Copy of Our Story and Team
Llamaste was founded in 2014 in Brooklyn, New York by owner and founder, Bill Ades. Inspired by an afternoon with his children sketching out cartoons and fun characters, he came up with Llamaste. The brand was originally designed from a youthful perspective and to this day incorporates that same theme by creating classes and apparel for all ages. Our family yoga center is located in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn within the historic Columbia Waterfront District, just outside of Red Hook. Here we strive to generate an atmosphere of fun, while creating an awareness for health and well-being. Llamaste's goal is to bring families together, spread conscious lifestyles, and create community!
Our apparel and yoga gear are created from the very foundation of our brand-for family! We aim to provide safe, efficient, fun, and inclusive products for all ages. Almost all of our products are locally sourced from our home, right here in New York City! Our vision is to provide families with a brand that connects them straight to their practice and lifestyle. Our collections feature designs and gear for ages 2 - 100! Yoga is for everyone and Llamaste is here to make your practice as accessible and fun as possible!
Bill Ades, CEO, Teacher (RYT® 500)
Bill Ades, the founder of Llamaste, is a 500 Hour RYT, having received his teacher’s certification through The Kaivalya Yoga Method Teachers Training Program. In addition to that, he is an accomplished artist who has exhibited his work throughout New York City with a degree from New York University as well as a health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where he uses his innovative skills and creative approach to help people through all walks of life discover their callings and realize their goals.
As a dedicated entrepreneur, he realized there was a need for other yoga teachers and enthusiasts to be able to transport their mats and other gear with comfort and so, he created a product line designed for specifically for that purpose along with the mission to donate portion of his company's proceeds to charities that benefit children and their well-being.
He currently lives in Brooklyn and offers yoga sessions out of Llamaste Family Yoga Center, in which he gears his focus toward families and children alike!
"Bill helped me overcome smoking and live a happier lifestyle, showing me that the key was inside me all along."
-Thumbtack, Jack M. of Brooklyn
Topaz Aleah Davis, Creative Director, Teacher (E-RYT® 200, YACEP®), Reiki Healer
Topaz specializes in yoga and energy healing, with certifications in Vinyasa/Hatha Yoga, reiki energy healing, SUP yoga, as well as children and family yoga. She received her teacher training at the Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India, SUP Yoga & Fitness in Malta, Rainbow Kids Yoga in Montreal, and studied reiki energy under master Klaus Gournish at the Arati Healing Center in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Infusing Eastern influence with her western roots, her classes bring a unique flare into the studio. In addition to her love for travel and wellness, she is also a professional dancer. Having trained in classical ballet at academies throughout the country, she has developed a career in ballet dancing professionally in California, North Carolina, and here in NYC as well. Her goal as a guide is to make yoga as relative and personable as possible, to help lighten hearts and free minds.
Anna Lee, Studio Director, Teacher (E-RYT
® 200, RPYT®, YACEP®)
Anna’s classes offer creative and comfortable movements, a way to embrace yourself and facilitate learning the unity of mind and body. Her approaches enable to live peaceful and balanced lives.
Anna's yoga practice focuses on women’s health and brain longevity. She received her certification from Yogi Hari’s Ashram-Sampoorna Yoga in Florida, Prenatal Yoga certification at Arhanta Yoga Ashrams, and studied Brain Longevity at Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF).
Prior to becoming a yoga teacher, she worked in marketing and public relations with multinational companies throughout Asia, America and Europe. She has also worked at tech startup companies in Silicon Valley.Outside of the studio, she works as a professional interpreter (Korean/English) in healthcare, education and advertising.
Illiana Dominguez, Studio Manager, Teacher (RYT), Reiki Healer (level 2)
Illiana is a yoga teacher who has been on this spiritual path for over 10 years. She started her practice after studying many other sports such as swimming and gymnastics since she was little.
Along with her career in Real Estate she had the need to release the stress she was having in the physical and mental strain of her profession. She felt such a sign of pain on an emotional and physical level, that she knew it was time to do something for her mental and physical health, to regain some of that flexibility acquired in her childhood years.
Then she started practicing yoga in the community where she had once seen her mother practice "crazy" things like strange postures, fasting, meditations and dressing in white.
Later she learned that the practice of yoga went beyond that, to discover the importance of the connection that exists between body, mind and spirit.
She took her first Yoga Alliance teacher training in 2011 in Mexico City with teacher Sheri Cherokee focused on Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga and Tantra Yoga. A year later, she joined the training of O2 Yoga teachers with Stephany Weingers, where she was able to improve her teachings with a dynamic style based on the Ashtanga alignment technique, power yoga and restorative yoga. In 2012, she had the opportunity to go to India for a yoga retreat in Rishikesh, which gave her a new, broader perspective on the actual practice of yoga and energy healing. This inspired her learnings about Reiki when he returned home. She graduated from level 2 of Reiki Usui and is also Deeksha Giver. She also has a Yoga Nutritionist and Wellness Coach certification from the School of Plant-Based Nutrition with teacher Fred Bush in Miami.
During this years, she has taught in several studios and gyms in Mexico City, Puebla, Cancun, Miami, NY as well as private classes. This gives her the opportunity to apply her energy & knowledge to customize the sessions so her students can easily connect with their inner wisdom and apply yoga both on the mat and in their daily lives.She seeks to raise the consciousness of people through the practice of yoga, awareness and mindfulness. She seeks that people can achieve better quality of life, health and enlightenment so they can experience life with more enjoyment and fulfillment.
Gabriela Guevara, Teacher (RYT), Admin
Anna Grotzky, Teacher (RYT)
In 2008 she completed her 200-hour teacher training at Om Yoga. She then went on to continue her training receiving her Pre/Postnatal certification in 2010 and her Children’s’ certification in 2012.
Anna’s motto is Yoga for Life. Not only does she aspire to practice when she’s 101, but she also wishes to prove to anyone willing that yoga can find a place in their life; both on the mat and off. She particularly loves teaching children as their willingness to try new things without preconceived notions inspires her.
Halley Gerstel, Teacher (RYT)
Opal Rose, Teacher (RYT)
She believes in the connection between the flow of music and yoga movement, which heavily influences her personal and teaching practice. She can’t wait to explore yoga movement with Llamaste yogis!
Her intention is to you guide you by honoring your body's boundaries, navigating your emotions through deep breathing, & showing up as the best version of yourself no matter what level practitioner you are.
Agnes Obratanska, Teacher (RYT)
Eva Avilas, Reiki Master (Level 3)
Jenna Roth, Teacher (RYT)
Jenna is a 200 Hour RYT. She recently spent two months in Bali to advance her yoga practice and teaching method, diving deep within in order to provide the best for her students. Jenna's mission as a teacher is to serve as a guide, inspiration, and resource. She motivate students to discover their full potentials by encouraging exploration of their personal journeys throughout communal or individual practice. She aims to create a safe environment which fosters students to find freedom, opportunity, choice, connection, and balance in each suggested movement. Jenna is dedicated to delivering well-planned, creative, and challenging, yet nurturing, sequences. She lives and teaches yoga as a life path and holistic journey; one which guides students to live a peaceful, happy, and fulfilled life. Jenna aspires to help her students evolve and grow on and off the mat by providing meditation for the mind, movement for the body, and love for the heart.