Our Story

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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 centrally in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn on Court Street directly across from Carroll Park. 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 Products

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!

Our Team

Leadership Team

Bill Ades, CEO, Teacher (E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, RCYT®, YACEP®, CIHC (Certified International Health Coach))

Bill Ades

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 and the American Yoga Academy.

After opening up his studio, as both a father and an integrative health coach, Bill saw there was a need to bring yoga into the lives of adults, but children as well. In 2019, he received his 30 hour certification in kid's yoga from Karma Kids Yoga located in New York City, and in 2022 completed his 90 hours of training through Kidding Around Yoga, followed by his RCYT certification.

Bill teaches yoga to adults and children of all ages and in addition to that is an accomplished artist who has exhibited his work throughout New York City with a degree from New York University as well as a certified international health coach (CIHC) 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

Take a FREE online class with Bill HERE on our Youtube Channel. 

Anna Lee, Studio Director, Teacher (E-RYT® 200, RPYT®, YACEP®)

Anna Lee

Anna is our studio director and teaches a wide array of classes, which 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.

Topaz Aleah Davis, Creative Director (E-RYT® 200, YACEP®, 28hr Children's & Family Yoga, 25hr SUP Yoga, 14hr Meditation Guide)

Topaz is a former Llamaste studio manager and teacher, currently working remote as our Creative Director. She manages our social media, online yoga classes, and product development. As a former manager for Llamaste, her experience ranged from managing all aspects of the studio and brand, while also teaching and planning creative events and collaborations to help Llamaste grow in the local community. 

Currently, she resides on Oahu in Hawaii where she runs Island Paddle Bliss, which is her own 'floating yoga studio' offering SUP Yoga classes for both kids and adults while helping us grow our presence and brand online. Her role here at Llamaste is to see the brand flourish in all aspects from studio to apparel worldwide. 

Tashya Knight, Wellness Director, Teacher (CYT 200, Children's and Family Yoga, CHES, Certified Holistic Health Coach)

Tashya Knight

Tashya is a former educator with a Bachelor’s in Education and a Master’s in Health Promotion. After finishing her degree, she became a certified health education specialist (CHES). Combining this with her health coaching certification she has created programs, curriculums, lessons, and experiences on the subject matters of mindfulness, yoga, wellness, SEL, self-care, and empowerment.

Enrolling in a yoga teacher training allowed Tashya to do the hard work of healing herself by applying yoga philosophy, meditation, and aspects of her wellness coaching. She removed herself from toxic behaviors and relationships. Using her own experiences, she has been able to create programs that empower women to thrive as their best selves.

After leaving the classroom, Tashya worked for several different non-profit organizations teaching kids cooking classes, nutrition education, social emotional learning skills, girl’s empowerment, yoga, mindfulness, and self-care practices. She is a professionally trained and certified health coach and yoga instructor.

Tashya is a passionate advocate for promoting wellness and empowering young people and adults to know their worth and practice self-care on a daily basis. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY where she continues to teach yoga, coach clients, and write about various wellness topics.

Our Teaching Staff

Jennifer Roberts, Teacher (RYT® 200, Children's and Family Yoga)

Jennifer is a Harlem based yoga instructor, actor and educator. Since moving to the city in 2019, she’s had the opportunity to teach students of all different ages and experience levels. She earned her 200 hr teacher training through Uplifted Yoga in 2020. In 2021, she graduated from The New School with her BA in theater and dance.

As an instructor, she aims to cultivate a sense of shared belonging amongst her students. She wants her students to feel at home in both their body and mind. She focuses on building connection and community in each and every class. Jennifer is excited to join the Llamaste team!

Emma Schechter, Teacher (RYT® 200),

Emma Schechter LlamasteEmma is a RYT 200 and a New York State certified middle school teacher. She completed her 200 hour training at Abhaya Yoga in downtown Brooklyn. Emma began her yoga journey while in college as a way to deal with anxiety, but quickly found a lifetime love. Consistent yoga helped her to find balance and develop a love and respect for her own body.
In both her work as a yoga instructor and a special education teacher, Emma has found a deep passion in creating spaces and classes that are accessible to all. She enjoys teaching classes that challenge the body and mind in a safe and supportive environment.

Taylre Duarte, Teacher (RYT® 200),

Taylre grew up in Canada before moving to France, New York City, the Catskills, and now back to Brooklyn, where she lives now. Through it all, yoga has been the common thread that has allowed her to find movement and grounding. She first started practicing in 2006, but it wasn’t until COVID hit and she got a break from weekly travel in her corporate job that she was able to get certified to teach, which has been a lifelong dream. Although she loves the physical elements of yoga, Taylre’s practice remains grounded in exploring the spiritual and emotional transformation and healing that comes from yoga. Taylre did her RYT 200 training through Yoga Vida in NYC and is looking forward to continuing in deepening her practice. Outside the studio, Taylre works full time in technology sales and loves traveling, trying new foods, hiking, and spending time with her husband, son, and puppy.

Netty Davit'ashvili, Teacher (RYT® 200),

Netty Davit'ashviliBorn in Tbilisi, Georgia but forged in Brooklyn, my endless curiosity and a constant enthusiasm for exploration have always informed the creative process of design for me. I am a designer who teaches yoga, I have over a decade of experience in personal asana and pranayama practice. The practice changed my life and helped me grow personally and professionally. I have a gentle approach when it comes to yoga that teaches discipline through the lens of listening to the needs and wants of one's body.
“Yoga begins with listening. When we listen, we are giving space to what is.”
Imbibing Richard Freeman’s quote into my ethos, I have made listening the key to my personal brand as a teacher.
I have a daily Hatha yoga practice and strongly believe that the best results happen in life and work, when there is a good balance between effort and grace.

Halley Gerstel, Teacher (RYT® 200, Children's and Family Yoga)

Halley Gerstel was born and raised in Brooklyn. She began her yoga journey in 2001 immediately after the attacks at the World Trade Center. Dealing with her own depression, fear and anxiety during this time, she dove head-first into working and practicing at the Park Slope Yoga Center. She fell in love with both the amazing teachers she had and the bright yoga light that began to shine in her life. Her passion as both a teacher and student is to help others discover and see the light that shines in all of us. 

Halley (also known as Halogyn in the NYC dance scene, a name given to her by the graffiti artist Meres One) received her 200 hour yoga teacher training as a scholarship student at Yoga Works NYC and her 30 hour children’s yoga training from Karma Kids Yoga. She is also a certified Simonson Technique Dance Teacher. Currently Halley teaches movement and dance to students in a NYC DOE Pre-K for All program. She is grateful to have been an Arnhold Scholar receiving her Masters in Dance Education from Hunter College and a BFA in Dance and Education from Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus. Halley has formally performed and danced for Larry Keigwin Co., Doug Elkins and Dancers, Jody Sperling Time Lapse as well as with her mentor and teacher b-girl Rokafella and the Full Circle Crew. Halley is very excited to work with the youth and families at the Llamaste community!

Our Video Library

In addition to providing in person classes of all levels, Llamaste features an extensive video library which includes various styles of yoga, meditation and exciting yoga tips. Visit our channel and practice along with your favorite teachers both from our studio and abroad. Practice with us online HERE

Opal Rose, Teacher (RYT® 200, Children's and Family Yoga)

Opal RoseOpal Rose is a NYC based yoga instructor and music performance artist with over 7 years of teaching experience.  

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.

Opal received her second 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Certification by YogaWorks in June 2019.  Her teaching is also influenced by a 200 Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training by Aura Wellness Center and a 20 Hour Children’s Yoga Teacher Training by Yokid Organization.   
Take a FREE online yoga class with Opal HERE on our Youtube channel. 

Jenna Roth, Teacher (RYT® 200)

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.

Take a FREE online yoga class with Jenna HERE on our Youtube channel. 

Gabriela Guevara, Teacher (RYT® 200),

Gabriela Guevara found her passion for Yoga seven years ago while attending an intensive dance training program at Broadway Dance Center. Her intentions were to work on her flexibility and relaxing her muscles from hours of strenuous practices, but what she gained was so much more. Yoga had become a catalyst for expanding her spiritual practice, an outlet to release any emotional tensions or stresses of daily life. As her practice in Yoga deepened so did her spiritual journey in life. It helped to give her a deeper understanding of who she is and which path was meant for her in this lifetime. As a teacher, Gabriela hopes to continue to deepen her practice by leading others in theirs, not only by connecting the mind to the body but by connecting the body to the soul. 
Take a FREE online yoga class HERE with Gabriela on our Youtube channel. 

Grayson Mills, Teacher (RYT® 200)

I moved to New York to pursue a career in Musical Theater, and that is still a huge part of me. But for my first few years, I got very caught up in the hustle and bustle of New York itself and the auditioning life. I spent a lot of my time worrying about making rent and what I looked like, what people thought of me, getting a gig etc. Last year, my partner of 4 years was diagnosed with cancer and everything changed. I became so aware of how unhappy I was day to day and how life is too short to be living that way. I thought about what I really loved in my life and one of the biggest things in my mind was my regular yoga practice. While he was going through the treatments, I would go to yoga every morning before accompanying him, and I realized that how grateful I was for my practice and how I wanted to help other people on their yoga journey.
I went to Bali for an intensive completion of my 200 hr certification and returned to CT for his recovery and was able to begin teaching in the very place that inspired me to teach. Once my partner was better we returned to NYC where I got a job at Tangerine Yoga and received my children’s certification at Kidding Around Yoga. I teach an Ashtanga based Vinyasa flow focused on using each and every breath to deepen into the alignment of the pose. I have an interest in creative sequencing while still maintaining a steady and accessible flow with enough challenges to keep any level of personal practice engaged and focused.
For Children’s Yoga Classes I use a series of tools like songs, games, and partner activities that incorporate yoga poses and yoga philosophy while having a lot of FUN. Every class also has 5 minutes of meditation and a lesson on why and how we meditate, and 5 minutes of deep relaxation or savasana at the end of class. My goal is that they have a positive experience with yoga and eventually learn how to calm their minds and bodies on their own with the skills they develop in the classroom. 
Take a FREE online yoga class with Grayson HERE on our Youtube channel.