Lightrail Yoga Teachers

Our outstanding teachers are the core of our community. Certified teachers, each of our instructors is committed to deepening their studies, growing as teachers and guiding their students along the path of self-discovery. They are inspired by and instruct from their own practice — experimenting, innovating and sharing with you what they discover.

Benjamin Smielowitz

Benjamin Smielowitz’s upbringing in a tight-knit Jewish community in New York instilled him with a curiosity about spirituality which eventually led him to begin searching for more purpose and meaning early on in his life. In his 20s, he began studying meditational practices in Brooklyn, and it was through these experiences that he serendipitously found himself in the studio of Sri Dharma Mittra at The Dharma Yoga Center in NYC. There, he was an assistant and an apprentice of Sri Dharma Mittra and came to understand much about the scientific and spiritual resonance of yogic practices. He received his E-RYT 200 and 500 certification from The Dharma Yoga Center in NYC.

Radha-Krishna Lila

Radha-Krishna Lila (Cristiane Silva) is a native Brazilian who after receiving her law degree at UFRJ, decided to forego practicing law to pursue her passions through a career as a professional dancer and dance teacher. She first encountered yogic practices through the teachings of Bhakti Yoga where she fell in love with mantra and song. At the time, Radha was a professional dance teacher and dancer who toured internationally to Japan, Korea and the USA. It wasn’t until her career brought her to the US that Radha began to deepen her yogic practices by studying Hatha Yoga. In 2009, she encountered the renowned master yogi, Sri Dharma Mittra, whom she began to study closely with. Under his guidance, she received her E-RYT 500 certification from The Dharma Yoga Center in NYC.

 

Christine Gagen

Christine took her first Ashtanga yoga class twenty years ago and was instantly hooked and at home on her mat. She continues to deepen her practice through a mix of styles—Vinyasa, Iyengar, Restorative, AromaYin. She teaches in Miami, NYC, and on the North Fork of Long Island, where she is from. Christine is certified at the 200 hour level from The Giving Tree Yoga Studio in Astoria, NY. She completed her 500hr OM Yoga Certification with Cyndi Lee in 2016. She is also certified to teach Pilates mat and machine, and Gyrotonics.
The heart of yoga for Christine is the fact that it is a constant practice in which, every day, every breath, every pose and sequence is a new experience. Being connected to one’s body through mindful movement is a commitment to wholeness and to honoring our true selves. She loves composing each class based on the requests and needs of the individuals present while encouraging the balance of ease and strength.

 

Paula Moller

Paula, is a true believer to build movement into your life!
She has been in the fitness industry since 2008. As a certified personal trainer she has been training clients getting them not only fit ,but educated them to use their bodies mindfully. With an extensive knowledge of anatomy she started practicing yoga to connect more deeply and in different way with her body and mind. Her true love for yoga started to flourish, completing  her RYT200 with  Lightrailyoga becoming an avid student of Radha and Benjamin.
Her classes combined a creative sequences, a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspirations to move freely. Either you are 20 years or 90 years old, she will awake your inner athlete finding your freedom on movement, nurturing your body and reclaiming your magic.

Alicia La Grave

Alicia's first encounter with yoga was 16 years ago and was a visual one. Looking through gym windows, she felt an immediate connection without knowing that it was yoga, her new passion to come. Since then, she has been practicing and exploring different yoga styles, such as Anusara, with the late Peter Barber and Luciana Feltrin, and Skanda Yoga with Ken “Anand” Von Roem lll and Lina “Sadhana “ Vallejos. In 2010, she completed her 200 -Hr certification at Yoga Mukta with Bonnie Guevara. In 2017, she completed her 300-Hr certification at Lightrail Yoga with Radha Krishna Lila and Benjamin Smielowitz. Her teachers have left a monumental mark on her lifestyle. This has grounded her physically, emotionally, and spiritually. As a wife, mother, and a grandmother of four, she has the heart and the undying willingness to give and to share her knowledge and experiences with yoga. Born and raised in Venezuela, from Chinese descend, Alicia feels genuine joy exploring all the aspects of yoga. She honors the unique characteristics and capacities of each individual and consequently demonstrating that yoga is, in fact, for everyone, and that its benefits should be experienced by all. For Alicia, all these years of yoga practice have brought amazing personal achievements. Now, her journey goes on with the intact enthusiasm of the first day.

Marian Marval

Objective: To develop a path as a yoga teacher in order to help others to bloom in their own experiences and paths. Teaching with knowledge, responsibility and curiosity to people how to realize the importance of living a healthy and spiritual life.

Work experience

Kennedy Park/February 2016 to current

Vinyasa flow, Sundays 10:00am. Guiding a yoga practice open to all levels. The class start with a few minutes of yoga philosophy conversation with the students, and then the physical practice.

Vita Studio/February 20017 until July 2017

Gentle yoga stretch, Fridays 7:00pm. Guiding sequences focused on stretching and strengthening the muscles holding the poses for longer breathings. During the classes I focused on alignment and give the students the opportunity to relax their bodies in more basics poses. This class it was designed for yoga beginners and people with lesions.

Education experience

Yoga Wisdom Training Workshop, with Doug Keller. Farmington Hills, Michigan, April 26-30 2017.

Certification 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Rina Jakubowicz. Miami, Florida, December 2016.

Master Degree in Investigative Journalism. Florida International University, December 2009.

Lourdes “Lulu” Sanchez

Lourdes “Lulu” Sanchez had been practicing yoga over twelve years. As a student of
Anamargret Sanchez, Lulu was moved to pursue teacher training (RYT-200) at Daily Offering. Yoga with Yogarupa Rod Stryker. Once immersed in her studies and practice, she was especially drawn to the modalities of Yoga Therapy and Restorative Yoga and pursued additional certification (RYT-500) with Aum Home Shala under the guidance of Lori Nadel and Melinda Atkins. She is a member of the Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT). Lulu has taught Hatha and Restorative styles of yoga for ten years while pursuing her studies with additional excellent teachers. She received anatomy and Restorative Yoga instruction from Judith Hanson Lasater at Kripalu Center, Massachusetts. Her studies are grounded in the Sri Vidya Tantric tradition of the Himalayan Institute, in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, and she has benefitted from the wisdom of teachers like Pandit Ragmani Tigunait, Rolf Sovik, Ph.D., and Ghada Osman, Ph.D.As a teacher, Lulu’s focus is on the release and liberation that can be achieved by delving into the connection between body, mind, and breath.  Guiding sequences focused on stretching and strengthening the muscles holding the poses for longer breathing's. During the classes I focused on alignment and give the students the opportunity to relax their bodies in more basics poses. This class it was designed for yoga beginners and people with lesions.

Education experience

Yoga Wisdom Training Workshop, with Doug Keller. Farmington Hills, Michigan, April 26-30 2017.

Certification 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Rina Jakubowicz. Miami, Florida, December 2016.

Master Degree in Investigative Journalism. Florida International University, December 2009.

Jeff Atkins

A native of Florida, Jeff was introduced in his early twenties to meditation and the energy healing practice of Reiki. After meeting a very inspirational yoga teacher in early 2014, he adopted a vegetarian lifestyle, and a year later reluctantly attended a free community yoga class. He was hooked in no time, and quite obsessed with handstands! After three years of persistently developing his pranayama and asana practice, Jeff completed a month-long immersion teacher training in the Bahamas, and was awarded the title of Yoga Siromani by the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre. Always striving to center his life on the principle of ahimsa (non-harming), he finds tremendous joy and peace in sharing the teachings and practice of yoga, as well as the value of living vegan. While continuing to develop his personal sadhana, he recently began teaching yoga in Miami and Fort Lauderdale.

 

Alex Kupi

Alex has been immersed in the world of fitness and nutrition for over five years now. Always finding new ways to sweat, Alex has experience in strength training, HIIT workouts, body-weight training and more. After years of hesitation and much encouragement, she walked into her first vinyasa class. Alex immediately fell in love with yoga, not only for the numerous physical benefits, but also the mental and emotional benefits. Inspired to deepen her practice, Alex completed her RYT200 hr certification at Lightrail Yoga, becoming a passionate student of Radha and Benjamin. She now finds yoga as an amazing balance between relaxing the mind, grounding the body, and key to living a healthy lifestyle. She believes practicing yoga not only helps people grow stronger and more flexible, but also allows them to step off of the mat refreshed and balanced. In her classes, Alex combines fun sequencing for a powerful class applying her knowledge of strength training. A firm believer that yoga can benefit everyone, she hopes to share her practice with others so that they too can become stronger, more mindful, and fearless. Alex continues to practice and teach yoga in Coral Gables as she finishes up her Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Miami.