ANNA (Amba) WINKLER, DIRECTOR of Shakti Yoga & living arts,
E-RYT500, YACEP, LMT
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 modeled for 2 yoga books during her time there: Yoga, Mind and Body and 101 Essential Tips: Yoga.
Anna began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 1997 with Eddie & Jocelyn Stern, as well as other authorized teachers, including Pattabhi, Saraswati, Manju and Sharath Jois, Nancy Gilgoff, Tim Miller, and others. She began teaching Ashtanga in 2002. Anna began sudying and practicing Iyengar Yoga at Studio Yoga (now Santosha Yoga) in Madison (and with other Senior Iyengar teaches) in 2007. She received her second 500 hour teaching certificate from Theresa Rowland of Studio Yoga in 2014.
Anna teaches an Alignment Based Hatha Yoga class. She has been teaching in the Maplewood area since 2001, She is the founder and director of Shakti Yoga & living arts since June 2005 (formerly the Yoga Room in Millburn).
Anna graduated from Nalanda Institute's Contemplative Psychotherapy Program (Compassion Module) in May, 2021. In March, 2022, she became a certified Compassion Based Resilience Training (CBRT) teacher, also with the Nalanda Institute. She is currently enrolled in their first Embodiment Module of the CPP, which is Tantra based. She thoroughly enjoys sharing these teachings with the community.
Anna is honored to serve on the Board of Directors and as a teacher at the Dharmakaya Center for Wellbeing, a retreat center in Cragsmoor, NY, founded by her teacher, Trungram Gyalwa Rinpoche.
Anna's teaching style is both challenging and nurturing.
With a dash of humor, a focus on alignment 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, Therapeutic Integrated Massage, Myofacial Release Massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Thai Abdominal Massage, and Raindrop Techinque sessions.
Andre took his 200 hour Teacher Training Certification from the Integral Yoga Institute in NYC for beginner, intermediate and extra gentle yoga and has been teaching there since 2000. Some of his wonderful teachers include Kali Morse, Swami Ramananda and Hamsa Spagnola at the Integral Yoga Institute (IYI); and Cheri Clampett and Arturo Perl for therapeutic yoga.
Andre was inspired by the growing therapeutic yoga field and completed specialized certification training in this area, including restorative yoga. He is currently a certified therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Andre loves teaching and taking group classes and being in the energy of the sangha, the community of practitioners. He aslo enjoys nature, hiking and biking and jazz.
Ari was introduced to yoga in the early 1980’s to better understand breathing and relaxation techniques in preparation for the birth of her daughter. Soon after, she located the only yoga studio in the city of 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 management in NYC. While coaching her husband on some stretches and postures to help with his injuries, he suggested that she teach yoga.
Ari completed her teaching certification in 2013. Throughout her yoga journey she has practiced various methods, such as Hatha, Iyengar, Anusara, Shivananda, and most recently, since 2015, has been dedicated to the Ashtanga Yoga method. She has participated in workshops and classes with Tim Miller, Eddie Stern and Kino MacGregor.
Ari is grateful to Anna Winkler for introducing her to Ashtanga. “It’s my fountain of youth,” says Ari.
Bob has over 40 years of
experience in the martial arts,
25 of which have been dedicated
to the study and practice
of Tai Chi & Qigong.
For over 10 years Bob has devoted his time to a
deeper study of the principals and forms of this Art.
In addition to teaching private and group classes,
he has participated in numerous demonstrations and competitions.
Bob had an interest in yoga long before he ever stepped on a yoga mat. But, as we all know, sometimes life gets in the way. By the time he began practicing yoga at the Yoga and Healing Center in Scotch Plains he was already in his early 50’s. But, he immediately knew that yoga was something that he enjoyed and he took whatever classes that were offered and he often took multiple classes in a day.
After a few years at the Yoga and Healing Center Bob found Shakti Yoga, discovering that he really enjoyed the variety of classes offered. He sampled Ashtanga, Kundalini, Iyengar and Hatha yoga classes. When he found out that Anna was offering a Teacher Training course he enthusiastically enrolled. Bob graduated from Shakti’s Teacher Training course in October of 2020 and currently teaches Hatha yoga every third Sunday night and is excited to be taking on the Tuesday morning Sunrise yoga class that he was participating in for so many years.
Besides yoga, Bob is also really interested in pranayama, meditation and chanting. He studies pranayama with Robert Moses and meditation with his Buddhist teacher the Venerable Duhk-Song Sunim. He is enrolled in a daily course chanting the Yoga Sutras with Andrew Hillam.
Bob lives in Clark with his wife Susan and their two cats. He has a son who lives in California. Bob has now entered his 60’s and hopes to continue practicing AND teaching yoga for a long time to come...
Christopheray (C-Ray), having grown to 80 years young, brings four decades of study rooted in the teachings of Swami Satchitananda and the practice of Iyengar yoga. Fueled in Buddhist sensibilities he teaches with heart, humor and clarity.
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 his classes, as well as copious amounts of props...
Cynthia has been studying yoga for over 20 years. She is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and a registered member of Yoga Alliance. Cynthia completed a teacher-training program for children with a concentration in babies through 5th grade, children with disabilities, and managing anxiety in children. She is currently working on her 500 hour certification, as well as Yoga Therapy training.
Cynthia has also obtained certifications in Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Restorative & Yoga Nidra and Reiki 1 & 2. Her overall approach is focused on creating a safe and accessible environment for all and encouraging a deep awareness of the mind/body connection. Cynthia is also involved with Exhale to Inhale, an organization that provides weekly yoga classes to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Cynthia is honored to introduce tools to folks who are completlely new to yoga, that can bring more health, happiness and ease into thier lives.
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.
Gena is an educator, dancer, yogini, and certified Clinical Somatic Educator. Her private Somatic Movement practice is in Maplewood, where she works with clients of all ages to help them regain control of muscle function that may have been lost due to injury, trauma, or chronic pain.
Gena teaches Somatic Movement, functional movement, and yoga. Her somatic training has been with Martha Peterson of Essential Somatics, a neuroscience-based somatic modality in the tradition of Thomas Hanna.
Gena is currently a lead teacher with Essential Somatics and runs the teacher training in the Northeastern United States. She has been an adjunct professor at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Gena’s career as a modern dancer included performing and teaching internationally as a member of the Trisha Brown Company. She has an MFA in Dance from NYU TISCH School of the Arts. www.genarho.com
IRES WILBANKS, CD (DONA)
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.
Jacki began taking yoga classes in the 1980's. Over the years she has been influenced by the many teachers she has studied with, including Theresa Rowland, Matt Dreyfus, Amy Hamilton, Kofi Busia, HS Arun, Stephanie Quirk and Abhijata Iyengar.
Jacki graduated from Studio Yoga 500 hour teacher training program learning Iyengar yoga from Theresa Rowland. She has been learning there since May 2015.
Jacki loves bringing the peace and joy of yoga yoga to her students.
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, baby and me/postpartum yoga and exercise, children’s yoga for preschoolers, and Pilates mat. Her yoga classes are hatha based vinyasa with an emphasis on flow and her Pilates mat classes focus on finding length, balance, and stability.
The guiding mantra for all of Jennifer's classes is “Let’s make the practice a moving meditation.”
When not teaching or practicing yoga and Pilates, she enjoys cooking, creative writing, traveling, and taking care of her three sons.
Jot has practiced and taught Kundalini Yoga and meditation since 1972. He is a world-class award-winning artisan and designer whose work has been featured on book covers, magazine covers, in museum exhibitions and in print media published in nine languages. He shares life experiences born of a deep commitment to his personal sadhana (yoga and meditation practice), his Dharma (serving as a Sikh Dharma International minister, Khalsa Council member, and Solstice kitchen manager for over 30 years). His marriage of 42 years, his business and its legacy, and the martial arts are things Jot Singh is immensely grateful for.
His first book called The Essential Element - Sadhana, goes into great depth on this core teaching of Kundalini Yoga. ‘Signed’ copies are available after class in physical book form, or ebooks are available on Amazon, in the iBook store or from the Khalsa Raj website (both eBooks and physical books).
KATI WALKER, E-RYT, YACEP, CHTP, CSHP
Kati was introduced to Yoga as a teenager and loved the physical aspects of the discipline. As her practice developed she appreciated the subtler qualities including the spiritual aspects and stress management. She completed her 200 hour certification in 2009 and continued her certifications with Yoga for Scoliosis, Principles of Restorative Yoga and Cancer Survivor Teacher Training. Kati expanded into Ayurveda, Healing Touch, Reiki and Sound Healing.
All of these modalities have sustained Kati throughout her life and are incorporated in her gentle yoga classes.
Krystina began practicing yoga over 10 years ago and has been teaching for nearly as long. Now a Nutrition Coach and a 500Hr+ RYT, she completed her initial 200Hr training in Vinyasa with PowerFlow Yoga and a 300Hr TT in hatha yoga with YogaMechanics. As a life long learner, Krystina has done a number of trainings in various other yoga styles and movement modalities, all of which inspire her classes.
Yoga is to be yoked, never not connected to the world around us. This practice offers us a way to explore how we integrate the work we do on our mat with our daily life, and vice versa, in a way that allows us to embody the fullness of our experience.
With a passion for balance of body and mind, connection with nature, and the process of yoga both on and off the mat, Krystina teaches an alignment based practice infused with pranayama, metaphor, mobility and flow.
Mary Steuart earned two yoga teacher training certifications in 2020: a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in Vinyasa Yoga and a 30 Hour Yin Intensive Training under the guidance of her dear teachers and mentors, Christina Helms and Sarah Bodner of Three Birds Yoga Studio in Florham Park, NJ; and she earned a third certification in 2022, a 220 Hour Level One Kundalini Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training certification under the expert guidance of Angad Kaur Khalsa and Simran Kaur Khalsa of Kundalini Yoga East in New York City.
Mary Steuart is extremely grateful to her teachers and mentors and overjoyed to be able to share these transformative forms of yoga with others.
Tailoring each class to the needs of her students, Mary Steuart provides numerous modifications throughout each class. She encourages students to link their breath to movement to become more grounded in the present moment, while also receiving the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual benefits of strengthening and stretching their body and mind.
Michael's goal is to share these teachings with others and help them attain the spiritual growth and happiness that is possible through the practice of Kundalini Yoga.
Milena first became interested in yoga when she took a yoga class in college. The class offered her the opportunity to learn about both the physical and the philosophical aspects of this ancient science. After that experience, she became devoted to exploring the many elements of yoga, developing her personal practice. After returning to yoga classes regularly, she decided to receive training in order to have a deeper knowledge and better understanding of the discipline and to become a yoga instructor to share the benefits of yoga with others. As a professional community college language teacher, she also wanted to be able to pass on the knowledge she had acquired to her college students and fellow workers. Now recently retired, she continues to find her personal practice and teaching of yoga especially rewarding and fulfilling.
Milena believes yoga has made her life fuller, more balance and peaceful, and that’s what she would like to share with others who decide to explore the beauty of yoga.
Milena holds more than 500 hours in yoga training, mostly from Integral Yoga Institute. Basic, 200-hour yoga teacher training in asanas and pranayama from Integral Yoga Institute, NYC in 2011 Intermediate, 170-hour yoga teacher training in asanas and pranayama from Integral Yoga Academy, Satchidananda Ashram, VA in 2018 Gentle and Chair, 100-hour yoga training from Integral Yoga Institute, NYC in 2015 15-hour chair yoga certification from ShaktiBody,Maplewood, NJ in 2012 Restorative/Therapeutic 63-hour yoga training taught by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal at Integral Yoga Institute, NYC, in 2012 Deepening into Therapeutic 28-hour yoga training taught by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal at Integral Yoga Institute, NYC, in 2014 3-day Essential Somatics Hanna Somatic exercise coach training – Level 1, Maplewood, NJ in 2017
Scott began studying Kundalini yoga in 1999 in NYC with Ravi Singh. His spiritual name is Arjan Singh, signifying the soul of a Teacher, and also Warrior and Artist. He is a music producer, engineer, musician, and artist, binding his yoga teaching with the creative arts to help others access and express their own souls.
Combining his work in music and his yoga practice, Scott has recently moved into the field of public art. His sculpture/performance space “An Experience of Monism Based on ‘Within You Without You,’” was named a finalist design for the George Harrison Woodland Walk, launched during 2020 by the city of Liverpool and estate of George Harrison.
Sen is a New Jersey - based Hatha & Trauma yoga instructor, reiki practitioner, and writer. Her yoga journey began shortly after finishing her undergraduate studies, but as her healing journey began, she found yoga to be an essential tool in her life.
Sen was called to do her 200 hour training with Yoga Blue Fitness, which has certified a shocking number of Black Yoga instructors all over. Those few months impacted her practice for the better, and she discovered that not only could she focus on Trauma-Informed Yoga, but even Trauma Informed Yoga with a focus on survivors of sexual assault and race-based trauma, which she studied with the Trauma Conscious Yoga Method. After making friends and forming a community of like minded individuals, she was encouraged to pursue her 300 hour training with My Vinyasa Practice and Reiki 1& 2 with Reiki for Reparation. It's a humbling journey and she is so thankful to have been given the opportunity to connect and learn from these amazing teachers.
Sen's goal is to share experiences, to tell stories, and to share what she knows and learns with her community. She hopes as she continues to study and explore that she can provide a real treat that empowers you to harness your magic.
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