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 over 6 years. Among many 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 with Eddie Stern and teaching since 2002. She has been sudying and practicing Iyengar Yoga with Theresa Rowland since 2007. She teaches an Alignment Based Hatha Yoga class. Her Ashtanga classes are also 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.
Anna is available for Private Yoga Lessons, Ayurveda Lifestyle Consultations, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Thai Abdominal Massage, Integrated Massage, Myofacial Release Massage and Raindrop Techinque sessions.
Amy began her yoga practice nearly 10 years ago when she went to a community class. After that she knew yoga had always been a part of her life, but suddenly it had a practice and a name. She went on to complete her 200 hour training at the Yoga Loft of Bethlehem, PA and her Yin Yoga training with Deb Donnally and Crystal Paone of Yinside Yoga, in NJ.
A classically trained violinist, violist, fiddle player, and percussive dancer, Amy's yoga practice seeks to tune the body-mind through the ongoing process of practice, finding the balance of strength and flexibility. Amy brings her experience studying stage fright, the stress response, and Performance Wellness with Dr. Louise Montello, as well as her experience studying Dalcroze Eurythmics (the study of music through movement) to her yoga practice and classes, always seeking wellness, strength, personal empowerment, and healing through the process of practice. She is continually fascinated by how working on the body affects the mind and working on the mind affects the body.
Amy's goal in teaching is to guide students through correct alignment while encouraging them to honor their own individual journeys through every pose, and to enjoy the process.
Amy began deepening her commitment to a yoga practice in 2013 after having some health challenges. She found the practice to be both healing and enlightening.
After practicing many different styles of Yoga, Amy found a home in the Kundalini style. She has personally experienced and appreciates that kundalini yoga builds cardiovascular capability with its breathing styles, sharpens the mind through meditation and maintains the body strength and flexibility with its kriyas. She graduated from New York City's Kundalini Yoga East teacher training program in June 2016.
Amy loves sharing the healing energy of Kundalini Yoga with the community via our Sunday night donation class. Come unwind from your weekend and center yourself for the week ahead.
Ari was introduced to yoga in the early 1980’s to better understand breathing and relaxation classes as preparation for the birth of her daughter. Soon after, she located one of the only yoga studios in San Diego (before yoga became as popular as we know it) and became immersed in Asana practice. Despite several relocations, including a few stints living overseas, Ari continued to practice while working in luxury retail management in NYC.
While coaching her husband on some stretches and poses to help with his injuries, he suggested that she teach yoga. Ari recently completed her teacher training at Elements Yoga Studio in Darien, CT, where she studied with Emma Magenta, Bernadette Birney and Martin Kirk.
In addition to yoga, Ari enjoys trail running and practicing flamenco. But what she enjoys most is sharing the joys and benefits of yoga.
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 ALL Ways be sure to have fun in C-Ray's classes, and be taught discipline, self-study and surrender. He also includes breath work and yoga philosophy in class.
Debra is a welcoming, fun, and supportive teacher. As a lifelong athlete and student of the body, Deb has learned that a yoga practice is much more than what it appears to be. The infusion of yin yoga into her daily personal practice has led to her own healing and discovery of the expansive benefits of all yoga. She loves teaching from that combined place of self discovery and education.
As Mark Twain says, “I’ve lived through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened”. We all can live a more examined life.
In Deb's classes you will learn to move deeper into your body through challenging, empowering and inspiring sessions that are alignment based.
Ellen is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1998. Her primary teachers are Theresa Rowland and Amy Block-Hamilton of Studio Yoga in Madison, NJ. Ellen has also attended countless workshops with many Senior Iyengar Yoga Teachers including Patricia Walden, Kofi Busia, Lois Steinberg, Mira Metha, and Stephanie Quirk.
Ellen is passionate about all aspects of yoga: uniting the body, mind and soul to realize eternal peace. Through her teaching, she hopes to guide others on this yogic path.
Emily came to her mat ten 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 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.
Emily infuses her classes with energy, enthusiasm and humor. She loves sharing how the practice of yoga is also the practice of being kind, courageous, confident, happy and patient.
Evelyn discovered yoga after suffering a back injury in 1993. As her interest in yoga 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 and Restorative Yoga training 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’s interest is in working with individuals with health challenges and to bring wellness into her own practice, as well as her students.
Gena is a Clinical Somatic Educator and yogini. She teaches Hanna Somatic Movement, somatic yoga and works with clients privately in Maplewood. www.genarhosmith.com
Gena has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1998. Prior to her yoga practice, she had a career as a modern dancer, performing and teaching as a member of the Trisha Brown Company.
Gena feels that Hanna Somatics offers real options for finding freedom to move in spite of chronic tightness. She enjoys bringing the tools of Somatics to the practice of yoga.
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Ires teaches Ashtanga, hatha, pre and post natal and yoga for labor and delivery. She received her certifications from New York's Integral Yoga Institute, where she also has taught. Ires has been a devoted student of Yoga since 2001 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. She is also a certified birth doula (DONA International) and received her training with Debra Pascali-Bonaro in NYC. Ires has been attending births since 2011.
Ires practices Ashtanga yoga and studies with Anna Winkler and Eddie Stern. She completed Tim Miller's Primary Series Ashtanga Yoga teacher training. Ires has also studied with David Swenson, Nancy Gilgoff, Kino MacGregor, and members of the Jois family including Sharath and Saraswathi.
Ires is committed to sharing her knowledge of how yoga can help women release fear and have a safe and peaceful childbirth experience. Her classes draw upon her studies at Integral Yoga as well as the meditative intensity of her Ashtanga practice.
Jennifer was first introduced to yoga while pursuing her BFA in theater at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She fell in love with the connection of the breath to the movement and began teaching a yoga warm up for actors and crew before rehearsals and performances. Her formal hatha yoga teacher training began with Lex Gillan and Stan Hafner at the Yoga Institute of Houston. She completed her advanced teacher training in Allahabad, India with the Himalayan Institute under Rolf Sovik, Sandra Anderson, Mary Cardinal, DC Rao, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait.
Jennifer is also certified to teach prenatal yoga, mom and baby/postpartum yoga, children’s yoga, and pilates mat. Her classes are hatha based vinyasa with an emphasis on flow.
The guiding mantra for all of the classes Jennifer teaches, regardless of level, is “Let’s make the practice a moving meditation.” When not teaching or practicing yoga, she is fully occupied, entertained, and enlightened by her two little boys.
Kathleen was Introduced to yoga as a child and rediscovered it 15 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. She trained and received her certification from Kundalini Yoga East in New York City in 2010.
Kathleen is committed to sharing the gift of yoga to maintain physical health and peace of mind.
Kimberly is a Certified Yoga Teacher with 560 hours of training (CYT-560), a graduate of The Yoga School NY/Yoga Sutra teacher training program in NYC where she completed her 200-, 500-, and advanced 60-hour courses. Her studies are in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and, his son, TKV Desikachar. Her teacher, Guta Hedewig (E-RYT 500/Yoga Therapist), studied and practiced Krishnamacharya’s teachings with TKV Desikachar at the Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram (KYM.org) in Chennai. Kimberly began practicing yoga in 1999 at Starseed in Montclair and continued on to practice Vinyasa, Ashtanga, and Iyengar at Starseed, Shakti, and Satsang Yoga in Westfield. She became certified to teach in 2009 and continues to take classes and workshops to develop personally and professionally.
Kimberly's classes are breath-based hatha yoga with dynamic vinyasa krama sequences taught in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. Her goal is to meet the student where they are and go from there.
Krystina began her yoga journey in 2001 and has been an avid practitioner ever since. In an effort to take her practice deeper, in 2015 Krystina participated in a 200 hr Vinyasa teacher training, as well as a 30 hr Yin teacher training, becoming a certified RYT with the Yoga Alliance.
Krystina is a compassionate, fun teacher who aims to help each student feel welcome, challenged and at ease on their mats, regardless of skill level. Her classes focus on building strength, finding softness, and connecting with self. Krystina has a love of music, reading, and the beach. Yoga has been something that has helped her transform her body and mind, creating mindfulness on both a physical and mental level, and she aims to translate those same elements to her students.
Come enjoy a fun, inspiring class!
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, 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. She also has completed a 100-hour certification in gentle and chair yoga from Integral Yoga Institute plus a 15-hour additional chair yoga training from ShaktiBody, a 63-hour training in restorative/ therapeutic yoga taught by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal at Integral Yoga Institute, NYC, and a 3-day Essential Somatics Hanna Somatic exercise coach training – Level 1.
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.
Scott started studying Kundalini yoga in 1999 in NYC with Ravi Singh (a Legacy Teacher who started his path with Yogi Bhajan in 1974). His spiritual name is Arjan Singh, which signifies the soul of a Teacher, and also Warrior and Artist. He is a music producer, engineer, and musician, and he binds his teaching experience with the creative arts to help others access and express their own souls and use the self-healing that comes from within, turning inertia into harmonious forward momentum.
Scott has been teaching informally since 2003, and in 2015 he received his 200 Hour Kundalini teacher certification from Ravi and Ana Brett at Raven's Wing Yoga in Branford, CT.
Combining his work in audio and his yoga practice, Scott loves exploring the healing power of sound, vibration, and resonance on the mind and body, using music and meditation with mantras.
Susan started her yoga journey years ago in her bedroom with a yoga DVD. She immediately knew that there was something very special in the practice and needed more than just Rodney Yee on her television screen. Susan began taking classes casually while she worked out vigorously at the gym. In 2014, after being diagnosed with cancer, she knew she needed to get back on the mat seriously to gain strength and flexibility after surgery and to relieve stress. The healing affect was profound and she made the decision to complete her 200 hour Vinyasa yoga teacher training with Betsy Davis and Lauren Magarelli.
Susan’s practice is informed by her 14 years of doing massage and bodywork and her love of anatomy.
Susan hopes to help her students find a sense of peace on their mat while encouraging them to find their inner strength and resiliency through asana practice.
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.
Varrita started yoga in 2011, 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 she 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.
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