Kent Yoga & Bodyworks | Our Teachers

Our Teachers

Kent Yoga & Bodyworks Yoga

ALINA HERNANDEZ | is a certified teacher with Yoga Alliance (500 R.Y.T.). She has been teacher certified by renowned instructor Rodney Yee, by Richard Rozen, contributing editor for Yoga Journal, and Jimamukti trained Collen Saidmain. Alina’s training also includes work with Dr. Jamie Naughright, athletic trainer for professional athletes and dynamic anatomy teacher, as well as Anatomy workshops at the Iyengar Institute in NYC. She is featured in the cover of the Mayo Clinic and Gaiam integrated health videos. Alina has a background in dance, she began her career with American Ballet Theater. After 12 years with ABT she joined the Broadway cast of Phantom of the Opera.


Kent Yoga & Bodyworks Tai Chi

VINCENT CANDELA | Vinny turned to the martial aspects and health benefits of T'ai Chi Ch'uan 15 years ago when his body started showing signs of damage from a life long practice of weight lifting. He studied the Shao-ling based Ch'ang-Shih T'ai Chi Ch'uan where he focused on the T'ai chi long form, T'ai chi sword, push hands and basic shao-lin kung fu. Several years ago, Vinny switched styles to the "softer" art of Wu style T'ai Chi Ch'uan. He trains extensively with Master Wendy Shih to perfect his T'ai Chi short form, long form, quick form, and study Wu style Pa-Qua and push hands. T'ai Chi has enabled Vinny to feel healthier and stronger and provides a rigorous, but gentle, workout. He is committed to teaching others about the health and healing benefits of the Wu style T'ai Chi Ch'uan.


Kent Yoga & Bodyworks Iyengar Yoga

JEANNE-MARIE DERRICK | Jeanne-Marie Derrick is certified in Iyengar Yoga and has been practicing and teaching in this method since 1984. She has a strong background in yoga therapeutics and has conducted teacher training courses and retreats in the US, Canada, Asia and the Caribbean. She wrote a practice guide called Yoga for Menstruation in which is detailed a description and outline of suggested yoga poses specifically designed for use during, before and after menstruation with recommendations of postures for other issues and concerns that may arise. She is currently working in the NYC area at the Iyengar Yoga Institute, Yoga Union Center for Back Care and Scoliosis, Yoga Sutra and Yogasana as well as teaching privately.


Kent Yoga & Bodyworks Andrew Goldman

ANDREW GOLDMAN | After receiving a B.S. from Cornell University with a major in nutritional biochemistry, Andrew graduated from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1989 where he was an undergraduate fellow in Anatomy and Osteopathic Principles and Practice. He completed a residency in family practice at Warren Hospital in Phillipsburg, NJ where he also served as chief resident during his senior year. He certified in Family Practice in 1992 and in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in 1994. Andrew teaches Osteopathic students and physicians throughout the United States and has also taught in Great Britain, Belgium, Germany and New Zealand. Dr. Goldman practices traditional Osteopathic diagnosis and treatment in a solo practice setting in Sharon, CT since 1992. Recently he opened a second practice location in Great Barrington, MA.


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Dr. Manjula Paul is from Kerala, India - the homeland of Ayurveda. Her family has practiced Ayurveda for three generations and they were royal Vaidyas (doctors) for the royal family of South India. She studied Ayurvedic medicine for 8-1/2 years, and hold degrees BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) and M.D. (Master's Degree, Doctor of Medicine) in Ayurveda from the prestigious University of Kerala, India. Before coming to USA she was an Ayurvedic chief medical officer in the Sitaram Ayurvedic Hospital and Pharmacy, in Kerala. Dr. Paul has been practicing Ayurveda for 21 years. Mrs. Paul is also a NY state licensed Esthetician and a registered Yoga teacher, (RYT) in ISHTA style (Integrated Science of Hatha, Thantra, and Ayurveda). She now runs a successful Ayurvedic Center in Mamaroneck, NY, and also sees clients at Ishta Yoga Studio, Manhattan. She lives in Westchester with her husband and son.At present Manjula is also studying Acupuncture in order to further understand other Eastern modalities in the art of healing. To learn more, please visit her website


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Marcela Clavijo, a Certified Junior Intermediate 1 Iyengar Teacher, has studied with the Iyengar Family in Pune and studies with Manuoso Manos and Patricia Walden. Since 1995, she has been listening to her teacher, Khenpo Pema Wangdak speak of matters that have become increasingly important to her. In 2003, she received novice ordination and instruction from Chokye Trichen Rinpoche in Nepal. She has done meditation retreats at Pema T'sal Monastery in Nepal and at Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia. She is indescribably grateful to HH Dalai Lama and HH Sakya Trizin for their profound Root Teachings, and inspired by the example and instruction she has received from Venerables Robina Courtin, Tenzin Palmo, and Pema Chodron.