Operations Catalyst / Talent Manager

Chanel Duncan

Chanel possesses over a decade of business development, consulting, marketing, project management, and talent development experience thanks to her careers as an officer in the U.S. Army and consultant at two of the world’s top management consulting Firms - Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte & Touche. She is a graduate of the Hotchkiss School, Georgetown University, and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (where she completed her Master’s in Business Administration in 2015).
In addition to being a driven businesswoman and creative thinker, Chanel is a trained yoga, meditation, and Pilates instructor. After many hours practicing and teaching yoga, she has developed an informed understanding of yoga teachers as both practitioners and entrepreneurs- making her highly skilled at crafting custom solutions to complex problems that arise both inside (and outside) of the yoga studio.
She understands the importance of balance and makes time for her other interests, which include: camping, creative writing, food, French, hiking, Improv comedy, Pilates, Scotch, stargazing, storytelling, and world travel. A perfect day would involve all of the above.

Sales & Operations


An avid runner and yogi, Lauren first started working with Yama Talent as an intern in November 2014 while working in the boutique at one of New York City's premier yoga studios. Upon completion of her internship, Lauren officially joined the Yama Talent team in March 2015. Lauren works closely with and assists Ava Taylor, acts as liaison between teacher and host, and oversees all operational and administrative duties. Her keen eye, common sense, and true attention to detail make her an valuable part of the Yama Talent team.

Consultant / Content Strategist


Jessica Kulick is a marketing consultant, content producer, and yoga teacher in Brooklyn, known for her versatility across a broad array of mediums. She’s an innovative and imaginative thinker with the confidence and ability to challenge the status quo.
As a marketing consultant across the fashion and wellness industries, she guides executives in finding and implementing their company’s unique voice in a global marketplace. With an intuitive approach and entrepreneurial attitude, Jessica employs best-in-class copy practices to build brand channels that communicate effectively, address business objectives intelligently, and inspire customer loyalty.
As a content producer Jessica is expert in everything from creative brief concepting and development, hiring teams and managing relationships, copy- and line-editing, to innovating and identifying editorial opportunities. She specializes in writing non-fiction, including cultural reportage, personal essay, and travel genres. Her writing was even called “heroic” by one particularly cranky editor.

She thinks it’s a bit weird that bios are written in the third person, but she’s not sorry that she wrote these nice things about herself.



A teacher trainer, instructional designer, and author, Rachel is known for her passion for education, keen sense of alignment, and devilish sense of humor. She has created thousands of hours of education and supports yogis worldwide to create superior teacher trainings and online offerings. The author of Wit and Wisdom from the Yoga Mat and A Yogi's Guide to Dating, she contributes regularly to Yoga International and maintains an award-winning blog at E-RYT 500, BA, MFA, MSci.

Rachel specializes in Educational Design in both live and online teaching environments.

Graphic Design & Photography


Ashley Level, originally from Los Angeles, California, moved to New York in 2015 to fully submerge herself in her passion for art in all its forms. A yogi in the truest sense of the word, you can find her behind the scenes capturing the magic at all of Yama's industry events.



Seasoned in the business world of corporate Pilates and retail management, Lesley is a charismatic and enthusiastic entrepreneur. Building from her degree in communications and her targeted fitness experiences, she has become both a life and fitness business coach to clients around the world, whether they are looking to grow their client roster or successfully expand the team of their gym or studio.

Lesley specializes in Operations, Marketing, and Sales.



Our Board of Advisors: Lynn Hazan, HAP Consulting + Elliot Cahn represent a wellspring of experience in entertainment law, talent management, licensing, merchandising, and Fortune 500 level management.

Web development and Digital Marketing


SWOON MEDIA is a digital marketing agency that creates intelligent campaigns for brands and businesses across the globe. By crafting conversational personalities and interfaces capable of understanding and responding to natural language, we help our clients grow 1:1 relationships with millions of individual consumers simultaneously.