Anna Winkler, E-RYT500, Director of Shakti Yoga & living arts
Anna has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1989. She was originally certified through the Sivananda Yoga Organization, where she served as a volunteer staff member for more than 6 years. Among a multitude of other things, she assisted in the Yoga Teacher Training courses and modelled for 2 yoga books during her time there: Yoga, Mind and Body and 101 Essential Tips: Yoga.
Anna has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga since 1997, teaching it since 2002. She has been taking the extensive Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program since 2007, at Studio Yoga in Madison (which is where she attained her 500 hour certification and continues to study). She teaches an Alignment Based Hatha class (with Sun Salutations). Her Ashtanga classes are also heavily Alignment Influenced. Anna has been teaching in the Maplewood area since 2001, and is the founder and director of Shakti Yoga & living arts since June 2005 (formerly the Yoga Room in Millburn from 2001).
Anna's teaching style is both challenging and nurturing. With a dash of humor, a focus on alignmnent and sometimes just going with the flow, her classes will leave you feeling worked, yet tranquil and energized.
Al came to yoga in 1999. Over 10 years of practice, what started as a way to deal with physical ailments became a way of life. In April 2004, wanting to immerse himself in an uninterrupted practice, Al spent a month in the Sivananda Ashram at Paradise Island and earned his teaching certificate. His experience teaching during that month made him realize his desire to share Yoga.
Al sees yoga as a pathway to a strong, flexible body; a content, peaceful mind and a life in balance. He would especially like to introduce yoga to men as an outlet for stress. In his class, Al emphasizes deep relaxation in the postures and a calm uncluttered focus (Simple Yoga), and often discusses the “Yoga Sutras” during class.
Additionally Al has experience teaching students with neurological issues and recently attended a professional training session called “Strategies for Yoga Teachers” sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Joanie Schhwarz Photography
Anita‘s curiosity about yoga lead her to her first class at Studio Yoga in Madison. “ I felt I was connected and home after the first class.” That was over ten years ago. In 2006 she received her 300 hr certification from American Yoga Academy under Clair Diab and has been teaching ever since. She appreciates the clarity, openness, and understanding she has gained from practicing and teaching.
Since 2008 she has been studying in the Iyengar tradition under Theresa Rowland and attends workshops with Sri Arun, Kofi Busia, Lois Steinberg and others. Her classes focus on alignment, encouraging each student to connect with their unique potential on their journey.
“ I am humbled by the energy and discipline of yoga students and blessed to be part of a beautiful community.”
Christina has practiced yoga on and off for 15 years but became a true devotee three years ago after leaving the publishing world to be a full-time stay-at-home Mom. She credits yoga with keeping her centered, healthy and sane while raising two active little kids.
She completed her 200-hour YTT with SHAKTIBODY's Anna Winkler and Debbie Kurilla in 2012.
Christina's classes are fun and challenging with a focus on breath and alignment.
Christopheray (AKA C-Ray) ~ E-RYT 500
Christopheray [C-Ray] is a highly regarded yoga educator, with over thirty years of experience in a variety of yoga styles including Sivananda, Integral and Iyengar.
His practice is drawn from the teachings of the late Swami Satchitananda of the Integral Yoga Institute, Vipassana Meditation, and the Iyengar tradition, which he continues to study with Theresa Rowland of Studio Yoga in Madison.
You can ALLways be sure to have fun in his classes, and be taught disipline, self-study and surrender. C-Ray also includes breathwork and yoga philoshophy in his class.
Courtney has been practicing yoga since 2000. Her practice has become more rigorous in the last 3 years primarily as a way to de-stress, stay active, and maintain balance in her body. Yoga has given her all of these things and sense of community. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Shakti Body with Anna Winkler and Deb Kurilla in April 2013.
Courtney is a chiropractor by day and has an extensive background in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics. She is passionate about the study of human movement. It is this passion that lured her to become a teacher.
Everyone knows that yoga improves flexibility but what drew Courtney to yoga is the incredible strength it builds. It builds strength in the physical body but also in the mind.
Emily came to her mat six years ago to add variety to her workout routine and ease the aches and pains caused by a decade of avid running. After leaving her first yoga classes feeling renewed, calm and truly happy, what began as a physical practice soon blossomed into so much more. During her pregnancy (which was an easy, beautiful experience because of Shakti’s prenatal classes), Emily’s commitment to her yoga practice intensified. Soon after the birth of her daughter in 2010 she decided to take her love of yoga a step further and train to become a yoga teacher. Emily recently graduated from SHAKTIBODY’s 200-hour Teacher Training program and is thrilled to share yoga with her community!
A former NYC school teacher, Emily loves the art of teaching as much as she loves the practice of yoga. She infuses her classes with energy and enthusiasm and humor. She looks forward to sharing how the practice of yoga is the practice of being kind, being courageous, being confident, being happy, and being patient.
Erica was first introduced to yoga at Sarah Lawrence College while studying Studio Arts and Art History. Yoga resurfaced in her life at a local gym after the birth of her second child and she has been practicing ever since.
Erica received her Yoga Certification through Claire Diab and the American Yoga Academy in 2004 and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Since then she has done teacher trainings at Karma Kids Yoga in NYC and Holistic Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training with Kelli DeFlora of Wise Woman Birthways.
Erica teaches adults and children, gentle restorative classes, as well as more challenging ones. "Encouraging each student to know and appreciate their own body through yoga is one of my goals. I love to share the calm and sense of wholeness that the practice of yoga brings." Joanie Schhwarz Photography
Evelyn discovered yoga after
suffering a back injury in 1993. As her interest in yoga and her practice deepened, Evelyn found herself seeking to share yoga with friends and family by providing community classes for several years. In 2001, she completed her Teacher Training and Certification in Prana Yoga with Robyn Ross and Dr. Jeffrey Migdow at the Open Center in NYC. Evelyn’s interest in working with individuals with health challenges and her desire to bring wellness into her own practice brought her to study Restorative Yoga with Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal at Integral Yoga Center in NYC. In 2006, she completed 650 hours of training at Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Center and received certification as a Yoga Therapist and Practitioner.
Evelyn has been practicing yoga in a variety of styles during the last 16 years and she recently began teaching yoga in Maplewood.
Ires teaches hatha, prenatal and yoga for labor and delivery. She received her certifications from New York's Integral Yoga Institute, where she also has taught. Ires is passionate about the many aspects of yoga and how it can transform people's lives. A former television news producer, she began studying and practicing yoga in 2000 to help relieve stress and started teaching in 2005.
Her prenatal yoga classes are guided by her own childbirth experiences—she attributes the practice to helping her achieve a vaginal birth after caesarean, or VBAC—and she is committed to sharing her knowledge of how yoga can help women release fear and have a safe and peaceful birth. She is also a birth doula and received her training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in NYC. She is in the process of certification through DONA International. Ires practices Ashtanga yoga and studies with Anna Winkler. She has also studied with Ashtanga teachers such as David Swenson, Kino MacGregor, and members of the Jois family including Sharath and Saraswathi. Her classes draw upon her studies at Integral as well as the meditative intensity of her Ashtanga practice.
Judie has been practicing various styles of yoga for over 13 years. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher and a Certified Kids Yoga Teacher. She received her Kids Yoga Certification through Karma KidsYoga. Miss Judie completed Craig Hanauer's Every Kids Yoga training: Teaching Yoga To Children With Special Needs.
She also studied with Shakta Khalsa and Allison Morgan and received a Certificate through Radiant Child: Yoga for ADHD, Autism & Other Differently-Abled Children.
Judie most recently studied with Loraine Rushton and completed the Zenergy Kids Teacher Training Yoga Therapy Course.
Miss Judie feels honored to introduce the ancient practice of yoga to children. She loves to bring her yoga practice on and off the mat and has even introduced yoga to her own young daughters, Sofia and Alessandra. Namaste.
Lissa started practicing yoga regularly in 2008 and immediately noticed a transformation in herself and her life, an ability to feel more centered, connected, and more comfortable in her own skin. She found a joy and sanctuary in her practice, which she felt a growing need to share with others.
Lissa completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training through YogaWorks in 2011 and teaches a vinyasa class with a focus on creative sequencing, corework, mindfulness, and restorative poses. She wants students to come to her class, feeling free to be themselves, no matter their level of experience or flexibility, and to have the space to grow and let go.
Milena, a community college teacher of English as a Second Language, became interested in yoga when she took a yoga class in college. Since then, she has had a personal yoga practice. After returning to yoga classes regularly 4 years ago, she decided to get training as a yoga instructor in order to share the benefits of yoga with her college students and fellow workers. She received her 200-hour yoga teacher training in asanas and pranayama from Integral Yoga Institute, NYC, and is also certified to teach chair yoga from Shakti Body.
Milena believes yoga has made her life fuller, more balanced, and peaceful, and that’s what she would like to share with others who decide to explore the beauty of yoga.
Shehnaz first came to her mat about ten years back primarily to gain flexibility. The physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of yoga gave her a sense of peace and calm.
Always interested in learning more about the myriad benefits of yoga, Shehnaz recently graduated from SHAKTIBODY’s 200 hour teacher training program.
As a learning consultant, Shehnaz believes an educator’s wellness of mind, body, and spirit is paramount to enhance one’s professional practice that in turn benefits all students. She feels privileged to share her love of yoga with them and the community.
Shira has been practicing Yoga since 1999. She started her journey into Yoga as part of her training as a dancer while living in San Fransisco. She still remembers how she came out of her first class feeling like she was floating on air.
Originally from Israel, Shira trained and performed with the Israeli “Tema Dance Company” and the “Sandceil Dance Theatre Ensemble”. She is trained in Aerial Dance, Acrobalance (which is connected to Acro Yoga) and Physical Theatre, and received her Vinyasa Yoga Teaching Certification from the Om Yoga Center in New York City. She is also certified as a Prenatal Yoga teacher through Om. Shira has been teaching Dance, Contact Improvisation and Acrobalance since 2001 and Yoga to both adults and children since 2008.
Shira believes Yoga can make your body and mind strong and agile. It is a platform for everything you would wish to do and accomplish.
Tom started his yoga practice after suffering a back injury skiing in 2002. Within months, he began to receive not only the physical benefits of yoga practice, but the mental and spiritual benefits as well. An avid cyclist, skier and physical training enthusiast, Tom is particularly drawn to yoga because of how different it is from ordinary athletics and physical culture.
As his interest in yoga and his practice deepened, Tom found himself seeking to share yoga with friends and family. In January 2006, Tom attended the Sivananda Teacher Training Course in Garopaba, Brazil and obtained his teaching certificate. Through teaching yoga to beginners, emphasizing proper breathing and relaxation along with physical exercise, Tom hopes to share with others the benefits that he has enjoyed.
Trish is a teacher of Kundalini Yoga, the yoga of awareness. Trish’s husband David first found Kundalini and introduced it to an unwilling Trish, but after that first class she was hooked on the freedom and inner peace it gave her.
Trish trained as a teacher in New York at Kundalini Yoga East and considers the training to be one of the most profound experiences of her life. It was a journey of self discovery and self mastery.
As an RN, Trish is greatly interested in health and wellness and the effects of Kundalini Yoga on the physical body, the mind and the soul body/spirit. In Kundalini Yoga the most important thing is experience. Joanie Schhwarz Photography
Varrita started yoga in 2010, after ending a 12 year gymnastics career. Her relationship with yoga can be compared to love at first sight - after her first class, she knew yoga was meant to be a part of her life and wanted to teach the beauty of the practice. Having been a gymnastics coach for 6 years helping people evolve in their own bodies is something Varrita is very passionate about. Recently certified through Frog Lotus Yoga, in Massachusetts, she studied both yoga and Thai bodywork with Jennifer Yarro.
Varrita believes restoring balance in the body, mind, and spirit is freeing and is grateful to be able to share this universal practice, of self discovery and self acceptance. Varrita's class is slow flowing with a focus on alignment.
Dorit Tabak embarked on her yogic exploration when she came to New York in 1977 and started studying at the Arica Institute. The program explored ancient Eastern philosophies in the context of modern life and included a daily routine based on a combination of yoga poses and calisthenics. Since 1997 she has been practicing alignment based yoga at local classes offered by Studio Yoga, The Yoga Room with Anna Winkler, the JCC, and Shakti. Combining yoga with a regular diet of aerobics, step, and kick boxing offered a good prescription for staying fit and counter balancing long hours in front of the computer in her design practice.
Dorit believes that every body, at any age, physical ability and walk of life, can benefit from incorporating yoga into their self care routine. She hopes to make that a practical choice for as many people as possible.
Dorit is a recent graduate of the 200 hour Shaktibody Yoga Teacher Training program and is looking forward to teaching and practicing with the Shakti family.
Introduced to yoga as a child, Kathleen rediscovered yoga 13 years ago after a serious challenge to her health. In 2008 she gave up the legal world to dedicate herself to the study and practice of Kundalini Yoga.
Kathleen trained and received her certification from Kundalini Yoga East in New York City in 2010. She is committed
to sharing the gift of yoga to maintain physical health and peace of mind.
Laura San Fillipo
Laura began doing yoga as a business student at the University of Miami, seeking an activity in her life that could help bring peace & balance to her stressful schedule. Upon graduation, she decided that she wanted to embark upon a career that she felt passionate about, one that could bring joy to her life and hopefully to the lives of others. She quit her job in Real Estate to enroll in a month long immersion program at an ashram in Nevada City, California. There she was able not only to become certified in Hatha yoga, but to learn the lifestyle and philosophies of a true yogi. She now lives in Morristown, NJ and is pursuing both her career in photography and yoga.
Laura still considers herself a work in progress, continually working on her own practice and constantly seeking to pass the joy of yoga on to others. She can be found teaching at Shakti as well as assisting Debbie Kaminsky in Newark Yoga Movement for children.
After briefly dipping into yoga once or twice but not quite "getting it," Susan started taking yoga classes regularly about 12 years ago. She was hooked when she realized that yoga was relieving her chronic neck and back pain. For years, it was purely a satisfying physical practice for pain and stress management. Classes at Shakti awakened her interest in the mental and spiritual aspects of yoga and a thirst for a deeper experience.
In Spring 2011, Susan completed her first 200 hours of teacher training with ShaktiBody, something she had wanted to do for some time. She is very grateful to her teachers, to her family, and to her fellow student teachers at Shakti for their support in this accomplishment.
In her classes, Susan strives to create a calm and loving atmosphere that encourages self-discovery of the multi-faceted connections of mind, body, and spirit through Hatha yoga.