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Our Team.

Our team is purposefully small and building slowly as we are very protective of our space and philosophy. Guilt, shame and punishment have no business here, nor do the typical tendencies of a gym with a "no pain, no gain" attitude. Instead, we are a supportive, nurturing environment with the aim to meet each client exactly where they are. Our hope is to cultivate a community based on empowerment and we are pleased our like-minded team does just that<3


Gerard Friedman

Gerard Friedman, MS, ATC, NBC-HWC is a Board Certified Athletic Trainer, Personal Trainer, and Health Coach with expertise in fitness and rehabilitation. 


Gerard helps people cultivate health and well-being through exercise, breathwork, and focused intention. His goal is to help people move pain-free and establish habits and perspectives that align with their goals.


Marlene Ricketts

Marlene Ricketts has been a noteworthy Personal Trainer in the Fitness community for over seven years.


She has spent her career spearheading campaigns that provide holistic group classes and personal training for women.


These efforts have provided workshops, fundraisers, and a strong community of women that break limitations of conventional gym methods. Additionally, Marlene has four years of experience as a Track & Field Athlete at Penn State University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation and Human Services.


She has used her experience as an athlete to lead athletic performance programs for youth teams in both Track & Field and Basketball. She is passionate about introducing practical resistance training programs and sport specific programs for the youth and young adults.


Emily Maley

Emily is a Park Slope based Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher who has been teaching since 2017. 


With over 425 hours of training in Vinyasa, Restorative Yoga and Iyengar, Emily's classes are focused on linking breath with movement, include safe alignment based cues and focus on bringing you back to yourself.


You can expect playlists that carry you through an emotional journey linked with the practice, a warm-up that invites all parts of the body and some non-threatening spirituality intertwined.


Emily is known to carry some delicious oils to help students transition most seamlessly into and out of practice. 


Originally from Massachusetts, Emily graduated from Boston College, is a lifelong equestrian and has lived in NYC for a decade. Outside of the yoga studio, she is passionate about her family, environmental friendliness and animal rescue - specifically through her work with Adopt a Boxer Rescue.

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