Our Story and Team

Our Story

Llamaste was founded in 2014 in Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by the llama, whose totem symbol represents balance and harmony, our brand is designed instill those very attributes in the lives of our community, through yoga practice by our professional and attentive teachers, as well as through our ergonomically designed yoga gear and apparel. 

Our boutique and studio is centrally located in DUMBO, Brooklyn, where we strive to generate an atmosphere of fun, while creating an awareness for health and well-being. In addition to the attention you will receive in our studio through the variety of semi-private group lessons offered by Llamaste's Certified Yoga Instructors, we also offer off-site yoga sessions, which equipped with professional gear and props held in your home, office, or at the park. Private yoga sessions include an overview of your recent injuries, conditions and preferences so that the lesson can be tailored for your personal needs.

 

Our goal is to  accommodate you whether you are a beginner or expert based on your time constraints while being sensitive to your physical well-being. Stay tuned as we are always offering new classes. If you are interested in booking a private class, email info@llamasteinc.com. See you on the mat!

Our Products

Have you ever tried to figure out what to wear to yoga, but were completely stumped?

At Llamaste, we understand what it's like to live on the go and at the same time satisfy that yoga fix in the midst of a busy schedule. Llamaste's yoga gear is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and practicality for the yogi on the go. Our apparel is fit for a work out (and other sweaty pursuits), and a night out. 

Giving back to the community is something we stand proudly in as well: giving 10% of the product price to a range of local charities that change every month. And by keeping our sources local, we strive to connect with American-made apparel production businesses. 

We invite you to come in to check out our shop, or visit our online shop if you just can't wait!

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Our Team

Bill Ades

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Bill Ades, the founder of Llamaste, received his 500 hour yoga 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 Llamaste Yoga Center, his DUMBO based studio in which he gears his focus toward students who are new to yoga as well as others who wish to practice in a more personalized setting, where they are free to move at their own pace without feeling the need to keep up with other students around them.


"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

Topaz Aleah DavisTopaz specializes in yoga and energy healing, with 200-hr RYT and Level 2 reiki healing certifications. She received her yoga teacher training at the Vinyasa Yoga School in Rishikesh, India and studied reiki energy under master Klaus Gournish at the Arati Healing Center in Koh Phangan, Thailand. Infusing Eastern culture with her western roots, her classes bring a unique flare to Llamaste. 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 an instructor is to make yoga as accessible  as possible, to help lighten hearts and free minds near and far. 

 

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 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 fullfillment.