BurnStrong is owned by the disabled yogini, Charlie W Burns. Charlie moved to New York City in 2014 after receiving a scholarship to Hunter College to study economics. Shortly after moving to NYC Charlie learned that she had a incurable auto-immune disease, which would gradually cause her to be immobile. Fueled by this knowledge, Charlie dove deep into yoga, Pilates, cardio, and meditation training, and has gained body movement back. Charlie specializes in private yoga classes, designing movements around the specific needs of her students. Charlie has been working in yoga and Pilates studios through out the city since 2014.

Charlie W Burns has over 6 years of experience in the fitness industry and is passionate about teaching relaxation techniques, and building strong cores.

Casey Lockhart is Co-Founder of BurnStrong. Fitness is a fundamental part of her life. Her practice has helped her grow stronger, become more flexible, and more confident both on and off the mat.  She believes change truly happens through movement, and movement heals in remarkable ways. Casey is a certified Yoga, and Pilates instructor with a passion for fitness. “I will always be a student of practice and I am deeply grateful for the wisdom my teachers have shared with me.” In her classes, she loves to combine creative sequencing with a spirit of playfulness and dose of inspiration.

Casey seeks to help others find the best versions of themselves nurturing the body, mind and soul. Her hope is that you’ll step off the mat feeling refreshed, healthy, and balanced.

Nicole Mitsch has been teaching Yoga and Pilates throughout the city for over 7 years. She is a lead teacher and teacher trainer at YogaWorks and is flown around the country to teach others how to lead classes.  She is currently enrolled in the Sweetish Massage School and knows not only how the body functions in movement, but also at rest. She is trained to teach beginner through advanced, and has training in anatomy, pre- and post-natal yoga and Pilates, Props training, and more.

Nicole’s teaching style is at once laid-back and comfortable while full of detailed instructions, and humor. She will challenge you, while encouraging you to listen to yourself, and she’ll probably make you laugh in the process.

Özzy Aydoğdu has been teaching yoga in New York for over two years. Her style is energetic, yet thoughtful, allowing surprises. She incorporates breath work and mindfulness into her classes and focuses on alignment within flow.

Her classes are exciting, and dynamic



Kellee Lee has been trained from Dharma Yoga Center NYC lead by Sri Dharma Mittra. Her style of teaching is fun, light hearted, it helps the students to ease into yoga practice. “No, you don’t need to be flexible to do yoga. Yoga is about settling the mind.” She focuses on breathing and core teaching of yoga.

She loves to help all level students.





Adam Schwartz is a knowledgeable, experienced and dedicated yoga teacher and practitioner. He has completed six teacher trainings and has studied with world-renowned yoga teachers, Dharma Mittra, Jared Mccann, Yoshio Hama and Rose Erin Vaughan. Adam has been teaching since 2012 and teaches a physically challenging and intellectually inspiring practice.

Adam remains dedicated to his yoga practice and maintains a daily asana, pranayama and meditation practice.




Madeleine has been a practitioner of yoga since 2004, and has wandered through many different studios and styles with various goals: healing ( body and blues), quieting (mind and voice), sweating (profusely or barely at all), seeking (inspiration and insight), and strengthening (tools and wherewithal). As a teacher, her goal is to guide each student through their own unique journey, both physically and peacefully. She is YogaWorks 200 Hour Certified and currently working towards her YogaWorks 300 Hour Certification, Madeleine aims to teach alignment based, well-rounded/smartly-sequenced classes that begin and end with the breath and teach you about what feels best in your body. She is also a performer and playwright and delights in truth seeking and FUN. Check her out @hellodiplomatyoga

Lauren has been practicing yoga since 2010 after learning how it can shape not only her body, but her mind. She furthered her practice by completing her 200-Hour Teacher Training at YogaWorks in Boston, Massachusetts. Yoga has helped Lauren learn patience, presence, growth, self-love and so much more. Yoga gave Lauren the strength and confidence to quit her job in 2019 and move to New York City with nothing but a suitcase. Her alignment-focused classes will leave you feeling refreshed and sweaty!


James Drembelas is a New York City native who has been teaching yoga since 2015. When he first discovered the practice as a student, yoga was physically and spiritually transformative. Through the practice, he lost over 150 pounds, and found a love for meditation. Yoga spoke so deeply to him, he decided to become a conduit to bring it to others. He now has over 1000 hours of teaching experience and 300 hours of RYT training. He instructs Vinyasa Flow, Traditional Hot, and Kids Yoga throughout the City. He has worked with everything from beginners to advanced students, guiding participants through asanas, basics of anatomy, mindfulness, and breath work.

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