Beth has been an administrator in the non-profit sector for more than 25 years and a yoga practitioner for more than 35. Before coming to Lineage in February 2009, she was the director of a juvenile justice organization where she increased the budget tenfold.
Recognized for her expertise in the mental health field, Beth has led workshops, served on panels and moderated national conferences. She has also published several articles and a book chapter describing methods for replicating the nationally-recognized service delivery model she created for youth re-entering the community after incarceration.
Beth graduated from Simmons College with a Master’s degree in Social Work in 1973 and was certified in executive management from Columbia University’s School of Business in 2003.
Jeramy came to Lineage as a volunteer in 2005 after many years working with at-risk youth as a dancer and choreographer. She began doing administrative work for Lineage in 2007. Jeramy is a yoga teacher certified through OM Yoga Center in New York City, and she sees her work with Lineage as a path fusing her prior work with her yoga practice.
Chia-Ti is a certified yoga teacher and Thai body worker. She received her certification in yoga therapy from the Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana in Bangalore, India, in 2003. She is also trained in classical hatha yoga through the Sivananda Vedanta Yoga Camp and in Yin Yoga with Victor Chang. She has taught yoga in Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her passion is working with teenagers, and she teaches in public high schools, foster care, alternate-to-incarceration sites and juvenile detention centers. Chia-Ti believes that yoga fosters confidence, peace and creativity, empowering people to make healthy choices.
Bart van Melik
Bart developed and ran educational programs with youth, refugees and immigrants in the Netherlands before moving to New York City in 2008. His teacher, Joseph Goldstein, introduced him to The Lineage Project, where he began as a volunteer and was hired in 2010 as a rehabilitation counselor. Bart holds a Master’s degree in the Psychology of Culture and Religion from the Nijmegen University in The Netherlands. He is inspired by the wisdom and compassion of the youth he teaches.
Joshua Bee Alafia
Joshua has been working with youth empowerment projects since 1996, teaching Capoeira, filmmaking, Tai Chi, Qigong, Muay Thai and meditation. He began volunteering with Lineage in 2011 at the suggestion of his mentor and meditation teacher, Gina Sharpe, and he now teaches at high schools and alternate-to-incarceration sites. He received a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and film from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Joshua is interested in exploring new ways to bring mindfulness into daily awareness.
Teacher and Social Work Intern
Rebecca loves sharing yoga practices with young people facing challenges in their lives. In 2005, she received her 200-hour certification from Jhon Tmayo and Sabina Stahl at Atmananda, a New York City studio focusing on a vigorous Vinyasa practice. She received her 300-hour certification from Amy Matthews at The Breathing Project, where she focused on anatomy, yoga therapy, and a slower and gentler method of practice. Rebecca also has certifications in Thai Yoga Bodywork, Reiki energy healing and hypnosis. She is currently training to be a psychotherapist, with the intention of integrating psychology with mind-body and energy healing modalities.
Since completing her 200-hour and prenatal yoga teacher trainings in 2007, Leslie has taught in many different at-risk communities, finding her calling to teach yoga and meditation to incarcerated youth through Lineage. She is now involved in leading the Lineage teacher trainings. She has also facilitated a mindfulness-based intervention with adolescents on Riker’s Island for two years through New York University, and has taught with the Prison Yoga Project in Northern California. She teaches a seven-week training in yoga and activism through Off the Mat, Into the World, and has recently undertaken a 350-hour training at California’s Spirit Rock Meditation Center.
Stephan W. Kolbert
A native New Yorker, Stephan is an educator, yoga teacher and integrative therapist who uses yoga, Reiki, aromatherapy, nutritional counseling and Thai body work. He has spent more than two decades working with diverse populations including those experiencing homelessness and incarceration. He has worked with clients from small children to the elderly, including those who are hospitalized or receiving palliative care. Stephan holds a 500-hour certificate with Yoga Alliance. He has completed the 500-hour Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program, where he now serves as a mentor. He holds a master’s in counseling and guidance from New York University. He has worked with Lineage since 2007.
Daniela Colaianni Poe
Daniela was born and raised in Italy, where she found yoga through her theater studies at age 15. She immediately loved how yoga combines peaceful, non-competitive practice with an opportunity for creative self-expression, and it quickly became an indispensible part of her life. Daniela holds a Master’s degree in Performing Arts and teaches yoga to children, teenagers and adults, including moms-to-be and new mothers. She has taught yoga in Italian public schools and currently teaches in New York City public schools.
Amy is dedicated to sharing the practice of yoga in ways that reflect her own heartfelt inquiry and practice. She received her first 200-hour certification with Integral Yoga in 2004 and completed an Anusara teacher training in 2009. She offers yoga to a diverse range of students including NYC public school teachers and students, NYU and Fordham students, nurses, athletes, musicians, pre-schoolers, foster parents and seniors. She teaches at MindBodySoulYoga in Washington Heights, Bread & Yoga in Inwood and CAP21 Conservatory, as well as with the Lineage Project. Her teaching reflects her belief that the deepest wisdom lies within, and that every mind, body and heart possesses the innate ability to heal.
Grace has been teaching yoga, dance and meditation for more than seven years. A Brooklyn native, she is dedicated to giving back to her community. She has been a counselor for adults with disabilities with the Brooklyn Bureau of Community Services and is the owner and director of Move With Grace yoga studio in downtown Brooklyn. She sees working with Lineage as an extension of her commitment to spread opportunity in an urban environment. Her inspiration comes from more than 25 years studying movement and choreography and seeing the youth in her community flourish using movement and meditation techniques.
Ani has developed a breath-based core strength training and a yoga series for singers. She teaches at OM Yoga Center, and is a graduate of OM as well as Leslie Kaminoff’s advanced yoga anatomy program. She has studied mindfulness meditation with Larry Rosenberg, restorative yoga with Judith Lasater and Thai massage through the Lotus Palm School. Ani is also a freelance grant writer for nonprofit arts, education and alternative health organizations. She holds a bachelor’s degree in literature and fiction writing from Bard College.