Who We Are:
Stephanie Sarasvati Miner-Berger
Kundalini Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Kripalu's YogaDance, Angel Meditation
It seems difficult to describe myself. In all honesty the first thing that comes to mind is my inner work. For the last 12 years I have been working on healing parts of the past and awakening that part of me that had been asleep for so long - my soul. From the time I started on this quest, little by little I was able to seel within me, my passion for spiritual growth, honesty, joy, and the awe that I had captivated in my childhood. The more I reveal these aspects inside of me, the more I want to share them and serve others. It brings me great joy through the different activities that I do, to help someone's heart open, awaken a smile and assist in helping others to remember the ease they have inside - freedom from judgements and building compassion and love. I am able to do this from different trainings I have studied through the years...
200 hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Certification
200 hour Kundalini Yoga Teacher Training Certification
Angel Therapy Practitioner® and
Advanced Angel Therapy Practitioner Course, as taught by Doreen Virtue
YogaDance Shake your Soul teacher training from Kripalu Yoga Center
All of these certifications along with my own creativity and experience, have aided me in helping others remember the divine qualities within. Along with these trainings I also teach a variety of different levels of yoga. For instance, I teach yoga for adults and children with special needs, gentle yoga, senior yoga, chair yoga, childrens yoga, power yoga, Pilates/Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, and the all encompassiing Hatha Yoga. I teach in group and private settings.
This quote really sums up my feelings about what I do....
"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy." Rabindranath Tagore
Director of Peace Through Play Nursery School
Alan Berger is living his passion. Ever since 1992 when he became involved in the inclusion movement - placing children with disabilities in regular education settings with support - Alan wanted to direct his own inclusive preschool where all children are welcome. This dream became a reality in September 2001 and owning and directing Peace Through Play Nursery School is one of the best experiences of his life.
With a Masters Degree in special education and early childhood, Montessori experience, a background in ethical education, and a desire to give young children the best education possible, Alan brings an eclectic background to the philosophy of Peace Through Play Nursery School that he owns and directs.
In 2009 Alan was extremely honored to be awarded The Champion in the Trenches Award by Child Care Resources of Rockland.
Alan, along with his wife Stephanie organizes a drum circle twice each month. These are free form drum circles in which anyone can participate. He has created drum circles at The Lillian Booth Actors Home in Englewood, NJ, the Unitarian Congregation of Rockland County, the Ethical Culture Family Weekend at the Stonypoint Center, and most recently, at the New York Society for Ethical Culture in NYC.
Alan is a Certified Yoga Teacher and teaches Hatha Yoga to children and adults. He attained his certification at Yoga Mountain Institute in New City, NY under the direction of Gail Walsh. He has a 250-hour certification and plans on enrolling in the Yoga Prison Project certification course in the Fall of 2013. Alan also offers Yoga Birthday Parties at Peace Through Play Nursery School - a fun, relaxed and healthy way to celebrate your child's birthday.
As an officiant through the American Ethical Union, Alan is available to perform wedding ceremonies, commitment ceremonies, coming-of-age ceremonies, baby namings, funerals, and memorials.
Alan has two grown and wonderful daughters, one that at the age of 24 has been working at Peace Through Play for two years. He is recently remarried to Stephanie Sarasvati Miner-Berger and happily lives on the school property.