacher

Michael Guiou is one of Lighthouse’s senior teachers. He is 500-hr E-RYT certified, and is an authorized Ashtanga teacher (one of the few in the world), graduating from the Krishna Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in  Mysore, India. He continues his studies each year, and travels to India to study with R. Sharath Jois. Michael is a yoga history and philosophy scholar, and has expertise in sanskrit. He has studied extensively with Dr. MA Jayashree, MA Narasimhan in Mysore, India, Dr. Edwin Bryant, and Srivatsa Ramaswami. 

Michael teaches weekly led Ashtanga and regularly subs for Jared. His classes are often filled with humor and personality; he believes that although students should put forth work and effort into their practice, the practice itself should not be approached dogmatically.

Yoshio Hama

Rocket Yoga Teacher

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Riji Suh

Yoga Teacher

Riji Suh has been teaching yoga for the last twelve years of her life.  Her practice journey has roots in the asana lineages of Bikram, Dharma Mittra, and the Ghosh 84 Asana series.  Riji was born in Seoul, South Korea, and together with her brother, was raised in Baghdad, Iraq and finally, New York City, USA.  From her off-campus time at Colgate University, she has maintained a deep connection to the people of the Tesuque Nation in Santa Fe, NM.  Teaching yoga has brought her to New Mexico, Hawaii, among many other states, as well as Denmark, Italy, and Costa Rica.  Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean are her home away from home.  Brooklyn, NY is her happy home base, and she is blessed to keep her creative anchor through her growing work on both sides of the fashion and media lens. Riji and Jared have been friends since meeting in Hawaii in 2007, and it is so special for her to share the practice of yoga in his Lighthouse Yoga School.

Mila Byeon

Yoga Teacher

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Chauncie Parchment

Yoga Teacher

Chauncie Parchment is an 1100-hr certified hot and vinyasa yoga teacher. He has studied Hatha, vinyasa, Bikram, advanced Bikram, Dharma, Kundalini and Kriya yoga.  He’s studied under Jared McCann, Rose Erin Vaughan and Yoshio Hama. Chauncie originally studied Dance & Theatre for 11 years with American Ballet Theatre, Dance Theatre of Harlem, Creative Outlet Dance Theatre of Brooklyn, Complexions Contemporary company and Fiorella H.Laguardia High School where he studied Dance & Theatre for 4 years. He continues to further his knowledge by studying herbal medicine, history, jiu jitsu, and capoeira. Chauncie is a firm believer in studying so he can be of better service to his community. He seeks to spark inspiration within his students to create internal change. He travels every year to deepen his understanding of cultures and their traditions.

Alexandra Peter

Yoga Teacher

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Tracy Noh

Yoga Teacher

Tracy, a former gymnast and frantic gym-rat, was introduced to yoga and meditation in graduate school. Tracy’s professor would lead a few minutes of mindfulness and simple yoga poses to re-energize tired, stressed students during long evening lectures, a practice that Tracy found surprisingly impactful. With a new appreciation for slowing down to enjoy the present moment, Tracy began to weave yoga into her gym routines and experienced profound improvements in both her mental and physical well-being, and found a mind-body connection that she never knew existed.

Tracy believes that the practice of yoga and meditation, with careful attention to alignment and breath, increases strength and flexibility not just physically, but also to balance and connect the physical body to its mind and soul. Her teaching style is thoughtful and accessible to all levels, rooted in the belief that a balanced practice can only be built through openness, consistency, and patience.

Tracy earned her teaching certification in New York City from Yoga to the People and Jared McCann Yoga, also serving as the Program Coordinator for the very first Jared McCann Yoga Teacher Training, helping develop and grow the program from when it was just a tiny seed! 

Sangah Park

Yoga Teacher

Sangah started practicing Bikram Yoga around 2011 and received her first yoga certification (hot yoga) from Yoga To The People. Since then, she has received certifications in various styles of yoga, which include Vinyasa (Jared Mccain), Therapeutic, Prenatal, and Hatha (Dharma). Her focus is always to create a safe space for students to build their strength and discover their potential.

Sangah created United Yoga in 2016 after enlightenment through Kriya practice. United Yoga is based on Kriya practice to help students build stamina and better focus to reach their potential. She is now leading United Yoga workshops, retreats, and teacher trainings in Korea, Thailand and Japan.

She focuses mostly on teaching breathing exercises that relate to Bandhas and which blend into Asana practice. Anatomy is one of her passions and she loves providing anatomical explanations and insights. 

Abhaijot Kaur

Kundalini Yoga Teacher

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Amanbir Singh

Kundalini Yoga Teacher

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