About the Staff

April Yakaboski

April is the founder and owner of Aerial Fitness and Hot Yoga Studio. Fitness has been April's passion for her whole life. A native of the East End of Long Island, she would skip out of school early to attend Laura and Patricks famous Step II classes in Hampton Bays back in the '90's. Laura and Patrick were her first exercise inspiration. From there she pursued her passion for health and alternative wellness at Trinity College where she obtained her certification as a Traditional Naturopath. She attended the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City for certification as Holistic Health Counselor. She earned certification in TRX levels I and II and she is a Joschi Yoga certified yoga instructor. April studied Aerial Arts with Ivo Guervieve (a former Cirque du Soleil performer) at MMAC in New York City. Continuing her education in 2013 by completing 50 hours achieving her BROGA certification and her Personal Trainer Certificate in June 2013. April continues to keep A.F.H.Y on the cutting edge with her latest addition of Tava Paddle Boards designed specifically for her Paddle Yoga & Fitness on the water Classes! Paddle Board Classes & rentals offered from May- October to keep you in shape and having fun!.

Bringing her wellness, nutrition and fitness interests together, she founded Aerial Fitness and Hot Yoga. April wanted to create a special place that was innovative and fun, wholistic and cutting edge - something that did not exist before Aerial Fitness and Hot Yoga came to town. April teaches a variety of classes and is constantly cultivating new fitness and wellness programs. She brings her Naturopathic knowledge into her teaching for a well balanced curriculum that always keeps the whole body and mind in consideration.

Yoga

  • Christina Farrell, BS, LMT

    Christina is a licenced massage therapist in practice for 22 years. She is certified in Traditional Thai Massage and teaches an inspirational Vinyasa style yoga that incorporates both the physical and spiritual aspects of yoga. She draws on her deep knowledge of the body and its energy paths in her teaching. Her students benefit from the clarity of her explanations in class. Her restorative yoga class is a great foundation in the fundamentals of yoga that will leave you feeling energized and inspired.

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  • Jessica

    Jessica teaches a spiritually grounding practice of Vinyasa that ranges from a gentle to vigorous flow. She encourages the use of slow, consistent breath to move gracefully from one pose to the next and provides adjustments that allow for a safe practice and the opportunity for spiritual, mental and physical growth. She encourages her students to take the lessons they learn on their mat into their lives, and allows them space to explore themselves on a deeper level. Coming from an athletic (over two decades of soccer) and spiritual background, she provides a good balance for the mind and body. Jessica has been practicing and studying yoga for over 10 years and teaching since May of 2012. She feels blessed to have the chance to share the many amazing benefits of a Vinyasa practice with her students.

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  • Laura Single

    AFAA certified TRX Trainer. CEU in step, spin,yoga and more. Health and fitness is a passion I have enjoyed for over 20 years. Teaching and seeing people get results with mind and body, is the best achievement of my job.

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  • Shana Heatley

    Shana Heatley has been a student of yoga and meditation for almost 20 years. Before a full fledged career in the health and wellness field, she owned a farm to table restaurant and organic cafe and juice bar in New Zealand. Upon returning to the USA, she decided to dedicate her life to healing others, and became a massage therapist in 2010. Although yoga had been a long time passion, it wasn’t until the urging from massage clients for therapeutic yoga treatment, did Shana take the leap to yoga teacher. And so grateful she did! Last summer, she was blessed and honored to complete her 500 hours with Raghunath and Sondra Loring at Sadhana in Hudson NY. "Life is a wonderful journey within which the soul occupies a very fragile vessel. Best to strengthen and love these vessels and make this journey as fulfilling, deliberate and purposeful as the spirit will allow." Shana is also a Reiki practitioner and western herbal consultant, and currently studying nutrition and the Bhagavad Gita.

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  • Ryan Farrell

    Ryan leads a practice that incorporates breath and muscle strength in an effort to revitalize the body and bring awareness back to one's movement. He draws upon his experience in martial arts as well as yoga to create a physical and active class in an effort to help students reach a remembered sense of well-being.

    Certified Yoga Instructor-200 Hour (Joschi NYC)
    3rd Degree Black Belt Certified by the Kukkiwon World Tae Kwon Do Federation
    Broga Yoga-50hr Teacher Training I & II

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TRX and Cardio

  • Joan Mlodynia

    Joan is a certified TRX instructor, a full time elementary school teacher, mother of two sons and fitness enthusiast. For twenty years Joan has enjoyed life on the East End of Long Island making time for 5K runs, bike rides and anything else that gets her up and moving. She is a dedicated TRX instructor and believes in the power of suspension training, where your body becomes a machine. Joan's classes are energetic, challenging and upbeat. She strives to keep the muscles "confused" by using a variety of equipment to strengthen vital core muscles while burning calories and fat for a class that is never boring.

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  • Christiana Marron

    Christiana began her fitness journey as a cross country runner, into a power lifter, placing 2nd in her first ever Figure competition in April 2014 in NYC. Christiana holds a Bachelors in Science with a major in Biology and a minor in Personal Training. Currently Christiana is enrolled in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at New York Institute of Technology.

    Her philosophy in fitness focuses on a well balanced functional exercise program including cardio, strength training, flexibility and consistency. Exercises should be specific to the results you are trying to achieve with added variety. Variety adds long term results, helping to keep the mind and body fully engaged. Movements should be purposeful, effective and safe with short term and long term goals to reach along the way. I look forward to working out with you.

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  • Rachel Goodale

    Rachel is a certified group fitness, TRX, and Real Ryder Spin instructor that puts enthusiasm into her motivating workout routines. As co-owner of Paddle Fitness LI, she enjoys bringing fitness to new levels in stand-up paddleboarding. She enjoys an active lifestyle; running, biking, scuba diving, swimming, skiing, and anything else that keeps her moving. Rachel is a very health conscious vegetarian and loves to tend to her own organic vegetable garden. "The body is a mirror of how we live our lives."

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