2nd Story Co-founders Kay Ottinger and Elaine O'Brien met through Jackson Heights Life. Elaine posting about her Yoga classes and Kay about Pilates. They discovered a desire to have a home for these movement practices in Jackson Heights and became partners! They are so thrilled to be opening this studio and look forward to meeting more people in the neighborhood.

2nd Story Co-founders Kay Ottinger and Elaine O'Brien met through Jackson Heights Life. Elaine posting about her Yoga classes and Kay about Pilates. They discovered a desire to have a home for these movement practices in Jackson Heights and became partners! They are so thrilled to be opening this studio and look forward to meeting more people in the neighborhood.


Kay ottinger

Kay has been dancing professionally in New York since 2010. As a dancer, she has been exposed to diverse movement practices that live and breath through her investigations as a mover and a teacher. Her desire for a deeper understanding of our structures mechanics led her to Pilates. She received her Pilates certification through the Kane School, and continued to study under Julia Edwards and Eleanor Hullihan at the Swan. Kay continues to take class from Eleanor Hullihan and Clarice Marshall which inspire her practice all the time. She has taught at Finetune, Julliard, Sarah Lawrence College, New York Pilates, Dynamic Bodies Pilates, and for the ABT summer intensive.

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elaine o’brien

A teacher since 2008, Elaine gathers  inspiration from her many teachers and students. With precise sequencing and breath centered focus, it is Elaine's intention to strengthen the body, inspire the mind and enable a sense of clarity. She’s been a theater artist and a dancer for most of her life, and looks forward to sharing her love of movement (and stillness) with the Jackson Heights community.

Jennifer Alarcon

A native New Yorker, Jenn grew up in a culturally diverse family. Having roots throughout Latin America, she feels familiar and comfortable teaching yoga in Spanish. Join her for an open level dual language yoga experience accessible to all. Jennifer nació y fue criada en Nueva York. Sus raíces en Sur y Centro América y también en el Caribe le ofrece una conexión y conocimiento especial con Latinos de todas partes. La clase es de nivel abierto. No tienes que haber tenido experiencia con yoga. Ten years ago she made the transition from dedicated student to Yoga teacher. Focusing on a safe and mindful practice, Jennifer aims to share her knowledge and enthusiasm of yoga, pranayama and mindfulness with her students. Teaching tools that can help them achieve their goals and better cope with everyday stress. She is trained from: Yoga Works 200 Teacher Training March-June 2009 NY, 200 hour, 12 week, Vinyasa Teacher Training lead by Tzahi Moskovitz, Prenatal Yoga Training October 2012 with Juliana Mitchell at The Yoga Room, Rope Wall Workshop June 2010 with Robert Cory Yoga Works NY, Core Power Fusion April-Aug 2008 NY, and Received 100 Hours of training in the Hot Power Yoga.


Cici believes a healthy lifestyle is within everyone’s reach, no matter what your schedule: if you are a busy mom, a student or you work full-time, you deserve to take care of yourself and feel good. Cici is a professional dancer as well as a Zumba instructor, licensed to teach not only Zumba classes but also specially designed Zumba classes for the active older adult or those who haven’t worked out in some time. She tailors classes to the participants so everyone is welcome!

cathy dirkx

Cathy, originally from Paris, France, found yoga over 14 years ago and it quickly became more than a practice for her, it became a way of life. She is a 500 RYT & keeps deepening her knowledge any chance she gets ( certifications include Restorative yoga, Yoga Nidra, Ayurveda and more...) She loves movement as much as the softer practices of Restorative & Yoga Nidra. Her classes reflects her personality, her vinyasa classes are upbeat with a bit of spice; her restorative classes are very nurturing, relaxing and uplifting. You will leave feeling like you just went to the spa, refreshed, relaxed & rested. She also loves Hugs, Music (expect a fun playlist in vinyasa classes), Her dog: Shanti, Traveling & Being upside down.

Aleixa Freire

Aleixa Maria Freire is a professional dance artist and Pilates trainer based in NYC. She received her certification through Balanced Pilates and continues to teach in Harlem and in her local community, Jackson Heights. Aleixa likes to create fun, fast paced, and challenging sessions in a safe and comfortable environment. She applies her professionally attained knowledge of the body from her dance and pilates studies, incorporates new concepts and imagery, and encourages active full body awareness throughout each session.

Bevelry Goodman

Beverly is a compassionate, knowledgeable yoga teacher with a particular interest in working with people for whom yoga is not easily accessible—be it due to physical, emotional, or economic limitations. She infuses every class with a theme that encourages self-inquiry, humor, and encouragement, with the goal of physical, mental, and emotional alignment. Her career as a financial journalist requires her to be a good listener, curious question-asker, keen observer, and efficient synthesizer of information—all in the service of breaking down complex topics to educate and entertain. She draws on all these skills in her work as a yoga teacher. I am honored to have found a teaching (and actual) home in Jackson Heights, Queens. She has studied extensively with Rudrani Farbman and Jackie Prete through the World Yoga Center, the oldest ongoing yoga studio in Manhattan, with roots in the Siddha Yoga lineage. Through WYC, she became a Certified Anusara Elements teacher and registered with the Yoga Alliance (RYT-200). She also has specialty training certifications in Restorative Yoga (Levels 1 and 2 with Judith Hanson Lasater), Yoga for Osteoporosis (techniques for treatment and prevention, from Dr. Loren Fishman), and Prenatal Yoga (with Jennifer Pettit at Vira Yoga). She has spent years studying anatomy and biomechanics with nationally recognized teachers, doctors, physical therapists, and authors such as Dr. Ray Long, Dr. Loren Fishman, Ellen Saltonstall, Judith Hanson Lasater, and Leslie Kaminoff

ann-marie Gover

Ann-Marie has been teaching since 2007. While searching for a better understanding of her alignment, Ann-Marie stumbled upon a Pilates class at Thrive in Philadelphia. As someone who had never really liked Pilates, she unexpectedly fell in love and a year later started her training at Drexel’s Pilates Program. She has taught different styles of dance and Pilates Mat, Tower, and Reformer classes in Manhattan, Queens, Philadelphia, Highland Park, NJ and Columbia, MD. She loves conversations around anatomy and embodiment and references them in her classes. As someone who wasn’t into Pilates because she couldn’t “do it,” Ann-Marie enjoys teaching building blocks that increase in difficulty so that anyone can feel welcome to come and take class. 

Sandhya kaurwar

Sandhya is a certified yoga teacher and has been teaching traditional Yoga in the NYC area for the past fifteen years. She was trained in the well known gurukul university ‘Yoga Vidya Dham’ in Nasik, India. Through her yoga classes,  she focuses on relaxation, pain and stress management . In addition, she specializes in teaching Yoga Nidra, an unique guided meditation and mindfulness. Her students range from people of all ages and diverse communities.  In her training she has exhibited equal competence, empathy and compassion to Pre K and elementary school kids at one end and the senior / elderly diverse communities on the other.  One of her specialized training is Chair Yoga , that she teaches in senior community centers in NYC.  While she imparts training in groups, every student still gets personal attention and customized training through her kind and insightful interaction.


Julie is a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer specializing in various Pilates formats, indoor cycling, body conditioning, and more. She has been practicing and growing her skills and expertise for 10 years. Julie got her start in the industry as the Director of Activites with LA Fitness down in Florida. She oversaw all group fitness classes for 10+ clubs in central Florida and learned how to instruct a variety class formats. Since then she has been continuing her education here in NYC, learning and teaching at several fitness facilites around the city. She works with all different age populations and ability levels. The key to life according to Julie is to keep the body in motion... and add some music to it!

anupam Raman

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.

Jen Sanmiguel

Jen SanMiguel began her yogic journey the way many people do- not as a former dancer or gymnast- but as a stressed out New Yorker looking to find some peace in the chaos of her daily life. She discovered that peace on the mat but also uncovered a life path she didn’t know she was seeking- the path to her truest and highest self, through spiritual practice and service. Jen teaches vinyasa flow classes- from beginner to advanced- with fun sequencing and an emphasis on alignment. She strives to create a welcoming atmosphere for all ages, body types, and abilities. When you come to Jen’s class, she wants you to breathe, have fun and feel better when you leave than when you walked in. 
Jen completed her 200 hour teaching certification at Laughing Lotus Yoga Center, NYC, and has additional certifications in trauma-informed yoga and diversity, advanced sequencing, and Bhakti. Visit Jen at www.trueselfyoganyc.com

annamaria santamaria

Annamaria is a Queens native committed to a dynamic life of service, devotion, and love, as well as a lifelong student of Yoga. She discovered the mat over a decade ago and the practice of Yoga quickly evolved into a way of life. Initially, Annamaria was drawn to the physical benefits of the practice as it complemented her dance training, but it was Yoga’s much deeper truths that kept her coming back for more. A burning desire to deepen her spiritual connection and take her practice to the next level led Annamaria to the 200 hour yoga teacher training through Stanton Street Yoga and The Bhakti Center.

For Annamaria, the mat has always been there to support her through all of life’s ups and downs - a place of presence, connection, refuge, acceptance, fortitude, peace, and love. Annamaria is committed to serving the needs of every student by creating a safe and supportive space where everyone can show up just as they are and explore, as well as challenge, their own Truth with an open heart. Her invigorating classes focus on uniting breath with movement, thereby building strength and cultivating a taste for higher qualities. She aims to provide students with an opportunity to access their personal power so that they may each firmly stand in their beauty, wisdom, grace, and love - essential components that make up our personal Truths.

Calleja smiley

As a lifelong mover and dancer, Calleja is eagerly compelled to help people live well in their bodies. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients toward pursuing their fitness goals, recovering from injuries, and feeling physically stronger and more confident. Originally from Michigan, Calleja was introduced to Pilates as a young pre-professional dancer. She began to appreciate the endlessly beneficial possibilities of connecting deeper to body and mind, and has been practicing the method ever since. She received her first STOTT Pilates® certification in 2011 and has continued to teach wherever her dance career has taken her, including Houston, San Francisco, metro-Detroit, and most currently New York City. Calleja is a Fully Certified Instructor in all Pilates apparatus, as well as a Post-Rehabilitation Conditioning Specialist. Calleja holds a BFA in Dance from Alonzo King LINES Ballet/Dominican University of CA and works as a freelance dancer and dance-maker throughout New York City.

Jem Wong

Jem Wong began practicing Kundalini yoga as way of gaining relief and clarity from the complexities of life. She received her Kundalini Yoga certification from HariNYC and Vinyasa Yoga certification from Y7 Studios. Believing that all we need is within ourselves, Jem views Kundalini Yoga as a way to facilitate a space for students to hold a greater connection to their inner strength and align with who they’ve always been to live life fuller. She is also a Reiki Master, and graduate of various modalities of energy work, such as crystal therapy, plant essences, access bars, and sound. She draws upon this array of methods in her grounded and practical approach to both the mystical and meaningful practices that uplift all. More info on Jem at www.jemwong.com.