OUR DIRECTORS & LEAD INSTRUCTORS
Lyra is an experienced, registered and certified yoga instructor (E-RYT500).
She received her initial 200 hour certification through Lotus Gardens Yoga School in 2017, and in 2021 she received her 300 hour certification through Tibet House US & Menla’s Vajra Yoga Teacher Training under the tutelage of Dr. Robert A.F. Thurman, Dr. Nida Chenagtsang, Michele Loew. Richard Freeman, & Mary Taylor.
Her classes blend classical Hatha and Ashtanga sequencing with meditation techniques to inspire the wish to deliberately create the most meaningful life possible for oneself and for others. She has had the honor of teaching in a variety of settings from local studios and gyms to Forbes 5 Star & Relais & Chateaux resorts and spas.
Lyra is committed to remaining a life long learner in order to better serve those around her. In 2020, she received a SEE Learning™ certification; a K-12 education program for Social, Emotional, and Ethical learning created by Emory University in collaboration with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Currently, Lyra has the pleasure of studying with Dr. Thurman for a second time, participating in his "Vajra Yoga through the Buddha's Three Vehicles" course. She is also enrolled in Michele Loew's Clear Light Yoga Nidra teacher training and looks forward to sharing this practice publicly upon completion.
In creating Diamond Yoga School, Lyra's hope is to inspire each trainee to dive deeper into their yogic practices and emerge feeling ready to share their knowledge, skill and passion with others.
Maji is an experienced, registered and certified yoga instructor (E-RYT200).
In 2017, he traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal on a spiritual pilgrimage. It was here that he decided to deepen his relationship to the yogic sciences. Maji received his initial 200 hour certification through the Nepal Yoga Academy under the tutelage of Dr. Chintimani Gautam, focusing his study on the Classical/Sanatan style of yoga, elements of which he still weaves into his classes today. This approach to the practice is as outlined in the traditional texts of the Hatha Pradipika, Gheranda, and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
Maji also has an extensive background in recording and performing arts. He spent nearly a decade in New York City enjoying a career as an independent signer/songwriter and had the opportunity to collaborate with artists such as Devo Springsteen, Ro James, Kreesha Turner, Andrea McArdle, Cybill Shepard, and MTV'S Making The Band Ankh Ra Amenhetep.
This experience and passion for music helped to nurture his deep appreciation for mantra, chanting, and pranayama.
Maji encourages students to increase flexibility and strength – physically, emotionally, and mentally - through his upbeat and always encouraging attitude.
In creating Diamond Yoga School, Maji looks forward to sharing his experience of learning yogic tradition and philosophy from the East and blending it with Westernized yogic practices.