Sarah and Gabriella were paired together as
“buddies” in their first teacher training back in 2007.
The buddy thing stuck, as did their mutual admiration for the
wisdom embedded in the practice of yoga.

  Gabriella Smiling

Gabriella’s experience with her parent’s health challenges sparked her passion for yoga as a healing art. She began teaching yoga in 2008 with a style highly influenced by her previous career as a dancer and choreographer. After teaching group classes for several years, she turned to individual instruction to better help her students. Specialized trainings focused on her client’s specific conditions, such as arthritis and scoliosis, led to a holistic study of yoga therapy.

Gabriella currently works as a yoga therapist at Manhattan Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation under the guidance and tutelage of Dr. Loren Fishman. She is a certified yoga therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT), and a 500 hour certified yoga teacher. She has trained with Alison West, Judith Lasater, Juliana Mitchell, Elise Miller, Stephanie Moonaz, and Leslie Howard, with special areas of study in back pain, Scoliosis, Prenatal Yoga, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and the pelvic floor. She continues to study asana in New York with Rodney Yee, and Therapeutics with Carrie Owerko.

International Association of Yoga Therapists Certified Yoga Therapist

"I have been working with gaby for about 3 years now and I am so grateful that she and yoga came into my life. I am stronger mentally and physically than ever before. I feed off of her energy! Thanks Gab!"

— Joey, Jenna, n Lola (ruff!), Private Yoga Students

Sarah Smiling

A devoted student of yoga, Sarah Capua practices in awe of these teachings. Dedicated to a tradition both practical and magical, yoga is for her a path of awareness and self transformation. Sarah's teaching has been informed by her initial training with Stacey Brass, her study of J. Krishnamurti, and her time at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram and the Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre in India.

She holds a 500-hour certification in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya through her teacher Danielle Tarantola, studies meditation and Buddhist teachings with Michael Stone, and is currently in training at the Zen Center for Contemplative Care. She teaches in NYC and the Hudson Valley, focusing on the therapeutic applications of yoga and personal practice, and is honored to have the opportunity to guide her students on their own path in this practice.


"Sarah has transformed the way I feel about my body, helping me heighten my awareness of every muscle I use and each breath I take. She has taught me to combine deep relaxation and hard work in surprising ways, always with a sense of joy and appreciation. Her devotion to yoga and care for her students come through in every class."

— Susan Adams, Private Yoga Student