Our Team

All of our Leading Yoga instructors are committed to optimizing your yoga experience. Our instructors teach Zoom sessions, meet individually with students, conduct off-site at corporate events, and lead yoga teacher training certification coursework.

If you are new to yoga, ask any Leading Yoga team members to assist you to get started with your yoga journey. Our teachers are here if you have questions so just ask us.

Jennifer Smeddy

Director, Lead Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Jenifer Smeddy began her yoga journey looking for a way to quiet her mind and assist with her anxiety. She found solace in yoga and has a thirst to help others learn the benefits of yoga; helping your mind, body and spirit. Her formal yoga training occurred in India where she received her YTT. While living in India, she studied traditional Hatha yoga and the yogic sciences. Jennifer has experience teaching Hatha, restorative, yin and chair yoga asanas, pranayama, and meditation. Yoga has shown Jennifer how to approach life in an open and honest way. With yoga in her life she is able to achieve a sense of ease and acceptance she never thought possible. Choosing this yogic path has changed her life completely and left her more accepting of herself and the nature of reality than she ever thought possible. Her life has transformed because of her daily yoga practice and she is excited to help others on their yoga journey with Leading Yoga.

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Anupam Raman

Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Anu takes a personal and individualized approach to teaching yoga, influenced by her own experience as a practitioner of Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga. She has been practicing since she was 11 years old and has spent time in India soaking up the philosophy. The basis of her teaching philosophy is that yoga is a lifestyle and can benefit everyone. Her classes focus on breath and movement to benefit the practitioner. She is committed to being intuitive, compassionate, and non-judgmental in her teaching.

Andrea Toro

Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Andrea discovered yoga while attending college in New Jersey. She fell in love with the practice instantly and knew she wanted to become an instructor. Andrea went after her dream of teaching and enrolled in a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program with Yoga and Ayurveda Center. She completed her training and shortly after started teaching chair yoga, classes for kids, and gentle yoga for all ages. Her approach to yoga gives students an opportunity to clear their minds, breathe, and relax during classes.

Katrin Mersch

Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Katrin has 20 years of experience as an actress, dancer and singer. She has her 500hr Teacher Training 2014-15. She has lived and worked in Europe and the US and enjoys traveling. She integrates all of her life experiences on and off stage and on and off the mat into her yoga/mindfulness classes. With the help of asanas (positions), pranayama (breathing exercises)and meditation (mindfulness) she supports yogis and yoginis of all ages and fitness levels to
find a way to their own true Self. Katrin creates a safe environment and encourages you to explore your own breath and to learn from your body sensations. She gives you the tools to strengthen your self confidence in order to be able to face every day challenges. Her favorite Mantra is: ‘The path is the goal.'

Shalyni Paiyappilly

Meditation & Reiki Instructor

Shalyni is a NY State Licensed Psychotherapist, Certified Life Coach, Registered Yoga / Meditation Teacher, Sound Vibration Facilitator, Reiki Practitioner, and a Singer.

Shalyni felt a calling at a young age to share her presence and her voice to help those in distress. She believes it is her mission to inspire peace in others. She currently works full time providing psycho-therapy at a private practice group. Additionally, she offers meditation, yoga, and sound vibration sessions in various NYC locations.

Jane McIntosh

Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Jane began her exploration with yoga through suggestions for alleviating her chronic back pain. Amazed at the difference a few postures made, her practice grew serious and her love for yoga philosophy intensified, truly changing her outlook on life. Yoga found its way into all aspects of her life and her heart. With a career as a health educator, fitness professional, and yoga teacher, yoga continues to influence her life both on and off the mat.

She continues to pursue education in yoga and the healing arts for a deep understanding of therapeutics. Her classes are a mixture of her various training on breath and alignment principles. A balance of vigor, restoration, and renewal. Jane loves teaching to every level helping to facilitate her strong belief that yoga is truly for everybody and every body type. Strongly grateful to all of her teachers too many to mention and her students who teach her so many life lessons.

Brittnye Webb-Earl

Yoga Instructor

Brittnye Webb-Earl began her yoga journey at 15 years old after a knee injury in high school led to a physical therapist introducing her to the practice. From there she became fascinated with not only the practice of asanas but the yogi lifestyle as a whole. At that point, Brittnye knew she wanted to introduce others to the spiritual, mental, and physical benefits of yoga. After practicing for many years and taking a plethora of classes with friends and family she decided to take the leap into formally teaching by acquiring her YTT 200-hour training with Leading Yoga. Her goal is to positively impact the lives of those in her community by introducing yoga to as many as are open to trying it.