Meet Our Staff
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.
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.
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.
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.
Digital Manager + 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 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
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.
Rocket 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.
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 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.
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Kundalini Yoga Teacher
Lulu Soni found her love for yoga through her training as a dancer. A firm believer in the power of movement and physical expression, Lulu helps her students connect to their breath, intuition, and the present moment to find a sense of home within the body. Lulu received her 200-hour Vinyasa and Traditional Hot Yoga teacher certifications from Yoga to the People, and completed her 300-hour certification with Jared McCann. She holds a B.F.A. in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College and works as a dancer and choreographer here in NYC. Drawing from her background in movement and her experience as a yoga student and teacher, Lulu guides students toward their untapped potential so they can heal their minds, bodies, and spirits.